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by Santino Scibelli
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So you decided you want to use Digital Signage but don’t know which TV to buy, or which media player will meet your most basic needs? Are you struggling with the process of mounting your display? 

Well, there are many elements that work together in order to create the perfect Digital Signage. By combining the right media player that works in conjunction with a quality display, this will significantly elevate your Digital Signage and use your hardware to its utmost potential.

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Table of Contents:

1. Introduction

2. What is Digital Signage Hardware?

3. Choosing the Right TV

4. Choosing the Right Media Player

5. Mounting Your Display

6. Entry Level Set 

7. Budget Level Set

8. Mid-Level Set

9. High-End Level Set

 

 

1. Introduction

As we know there are a large number of well respected and experienced manufactures in the market providing these solutions. To make things easier, we took the liberty of navigating through dozens of identical TV models, mounts, accessories, and combined our most recommended hardware into packages designed for specific use cases to help you, the user, select the best possible hardware pieces for your Digital Signage.

Regardless of what you are looking for, we have covered all bases and created hardware sets ranging from entry-level to budget sets, all the way to high-end sets. From Samsung to LG, Sony, TCL and other manufactures, we have selected the best of the best displays and combined them with mounts that cater to your specific use. We understand that mounting a TV for the first time can be tricky, so in addition to our recommendations, we added in a step-by-step guide on where to purchase your mount accessories and how to put them up.

In this article, we walk you through what you will need to consider when choosing a TV mount, and which type of mount your display and hardware required. For more information on how to set up your Digital Signage from purchasing to mounting a display onto your wall, keep reading this article below.

 

2. What is Digital Signage Hardware?

Hardware is one of the most important factors to consider when building the perfect Digital Signage. When choosing the type of hardware you need, it is important to note what kind of content you want to show and for how long, as this will determine the ‘under the hood’ features such as the brightness of your screen, the resolution and the type of display panel. Some additional components, but at the same level of importance includes a consumer display, a media player, accessories, and mounts.

Keep in mind when choosing your Digital signage hardware, there are no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It solely depends on who is going to be viewing your screens and where you want to place it. Customer experiences should always be high on the list, so when starting your Digital Signage project, always ask yourself - Are you placing your screen in high traffic areas? Will your display need a mount with security features? Will your display be operating longer than eight hours? If so, maybe you need to purchase a commercial display, not a consumer.

As different displays are manufactured for different purposes, selecting the wrong display for your Digital Signage can affect you further down the road and add additional costs. Keep reading this article below to find out which hardware set is perfect for your budget.

 

3. Choosing the Right TV

Why Is Having a Bright Screen Important?
Why is having a bright screen important for Digital Signage? High-brightness improves visibility and reduces screen glare. Have you ever been sitting in your living room and the sun comes blazing through the window while you're watching TV and all you can see is your self-reflection? This is because the amount of light hitting the screen overpowers the brightness of the TV. If you're going to place your screen in an area constantly exposed to sunlight, it might be a good idea to purchase a brighter screen to compensate for the glare. This is very important for individuals planning to put displays outside or on a window.

Warranty
Not all screens are made equal, so what may be good for your restaurant isn't necessarily good for your lobby. If you use a display in a scenario it is not built for, for example, exceeding the daily operational hour limit or exceeding the temperature limit, the manufacturer may no longer honor the warranty. Consumer TV’s are not manufactured to withstand extreme heat or cold temperatures, so be cautious of the conditions you plan to put your display in as these limits should not be exceeded (this goes the same for your media player). If you think you will be exceeding these limits, we strongly encourage you to purchase a more industrial display that operates 16/7 hours instead of the standard consumer which is 8/7 hours.

Portrait Mode
Some displays are not manufactured to be hung in portrait mode. If you play your screen in portrait mode and your display stops working, the manufacturer may also void the warranty. When selecting your display, make sure to check its orientation capabilities (don’t worry all of our recommendations are portrait mode safe).

Does Size Really Matter?
Does size matter? Most definitely! But don’t be fooled, a bigger screen does not necessarily mean better quality. It is very possible to get a 55” TV with only 720p. The most commonly used TV is a 55” but a 49” should do just fine. The size of your TV will depend on what content you are trying to show, for instance, if you want to show 4K content, you will require a TV that can push 4K. If you plan to get a smaller display, we also suggest you purchase a 4K TV as details will be harder to see. 

Will your viewers be close to the display? If not, a larger TV may be required in order to see those minor details. The main differences apart from price for larger TV’s are the additional features such as local dimming and HDR content. Both these features help produce darker blacks and brighter whites.

 

4. Choosing the right Media Player

Whatever content you are displaying, you’re going to want it to play smoothly and without interruption, and the performance of your device is a big part of ensuring that happens.

4.1. Budget and Entry-level Digital Signage Media Devices ($20-$70)

With budget and entry-level devices such as the Amazon Fire TV stick, they are made to do fewer things but do them well. There are some fantastic Digital Signage devices between $30-$70 that can transform your TV into a smart TV capable of playing content up to 4K. The obvious advantage of devices in this category is the price and while budget devices can’t do everything, there are some key devices that do all the basics well.

An Entry-level device might not be for you if you need a device capable of playing up 4K, as some devices only support 1080p. In addition, you need a device that can store cached media content locally, as some devices are not designed to and do not come with much storage space.

4.2. Mid-range Digital Signage Media Devices ($70-$150)

When choosing a Mid-range device, you’ll find that devices at this price range have fewer missing features than budget devices and are generally more powerful, come with 4K support, and have a good amount of space for cached media. When choosing a mid-range device, you’ll want to consider an OS that has support for the things you need, like remote device management features and network standards. How much media do you want to store on your device’s cache? Devices in this range have between 8 and 32 GB of storage space, so pick the device that suits your needs.

Check out this guide here to get a better idea of what’s possible on different devices.

4.3. High-end Digital Signage Devices ($150+)

As you get into more high-end devices that cost $150 and up, you’ll find that the key differentiator is processing power. Devices in this range will come with desktop-class processors that are markedly better than the processors found in low and mid-range devices. This ensures you can handle a wide range of use cases that require high levels of processing power and that your devices are more future proof. When choosing a high-range Digital Signage device, you’ll want to consider the following things:

Type of desktop-class operating system. Each has specific pros and cons like license costs, remote device management features, and network standards. Your choice may very well come down to which OS is best for you. Since devices in this range are more expensive, you may want theft protection features, secure mounts, and warranty options.

For more information on which Media player to choose, read through our very detailed guide here.

5. Mounting Your Display

Display mounts are often overlooked and only seen as an accessory, but they can drastically change the way you work with Digital Signage. Not only do mounts make TV’s look stunning, but they are also great space savers and secure your display. Mounts provide functionality by allowing you to easily adjust your TV’s viewing angle when you normally couldn't after sealing it to the wall. Choosing the correct mount to work with your TV is key to having a clean seem-less display. When selecting a mount it is important to consider the display size, viewing angles, and the orientation. As different mounts have different functions.

Portrait Mode Considerations
Do you want to put your TV in portrait mode? If so purchase a mount that can easily support your TV in both landscape or portrait mode. This same mounting system can help you easily set up a video wall, just make sure the TV you are looking at has a thin bezel, otherwise, your screens will not look seamless next to one another.

Mounting for Your Screen Type
It is important to select a mount that best fits your display panel type so you can to reap the most benefits. For example, if you select a display that has VA panels, it is advised you choose a full-motion mount as the picture quality degrades when being viewed at an angle. Although, this narrow viewing angle can also be seen as an advantage for those looking for some privacy if they are displaying sensitive information. It’s tricky things like this that we normally wouldn’t look out for:

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Regardless of how amazing your Digital Signage is, good thought should be put into how your TV will be maintained, not just how it looks. By purchasing a motion mount, you can easily swivel the display to the side and make your adjustments. This is especially important for companies needing a local employee to check maintenance lights or to restart something. Conveniences are constantly overlooked but could really save you the hassle of having to send a qualified person from your team to reach the back of your TV which is located in a different city.

6. Entry Level Set

Traditional Digital Signage usually requires many components, but even with the basic minimum, you can create an entry-level setup. So what should you expect to see in an entry-level hardware set? Entry-level hardware and displays tend to cut down on performance to be available at a lower price, so don’t expect too much processing power or technical equipment. For example, an entry-level set shouldn't have special features such as HDR performance or local dimming.

The options below are our recommended system-on-chip displays meaning there is no external media player attached to the back of the display, no wires to hide, just simply turn on your display and download the ScreenCloud app from the Google Play Store. These options are recommended for storefronts or bar’s looking for an easy to use, high security and vandalism proof display.

Option 1 - Toshiba Fire TV Edition or Insignia Fire TV

entrylevelphoto1.pngBest for: Creating cheap, Digital Signage displays with no media player. Is a quick and reliable solution that can handle “most” but not all content.
Average Costs: < $400
Recommended Mount: Flat or Tilted.

Toshiba Fire TV Edition (best choice)

Are you looking for a professional installation but for a simple Digital Signage set up? If so, we recommend the Toshiba Amazon Fire TV Edition or runner up Insignia Amazon Fire TV. These TVs have a built-in system-on-ship set making this display extremely user-friendly because it offers an all in one Digital Signage solution, so no media player required! This is a very good budget option if you can only spend around $300-$500 total on your Digital Signage set up. Although you might run into some issues if you would like to display content for longer as these TV’s are limited to a certain amount of operation hours.

Toshiba 32LF711U20 32-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - 32” $129.99
Toshiba 43LF711U20 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - 43” $249.99
Toshiba 50LF711U20 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - 50” $379.99
Toshiba 55LF711U20 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - 55” $449.99

Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - 43" $249.99
Insignia NS-50DF710NA19 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - 50” $249.99
Insignia NS-55DF710NA19 55-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR - 55” $369.99

Vizo V6 Series (Second Best Choice)

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However, if you would like more control over your Digital Signage, we recommend purchasing a separate media player and pair that with a Vizo V6 Series TV. The Vizo 2019 V-Series is a big step up from last year's E and D Series. We recommend the V6 model out of the Vizio V-Series as it comes with full-array local dimming.

Local dimming is very important as it helps the screen dim in areas that need it while keeping other areas of the screen bright. The V5 has a wide range of displays from 43” to 76” while the V6 only has 43”, 55”, and 65” which is sufficient enough for an entry-level set. Overall the Fire TV Stick is very easy to set up, has fast WIFI and can push 4K content. This device can support offline mode and support advanced apps as well as kiosk mode, which is perfect for beginner Digital Signage users.

VIZIO V436-G1 4K HDR Smart TV - 43" $456.19
VIZIO V556-G1 4K HDR Smart TV - 55" $458.18
VIZIO V656-G1 4K HDR Smart TV - 65" $529.99

Accessories and Set up Procedure for Entry Level

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It is recommended for this type of display to purchase a flat mount or tilted mount. A flat mount is good for flat surfaces and controlled lighting, although you won't be able to adjust the TV angle afterward. We suggest the MD2163-K Mounting Dream Flat Mount which supports 42"-70" TVs and can hold a maximum of 132 lbs. 

However if the lighting changes throughout the day and you are worried about the glare, we suggest the MD2268-LK Mounting Dream Tilted Mount as these mounts offer slightly more range of motion in case you want to adjust the eye level of the TV. The MD2268-LK Tilted Mount supports 37"-70" displays and can hold up to 132 lbs as well. 

To purchase your hardware follow the steps below:

1. Purchase the recommended mount and accessories.

1.1. It is recommended to purchase the MD2163-K Mounting Dream Flat Wall Mount here for $23.99 or purchase the MD2268-LK Mount Dream Tilted Wall Mount here for $27.99.

1.2. Next, purchase a high powered HDMI cord that can support and push 4K content. We recommend Amazon's Basic HDMI cord which you can buy here.

 

Budget Level Set (best value for money)

If you are looking for a bargain, It is very possible to create beautiful Digital Signage on a budget. Thanks to advancing technology smart TVs are getting cheaper so it’s fairly easy to walk out of a store with a 55” display for under 300$. When looking for a budget TV set, you are looking for the cheapest option in the market without neglecting too many features, basically the best possible value for the price. However, it is important to adjust your expectations as a budget TV will not have all the high-end specs an OLED or QLED TV will have.

Getting a decent budget-friendly 4K TV does not necessarily mean you have to throw away picture quality or settle for a smaller size. Typically a budget TV will have a resolution between 720x1080p to 3,840x2160p and a refresh rate of 60 Hz. You also don’t have to spend a fortune to get a media player. Nowadays a decent media player will cost you up to $30-$70 with some TVs already having them built-in.

Please note that this budget-friendly set is not designed for a high demanding environment. This budget set might not be for you if you need enough power to support advanced apps or zoning (where a Digital Signage display is divided into multiple sections all showing different types of content), as some devices are not

Option 1 - LG 49UM7300PLC and Amazon Fire Stick 4K

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Who it’s for: Those looking for a TV to sit at the center of their home entertainment setup, immersing everyone in the room. You need a device that can store cached media content locally.
Average Total Costs: < $550
Recommended Mount: Flat Mount, Tilted Mount, Full motion.

LG UM7300PUA (best choice)

This LG UM7300 is a good 4K TV with very low input lag and decent brightness of 300 nits. If you find the brightness to be too dim, you can adjust the Dynamic Contrast to ‘High’ which will increase the brightness slightly but there isn’t much more you can do on this model. It has a simple refresh rate of 60 Hz which may disappoint some people but is standard for a budget TV.

The LG UM7300 also has an IPS panel type that produces consistent brightness across the whole display. This is ideal for areas with a wide seating area as the image quality stays accurate even when being viewed at an angle. Another way to look at this is if you always have more than 3 people watching your screen, choose an IPS panel type display. Unfortunately, like most IPS panels, they have a lower contrast ratio than the VA panels. Just for your information, the contrast ratio is the difference between the brightest the TV can get and the darkest. Basically contrast is what makes an image look good or bad. The screen cannot produce deep blacks so blacks appear grey when viewed in a dark room. 

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However, when viewed in a bright room, this TV has excellent reflection handling making it perfect for any bright environment. The LG UM7300PUA is great for accomplishing simple tasks such as displaying company goals, the weather, or transportation information.

Please note that this TV is also equipped with LG's Web OS operating system which doesn't support ScreenCloud's app but it's easy to get a Digital Signage media device like an Amazon Fire TV Stick or Xiamoi Mi Box S to make it compatible with ScreenCloud.

LG 43UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 43" $296.90
LG 49UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 49" $366.99
LG 55UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 55" $416.99
LG 65UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 65" $654.99

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K (best hardware choice)

The Amazon Fire TV Stick is undoubtedly the cheapest commercial-grade media player you can buy costing about $49.99. If all you need is to add Smart TV features to your ‘dumb’ TV, this is the perfect route to choose from. The main advantage of the Amazon Fire Stick is the ability to install and run the latest apps from various streaming services. Yes, this is a budget stick device so you will be playing a lot less for a little less power, but the Amazon Fire TV stick is far superior from its competitors like Chromecast or the Fire TV stick Gen 2. This Firestick has support for HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision while It’s previous brothers and sisters, the Fire TV pendant and Fire TV Cube only supported HDR10.

Unfortunately, the only disadvantage to this media player is its limitation to the Amazon play store and the Amazon Fire TV stick can only be sold in these regions listed here.

If the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K is not available in your region, the next best device is the Xiamoi Mi Box S. Low-entry devices like the Xiamoi Mi Box are really easy to use and are designed for home entertainment. This is a great device to watch Netflix or play a game, but not as great if you want to use it for Digital Signage as they are not designed for 24/7 usage and have poor remote management.

Click here to purchase a MI Box S directly from the manufacturer, or from Amazon store here.

Hisense H8F (Second Best Choice Display)

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If LG’s low peak brightness does not suit your needs, our second-best choice is the Hisense H8 Series. This display is very similar in specs to the LG UM7300 Series but is twice as bright at 700 cd/m2. It has an impressive contrast ratio and great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a bright room. More importantly, this series has a VA type panel. VA type panels have better contrast ratios as the panel can dim its backlights, allowing blacks to appear darker and bright areas stay bright. It is a great option for watching movies or playing games in a dark room as the colors pop.

However because this display’s brightness levels are inconsistent across the screen, images look “washed out” when being viewed at an angle. For this reason, we recommend placing this TV directly in front of the viewer or purchase an IPS panel display.

If the color volume is an important factor for your Digital Signage, It might be a better option to choose for the Hisense H8F display. If viewing angles are important to you, the LG UM7300 is perfect for accomplishing simple tasks such as displaying your company goals, displaying the weather or transportation information.

Hisense 50H8F 4K UHD TV with HDR Smart LED TV - 50" $329.99
Hisense 55H8F 4K UHD TV with HDR Smart LED TV - 55" $399.99
Hisense 65H8F 4K UHD TV with HDR Smart LED TV - 65" $569.99

Accessories and Set up Procedure for Budget Level Set

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For this type of display, we recommenced to purchase the Perlesmith Swivel Mount. This mount is a great budget option and only costs about $23! This mount can support up to 26"-55" TV's and can hold no more than 88 lbs. This mount offers more functionality allowing you to pull the TV away from the wall and move it left or right. 

If you display requires a larger mount above 55", the MD2268-LK Tilted Mount (the same one from the entry-level set) costing $23.99, should do the trick too. 

To purchase your hardware follow the steps below:

1. Purchase the recommended mount and accessories.

1.1. It is recommended to purchase the PSMFK1 Perlesmith heavy duty Swivel Mount here or the MD2268-LK Mounting Dream Tilted Mount here.

1.2. Next, purchase a high powered HDMI cord that can support and push 4K content. We recommend Amazon's Basic HDMI cord which you can buy here.

 

Mid Level Set

If you’re looking to display a more complex Digital Signage and a quicker refresh rate, this mid-level set is perfect for you. You must be wondering, but why is this TV more expensive? and what am I really getting in return? As expected, when you pay more you will be getting many more features. Features such as Dolby vision, full-array dimming, higher peak brightness and a wider colour gamut are staple in more advanced models. Typically a mid-level TV will cost between $500 to $900 with a standard 120 Hz refresh rate. Your media player will also be able to push out 4k content in multiple zones as they are equipped with the adequate GPU, CPU, and RAM.

Option 1 - LG SM9600PUA and Geniatech APC395X

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Best for: Suited for those looking to display more challenging content in zones and have support for Remote Device Management.
Average Costs:
< $900
Recommended Mount:
Full Motion, Swivel.

LG SM9500PUA (Best choice)

LG’s new 2019 Nano Series is a significant jump in all aspects making it the perfect Mid-Range TV Set. This TV costs around $800 and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is recommended if you want to use more advanced Digital Signage content to purchase a TV with 120 Hz or more as this will decrease motion blur on the screen.

The LG SM9500 is equipped with the very first advanced NanoCell Technology. This Nano Cell Technology uses nano particles to “absorb unwanted light wavelengths and enhances the purity of red and green colors displayed on screen”. This results in a significant increase in color vibrance on screen and gives more cinematic experience.

What's even more exciting about this TV is that it has an IPS panel type! Wait isn't it not recommended to get an IPS panel if you want to have a wide viewing angle!? Well normally this would be true but with the use of this new Nano Cell Technology, the color spectrum is so substantially brighter and wider, it mimics the same behavior as a VA panel would. Meaning you don’t have to fight over the best seat in the house! or worry about image degrading at an angle.

This TV also comes with Full Array Dimming which allows for certain regions of the panel to dim while others stay lit. This improves the blackness levels where some areas would normally appear grey, can appear black. If this is a bit too out of your budget but appeal to this mid-range standard, we recommend downgrading to an LG SM8000 model.

Unfortunately like all LG TVs, this model comes with a WebOS operating system so a media player will be required in order to use the ScreenCloud app or purchase an Android TV.

LG 65SM9500PUA 4K Smart UHD NanoCell TV - 65” $1996.99

LG 49SM8600PUA 4K Smart UHD NanoCell TV - 49" $549.99
LG 55SM8600PUA 4K Smart UHD NanoCell TV - 55" $699.99
LG 65SM8600PUA 4K Smart UHD NanoCell TV - 65" $799.99

Geniatech APC395X (best hardware choice)

Likewise, if you upgrade your Digital Signage TV display, you have to upgrade your media player. The Geniatech APC395X is a powerful Android-powered industrial PC with solid build quality designed for business use cases like Digital Signage. Unlike Amazon or Android TV devices, the Geniatech APC395X runs a more complete version of Android, like what you would find on a phone or tablet that supports more business apps and services like remote device management options.

Low entry media players are great if you just need to set up a few Digital Signage screens in your store or office, but if you want to get more business-ready devices at the same price point, you’re better off picking an Android-powered business device like the Geniatech APC395X.

Click here to purchase Geniatech APC395X - $89.00

To learn how to purchase a Geniatech APC395X device and set it up, follow our detailed step-by-step guide here.

Sony X850G Series TV (Second Best Choice)

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If you are looking for an Android operating system instead, we recommend purchasing the Sony X850G Series. This 4K TV uses Android 8.0 and has a peak brightness of 350 cd/m2 which is nearly half the brightness LG’s SM9000 series provides. This TV is also equipped with the standard IPS panel except for its 75” display which has a VA type panel. Unfortunately, this display does not use Nano Cell Technology but has strong points in the HDR range. If you need a slightly brighter display for a lower cost, the lower models like the Samsung Q60/Q60R will do just fine too. 

Sony XBR-55X850G LED 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV - 55" $829.99
Sony XBR-65X850G LED 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV - 65” $1029.99
Sony XBR-75X850G LED 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV - 75” $1329.99
Sony XBR-85X850G LED 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV - 85” $2298.99

Accessories and Set up Procedure for Mid-Level Set

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For this set, we recommend purchasing a more industrial and heavy-duty mount. The MD2380 Mounting Dream mount offers a full-motion mount that can tilt 15 degrees forward and 5 degrees back, and can also swivel 45 degrees to each side. This option is great if you want to place a display in the corner. However, the only issue to consider is this mount will not allow the TV to be flushed against the wall and it will leave a gap.

If this bothers you perhaps a tilted mount will suit your needs better such as the Peerless ST660P tiled mount which can support 39" - 80" and hold up to 200 lbs. As these mounts become bigger and more industrial the price will increase as well.

To purchase your hardware follow the steps below:

1. Purchase the recommended mount and accessories.

1.1. It is recommended to purchase an MD2380 Mounting Dream Full Motion mount for $39.99 here or the ST660P Peerless here for $99.74. 

1.2. Next, purchase a high powered HDMI cord that can support and push 4K content. We recommend Amazon's Basic HDMI cord which you can buy here.

 

High-End Set

We know the first initial instinct when looking for high functioning powerful displays is to buy an expensive plasma screen. When in fact plasma screens are not recommended for Digital Signage as their bright screens are known to leave burn-in marks.

Typically when displaying Digital Signage content, a static piece of content can be left on for long periods of time, leaving an impression of that image on the screen. However, there is a slight misconception and burn-ins don’t normally occur instantly. Normally the first thing you will actually see is an image retention which usually goes away after a few minutes. So if you plan to display for hours on end, we recommend not using Plasma or OLED screens. We suggest either LCD, LED or QLED screen as they emit less heat, they are lightweight and do not leave a burn-in screen.

In addition, you will need a high-end media player that will have to be industrial and able to handle demanding conditions. High-end media players are equipped with the necessary resources to keep your content running smoothly for hours. These players are good for indoor, outdoor, and large scale use.

Option 1 - LG OLED B9 and Intel NUC 8 Home Mini PC Core i5 

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Best for: High demanding content pushing high-quality content for long periods of time, with additional features such as an ethernet extension, USB and SD Slots.
Average Costs: < $1500
Recommended Mount: Swivel, Full Motion.

LG OLED B9 (Best Choice)

The LG OLED B9 belongs to the absolute top class of 4K TVs. This display delivers impeccable picture quality, excellent color contrast and perfect blacks. We have absolutely nothing bad to say about this TV series other than, the price is out of range for a lot of customers. If you cannot afford the LG B9 TV the LG OLED B8 works just as well.

These OLED displays get significantly brighter than LED or LCD screens and consume less power. LG’s OLED screens allow every individual pixel to light up or turn off independently of one another. As the pixels completely turn off, they emit no light and no color, allowing for some portions of the screen to look as black as if the TV was turned off. This can help your Digital Signage look even more realistic and immersive!

As explained earlier, It is important to note If you are buying a high-end TV with an OLED display, to be aware of possible “burn-in” effects. Normally we would not recommend these displays but The LG B9 comes equipped with an Automatic Brightness Limiter which reduces the luminosity of very bright content, reducing the chances of a burn-in screen. 

LG OLED55B9PUA 4K Smart OLED TV - 55" $1,399.99
LG OLED65B9PUA 4K Smart OLED TV - 65" $1,399.99
LG OLED77B9PUA 4K Smart OLED TV - 77" $1,399.99

Intel NUC 8 Home Mini PC Core i3 or i5 (best hardware)

Intel’s NUC mini PC’s are among the most powerful and reliable Digital Signage devices available on the market. We recommend the $450 Intel NUC 8 Home Mini PC Core i3 or Intel NUC 8 Home Mini PC Core i5, with Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Pro. These mini PC’s come with Celeron, Core i3 and Core i5 processors and plenty of storage space with 32GB, 128G and 1TB respectively. We recommend choosing a Celeron or Core i3 processor if you’re more price-conscious and a Core i5 processor if you want the most powerful and future proof device.

They are also equipped with HDMI outputs, ethernet and fast AC WiFi, good feature support, Kensington lock slots, Vesa mount compatibility and all have a three-year warranty.

If the Intel NUC 8 is not in stock, a good alternative would be the Azulle Inspire Core i3 costing at $499.99. However, if you are looking for a powerful media player without a Windows operating system, then we highly recommend the AOpen Chromebox Commercial 2 Celeron costing at $358.00.

Intel NUC 8 Home Mini PC Core i3 - $450.00
Intel NUC 8 Home Mini PC Core i5 - $455.00

AOpen Chromebox Commercial 2 Celeron - > $500
AOpen Chromebox Commercial 2 Core i3 - >$800

Azulle Inspire Core i3 -$499.99

 

Samsung Q80R (second-best choice)  

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The Samsung Q80/Q80R is one of the best TV’s out there (if you have the money for it). It can easily replace the LG OLED B9 as a cheaper alternative and for a much much brighter screen.

This TV has a peak brightness of about 1600 cd/m2 nits which is extremely bright! What's more special about this TV is its QLED display. QLED stands for ‘Quantum Light-Emitting Diode’ which uses tiny quantum dots that “glow” when you shine a light on them.

Because of their small size, a controlled array of quantum dots can produce accurate color as it contains over a billion different shades of color pixels. They are helped by LED backlighting which gets “supercharged” and make the quantum dots incredibly bright. But of course, every armor has its weakness. Like every LED screen, the backlights are dimmed and the remaining quantum dots are blocked off like shutters. This process is not perfect and can result in “light bleeding” which is when a light color seeps into a dark portion of the screen, usually making it appear grey.

On a more positive note, QLED displays are NOT susceptible to screen burns ins like OLED screens, which is why this TV is highly recommended for Digital Signage. Samsung also uses intelligent processors that use depth enhancing technology to upscale and enhance scenes and textures, resulting in even more stunning images. So pair this with an Intel NUC 8 or any other powerful media player and you have a very promising hardware setup.

The Samsung Q80R is a fantastic TV but it is not always for everyone. There are so many different types of TV’s and you’re bound to find the one that fits your budget. If this series is a bit too pricey then maybe try looking at the older versions like the Q70 or Q60. If you are looking for something more powerful, check out the Q90R or Q900.

Samsung QN55Q80RAFXZAQLED 4K Q80R Series - 55” $1,184.00
Samsung QN65Q80RAFXZAQLED 4K Q80R Series - 65” $1,797.00
Samsung QN75Q80RAFXZAQLED 4K Q80R Series - 75” $2,997.00
Samsung QN82Q80RAFXZAQLED 4K Q80R Series - 82” $3,868.00

Accessories and Set up Procedure for High-Level Set

It is recommended for this type of display to purchase a flat mount or tilting mount. To set up your TV mount follow the instructions below:

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When purchasing a high-end TV we highly recommend using a more durable mount. These mounts will tend to cost more because of the material and engineering that goes into it in order to make it as stable and. It is recommended to purchase the MD2298 Mounting Dream Articulating Mount. This mount has a warranty of 10 years! which is great if you're considering buying an expensive TV. This mount has 6 arms and can hold up to 132 lbs. These types of mounts are not low-profile and can be difficult to install so we suggest you look into a professional installation. 

Perhaps your Digital Signage will be positioned in one area with controlled lighting, then we recommend you purchase these durable flat and tilted wall mounts. We recommenced the SFP80 Peerless Flat Mount as it can hold up to 350 lbs and can support a 46"-90" display. If you want more control over the viewing angles,  we suggest the STP680 Peerless Tilted Mount that can also support 46"-90" displays, weighing up to 350 lbs. Both these mounts have a warranty of 5 years. 

To purchase your hardware follow the steps below:

1. Purchase the recommended mount and accessories.

1.1. It is recommended to purchase an MD2298 Mounting Dream Articulating mount for $89.99 here, theSFP90 Peerless Flat Mount for $109 here, or theSTP680 Peerless Tilted Mount for $122.00 here.  

1.2. Next, purchase a high powered HDMI cord that can support and push 4K content. We recommend Amazon's Basic HDMI cord which you can buy here.

 

 If you have any additional questions on how to purchase or set up your hardware for Digital Signage, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.

 

 

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