Video conferencing is a fantastic way to hold meetings with people from all over the world without leaving your office. It`s cost-effective, it requires no travel time, and it requires very little equipment.
One piece of equipment you will definitely need for your video conferencing, however, is a display screen. Not sure which kind to get? Here are the pros and cons of five common options for video conferencing displays.
Selecting the Right Video Conferencing Display
1. Cathode Ray Tube Televisions (CRT)
The standard, old-fashioned television set, Cathode Ray Tube Televisions are very inexpensive and easy to come by. Unfortunately, they can be heavy and cumbersome, and they are prone to burn-in. These televisions will work for video conferencing in a pinch, but you may want something else long term.
2. Rear-Projection Digital Light Processing (DLP)
Rear-Projection Digital Light Processing televisions are also inexpensive, and they do not fade or show signs of image burn-in. They do offer a limited viewing angle, however, which is impractical for video conferencing when people must sit to the sides of the screen. Their lamps need changed frequently as well.
Plasma televisions offer a wide viewing angle and excellent picture quality with crisp images and limited blur. Unfortunately, however, plasma televisions are prone to burn in, they are very heavy, and their brightness will fade over time. Plasma may not be a good long term investment for video conferencing.
4. Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)
Liquid Crystal Display televisions are light and thin. They come in a wide variety of sizes, they have a long lifespan, and they do not generally show signs of image burn-in. On the other hand, Liquid Crystal Display televisions offer a limited viewing angle, and their images may be affected by radios nearby.
5. Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
Light Emitting Diode televisions are thin and power efficient. They offer a wide color spectrum and high contrast. They can be expensive, however, which defeats one of the main reasons to utilize video conferencing: to save money.