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Looking to buy a new Black Friday projector for a classroom meeting room or home theatre? Here are some essential guidelines. The image you project on the screen needs to make a great impression on your audience. It’s important to realise that not all projectors can deliver the same high quality image. I’ll provide a quick overview of the important points to look for in your next projector. Now buying a projector can get a bit confusing, there are a lot of acronyms and technological terms but beneath all of the tech talk there are three basic things to consider: picture quality, ease of use and reliability.
First and foremost the audience will be judging your presentation based on the image they see on the screen so picture quality is your first purchase consideration. There are many things that impacts picture quality, let’s look at a couple of major factors. First is a resolution. Resolution refers to the number of pixels projected on the screen, the bigger is better. The higher the resolution the more detailed information you will be able to show your audience. Computers and projectors feature many different resolutions but there are four that are the most common. First is 800 by 600 pixels or SVGA resolution and is the minimal resolution normally found in business projectors. Then there is 1024 by 768 or XGA resolution: it has higher resolution and a sharper than SVGA image. Both s VGA and XGA projectors project a four by three aspect ratio or more of a square shaped image, it’s sometimes referred to as a standard screen size. 1280 by 800 or WXGA resolution is high definition and it’s sixteen by ten aspect ratio or more of a rectangular shape. The sixteen by ten aspect ratio is true widescreen and provides 30 percent more image area than a standard four by three image. 16 by 10 is also the most common aspect ratio for new computer monitors. With WXGA you can project 720p HD image properly. At the top of the range is 1920 by 1200 or w uxga resolution, this is also a widescreen resolution and can project true 1080p HD images.
After you have found the ideal resolution and decided on widescreen or standard screen size it’s time to choose the right brightness level which is measured in lumens. Now the amount of brightness you actually need is determined by the room you projected. For projector use in classrooms and conference rooms or rooms with outside windows, choose a projector with the minimum of 2500 lumens. For home cinema projectors, appropriate for theatres, ambient light is kept to a minimum. You’ll require around 1500 lumens. However it is important to mention that lumens or brightness is usually only a measurement of white light it tells you nothing about the brightness of colours. Fortunately several major projector manufacturers have recently introduced the new metric called colour light output. Colour light output provides valuable information, better projectors ability to deliver bright colours which is critical for projecting photographs videos and other colourful graphics. If you’re projecting images with colour, look for a projector with high colour light output, ideally the brightness of colour should equal the brightness of white.
Finally the image quality you see on the screen can be impacted by the technology that’s under the hood. There are two technologies used in the majority of all projectors, one ship DLP technology and three chip 3 LCD technology. The technologies are different 3 LCD projectors, a three-chip design allows the projector to deliver bright true-to-life images with high colour light output as well as high white light output as an added benefit. 3 LCD is power efficient one ship DLP technology uses a spinning colour wheel to render colour and has lower colour light output.
A great image is meaningless if the projector is too hard to set up and use. Look for a projector that has a wide variety of connectors HDMI and USB can make your setup easier. Projectors with USB plug and play are equipped to connect to a computer via a single USB cable. These projectors make your setup easy and provide an instant connection to project. Some projectors have a wireless feature allowing you to transmit from your laptop completely cord free, better still some projectors enable you to play presentations or JPEG slideshows completely PC free. The only thing you need is a USB memory device like a thumb drive or digital camera.
Now that we have an image going to the projector we need to align the image on our screen. You want a projector that makes the alignments simple and hassle-free. Automatic setup is a great plus manual adjustment having a physical adjustment button or slider. It’s time to pack up and move on, can you touch your projector or is it too hot to handle? Some projectors have instant on-and-off functionality which allows for rapid startup in a short cooldown time. Some can go right into their carrying case with no waiting which again begs the question does your projector come with a case.
So you found a projector with a gradient that’s easy to set up and use but if the projector is expensive to use or it’s not reliable, ultimately you won’t be happy with your purchase. Reliability and the cost to operate your projector comes down to mostly one factor, lamp maintenance. Look for a projector with a long weighted lamp life: at least 3000 hours preferred. Filters protect the lamp and engine from dust buildup. Keep your projector running reliably and make for easy maintenance filter free. Projectors have nothing to protect the expensive lamp from the outside environment which may impact lamp life. Finally in case something does go wrong with your new projector, you want to make sure you can get it fixed, quick service and support, especially in mission critical situations.