Multimedia LCD and DLP Projectors
What to Know
Clients often ask “What should I look for when shopping for a multimedia projector?” In many cases, budget will be the most important factor in determining which projector is right for you.
• Today’s projectors are much smaller and lighter. Ultra-light portables can weigh less than four pounds and have wireless capability. Ideal for small group presentations, they are often bright enough to handle much larger venues.
• Choosing the right aspect ratio. The default ratio on most new laptops is 16:10, so for business applications we generally recommend a projector and screen that match that ratio.
• Will your projector be installed in a facility with a local network? You may want to consider a projector with network features to provide content sharing, remote access to control functions, or to monitor and maintain your projector from a remote location on the network.
• Tracking the hours of lamp usage or programming the projector to automatically turn off at certain times can greatly reduce your cost of ownership.
Other key factors to consider before making a final decision on your projector include:
• Image quality
• Fixed or interchangeable lenses for short or long throw distances
• Native chip resolutions and aspect ratios to match and/or accommodate the format(s) of your sources
• Transitive or reflective light engine technology
• Image chip type – LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), DLP (Digital Light Processing), LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon)
• Multiscreen, zoom, mouse, control and digital features
• Intended application and message content
• Projection environment, room size, ambient light, seating arrangement, etc.
• Intended audience and anticipated user knowledge