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This month’s question: “What’s the latest in the event-related audio/visual world?  Does SUES have anything new to offer?”

Cody:  SUES is planning some exciting improvements in the near couple of months and we will announce them as they’re ready to be rolled out.  In the interim, this is great timing, as we’re just coming off from having the International Consumer Electronic Show right here in our backyard.

One of the biggest trends is the use of tablets for academic and business-related needs.  Most people are familiar with the Apple brand iPads (iPad, iPad 2, iPad mini) which are useful for fun games and apps as well as productivity.  Now on the market are several Windows 8-operating tablets for those that prefer the PC format.  At the 2013 CES, for example, Panasonic debuted two devices:

  1. The Toughpad FZ-G1 which features a 10.1-inch screen, 4-8 GB RAM, and 8-hour battery life ($2,899 starting price).
  2. The Toughpad JT-B1 which features a 7-inch, 1 GB RAM, and an 8-hour battery life ($1,199 starting price).

There has been a rise of staff using personal tablets for business, lending to its ease and portability.  CDW-G did a poll of users which found that 59% of respondents bring their own tablet to work.  Keep this in mind as you organize events; your presenter or speaker may be requesting special cables to plug their tablet in instead of bringing their presentation on a jump drive.

Another big theme at this year’s CES was 4K TVs.  These devices give you a 3840 pixels x 2160 pixel resolution, about four times what most of have now (1080p).  Gaming, video presentations, and other programming will be seen with even more clarity.  Just remember that what’s being displayed is only going to be as good as the source material.  So look for an increase in better recording devices as you develop videos and other content.  One product out there, Sony’s XBR-84X900, features an 84″ screen (diagonal) and will cost you $25,000.

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Lastly, related to services offered for your meeting or conference, SUES has the ability to record your event so you can keep a digital verison of your proceedings.  If you elect for this service, we will set up the equipment for the audio recording, and at the conclusion of the event send you on your way with the 8GB SD memory card for you to keep.  This is a great way to capture special moments and speakers for your organization’s history.

Don’t forget, we have a wide variety of microphones, sound systems, lighting options, and other equipment for your event.  Contact us, and if we don’t have it in our inventory, we will work with one of our preferred partners to get it for you!

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Each month we’ll be answering your questions!  Ever wonder what microphone to use for a musical performance?  Don’t know how best to select a catering menu?  We’ll assist you with some of your event planning quandaries and get you on the road for a successful program.  Message, tweet (@UNLV_SUES), or comment here to send us your questions!

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