Projector People’s Guide to Savings : Business Projectors

[ This is a reprint of our Business Edition Projector People Post Newsletter sent this month. We publish our tech stories here, but newsletter subscribers will get the messages sooner and will receive additional information including our Top Five best selling projectors, presentation tips, or customer home theater examples. Sign up here. ]

Writing inspiring copy about why you should buy a projector is no easy task this holiday season. With belts and wallets tightening and a challenging outlook for next year, we know your projection needs might not be at the top of your list. But for those of you who do have a little bit of budget left to invest in your business, or who are looking for a great excuse to stay in and save – we are now offering our deepest discounts ever on a wide selection of projectors in our Inventory Clearance Sale. And just to be sure you spend your hard-earned money on the right stuff, we have put together a quick and easy buyers guide for you.

Business Projection Savings Guide

projector

Projectors for business are now more versatile then ever before. There are now network ready projectors available from just about every major manufacturer and most of the kinks and glitches from the first generation products have been smoothed out. Wireless projection has not come as far as we might have hoped, but is more than adequate for business presentations without video. Both wireless and network technology can save you money. Wireless, obviously saving you the cost of cables, and adding a projector to a network allows for more efficient management. And, of course, the best news is that both features have also become less expensive since their introduction. But wireless and network compatibility are extra features that can be elminated in the interest of savings. Here is a quick look at what can’t.

The Basics of Business Projection : Fast and Easy

Brightness
Room Size Lumens Suggested
Small Conference Room 2000 lumens
Large Conference Room 3000 lumens
Auditorium / Classroom 3500 lumens

SAVINGS TIP : Don’t buy more lumens than you need unless you plan to use the projector in multiple locations. Darker rooms with controlled lighting may require less brightness than specified above. Ask a Projector Expert if you have a question about your environment.

Resolution
Resolution Recommended Usage
SVGA Only for use with older sources such as VCRs, older computers, etc.
XGA A better choice for 4:3 sources such as NTSC DVD players, many laptop computers.
WXGA Best for widescreen laptops
SXGA+ Best for applications that require high-detail

SAVINGS TIP : An SVGA projector might cost a hundred bucks less in the short run, but as technology progresses it may not be supported by newer sources (computers, etc.). If you have 4:3 sources, investing in XGA will be more “future-proof.”

Connectivity
Connection Type Good to Have Because
Dual VGA / component flexibility. Most common connection type.
HDMI Playing video. Common on newer video sources – DVD players, etc.
S-Video A back-up for older video sources. Particularly useful in school settings.

SAVINGS TIP : If you plan to sneak the projector home on weekends for some movies and gaming, an HDMI connection is a plus. However, a dual component / VGA connection will do the trick if your source (receiver, gaming system, DVD player) has component video out.

OUR CLEARANCE BUSINESS PROJECTORS

So there you have just a few of the basics of business projection. Still have questions? Call a Projector Expert for more advice and information. Now we’ll touch on cross over and home theater products. Watch for a more comprehensive Home Theater Guide on our blog next friday.

Cross Over Projector Guide

There are fewer manufacturer specifically targeting the cross over buyer these days. That is partially because most business projectors do a reasonable job producing video, particularly for those who are not picky about their image. And now with more widescreen business projector options, you can even get true widescreen (and even HD) images from a business projector. The video quality, however, is not (even close to) optimized. The greatest advantage of a cross over projector is probably the brightness. Home theater projectors are tweaked out to produce higher contrast ratios (deep blacks and rich colors) and sacrifice brightness to achieve them. Here’s the quick list of things to look for in a cross over projector.

What to Look for in a Cross Over Projector : Quick Look

  • WXGA (720p) resolution
  • HDMI connection
  • Lens shift / zoom lens
  • Better video scaling technology (promotional materials usually mention it if applicable)
  • Contrast ratio of 2500:1 or better

Of course, for those who are not particular about the image, just about any projector will reproduce decent video and a very big image.

SAVINGS TIP : Manufactures who make both business and home theater projectors are more likely to have a good video processor in them, as are projectors with a widescreen native chip in them.

OUR CLEARANCE CROSS OVER PROJECTORS

HD Home Theater Guide

HDTV logo

Here’s a quick look at what to look for in a home theater projector. We are just hitting on the basics, since we will be covering this more fully in the Home Theater version of our newsletter next week. Check our blog next Friday afternoon if you are interested in reading more about HDTV projectors. Until then, here is our quick take on what to look for in a home theater projector.

Resolution
Resolution Good to Have Because
HD (1080p) Offers the best readily available image for the money.
WXGA-H (720p) 720p native projectors can typically scale to 1080p, but with some artifacts. Many HD channels broadcast 720p native signals.
WVGA (480p) Good for backyard theaters or kids rooms. Not HD.

SAVINGS TIP : If your primary source (receiver, cable box, DVD, gaming system) is not 1080p, you may do just as well with a less expensive 720p projector. However, if you are likely to upgrade in the future, 1080p provides a significantly better image.

Resolution
Room Type Recommended Brightness
Small Theaters 1000 lumens (or more)
Large Theaters 1500 lumens (or more)
Outdoor Theaters 1500 lumens (or more)
Media Rooms 2000 lumens (or more)

SAVINGS TIP : Controlled lighting will make all the difference in the world in a home theater space. Lower lumen projectors can produce a great looking image in a dark room. However if you want to leave the lights on, more lumens are worth the investment.

OUR CLEARANCE HOME THEATER PROJECTORS

That’s all we will cover in this newsletter, but watch out our Projector People Blog for a more comprehensive Home Theater Guide next Friday. We’ll discuss the value of 1080p projectors beyond resolution, discuss screen sizes, and much more. Thanks for tuning in!

And if we don’t see you before, here’s wishing you a Happy Holiday and a Wonderous New Year!