Take a look at some of the most common questions people ask while shopping for a business or presentation projector.
- How much brightness should I look for from a projector?
- How do I get the best quality image?
- What size projector do I need?
- What makes a projector easier to use than another?
- What other features can I look for?
How much brightness should I look for from a projector?
The brightness of a projector is measured by ANSI lumens. DLP and LCD projectors are available at all levels of brightness to meet the needs of specific applications.
Portable projectors are typically preferred by the presenter on-the-go. Micro and Ultra-portable projectors range from around 800-2000 lumens in brightness, weigh between 1.5-11 lbs, and are categorized below depending on lighting conditions.
- 800 lumens for lights-out presentations with low levels of ambient light
- 1000 lumens for presentations with some ambient light – this is becoming the standard brightness level for presenters
- 2000 lumens for presentations with bright ambient light
Projectors for conference rooms, classrooms, and similar venues
The brightest projectors range from 2500-7000 lumens and are typically less portable. The average weights of these projectors range from between 13-30 lbs, making them ideal for more stationary conference room and classroom settings, in addition to larger audiences. Standard brightness suggestions are as follows:
- 2500 lumens for presentations for audiences of under 100 with ambient light
- 3000 lumens for audiences between 100-200 with ambient light
- 5000 lumens for audiences of over 100 with bright ambient light
How do I get the best quality image?
As a rule, the easiest way to get the best image is to match your projector’s resolution with your computer’s resolution. XGA resolution (1024×768) is currently the most common within the projector marketplace. Other common projector resolutions include SVGA (800×600) and SXGA (1280×1024).
Uniformity represents the percentage of brightness from corner-to-corner and edge-to- edge of a projected image; the higher the uniformity rating, the better the consistency of the image. For the best images, look for a uniformity rating of 85% or more.
What size projector do I need?
Business and presentation projectors are now extremely portable, ranging in weights between 2-11 lbs with small footprints. If you plan to travel regularly with your projector, something within this weight range is ideal. Often times, you can find a travel case that will securely accommodate both a projector and laptop together. If your needs are more stationary or you are planning to present to larger audiences in questionable lighting conditions, you’re choice should be a larger projector (typically between 13-30 lbs) with a higher lumen output. Projectors for conference rooms, classrooms, and similar venues.
What makes a projector easier to use than another?
What makes today’s projectors more competitive are, in addition to their low weight and high brightness, their vast feature sets and ease-of-use.
Newer projectors are simple to use; with strategically placed inputs and outputs and ergonomic architectures, they take mere minutes to set-up and usually require only a power outlet and a material source (such as a laptop computer). User interfaces have come a long way as well, and often mimic the look and feel of the most popular computer operating system interfaces.
Just like current computer offerings, projectors are now typically plug-and-play and come with essential hardware options like a remote mouse, a laser pointer, or other accoutrements to simplify the life of a presenter. Portable projectors also typically ship with a standard carrying case included.
Another added benefit: many business and presentation projectors are HDTV compatible, enabling them to tap into more presentation sources. What’s more, you can always test-drive an HDTV compatible business projector for some home theater fun!
We recommend that you compare projector features and hardware to determine what will meet your specific application needs.
What other features can I look for?
There are many manufacturers that have added additional features to further simplify your presentation applications. For example, many projectors now include:
- Wireless capabilities (options range from wireless projectors to wireless hardware accessories)
- Network capabilities
- Lens Shift
- Digital keystone correction
- Component video inputs
Consider your specific application needs; manufacturers are taking these needs into consideration and are developing new projector solutions to meet them. We recommend that you compare projector features and hardware to determine what will meet your specific application needs.