Business technology budgets tend to be fairly stretched these days. However, a projector is a worthwhile investment that has all sorts of benefits and uses. From enabling you to introduce greener business practices that reduce paper waste, to finding new ways to make projects more engaging and collaborative, a projector is a real asset, no matter what the industry. So, if you’re choosing between projector types, how to you ensure that you’ve made the right decision?
Portability is a consideration
Depending on your planned use for the projector, how portable it is may be a significant factor in your purchasing decision. Yours may be the kind of business where a small, portable projector could make all the difference when it comes to pitches or presentations. Or you could be completely comfortable with a projector that never leaves the premises. Most projectors will generally fall into the middle weight category – you could take them with you in theory but they’re not designed to be “portable” as such.
Make sure you have the right connection options
The basic projector connection will be an SVGA (analog) connector, which will enable connection to a computer, and a composite video connector for a TV. Digital connections (such as a DVI or HDMI connector) can be useful, as they may offer a more stable signal, but make sure that whatever you want to connect the projector to has the same connection.
Choose the correct resolution
If you’re using the projector for something like very detailed drawings or spreadsheets then you may need to opt for a higher resolution. However, this will also be the more expensive choice. Try to match the projector’s resolution to the one that you use the most often. Although projectors are capable of scaling images up and down, there’s no guarantee that image quality will remain throughout the process.
Are you a widescreen user?
If you’re creating presentations using a widescreen format then it makes sense to display them in this way too. Widescreen projectors are much more common these days and can make for better aesthetics – as long as the actual pixel count of your computer matches the projector resolution.
Looking at the level of brightness
There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to making decisions about brightness with a new projector. However, if you’re planning to use it in a regular office location then 2,000 to 3,000 lumens will normally be perfectly adequate. Remember that a super bright image will be very harsh on the eyes of the viewers so try to match the brightness levels to the lighting conditions and screen in the room as far as possible.
Choosing between the tech options
When it comes to projectors there are generally three choices: DLP, LCD, and LCoS. For the best image quality, a LCoS is a good choice but these projectors tend to be less portable than the other two. It’s also worth bearing in mind that DLP projectors may cause a rainbow effect for some people when they look at it because they project their primary colors sequentially rather than all at once. A trial run is often the best way to determine which tech is best.
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