Choosing the Right Projection System
When looking to equip your conference rooms with projection systems there are several factors you should research in order to pick out the best system for your needs. First of all you’ll need a projection system that is made for the size of room you will be deploying in.
As a previous post on socialh.com mentioned, most meeting rooms come equipped with projection systems, so if you want your conference room to be comparable to others you’ll want to follow some simple steps to pick out the best system for your space.
Resolution, Brightness, and Image Quality
The most important part of your projector system will be how the images appear. For this reason, the resolution, brightness, and the overall image quality should play a heavy role in your decision process.
Gary, projection systems specialist at Videonations has this advice. “When it comes to brightness you’ll want to first think about the size of the room that your projector system will be used in. This will allow you to figure out how large the image will have to be in order for your audience to clearly see everything. You’ll also need to think about whether or not you want the projector to work while the lights are on or off. These few factors will determine how bright your projector system should be.”
Generally speaking, a projector’s brightness will run between 500 and 2,100 lumens. The higher the lumens the brighter the projected image will be. If you want to be able to show images in a large room with the lights on, you’ll have to choose a projector with the highest lumens.
You’ll also need to choose the proper resolution (clarity of the image). This will depend on the computer you want to use with the projector. The resolution will have to match the resolution of the monitor. You’ll also have to consider what type of images you’ll regularly be showing. If you need to show detailed images you’ll need better resolution.
Brightness and resolution will determine the overall image quality of the projected images. The colour accuracy will also determine your image quality. Some projectors (like DLP projectors) will distort certain colours like red and yellow while others sacrifice brightness for better colour quality. If colour accuracy is important to your presentations be sure to look at this factor specifically.
Ease of Use
You’ll also want your projector to work easily so you don’t run into problems during your presentation. Using a projector isn’t at all complicated, but if you want to do things like tweak the colours, adjust the brightness or contrast, or switch between source devices things can get a little more complicated. Picking a projector with a user-friendly interface like a well-organised menu, a complete control panel on the projector (as well as a remote), and an overall intuitive design. These qualities will allow you to easily use the projector at all times and to easily troubleshoot issues if they do come up.
Reliability and Warranties
This is a fairly obvious notion; your projector should be reliable. They are an expensive purchase and you’ll want them to work properly every time you use them. After spending a good amount of money on a projector the last thing you want to do is fight with the device every time you try to use it. You’ll also want to make sure that the projector is reliable enough to stay in proper working order for as long as possible. Repairs to projectors can be costly as can replacing the projector completely. To avoid these costs you should also look into a projector with a good long term warranty that covers a majority of known issues with a projector.
Price and Performance
Projectors will range in price depending on resolution but in general a proper projector system will cost you over £600. As with any electronic device the price and the quality of performance are usually directly related. If you want the best resolution and image quality you’ll be paying a higher price. The brand will also cause the price to fluctuate as the more noteworthy and reliable brands will have a higher asking price.
You may also want to look at the additional features available on a projector. You can find systems with interchangeable lenses, wireless networking to eliminate connecting cables from a device to the projector, annotation tools to add small notes or to highlight a line, and more. Here are some other factors to consider when deploying conference room displays.
By keeping this list of factors in mind you can choose the most fitting projector system for your needs and space.