LCD Projectors: 7 Key Questions Answered
Nov 01, 2010 by DeDe Mulligan

When considering a LCD Projector and screen rental, there are several considerations to keep in mind. Below are a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and answers for your review.

What Kind of Images Do You Plan to Show?

There are three types of images you can show on a projector: data, video, and photos.   What you need in a projector will be determined by the majority of images you plan to project.

What Resolution Do You Need?

Ideally, you should match the projector’s native resolution to the resolution you expect to use most often, whether you’re planning on connecting to a computer, video equipment, or some combination of both. Powerpoint presentation equipment usually has SVGA (800 by 600 pixels) and this is good enough. However, the more detailed the images, the higher resolution you’ll want. For video, 1080p is the obvious best choice, assuming you have a 1080p (high definition) device, such as a Blue-Ray Player.

How Do You Plan To Connect?

Most projectors offer at a minimum an SVGA connector for a computer and a composite video connector for video equipment. If your computer has a digital output, you will want a digital connection on the projector as well, since it will eliminate any chance of problems like jittering pixels caused by poor signal synchronization. For video sources, the preferred connection choice is HDMI.

How Bright Should a Projector be?

There is not one best level for brightness, and brighter isn’t always better. For a dark room, 1,500 lumens can give you a very bright image; on the other hand, for a portable data projector in well-lit, medium sized room 2,000 to 3,000 lumens will fit the bill. In a really large, deep auditorium 5,500 lumens may be required.

How Portable Does the LCD Projector Have To Be?

Models range from small and light enough to fit in a shirt pocket to large and massive enough to be suitable for permanent installation only. If you want a data projector to carry to business meetings for presentations or a projector that is permanently mounted on your ceiling, be sure to choose an appropriate size and weight. The more you plan to carry or move it around, the smaller and lighter you’ll want the projector to be. If you are presenting in many locations, a projector and screen rental may make more sense.

Do You Need a Widescreen Format?

For video, you will want a widescreen format. Even for data projectors, native widescreen resolutions are becoming more common. If you create your presentations on a widescreen notebook or monitor, projecting in widescreen is best.

Do You Need 3D?

If you have created images in 3D for educational purposes or business presentations, 3D is one of the leading-edge features for projectors today, and more and more projectors are becoming 3D ready. Just remember – you need 3D content for a 3D projector.

More Questions? Contact us to learn more about our projector rentals.

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