Choosing your projector

Here are some tips when choosing your projector

Projector Resolution

If you will be projecting small text, digital photography, complex spreadsheets or highly detailed images you you will need atleast an SXGA+ (1400x1050) projector.High resolution projectors show more picture detail.

Lower resolution SVGA and XGA projectors are however much less expensive, and they can produce images just as bright and vibrant as their higher resolution counterparts. These are perfect for powerpoint presentations, charts, graphs and general business display. Unless you really need fine detail, the SVGA projectors provide more bang for the buck!

  1. SVGA (800x600) 4:3 - SVGA projectors are great for those on a tight budget, since prices have dropped dramatically in recent years. While most computers still output in higher resolution, SVGA can be a good option for Powerpoint presentations or other applications that are not heavily dependent on detail.
  2. XGA (1024x768) 4:3- XGA projectors have come down in price over the past few years, and have become the budget standard. Many laptop computers still output in native XGA, and matching an XGA projector to your native XGA laptop ensures you won't lose any detail.
  3. WXGA (1280x768) 16:10 - WXGA products are high resolution widescreen products, and usually a bit more expensive than XGA. These products are targeted for use with mid-range widescreen laptops, which often use 1280x800 natively. They are becoming increasingly common and are used as an inexpensive widescreen alternative to XGA.
  4. SXGA+ (1400x1050) - SXGA+ projectors are becoming more popular, and there are several offerings available in both budget and high-end configurations. SXGA+ resolution is useful for detailed photography and data graphics, but overkill for text display or Powerpoint presentations.
  5. UXGA (1600x1200) - UXGA is for very high resolution workstation applications that are detail or information intensive. These are expensive projectors that support a broad range of computer equipment. Relatively few products on the market have this native resolution.

Projector brightness

Brightness is measured in lumens. The higher the lumens the brighter the output picture.

  • Less than 2000 lumens. Typically small and highly portable, these are the lowest light output projectors available today, and they are typically the least expensive. For display of training videos or still photography in a darkened room, projectors in this category may be perfect for your needs. Keep in mind that the low light output means that you will want to make your presentations in a dark or dimly lit room so that the image on the screen is not washed out by ambient room light.
  • 2000 to 3000 lumens. This lumen range is a step up in performance and price. These machines are suitable for normal business conference room and classroom use. Presentations should be done with the room lighting reduced somewhat for best screen viewing. A completely dark room is usually not necessary.
  • 3000 to 4500 lumens. This represents the high-performance range of the portable and semi-portable projectors. Products in this class are suitable for large conference rooms and classrooms. They offer more flexibility in terms of ambient room light, since the image is bright enough that a reasonable amount of room light can be tolerated without washing out the image. They also offer more flexibility in terms of audience size, since they produce enough lumens to properly light a larger screen.
  • 4500 lumens and up. These ultra-bright projectors are in several performance classes unto themselves, ranging from 4500 lumens up to 12000 lumens or more. Prices of these products also cover a wide range depending on other performance characteristics. They are used in a variety of large venue applications, including board rooms, conference rooms, training rooms, auditoriums, churches, concerts, nightclubs, and so forth.

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Epson Short-Throw Projectors

Short throw projectors are brilliant at displaying a big image from a short distance.

These projectors often look different as the lens has been designed to produce a big picture at a short distance (10 to 60cm). Short throw projectors are often used in conference rooms or where you would like to be closer to the audience. You would usually mount a short-throw projector onto the ceiling and point it diagonally to the projection screen. Advantages of Show-Throw Projectors:

  • Produce a big picture from a short distance
  • Avoid shadows and people walking past
  • Useful for small conference rooms or offices

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Mounted Projector

Projectors used in schools and universities need to be work horses capable of running efficiently providing additional security features and facilities for mounting the projector itself.

The main factors to consider when choosing a projector for your school or university is the resolution and brightness.

If you will be projecting small text on a presentations, you will need atleast an XGA (1024x768, 4:3) as opposed to SVGA (800x600 4:3). Higher resolution WXGA are also growing in popularity (1280x768, 16:10). These support widescreen notebooks and Always look for the Native Resolution of the projector as this is the actual physical pixels on the display device. High resolution projectors show more picture detail.

Lower resolution SVGA projectors are however much less expensive, and they can produce images just as bright and vibrant as their higher resolution counterparts. Unless you really need fine detail, the SVGA projectors provide more bang for the buck!

If the classroom you are projecting in can be made dark, you can opt for a lower lumen projector. If you are able to control the light in the room, we would recommend around 2500 lumens. Higher lumen projectors cost more to run but may be necessary if you have light wells.

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