LG helped to save the show report from a round of writing ‘Nothing new’ in my notebook! The company had multiple new displays that are on the market now, or will be soon – as well as prototypes that we can’t talk about, in the new headquarters across the road from Mercedes-Benz World.
Due to high demand, LG has begun to produce smaller UltraHD units, in the UH5B series. A 55″ model was on show, but 65″ and 49″ models are also available. The 55″ uses an IPS panel with 178° viewing angles and a 1,100:1 contrast ratio, with 500cd/m² of brightness. It is designed to be used 24/7 and features DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, USB 3.0, RGB, RJ45 and RS232 inputs. Like all of LG’s newest signage displays, it runs the company’s own WebOS operating system.
The focus of the stand was the VH7B, which was introduced at Infocomm this year (LG Pushes UltraNarrow Bezels Further). Four screens were arranged in an eye-catching ‘windmill’ videowall – although we were told that it had looked better the day before; the temporary wall that the screens were mounted on had shifted overnight, and pushed them slightly out of alignment!
A 55″ display, the VH7B features an ultra-narrow 1.8mm bezel and a built-in PC. This PC runs LG’s SuperSign software, which can be used to rotate content and mount the display in any orientation. There was no news on bezel uniformity when we saw the display at Infocomm, but at Technology Exposed we heard that the bezel is 1.8mm on all four sides.
More specifications have been made available about the unit since Infocomm. It has an IPS panel with 1920 x 1080 resolution, a 1,400:1 contrast ratio and 178° viewing angles. Brightness is 700cd/m² and the display can be used 24/7. DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI-D, RGB, USB 3.0, USB 2.0, RJ45 and RS232 inputs, as well as an OPS slot, are featured.
Other displays on the stand were more traditional, but still had stand-out features. For example, the 55″ XS2B is a fanless model for high-brightness installations. It uses LG’s Shineout anti-reflective technology and has a very bright backlight; the display can reach 2,500cd/m². It also features an ambient light sensor, and can be used 24/7. Like LG’s other signage displays, it is built with an IPS panel.
The LX540S is a 49″ display running LG’s SuperSign TV software on an SoC, which includes a TV tuner. It is being marketed as an all-in-one display solution. The screen has 1920 x 1080 resolution; a 9ms response time; a 1,200:1 contrast ratio; 178° viewing angles; and an edge-LED backlight providing 300cd/m² of brightness.
Nearby was a ‘coming soon’ product, which had been seen as a prototype at ISE in February. Referred to as the ‘Hybrid Cooler’, it is a fridge with a transparent 49″ display (IPS panel) built into the door. The unit features USB playback, speakers, wireless content management and 24/7 reliability.
All of the displays featured on LG’s stand are available now; the Hybrid Cooler is available to order.