The classroom projectors category includes lcd projectors, digital projectors, and a great selection of K12 projectors for teachers. See below for a list of classroom projector reviews and information pages.
Teachers are relying more heavily on classroom projectors at all grade levels, but especially high school. Schools, and more often School Districts are usually in the market to find the biggest bang for their buck. With budgets always tight, it often comes down to how many more classrooms can we equip, if we go with a classroom projector with less features.
Each year, the performance of projectors designed with classroom use in mind (a large percentage) improves, and the prices manage to fall.
The most common classroom projectors currently being installed in classrooms have XGA or WXGA resolution, and brightness of 2000 to 3000 lumens.
If your requirement is the lowest possible price, there are still a number of lower resolution SVGA projectors out there, with prices from about $500. In the last year or two, some very high resolution projectors, including WUXGA and 1080p, have come down below $2000. This makes using a few of them in a school, practical for special applications, including some science classes, perhaps Art, and others, without completely breaking the budget.
Great resource for learning about and comparing classroom projectors: Classroom Projector Comparison Report
Classroom Projector Reviews
About Classroom Projectors
Most classroom projectors are basically 5-10 pound projectors that are also sold for portable use. Each year, though, more projectors are targeting the classroom market, with a lot of features that portable users don't demand.
For installation in the classroom, most of the education focused models will have big sound, at least one 5 watt speaker. Some may have one or two 7 watt speakers, there are even a few with 10 watts or more. It's not easy to carry over the din of "studying" students.
Most of these projectors have a footprint a bit larger than a standard sheet of paper, and most are less than 5 inches tall. All will have VGA inputs, but many newer models are sporting HDMI, and also USB display. All will have remote controls, but beware of remotes with limited range, that can be a mild nuisance.
In our most recent report, we discuss many issues, and the report encompasses 13 projectors reviewed, that were specifically recommended for school use by their respective manufacturers. We even give out some awards. The report also has a spreadsheet of features on approximately 75 projectors recommended for classroom (or school multi-purpose room) by the manufacturers.
On a school district level purchase, lower resolution projectors surely sell for under $500. Most districts, however, are likely spending $700 - $1200 a projector, with many fully networking the projectors, including central monitoring. Just plug them all in, and the projectors can be set to notify support of lamp failures or required maintenance (such as filter cleaning), or needing repair.
Cost of Ownership is something that should be considered. Lamp life and cost factor in, big time. There are projectors with 2000 lamps that cost $299, and other projectors that might have a lamp good for 4000 hours for $249. These projectors will have to last a really long time, as is the nature of school funding. If these projectors are getting serious use, maintenance, lamp replacments, and repairs all factor in. Consider the value of a projector that has a 3 year warranty, and will send you a loaner, while it's being repaired.
Down on an individual teacher level, if you need a projector and have no recourse but to buy one yourself, or you have, perhaps a limited grant, fear not. You can find plenty to choose from below $800, and some of them are very light - in the 4 to 5 pound range, for those of you transporting them.
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There is definitely a projector out there that can fit your specific classroom environment needs, as well as your budget!