April 2012 - Advanced AV

Do you need to invest in a service contract?

One of the questions that is always asked is whether service contracts are ‘worth it”. Bombarded by publications like Consumer Reports that tell us not to spend the money on service contracts for our iPads and laptops, there is an understandable concern that a service contact on a high end AV system might also be a waste of precious dollars.

Comparing the two, however, is like comparing apples and airplanes. In the professional AV world, our systems are as complex as an iPad is simple.

Professional systems are central to our work and mission. When a conference room, board room, media center or video conferencing center goes down, people all across the enterprise are affected.

So, the answer is not always simple. To help here are a few questions you should ask yourself to decide whether service contracts make sense for you.

Do you have someone on staff techically competent to track down and quickly repair system problems? This includes deep experience in video, audio, distribution, networking and software, because all of those elements are part of the modern AV system.

If you do have someone, do they have the time left from their regular duties to do routine maintenance, systems diagnosis and repairs? Most facilities are running their people at maximum productivity already. What doesn’t get done while your engineer or technician is dealing with maintenance and repair?

Do you have a system in place that keeps up with the latest updates and changes that affect your system? With everything being so interconnected and software based, this is more and more important.

A good service contract does more than fix your system, it keeps it maintained to run optimally by monitoring and updating your system regularly, saving money by preventing problems […]

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April 2012

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Canon LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw Projector

Canon LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw Projector

Continually diversifying the ways in which visual information can be presented, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, has introduced the LV-8235 Ultra-Short Throw (UST) Multimedia Projector. Capable of projecting an 80-inch picture from a distance of only 1.04 ft., the LV-8235 UST can sit on a table or be mounted horizontally or vertically on a wall, ceiling or floor for a variety of 3D or 2D display applications, including educational presentations, advertising/digital signage, or museum/arcade rear-projection screens. With a high brightness rating of 2500 lumens and a maximum display size of 110 inches, the LV-8235 UST delivers its crisp imagery in the WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution 16:10 aspect ratio, which eliminates cropping or distortion when presenting HD video or graphics created on widescreen laptops.

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Infocus Mondopad INF5520 Giant Touch Tablet

Infocus Mondopad INF5520 Giant Touch Tablet

Present, annotate and collaborate on a giant tablet with meeting participants in the room and around the world. An InFocus Mondopad puts everything you need to visually present, capture and share ideas at your fingertips – all beautifully integrated into a single device.

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NEC X551S 55″ LED-Backlit, Super-Slim, Professional-Grade, Large-Screen Display

NEC X551S 55″ LED-Backlit, Super-Slim, Professional-Grade, Large-Screen Display

The NEC 55″ X551S makes your digital signage easy to implement, configure and operate. This super-slim full HD LCD display offers a much slimmer depth with LED backlighting and an Open Pluggable Specification (OPS) slot to increase flexibility for users in any digital signage application. Additional connections include DisplayPort, HDMI and an expansion slot for NEC accessories or third-party components. Its TileMatrix™ capability allows you to build video walls using up to 100 displays in a single configuration.

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