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What are the best 4K wireless presentation systems – and why?

  • BenQ
  • 2020-09-11

With 4K laser projectors and interactive flat panels quickly replacing older lamp-based projectors in meeting rooms and classrooms, a 4K wireless HDMI presentation system is the most effective and affordable way to manage multiple presenters and devices on the screen. Here is a breakdown of the three most popular 4K wireless presentation systems – and how they stack up.

Key features to look for when evaluating a 4K wireless presentation system

For classrooms, meeting rooms, and huddle spaces in a post-COVID-19 environment, wireless presentation systems offer the ability to effectively social distance different presenters, split a 4K screen into multiple sections, and enable direct control of a Windows notebook directly from an interactive touch display when collaborating. While all three systems above accomplish these tasks, there are three areas to consider when you are evaluating what is the right system for your space.

  • How much support is required to set up and manage?
  • How easy for visitors and employees to use?
  • Which systems have annual subscription costs?
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How easy is it to set up and manage?

The first area to consider is the amount of time, effort, and resources your wireless system will require to enable it to work effectively. The three different systems have different architectures that will have different demands your IT resources, such as network ports, app deployment, and available bandwidth that your IT department may need to allocate to the system. Proprietary apps also require IT staff to deploy on their employee notebooks and manage updates to ensure security. Finally, for WiFi Hubs architecture, the available bandwidth must be maintained to ensure the system works.

  BenQ InstaShow WDC-20 Barco CS-200+ Mersive Solstice Pod
 
Architecture
BenQ InstaShow WDC-20
Button Based
Barco CS-200+
Button Based
Mersive Solstice Pod
WiFi Hub with App
 
Network Configuration
BenQ InstaShow WDC-20
Not required - can operate independently of the network
Barco CS-200+
Not required - can work independently of the network
Mersive Solstice Pod
Typically required - configure multiple ports and settings
 
Application Requirement
BenQ InstaShow WDC-20
No App needed
Extended desktop support
Miracast support
Airplay Support
Barco CS-200+
Required to use Buttons
Airplay Support
Google Casting
Mersive Solstice Pod
Typically required to use and access display

How easy for visitors and employees to use?

The best 4K wireless systems enable anyone – including visitors who don’t have access to the company network -to connect to a display in under 15 seconds. Why is this important? According to Harvard University, the cost of even a few minutes spent downloading apps, logging into networks, and selecting screens can add up to thousands of dollars in a single year. Some systems may require employee training on how to use the app, and security-conscious visitors may object to downloading an app on their secure notebooks.  You will also want to look for a system that natively supports Chromebooks as well as mobile devices whether on Android or iOS without casting your content over the internet.

  BenQ InstaShow WDC-20 Barco CS-200+ Mersive Solstice Pod
 
Connection Time for new user
BenQ InstaShow WDC-20
Under 15 seconds
Barco CS-200+
~50 seconds to load the app and connect
Mersive Solstice Pod
Can be over 1 minute to download the app & connect to the network
 
Use without a network connection?
BenQ InstaShow WDC-20
Yes
Barco CS-200+
Yes
Mersive Solstice Pod
No - network connection typically required
 
Native Chromebook support
BenQ InstaShow WDC-20
Yes – via HDMI button
Barco CS-200+
No
Mersive Solstice Pod
No
 
Screen Mirroring Support
BenQ InstaShow WDC-20
Miracast
AirPlay
Barco CS-200+
Miracast
Airplay
Mersive Solstice Pod
Miracast
Airplay

Which systems have annual subscription costs?

As with any IT infrastructure product, a good analyst will evaluate the costs of comparable systems using the Gartner model to calculate the total cost of ownership over time.  One advantage of a 4K wireless presentation system is that it eliminates the initial costs of installing and hiding cables under floors and behind walls, but with some systems, there are annual fees that are recommended or required for software updates such as apps and security patches.  Here is a breakdown of the subscription costs of each platform:

 

BenQ InstaShow WDC-20

Barco CS-200+

Mersive Solstice Pod - Unlimited

 

Initial Cost (MSRP)

BenQ InstaShow WDC-20

$1499

Barco CS-200+

$2250

Mersive Solstice Pod - Unlimited

$1399

 

Annual Subscription cost

BenQ InstaShow WDC-20

No annual fee

Updates provided for free

Barco CS-200+

Subscription Option with or without a dedicated server

Mersive Solstice Pod - Unlimited

 Annual subscriptions up to $780 per year per device

 

Application Required

BenQ InstaShow WDC-20

None – App free button

Extended desktop support

Miracast Support

AirPlay Support

Barco CS-200+

Required to use Buttons

Airplay Support

Google Casting

Mersive Solstice Pod - Unlimited

Typically required to use and access displays

Conclusion

All three systems are solid choices for both classrooms and corporate collaboration areas.  Each system has unique advantages, such as the ability for the BenQ InstaShow WDC-20 to replay video content at 60 frames per second.  Also, both the InstaShow and Mersive solutions can allow four different presenters (ClickShare allows only two) to present at the same time.   But if you are looking to see which one would be the best for you, the easiest way is to try out one for free.  Simply click here to learn how you can set up your collaboration space and save $300 if you choose to keep it.

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