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How to Buy a New Projector
If you are looking to buy a new projector for a classroom, meeting room or home theater, the image you project on the screen should make a great impression on your audience. Researching projectors can be confusing, with many acronyms and technological terms. Our projector guide will help answer common questions regarding terminology, features and other important considerations when you are choosing a projector.
Types of Projectors
Corporate and Education
Business Projector Resolutions
SVGA (800x600 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio): SVGA projectors are low-resolution projectors that are more affordable and suitable for projecting simple data, charts, and video clips.
XGA (1024x768 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio): XGA is widely used. Most computers use XGA as their native resolution, so pairing computers to XGA projectors is common.
WXGA (1280x800 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio): WXGA is the widescreen version of XGA — delivering the same vertical resolution but providing 20% more horizontal resolution. This has become a common resolution for notebook computers and smartphone.
WUXGA (1920x1200 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio): WUXGA is becoming the standard for higher-end notebooks and workstation computers. In addition, WUXGA is used for installation projectors and large-venues that require bright, high-definition content.
Home Theater Projector Resolutions
720p (1280x720 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio): This format is most commonly used for economical movie projection. It matches the 720p HDTV standard.
1080p (1920x1080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio): This is now the standard format for home theater. It matches the 1080i/1080p HDTV broadcast and Blu-ray formats.
Projector Contrast Ratio
Contrast ratio is the difference between light and dark on a screen expressed by a number. If you take the brightest white on a screen and the darkest black and compare the luminosity, you will get the contrast ratio. For example, a 1000:1 contrast ratio means that the brightest white is 1000x brighter than the darkest black.
There are two technologies used in the majority of all projectors: 1-chip DLP and 3-chip 3LCD.
All Epson projectors use 3-chip 3LCD technology because they offer power-efficient projection that delivers bright, true-to-life images. 3LCD projectors have high color brightness as well as high white brightness.
1-chip DLP technology uses a spinning color wheel to render color which produces a lower color light output than 3LCD technology.
3LCD engines have no color wheel, and therefore, there are no tradeoffs between white and color brightness.
Projector Positioning (Throw Distance)
The projector position and the size of the image will depend upon your room configuration. Therefore, you will need to consider the throw distance and the projector features that will give you placement flexibility.