Ask the Board – July 25, 2016 | DAVID AUGUST


With so many flat-panel display options now on the market, what is the best approach to making the best choice for a project?

I think the most important thing to do before selecting a display manufacturer is to identify your needs.  Consider the following:

  • Required brightness?
  • Direct exposure to sunlight?
  • Run time?
  • Video wall modes?

Second, you will want to source the following information from all the display manufacturers you are considering:

  • Warranty
  • Service response time
  • Inputs
  • Retooling schedule
  • Availability of product

Next, all major manufacturers build a quality product these days, but each has some unique products. If one doesn’t have everything you require, consider purchasing from more than one manufacturer. Also, if you don’t have a direct relationship with the manufacturers, you will want to be sure to select a reseller that you have a great relationship with and who can offer support. You are going to need support along the way, and you should have someone that you can reach out to. Lastly, consider buying cold spares while repairs can be done and warranties will replace defective product. Depending on your business, that kind of down time could be quite costly.

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