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Infocomm 2017 – The Latest From NEC (Behind The Scenes)

Since Infocomm, Art has published an article about the convention. This article overviews the newest projectors from your favorite manufacturers like NEC, Epson, BenQ, Optoma, Sony, Vivitek, Viewsonic, and more. Learn about projectors that are revolutionizing the industry, like the one featured in this video, high-lumen count projectors, and more products utilizing 4K and 4K UHD. As usual, it features the usual witty commentary that you can only…

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Infocomm 2017 – The Latest From Canon (Behind The Scenes)

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Infocomm 2017 – Overview of New Projectors and Trends

Greetings from hot and humid Orlando, where this year the big trends are 4K UHD projectors, laser projectors, and ultra short throw ones, some are all three.  There probably are more new projector models shown than the past two, or even three years combined.  From just a handful of laser projectors six months ago, under $5000.  There will soon be dozens, many dozens.

Infocomm was filled with business and education focused projectors with the 4K UHD chip, with even some starting, I believe, as low as $1500.  These of course

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Showing at Infocomm: The Dell Advanced 4K Laser Projector – Model S718QL

Dell just announced what should be an impressive new projector, the S718QL, or more intelligently, the Dell Advanced 4K Laser Projector.

At Infocomm I’ll definitely check out the Dell Advanced 4K Laser Projector, as it is likely to be our first chance to review a 4K UHD projector with this combination of attributes: 4K UHD support, HDR, and an Ultra Short Throw design (UST).The MSRP of this Dell projector is $5999.

Photo of The Dell Advanced 4K Laser Projector

Meet The Dell Advanced 4K Laser Projector, a well endowed ultra short throw projector.

The Dell Advanced Laser Projector claims plenty of brightness – 5000 lumens. That should do a fine job in

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The 2017-2018 Best Education Projectors Report is Live

Greetings! Education is the biggest slice of the total US projector market. It totally dwarfs home theater projector sales.  Every year – we been publish our major Best Education Projectors Report, this is the 9th edition.

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This report should prove useful to anyone consider business or education projectors, including, of course, teachers, lecturers, speakers, presenters, students, etc.  The report itself, focuses more on decision makers, including AV, IT, and tech coordinators, at the school, district, college, and educational consortiums.  An example

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Epson launches New Powerlite 1700 Portable Projectors at CES 2017

Epson rolled out four new Powerlite 1700 lightweight portable projectors at CES today.  This are for the proverbial “road warrior.”  Three of the four models are direct replacements for the older models, but the line has been expanded by one.  While the older models started at 2600 lumens, these begin at an impressive 3000 lumens – both color and white lumens.  Epson briefed the press in December, but we were embargoed until today, to report…

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Business Mainstream, Home Entertainment, 4000+ Lumen Projectors – Best Sellers Nov. 2016 – Jan. 2017

PMA's research shows the best selling projectors in multiple categories

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Home Theater, Laser, Business Projectors – Best Sellers July 2016/Sept. 2016 by PMA

PMA's research shows the best selling projectors in multiple categories

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Home Theater and Business Projector Best Sellers per PMA – Feb/May 2016

PMA's research shows the best selling projectors in multiple categories

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Canon Announces New REALiS 4K501ST 4K LCOS Projector

Canon announces the REALiS 4K501ST, a very bright (5000 color, white lumens), true 4K projector with an MSRP of $58,990. It improves upon the light engine design of Canon’s existing 4K500ST projector, which it looks to replace.

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InfoComm 2016 – It’s The Year of the Laser Projectors

Laser Projectors! Everywhere! I’ve been attending InfoComm – the big display industry trade show – for more than two decades now! Every so often, a year comes along where there is a visible shift in some technology or another.

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Canon’s LX-MU800Z is a $7969 WUXGA laser projector claiming 8000 lumens. Multiple lenses are available.

Oh, sure, every year, someone shows off the new “world’s largest” LCD monitor, or the world’s most expensive OLED display. In other words, most years, products overall are just evolutionary.

Sure, we saw the start of 4K projectors a few years back, but while it generated buzz, the move has been slow.

InfoComm 2016 however, at least from my perspective, is one of those rare years where I think there has actually been a significant shift in one market segment, and that’s with large, and larger, venue projectors.  Click to visit our directory of all laser projector reviews.

I’m declaring 2016 the year of the laser projector.  

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Better Collaboration: Display Size based on Equivalent Visibility

The way we communicate in meetings today – more collaboration, less formal presentation, is resulting in the need for larger displays in conference rooms, classrooms, huddle spaces and other meeting spaces.

Before I even define Equivalent Visibility perhaps it makes sense to briefly discuss the topic of budgets and costs! There are tendencies to try to keep costs down in each conference room or other

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How Big is Big Enough? Displays for the Conference Room, Classroom

Now, before we get started, I’m a projector guy.  So naturally, talking about bigger displays gets me pumped up.  I write about and review business and education projectors (home theater ones too).  I should note that as a “projector guy,” on the home theater side I’m always picking on those “tiny LCD TVs” as I like to call them:  “Sure, a 37″ LCD TV is a perfect size for the powder room.”   Or you just got a 55″ – great in the kitchen…”  …

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Epson Launches Pro L-Series: First 3LCD Projectors with Laser Light Engines

Moving to a laser engine provides a number of advantages, especially when multiple projectors are used together for things like digital signage, projection mapping, and all applications where edge blending is critical, such as having a projected image 30 by 8 so that viewers cannot see where one projector’s part of the image ends and another begins. Edge blending is heavily used in museums, command and control rooms…

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Best Selling Business and Education Projectors – July, August 2015

PMA's research shows the best selling projectors in multiple categories

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Best Selling Business and Education Projectors – March, April 2015

PMA's research shows the best selling projectors in multiple categories

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More From Infocomm 2015 – Sony Projectors

Before I talk about the 4K projectors, I should mention that Sony also rolled out three smaller “compact” projectors, the VPL-EW348, VPL-EW345 and VPL-EX345 projectors using a new generation of 3LCD panels.  These roughly 9 pound projectors serve up 4200 lumens each.  Two are WXGA while the EX345 is XGA.  The EW348, the only one that won’t be available until January, is similar to the EW345, but also offers HDBaseT for delivering hi-def over…

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Projector Reviews Releases 2015-2016 Education Projector Report

ProjectorReviews.com has released its 7th annual Education Projector Report. Designed to help educators, buyers, IT/AV managers and teachers pick the best projectors for their needs; the report focuses on a range of projectors that meet the varying requirements of K-12 classrooms and higher education lecture…

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Infocomm 2015 – Ricoh Announces 10 New Projectors!

They can produce a 60” diagonal image from only 2 feet, (very suitable for wall mounting above the screen, or over a table top and projecting on to it) while putting up a powerful 3300 lumens on the screen. While Ricoh is definitely targeting the education market with these two models, they will work very well in business and also in special applications including some digital signage.   The two models are the RICOH PJ X4241N and RICOH PJ WX4241N…

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January and February 2015 Best Selling Business and Education Projectors

January and February’s PMA reports brought us the best-selling projectors in everything from pico projectors to 4,000-lumen and up install units.

A little background for new readers: each month, Pacific Media Associates releases a list of the top five projectors in varying categories. They’ve been doing this since the 1990s, and the releases continue to provide our industry with valuable information.

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