Posted on May 9, 2014 By Art Feierman
We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year’s Best Classroom Projectors report.
At Projector Reviews, choosing the projectors to be included in the report each year is more of an art, than a science. This year was more unusual than most years, so I thought an explanation might answer some questions some of you may have.
Hitachi is one of the largest sellers of projectors into the education marketplace, especially K-12. This is the odd story. Hitachi, it seems instituted a “No Product Reviews” policy. I have no idea why, perhaps they didn’t like one of the reviews I, or some other projector review site did. Tis a strange thing, and a shame, since they are a serous player in the education market.
We’ve reviewed more Optoma projectors than any other brand but one, and they’ve won more awards from us than any other brands but two, and they certainly have projectors geared for education. This one was more of a communication issue. We’ve worked very closely with Optoma through their PR firm (most companies use their PR firms to handle review units – it makes sense). Earlier this year, Optoma dropped their PR firm (if they’ve hired a replacement they haven’t contacted me). At any rate, we had been talking with the old PR firm, and had expected an education projector to arrive, that would be reviewed and included in the report. Sadly, nothing arrived. We did put in a section this year for pocket projectors – for those teachers who require a portable projector to carry with them. We included the Optoma ML550 in the report, and BTW, it took top honors in that category.
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