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Philips PPX 3614

Philips PPX 3614

From £344
  • Type: LED Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 140ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma ML750

Optoma ML750

From £449
  • Type: LED Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 700ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 1 shop >
InFocus IN2124

InFocus IN2124

From £439
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL HW55

Sony VPL HW55

From £3,301
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 1700ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 1 shop >
NEC M332XS

NEC M332XS

From £306
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN3924

InFocus IN3924

From £569
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer P5330W

Acer P5330W

From £601
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 4500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB L 1405 U

Epson EB L 1405 U

From £18,752
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 8000ANSI 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 >
Epson EB 1795F

Epson EB 1795F

From £1,389
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vivitek DH 976 WT

Vivitek DH 976 WT

From £898
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Brightness: 4800ANSI lumens
  • Zoom lens: 1.5x
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 >
Acer H9501

Acer H9501

From £1,999
  • Type: 3D 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 2100ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Excelvan CL 720 D

Excelvan CL 720 D

From £149
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EH-TW5000

Epson EH-TW5000

From £259
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 1600ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma EX762

Optoma EX762

From £217
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4000ANSI 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 >
Sanyo PLC-HF10000L

Sanyo PLC-HF10000L

From £19,210
  • Type: HD2K Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 10000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN5500

InFocus IN5500

From £2,019
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 6000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB-1776W

Epson EB-1776W

From £956
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB-1751

Epson EB-1751

From £655
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 2600ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma W304M

Optoma W304M

From £823
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3100ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Casio XJ A 142

Casio XJ A 142

From £957
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 2500ANSI 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 U321Hi

NEC U321Hi

From £2,779
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN119

InFocus IN119

From £494
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3900ANSI 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 >
Viewsonic PJD 7720 HD

Viewsonic PJD 7720 HD

From £452
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL SW 631

Sony VPL SW 631

From £975
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
  • Zoom lens: 1.03x
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ W 1090

BenQ W 1090

From £542
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB G 7200 W

Epson EB G 7200 W

From £3,892
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 7500ANSI 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 >
Epson EB 2155 W

Epson EB 2155 W

From £1,229
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vivitek Qumi Q3 plus

Vivitek Qumi Q3 plus

From £448
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 1785 W

Epson EB 1785 W

From £1,124
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 1900ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell S560P

Dell S560P

From £1,234
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3400ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 2165W

Epson EB 2165W

From £1,116
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5500ANSI 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 >
Epson EB W41

Epson EB W41

From £484
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
  • Aspect ratio: 16:10
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell P318S

Dell P318S

From £282
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ MW612

BenQ MW612

From £496
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ W1600 ust

BenQ W1600 ust

From £1,198
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI 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 >
BenQ MX535

BenQ MX535

From £338
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 3600ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma X515

Optoma X515

From £522
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 6500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC ME 331 W

NEC ME 331 W

From £563
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI 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 >
Acer X1123H

Acer X1123H

From £285
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3600ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Vivitek DU 3341

Vivitek DU 3341

From £1,713
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 5200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Casio XJ A 242

Casio XJ A 242

From £1,131
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 2500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC NP P554U

NEC NP P554U

From £1,519
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer H6502BD

Acer H6502BD

From £565
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3400ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Casio XJ A 147

Casio XJ A 147

From £1,052
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 2500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer H6517ST

Acer H6517ST

From £469
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 2 shops >
BenQ TW526

BenQ TW526

From £780
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI 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 >
Epson EB X05

Epson EB X05

From £432
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 108

Epson EB 108

From £507
  • Type: XGA Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3700ANSI 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 >
Vivitek Dx 6831

Vivitek Dx 6831

From £3,108
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 8000ANSI 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.