Posted on June 3, 2017 By Art Feierman
Here at Projector Reviews, choosing the projectors to be included in the Classroom Projector report is really more art than science. That’s mostly for two reasons: Because we don’t get in all the projectors we’re interested in reviewing, and, because there are limits on the number of projector reviews our small crew can handle.
We have typically reviewed 30 – 45 projectors a year, but that includes a mix of business, education, houses of worship, large venue, home theater and home entertainment projectors.
There are really just a couple of factors:
First is availability. There have been times we wanted to review a projector but due to timing, it doesn’t work out. This tends to happen because many new models don’t hit until early summer. But, we have to have our reviews finished by mid-May at the very latest.
In the past few years, we’ve had Proxima, Casio, and others simply not have what we are looking for, available in time.
Or, there may be a scheduling type issue. Or, as was the case a a few years ago, with Hitachi – they simply told us they were no longer sending out review units.
Another factor is the companies themselves. We’re a small shop, with limited resources. Some manufacturers are constantly hounding us to review models. (That can change from year to year, as to who is.) Other companies, I’ll run into at a trade show and go, we’d love to review one of these, get in touch with me… And I never hear from them. Poor communications from their PR companies (they often handle review projectors), or their product management, (sometimes due to turn over), results in no contact, no reviews.
For example we have reviewed many InFocus projectors over the years. This year, with the return of some product and marketing folks to the InFocus stable, we’re back in business, with two projectors in this year’s report.
We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year’s Best Classroom Projectors report.
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