Business Projectors

The business projectors category includes the latest technology in DLP, LCD, LCoS projectors.  The category includes projectors from lightweight portables to projectors with 10,000+ lumens.  The gallery is showing a wide range of projectors that have been reviewed in the past two years or so.  Most business projectors are on the market for at least two years, many even longer.  Yet with all the brands there are still hundreds of new models released each year.

Reviews

Image Review MRSP Technology
ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review$839.99 DLP
Epson VS335W Projector Review$529.993LCD
Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review$549DLP
Epson EX5230 Portable Projector Review$5993LCD
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999 street priceDLP
NEC NP-UM330W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review$1299LCD
Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA Projector Review$18993LCD
Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser 3LCD Projector Review$4460 street price3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review$64993LCD
Optoma GT760 Projector Review$649DLP
Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review$1900DLP
Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review$5499 (MSRP), 2999 (street price)DLP
Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Interactive Projector Review$2,9993LCD
NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review$2,999DLP
Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review$799DLP
Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review$599DLP
HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review$600DLP
Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review$18993LCD
Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$2499DLP
BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$549DLP
Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review$999DLP
Epson BrightLink 475Wi Ultra Short Throw WXGA Projector$2,1993LCD
BenQ LW61ST DLP Projector Review: For Business and Education$1,949DLP
Panasonic PT-VW330U Projector Review$1,4993LCD
Casio XJ-ST145 Short Throw XGA Projector – A Comparison$1,849DLP
Acer S5201M Projector Review$999DLP
Epson BrightLink 480i 3LCD Interactive Projector – A Comparison$1,9993LCD
Panasonic PT-VX400U Projector Review$1,4993LCD
Epson PowerLite 435W LCD Projector Review$11493LCD
Optoma ZX210ST Short Throw LED/Laser DLP Projector Review$1399DLP
Epson Powerlite Pro Z8450WU Commercial 3LCD Projector Review$14,9993LCD
Epson BrightLink 485Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review$21993LCD
Hitachi iPJ-AW250N Interactive LCD Projector Review$17993LCD
Mitsubishi WD380U-EST Ultra Short Throw WXGA DLP Projector Review$1,299DLP
Optoma ML500 DLP Projector Review$1,199DLP
Casio XJ-ST155 DLP Projector Review$2,049DLP
NEC U310W Interactive Projector Review$1,699DLP
Viewsonic PLED-W500 LED Pocket Projector Review$840DLP
Acer K330 LED Pocket Projector Review$419DLP
Epson Powerlite VS350W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$9493LCD
Casio XJ-M145 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1199DLP
Vivitek QUMI Q2 LED DLP Pocket Projector Review$499DLP
Epson Powerlite Pro G5450WUNL 3LCD Projector Review$3,9993LCD
Epson PowerLite 92 3LCD Projector – A Comparison$6493LCD
BenQ MX880UST DLP Ultra-Short Throw Projector – A Comparison$2,799DLP
BenQ MX812ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison-1$2,799DLP
Samsung SP-M220 3LCD Portable Projector – A Comparison$2,7993LCD
Acer P5271i DLP Projector – A Comparison$749DLP
Acer X1161P DLP Projector – A Comparison-1$349DLP
BenQ MX810ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison$1,999DLP
BenQ MW811ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison$2,099DLP
Sony VPL-EX120 LCD Projector – A Comparison$8903LCD
Sony VPL-EX145 LCD Projector – A Comparison$1,1003LCD
Sony VPL-EX100 LCD Projector – A Comparison$7503LCD
Sharp PG-D45X3D 3D Projector Review$2,795DLP
Hitachi CP-AW250N Ultra Short Throw LCD Multimedia Projector Review$3,4953LCD
Sanyo PLC-WM5500 WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$5,6453LCD
Casio XJ-A250V WXGA DLP Projector Review$1420 -Street prices well under 1000DLP
Optoma TW675UTi-3D Interactive Projector Review$NullDLP
BenQ MP780 ST Short Throw WXGA Interactive DLP Projector Review$2,099DLP
Sony VPL-EX175 XGA LCD Projector Review$14203LCD
Epson Powerlite 96W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$8993LCD
Acer X1261P XGA Portable Projector Review$519DLP
Epson Powerlite 1775W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$11993LCD
Hitachi CP-X5021N LCD Multimedia Projector Review$2,7953LCD
InFocus IN3914 DLP Interactive Projector Review$1,699DLP
InFocus IN3916 & IN3914 DLP Interactive Projector Review$1425DLP
Samsung SP-F10M LED 3-LCD Multimedia Projector Review$1,0993LCD
BenQ W600 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$899DLP
NEC NP216 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1199DLP
LG HX300G Pocket Projector Review$799DLP
Dell 1610HD DLP Multimedia Projector Review$999DLP
AAXA L1 Pico Projector Review$599DLP
Sanyo PLC-XD2200 LCD Multimedia Projector Review$595DLP
Canon LV-8310 WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$1,1993LCD
Casio XJ-A140 XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$849.99DLP
Dell S300W XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$999.99DLP
Sony VPL-TX7 XGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$1,0903LCD
Epson PowerLite 85+ XGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$8993LCD
BenQ MP772ST DLP Multimedia Projector Review$899DLP
InFocus IN2116 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1,099DLP
InFocus IN2114 DLP Projector Review$899DLP
Optoma TX542 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1499 DLP
Sharp PG-D3510X DLP Data Projector Review$2095DLP

There are mobile projectors and projectors mostly stationary, or mounted to wall or ceilings. A typical office projector for small presentation rooms, conference rooms and training rooms these days offers up 2000 to 3500 lumens with entry level performance and resolution, starting at $299.  That said, those are or are you looking for a high-performance, high brightness business projector for your lecture hall, board room, hotel ballroom or auditorium, or even an interactive advertising display? A good business projector meets the criteria of the applications it will be used for, as well as the ambient lighting conditions of the room. Recently 1080p business projectors have started hitting the market in affordable price ranges.

XGA projectors, once the dominant business resolution no longer rule, with widescreen projectors being more in favor, and costing only slightly more.  Quickly gaining marketshare in this sector are interactive projectors, including ultra short throw designs that sit only inches from the screen.  The best of these command a real premium, with most costing $1000 to $2000.  They have the advantage of being wall mounted, and can use a whiteboard rather than a screen  There are three technologies used in business projectors:LCD projectorsDLP projectors and LCoS projectors. Pocket projectors - rather than the even smaller pico projectors, are now bright enough to be considered viable business projector solutions, with many now offering 500 lumens.

Popular Business Projector Brands: SonyPanasonicOptomaMitsubishiEpsonInFocus and Viewsonic.

About Business Projectors

There are many brands out there, although not all build their own product, in fact many simply relabel their product from other original manufacturers or make very minor changes, and sell the products under their own names. Here is a short list of the top selling brands that actually design and build their projectors, it is not a complete list.   Who is number one varies depending on the questions asked, although Epson currently claims the largest marketshare worldwide.These are some of the  leaders:

  • Barco Projectors – This is the “heavy metal”  medium to huge venue projectors, mostly 8000 to 30,000 lumens. Purchased projection design, expanding their line downward somewhat in price
  • Epson Projectors - LCD projectors only as they are the primary manufacturer of the 3LCD chips. Largest seller of projectors in the world
  • Mitsubishi Projectors - A mix of LCD and DLP projectors, one of the larget lineups in the industry, announced in 10/2013 that they were exiting the projector and some other display industries
  • Hitachi Projectors - LCD projectors primarily, one of the early leaders in ultrashort throw projectors and especially interactive ones. Especially strong serving education
  • InFocus Projectors - Primarily DLP projectors, always a leader in lightest and brightest projectors (no pico projectors), a full line-up
  • BenQ Projectors - All DLP projectors, have expanded their lineup to from entry level to larger venue projectors
  • Sanyo Projectors – Sanyo projectors dissappeared when Sanyo was purchased by Matsushita, Panasonic’s parent.
  • Panasonic Projectors - A major player with LCD and DLP projectors.  They have shifted their focus away from entry level and very portable to medium and large venue projectors
  • NEC Projectors - A mix of LCD and DLP Projectors, although starting with low cost, best known for their smaller and larger fixed install projectors
  • Optoma Projectors - All DLP projectors, and a dominant player for pico projectors.
  • Canon Projectors - A full lineup of LCD and LCoS projectors, but best known for very high resolution models, and superb color, also DICOM capable (good enough to project images of medical films (x-rays, MRI’s etc.)
  • Sony Projectors - Primarily LCD and LCoS – they call their LCoS SXRD.  Everything from portables to 4K cinema projectors, now offering 4K projectors with laser light engines

Business Projector Resolution

2013 was the year that new shifts in resolution and pricing saw major shifts. Entry level is from $299 to perhaps $599, but 1080p projectors started shipping for under $2000 (and even a lot less)!

Lowest resolution projectors today would be SVGA resolution (800×600) models can now be found for as little at $299, but most entry level projectors sell from between $399 and 699

Quicktip: Almost all computers out there are now at least XGA resolution, as are tablets most can work with tablets like the iPads from Apple, and also Android, so for clean, clear, crisp small text and graphics you should be looking to get a projector with XGA resolution or higher.

Lower resolution SVGA projectors comprise a small fraction of US projector sales, and the bulk of those are purchased by schools. In the last year or two, though, the cost of higher resolution projectors has come down enough that SVGA (other than schools), may finally fade away.

Your business would benefit from an entry level XGA resolution model or widescreen WXGA projector. If you have a budget of more than $900 a unit, it would be more beneficial to go with an entry level XGA, rather than a SVGA with higher brightness, (more lumens). If you have budget and need, you could consider the new crop of affordable 1080p projectors.

In fact, you may seriously want to consider a specialist – mostly A/V dealers whether local or online have sales people who are knowledgeable about what works best, thanks to strong backgrounds in the “projector, plasma display and LCD display” industry. They are far more likely to be able to speak intelligently, and get you where you need to be. Even if you don’t want to know the details, there’s a real advantage to buying from someone who knows the products and issues. BTW, onlineA/V resellers are generally known to charge about 5-7% more than the least expensive PC resellers, Spending an extra $50 to $100 is not a great price to pay, if it gets you into the right product, instead of one that is a poor choice for your specific needs.

Low Cost Business Projectors

Most weigh at least 5 or 6 pounds, and up to 9 pounds, except for the one to three pound pocket projectors which are now bright enough for projecting to small groups.

What you’ll find with entry level business projectors:

  • Limited connectivity
  • Typically DLP technology, although LCD projectors are typically only slightly more
  • Not all offer HDMI connectivity
  • Monitor out (to drive a computer monitor) is something many entry level projectors lack.
  • Audio – typically a single audio input, or maybe two (one computer, one video), the exception again would be projectors designed for the school market, where you may get extra audio inputs, typically limited audio with one or two 2 watt speakers.
  • Remote controls, some projectors will have credit card sized remotes, others will have “full sized”. Credit card sized remotes usually offer no, or very limited “remote mousing”. They are also typically limited to about a 20 foot range.
  • No interactive projectors in the entry level ranges (yet).

Consider the technology while choosing an entry level business projector. Especially, if color accuracy is important, you will need more lumens on a DLP projector to overcome ambient lighting, than would be required of an LCD projector, Why?  Color lumens vs. white lumens.  Our Color Brightness video explains.

Mid-Price Performance Projectors - Moving up from Entry Level to The Sweet Spot of the Market

The hot segment for business projectors is the in the $700 – $1999 range. Resolutions run from XGA up to 1080p!  (and higher resolution) projectors, providing between 2500 and 4000 lumens.. The standard today is about3000 lumens, but remember that a 20 or 30% increase in lumens helps, but really isn’t a dramatic increase in brightness.

In this day and age, you can now find a few business projectors up to WUXGA and 1080p for $2000 or less. Most business users don’t need that maximum resolution, though, and are satisfied with WXGA and SXGA+ (1400×1050), and UXGA (1600×1200).

Some examples of good business projectors at different price points, with some core features:

Under $900

Moderately priced Business Projectors: $900 – $2000

Middle to High Performance Business Projectors

Priced typically from $2000 – to $4000+ Most of these weigh in over 10 lbs (but not all), they start at 4000 lumens but mostly ar 5000 lumens or more, and many offer interchangeable lenses. There are a huge variety interesting features found on some of these projectors that just don’t show up on less expensive projectors. These are definitely not portable projectors unless your idea of portable is perhaps 20 to 50 pounds.

Do you need the features – and the “horsepower”?

Key features found in many High Performance Projectors:

  • 4000 lumens or more
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • Optical lens shift
  • Multiple computer inputs
  • HDMI or DVI (digital) inputs
  • Power zoom and focus
  • Advanced Wireless and wired networking
  • Presenting over a network, notifications
  • Dual or Quad lamps for 24/7 or maximum reliability
  • Auto focus (rare)

Some widely differing examples of projectors in this group of Mid to High Performance projectors:

High Performance Business Projectors

Most of these projectors sell for over $4000 (up to $100,000), offer at least 5000 lumens, most have interchangeable lenses, etc. Many offer dual lamp (or four) for redundancy and reliability. Almost all will have optical lens shift, which will also allow two projectors to be “stacked” together to virtually double the brightness. All of these higher performance projectors below offer interchangeable lenses, networking and more:

Summary

That should give you a good idea of what your investment dollars will buy, in terms of portability, power, and features. Our best advice – talk with a dealer who knows what they are talking about.

I like to use an analogy to buying a car. If you have $25K for a car, you don’t want to randomly have someone, who knows nothing about your needs, pick out your vehicle. Think about it – that $25K in a car – could mean:

  • A two seat sports car
  • A nice mid-sized sedan
  • A pretty large pickup truck with large cab
  • An SUV
  • A mini-van

Now one of those is definitely going to work better for you than most of the others. While projectors may not vary as much, there are still significant differences and combinations of features, such as ultra short throw projectors, interactive ones, 3D capable ones, and those with networking and advanced networking projectors.  A good sales consultant can spend 5 minutes asking you the “right questions” and guide you into a “better choice”. For those “sales adverse”, review sites like ours help you make your own choices.  Good ones, we hope.

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