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Recommended Projectors for the Upcoming School Year


Technology is crucial in today’s educational environment. Teachers are now using computers daily as a part of their curriculum. Some ways they are using them include:


  • Sharing visuals from computer screens including graphs, tables and spreadsheets.


  • Showing movies or DVDs.


  • Data entry and reviewing notes or tests results.


  • Live webcams and video streaming.


  • Group reading or storytelling.


  • Online textbooks.


  • Showcasing student work.




Each school is different and consequently will have different projector needs. However, there are a few standard features that are important to have for the majority of school projectors.


Ultra-short throw capabilities.


Brightness of 2500 lumens to 4000 lumens (although more is needed for auditoriums and lecture halls).


Portable and lightweight or easily mountable.


XGA or WXGA resolution.


3D capability.


HDMI support or connectivity.


Horizontal/Vertical image correction.


Auto-screen fit.


Energy efficient.


Long bulb life.




Schools are typically in need of high quality projectors at a lower price. The following projectors are efficient, but also budget-friendly. We have chosen our favorites for a variety of class sizes and age groups.


  • For small classrooms and elementary schools: The Optoma H27 projector provides a quality projector at a great price. It will work exceptionally well with other media devices including computers and DVD players. It is also easy to set-up, use and operate.

optoma h27




  • For colleges, universities or large meeting rooms: The InFocus 5316HDa provides great, quality viewing even from far distances. It also offers high brightness and simple connectivity to other devices.



  • High power for science, architecture, art and computer classes: The Epson PowerLite W16 offers WXGA resolution and 3D capability. It is lightweight, portable and will work well with computers, DVD players or tablets. It also includes a remote control for added convenience and ease of use.




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Top 3 Projector Brands for Outdoor Viewing

Whether you’re preparing for a home movie night or looking to set up a projector for a business presentation, you’ll need to choose the right equipment to ensure successful viewing outdoors. If your projector lacks brightness or has poor resolution, your audience will be unable to see the screen clearly.



An outdoor projector should also be mobile and lightweight for easy transport to the backyard or even for taking with you on a camping trip. Since you may have to use a small cart or table to hold it in place, the projector should also be small and compact.


You’ll also want to make sure your projector has built-in speakers for convenient audio listening. If needed, you can always connect an extra speaker for a more powerful sound. To do this, you will need your projector to have audio outputs. To show movies or share your computer screen, it should also have multiple USB ports for connecting a DVD player, laptop, tablet or other electronic device.


Some brands have gone the extra mile in designing projectors specifically for outdoor use. The top 3 projector brands on the market today for the creation and manufacturing of outdoor quality projectors include:


Epson – makes a number of projectors suitable for outdoor use. These all have HD capability and include the Epson MovieMate 85HD, Epson MegaPlex MG-850 HD and the Epson Home Cinema 740HD.



The Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 740HD



Optoma – creates a line of very budget-friendly projectors that are of high enough quality to use outdoors. Some models to consider include the Optoma X341 3000 XGA 3D LDP Projector, the Optoma HD141X and the Optoma EH500 (which works well with larger screens).

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The Optoma EH500


BenQ – provides an option for projector owners with a little more money to spend. This brand is a good choice for bigger venues or commercial use. A couple of these outdoor projectors include the BenQ HT2050 and the BenQ W1070.


benq_ht2050_ The BenQ HT2050


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Top Projectors for the 2016 Summer Olympics

All of us will soon be able to enjoy the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. The games will include a large variety of sporting events with plenty of fierce competition among athletes. When watching history being made at this spectacular event, there is no better way to view it than on a large projector screen. With a projector, you will see all of the vibrant images and colorful decorations displayed in the opening and closing ceremonies as well as fast moving images for every sporting event.




Get ready to watch your favorite Olympians with one of the top projectors for sports viewing. A few things all of these projectors have in common include:


  • HD Capabilities


  • Lens Shift


  • Multiple HDMI Connections


  • LCD or DLP Projectors


  • 2200 or More Lumens


Some of the top projectors on the market for viewing the 2016 Summer Olympics include:


  • The Epson PowerLite 3020


  • The Sony VPL VW300ES



  • The Optoma HD28DSE



To upgrade your experience, consider buying a separate speaker to enhance the sound. Some events will also be shown in 4K. A few 4K projectors are presently on the market which include the Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 and the Sony VPL VW350ES.


With warm weather, you may even choose to watch the Olympics outdoors. If this is your plan, you’ll need to ensure your projector has more lumens – 4000 or more would be best. Be sure you choose a location with a level ground and a place to display the event or hang your screen. A potential location could be on the side of a garage or the back of a house.


The Summer Olympics will begin on Friday, August 5th and continue through Sunday, August 21st. You can watch it on NBC channels and their affiliates.


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Projectors for Bright Rooms

Can’t get that dark theater space you’ve been longing for? No fear. You can still have great movie and sports viewings in well-lit rooms. Whether for a home theater or public space such as an apartment clubhouse, church sanctuary or golf club lounge, there are many projectors that are made specifically for well-lit rooms. Conference rooms and classrooms may also be brightly lit which could cause some viewing problems.


bright room


Today’s projectors offer more diversity, clarity and picture sharpness. And if your room doesn’t allow for mounting or installing a projector, you can simply place the projector on a table or cart for viewing. Deciding not to mount the projector will also let you use it in multiple places. The same is true for the projector screen, it can be installed or you can opt for a portable one.




Often projectors used for larger spaces will suffice for brighter rooms. Or you can opt for a DLP or LCD projector. Some features to look for when shopping for a projector to be used for a well-lit room include:


  • Lens shift or adjustable lens for repositioning the image.


  • High lumens (preferably over 3000 for bright rooms).


  • HD capabilities for certain movies or sporting events.


  • LED or laser lighting technology for consistent brightness (preferred but not required).


  • 1080p resolution.


Several projectors that meet or exceed these expectations include:


  • The Home Cinema 1040 (for home use, very economical)


  • ViewSonic Pro 8600 or 8520HD (good for offices, conference or classrooms)


  • InFocus IN126STa (also economical)


  • Optoma HD141X (portable)


  • Pro Cinema 1985WU (for commercial use)


To enhance imaging, a special projector screen is also necessary. This should be a projector screen that absorbs light such as a black screen, one with front projection or ALR (Ambient Light Rejection) capabilities. All of these screens claim to improve image quality in brightly lit rooms.


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The Best Projectors for Summer Camps

Summer is just around the corner and many organizations have started preparation for hosting summer camps. As you plan activities, remember that today’s kids are very much intrigued by learning through technology. And although summer camp is usually more about outdoor fun and recreation, incorporating technology in your program will be a smart move to keep participants interested and engaged.




A number of possible ways you can use a projector in your summer program include:


  • Outdoor Movie Night - Enjoy an array of entertaining movies after the sun goes down. For easy viewing, you’ll want to make sure your projector offers lots of light (that is over 2000 lumens) and HD capability for better imaging and clear resolution.



  • Learning and Instruction Such as Showing an Exercise Video – this can be a great way for kids to engage in learning through the use of movement and can help provide some direction during the program.


  • Reading an E-Book to a Large Group – some e-book applications can be hooked up to a projector using an HDMI output


  • Playing Video Games - Play a variety of games outdoors with a projector and screen. To do this, your projector will need to have an HDMI connection for your video player.


  • Showing Slide Shows – this can be a fun, interactive activity which can be used to tell a story or help children learn.


When selecting a projector, you’ll want to choose one that is portable. It will also need to be hardy, durable and able to withstand frequent use. Additionally, it will need to have 2-3 ports for possible connections to computers, DVD players and gaming systems. Finally, it must be suitable for use in both indoor and outdoor environments, and should offer 2,000 lumens or more for better visibility. Some great projector choices for summer camps include:



  • ViewSonic PJD5533W – provides good resolution and brightness, and has plenty of connectivity choices for a value-priced data projector.


  • Optoma HD20 or HD71 - This is easily enough light for a 135″ diagonal screen in a room with good light control, or a 100″ diagonal screen in a room with some ambient light. Even more noteworthy, the HD20’s Cinema mode still delivers a substantial 505 lumens, even in low lamp mode. So you get a very bright image and longer lamp life all at once.


  • Epson MovieMate 72 – The MovieMate 72 integrates an LCD-based projector, DVD player, audio system, and stereo speakers into a single box. Almost all you have to do to set it up is plug it in, point it at a screen—or a blank wall in a pinch—and insert a DVD.


  • Panasonic PT-AX200U – this projector offers a few new features at a much lower price. Most of the specs are still the same-2000 ANSI lumens maximum light output, 1280x720p resolution LCD panels, and a very quiet fan. It is a video projector uniquely designed for a wide range of home entertainment uses.



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