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Essentially there are close to 70 manufacturers selling projectors in the United States and the EU. These would be companies fully set up with distribution, service, and support. There are literally hundreds of other manufacturers, primarily, Chinese, that do sell projectors, mostly the very small Pico ones. We do not track those because even when available, from companies like Amazon.com, we cannot be sure of whether they offer professional support and service. Therefore, these are the major manufacturers you should be considering. If we were to really break it down, there are no more than a dozen companies in the home entertainment and home theater space. Almost all of which would be counted among the top 30 manufacturers of business and education projectors.
BenQ is a Taiwanese manufacturer of projectors, best known in the United States for their home theater projectors. BenQ offers a reasonable selection of business and school projectors, including anything from pico projectors and sub-1 pound “micro-portable” projectors to small commercial projectors. BenQ projectors almost use exclusively DLP technology, although recently BenQ has been adding LCD projectors to its lineup. In the home theater space, BenQ has scored more than their fair share of awards from ProjectorReviews.com over the years. BenQ tends to be an innovator, such as being the first DLP projector manufacturer to offer lens shift on medium and lower-priced projectors. We offer an extensive database to help you find the right BenQ projector for you.
Canon produces high-resolution business projectors that are loaded with industry leading technology that give Canon projectors a competitive edge. Canon projectors provide sufficient brightness and clear picture for presentations. Canon’s reputation for cameras follows through to Canon projectors and are widely used by people who are primarily concerned with exellent color accuracy. Canon projectors are also used for the purpose of reproducing medical images in high resolution detail. This is a testament to the scientific innovations of Canon projector technology. Interestingly, Canon does not make home theater projectors! Learn more about Canon projectors. We offer resources and plenty of Canon projector reviews here.
Dell projectors use DLP technology. The innovations of the DLP chip deliver consistent picture quality, reliability, and are available at an affordable price point. Dell projectors offer high contrast, excellent brightness, and an affordable cost. Dell primarily specializes in light weight portables from pico projectors on up and is one of the top sellers of portable projectors in the United States. We have all the resources here to help guide you to the Dell projector that meets your requirements.
Epson is the number one projector manufacturer in the world and is a dominant player in all markets in the United States, including home theater projectors, business projectors and education projectors. Epson makes only projectors with LCD technology and also makes the LCD panels for just about everybody else – Mitsubishi, Sanyo, Panasonic, and many others. .
Epson is the only company offering multiple all-in-one projectors, including their MovieMate line, and their complete Epson projector-based home theaters that consist of the projector, a screen, speakers, and a DVD player – the Epson Ensemble HDs. Epson projectors have won more awards on ProjectorReviews.com than those of any other manufacturer, but, in fairness, Epson also makes more projectors than any of its competition. Our database covers an extensive line of Epson projector models. Learn everything you need to know about Epson projectors, including reviews and helpful resources
InFocus is the last surviving big name in American projectors and is likely still the most recognized brand in the industry. A decade ago, InFocus was more than just a brand – people would say “I need an InFocus” when they needed a projector, just as one would ask for a “Kleenex” when wanting a tissue or “Aspirin” when they had a headache. In 2009, publicly traded InFocus was purchased and is now a private company only manufacturing and selling projectors for business, education, and home.
InFocus projectors still remain some of the most highly regarded in the industry, having won many awards when ProjectorReviews.com has reviewed them. InFocus is one of the dominant manufacturers of business and K-12 projectors, most of which use DLP technology. Although there is a lot more competition out there today, InFocus is still considered a premier brand in projectors. Feel free to peruse our extensive database that will assist you in finding the Infocus projector that you’re looking for.
Hitachi has long been one of the top-selling brands of business and education projectors. Hitachi does not dabble in home theater projectors. Hitachi’s line covers from extremely small to large, powerful projectors, and Hitachi’s primary focus is the education market, both for K12 and higher education. Hitachi does claim to have the #1 market share in education projectors. Hitachi, like Epson, is one of the few large manufactures that opt to only use LCD technology in their projectors. We invite you to search through our helpful database to find the specifications you’re looking for in a Hitachi projector.
JVC offers a full variety of projectors, though this brand is best known for its high quality, top-rated home projectors. JVC has won our “Best In Class” category for the $3500 – under $10,000 projectors 3 years in a row! What makes the JVC home projectors so great is that they produce black levels that are unmatched by any other manufacturers or models at or near their price range, including other LCoS manufacturers’ projectors. Our extensive database will assist you in finding the JVC projector that will meet your needs
LG projectors are relatively new in the US market, but models sold in the EU and elsewhere have been around for several years. LG is expanding it’s lineup. LG’s flagship CF3D 3D projector, is a commercial projector used in home, education, business, and scientific applications. LG has a strong presence in the pico and portable projector markets, plus hme theater as well. LG is in the process of significantly increasing its US market visibility, with new models.
Mitsubishi is truly a major player in the home theater, business, education, and government projector markets. Mitsubishi offers one of the largest lines of projectors for business use, from tiny portable projectors to 6,000+ lumen commercial projectors. Perhaps most interesting about its lineup on the business side is that Mitsubishi pretty much builds something for everyone. For example, for projectors between 2000-3000 lumens, they actually feature more than 10 different models. Mitsubishi makes LCD and DLP projectors at every price point and feature set. Mitsubishi also offers a strong home projector lineup. We will help you find the right Mitsubishi projector with our helpful database.
NEC projectors produce large, crystal clear screen displays with a consistency you can count on. NEC projectors have a reputation for sharp picture, which have receied several industry awards. NEC has a portable projector series price from $680 to $999 that are equipped with features such as: short throw lens technology that eliminates tradition shadows and projector light in the presenter’s eyes, extended projector lamp life, virtual remote from a computer, closed-captioning, built-in speaker system, and a wide input panel. We have the resources, reviews, and database, to help guide you to the NEC projector with the features you’re looking for.
Optoma is one of the largest sellers of business and home theater projectors in the United States. With about two-dozen models total, Optoma is perhaps the best known manufacturer of the smallest projectors, the Pico projectors. One of their models took top honors in our recent Pico Projector Report. Search our database, read our projector reviews. Peruse the Optoma resources here.
Panasonic Projectors come in all sizes, shapes, and capabilities. Panasonic is a significant player in the business projector sector with a strong emphasis on the education projector market. As recently as 2009, Panasonic offered both the best-selling 720p and 1080p projectors in the United States. On the business and education side, Panasonic is very strong in commercial-grade, high-power projectors. However, Panasonic seems to be moving away from lightweight portable models, having reduced the number of such moels produced. Panasonic builds both LCD and DLP projectors. We have the Panasonic projector reviews and resources to help you find what you’re looking for.
Runco is one of the premier companies in the home cinema projector industry. Runco does have a few less expensive models, but they are best known for high-end projectors in the $20,000 to $100,000+ range. Sam Runco pioneered home theater projectors and only one or two companies such as SIM2 in Europe compete with Runco for the high-end home cinema projector market. Runco has recently introduced 3D projectors. Our site has reviewed 2 of Runco’s LightStyle series projectors including the 1080p Runco LS10d, a nice “little” $27,000 projector system!
Sanyo offers an extensive range of business and home theater projectors. On the commercial side, the Sanyo projector lineup is best known for its big, bright projectors up to 15,000 lumens used for auditoriums as well as rental and staging. Sanyo has at least two-dozen portable projectors optimized for business and classroom use. Sanyo offers a nice, long three year parts and labor warranty, and guarantees, when warranty service is required, complete service in 72 hours or less. Sanyo’s impressive line up of projectors is also found under other brand names, as Sanyo produces similar models for Eiki and Christie. We offer plenty of Sanyo projector reviews and resources.
In recent years, Sharp’s line is mostly concentrated on projectors for business, education and government use. But in 2011 Sharp has started shipping one of the first affordable 1080p 3D projectors that sells for under $5000. Sharp relies primarily on DLP technology, offering over 30 models. Sharp projectors range from extremely portable projectors to auditorium capable commercial models. And in 2011, Sharp has started shipping one of the first affordable 1080p 3D projectors that sells for under $5,000. Let us help you find the right Sharp projector.
It’s a Sony. Now, what does that mean? Sony makes both home theater and business projectors. Sony is rather serious about their home theater models, the best of which use their SXRD – LCoS – technology, which is highly regarded in the industry. Sony has always offered an extensive lineup of business projectors, and many models are suitable for classroom use. While the Sony name carries a lot of weight behind it, it should be noted that the Sony projector lineup includes a number of excellent projectors whose reputations would stand on their own even without the Sony name.