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What projector should I choose?

Projectors all look similar and have complicated specs. That makes it hard to make the right decision. No worries. On this page, I'll explain which projector suits your room or usage situation.

Choosing a projector

What do you want to use the projector for? Different specifications are important for each use situation.

  • Home cinema: at least Full HD and high contrast
  • Gaming: low input lag
  • Normal use: at least HD Ready
  • Large rooms: at least 4000 ANSI lumen
  • Meeting rooms: at least 2000 ANSI lumen
  • Portable use: maximum 2 kilograms
  • Education: short throw and at least 2000 ANSI lumen

Home cinema: Full HD, high contrast

Projector home theater

If you want a realistic movie experience, it's important for the projector to project sharp images. That's why you should choose a projector that supports at least Full HD resolution. You can be sure every movie or series is clearly visible. Another important factor is the contrast ratio. The higher the ratio, the bigger the difference between dark and light images. If the contrast ratio is 25.000:1 or higher, the colors and the black levels look deep and lifelike.

Gaming: low input lag

Gaming projector

The best gaming projector has a low input lag. This means there is hardly any delay between your controller and the action on the screen, so that your games play extra smoothly. When you play online, your opponents are never one step ahead. If you like playing the latest games, we recommend that the projector supports 4K and HDR. You can take full advantage of the razor-sharp images and the wide color range.

Normal use: at least HD ready

Projector normal use

Don't want to create a home cinema, but rather want to watch sports or a movie? You won't have to choose a projector with a high resolution or contrast ratio. A projector that supports HD Ready resolution will do the job. These appliances have an average image quality and are cheaper than home cinema projectors. Make sure the projector has an HDMI connector to connect a Blu-ray player or digital decoder.

Portable: max 2 kilos

Projector mobile

Do you present in different locations regularly? Choose a projector that's under 2 kilos. You don't want to take a big, heavy projector with you when you're on the train. Most portable projectors come with a bag. If yours doesn't, I recommend purchasing one separately. The bag ensures extra carrying comfort and limits damage.

Large rooms: at least 4,000 ANSI lumen

Projector large room

A projector with a high light output projects clear images. That's why presentations are clearly visible in a clear room. The light of the lens is spread across the whole projection surface. That means that images get less bright on a bigger screen. Especially in brightly-lit conference or lecture halls, you need a projector with a high light output. Choose a projector that produces at least 4,000 ANSI lumen.

Meeting room: at least 2,000 ANSI lumen

Projector meeting room

In a meeting room, you need a lower light output than in larger rooms. A projector that produces at least 2,000 ANSI lumen is enough. It's useful if the device has a VGA or HDMI port for your computer or laptop. If you want to play video's as well, keep in mind that not every meeting room has an external speaker system. A projector with integrated speakers makes sure you're never without sound.

Education: at least 2,000 ANSI lumen, short throw

Projector education school

It's not useful if you have to close the curtains in a classroom every time. Choose a projector that produces at least 2,000 ANSI lumen. That way, the projection is clearly visible in a well-lit room. If you don't have a lot of space to put the projector at a suitable distance, choose a short throw projector. Most short throw projectors can be placed 1 meter from the wall. You can also get ultra short throw projectors, which can be put even closer.

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