Sharp Debuts New Displays

sharp-display-0916Sharp today announces its next generation of professional-grade LCD monitors for its PN-R series. Available in 42″ Class (41.9″ diagonal), 49″ Class (48.5″ diagonal) and 55″ Class (54.6″ diagonal) models, they are all commercial-grade displays for digital signage and ProAV.

The new PN-R556/R496/R426 professional LCD monitors offer a slimmer, sleeker, design with a bezel of only 7.8 millimeters on all four sides. This is 50 percent slimmer than its predecessor and the thinnest Sharp has introduced in this size format.

The PN-R series are the first to incorporate the new Mini Open Pluggable Specification (Mini OPS) design, which Sharp brings to market in collaboration with Intel. This enables simplified digital signage development and deployment, low power, reliability and a validated compact, fan-less design.

In addition, the PN-R series accommodates an optional HDBaseT 2.0-compliant receiver board that supports various types of media and control signals. Installing an HDBaseT Receiver Board (PN-ZB03H) allows the monitor to receive HDMI video, audio signals, and control signals sent up to 328 feet via a single LAN cable. This brings convenient connectivity with fewer cables, reducing both the time and cost of installation.

To allow for even greater amounts of flexibility and collaboration, an optional wireless board (PN-ZB03W) allows up to 10 devices — including Mac or Windows computers and users can display the content of one device on the whole screen, or from up to four devices in a 2×2 split screen.

The PN-R496 display will be available to ship in October 2016. The PN-R556 display is scheduled to ship in November and the PN-R426 display in January 2017.

Here are all the details.