Which Consumer TVs Do You Recommend for Digital Signage?

Avatar
by Abner Olivieri
Follow

Choosing the right TV can be daunting. There are so many things to take into consideration when it comes to picking a TV and it's easy to get lost in all the technical jargon.

We're here to help. In this article, we've aggregated the professional opinions of dozens of online reviewers and pinpointed the best options for your digital signage needs, in different price ranges.


Table of contents:

Consumer vs Professional Displays

Our Recommendations

The Best Entry-Level (0-$300) Consumer TVs

The Best Budget ($300-$500) Consumer TVs

The Best Mid-Range ($500-$900) Consumer TVs

The Best High-End ($900-$1500) Consumer TVs

In Conclusion

 

Consumer vs Professional Displays

Before we get started though, let's take a look at one key thing to consider when getting a TV or display for digital signage - should you get a consumer TV or a professional display?

To answer this question, let's first look at what the differences are.

There's one key difference that stands out first, and that is display time. Simply put, consumer TVs are displays designed for personal use, meaning they are designed for less display time, more or less 8 hours per day at most, as you probably won't be watching TV for more time than that in 1 day. Professional display, on the other hand, are specifically designed for digital signage and are designed for longer display times, usually 16 hours a day 7 days a week or 24 hours a day 7 days a week (you'll often see a 16/7 or 24/7 display time rating on professional displays' spec sheets).

This is a really key difference and it's all about durability, if you use a consumer TV for 24/7 digital signage usage you will find that the TV will lose quality over time, with things like edge burn-in, color distortion - among other issues - becoming a problem over time. A pretty easy rule of thumb here, if you need to display content 16-24 hours a day, you might need to get a professional display. A bit of counter advice though, you will find that professional displays are often significantly more expensive than consumer TVs, and as such we find it common for users who need to display content 16-24 hours a day still getting a consumer TV and just replacing it after a few years when it begins to lose quality instead of going for the more expensive option. In the end, the choice is up to you.

There are other areas as well though where professional displays can have advantages over consumer TVs - for example, build quality and durability, brightness, warranty, outdoor use, viewing angles, device control, touch screen capabilities and more - so we recommend looking at your options closely and choosing what's important to you.

 

Our Recommendations

In this article, we will be covering consumer TV recommendations only, not professional display recommendations, and we will specifically be covering what we feel are the best options in 4 different price ranges - Entry-Level (0-$300), Budget ($300-$500), Mid-Range ($500-$900) and High-End ($900-$1500).

We also won't be given preference based on any TVs operating system or platform (we'll assume you will use the TV you choose with a digital signage media device that suits your needs) - this is just about the best image quality for your money - but we will let you know if the TV comes with an operating system that works with ScreenCloud.

Let's dig in.

 

The Best Entry-Level (0-$300) Consumer TVs


(Best choice) Toshiba Fire TV Edition Smart TVs or Insignia Fire TV Edition Smart TVs

Both the Toshiba Fire TV Edition Smart TVs and Insignia Fire TV Edition Smart TVs (which are very similar) may not have the best specs, but they sure are affordable and a great option for getting started. Being Fire TV Editions TVs they also come with the Fire OS operating system, where it's easy to install the ScreenCloud app via the app store to get started with ScreenCloud.

Toshiba 32LF221U19 720p HD Smart LED TV (Fire TV Edition) - 32" $179.99
Toshiba 43LF421U19 1080p Full HD Smart LED TV (Fire TV Edition) - 43" $219.99
Toshiba 50LF711U20 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR (Fire TV Edition) - 50" $279.99

Insignia NS-24DF310NA19 720p HD Smart LED TV (Fire TV Edition) - 24" $119.99
Insignia NS-43DF710NA19 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV HDR (Fire TV Edition) - 43" $249.99


(Second best choice) TCL 3-Series Smart TVs or equivalent TCL model in your region

If the Toshiba Fire TV Edition Smart TVs and Insignia Fire TV Edition Smart TVs are not available in your region then our next best pick is the TCL 3-Series Smart TVs (or an equivalent TCL model in your region as model numbers change). These TVs are also really affordable (although they go a bit over $300 for the larger sizes) and while they come with Roku's operating system which doesn't support ScreenCloud's app but it's easy to get a digital signage media device like an Amazon Fire TV Stick to make it compatible ScreenCloud.

TCL 32S325 3-Series HD LED Roku Smart TV - 32" $169.99
TCL 40S325 3-Series FHD LED Roku Smart TV - 40" $269.99
TCL 43S325 3-Series FHD LED Roku Smart TV - 43" $319.99

 

The Best Budget ($300-$500) Consumer TVs


(Best choice) LG UM7300 Series TVs

There are a lot of good choices in this category but our favorite is the LG UM7300 Series TVs, for one key reason, they have IPS displays that deliver better viewing angles than other VA displays in the same price range, which is important for a digital signage display where your viewers will be viewing the screen from all sides. These TVs are our top choice in this price range as they present the best value for money.

LG UM7300 Series TVs come with LG's Web OS operating system which doesn't support ScreenCloud's app but it's easy to get a digital signage media device like an Amazon Fire TV Stick to make it compatible with ScreenCloud.

LG 43UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 43" $296.90
LG 49UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 49" $329.99
LG 55UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 55" $396.99
LG 65UM7300PUA 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV - 65" $499.99


(Second best choice) Hisense H8 Series TVs

Hisense's H8 Series TVs are very similar in specs to the LG UM7300 Series TVs, but are more than twice as bright at 700 cd/m2 and have great reflection handling, so glare shouldn't be an issue in a bright room. They have VA panels so viewing angles are worse than on the LG UM7300 equivalents, but are still a really good option for specific use cases.

Hisense's H8 Series TVs also come with the Android TV operating system, where it's easy to install the ScreenCloud app via the app store to get started with ScreenCloud.

Hisense 55H8F 4K UHD TV with HDR Smart LED TV - 55" $399.99
Hisense 50H8F 4K UHD TV with HDR Smart LED TV - 50" $329.99

 

The Best Mid-Range ($500-$900) Consumer TVs


(Best choice) LG SM8600 Series TVs

Again, there are a lot of good choices in this category but our favorite is the LG SM8600 Series TVs, specifically for their IPS displays and 600 cd/m2 brightness level that deliver great viewing angles and can handle a wide range of environments compared to other displays in the same price range, which is important for a display being used specifically for digital signage. 

LG SM8600 Series TVs come with LG's Web OS operating system which doesn't support ScreenCloud's app but it's easy to get a digital signage media device like an Amazon Fire TV Stick to make it compatible with ScreenCloud.

LG 49SM8600PUA 4K Smart UHD NanoCell TV - 49" $549.99
LG 55SM8600PUA 4K Smart UHD NanoCell TV - 55" $799.99
LG 65SM8600PUA 4K Smart UHD NanoCell TV - 65" $999.99


(Second best choice) Sony X850G Series TVs

Sony X850G Series TVs are very similar in specs to the LG SM8600 Series TVs, but are not as bright at 350 cd/m2 and more expensive, but does come with some additional advanced technologies and the Android TV operating system, where it's easy to install the ScreenCloud app via the app store to get started with ScreenCloud.

Sony XBR-55X850G LED 4K Ultra HD HDR Smart TV - 55" $829.99

 

The Best High-End ($900-$1500) Consumer TVs


(Best choice) LG OLED B9 Series TVs

If you're looking to buy a high-end TV it's likely that you'll want to get an OLED TV, which represents the pinnacle of image quality these days, with many advantages in terms of image quality over LEDs and LCDs. When it comes to digital signage though it's important to remember that there are some disadvantages to OLED TVs, namely burn-in, which can occur if the TV displays exactly the same content (for example static content like an image or information) for a long period of time. As such, OLED TVs are best for use cases where you are not displaying static content but instead displaying dynamic content that is constantly changing (like videos or regularly rotated content).

LG OLED B9 Series TVs are our favorite TVs at this price range. They're a bit older than the newer LG OLED C9 Series TVs but more affordable with basically all the same benefits, including excellent picture quality, a wide color gamut, good brightness levels, and fantastic viewing angles.

LG OLED B9 Series TVs come with LG's Web OS operating system which doesn't support ScreenCloud's app but it's easy to get a digital signage media device like an Amazon Fire TV Stick to make it compatible with ScreenCloud.

LG OLED55B9PUA 4K Smart OLED TV - 55" $1,399.99
LG OLED65B9PUA 4K Smart OLED TV - 65" $1,899.99

 

In Conclusion

When it comes to picking a TV for your digital signage needs, you will find that there are great options at all price ranges.

We recommend starting with planning your budget and then picking the best TV in that price range, keeping in mind that you may need an additional digital signage media device if that TV does not run on an operating system that supports ScreenCloud, or if you need a more powerful operating system that has features that a TVs operating system does not have.

 

If you have any additional questions about which consumer TVs to use for digital signage, or any other questions or feedback about ScreenCloud, feel free to reach out to our support team at support@screencloud.com or give us a call at our toll-free support line at +18885575335.

 

Comments

0 comments
Please sign in to leave a comment.