As video projectors become more affordable then more people are using them
both at work and at home. You might be thinking that projectors are all
alike and the more you spend the better it will be. Well this is not
strictly true. The more expensive projectors will be of a higher standard,
but you might not experience any benefit if you do not choose the correct
model. This is why we have written this article to try and guide you and
help you choose the model most suited to you.
Before any purchase it is important to have a think about what you will be
using it for and in what kind of environment. The business user will have
very different requirements to someone wanting to set up a home cinema.
Companies are now marketing hybrid projectors that claim to be able to be
used for both home cinema and business. These two environments are very
different though and will need projectors designed specifically to be able
to handle these two very different uses. As you read the rest of the
article you will begin to understand what you need to look out for when
purchasing your video projector.
LCD or DLP
Both are excellent formats and which you choose will depend on your use.
The business user will be more suited to an LCD projector due to the
increased brightness. The home user on the other hand would be better to
opt for a DLP projector as these will give a more cinematic experience.
Think about the level of ambient light in the room where you will be using
your projector. In the home cinema you will hopefully have control of the
level of light so this will not be an issue. If you are using a room at
home that has ambient light then you will need to opt for a brighter
projector. In the business arena you are likely to be presenting in very
bright rooms with standard office lighting and windows. A good projector
for business use will need to have a high brightness level.
Brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. For home cinema you should be
looking at projectors that have around 700 ANSI lumens brightness and for
business projectors you will need between 1000 and 1500.
The color, gray-scale performance, and video playback, are only really
important to the home user as they will give more natural and detailed
There is no point spending money on a high contrast video projector for
business use or use in a room at home that has significant ambient light as
your eyes will not notice the benefit. If you have a dedicated cinema room
at home then it will be worth looking at projectors with contrast ratios of
400:1 or higher. If you are looking for a projector for business use then
there is no point by one with a ratio of higher than 400:1
This will probably only be an issue for a business user. If you travel
around a lot and take your projector with you then the more compact and
light the better. It is possible to buy extremely light projectors.
The home user may not be concerned too much with size and weight, but it is
worth considering how you will set your projector up at home. Will it be
fixed to the ceiling or on a stand? If you have it on the ceiling you
should look for a projector which comes with a remote control as this will
make adjusting settings a lot easier.
We hope that this look at the differences with video projectors will help
you make your decision.
Find more articles by Steve Jones at [http://www.a1-lcdprojectors.com].
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