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Optoma ML750

Optoma ML750

From £449
  • Type: LED Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 700ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma S 313

Optoma S 313

From £100
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Nobo Quantum 2521

Nobo Quantum 2521

From £215
  • Type: Slide Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL HW55

Sony VPL HW55

From £3,251
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 1700ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 1 shop >
InFocus IN3924

InFocus IN3924

From £569
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vivitek Qumi Q 8

Vivitek Qumi Q 8

From £870
  • Type: LED Projector
  • Brightness: 1000ANSI lumens
  • Zoom lens: 1x
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Vivitek Qumi Q3 plus

Vivitek Qumi Q3 plus

From £448
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 500ANSI lumens
3 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC ME 331 W

NEC ME 331 W

From £583
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL FHZ60

Sony VPL FHZ60

From £4,503
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC M 303 WS

NEC M 303 WS

From £770
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
  • Zoom lens: 1.2x
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma HD142X

Optoma HD142X

From £290
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 535W

Epson EB 535W

From £728
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3400ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 2250U

Epson EB 2250U

From £1,328
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC Pa 522

NEC Pa 522

From £5,256
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma EH335

Optoma EH335

From £685
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 3600ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ricoh PJ WX2440

Ricoh PJ WX2440

From £389
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3100ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sanyo PLC-WM5500

Sanyo PLC-WM5500

From £2,643
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aiptek AN100

Aiptek AN100

From £249
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 100ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic LS800HD

Viewsonic LS800HD

From £2,139
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ MX 507

BenQ MX 507

From £301
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ W 1210 ST

BenQ W 1210 ST

From £778
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 2200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ MX611

BenQ MX611

From £469
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB X39

Epson EB X39

From £440
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic PS501W

Viewsonic PS501W

From £243
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3500ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 2 shops >
NEC UM330

NEC UM330

From £1,196
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Stationary
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma ML1050ST

Optoma ML1050ST

From £668
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 1000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma DS 348

Optoma DS 348

From £265
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 2500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL HW 45 SXRD

Sony VPL HW 45 SXRD

From £1,631
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 1800ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 710UI

Epson EB 710UI

From £2,517
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 4000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic PJD7822HDL

Viewsonic PJD7822HDL

From £498
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic M1

Viewsonic M1

From £272
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 250ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL FHZ61L

Sony VPL FHZ61L

From £2,199
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 5100ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 1780 W

Epson EB 1780 W

From £771
  • Type: HD Projection
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB S39

Epson EB S39

From £331
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL SW 630

Sony VPL SW 630

From £789
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3100ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL-VW300

Sony VPL-VW300

From £5,926
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 1500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC NP PA853W

NEC NP PA853W

From £4,361
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 8500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer X1123H

Acer X1123H

From £285
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3600ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ MP780ST

BenQ MP780ST

From £1,478
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 2500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vivitek DH 3331

Vivitek DH 3331

From £1,529
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer P1350W

Acer P1350W

From £400
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3700ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 1 shop >
NEC ME 301 W

NEC ME 301 W

From £462
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Braun Novamate150

Braun Novamate150

From £435
  • Type: Slide Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ryan LED 2

Ryan LED 2

From £213
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 150ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Luxburg LUX 2500

Luxburg LUX 2500

From £299
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell 7700

Dell 7700

From £384
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma DH 400

Optoma DH 400

From £740
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 4000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer P 1623

Acer P 1623

From £797
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 990U

Epson EB 990U

From £718
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3800ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Epson EB S05

Epson EB S05

From £365
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB W05

Epson EB W05

From £330
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 2235ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer P8800

Acer P8800

From £5,995
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN 5148 HD

InFocus IN 5148 HD

From £3,189
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Casio XJ M 156

Casio XJ M 156

From £549
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG HF85JG

LG HF85JG

From £1,345
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1080
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips PPX4010

Philips PPX4010

From £100
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 100ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Sony VPL PHZ 10

Sony VPL PHZ 10

From £2,049
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
  • Zoom lens: 1.45x
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips PPX5110

Philips PPX5110

From £329
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 100ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Optoma HD27e

Optoma HD27e

From £549
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 3400ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL CH370

Sony VPL CH370

From £1,184
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >

Projectors

Making a choice

Video projectorSo, you have decided to take the plunge into the world of projectors? Whether your projector needs are professional, educational or simply for entertainment, there is a vast range of products on the market. On the surface, one projector looks much like another and it can appear incredibly difficult to make a well-reasoned decision. Further added to this is the fact that there are a multitude of projectors on the market ranging in price from under £100 up to the £10,000 and more. Bearing all of this in mind, you might reasonably pose the question of what criteria should you be using when deciding on which projector to buy?

There are a few very important aspects to consider when analysing a potential projector purchase. Firstly, you should be clear on exactly what you are going to be using the projector for. For example, if your use is going to be mainly watching movies at home, then you should be looking at a projector with a fairly low brightness level. If you are going to be using the projector in a large space such as an auditorium or church, then a projector with a higher brightness level would be more suitable. Other important factors to consider include the resolution, the aspect ratio and the weight. Once you have established exactly what you are going to use the projector for, you can start to use the above criteria to rapidly narrow down the field of products.

The Technology

In today's projector market, there are over 300 different models on sale - a daunting figure, I am sure you will agree.  These projectors run on one of two different technology types: LCD or DLP. Before you have a further panic, it is worth noting that projectors running either of these technology types have a very wide level of application and give excellent results when viewing a range of different material, whether it is video content or computer applications. However, once again your decision should be influenced by exactly what you are going to be using your projector for. Depending on what it is, one technological format may suit you better than the other.

The Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) projector is the modern incarnation of a classroom favourite, the overhead projector.  The undoubted advantage of LCD technology is that it creates images that are very sharp along with high levels of brightness and satisfyingly crisp detail. This makes it a great projector for you if you needs require text to be clearly displayed (i.e. classroom or business use). Criticisms of LCD projectors have been that, generally, they are heavier than their DLP counterparts and they do degrade over time.

Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors are the newer form of technology on the market. The projectors harness the power of nearly 2 million microscopic mirrors to create images that are incredibly smooth and soft. This can be especially observed if the projector is being used to watch video footage. In addition, DLP projectors are generally smaller and more compact making them perfect for you if you want your projector to be portable.

Brightness

When deciding how bright a projector you should be considering, look at the size of the room in which the projector is to be used. Generally, the larger the room, the brighter the projector you will require. Secondly, you should think about the likely lighting levels in any location in which you are going to be using the projector. All projectors will give better results when used in darker locations. Therefore, if you are going to be using it in a room where it is difficult to control the level of light, you should be looking at a product with higher brightness levels.

Once again, it is important to consider the exactly what you are going to be using your projector for. If, for example, you will be using it in a classroom or for giving business presentations, it is likely that you will need text to be clearly displayed to your audience. In order to guarantee that text is sharp and visible, you should look towards a brighter projector.

To put this in context, projector brightness is measured in Lumens. For home cinema use in a dark room, a level of less than 1000 Lumens will be acceptable. For classroom use or home use in a bright room, a level between 1000 and 2000 will suffice. Projectors for use in large classrooms or meeting rooms should be between 2000 and 3000. Finally, for use in large concert venues, auditoriums or theatres, a level of more than 3000 would be required.

Resolution and Ratio

Pocket projectorThese two aspects are important for ensuring that the size of any image that you wish to display is correctly portrayed.  Most people should be fairly familiar with the idea of resolution. Put simply, the higher the resolution, the sharper and more detailed the image is likely to be. Resolution for projectors is measured in pixels. Most projectors will come with a 'native resolution', this is the setting that the projector is most comfortable working from. However, most of them can be used at higher resolutions if necessary. Note that this would have an effect on image quality.

Projectors come in a wide variety of resolutions ranging from 800 x 600 all the way up to 2048 x 1080. You should make your choice of resolution based again on what you are likely to be using the projector for. For good all round use, 1024 x 768 has emerged as a popular favourite, but you could get away with 854 x 480 for basic home cinema requirements. If your product is to have a practical application, i.e highly detailed drawings or detailed photography, then a resolution of 1920 x 1080 may be more suitable.

Quickly dealing with aspect ratio, you will observe three common projector ratios: 4:3, 16:10 and 16:9.  4:3 is the standard ratio for standard television, 16:10 ratio has been designed for widescreen computers and 16:9 is recommended for movies or high definition content.

Conclusion

The on-going theme of this guide has been the need for you to establish exactly what applications your projector is going to have. Establishing this can really help you to make an informed decision on the correct model to buy. However, as has been mentioned, the majority of projectors will give you good performance across a variety of tasks so there is no need to become too tied down in technicalities.

To summarise, you need to consider LCD v DLP. The answer to this question will be determined by whether you will be using the projector more for video footage or detailed text and drawings. LCD for more detailed text and DLP for predominantly home movie use.

Next, take into account the location and light levels in which the projector is to be used. A larger and lighter room will require a projector with a higher brightness level, whereas a smaller and darker room at home will not require such a high level.

In terms of resolution, you again need to consider usage of your projector. Different resolutions will be more suitable for simple home cinema use versus projecting detailed drawings and watching high definition content.

The desired aspect ratio for your projector will also change depending on whether you will be watching standard television, projecting from a computer screen or watching film or high definition content.

Once you have considered your projector needs in conjunction with the above points, you should be in a much better position to compile a decent shortlist.