Important tip when choosing a projector for your meeting room

Important tip when choosing a projector for your meeting room

When you are considering purchasing a projector for your meeting room there are a variety of things you should keep in mind.  We take a look at many of them here.

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Brightness

The brightness of projectors is measured in ANSI lumens. The brightness rating of your projector should easily tell you how well the projector can cope with ambient light. If your meeting room doesn’t have blinds, you will be best served installing projectors that have 2000 lumens and above. It is not possible to calculate the exact amount of brightness you need for a particular room scientifically, so you just need to know that the higher the ambient light hitting your screen surface, the brighter your projector will need to be.

The resolution

This is the number of pixels your projector can display. The most common resolution available on projection systems is1024 x 768 pixels, or ‘XGA’ resolution, and800 x 600, or ‘SVGA’ resolution, is the next most common. XGA resolution is more expensive but it is popular because it offers as many as 60% more pixels to display images. This makes this resolution noticeably better when it comes to fine lines and small text. Here is more on XGA and SVGA resolutions.

Throw Distance

Projectors have different lenses. This means they will produce different sized images. As soon as you have chosen your projector, the next thing you should consider is where you will place it  to confirm that the screen size you need is achievable from that distance. High-end projectors make it possible to change lenses to get smaller or larger images. This brings flexibility to the positioning of your projection system. However, replacement lenses are generally expensive so you should consider your options carefully.

LCD and DLP

LCD projection systems are the de facto systems used by most businesses. However, DLP systems may be needed if your projection needs go beyond projecting Powerpoint presentations. DLPs are more powerful and so can serve businesses that deal with graphic designs, colour-coded process diagrams, and very rich, detailed media.

Contrast

Contrast is what brings depth to your image.  This is normally deemed unimportant when displaying Powerpoint presentations, or document presentations, as the display will be flat. If the projector is to be used for showing videos, however, contrast comes into play in a big way.

Warranty

Manufacturers differ in the quality and service level they offer when it comes to warranties. Therefore, you need to confirm what the level of support is with the manufacturer before you invest in a specific projector. This will ensure that you know the level of service to expect if issues arise.

Spare bulbs

Spare bulbs are an insurance against embarrassment. Don’t forget to order one with your purchase.

By understanding and following these tips you will be better prepared to buy the right projection system from the many, many options on the market.

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