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?

New pocket projectors from 3M and Vivitek

Breaking news in the pocket projector world! Projector People now sells 3D-ready HD pocket projectors and pocket projectors with built-in camcorders.

Vivitek Qumi pico projector

vivitek Qumi

Exhibit A: the 300-lumen Vivitek Qumi. We first met this little bad guy at CES 2011. The Vivitek Qumi is the world’s first 3D-ready, HD pocket projector. It features native 720p resolution, built-in 1W speakers and a LED light source that lasts up to 30,000 hours. Check out our video of the Qumi in action »

The Vivitek Qumi sells for $499 and will ship in June. It is available in white or black. Pre-order yours now»

3M CP40 pico projector

3M CP40

Exhibit B is the 14-lumen 3M CP40. This pico projector features a built-in camcorder capable of shooting 720p video. Now you can shoot and share with just the push of a button. No more worrying about cords or hooking up to an external storage device.

The 3M CP40 is in stock now and costs $299. Get your own 3M CP40»

Connectivity of the Vivitek Qumi and 3M CP40

Both projectors can hook up to a variety of inputs, including your iPad or iPhone.

Why you want the pocket projectors that debuted at CES 2011

We have three words to describe the pocket projectors that debuted last week at CES 2011:

O. M. G.

Gone are the low-lumen, low-resolution pocket projectors of yesteryear. The next crop of picos displays in HD (and 3D!) and are bright enough to use in low ambient light.

They connect to your iPad, handle HDMI input and include built-in speakers. Pretty soon, they’ll even output in 1080p HD.

Without further ado….

Cool pocket projectors introduced at CES 2011

  1. Vivitek Qumi

    Why you want it: Vivitek’s first pico projector, the 300-lumen Qumi, could potentially set the standard for the next wave of portable projectors. With a native WXGA (1280×800) resolution and mini-HDMI input, the Qumi can output in HD. It’s also 3D-ready and includes a built-in 1W speaker.

    The 1.6-pound Qumi is versatile and portable enough for work and play. It easily connects with the latest digital cameras, laptops, smart phones and tablets. We saw this projector in action and were very impressed.

    In the video below, watch Rick Nguyen of Vivitek demonstrate the compatibility functions of the Qumi while he talks about the future of the pico chipset.

    The Qumi has a 2500:1 contrast ratio and measures 6.3″(w) x 1.2″(h) x 3.9″(d). It is expected to hit the streets in May for $499.

  2. LG HW300T

    Why you want it: LG Electronics’ HW300T LED projector is the first portable projector to incorporate the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) technology, allowing you to wirelessly transfer stored digital content from devices such as PCs and Blu-ray players.

    This little projector also has a built-in ATSC Tuner, which enables you to watch HD Broadcast signals without the need for a separate external content source. It also provides access to online content such as Accuweather, Twitter and Facebook.

    The 250-lumen HW300T has 1200 x 800 WXGA resolution, contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and a life expectancy of 30,000 hours. Pricing and availability were not released.

HD chip sets in picos? Built-in tuners? DLNA access? Are you guys as excited as we are?

Projector Reviews: The 3M MPro 150 Pocket Projector

The 3M MPro 150 Pocket Projector recently got some loving from PCAdvisor.com, a UK-based site.

Their verdict:

3M MPro 150
“There are some great aspects to this solidly built projector. It’s neat and compact and weighs only 155g (5.6 oz.). Its non-slip rubber coating makes it easy to grip and we like the fact you really can slip it into an inside jacket pocket to take out and about with you. We were also impressed to find the battery lasted longer than 3M led us to believe. We got more than 2.5 hours active use from the MPro 150 Pocket Projector with no indication that the battery was fading and no excessive build-up of heat.”

Read the entire review here»



Optoma PK301, the newest pocket projector!

Pocket projectors are awesome. They’re just so little, and cute and ….. okay, I’ll stop.

Optoma PK301

Seriously, we’re always excited to see the latest entries in this product line. Pocket projectors are getting smaller and brighter, and image quality is on the rise.

Take the latest Optoma pocket projector, the PK301. At 50 lumens, this is the brightest pocket projector we carry, and weighing in at a mere 0.8 ounces, it’s also the lightest.

Optoma PK301 Pico Features

  • Truly portable – palm-sized, lightweight, and rechargeable
  • Built-in media player allows you to project images, videos or document directly from the removable storage device
  • MicroSD card slot allows for memory expansion up to 16 GB
  • Project large widescreen images of up to 120” diagonal
  • 2,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • LED light source lasts over 20,000 hours while producing excellent color
  • Full assortment of I/O ports, including USB, VGA, HDMI and video, allow for easy connection to most analog or digital devices

Check out our full selection of pico projectors here»