With so many devices to wirelessly stream you screen or audio and large screens so readily available we’re often asked why we recommend and use commercial grade devices for meeting rooms and office fit outs.
Surely a consumer or residential grade product that does a similar job would be sufficient and of course it’s normally much cheaper. Typically these devices are also easier to source, with the anyone being able to buy them directly from a large retailer.
Now I could launch into the Pro’s and Con’s of consumer versus commercial grade products, but I think it’s far more important to understand the situation or purpose you are going to use these devices for. In fact, we recommend devices that are fit for the intended purpose.
In some instances like a TV in lunch room or staff breakout a consumer TV is perfectly appropriate, it does exactly what you want. You don’t need it to do anything else. If it stops working you simply replace it with a similar device and the impact to your business in this downtime is minimal.
However, if you have a training room or meeting room where you may have different connection options for different meeting types, this may require special screen connections, resolution or colour depth for a particular application. The screen is also vital to the majority of meetings in that room and if it were break this would cause the functionality of the room to be severely affected and as a result have a significant impact on meetings and the wider business to some extent.
So again what we are actually recommending is that the product you purchase is fit for the purpose of your space or technology system.
We recommend product that not only have good warranty, but good support and service within the country. And yes this support costs money which is ultimately incorporated to the cost of the devices, but we ask you to evaluate the cost to your business of these meeting room systems remaining functional.
Just to summarise technology devices should be fit for your intended purpose. The functional purpose of the meeting room should be the driver for selection of technology equipment for a successful overall solution.