Having a projector doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice picture quality like it did in the past. Projectors are now following the latest trends of high definition media and many HD projectors are now available to everyday consumers for prices that fit almost any budget. High definition (HD) projectors offer full 1920 x 1080 HD resolutions, meaning that they are leaps and bounds above the standard 800 x 600 resolutions of traditional SVGA projectors.
When looking for the right HD projector there are a few things you need to take into consideration, like performance features and characteristics. Each HD projector is different and works differently in different situations so it is imperative that you understand what everything means and how it affects you.
One of the most important aspects of a projector and one that almost everyone notices first is the sharpness and clarity of the HD images. It will be difficult to compare image quality unless the source is 1080p from a Blu-ray player or equivalent device. An HD projector that is incapable of handling an HD image will have an apparent softness while the images will have a slightly blurry or cloudy look to them while also displaying digital noise. As an example, switch your HDTV to a channel that isn’t an HD channel and that should help put things into perspective.
The de-interlacing capability of the projector is another feature that you should consider. A projector that has poor de-interlacing capabilities will suffer from flickering and motion artifacts. A projector should provide a solid and stable image with few noticeable faults.
Lumen output is also a huge factor in determining the right projector for your needs. On average a higher lumen output will provide a brighter picture. Higher lumens are needed if you plan on using the projector in well-lit rooms or even outside. Without the proper lumen output your projector will look transparent and dull.
Contrast ratios measure the brightest white compared to the darkest black. The higher the contrast ratio the bigger the difference is between the two colors. Higher contrast ratios will provide more realistic looking pictures for dark scenes and images in addition to more vibrant colors.
Black levels refer to how rich the black will be when displaying the colors. Projectors that have low black levels will have their black colors look less, well, black. They are typically referred to as “bright” black or looking more gray. Black levels need to be taken into consideration, especially when using an HD projector.
Audible fan noise may not seem like that big of a deal but trust me when I say that a quiet fan makes a huge difference. When projectors are being used at max settings they often go into a high lamp mode which requires even more cooling from the internal cooling fan. In a situation where you are trying to watch a movie a loud fan can be a big distraction.
Other characteristics that need to be taking into consideration include zoom lens, lens shift, connectivity and compatibility along with warranty and price. If you take all these factors into consideration and determine which features are the most important to you then you will be completely satisfied with whatever purchase you decide to make.
If you are just at a complete loss then the professional Tech Travel Agents at RentOurProjectors.com can help with any and all questions. Renting an HD projector allows you to get all the benefits of an HD projector for a short term. Simply tell your Tech Travel Agent what you need your HD projector for and they will assist you every step of the way to ensure that you get exactly what you need, exactly what you’re looking for and something that fits your budget.