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I have to organise two TVs for a clients boardroom and reception.

1. Boardroom TV will be used for presentations and training. He would also like to use a Surface Pro 3 as part of the setup.

He will use the Surface to access customer data and would like to display it on the TV.

I was thinking that I should just go for a Smart TV.

Has anyone experience of doing this? Are there any pitfalls or maybe someting you would do differently based on your experience?

2. Reception. We will just install a TV for rolling news etc., but I think they would also like to run the occasional 'info-mercial' for the practice.

Is there any specifc technology for this or is it just a case of periodically running powerpoint displays.

Thanks

Paul

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By merlyn
06th Feb 2015 07:54

Miracast

Just make sure whatever TV you buy supports Miracast and then replicating the Surface screen to the TV over wifi is really easy.

Just bought a Sony 48inch for £460 and that works just fin with the Surface, PC's, Droid/Apple phones.

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By Stuart.thomson
06th Feb 2015 08:03

Tv
Remember the tv license if any tv on the premises is capable of showing broadcast.

A tv is just a monitor with a receiver in it so what you suggest will be fine. The better the functionality then in theory your client is more protected against an change in requirements but ...

My only question is whether you have the right type and sufficient number of inputs.

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By NHGlos
06th Feb 2015 08:13

Surface Pro 3

paul.k2 wrote:
...use a Surface Pro 3 as part of the set up.

You might need t consider output vs. input, but should be achievable through a VGA cable, micro USB from the Surface Pro. Any particular reason for the Surface? I'm assuming it's due to screen capability? Not really what your asking but if this is to be an important set-up, their might better alternatives to the Surface for presentations.

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By merlyn
06th Feb 2015 08:17

Wifi

NHGlos wrote:

paul.k2 wrote:
...use a Surface Pro 3 as part of the set up.

You might need t consider output vs. input, but should be achievable through a VGA cable, micro USB from the Surface Pro. Any particular reason for the Surface? I'm assuming it's due to screen capability? Not really what your asking but if this is to be an important set-up, their might better alternatives to the Surface for presentations.

With most smart TV's you don't need any cables, on the TV select the input as "screen sharing" or Miracast if supported, then on your Surface or laptop select devices, Project and add device.  Provided the TV is on the same Wifi network you will the be able to select it and whatever is on your screen will be displayed on the TV without any wires.

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By NHGlos
06th Feb 2015 08:22

Connection

merlyn wrote:
With most smart TV's you don't need any cables, on the TV select the input as "screen sharing" or Miracast if supported, then on your Surface or laptop select devices, Project and add device.  Provided the TV is on the same Wifi network you will the be able to select it and whatever is on your screen will be displayed on the TV without any wires.

Ahh, that's useful to know! Have not used smart TV's for presentations, used to LCD projectors - the advantages of which are not price!

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By merlyn
06th Feb 2015 08:29

Sony

NHGlos wrote:

merlyn wrote:
With most smart TV's you don't need any cables, on the TV select the input as "screen sharing" or Miracast if supported, then on your Surface or laptop select devices, Project and add device.  Provided the TV is on the same Wifi network you will the be able to select it and whatever is on your screen will be displayed on the TV without any wires.

Ahh, that's useful to know! Have not used smart TV's for presentations, used to LCD projectors - the advantages of which are not price!

You can get wifi projectors but the tend to be pricey.

Depending on budget and what size you need personally would go Sony as used a variety of smart TV's and theirs are the easiest to setup and picture quality is very good.

If you want some suggestions let me know your budget and will post some links.  Also whilst the surface is nice it's very pricey and you might be better off looking at something cheaper if it's just going to be used for this purpose.  HP do some hybrid laptop/tablets where the screen comes off to become a tablet, the wife has one running full windows 8.1, 64gig SSD drive and was under £350.

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By NHGlos
06th Feb 2015 08:37

Screen

merlyn wrote:

Also whilst the surface is nice it's very pricey and you might be better off looking at something cheaper if it's just going to be used for this purpose.  HP do some hybrid laptop/tablets where the screen comes off to become a tablet, the wife has one running full windows 8.1, 64gig SSD drive and was under £350.

I looked at Surface recently, the appeal for me was the digitizer stylus, other tablet screens seemed to rely on touch alone. Lenovo Thinkpads have a digitizer option, but they don't seem as available now they've moved to capacitive screens. I've also used Wacom monitors, but these are also pricey!

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By merlyn
06th Feb 2015 08:10

TV Licence


Most smart TV's come with the BBC news app which shows the latest news stories and doesn't need a TV licence as it's not live content.

It's an urban myth that you need a licence if your TV is capable of watching Live TV.

 

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By merlyn
06th Feb 2015 08:45

Surface is nice
The Surface is nice if you have the budget.

As we just use the tablet in the office for doing presentations went for one of these - http://www.ebuyer.com/666607-hp-pavilion-10-x2-convertible-laptop-lavend...

You wouldn't want to work on it but for the odd presentation is quick enough, they also the envy x2 series which come with a better processor.

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By merlyn
12th Feb 2015 17:58

Linx

Just to add, just took delivery of our new Linx tablet, cost £80 from Amazon and runs a full version of windows 8.1

 

Since MS made Windows 8 free for small screen devices a lot more tablets running it will follow but really impressed with the build quality and for the price will be very useful for presentations.

 

 

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