Posted on June 3, 2015 By Art Feierman
While the report covers less than a dozen and a half projectors directly, remember that many projectors covered, are part of families of projectors with only minor variations. We may have reviewed an WXGA resolution projector, but that manufacturer likely has an XGA and SVGA version, and perhaps even a WUXGA version. They also might offer slightly different versions with and without networking, and in some cases even a brighter, and less bright version otherwise the same. One projector may have as many as 11 siblings, but most non interactive projectors have families of 4 to 8 to select from. As a result figure that these projectors represent more like 75 different models.
In other words, a school can find the the projector with the right feature set, then choose the preferred resolution or level of networking 0r…
Last year we had not reviewed enough fully interactive projectors to group them together for awards, so we covered a wider group – as ultra short throw projectors some of which were interactive.
This year, though, we got to review four interactive projectors. In fairness, two were similar Epson models – one really geared more for business – but that one has been included because it is essentially unique as a collaboration oriented projector – allowing teams to work cross campus, or cross-continent… I see that as a university and research type solution.
New for this year is a discussion about the trade-offs and value propositions of lamp based projectors vs those with long life digital light sources (led, laser, hybrids).
All of the projectors covered here are available by June 1st, per their manufacturers, and none are expected to be discontinued before September 30th 2015. So, they should all be available with time to procure them for the upcoming school year.
Once again, this year’s report includes a number of high brightness projectors suitable for those huge university classrooms as well as K-12 auditoriums and multi-purpose rooms. We’ve got a number of traditional small fixed install/portable projectors that work well in smaller classrooms.
If you are in need of a specialty portable projector, that is especially lightweight or tiny, and/or can run on batteries, I recommend you check out last year’s report.
If you are looking for full reviews of individual projectors, you won’t find them here. Within the report itself, are our conclusions, and also short overviews of each, that typically have more of a slant toward use in education environments.
On the next couple of pages, we provide links to those full reviews, and to the shorter overviews of each, contained in this report, and with more of an education slant.
Many projectors these days stay on the market for 2, 3 or even 4 years. As a result we’ll also run through the award winning projectors from last year’s report that are still on the market as of this time.
We have included those winners in the last group of review links.
If they were good enough to win a top award last year, they certainly would still be highly competitive this year. We are pleased to report that a few of our top award winners last year, also managed to prove to be some of the top selling projectors into schools. (source – Pacific Media Associates, who publishes regular reports on unit sales for our projector industry.) More on that elsewhere.
Another section of this report discusses addresses issues that impact beyond the individual classroom, such as operational costs and issues, from lamp and LED light sources, to filters, to networking and advanced networking including compatibility with automation schemes. such as Crestron.
Some of these projectors support 3D, and we do identify them. Despite the extra benefits of 3D, overall use of 3D content remains pretty uncommon.
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