When looking at which projector best suits your needs, these are the key areas that need to be considered:
- Throw Distance
- LCD, DLP, LCOS or LASER
- Mounting / Installation
- Spare Lamps
Measured in ‘ANSI lumens’, the most important thing a brightness rating of a projector should tell you is how well the projector can cope with ambient light.
Exactly what brightness is suitable for your room is not something you can work out scientifically. The more ambient light that hits the screen surface, the brighter your projector will need to be.
The important thing to remember is that a projector can only make the screen lighter, so dark colours will never be truly rendered in a really bright environment. Reducing the ambient light hitting the screen surface is more effective than buying a high-powered projector.
Resolution is the number of pixels that your projector can display. Depending on your budget, projectors are available all the way up to 4K (4196 x 2160 pixels).
Projectors all have different lenses, so they produce different size images according to the lens they use.
For high-end projectors it is often possible to change the lenses and achieve smaller or larger images, giving you more flexibility over where you put the projector.
LCD, DLP, LCOS or Laser
The choice of technology for your projector can be daunting; however they fall into two main categories DLP (Digital Light Processing or LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), with a third hybrid option of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Chip) and of course Laser.
All these technologies are able to offer crisp, clear and vibrant images. Your specific requirements and the material you wish to display will be the deciding factors regarding which technology to choose.
Contrast adds depth to your image. This isn’t generally considered too important when displaying PowerPoint presentations, as they are generally quite ‘flat’. However if you are also using the projector for showing movies, contrast is very important.
What do you need to consider when installing your projector?
- Do you have a false or a solid ceiling?
- Do you need to dismount the projector occasionally?
- Do you need security against theft?
- Do you want the projector to be hidden away?
- Where will your cables run?
Manufacturers can differ in the quality and service level they offer with their warranties from basic ‘return to base’ up to on-site de-install / re-install and loan replacements.
Rarely is a presentation ‘not that important’, so having a spare to hand is sensible insurance against embarrassment!
Need a projector lamp?
Contact the Reflex Technical Team to discuss the right projector or solution for your project.