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Priorities when buying a business projector

There are a multitude of factors to consider when choosing a business projector – with one of the most important things to consider being picture quality offered by the projector, and its brightness, which are both inextricably linked.

This might seem to be stating the obvious, but with so many points of comparison, returning to basics is the best point of departure, says Dean Jules, projector account manager at Epson South Africa.

“Different projector technologies deliver colour in different ways, so to find out a projector’s colour brightness, simply check the brightness of the component colours of red, green and blue. This gives you the Colour Light Output (CLO) figure,” he says. “To gauge whether your image will be vivid and bright, make sure that the lumens for your colour brightness or CLO match those of the white light output or brightness.”

When the projector lumens for white and colour brightness don’t match, the result is drab presentations with dull colours that are much less engaging and harder to view than those where colour brightness matches the white.

Other factors to consider when purchasing a projector for business use include:

· Will you need to travel with your projector? Look out for an ultra-slim, ultra-light model that will fit into a laptop bag that has been specially designed for mobility.

· If your projector is going to be used in a boardroom environment as part of brainstorms, interactive presentations and strategy sessions, consider a multifunctional projector. The Epson EB-1400WI is an all-in-one interactive meeting room system that combines short-throw projection, interactive whiteboard, paper flipchart and more, in one device.

· Think carefully about resolution, because the highest resolution projector may not match the capabilities of your PC or notebook.

· If you don’t have a device capable of displaying widescreen content, you won’t need a widescreen projector.

· HD-quality output is fantastic, but do you really need it if all you’re going to project is PowerPoint presentations – and not 1080p movies? However, if you need a powerful, professional installation projector, consider the Epson EB-G6250W with colour uniformity features that compensate for unequal colour distribution by adjusting the intensity of RGB on individual areas of the screen.

· Where will you use your projector? If it’s in a fixed location, consider a ceiling mounted model that can be operated with remote control.

· Consider connectivity: cables are fine, but wireless capability or WiFi is quicker to set up. Epson’s iProjection app lets you connect your smartphone to your projector to display documents or images, remotely control your projector, or display files through it from your email or cloud storage.

· If your projector is going to be used in a small room, consider short-throw and ultra short-throw projectors that can project successfully only a few centimetres away. Consider the compact Epson EB-X18, which is quick and easy to set up, and offers wireless connectivity.

“Making a purchasing choice when you’re fully informed about specification elements such as CLO, projection system, and connectivity, among other factors, means that your business will make the most efficient purchase to meet its needs – and that those using the projector for presentations will make the best possible impact,” Jules concludes.


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