9 Considerations When Purchasing an Interactive Flat Panel
Interactive flat panels, commonly referred to as IFPs or Interactive Displays, have become integral in transforming the landscape of corporate presentations, classroom teaching modules, and collaboration across various settings. They seamlessly blend touch-screen functionalities with high-definition displays and multimedia features, positioning them as indispensable assets in contemporary teaching and presentation environments. When considering such a significant investment, it’s crucial to be informed. Here are vital considerations to guide your choice:
1. Size and Resolution
- Size: The ideal size is contingent on the room’s dimensions and its intended audience. The 65” and 75” interactive displays are tailored for standard K‑12 classrooms. Conversely, most higher education institutions opt for the 86” model, aligning with the needs of larger lecture halls. QOMO’s BundleBoard H’s HDMI out feature enables signal output to supplementary displays, enhancing visibility. For corporate settings, the suitable size hinges on the room’s capacity. A 65” works for smaller rooms accommodating 2–5 participants, while more extensive conference areas housing 6–20 attendees would benefit from a 75”. For even larger spaces, the 86” is advisable.
- Resolution: A higher resolution translates to superior clarity. Full HD or 4K are optimal for academic and business contexts. Notably, all QOMO Interactive Displays have been 4K since 2016, ensuring finer image details and heightened readability.
2. Touch Capabilities
- Multi-Touch: This feature permits several users to engage with the screen concurrently, which is vital for team endeavors. Some interactive displays, such as the BundleBoard H, boasts up to 40 touch points for precise control, and 20 touch points specifically for writing—enhancing its adaptability.
- Touch Response: Rapid touch recognition without delay is essential. The BundleBoard H interactive display employs IR touch technology, providing a natural, lag-free writing experience reminiscent of traditional whiteboards.
3. Connectivity Options
- Variety in ports (HDMI, USB, VGA, etc.) ensures compatibility with a range of devices. RS232 maximizes control with external systems, while the HDMI and USB touch port are foundational for interactive touch compatibility with PCs. Innovations like USB C in the BundleBoard H are also noteworthy, facilitating video, touch, and power transmission to compatible laptops.
- Wireless connectivity, as facilitated by the BundleBoard H’s specialized app, eliminates cable clutter. This feature also supports diverse casting modalities and simultaneous device connectivity.
- The computer slot in QOMO’s interactive displays allows you to embed a Windows, Chrome Flex, or Android computer for a sleeker, more modular appearance.
- Opt for displays with anti-glare and resilient surfaces. The BundleBoard H incorporates a 3mm fortified glass layer, enhancing both durability and vibrancy.
- Lifespan is another factor; for instance, the BundleBoard H is rated for up to 50,000 hours.
5. Integrated Software
- Check if built-in software aligns with your needs, and the flexibility to integrate third-party solutions. BundleBoard H is equipped with a plethora of pre-installed tools and an Appstore, offering diverse functionalities. Using the onboard camera app, you can even connect a USB Document camera to it without the need of an additional computer.
6. Price and Warranty
- Value for money is paramount. Ensure you account for all necessary features in your budget, including any re-occurring fees that may be hidden in the cost.
- Warranties, like QOMO’s included 3‑year onsite guarantee, can mitigate potential future issues, ensuring swift, hassle-free repairs. 2 year warranty upgrades are also available upon the purchase of an Interactive Display.
7. Mounting Options
- The right hardware is crucial given the substantial weight of interactive displays. Whether wall-mounted or on a movable stand, safety and durability are paramount. QOMO provides versatile mounting solutions, ranging from budget friendly mobile carts to electric height adjustable stands, ensuring stability and adaptability.
8. Audio Capabilities
- Built-in audio quality, such as the 2 15W speakers in the BundleBoard H, should meet your needs.
- For expansive spaces, external audio enhancements might be necessary.
Be wary of hidden costs. Some brands might restrict premium features after an initial period. With QOMO, transparency is a hallmark—you retain access to all purchased features indefinitely.
In conclusion, Interactive Displays, epitomized by models like the BundleBoard H, amalgamate versatility with efficiency, making them invaluable in educational and corporate settings. For personalized guidance on selecting the perfect interactive flat panel, the QOMO Sales Team stands ready to assist.