Back to School Technology Guide

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Whether you’re a college student, a travelling professor or a 10th grade science teacher, Projector People has everything you need to get you back to school with the latest technology.

Without further ado…

Best Projector for K-12 Educators – Casio XJ-M245

This feature-packed projector is ideal for K-12 teachers on a budget. Featuring LED projection (which means no costly lamp to replace!), the Casio XJ-M245’s 1.5x optical zoom allows students to easily see the content. Use MobiShare® to wow your students by projecting content right from your smart phone or tablet computer, then pull out the 3D glasses because the XJ-M245 is DLP 3D-ready… to blow your students away!

Only $1,199! Get the Casio XJ-M245 now »

Best Projector for College Students – Vivitek Qumi

Or as we like to call it: the Mighty Mouse of projectors. College students love the Qumi for its size (wayyy smaller and lighter than your Chemistry book) and ferocious features: it’s 3D-ready, high-definition and includes an LED lamp, so you’ll never have to buy an expensive bulb!

The Qumi can easily be connected to a variety of devices including, but not limited to smart phones, laptops, netbooks and tablets, digital and video cameras. Brighter than most comparable projectors, the Qumi is available in both black and white versions in case you want to color-coordinate with your new iPhone. Sweet!

Only $499! Get the Vivitek Qumi now »

Best Projector for Travelling Professors – Hitachi CPX9

Are you a road-warrior teacher, travelling from classroom to classroom, who needs a light, easy-to-use projector at an affordable price? Hey, we know those adjunct positions don’t come with lots of dollar signs attached, but we’re here to help!

Check out the Hitachi CPX9 – our pick for a “major bang for minor buck” projector. At 3200 lumens, the CPX9 is one of the brightest entry-level projectors and is equipped with an LCD lamp for crisp, clear color reproduction. It’s easy to connect to various inputs and includes a built-in speaker… just another thing you won’t have to carry with you!

The bargain price includes a case and remote to make taking the small CPX9 along in your laptop bag a breeze. And if life on the road is a little hard on your projector, don’t worry—the CPX9 is backed by a three-year warranty.

Only $699! Get the Hitachi CPX9 now »

Best Interactive Projector Mount for Educators – Chief Interactive Mount

We love this mount so much that we already wrote a blog post about it.

Here’s the skinny—if you want a lifetime of interactivity from low-price projectors, make the investment up-front for the Chief interactive mount and you’ll be happily interacting with your content for years to come. The mount works with any short-throw projector and turns any wall into an interactive surface.

Only $1,239! Get the Chief Interactive Mount now »

Best Interactive Projector for K-12 Classrooms – Epson 455WIRM BrightLink

This ultra-short throw powerhouse is perfect for K-12 educators who want complete interactivity without a bulky interactive board.

The BrightLink’s flexible design allows it to project interactive content on nearly any surface including a wall, whiteboard or chalkboard (by mounting with the included wall mount or on a cart) or a table with the optional Copernicus interactive table mount.

The flexibility extends to the projection size, too! Educators can easily adjust the interactive projection size from 59” to 96” to suit their space and needs.

The BrightLink is bundled with RM EasiTeach software, so creating interactive content is a snap. Already using a different kind of curriculum software at your school? No problem! The BrightLink 455WIRM is cross-compatible with existing curriculum software.

While we love all of the features that make the BrightLink easy to use, your budget will love the price! The Epson 455WIRM is priced significantly lower than comparable interactive whiteboards and is just as feature-rich.

Only $2,299! Get the Epson 455WIRM now »

So, what’s your favorite back to school technology?

Casio’s new Green Slim projectors: brighter, 3D-ready and more!

When Casio debuted their Green Slim projector line last year, we were blown away. The Casio Green Slims were the first projectors to do away with standard projector lamps in favor of a hybrid light source that combined laser and LED technology.

Casio Green Slim projectors

Read more about Casio’s hybrid light source technology here »

Just recently, Casio released the latest addition to the Green Slim projector line, the XJM series.

These new Casio projectors also employ the hybrid light source, but unlike their predecessors, these projectors are 3D-ready and come with MobiShow, allowing you to stream content from your Smartphone. They are also brighter than previous models, reaching an impressive 3,000 lumens.

The projectors start at $899 and are on sale now. Check them out on our Casio projectors page.

Casio XJ-A150 Green Slim Projector Shootout

Casio recently came by to show off their new Casio XJ-A150 Green Slim projector, which is expected to hit our shelves on November 1, 2010.

At 3,000 lumens, the Casio XJ-A150 is Casio’s brightest Green Slim projector to date. Like other models, it employs Casio’s revolutionary Hybrid Light Source.

To accomplish this extraordinary brightness in its Green Slim line, Casio tweaked the wavelength of the blue laser and adjusted the phosphor element, which controls green light output. They also improved the alignment of the laser so that more light passes through the lens.

We set up the 3,000 lumen Casio XJ-A150 and the 2,500 lumen Casio XJ-A145 in our conference room for an impromptu shootout. Check out the video below.

The brighter Casio XJ-A150 is on the left, the Casio XJ-A145 is on the right. Both were filmed in their default settings.

What do you see?

Casio’s Hybrid Light Source: A Closer Look

Casio Green Slim Projector

Casio Green Slim projectors’ new Hybrid Light Source has the potential to rock the projector world. It is the first mercury-free light source capable of high-brightness projection. This could be a projector game-changer, folks.

Mercury Lamps vs Casio Green Slim’s Hybrid Light Source

Until now, mercury lamps were the standard light source for most home theater and business projectors. Mercury lamps could deliver when it came to brightness, but they needed to be replaced after an average of 3,000 hours. Mercury lamps could also leak harmful materials into the ground if disposed of improperly.

Semiconductor light sources, like LED and lasers, were more desirable because they last longer and are better for the environment. But until now, these could only be used as light sources for small, low-lumen projectors. The problem was the color green. No one could figure out a high-output method for producing green light that could be mass produced.

Casio Green Slim Hybrid Light Source Technology

Casio changed the game with their Hybrid Light Source, which employs a laser, a fluorescent element and an LED. In Casio Green Slim projectors, the fluorescent element converts blue laser light into green light. These two shades of light, and light emitted by a red LED, are projected through a DLP® chip onto the screen.

The result is a crisp, clear, 2,000 – 2,5000 lumen picture that is environmentally-friendly and cost-conscious.

Benefits of Casio’s Hybrid Light Source

Unlike mercury lamps, the Hybrid Light Source doesn’t burn out. Casio estimates the Hybrid Light Source will save the average user $800 after 6,000 hours of use compared to traditional mercury lamps. That practically pays for the projector!

Added perks of the Casio Green Slim’s Hybrid Light Source

  • Instant off function, no more waiting for projectors to cool down
  • The projector and light source are backed by a comprehensive 3-year warranty
  • Thinnest high brightness projector in the industry at 1.7 inches thick and a mere 5 lbs
  • Wide-angle 2X optical zoom for use in diverse settings, ranging from small meeting spaces to large conference rooms
  • USB host function for projection without a PC and capability for wireless communication with PCs
  • HDMI terminal

The Casio Green Slim projector line starts at $799. See our full line of Casio projectors.

Still have a mercury lamp-based projector? Dispose of your lamp properly with Projector People’s Projector Lamp Recycling Program.

The Casio Green Slim Projector, Revolutionizing Light Source Technology

Say buh-bye to traditional mercury lamps and hello to the new Casio Green Slim projector. This revolutionary projector uses a laser and LED Hybrid Light Source that lasts up to 10 times longer than a traditional mercury projector lamp.

We’re expecting this technology to spread quickly throughout the projector world. Casio’s Hybrid Light Source offers many benefits over traditional lamps, including:

  • Mercury-free. Traditional projector lamps contain toxic materials that can leak into the groundwater if disposed of improperly.
  • Brightness! At 2,000-2,500 lumens, this hybrid projector far outshines its LED-only predecessors. The high light output means this projector easily shines in the living room, classroom or boardroom.
  • Cost Savings. Engineers estimate the Hybrid Light Source will save the average user $800 after just 6,000 hours of use, (compared to traditional mercury lamps, which last about 3,000 hours and cost $400 to replace.)
  • Time Savings. The projector reaches its maximum brightness in a mere eight seconds and requires no cooling down period. Old mercury lamps can be damaged if unplugged before cooling down properly.
  • Worry-free. Casio backs its projectors and light source with a comprehensive three-year warranty.

How It Works

Casio introduced its new light source technology at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Before that, semiconductor-based light sources like LED and laser typically weren’t bright – or affordable – enough for most consumers. At the time, a 700-lumen home theater projector using this technology could set you back more than $10,000.

Casio’s engineers lowered the price point and upped the brightness by packing the best of laser, fluorescent and LED technologies into a 2,000-lumen projector that starts at just $799.

The Hybrid Light Source uses a red LED and a blue laser. The fluorescent element converts blue laser light into green light. Until now, achieving high brightness output of green light was hard for conventional semiconductor light sources.

Improvements in LED and laser technology enable the Hybrid Light Source to deliver high-impact color by expanding the displayable color space. Visual effects appear brighter, images more powerful. While the performance of conventional projector mercury lamps falls off visibly with increasing age, Casio Green Slim projectors’ Hybrid Light Source maintains consistent brightness and superior color.

This bundle of green technology is delivered in a petite package. The projector is just 1.7 inches thick and weighs five pounds.

What’s Next

Will Casio’s new Hybrid Light Source change projector technology? We expect it will. Green has long since been the new black, and anything with the word “hybrid” in the title turns heads. But, this is more than a trend. This is truly the first time in digital projector history that such a radical development has stood to reshape the projector landscape. Until now, the last big projector technology shift was moving away from placing your cool, 640×480 pixel, heavy LCD panel on top of that old overhead projector and connecting it to your, oooo ahhhh, laptop. Hats off to Casio.

In the meantime, if you’re still on the mercury lamp wagon (and most people are), check out our new projector lamp recycling program. A mere $3 in shipping will keep your projector lamp out of the landfill.

As always, if you have questions about the new Casio Green Slim projector line, call our projector experts at 1-888-248-0675.