With the prices of LCD/LED touchpanels dropping and the dimensions increasing, they are finding their way in to more spaces that previously had been the domain of the projector. The playing field is leveling out since both large LCD/LED touchpanels and short throw projectors have similar interactivity capability. So the choice hinges on the size of the image necessary for the room or function.
Bill Craig, vice president of Business Development at Logic Integration, Inc. has noticed the trend in his installation business. In the last six to eight months, the preference has been for touch-capable LED displays in corporate installations. “More and more of our customers utilize displays in boardrooms instead of the traditional projector,” he says. “We’re going away from the projector-based whiteboard to the LED options. We’ve got a bid out for an installation with 45 conference rooms. In that whole proposal, there are three or four projectors. The rest of the rooms are all display based.”
Feedback from his customers is that the LCD or LED displays are preferred because of lower maintenance issues; i.e., managing bulbs. “They potentially have a longer life span and it’s a brighter display,” says Craig. “But there is definitely a place for projectors, too. You get to a certain size and you need projectors for landscape or for certain applications.”
For Rob Gilfillan, president of Cenero, a Malvern, PA-based integration company, since LED and large panel displays have gotten larger, they are being installed in many spaces that would have traditionally been spec’ed for a projector and screen. “Clients think it looks sexier to have the flat panel on the wall as opposed to the projector equipment hanging out of the ceiling,” he says. “The contrast ratio and the image clarity is going to be better on a display than it would