Guide to the Best Education Projectors Report

Welcome to Projector Reviews 7th annual Classroom Projector report.

This page covers a lot on our perspective, this may be the first time, or depending on when you read it, this page repeats, some thoughts we consider worthy of consideration.  I recommend that you scan rather than try to absorb everything on this page.

The goal of this Education Projector report remains essentially unchanged which is more about providing insights to what is currently available to schools (both K-12 and higher education), than attempting to find a single, or several  “best” projectors.

Epson Powerlite 99W - a top winner from last year's report
Epson Powerlite 99W – a top winner from last year’s report, is still current product, it comes with significant education discounts.

There is no best projector because there is so much variation in what requirements best serve a particular location, use, and support.

Does a school need interactive projectors?

How about fairly advanced networking?

Or perhaps cost is the key?  Short term costs, or long term?

And since the vast majority of projectors installed in schools prior to the last few years are 4:3 ratio – VGA, SVGA or XGA, many schools want to avoid widescreen projectors (16:10), when replacing older projectors because changing the aspect ratio means new screens and possibly moving the ceiling mount.

Higher Education classroom image
Higher Education Classroom/Lecture hall showing DICOM quality medical X-ray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our objective is to give you a pretty good idea of what’s out there in terms of features, capabilities, and options, and why they are important to various users.  Our goal is also to help decision makers figure out which projectors will best server their classrooms, their networking requirements, their auditoriums an special purpose rooms, as well as, when appropriate, which portable projectors work best for those traveling with a projector, whether from room to room, or perhaps a specialty instructor that travels from school to school, or a professor that prefers to carry “his own” when visiting other institutions.

We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year’s Education Report.  

Topics Covered In This Projector Guide

  • What’s in This Year’s Report
    • Reviews Section – Links to the 18 Projectors we reviewed
    • Annual Best In Classroom Awards
  • Defining Expectations
    • District Level/State Level IT/AV/Tech Coordinator
    • School Level IT/AV/ Tech Coordinator
    • Teacher
    • Teacher – One who’s driving force for technology in your school
    • Buyers:  School, District, State, Consortium
  • Understanding the physical classroom environment for projector selection
  • Special Features desirable for classroom and general education use

 

We fully understand that those of you reading this report come to it with a wide variety of needs, of background, of expertise, and objectives.

If you have something additional you think sharing with our readers would be beneficial, please comment, or if you have some longer content, please email it to us and we will try to add the information in.  I’m speaking of features, networking, dealing with environment, support, and more.  If you have an epiphany to share, we want to get the word out.

PJD6350-MHL-HDMI
One of this year’s winners, Viewsonic PJD-6350, not only supports MHL but the streaming stick can be placed inside the covered area, to prevent theft.

We hope we have provided enough explanations for those less familiar with projectors and how to assess needs and requirements.  At the end of the day, we believe we are providing useful information for all readers. We hope you agree.

I’d like next year’s report to be even better, so if you have ideas for improvement, let me know.  Just remember, we’re a relatively small organization (I am the only full time person), so keep in mind resources – aka time, is somewhat limited.  Thanks!

Let’s get into it!

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