With the improvement of technology, projectors are becoming more popular nowadays. There are a lot of available models on the market with a variety of price ranges, and because they are now more affordable, you might be considering getting one yourself.
However, not all projectors are suitable for your needs. So, in this article, I will tell you about what to consider before buying your new projector.
Without further ado, let’s jump right into it.
Why Do You Need This Projector?
It should not be a surprise that this is the first question we need to ask. A lot of us are willing to buy a projector for their offices and meetings. It ensures a better engaging method, and you won’t need to go through the hassle of printing handouts all the time.
You could also consider buying a projector for a better display at home because watching a movie on a projector screen is more entertaining than watching it on the biggest T.V screen available on the market.
Where Are You Going to Be Using Your Projector?
Projectors that are suitable for indoor usage may not perform well if you use them outdoors. If you are planning on using your projector outside, you need better specs when it comes to brightness, sharpness, contrast, as well as sound quality. However, most projectors have a satisfying performance when used indoors.
Are You Going to Keep Your Projector in the Same Place for a Long Time, or Do You Need to Travel With It?
If you are going to business meetings here and there, and you want to take your projector with you for whatever reasons, then it’s only smart to go for small, portable models. On the contrary, if you are planning to keep it at home, then you shouldn’t worry about the size.
What Are the Specs You Are Hoping to Get?
1. The Brightness of the Projector
It works the same way the brightness on your phone works. If you use this projector in a small room, you won’t need such a bright display. On the other hand, if you are planning on using it outside in ambient light, then you will need higher brightness.
The brightness on your projector is measured in lumens. A basic projector that you can use at home can be 1000 lumens or less. This is quite enough for indoor usage. Meanwhile, you will need this number to be as high as 5000 or more to be able to use your projector outside without any compromise for your display.
2. The Resolution of the Projector
The math is pretty simple. The higher the resolution of your projector is, the better. The way I see it, this is a matter of preference and depends on the resolutions of the other devices you use daily.
Some people find a resolution of 800 x 600 pixels to be enough. Hence, they don’t need to spend a lot of money on getting a better resolution. Others, including myself, find this below average and can only tolerate a resolution as low as 1024 x 768.
One thing that a lot of people find confusing is the difference between the original and the compatible resolution. Let me try to clarify things for you. The original resolution is the resolution of the chip itself. However, if you connect this projector to a different device of a different resolution, and the image still shows, the projector is then said to be compatible with the resolution of the connected device. This doesn’t change the resolution of your projector in any way.
3. The Contrast Ratio of the Images Produced By the Projector
When it comes to contrast, you only need to make sure it is not bad. The contrast defines the difference between the bright and dark spots. Although this impacts how the overall display appears to the audience, it is not the main factor. Other factors like the quality of the screen you are using and the presence of ambient light have a much stronger impact on how the display appears.
4. Other Attachments
It is no surprise that the screen you use with your projector affects the entire experience. If you are willing to use the projector for entertainment, pay proper attention to the quality of the screen you choose.
You can go two different ways from here. The first is to invest in a roll-out screen that you can use whenever you need it and then fold it back up. This is what most of us do. However, if you are going to use this in your office or anywhere else where you don’t need to change the place of your screen, you can use special screen paint on the walls.
The speakers can also turn things around. Yes, this is not a concern if you are playing a movie in your living room. Yet, we recommend you get good speakers if you are going to use the projector for presentations, or if you are planning to use it outdoors as well.
How Much Are You Willing To Pay for this Projector?
We all want the very best, but unfortunately, it comes at a price that we’re not always ready to pay. You need to figure out your budget and find a sweet spot between quality and price. You can get a projector for $300 if you want. Yet, you shouldn’t expect it to provide an experience as good as a projector that cost you $5000.
Finally, I would like to point out how important it is to check the reviews on any product before you buy it. Personally, I find this quite useful because a lot of times, even if I go through the specs of a device, I am not quite sure what everything means. True, if you keep digging into this, you will get to the bottom of things.
Yet, there’s no harm at all of checking what other people think of a product based on their personal experience. In fact, it can be a deal-breaker, so you certainly need to check the ratings.