What Makes a Digital Display Look Amazing

What Makes a Digital Display Look Amazing

October 20 , 2021 Share to
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You’ve done it. You’ve decided to invest in digital displays for your business.

However, now that you’ve made that decision, you still need to decide what to buy.

No matter your decision there, you need to be sure your digital display attracts attention. And that means it must look incredible.

But what makes one digital display look better than another?

That all depends on the display’s features and how you use it.

Large LED Digital Displays along a very busy highway. The LED Displays are showing an advertisement for Coca Cola.


You probably know from purchasing televisions or computer monitors that resolution is important to a clear image.

That doesn’t mean you need to buy the digital display with the higher resolution. 

Resolution is calculated by dividing the height and width of a display by the pixel pitch (the distance between the center of one pixel to the neighboring pixel). A small pitch equals more LEDs in the display.

But do more LEDs equal a better display? That depends on where you’re viewing your display from.

The cleaner lines of a small pitch may sound more readable, but a large pixel pitch actually increases character size. That makes your text easier to see from a distance.

Is your digital display on urban furniture or standing in a shopping center? Up close and personal is where high resolution excels.


Speaking of pixels, what type of pixels does the display have? Are they real pixels or virtual pixels? 

Real pixels are the traditional configuration of LEDs. The pixels are traditionally triangular, with one red, one green, and one blue diode.

Virtual pixels, however, are often rectangular. The diodes consist of one green, one blue, and two red. The rectangular shape allows the pixels to share red diodes, which increases the resolution. 

For example: A display that is made from a 15mm virtual configuration will look similar to a 12mm physical display. 

The diode-sharing characteristic of virtual pixels gives you a much sharper image without having to invest in a higher resolution.

Protection from the Elements

Your display does you no good if it can’t be seen. A display that’s improperly sealed may allow moisture or dust to enter the enclosure. And once moisture and debris is in, it’ll mar the content on your display.

Be sure you purchase a display with a rating of at least IP65. This means the display is completely enclosed against dust and low pressure jets of water. 

Optimum Angles

Your display is beautiful. The content is just right for the audience you expect in your location.

But none of that matters if people can’t actually see your display. Before installing your display, ensure your viewing angle (the area that provides optimum viewing of a display) matches where people will be seeing your display.

A roadside billboard needs to be seen from a vehicle. A video wall in an airport needs to be seen as people are coming up the escalator.

On Operating Displays

It doesn’t end when you buy your digital display and have it installed. Consider these points when operating your display.

Aspect Ratios

Once you have your content uploaded, you may need to adjust for the aspect ratio of the display.

You know your aspect ratio needs to be adjusted for if your content appears fuzzy (pixelated). The problem may be the content wasn’t created for the correct aspect ratio. You can adjust the size of the graphics in your design software.


The intensity of a display needs to be highest during the day. This helps the display’s content remain visible against daylight.

At night, however, the display can be dimmed to avoid light pollution and save on energy consumption.

Related: Augmented Reality and Digital Billboards Match Made in Heaven

Your Eye-Catching Display

Your display is ready. You’ve made your choices based on where it’s located, how you’ll use it, and the features available to you. Now you can sit back and your digital display amaze your customers.