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    Smart 'frames' for LCD/Plasma TV's

    Have many people come across these? We're looking to replace some aging smartboards now and i'm looking to break the endless projector related cycle - replacing lamps, dusting them, bright days rendering the screen unintelligible, wrong source being chosen on the projector, etc... etc...

    If so, what are your thoughts?

    I like the idea as it would mean less maintenance, better image quality, less 'overheating' issues, and would get rid of the projector stuck on a pole.

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    Really depends on the size of your classroom, generally speaking the LCD/Plasma will not be as big as the projector/smartboard combo, and the smart frame when I last checked was about the same price as a smartboard. So factor in the cost of a decent sized lcd/plasma it is more expensive for a smaller image size.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TronXP View Post
    Really depends on the size of your classroom, generally speaking the LCD/Plasma will not be as big as the projector/smartboard combo, and the smart frame when I last checked was about the same price as a smartboard. So factor in the cost of a decent sized lcd/plasma it is more expensive for a smaller image size.
    The smart frames now come in sizes up to 65" I think, and we generally install 48" Smartboards.

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    The big advantage of these is that you won't be in a shadow while trying to write on the thing.

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    and staff wont write on them in pen!

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    I have to say I'm intrigued. I haven't come across any before - links anyone?

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    We looked at them briefly but as stated above at the the time the most cost effective size of TFT/Plasman Television you could buy was 46" which just isn't large enough for a classroom IMO and is only about half the size of an interactive whiteboard. Wont really be possible to seriously consider them until they can match a 80" Smartboard which will be a while.

    I'll be having one in my lounge the day I can buy an 80" TFT for sane money though

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    I'd suggest possibly looking at moving away from SMART completely then. Why don't you look at getting a dedicated touch LCD? There are currently two main brands available at present - CleverLCD Touch and VTron. The main differences being LCD Touch runs via a stand-alone PC similar to a SMART Board but VTron's have PC's built in. It saves you buying a consumer panel or a business panel then buying a frame (atleast then only 1 thing can go wrong too ) Again there avail up to about 65" similar to SMART and I believe both can run the SMART Notebook software.

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    Although running the SMART notebook on non-smart hardware is a license breach

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    The smart frames now come in sizes up to 65" I think, and we generally install 48" Smartboards.
    65" plasma are around the 3000-6000 range so lets say 4000, plus the smart frame which is around 2000 thats 6000 on a 65" smart display. You could get a 680i 77" for around the 2800-3000 mark.

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    Yes, we don't install 77" smartboards, we install 48".

    Just got a couple of quotes back for these now. 50" @ ~2700 and 52" @ ~3700.

    The only issue I've noticed is that the pens are the kind which have a battery in them. Not ideal.

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