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InFocus IN124

InFocus IN124

From £359
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN126

InFocus IN126

From £443
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma X316

Optoma X316

From £826
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma ML750

Optoma ML750

From £514
  • Type: LED Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 700ANSI lumens
5 Offers from 3 shops >
Sony VPL HW55

Sony VPL HW55

From £3,483
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 1700ANSI lumens
2 Offers 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 >
InFocus IN2124

InFocus IN2124

From £437
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer C120

Acer C120

From £251
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Native resolution: 854 x 480
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN3924

InFocus IN3924

From £558
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC M332XS

NEC M332XS

From £306
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL-HW40ES

Sony VPL-HW40ES

From £3,799
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 1700ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma HZ45UST

Optoma HZ45UST

From £2,499
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4200ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Canon XEED WUX400ST

Canon XEED WUX400ST

From £402
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Dell 7760

Dell 7760

From £2,766
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 5400ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN112xv

InFocus IN112xv

From £236
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3400ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB-1751

Epson EB-1751

From £654
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 2600ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
LG PH 150 G

LG PH 150 G

From £259
  • Type: LED Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 130ANSI 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 >
Acer X 135 WH

Acer X 135 WH

From £392
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3400ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vivitek DU 3341

Vivitek DU 3341

From £1,713
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 5200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ PX9210

BenQ PX9210

From £933
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 6000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon LV X420

Canon LV X420

From £706
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma EH461

Optoma EH461

From £1,022
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma WU335

Optoma WU335

From £498
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3600ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vivitek DH268

Vivitek DH268

From £531
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 3500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 1440 Ui

Epson EB 1440 Ui

From £2,785
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Brightness: 3800ANSI lumens
  • Aspect ratio: 16:10
1 Offer from 1 shop >
NEC UM301W

NEC UM301W

From £901
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon LV WX300USTi

Canon LV WX300USTi

From £1,144
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 1795F

Epson EB 1795F

From £1,599
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
InFocus IN5500

InFocus IN5500

From £2,039
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 6000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EH TW5600

Epson EH TW5600

From £699
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 2500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma ML1050ST

Optoma ML1050ST

From £666
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 1000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB-425W

Epson EB-425W

From £923
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 2500ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL HW 45 SXRD

Sony VPL HW 45 SXRD

From £1,606
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 1800ANSI 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 >
Sony VPL HW65ES

Sony VPL HW65ES

From £1,799
  • Type: LCOS Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 1800ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic PS700X

Viewsonic PS700X

From £739
  • Type: XGA Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer Essential A 1300 W

Acer Essential A 1300 W

From £429
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI 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 >
InFocus IN5544

InFocus IN5544

From £3,625
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony VPL CH370

Sony VPL CH370

From £1,184
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Vivitek DX 977

Vivitek DX 977

From £1,000
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 6000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma Dc350i

Optoma Dc350i

From £274
  • Native resolution: 1280 x 720
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Viewsonic PRO9530HDL

Viewsonic PRO9530HDL

From £1,593
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Standard
  • Brightness: 5200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Philips PPX4835

Philips PPX4835

From £440
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 350ANSI lumens
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 Eh 500

Optoma Eh 500

From £1,701
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4700ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Vivitek Dx 881

Vivitek Dx 881

From £459
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic PT VW545

Panasonic PT VW545

From £2,127
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 5300ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ TW526

BenQ TW526

From £780
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
BenQ MX842UST

BenQ MX842UST

From £708
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB G 7200 W

Epson EB G 7200 W

From £3,116
  • Type: 3LCD Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 7500ANSI lumens
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 £2,050
  • Type: LCD Projector
  • Brightness: 5000ANSI lumens
  • Zoom lens: 1.45x
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Casio XJ V 2

Casio XJ V 2

From £615
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3000ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Epson EB 2247U

Epson EB 2247U

From £1,123
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 4200ANSI lumens
  • Native resolution: 1920 x 1200
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Acer H6517ABD

Acer H6517ABD

From £485
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Ceiling Mountable
  • Brightness: 3200ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Acer V7850

Acer V7850

From £1,951
  • Type: DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Desktop
  • Brightness: 2100ANSI lumens
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Optoma EH 416

Optoma EH 416

From £773
  • Type: 3D DLP Projector
  • Form factor: Portable
  • Brightness: 4200ANSI lumens
3 Offers from 3 shops >

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.