If you’re just getting started in the hunt for the best digital signage displays, you’re likely overwhelmed by all the options on the market. There are countless brands (not to mention different types of displays, like TVs, kiosks and projectors) to choose from, and it can be difficult to navigate the market to determine what the best deals are.
Think of this as a jumping off point for your own research. Whether you’re looking to buy one display for your small business or hundreds for your enterprise company, you’ll find something appropriate for your budget.
Now, in order from smallest to largest, here’s a roundup of our top 5 digital signage displays! (Prices are subject to change.)
This screen from TCL has one of the smallest screen sizes of our roundup (we recommend displays no smaller than 48 inches for digital signage purposes), but it’s also the least expensive and comes with decent specs. The slim screen comes equipped with full HD 1080p picture quality and LED backlighting for vibrant color. The 48” will look great on any wall mount or on its pedestal, and includes a 1-year warranty. The display is an affordable option for corporate, retail, and hospitality venues looking to install a network of screens across many locations.
Pros: Great energy efficiency; USB & HDMI ports included
Cons: Shorter warranty; older model
This 48-inch from ViewSonic is ideal for hotel, restaurant, and other corporate clients looking for a high performing, quality HD LED screen. The display comes equipped with wide viewing angles and advanced brightness technologies designed for a superior viewing experience. Best of all, Enplug’s technology will soon be integrated into ViewSonic screens, providing for the best digital signage and visual communications experience on the market.
Pros: Multiple connectivity options for device control; 3-year warranty
Cons: Not particularly energy efficient
The 50-inch NEC display is a great bargain for a commercial-grade screen that offers Full HD 1080p, a three-year warranty, and RS-232 and multiple HDMI ports. Better yet, you can leave this display on 24/7 without overheating—an environmentally friendly must-have feature for lobbies, schools, and other corporate settings. The screen includes a Power Savings Mode and LED backlighting, so you won’t get sticker shock from your electricity bills.
Pros: Energy efficient model
Cons: Pricier option for size
The 50-inch LED commercial-grade screen from Toshiba packs a vibrant punch with high brightness functionality and exceptional picture resolution. Thin bezel design, HDMI ports, and an embedded USB player makes this model ideal for commercial use. Choose this screen if you’re looking to provide a vibrant digital signage experience on select screens in high-foot traffic areas of your business.
Pros: Landscape and Portrait modes available
Cons: Lacks in energy efficiency
The grand finale is this larger 55 inch model of the ViewSonic CDE 1080p series. For those looking to make a big impact with just one screen, this affordable option is your best bet. Complete with an RS232 input which lets you automatically turn your screens on and off, wide viewing angles, and crisp HD resolution, you’ll experience an easy multi-screen installation and vivid picture experience ideal for digital signage settings.
Pros: Enplug’s software soon to be integrated into ViewSonic displays
Cons: Brightness settings need to be manually adjusted
While there are countless brands and models to choose from, this is a good representation of the features and specs you can expect to find in your own additional research at this price range. Of course, shopping on a budget means you’ll need to compromise on certain features. The more money you’re willing to spend, the more likely you’ll find TVs suited for bright environments, encased in thinner frames and able to be powered on 24 hours a day. But these are solid bets for their respective price points, and if you’re looking for a bargain, you can’t go wrong with these five.