Consumer TVs vs. Pro Displays

Consumer TVs vs. Panasonic Commercial Grade Professional Displays

  • Approximately a 60,000 Hour Lifetime
  • Two-year in restaurant warranty serviceBacked by a comprehensive 2-year on-site parts and labor limited warranty (optional extension to five year ON-SITE warranty). And as always, our Panasonic Concierge Service provides a toll-free hotline and 24-hour priority scheduling of on-site service if the display is in need of service or repair.
  • Integrated LED HDTVs
  • Eco-Friendly, Energy-Saving Design
  • Industry Leading Lowest Cost of Operation - Energy Star 6.0 Certified, uses as little as 25.4W of power during continuous operation
  • Lowest failure rate of any TV manufacturer
Despite their similar exterior appearance, consumer televisions — such as those you'd purchase at your local electronics store — aren't ideal displays for commercial restaurant applications. While they work perfectly at home for watching movies and playing video games, many applications require a display engineered to handle continual usage, changing light conditions and varied locations. By adhering to the highest quality control standards for components and manufacturing, professional displays offer significantly better Return on Investment (ROI) than consumer-grade displays. Here's why you should consider a Panasonic professional display instead of a consumer display:

Long Hours of operation Consumer televsisions are built to operate for a maximum of about four to six hours a day. Professional displays, however, are designed to run for long periods of time, so they'll last longer and are less likely to fail at inopportune moments.  A Panasonic professional displays frequently can outlive three to five normal consumer televisions.
Tamper resistant control locks Because flat panel displays are often used in public spaces, such as for digital signage, it's important to secure them to prevent disruptions to communications and tampering with controls such as power, volume and other controls. Panasonic professional displays are designed to prevent such unauthorized adjustments in Burger King public locations. 


Warranty Consumer displays usually come with a one-year warranty, which can often be voided or reduced to 90 days when used in a commercial application. Panasonic professional displays, come with a STANDARD TWO-YEAR ON-SITE PANASONIC FACTORY WARRANTY with an option for an additional three-year extended warranty available.

"Yogore" stains [Dark staining in spots over time] The liquid crystal and PI film for LCD televisions include a variety of impurities. These impurities interrupt the reversion of liquid crystal to its original position. This can cause "Yogore" defects, which can cause boundary lines to appear on the screen, diminishing picture quality. There are drastically fewer impurities in the materials used to manufacture professional LCD displays than TV panels, which severely limits the chances of a "Yogore" stain.

Durability Consumer televisions aren't built for operating in your dining room's demanding environments. With professional displays, there are a variety of options to fit any environment. For instance, professional displays often have a fanless design, which is ideal for environments with high air pollutants, such as Quick-Serve Restaurants (QSRs), which can lead to failure in a display by exposing internal components to elements such as moisture and smoke. In addition, there are professional LCD displays that are IP66-compliant for dustproof and water resistant protection. 
Viewing angle Professional displays are built with an In-Plane Switching (IPS) panel, which prevents color change when images are viewed from a wide angle. Some consumer televisions are built with a Vertical Alignment (VA) panel. While both panels have viewing angles of about 178 degrees, the image on the VA panel will be of poorer quality, displaying incorrect colors when viewed from off-center angles. 
Device control Professional displays offer increased device control via RS232 or a LAN control. Let's say your restaurant has three or more displays. These control options allow all the devices to be controlled from a central location, eliminating the need for a person to run around with a remote control to turn screens on and off or adjust other settings. Consumer devices lack this capability.
Built-in rear speakers These eliminate side protrusions for a clean, modern design with seamless appearance for multi-display video walls. This will be especially important if the content you're displaying has an audio component. 

Overview Commercial-grade Professional Displays

As the world leader in professional HD LCD and plasma displays, Panasonic can provide the perfect display unit for any food service application. Whether it's menu boards, greeter boards, promotional signage, private network displays or self-service food ordering kiosks, no one gives you more choices or better image quality than Panasonic.

From 42- to 85-inch Full HD plasmas to semi-outdoor, water and dust proof LCDs that can operate in temperatures down to -4°F, Panasonic has the display to fit your needs. Add operational advantages – like brilliant 700 cd/m2 brightness ratings for easy viewing in brightly lit spaces, plus design advantages like vertical and horizontal mounting options and tamper-resistant control locks – and it's clear why Panasonic is a leader in food service digital signage.

SLOT2.0 Functionality
Panasonic SLOT2.0 architecture on selected LCDs and plasmas greatly expands the displays' range of digital signage applications. SLOT2.0-equipped displays allow you to mount a variety of powerful plug-in PC boards to suit your application in a fully contained digital signage solution.

Available Touchscreen Overlay Panel
Touchscreen overlay panel interactive digital signage solutions are offered through touch panel options on select displays. Multi-touch overlay screens allow for accurate, reliable touch response for a variety of self-service food ordering kiosks. Modified kiosks can be placed in drive-through lanes, speeding the ordering process and eliminating errors that arise from employee-handled order taking. 
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