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Classroom Projector Report 2013: Awards For Best K-12 School Projector

Posted on May 22, 2013 by Art Feierman

The 2013 Classroom Projector Report is sponsored by: Click Here! 

Each spring we review a mix of about 15 education oriented projectors.  From that we present our Best In Classroom awards (and other awards).  This page looks at the winners for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year.

All of the projectors considered, had to be received for review by mid April, and still be in full production though the summer (of 2013), when schools buy projectors en mass, for installation before the fall school year begins.  A number of these education oriented projectors we've reviewed for this report have just started shipping recently others have been around longer.

Please note:  On this page, on some of the charts, and elsewhere, you will sometimes find links (and comments) about previous winners of our Best In Classroom awards, if those projectors are still current models.  We do not consider these older projectors for new awards, but any projector good enough for a Best In Classroom award last year, is certainly capable of competing with most of this year's newest projectors.

The Best In Classroom Awards

On this page we link to the Winners of our Best In Classroom awards with comments, for the most impressive projectors we've reviewed for education. In addition a number of projectors have received (in addition, or alone) our more general, Hot Product and Special Interest awards. While in this report we are discussing projectors for education, almost all of these projectors are equally competent in business, and other commercial environments as well.  Hot Product awards are based on an individual projector's performance, and value proposition, whereas Best In Classroom awards instead choose from all of the reviewed projectors to pick the best overall, in several categories.

Education, Classroom Projectors - The Award Winners:


We finished off this year's education projector report with 15 separate projectors reviewed...

As was the case last year, emails and conversations have been going back and forth between myself, and Tony, and Mike (the other reviewers), as we sorted out which were the most deserving.

This year we decided on a wider variety of projectors, than last year.  As a result also a wider variety of awards. Click on an award for additional commentary about the award winner.

Interactive Projectors

Best In Classroom: Epson BrightLink 436Wi

Best In Classroom (Runner-Up): Optoma TW610STi+

Networking Projectors

Best In Classroom: Mitsubishi WD390U-EST

Standard Projectors

Best In Classroom: ViewSonic PJD6383S

3D Projectors

Best In Classroom: Epson W16SK

Value Projectors

Best In Classroom (tie): InFocus IN114

Best In Classroom (tie): NEC VE281X

Large Venue Projectors

Best In Classroom: Mitsubishi WL7200U

Best In Classroom (Runner-Up): Panasonic PT-DZ770U

Battery-Powered Pocket Projectors

Best In Classroom: HB Opto HBP503D

The Projector Breakdown

Below, we categorize the 15 considered projectors into standard classroom, interactive classroom and large venue projectors. Check out the breakdown of this year's competition.

Classroom Projectors (standard) Interactive Projectors Larger Venue Projectors
BenQ MS517 Epson BrightLink 436Wi Canon WX6000
Casio XJ-H2650 Mitsubishi WD390U-EST Mitsubishi WL7200
Epson PowerLite W16SK Optoma TW610STi+ Panasonic PT-DZ770ULK
InFocus IN114
Viewsonic PJD5533w
Viewsonic PJD6383s
HB Opto HBP503D (pocket/portable)

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