4 Reasons to Buy a 4K Display

The decision to upgrade to a 4K display might not be an easy one. It wasn’t all that long ago that things moved from standard definition to HD and now there’s another move to an even higher resolution display. Here are 4 reasons to upgrade to a 4K Ultra-High Definition (UHD) display.

1. Multiple Inputs

Since 4K displays are four-times the resolution of HD screens you can use the multiple inputs on a Planar 4K monitor to show four different feeds at full resolution on one screen. So instead of trying to piece together the inputs on four different screens or figure out how to have your video sources switch between them all, you can do everything from one, dynamic display.

Imagine running four full-HD video feeds all at once on one screen. Or you could have a full HD video running in one corner with the other three-fourths of the screen dedicated to your computer display. With the built-in MediaPlex software on Planar® UltraRes™ Series displays you can easily switch between multiple inputs which means that one 4K UHD display can replace as many as four 1080p monitors.

2. Full-Resolution Design

With the increasing pixel density in modern design it can be frustrating to have to constantly zoom in and out of a project to see both the details and the overall image. A 4K display has over eight million pixels so it’s possible to work with an eight megapixel photo at full resolution without having to zoom in or out.

When time matters and projects are stacking up, the time saved by not having to constantly zoom in and out can add up significantly. Or a researcher can have multiple documents open, side-by-side, without having to switch between windows. Or a videographer can see a full-HD preview of the edits in just one corner of the screen. Every time you switch windows on a computer it takes a few seconds, adding those up over a day, or a week or an entire year could make the investment in a 4K display pay dividends in increased productivity.

3. Touch Interaction

As touch-screen interfaces become more the norm than the exception, people are much more comfortable being close to all sorts of displays. But on HD screens, the pixels start to become visible well before a person could touch the screen. For digital whiteboards, touch-kiosks, and interactive signage a 4K display makes the pixels far less noticeable so that the images on the screen become the focus rather than the display itself.

A recent study compared static PowerPoint presentations versus dynamic whiteboard presentations and found that in every way the whiteboard was the better communication tool. What a Planar 4K Touch-enabled display allows is the combination of both. The PowerPoint can be the basis for the presentation, but the screen can come alive with touch-based annotations that engage the content and the audience in meaningful ways.

4. Bigger Screens in Smaller Spaces

For the same reason, when a screen is too close to the viewers the image quality suffers because the individual pixels are visible rather than blending into the whole picture. Imagine getting too close to a Georges Seurat painting (one of the developers of pointillism) and the lovely scene of picnickers in a park is replaced by individual dots of color. The same thing happens when a screen is to close for its resolution.

With a 4K display you can be, on average, about twice as close compared to an HD display before the pixels become visible. Imagine replacing your 55-inch HD display that’s about 7-feet away with a 98-inch display. Quadrupling the size of a screen without losing any crispness or detail makes for an amazing experience.