Most conventional sports arenas have a giant multi-sided electronic display erected at an elevated location within the enclosure of the arena called a jumbotron. The design and use of this display inspired the creation of mini jumbotrons. Essentially, these are miniaturized versions of the giant displays. This article covers everything you need to know about mini jumbotrons.
What is a Mini Jumbotron?
Some of the defining features of mini jumbotrons are their size and usage. To start with, their size is a fraction of the jumbotron. This means that they are way smaller and compact when compared side by side to a jumbotron.
On the other hand, the use of a mini jumbotron is quite different compared to a jumbotron. One of the reasons for this is that the mini jumbotron is used for small audiences while the jumbotron is meant to be used in crowded places.
Therefore, the ideal definition of this display can be said to be; a miniaturized version of a jumbotron that has been scaled down to fit in a comparatively smaller space. Also, we can add that it is used mainly for entertainment and interior decor.
What’s Special about the Mini Jumbotron?
If you think about it, many things would make a mini jumbotron special. First of all, the fact that you get to replicate the sports arena feeling in your space is special. Particularly for the sports fanatics, this adds a personality touch to their gaming room or man cave.
Other features of the mini jumbotron that make it special include its high-resolution display. This applies to most types of mini jumbotrons that are bought from manufacturers. However, you can achieve high resolution with a DIY option too. Besides, it all depends on the resolution or pixel density of the display panel used.
Where to Use a Mini Jumbotron
One thing to keep in mind is that a mini jumbotron is a collection of, usually, four LED displays that have a synchronized feed. With that in mind, you can tell that the applications of such a system are limited only by imagination and creativity. Here are some places where this system can be used and some of the common use cases.
When designing a home, most men seclude a space, mostly in the basement, where they will pursue their interests away from the rest of the family members. This space, which is fundamentally a room, is called a man cave.
Tech-savvy sports fans can decorate their man cave with a mini jumbotron. This system can be used for streaming sports matches and other related or unrelated content. Mini jumbotrons offer a “nice touch” effect to a man cave.
One of the characteristic features of a gaming room is the numerous screens. They add a tech or cyber theme to the space. Therefore, what better way of adding even more of these displays than with a multi-screen electronic display system? These displays add an aesthetic and functional purpose to the game room.
Another space that would benefit from the appeal of a mini jumbotron is the backyard. Modern backyard designs include a lot of tech on top of the furniture and other items. This is to make the space more versatile and inclusive.
Talking of the aspect of adding utility to the space, a mini jumbotron would be a perfect addition to this space. You can mount it on the ceiling or the side profile of the backyard. This works because most of the screens used to make mini jumbotrons have a high IP rating which means it is durable in dusty and wet conditions.
If the basement in your place is not used as a man cave, it could also be used to hold the mini jumbotron. Most basements are used as escape rooms by the male figures in the house, including the father and the sons. Naturally, men find joy in tech products, and adding a jumbotron in the basement can make it a more appealing location for them.
If you want your restaurant to be the talk of town, you should try mounting a mini jumbotron instead of a regular television. The immediate benefit of this decision will be more accessibility. To elaborate, a mini jumbotron is more accessible by multiple people at the same time due to the multiple screens feature. It will also mean that you will not have to spend on extra displays.
How Much Does a Mini Jumbotron Cost?
When it comes to mini jumbotrons, you have the choice of creating one from an assortment of components or buying a complete set. The cost incurred is among the factors that will help you determine the most suitable option.
For us to determine the cost of owning a mini jumbotron, we should also consider factors such as the size and the intended use cases.
Some brands that focus on the manufacture and sale of mini jumbotrons set prices based on factors such as the specifications of the entire system. In this aspect, they consider the standard and extra features of the system. These prices will range anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000.
On the low end, you can get a DIY build kit that includes basic components to put up a mini jumbotron. When you move up the cost, you start to find more features with better specifications that are worth the value indicated.
What Influences How Much a Mini Jumbotron Costs?
Most of the features of mini jumbotrons discussed above have a huge influence when it comes to the cost. Let us learn more about that.
Resolution and the Size of the Screen
The size of the screen is an important factor used to determine the cost of the mini jumbotron. In most cases, mini jumbotron displays are in the range of 30 – 50 inches. Regular LED screens with this size would cost anywhere between $200 and $500. On average, it would cost a little under $2,000 for a four-display mini jumbotron.
The resolution of the display is also another determinant. Displays resolutions are influenced by the pixel density, which means the number of pixels on the display. Screens with high pixel density have a higher resolution. As such, they tend to be more costly since their picture quality is much higher.
Quality of the Components
As is the case with many electronics, the quality of the components has a major influence on the cost of the device. In this case, high-end components make the device more expensive. This is validated by the fact that high-quality components last longer and are more appealing.
If you decide to go with the DIY route when creating a mini jumbotron, you should strike a balance between quality and price. This is because you can save a lot by DIY-ing a mini jumbotron instead of purchasing a new one.
If you get the chance to customize your mini jumbotron, you should expect to spend more than you would on a stock design. This is because the cost of producing a mass product for a general audience is reduced based on the principle of economies of scale.
On the same aspect, the higher the level of customization you get, the higher the cost you will incur at the end of the day. Of course, this will vary depending on the manufacturer and their cost structure. The best way to avoid spending too much on this would be to purchase all the custom items you would need and install them on the mini jumbotron by yourself.
Like most electronic displays, mini jumbotrons have specifications such as the type of graphics card, type of processor, and its speed and type of LED lights. Factors such as the efficiency and durability of these specifications will influence the cost of the whole system.
Factors to Consider when Purchasing a Mini Jumbotron
Before purchasing a mini jumbotron, there are several factors that you need to consider. These factors will help you avoid making uninformed decisions. Some of these factors include;
Mini jumbotrons are usually installed on the ceiling. Therefore, you need to account for the height of the ceiling in the room when choosing the mini jumbotron. This means choosing the right size and design that will fit in perfectly based on the height of the ceiling.
Standard mini jumbotrons can fit in perfectly at a standard ceiling height. However, in case your room is not of standard height, you should consider going for DIY options or customized displays that result in the best outcome.
Type of Framing and Mounting
Different mini jumbotron manufacturers have different mounting and framing designs for their displays.
The reason why this factor matters is because you need something that goes well with your ceiling. For instance, some mounting systems can damage your ceiling if they are intended for a specific type of ceiling or surface. Luckily, most mini jumbotrons will have an installation manual that will guide you.
Considering the use case that you will subject the mini jumbotron to can help you ensure that the choice of display you choose is satisfactory. The most common mistake people make is that they fail to account for this aspect and end up not getting the most out of their mini jumbotrons.
The distance from which the content on the display will be seen is known as the viewing distance. When this distance is huge, the visibility of the content can be highly limited. To correct for this, most people opt for large screens. This is why LED video walls are popular for spaces such as malls and churches.
Ease of Installation
This is a key factor that you should consider for guaranteed success. Since the installation of a mini jumbotron is not as complicated as that of a 3D video wall, you can install this display with much ease. However, not all mini jumbotrons will allow for this much flexibility during installation. As such you need to focus on the most suitable based on your skill level.
How to DIY a Mini Jumbotron?
Building a mini jumbotron from scratch can be an exciting project if you like do-it-yourself projects. This is a project that will require a bit of investment in both time and money. Typically, you would follow the following steps when building a mini jumbotron;
- List everything that you would need including their price
- Purchase the items you need
- Assemble the mini jumbotron and mount it
The process is quite straightforward but it could be riddled with other processes depending on the approach you take. Luckily, there are several resources online that will guide you on most of the steps that are expected in this process of building a mini jumbotron.
Mini jumbotrons have transformed many spaces by adding a touch of modernity at an affordable price. They have inspired sports and gaming fans to create themed rooms. For the foreseeable future, these electronic displays will continue to dominate mancaves, bars, gaming rooms, and other spaces where they fit in best.