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Top Projector Models to Use for the Classroom

Finding ‘the best projector’ is always a subjective matter, as a projector that is perfect for home cinema isn’t necessarily great for viewing family photos. So the most important step you can take before deciding which projector is right for you is to know what you primarily want to use it for. Certainly if the projector is going to be used inside a classroom, that changes what the key features and functions will be.

 

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For a start, cost is always more of a factor for projectors that are being bought within the education system, so we will focus on projectors that offer good results for good value. They don’t necessarily need to deliver full HD pictures because that’s rarely something that would be useful in a classroom in the same way that it would be at home.

 

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A short-throw lens tends to be preferable as it enables the teacher to have control of the projector near the front of the classroom. The brightness is also something to consider, as most classrooms can be made dark enough for almost any projector to create a clear picture. Classroom projectors will also be used more often than ones at home, so finding a projector with a long lamp life will mean less frequent need for replacements.

 

Below are some recommendations for the best projectors you can purchase for the classroom:

Epson W29

 

A mid-range projector in terms of costs, this Epson model offers a lot of quality features that still make it excellent value, not least the WXGA resolution and 3LCD technology to deliver crisp and colorful presentations. It’s also got great connectivity options, allowing for up to four devices to display simultaneously with the teacher having moderation control. That alone makes it well worth spending slightly more than you’d expect for other school projectors with similar visual specs.

 

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Casio EcoLite XJ-V1

 

This one comes with XGA resolution (ie, not widescreen) which may or may not be a problem depending on the display options in your classrooms. Many are still not able to take advantage of widescreen projectors anyway, so spending the extra money to get one isn’t worthwhile. The Casio EcoLite is a great low budget, low maintenance projector that delivers good brightness, is energy efficient and light enough to be moved around classrooms.

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Viewsonic PJD6350

 

This is a model that offers slightly more advanced visuals, including being 3D Blu Ray ready if your school or college is wanting to take things to the next level. But most importantly, it also delivers great quality picture for presentations with excellent sound, long lamp life and weighs just 4.9 lbs so is very transportable, making it an all-round great choice for a classroom projector.

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VIEWSONIC PJD5555W Projector Review

Sometimes great things come in small packages, and the Viewsonic PJD5555W projector is no exception to that rule. It’s very much aimed at customers who are looking for a really solid projector that doesn’t cost a lot and delivers good quality picture and illumination.

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If there’s a league table of projectors, the PJD5555W sits comfortably up near the top of the middle of the pack, lacking some of the finesse and features of the more expensive options, but it does come with surprising extras like the ability to project 3D content. That kind of touch makes it a really appealing mid-range projector.

 

Viewsonic PJD5555W: Pros

 

  • Affordability – For everything else that follows in this section, you’d expect to pay upwards of $600, but the PJD5555W comes in at less than that and still delivers good quality, so keep that in mind.

 

  • Size & Weight – Designed to be portable, the PJD5555W is suitably compact and weighs just 4.63 lbs, so you can easily move it around within a home or office. It doesn’t come with a carrying bag for longer journeys, but for that price (remember what we said above) that’s hardly a deal-breaker.

 

  • Brightness – The main selling-point for the PJD5555W is its brightness in relation to its cost, and it absolutely delivers on that point. At 3,300 lumens, it’s more than bright enough for a model of this size and is certainly brighter than many of the other projectors competing against it at this level. It also has an impressive lifespan for its lamps.

 

  • 3D – The PJD5555W is a DLP projector and can be used to project in 3D using the DLP-Link system, which is a huge advantage over some of its competitors and even some more expensive options. You’ll need to buy DLP-Link glasses to view it, but that’s still a small price to pay if you’re after a more immersive experience.

 

  • Sound & Picture – We’ll mention picture again in the Cons section, but the important thing to point out here is that the picture quality is fine. It’s not crystal clear, but in most normal circumstances, this projector will do you just fine. Its speakers are not spectacular, but they will do the trick in most circumstances.

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Viewsonic PJD5555W: Cons

 

  • Video Quality - Here’s where the low cost starts have an effect. You might be able to watch in 3D, but would you be using this projector for a top quality 3D movie and expect the same sharpness of a quality TV? Well, hopefully not, because while it’s acceptable, there are some rainbow features visible at times, and the color balance and brightness leave little to be desired.

 

  • Presentation Quality – It also falls down a little when compared to more expensive alternatives on how well it displays text and images when used for presentations. It’s not terrible, but there are sometimes minor resolution issues.

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Conclusion

 

The PJD5555W is an excellent projector for the price you’ll pay for it. It’s light, portable and comes with most of the features you might need, including the option of 3D if you need it. It has good brightness levels, it’s easy to focus and has a decent image quality too. For an impressive all-round package at an excellent price, it’s hard to beat.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Projectors for Camping Activities

Summer will soon be upon us and many families will be heading to campgrounds to enjoy some quality time together. During the day your family can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities from swimming to horseback riding. But come sundown, you may be looking for things to do.

 

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Take with you a portable projector for tons of evening fun! Here are a few things you can do if you have a projector and screen set up at your campsite.

 

  • 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.

 

  • Video Games – Have a video game contest. 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.

 

  • Photographs – Go through the family album on the big screen. What fun it will be to view photos of your closest friends and relatives on a large screen! To ensure crisp images with vivid color, choose a projector with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1.

 

There are no “outdoor” projectors on the market today. However, there are many that meet all of the above criteria which are lightweight and hardy enough to go from indoors to outdoors. This includes:

 

  • The Epson Movie Mate 72

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  • The ViewSonic PJD5533W

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  • The Optoma HD141X

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