As a small, medium or even large business owner, the goal is always the same; increase your company’s profits through innovation and creativity. It really doesn’t matter if you own a small Mom and Pop shop, or if you manage the marketing for a large company and need new ways to market, using the right video wall solution is one key that your company should be using. In the old days, it was an expensive and overwhelming task to put a video wall together, but as technology has progressed, it’s not only cheaper, but modern video wall solutions are better too. The days of slow, heavy and poor quality are long gone. In fact, the best video wall solutions offer a design that is easy to setup and use and break down and transport, if necessary. Hopefully you’ll find that this article provides some insight as to what you need to look for when you go to make your video wall purchase, and it will help you pick the right components so that your video wall functions best for your business.
In the old days of JumboTrons and CRTs, putting together a video wall solution was pretty tough. Those days are long gone though, because these days, LED monitors with ultra thin bezel (we’ll discuss this in a moment) are attached to a stand alone video controller, which that will allow you to control up to 9 monitors with only one device. This means a couple of things for your video wall solution: you’ll spend less (significantly) and you’ll have significantly higher quality. The other advantage is that LEDs are much less bulky and weigh less, so they’ll be easy to setup and maneuver as needed, if you need to do so.
Let’s talk about LEDs first off. The cool thing about LED monitors is that they have an ultra sharp and stunning picture quality. This means that if you choose the right device(s) to accompany your monitors, you can setup a monster video wall that has awesome quality. Another cool thing about LED monitors is that as the technology improves, the bezel gets smaller and less noticeable. The bezel is, of course, the inactive part of the screen that looks like a frame (it’s usually black.) The reason a small bezel is important is because if you want to design a custom video wall solution that allows you to use all the screens in sync as one giant monitor, then having a small bezel will make the screens look more like one screen. This has turned out to be a huge break through in the multiple monitor arena. Before the days of tiny bezels, the best option for high definition video walls was a giant screen by a company like NEC. This was cool except that it could cost upwards of $50,000 or MORE. That’s why you saw far less companies using multiple monitor walls back in those days.
Picking the device to organize and control your video wall can be a challenge. There are several ways to approach it. I’m going to touch on the most popular solution, and then you can research and figure out what might work best for you. Using a multiple monitor computer or a computer than is capable of handling more than one monitor is a solution that companies have been using for years. The setup includes either a video card that is capable of handling 6-9 (or more even) monitors or using multiple monitors all in one machine. Of course the pro to this is that you have a little bit better control of your windows and what’s displayed on them. Some of us like to be able to be very specific on how we control things. The down side is that this setup is typically going to be more expensive. Video cards like the Matrox M9188 for example are expensive, and they must be coupled with a powerful machine that may end up costing a lot.
Another, better (in my humble opinion) option is a stand-alone video wall controller. There are a few available, the best of which is the iVu9 from Super-PC. The advantages of using a stand-alone are many, but the least is most certainly not the fact that you will save a considerable amount of money. And with the modern stand-alone controllers you’ll find that you’ll be able to do the majority of the same things that you wanted to do with the other setup.
The perfect video wall solution for your setup could be as simple as a controller and 9 monitors, but regardless of how you decide to set up your video wall, your business will thrive because of it.