Top-level digital projectors can now be purchased at a relatively low price. Check out which projectors you should keep your eye on.
Once a premium-priced technology, the latest generation of digital projectors show outstanding quality with ever increasing features even while prices are dropping. Some cost about as much as a smart phone! Here are some of the best digital projectors available now.
Think you can't afford a digital projector? Think again! Prices are falling and quality and features are getting better. In fact, the latest generation of digital projectors is more affordable than ever. Why get a digital projector, especially if you already have a HDTV? One of the primary reasons is that a digital projector provides a larger viewing area, so that more can see the video (or—gasp!—a slide show). Couple this with a degree of portability that a HDTV can only dream of and you can see more options opening up.
The Consumer Market Opens Up
For instance: This past summer, a neighbor hung a white bed sheet over his garage door and projected a Disney film on it with his digital projector, and invited all the children (and childlike adults) in the neighborhood for a free evening outdoor show. Could this be done with a Flat Screen TV? Sure, but it would have taken a great deal of effort, and it still would have been a smaller image.
With the cost of a digital projector starting at less than a smartphone it can be a second TV so that if your team makes the World Series or the Super Bowl? A party to end all parties could be in order. The uses are only limited by your imagination.
More Affordable for Business Users
Then there is the professional side to the digital projector market. Do you travel and make presentations? A laptop of a tablet really does not have the space for a wide audience, and of you are going to make a presentation to an auditorium full of people the only solution could be a projector that has the capacity to broadcast an image size that is viewable by all. By having a lightweight portable digital projector there is no issue with incompatibility or lack of equipment when you arrive to make your presentation. And with the prices falling, you can more easily justify the business expense.
That said, let’s take a look at some of the options available, starting with the lower-priced models. Also, remember that Adorama carries an extensive lineup of digital projectors. Be sure to visit the Multimedia Projectors and Display Monitors Department at Adorama for the complete selection. Prices and availability are accurate as of November 2, 2012.
Quality Digital Projectors For Home and Professional Use
Let's start with the Adorama-priced $399.00 Optoma DX326 3D Ready DLP Projector. This multimedia projector has a 1024 x 768 VGA resolution and a 13000:1 contrast ratio. Using the Optoma DX326 provides a bright, sharp, deep colored image and includes a huge range of connectivity features that support a huge array of devices. It is 3D capable so that the latest sports and movies that support 3D actually leap out of the screen while you are viewing them.
The Sony VPLBW120 Home Theater LCD Projector is a high-quality system at the Adorama price of $899.990 that features XGA 1280 x 800 resolution with a 4000:1 contrast ratio. It includes the Sony Eco menu that includes a wide range of energy saving features including power saving mode and different projection settings. It has the ability to be used as the hub of a home theater but has portability features including a wide number of color system and video system support as well as a 20 language onscreen display it can be used around the globe as a perfect work tool.
The Vivitek QUMI LED Pocket Digital Projector, available from Adorama for $499.99, brings 720p HD capabilities to the big screen with its robust capabilities. It is 3D-ready via DLP Link technology and has both USB and MicroSD slots for additional memory for presentations as well as a HDMI connection capability.
Looking for a very flexible, mobile solution that will ot break the bank? Then look at the Adorama-priced $399.99 BenQ MX503 XGA 3D Ready DLP Projector. Easy to use so no need to worry when giving business presentations yet has the flexibility to allow showing 3D video at home. With an array of connections it can be easily integrated with other equipment. The MX503 features 1024 x 768 resolution with a 13000:1 contrast ration for sharp clear images. It also has the ability to connect into and serve with a home entertainment system, pulling double duty.
The LG Electronics PG65U WXGA LED Projector with Built-In Digital TV Tuner is a top-notch projector for an executive on the goal. With an Adorama price of $699.99, it offers 1280 x 800 resolution that uses an LED light source similar to the kind used in top-end HDTVs, but has features that are designed to work in conjunction with a laptop, which it can connect to wirelessly, making it a great business tool. You can use computer data with it, without a computer via its USB port and its SD slot. The built-in digital TV tuner, along with its 100,000:1 contrast ratio means that video output is crisp and clear.
The Sharp 3D Ready BrilliantColor DLP Projector, available for $749 at Adorama, is a 3D ready projector that supports both 720p and 1080p HD broadcast quality video, and is designed for use as either a personal entertainment display for home or as a high-resolution projector for the corporate road warrior. It includes a built-in speaker system and is NTSC, PAL and SECAM compatible; it includes a power supply that can handle 100 to 240 V AC, at 50/60 Hz for around-the-world use.
In higher end digital projectors additional features and capabilities increase, as in the Optoma TH1060P, a digital projector that has the same 1920 x 1080 resolution as any top of the top of the line plasma displays touting 1080p. It has a 2500:1 contrast ratio and is designed to support multiple peripherals with two HDMI ports. And, at an Adorama price of $1,499, it cost about as much as a low-end digital projector would have cost a few years ago.
Sony is targeting the sleek, high-end Adorama-priced $2,499.99 Sony VPL-HW30ES ES Home Theater 3D Projector at the home enthusiast that wants the true big screen experience without cutting corners. It can display 720p, 1080i and 1080p high definition images and its international capabilities include being able to automatically select and project NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL-60 and SECAM signals. It has a Real Color Processing (RCP) function to adjust the color and hue of each target color of the projected picture independently. The 3D capable projector has two HDMI ports and Sony’s Bravia Sync to easily sync multiple peripherals for the entertainment system.
Affordable Projector Screens
Now that you have bought your projector there is still the issue of the surface, or screen, that you will project the images onto. While a wall will do in a pinch, its color, possible art work that might need to be removed and furniture that has to be rearranged could make using the project a hassle to use, while hassle free use might have been one of the key factors in its purchase in the first place.
If your mental image is of a pull down screen as your only option, akin to the ones that were probably used in your middle school, think again. While they are always an option, and often a cost effective one, there is an entire world of options available in Adorama’s Projection Screen section including ones designed to be put away quickly, ones that are for rear projection, fronbt projection or both to ones for very specialized uses.
The surface material that is used on the screens is important for the type of use the screen was designed for. For instance the $181.85 Da-Lite Mini Fold Tabletop Projection Screen has a different material for its rear projection version and for its front projection version of its 21 x 30 inch screen.
An example of a permanently mounted wall screen is the Draper Clarion 4:3 Format Fixed Wall Projection Screen, available at Adorama for $876.50. It includes frame extrusions that enables both horizontal and vertical tension adjustability so that the screen maintains a flat surface for a perfect viewing experience.
Not everybody wants a screen present at all times, and there is a variety of options available for this type of user, often a corporate one that needs the white space for other purposes such as a grease board. The Da-Lite Boardroom Electrol Video Ceiling Recessed Electric Screen is available from Adorama for $1,298.99. It has a silent motor and a ceiling enclosure that can conceal the screen when not in use.