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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?

Projector Central Reviews the Samsung F10M LED Projector

Our friends at recently took the 1,000-lumen Samsung F10M LED projector for a spin. Check out the review below.

Samsung F10M projector

The Samsung F10M is the world’s first full-size, high-brightness LED based projector. Compared to traditional mercury lamps, LED light sources are greener and last much, much longer. Where mercury lamps fizzle out around 4,000 hours, the Samsung F10M’s LED light source lasts up to 30,000 hours.

“If you are anything like me, you have trouble wrapping your head around big numbers, so: you can use this projector for four hours at a stretch every single day, starting today, and the lamp will not expire until early April of 2030 – over twenty years from now,”

Read the full review here»

Learn more about the Samsung F10M and the benefits of LED projectors»

Meet the Samsung F10M, the world’s first LED-based, full size projector

In the past, light-emitting diode (LED) light source technology was reserved for pico projectors. In order to take advantage of LEDs – a greener and longer-lasting light source compared to traditional mercury lamps – customers were limited to highly portable, but also lower-lumen, projector models.

Samsung F10M projector

Until now.

Samsung changed the game when it debuted the 1,000-lumen F10M, the world’s first full size, high brightness LED projector.

How the Samsung F10M LED projector works

LEDs are essentially tiny light bulbs. But unlike the light bulb in your desk lamp, LEDs fit directly into an electrical circuit and are illuminated by the flow of electrons. LEDs do not have a filament, like regular bulbs, and therefore last much, much longer. The lack of filament also allows the LEDs to operate more efficiently than traditional bulbs. They do not get as hot and require far less electric power.

Benefits of LED projectors

Compared to traditional mercury projector lamps, the benefits of LED light sources include:

  • Better for the environment. Mercury lamps can leak toxic materials in to the groundwater if disposed of improperly. (Learn about our mercury projector lamp recycling program.)
  • Easier to use. LED light sources can power off and on instantly. They do not require a fan to control their operating temperature, and therefore allow for quieter and smaller projectors.
  • Lower cost of ownership. Traditional mercury lamps last about 4,000 hours and cost around $400 to replace. LED light sources last nearly 10 times longer, saving you hundreds of dollars.
  • Lack of dimming and/or burnout over time. Mercury lamps also grow dimmer over time. They can lose up to 50% of their brightness after 10,000 hours.

The Samsung F10M’s LED color technology

Instead of a color wheel, the Samsung F10M LED projector uses red, green and blue LEDs to deliver eye-catching graphics. Compared to projectors that use a color wheel, the LEDs deliver richer, more saturated color. No more rainbow effect. No more color break-up.

We use RGB LEDs as the light source. Since we’re using the primary colors directly, and not filtering white light to the primary wavelengths, the resulting colors are more intense,” said Tom Grau, Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Samsung. “It’s a new optical architecture that requires one to let go of their pre-conceived notions on how projectors work.”

Additional features of the Samsung F10M

  • Document viewer
  • Closed captioning
  • USB port with Document viewer application
  • View Microsoft Office files (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and PDF files in native format
  • Native XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, with WXGA, SVGA via re-size
  • Network-ready for control, monitoring and scheduling
  • Auto keystone, quick release legs, and intuitive controls
  • HDMI input
  • Built-in 7 Watt speaker

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Introducing Sharp Aquos HD LCD TVs! is very proud (and very excited) to introduce our latest product: Sharp Aquos HD LCD television sets.

We’re carrying the full line, which means you can take your pick from 40 to 60-inch sets, CCFL or LED backlighting, 4 mill:1 to 6 mill:1 contrast ratios, and 120 or 240 hz refresh rates.

Sound a little confusing? Keep reading, we’ll explain.

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The Sharp Aquos line uses both LED (Light Emitting Diode) and CCFL (Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp) backlights.

LED backlighting entered the market in 2009. Since then, there’s been some confusion about “LED TVs”. Let us set the record straight: there is no such thing as a “LED TV”. “LED” is a backlight technology.

With LED backlighting, multiple LEDs control the screen’s brightness. A CCFL-backlit LCD TV, on the other hand, uses one lamp to control the lighting of the entire display. Because the LEDs have this potential to work in small groups, this technology offers some benefits in power consumption and picture display.

Though black levels on LCD TVs will likely never match plasma black levels, LED backlighting provides for deeper blacks than CCFL. The new Aquos LED is also 50% brighter than CCFL and allows for increased color purity.

Another big benefit of LED backlighting is the lifespan. LEDs last up to 100,000 hours, almost twice as long as CCFL. (Hello!) LED technology is also mercury-free, unlike CCFL. LED-lit TVs are also traditionally thinner and lighter than their CCFL counterparts.

Always on the forefront of technology, Sharp also employs QuadPixel technology on some of its Aquos TVs. Traditionally, LCD TVs use three color pixels – red, green and blue. QuadPixel technology throws a yellow pixel into the mix, which means greater color range. More on that in a future blog post!


Sharp Aquos TVs have refresh rates of 120 to a whopping 240 hz. The higher the refresh rate, the better the picture quality.

There was a big increase in refresh rates across the LCD TV board in 2008 when the standard jumped from 60 to 120 hz. In 2009, there was another bump to 240 hz.

Most consumers reported the greatest image improvement in the switch from 60 to 120 hz. 240 hz is the icing on the cake.

Compare Sharp Aquos refresh rates on our LCD TV finder.


The contrast ratio is the difference between a display’s blackest black and whitest white. The larger the contrast ratio, the greater the ability to show subtle color details and tolerate extraneous room light. The Aquos line’s contrast ratios vary from 4 mill:1 to 6 mill:1. (Does anyone else remember when “high end” TVs had contrast ratios of 800:1?)

Some of the other cool features available on these new sets: PC input, an abundance of other video inputs, integrated speakers and an extendable 1-year warranty. They are all HD (minimum of 720p resolution) and wall-mountable.

The Aquos line has only just begun. Keep an eye out for Aquos BluRay players coming later this spring and early summer. Most are equipped with Internet-connected BluRay and Netflix streaming.

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.