Here in this article we’ll give you the best tips to buy a projector because we know that to make your purchase you should not leave any loose ends. If after reading it you have any questions you can contact our phone or send us an email, we will gladly assist you and advise you.
Tips for buying a projector: As with many products, the selection of a projector can be somewhat tiring due to the variety of options. However, choosing the right projector is quite simple, as long as you know the following three things:
The size of the screen (width, the most important).
Distance between the projector and the screen (projection distance).
An estimate of the amount of ambient light present in the room where the projector will be used.
What is a projector?
The best way to describe a projector is like an inverted camera, spitting light from a lens instead of receiving it. For the sake of this purchase guide, we will consider only digital projectors, that is, projectors with video inputs that serve in a similar way to a monitor or television but with the benefits that you already know, such as a larger screen and ease of use in transport. The digital projectors are divided into four categories:
Mini, also called “pico”
Movie at home
Large room or fixed installation
Obviously the barriers between one category and another in some models are very few, for example, the category home cinema and multimedia are very similar.
In most cases the category goes hand in hand with the application of the projector. Boardroom presentations: multimedia. In a living room: home theater. Conference room with capacity for 500 people: fixed installation. Ultra-portable where a small screen size is acceptable: mini or pico projector.
Pocket projectors are still a relatively new technology. They are small enough to hold in one hand and can usually be mounted on a tripod. They use LED lamps that are not very bright (20 to 1,000 lumens) compared to multimedia projectors that usually range between 2,500 and 4,500 lumens (or more if we include fixed installation). The long durability of the lamp positions them as the perfect alternative for a monitor or television, but if the intention is to place it in a boardroom, it may be a bit short.
Until recently, pocket projectors were considered as another gadget, but little by little they are invading the multimedia segment, in a few years the two categories may be the same.
Another limitation quite common in most mini projectors is the lack of a zoom, this means that the only way to control the size of the image is physically moving the projector closer or further away from the screen. If you need a compact projector and do not care so much about brightness or zoom, a mini may be right for you, if not, it is likely to be a candidate for multimedia projectors.
Multimedia projectors are the largest category and are the best sellers in any projectors store, they are commonly used and are used for everything from PowerPoint presentations to video clips and slideshows at weddings. They are usually considered portable with a weight of 1.5 kg for ultra thin models and increasing from little to little depending on brands and models, their brightness varies from 2,500 to 4,500 lumens or so, the zoom range is usually more short than the home theater: 1.2x 1.5x (compared to 2x in home theater). This zoom means that you have to take special care when choosing to make sure that the size of the screen is compatible with the projection size. Multimedia projectors always have VGA inputs and composite video, most now have HDMI. In case you do not have HDMI you can buy a low cost adapter.
The most common resolutions for multimedia projectors are SVGA (800 x 600), XGA (1024 x 768), WXGA (1280 x 800) and WUXGA (1920 x 1200) and the 4K that we are seeing little by little. The XGA resolution is the most popular and suitable for PowerPoint presentations, but because it is a 4: 3 format it may not be ideal if the image comes from a device in high definition.
Short throw projectors
Although most multimedia projectors have a built-in zoom lens, an important sub-category is the short-throw and ultra-short shot. Generally a distance ratio of less than 1: 1 is considered short range. The most common proportions are of 0.5: 1 and 0.3: 1, the latter being the one that complies with being “ultra short”. The projectors of shot cort