A projector is a great investment for your room and some compact models are also great to be used outdoors for a movie night experience under the stars. We’ve gathered the most popular projectors on the market to help you with your results for a model that suits your project, so let’s have a look at the alternatives:
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What to consider when buying a projector?
A projector is a great upgrade for a home cinema and those projectors that feature android can even help you reduce the number of devices needed for play back video files too. Look for a projector that has a high lumen output as the added brightness can help use the projector in areas with ambient light which is very common for homes that are not completely dark like cinemas.
The contrast ratio of the projector plays a vital role regarding the ability of the projector to reproduce dark areas of the images. Higher contrast will allow for deeper black while lower contrast can result in washed out images in untreated rooms. If you plan on using the projector with external playback devices make sure that the projector has the necessary ports to plug in the devices of your choice. A HDMI port should be considered a must and USB ports are handy if you want to connect USB devices to the projector.
Keep in mind that even though some projectors have speakers they don’t provide good quality audio for cinematic experiences. Depending on your demands the onboard speakers can be plenty for your project but if you want a better audio experience look for projectors that can connect to external speakers through Bluetooth or standard wired audio connections.
Some models need to be plugin in an outlet while some more compact models feature internal battery. Make sure you pick a model that matches your application. Keep in mind that even the models with internal batteries can not be used for long periods of times. Most batteries will last for up to 90 minutes which is handy for some application offering great portability but might be not enough to power your movie night.
Make sure that focus control is easily accessible especially if you move the projector from time to time or need to relocate it. If you plan to use the projector for movies make sure it has an aspect ratio of 16:9 for better viewing experience. If you need to play movies in HD make sure you pick a model that can output a resolution of 1080p. Look for the native resolution of the projector as some models are not true 1080p and they have lower native resolution which is not ideal if you want true 1080p.
If you need to connect the projector to the internet or your network make sure it comes with builtin wifi. A SD card slot isn’t a must but can be handy if you plan on using SD cards for your media. Keep in mind that a projector with larger throw distance and higher lumen output will be much easier to setup on your room or outdoors while on the other hand shorter throw or lower brightness will limit you placing the projector closer to the wall or projector screen.