Do you want to find the sensations of cinema at home or simply have a giant screen without spending all your savings on a television? The video projector solution is available to you. However, how to make the right choice among all the different models? Here’s everything you need to know before making your projector purchase.
The different types of projector
There are a lot of models, brands, different technologies making this choice very complex. DLP or even tri-LCD are unknown names for you? These are projection technologies, which allow the video projector to project the image.
the Digital Light Processing (abbreviated as DLP) is the oldest and most widely used production technology, as it offers good value for money. Used by leading brands in the computer industry, such as BenQ (brand already mentioned during our test of the ScreenBar Halo) or even Acer, this technology offers a sharp and detailed image with well-contrasted colors that allow a natural rendering. However, this technology is controversial because it can cause headaches due to a rainbow effect produced by the projector.
Then there is the technology tri-LCD Where 3LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) offered by the giants of the audiovisual world sony and Epson. This solution offers a high image quality and avoids the rainbow effect. However, for a qualitative 3LCD model, the price is high and can fluctuate between €400 and €2,000 for high-end models.
What are the other criteria to consider before buying a video projector?
However, thanks to advances in technology, the difference between DLP and tri-LCD is very small. Today, the choice is based more on the specificities offered by each brand on their different models.
It’s necessary pay attention to the light of the projector. Indeed, if it offers a brightness of less than 1000 lumens, it will not be enough unless you are in complete darkness. If you want to be comfortable and enjoy your projector in full light, choose a projector with at least 2000 lumens.
How to choose a projector model adapted to your needs?
There are models adapted specifically for certain uses. Some are made for simple PowerPoint presentations, others for reading multimedia content (films, series…), others for video games… There are even compact, transportable models for the more adventurous.
For office use, it is important to select a rather bright model. Indeed, presentations often take place in bright and well-lit meeting rooms. It is therefore important to bring a video projector offering at least 3000 lumens in order to have no problem with the brightness of the environment around you. Models suitable for office automation are often light and rather small so that they can be transported between different meeting rooms.
Choose a high definition for your video projector
For the Home-Cinema side, a video projector with a high definition picture is paramount. For an optimal experience, prefer a 4K video projector allowing a better immersion in your content.
Many use a similar projector for video games, but it all depends on what you mean by that. If you just want to use a home console for family or occasional gaming, this kind of model is the perfect solution.
However, if you are looking for a projector just for this specific use, you can opt for a model offering a higher image refresh rate. This measurement is calculated in Hz and defines how many times per second the image on the screen can be refreshed. Basic screens and projectors offer rates between 30 Hz and 60 Hz. For the constant practice of video games, it is more interesting to turn to special video projectors offering refresh rate at 120, 144 or even 240 Hz for the higher ranges.
Finally, here is a video supplementing this article to give you video advice for choosing the projector that will perfectly meet your needs and expectations: