One of the stars of this year’s InfoComm has turned out to be the new TouchLink configurable touchpanels from Extron. The TLP 700MV mounts into a lecturn or wall and is a 7in. screen. All the models have configurable, backlit hardware buttons, five down each side, to use for source selection and navigation. One very thoughful feature of these is that they sense proxomity of the operator’s hand instead of having to be actually touched. Many tech-challenged operators using other brands of touchscreens have called for AV help after wondering why nothing is showing on the screen, even after they hit all the hardware buttons. With the new TLP touchscreens from Extron, that problem is gone.
The TLP 700TV is for tabletop or VESA mounting and has the same nav and source buttons along with the very nice volume control knob directly below the display. You can’t miss it. The TLP 350CV is the Cable Cubby version with a 3.5in. screen. This new line of touchpanels seems to have just the right combination of hardware and software functions and of course, they are all integrated into the Global Configurator software environment. Extron’s Lee Dodson took me through all the functions and it was very intuitive in the operation. It was clear that some real thought and customer feedback went into these new products.