Choosing the right 4K Laser Projector for your Classroom
With such a vast array of products on the market, it can be tricky to know where to start when looking for a new classroom laser projector. But choosing a new school laser projector doesn’t need to be a daunting task, just make sure you know what you’re looking out for.
Projectors continue to improve, but many of the technologies are still maturing. As a result, projector manufacturers no longer replace most models every year. Many are now on the market for two or three years.
Whatever your budget and requirements, this article will help you find the device that will make a real difference to your colleagues and pupils. Our goal is to discuss a wide range of capabilities to help decision-makers understand the options, and choose wisely. Those decision-makers include IT and AV managers, tech coordinators, teachers/professors, as well as people on the business side, such as buyers.
A note on brightness. It’s natural to think that brighter is better when it comes to choosing a school projector, but sometimes a projector can be too bright, especially in a dark environment. However, it is true that projectors with a higher ANSI lumen rating will cope better with the onslaught of ambient light coming in through your windows and electric lights on the ceiling. It’s all about finding the right balance for the levels of ambient light in your classroom.
Your next big decision is what resolution to go for. Resolution is the number of dots (pixels) that make up the projected image. The more dots there are the sharper the image is, so small text will be more readable. There are five main resolutions – these are called XGA, WXGA, 1080p, WUXGA and 4K. While high resolution is not necessarily the main concern in many education settings, classroom projectors are now available in a full range of resolutions to allow schools to choose the option that’s right for their specific needs.
Increase flexibility with a short throw projector. A short throw projector means you can display a large image even if the school projector is very close to the wall you’re projecting onto. Even if you have the space to place the device further away from the projector screen or wall, there’s still the problem of shadows from people walking in-between the projector and the screen or other items of furniture that could get in the way of the displayed image. Dedicated ultra short throw projectors from the likes of IQ Laser Projector, BenQ, Epson, Hitachi, InFocus and NEC all offer great specification models at prices to suit all budgets. Don’t forget you still need to consider the resolution and brightness when you’re browsing short throw projectors.