How to Choose the Best LCD Projector

by VENDIREX on 06/09/2015 - 02:55 pm |

Tag: Equipment Leasing

In our high tech society, an LCD Projector is just one more standard piece of equipment that most businesses will have in their inventory. Whether your ‘road warrior’ salesmen regard their projector to be as necessary as their business suit, or your office has regular training sessions and staff meetings onsite - a projector is a visual aide with advantages you just can’t ignore.


Below we describe the three main categories of projectors, and also the three features which are prime considerations when purchasing your new projector:


3 Types of Projectors

Type: Ultralight (Portable)

Uses: Out of office presentations and conferences or trade shows


Is the projector’s weight (considering the attachments, cords and carrier case) something you can easily manage and travel with onboard an aircraft? Smaller units these days may weigh as little as two pounds - but keep in mind that the smaller they are, the more expensive. Adding up to one more pound may save money.


Type: Conference Room

Uses: Onsite training and meetings


For this purpose you will focus less on weight, and more on performance. This category is also commonly known as multi-purpose projectors. They tend to be much heavier than the Ultralight, have brighter lamps, and are more adaptable to a larger room. Depending on your budget, these projectors come with extra features available. The add-ons include such things as extra computer or video ports, laser pointers and remote mousing.


Type: Fixed or In-House

Uses: Permanently installed in a presentation venue or an auditorium


The ‘big boys’ of all video projectors, these units can tip the scales at up to a hundred pounds and typically come complete with ceiling mount hardware. Obviously the most expensive of all projectors, they are the most versatile and powerful as well. They can handle a variety of resolutions and image sizes, and also project efficiently in oversized and brightly lit rooms.

Determining Features of a Projector

It’s no secret that visibility is everything when you’re talking video projection. If the viewers can’t see the images on the screen, you’re obviously going to lose their attention. To give a professional presentation, the following 3 factors will come into play:

  1. Brightness - To decide how much brightness your projector needs, think about how dark the rooms will usually be for your presentations, and the distance your equipment will be from the screen. Large rooms with more light require brighter projectors. The brightness range runs from 1,000-2,000 lumens (fine for on the road Ultralights), and up to 4,000-10,000 lumens for an auditorium projector.


  1. Types of Lamp - Ultra high performance (UHP) and ultra-high efficiency (UHE) are the most common types of lamps, though certain models continue to use metal halide. Lamp life spans run anywhere from 1,000-4,000 hours. You’ll notice them growing dimmer, giving you fair warning that a new lamp replacement is on the horizon. The cost to replace these bulbs is between $140.00 and $600.00, which may have a bearing on which model projector you decide to purchase.


Lower wattage lamps stay cooler and last longer; providing increased efficiency. Those projectors with an economy setting reduce consumption by cutting up to twenty percent of the power - less noise, less power expended, and increased lamp life spans.


  1. Projection Surfaces - Though walls will suffice for projection, the room must be significantly brighter. Screens provide the best reflection, increasing visibility. White surfaces convey better natural tones, and are therefore the surface of choice in presentations. Where more contrast is desired, a grey surface allows the image’s darker colors to display more effectively. If color is highest concern, a white background is preferable.




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