We compare a key feature of the ScreenBeam® 1100 Plus to KLIK Boks HUB, and find big differences.
Updated: Mar 9, 2022
"I see that ScreenBeam® have just rolled out a new product that also has an HDMI input, and supports up to four simultaneous users on a split-screen display. I thought you said only the KLIK Boks HUB could do that?"
In the world of wireless screen sharing and collaboration, as in life, things aren't always as they appear at first blush. Join us in part one of this series of comparisons between the ScreenBeam 1100 Plus and our very own KLIK Boks HUB.
Since we first shipped the KLIK Boks HUB earlier this year, we’ve seen the product go into an extremely wide variety of applications, from the expected meeting rooms and classrooms, to the not-as-expected Houses of Worship and performing arts centers. While the HUB packs a large number of unique features, one of the most impressive is the HDMI input that accepts external video sources.
With the recent introduction of the ScreenBeam 1100 Plus, we’ve received inquiries from some of our customers about its HDMI input, and how this feature compares to the HUB’s input.
First off, the ScreenBeam 1100 Plus’s HDMI input is not processed, so it can’t be combined with a split-screen view of other sources of content. When you have an HDMI source connected, that’s all that’s displayed on the screen. Not only that, but there is no way to switch the HDMI input on or off, other than to physically disconnect it from the device. Plus, there are some pretty restrictive rules on how that HDMI input can be used. More on that later.
By contrast, the HUB’s HDMI input is processed, so it can be selectively turned on and off, become part of a split-screen display alongside other content tiles, or maximized to fill the screen, at any time. Plus, the HDMI input’s audio is always active, even when the video is not displayed. That allows for audio capture when recording and live-streaming. And, the HDMI input can be turned on and off as needed, right from the HUB’s industry-leading on-screen control panel, the “Daisy”.
With the HUB, we envisioned an HDMI input not only for wired source devices like media players, PCs and document cameras, we also wanted to accommodate live video for lecture capture and distance learning. So, we did three things that are critical for these applications; 1) we made the input switchable, 2) we made the input part of the processed content mix, and 3) we ensured that the audio portion of the HDMI input would always pass, even when the video was not on-screen.
In the case of the ScreenBeam 1100 Plus, it appears by its functionality, that it was intended only to offer an alternative input to the display’s own HDMI inputs. Since the HDMI source cannot be combined and displayed alongside other content, when the HDMI input is on, pretty much nothing else can be displayed.
In fact, when the ScreenBeam device is in what the company calls “Single Mode” or
“Multiview Mode” (split-screen), and the HDMI input is active, no other content can be displayed! Only when the device is in “Quick Switch Mode” can a new wireless connection override the HDMI input. Still, no split-screen capability with the HDMI input. The company outlines 8 different connection sequences that users need to keep in mind, depending on the source, otherwise they may get unexpected results. That seems like a lot for users to remember.