The affordable laser projector for business and education is coming, and rather soon.
How are we defining affordable laser projectors - perhaps, for now: Projectors in the $2000 - $3000 range, that offer feature sets comparable to conventional lamp projectors that are about $1000 less. We'll discuss the advantages and ROI that should often make that "affordable laser projector" a better value than their lamp based equivalents.
In the last few years, a number of companies have introduced laser projectors into their more powerful commercial projector line-up. We’re talking primarily large venue projectors. What we haven’t seen, however, are laser projectors down at price points where they are viable for K-12 schools, which are the largest single market for projectors, at least in the US. K-12 in the US has been the largest projector segment for more than a decade. Similarly, there aren’t traditional road warriors walking around with lightweight laser projectors, nor have we seen feature laden “small install” projectors, suitable for mounting, or using table top, in conference rooms and other applications, but where budgets are limited.
One of Sony’s mainstay large venue commercial projectors - with all the trimmings - $15,000 list price, $10,000 street! 6000 lumens, WUXGA. Not exactly “affordable!” Consider the VPL-FHZ65 to be a classic commercial laser projector - loaded with features for edge blending, projection mapping... Far more advanced features than needed in an "affordable" laser projector.
This Sony FHZ65 is a medium-large laser projector. It’s great for some commercial applications, but this isn’t your average conference room or classroom projector. A street price around $10,000 assures you of that!
Large Venue Projector from Epson - the L1505 with 12,000 wall melting lumens, and it's loaded. But it’s only an “affordable laser” if you can surgically drop one 9 from it’s $21,999 price! It's just what you need to present to a couple thousand souls, a multi-story museum display, or a mega-church! It does mulit-projector edge blending, projection mapping and a host of other things not needed in a basic installation laser projector.
Here's a link to the Epson L1505