Picking the Right Projector
- What is my budget?
The first thing to do when choosing a front projector is to determine how much you'd like to spend for the projector. To do this with some accuracy, you must take into consideration the costs for cables, mounts, screen and any audio equipment you may need. Once you have a number in mind, you'll narrow down your shopping list and have a clearer picture of your options. Here are some examples:
- Let's say you have $10,000 to spend on just the projector. The sky is pretty much the
limit. With this budget, you can take a close look at all of the available technologies to
see which will offer you the most bang for your buck.
- You have $2500 to spend. 720p DLP™ projectors and LCoS projectors will be out
of your price range. You'll need to choose between a mid-resolution DLP ™ projector
(1024 x 575), or go with a higher-resolution LCD projector.
- You have $1000 to spend. Your choices will be limited to widescreen 480p projectors — in both LCD and DLP™ technologies.
Once you have a better idea of what technologies you can afford, it will be time to make your actual choice. First, read everything you can about how the technology works. Carefully review the pros and cons of your projector to determine if your projector is right for your environment.
As we've already mentioned, if you have an ultra-bright room without any practical means of reducing ambient light, then the room itself will dictate the technology you must use.
The next step is to plan the layout of your front projection room. You will need to figure out a few things before looking at particular projector models including:
- The distance you'll need to place the projector from where you would like to place your screen.
- The maximum width you would like your image to be.
- The distance your audience will be from the screen.
These measurements will help you figure out which projector will work for your particular room setup.
Once you know the specs you need from your front projector, you can establish which makes and models match your individual needs. If you are deciding between manufacturers, we would suggest choosing only manufacturers that actually make the products they sell — not those that "re-label" other companies' products, and manufacturers that have been in the projector business for a significant period of time.
Many major companies have dabbled in projectors and then abruptly left the business, leaving owners of their products with little, if any, support. If you are unsure about a company, investigate it further — talk to one of our representatives. Our team has substantial knowledge of today's front projector manufacturers.