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Having the best possible media player is crucial to getting the most out of your digital signage content. Nothing is more frustrating than putting together great content, loading it onto a player, and finding it isn't compatible with the player or the output quality is poor.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your current digital signage player or are just getting started with your digital signage strategy, here’s a list of the five best digital signage players to buy in 2022:
If you’re looking for the premier player on the market, the BrightSign XT1144 Expanded I/O Player is it. You'll be able to get high-quality video out of the XT1144 thanks to its 4K and Full HD video engine, which supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG and dual decoding of two 4Kp60 videos at the same time.
Additionally, the XT1144 supports swipe and gesture interactivity, social media streaming, and immersive HTML5 for video walls. The setup can be difficult, so best to have it professionally installed to get the most out of this amazing player.
BrightSign XT1144 Expanded I/O Player retails for $730 direct from BrightSign’s website.
The DN74 Android signage player from Giada offers dual 4K and 2K HDMI outputs. This signage player is fanless, so it's cool and quiet while running quad and dual-core ARM processors.
It’s a great-entry level signage player for those wanting to get started with high-quality digital signage. If you’re interested in purchasing one, you’ll have to go through a Giada hardware partner.
Giada doesn’t list pricing on their website. You must go through one of their partners or submit an inquiry to their sales team.
The Genia APC395X3 is specifically designed for industrial and commercial environments. With multiple ports, including a built-in SD slot, two USB ports, and HDMI, it’s compatible with many different ways of connecting to displays and content.
The player has an IR receiver for remote control connectivity and Bluetooth capability. Reviews for the APC395X3 are difficult to find, and so is a store that carries them in stock.
The APC395X can be found online for between $89 and $105 USD. On the official Geniatech store, they’re currently out of stock and retail for $105.
Even though the Seneca XK-LTX is small, it packs a big punch in the digital signage player space. This little 4K player fits in the palm of your hand but has the built-in capability to run anything from basic digital signage to kiosks and IoT.
It has two USB ports, one 3.0 and one 2.0, GbE LAN, and Intel WiFi. These are difficult to find on the retail market, so you need to contact Seneca directly.
MSRP for the XK-LTX is $530, and you have to go through a Seneca partner or contact them directly.
QBIC Technology is the ultimate Android digital signage hardware producer. Their BXP-320 is their supercharged signage player with a 4K HDMI Ultra HD, perfect for high-resolution, high-tier digital signage. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have any built-in storage.
Finding one retail is difficult but possible, but your best bet is to contact a QBIC partner.
You have to go through a QBIC Technology hardware partner or buy it on the secondary market.
Chromecast with Google TV is an excellent option for people looking for a simple plug-and-play device.
It offers up to 4K HDR with 60 frames per second (FPS), Dolby Vision, and Bluetooth connectivity. However, Chromecast wasn’t built for digital signage, so its minimal processing power makes it difficult to run it effectively.
Chromecast retails at $49.99 USD directly from Google. It also comes in three different colors (Snow, Sunrise, and Sky) if you want to add a pop of color.
Choosing the right hardware for your digital signage needs can be overwhelming, so Wallboard is here to help.
Wallboard provides end-to-end digital signage software solutions for organizations of all sizes across all industries, which includes helping you pick the right hardware for your strategy.
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