Player Computer Standards

Digital SignageDigital Signage

Digital signage is a way of electronically displaying information on a screen. They can be found in public spaces, transportation systems, museums, stadiums, retail stores, hotels, restaurants, and corporate buildings etc., to provide wayfinding, exhibitions, marketing, and outdoor advertising.

Player Computer Standards

Many different player options exist. Choosing the right player for your implementation will depend on the type of content being displayed and the physical location of the player in relation to the display. The information below will help you make the right decision for your digital sign.

Minimum Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i3-6167U 2.7 GHz or greater
  • Memory: 4.0 GB or greater (2 DIMMs preferred)
  • Hard Drive: 120 GB SSD or greater
  • Graphics without HD: Any Nvidia, Intel, or AMD graphics
  • Graphics with HD: Any Nvidia, Intel, or AMD graphics
  • Operating Systems: Windows 10 x64 Enterprise 2016 LTSB

Recommended Specifications

  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6260U 2.9 GHz or greater
  • Memory: 8 GB or more (2 DIMMs preferred)
  • Hard Drive: 120 GB SSD or greater
  • Graphics without HD: Any Nvidia, Intel, or AMD graphics
  • Graphics with HD: Any Nvidia, Intel, or AMD graphics
  • Operating System: Windows 10 x64 Enterprise 2016 LTSB

Ultra Small Form Factor Player

An ultra small form factor player is a great option for all types of content, and when the player must be mounted very close to the display. Often, this means mounting just above or behind the display. The Dell Optiplex 7060 Micro or HP EliteDesk 800 Mini are both very good options. Mac Minis can also be used, although you'll need to install Windows via BootCamp to operate them, as Four Winds does not currently offer a functional Content Player for Mac.

The ultra small form factor player won't have as much graphics processing power as a larger form factor player with a stand alone graphics card, but improvements to the integrated graphics hardware mean the ultra small form factor player can still run high definition content at a very low cost.

Small or Standard Form Factor Extra Durable Player

A small form factor extra durable player like the Dell OptiPlex XE3 is a good option if the player will be located inside an enclosed space, such as inside a kiosk enclosure. A small or standard form factor extra durable player may also be located in an area that has limited ventilation, such as a closet or cabinet near the display. This player can be outfitted with a stand alone graphics card, giving it more than enough graphics processing power to display content such as text, images, and high definition video. These players are also ideal for interactive content, such as a touch interactive building wayfinding kiosk.

These players will cost more than an ultra small or non-extra durable player, but when installed in an enclosed space, it is worth the expense to not have the player overheat and crash.

Small or Standard Form Factor Player

A small or standard form factor player is a good option if the player does not need to be located behind the display or inside an enclosed space. Any modern desktop computer that meets the recommended specs above would suffice. An example might be locating the player at a front reception desk, with the display mounted on a nearby wall. This player can be outfitted with a stand alone graphics card, giving it more than enough graphics processing power to display content such as text, images, and high definition video. These players are also ideal for interactive content.

These players will cost more than an ultra small form factor player but less than an extra durable player.