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Choosing between an Interactive LCD or projector for the classroom

As classroom projectors come to the end of their life, or require bulb changes, more and more schools are considering Interactive LCD or LED screens as a replacement. There are many factors to consider in this decision and we hope the following will help guide your decision, although to discuss the options in more detail please do not hesitate to contact us.

Benefits of Interactive LCD Screen

  • No Shadow – LCD or LED screens offer an improved user experience largely through the fact there is no shadowing when using the screen
  • Higher Resolution – This is enhanced by a much higher resolution than most standard classroom projectors – True HD (1920 x 1080) as opposed to XGA (1024 x 768.)
  • Widescreen – LCD or LED screens are also widescreen and as such are more compatible with iPads and newer PCs that have a native widescreen format.
  • Longer Life – LCD/LED screens have an estimated life of up to 100,000 hours
  • Range of screen sizes – There are now interactive screens available in 42”, 55” and 65”, 70″ and 82″ screens

Benefits of Projectors

The main benefit of opting for a projector replacement is cost. Invariably existing brackets and cables can also be re-used making installation very quick and cost effective. Projected systems also offer larger image options – up to 84″ Diagonal when used with a SMART Interactive Whiteboard.

As a Gold Accredited SMART Board reseller we also have a Word of warning ……. If you are an existing SMART Board user, and wish to continue using the SMART Notebook 11 on an interactive LCD you need to either purchase a SMART Product or a Notebook licence. Currently only the SMART, BenQ or NEC Interactive LCD’s can be supplied with SMART Notebook 11. For other manufacturers the SMART Notebook Software needs to be purchased separately at a cost of £649 per screen.

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