Our Top 4 Projector Picks for June

June is in full swing! We’re just seconds away from the start of the World Cup. Father’s Day is around the corner. And in less than two weeks it will officially be summer.

Could this month get any better?

We’re betting June’s customers will want projectors they can set up outside, bring to the soccer er, futbol-watching party, and give to Dad, whose humble 50-inch flat screen could desperately use an upgrade.

Here are our top projector picks for June. Do you agree? Leave your feedback in the comments section below!

Panasonic PT-AE8000U

Panasonic AE8000

Always a crowd pleaser, the Panasonic PT-AE8000U packs a bright 3D punch with incredibly rich and detailed low-light images. With features like a 500,000:1 contrast range, intelligent iris system, and a $350 mail-in rebate, we’d be surprised if we could keep these on the shelves this month.

Epson Home Cinema 5030UB

Epson 5030

Epson’s ultra black UB technology guarantees that your favorite summer blockbuster will jump off the screen. Fast action scenes look amazingly lifelike. The Epson makes every detail shine; you’ll have no issues seeing all of the Brazil team’s amazing footwork on this projector!

BenQ SX912

BenQ SX912

We think customers will appreciate the BenQ SX912 for its crossover appeal. Weighing in at less than 10 pounds, this 5,000-lumen XGA projector will dazzle your clients in a brightly-lit boardroom during the week, and impress your neighbors at your backyard theater party on the weekend.

Sony VPL-HW40ES

Sony VPL-HW40eS

Forbes said this projector is “a joy to watch.” We think your dad will agree.

Everything you ever wanted to know about LCD projectors

First introduced in the 1980s, LCD projectors are among the most popular on the market. How do LCD projectors work? And are they the right choice for you?

Read on to learn more

How do LCD projectors work?

Inside an LCD (liquid crystal display) projector are three glass panels: one red, one green, and one blue. Each of these panels contain thousands of shifting pixels.

To create the image, a bright beam of white light is shone through the panels. The panels’ pixels open and close, allowing or preventing the light to pass through. This creates a red, green and blue version of the final image.

The three images are combined into one by a prism inside the projector. The result: a crisp and colorful picture on your screen.

Pros and cons of LCD projectors

Pros:

At lower resolution levels (WXGA and XGA), LCD projectors generally provide sharper images, especially with data images. This is much less noticeable with higher resolution projectors.

In general, LCD projectors for home theater include zoom lenses and lens shift, giving you greater installation flexibility.

Cons

Unlike DLP projectors, LCD’s light engines are not sealed. It’s theoretically possible for dust particles to enter the projector. This can be prevented by following the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning the air filter.

Early LCD projectors suffered from the “screen door effect”. Light couldn’t shine through the spaces between the panels, creating a grid-like image when viewed up close. Today’s LCD projectors have advanced technology that prevents this from happening. Since resolutions are higher, the pixels are also much smaller. This further prevents any screen door-like issues.

Most popular with …

LCD projectors are great for churches, trade shows, auditoriums and large boardrooms. Basically any room with high ambient light.