Projection Screen

Finding the Right Screen Projectors

Having a hard time deciding which of the many screen projectors out there are right for your needs? The market for screen projectors has really become something of a confusing mix of acronyms and numbers that many may find intimidating upon first glance. Hopefully this guide can clear up some of the confusion when it comes to screen projectors. With a little patience and some careful comparison, you can come out with a great deal on just what you need.

There are actually several basic categories of screen projectors to consider. On the mobile and travel end are what are known as the "ultralights." An ultralight projector can weigh as little as three pounds and fit in a small bag that you can carry onto flights. If you are going to be traveling frequently with presentations to make, an ultralight may be your best option. The newer ultralights on the market today can handle most of your presentation needs. The more features an ultralight has, however, the steeper the price tends to be. The main concern with an ultralight projector is that it has the brightness necessary to handle your presentation needs. If you're going to be showing your presentations in smaller settings, you should be just fine with an ultralight. Larger settings, however, may make some ultralights inadequate for the task. Make sure your ultralight has a brightness level of at least 1000 lumens.

If you are not going to be traveling very frequently and just want an affordable solution, then conference room projectors are probably going to be more suited to your needs. A conference room projector is going to have the brightness that you need for your presentations and is going to be more adaptable as far as what inputs it will accept. A conference room projector can be moved easily with a cart as well, making it a fairly flexible solution for an office setting. A conference room projector won't give you the mobility of an ultralight, but it will do just fine in an office environment.

While conference room screen projectors will satisfy most needs, for truly large presentations of the auditorium scale, you'll need something a bit more powerful to do the job. For this you will probably have to turn to a fixed installation projector. These screen projectors are the largest to be found and can cost thousands of dollars. A fixed installation projector, however, will offer you the best resolution and brightness possible for auditorium style environments. If you aren't going to be using these kinds of screen projectors very often, there are companies that will rent or lease out fixed installation projectors to you.

Once you have the size and brightness requirements of your presentations figured out, there are other features as well to contend with. Perhaps the most important of these features is the resolution that screen projectors are going to operate at. The two most common resolutions for screen projectors out there are 800x600 (SVGA) and 1024x768 (XGA). There are higher resolution screen projectors to be found, but these are typically found in the newest and most expensive screen projectors out there. The higher the resolution, the more you will pay for the screen projectors.

Deciding which resolution you need is a matter of what you will be displaying. For simple text based presentations you can save money by simply going with SVGA screen projectors. SVGA screen projectors can handle text with ease, displaying the information with clarity. If you are going to be displaying a large amount of images or video, you may want to consider XGA. If the visual quality of the video and images you are displaying is important, XGA may be worth the extra investment. XGA will render images and video with quality, avoiding any pixelation or other visual degradation.

Although you may encounter a wealth of other details while you shop for projectors, the most important things to look out for are the brightness level and the resolution. Choosing the correct brightness level will either make or break your presentations. The right choice of resolution can affect the quality of your presentation as well, with your images either appearing clean and smooth, or jagged and distorted.