When shopping for a flat panel display for your business needs, you may be tempted to buy a cheap consumer-grade display, instead of the more expensive, industrial models. After all, outside of violating the warranty clause, what could possibly go wrong by putting a consumer display in your commercial/industrial setting?
Three-word answer: Quite a lot!
Consumer and industrial displays differ in mainly three aspects: robustness, performance and lifecycle.
Displays in the latter category are designed to have superior characteristics in all three areas.
Industrial displays are primarily designed to operate in rigorous conditions. They can effectively combat high humidity, extended operational usage, abnormal temperatures—both high and low, DC power spikes, etc.
On the other hand, consumer-grade displays are not designed to function in extreme environments. They’re meant to be used only in domestic settings where the conditions are milder and can often be controlled.
Next comes performance.
Whether you’re talking in the context of brightness, contrast ratio, resolution, pixel density, viewing angles, frame rate, response time or color gamut – industrial displays easily outperform consumer displays in all areas.
For instance, brightness for consumer-grade displays typically ranges between 300 and 350nit. Whereas, industrial grade displays are generally designed to have brightness in the range of 700 and 1000 nit.
As a retailer, which brightness level will would you prefer for your digital signage?
Industrial displays also have longer lifecycles in comparison to consumer grade displays. This can be attributed to their more robust design.
Where a consumer grade display may last 6-7 years before suffering from component or complete failure, an industrial display can smoothly function for 11-12 years.
The lifecycle superiority of industrial displays is further reflected in their warranty terms. Industrial displays typically offer parts warranties of up to 3 years, while consumer displays usually offer 1-year in parts warranty.
In conclusion, the difference between consumer and industrial displays is quite significant. You simply cannot expect the same level of robustness, performance and durability from consumer displays that industrial displays offer. Yes, industrial displays are more expensive, but you get a high quality solution for the money you pay.
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