Originally Posted by fatuglyguy
I don't know, seems like in the long run, going through regular TVs -- having to unmount, remount, dispose of/recycle, and replace potentially multiple sets that probably won't look as good in the given environment (during the day, at least) seems a bit counterintuitive when there's a better (and purpose-built) solution available.
This is true but it seems depending on size and how long you keep the TV outdoors it may just be better to "go through" multiple other sets lol. For example if a 43" TV meant for full-shade areas (as indicated above) cost $1500, well a good 43" is around $250. Cheaper sets are less than that but let's say even an IPS set as bright as you can get which seems to be the Sony 800 series, which go for a fairly pricey $500ish in that size. That's about 400 nits; a little lower brightness will get you a UM7300 at much less, around $300. With the Sony you'd be able to go through three sets before you paid for one Veranda; with the LG, five
sets. If you wanted to go with a VA panel you could probably find a set with 500 nits range brightness for $300 as well. None of these are hugely bright but it seems like the Veranda, meant for full-shade, is only about 350 nits itself. If you wanted to go with cheaper VA TV, you could end up at maybe 6-8 sets before you paid for one Veranda! That's a lot of TVs almost anyway you slice it.
If the set is shaded, well protected from the environment (e.g. not gonna get rained on/splashed, baked by sun, or assaulted by sandy/windy conditions), and isn't going to be up all year (i.e. not up for the winter/colder months, if applicable), then seems like an indoor TV might be fine and much cheaper. Changing out a 40-50" set is pretty easy these days as they're all pretty lightweight and manageable, most of the work can be done by one person and you don't even have to be a "big guy" to do it.
However if the environment is going to be harsh, the TV left outside indefinitely, and sunshine and brightness are a concern then those Signature and Pro line sets seem like a good idea, albeit an even more expensive idea, lol.
You're right there's no denying there a "right tool for the job here" but if you're just trying to put a set outside for the summer/warmer months and have it sheltered, a [relatively] cheap standard consumer TV seems like it would do fine for someone on a limited budget. If it breaks after a few years, hey you buy a new one (as someone else mentioned you can't really expect warranty with outdoor use). If you find you're breaking a set every year or less, then yeah time to get an outdoor one for sure. However I hazard a guess that a lot of TVs would do a lot better than we might think, in a sheltered, shaded, outdoor application. Personally I'd at least make the gamble and potentially learn the hard way that I'd need to spend more, because OTOH potentially there's a lot of $$$ savings too.