Learning the different options, applications, features and prices of multimedia projectors can make it easier to shop the device without risking buyer’s remorse. Follow these steps.
1. Know the different types of projectors. The most common two are LCD (liquid crystal display) and DLP (digital light processing). LCD projectors often have better color, more detailed images and are brighter. DLP projectors have pixels that are less visible, a higher contrast ratio and can be smaller which means better portability. There is not one that is necessarily better than the other.
2. Think about the source you are going to use with the projector. Often this will be a computer or maybe a DVD player if you are buying a projector for home theater use. Make sure that you can use the same resolution on both the source and the projector. On a computer you can probably change the resolution if needed. Also make sure that the projector has an input that matches the source’s output.
3. Check the brightness of the projector. The brightness will be measured in ANSI lumens. The brightness will affect how the image looks on a big screen and how bright the image will be in relation to the lighting in the room. As a rule of thumb, always get the brightest projector you can for the price and application you’re looking for.
4. Consider the room or space that the projector will be used. You need to consider how much natural light comes in the room and how big the screen is that you are using the projector on. Also think about whether or not you want the projector to be portable as some projectors can weigh in excess of 20 pounds and be quite bulky.
5. Look to see what extras you need. Make sure that the projector has keystone correction and a feature-rich remote control. You can also consider wireless compatibility, digital zoom, rear screen and ceiling mounted projectors, and any other features you might want.
6. Find a good lens. A lens on a projector is vitally important for the quality of your image in the same way that a lens on a camera is. Many projectors come with lenses, but you might want to upgrade to a nicer one. Glass lenses will usually give you the best clarity, but they can be heavy so plastic lenses may be a better option for a portable setup.
7. Set your price. The prices of multimedia projectors can be anywhere a few hundred to several thousands of dollars. You may have to sacrifice features to fit a projector into your budget.