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Projectors fulfil many purposes--from simply emitting lights to projecting slides and videos, projectors are always a useful tool to have.
Choosing the right projector for your needs is crucial as not all projectors are created equal and since they come with a 3-4 figure price tag, you better make an informed choice that you won’t regret buying later.
So, what should you look for in a projector? How can you choose the right projector for your needs? Making the right choice depends first and foremost on the type of the projector and its intended use/purpose.
There are 3-4 main types of projectors, based on their use/intent:
No.1: Light/Entertaining Projectors. For some, these are not considered “projectors” in their advanced media sense as their sole purpose is to project lights and light patterns. But they are still useful for creating a bright and interesting ambiance in a dark room e.g., a starry night, disco/club lights, ocean waves and many other interesting light patterns to choose from. Light projectors are usually circular in shape (think like a crystal ball or a disco ball) with a dome-like glass or plastic prism layer which varies based on the light pattern the projector displays. If you wish to generate a great atmosphere at home or during holidays (some models are portable) these are great and they are affordable too. Check this out: Star galaxy Night Projector
No.2: Multimedia Projectors. These are perhaps the largest and most popular category of projectors as they are able to project multiple types of media, as their name suggests. For example, you can use a multimedia projector to project PowerPoint slides on a white board (for academic, professional, or special event purposes) or screen video clips and movies. Most multimedia models are also portable and some, especially late models, are wireless. All multimedia projectors have a zoom lens range (1.2X-1.5X), however, this is shorter and smaller compared to the zoom capacity of home theatre projectors (2X). This means that when you get one, you have to ensure that its screen size matches the projector’s throw ratio. Check this out: 1080P Projector Full HD
No.3: Home Theatre Projectors. Another popular projector family is that of home theatre projectors. Home Theatre Projectors are basically similar to multimedia projectors, but they are designed to display better image quality and resolution, especially during playing movies, shows, and videoclips. They are bulkier compared to multimedia projectors and their zoom lens range is the largest among all models (2X). To achieve their peak performance, they have more advanced cooling units as well as Low-Voltage-Control capacity, which means that as soon as they are switched on, they can shrink or expand depending on the screen’s dimensions. Most home theatre models come with a high-res 4K camera lens. Check this out: Caiwei Smart Android Projector
No.4: Portable Wi-Fi Projectors. A wireless projector is currently the newest type of projector that uses wi-fi signalling to connect with a remote mobile device or computer e.g., smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc. Their main purpose is to display presentation slides and multimedia with a decent image quality (not the same as home theatres but still fine). They typically require the installation of a respective utility app on your connecting device, allowing you to manage the device and send data from and to your device to the projector safely and fast. Unlike other models, a portable wi-fi projector does not involve the use of cables to link a receiver to a projector. Their in-built wireless technology either connects with the sauce device ad-hoc (within a close distance, like a Bluetooth) or a local wi-fi network. However, they do connect with USB cables for charging. Check this out: C180 model Android Wi-fi projector
What Features Make A Projector Good? Best projector features
Although the following features are not all necessary, they are good indicators that the projector you’ll be is high-quality, versatile and functional:
- Multimedia support formats e.g., JPEG, PNG, MP3, WMA, AVI, OGG, FLV, WMV.
- 4K/HD Camera (for high quality image and video projections)
- Portable case (for easy carriage on the go)
- 5X-2.1X zoom range
- Brightness range: 5000-7000 lumens
- Wi-Fi or Bluetooth capability
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