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Trying To Decide Between An LCD, DLP, or LCoS Projector Display?

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

family movie nightDo you ever feel the need to upgrade your business or entertainment tech? Mainly your displays? Sure, having a huge top of the line TV is nice and all, but how good is all that resolution when it is fixed to a certain size? These days the implementation of 4K resolution rates seem to be taking over the display world. That is all well and good, but there are a few factors that determine how well that super high resolution rate is going to look. Take for example how large the display is. Viewing 4K on small screens isn’t going to make that much of a difference, but a large screen will really show the detail since there is more room for the pixels to shine through. But what about the displays? The type of display is also going to play a part in how your picture will turn out.

DLP

DLP, or Digital Light Processing, is that type of display used by a majority of home and business projectors. These particular projectors use something called a “DMD”. This “DMD”, or Digital Micro-mirror Device, is the chip that is used inside every DLP projector. These projectors can range in price depending on the number of DMD’s in them. A single DMD will provide a primary color sub-image at a rapid pace, displaying your picture. A DLP projector using three DMD’s will have a DMD chip generate a sub-image in each respective primary color obviously resulting in a better, more full color picture, but also raising the price. Most of the portable projectors use the DLP display and can sit at an easy $400, while the more high end models can get up to $100,000 for the best of the best.

LCD

The ever-popular LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) has come a long way since it has been first introduced. When they were first introduced, they had quite a few problems with their contrast ratios and black levels on screen.  The 3 LCD micro-chip displays work in the same way the the DMD chips work, with each one designated for a particular primary color. The fact that these projectors typically have very good placement flexibility and offer many lens shift adjustments with different zoom lenses make them worthy competitors against the DLP projector. They are able to provide the performance of a DLP with added adjustments, making it a great choice for businesses and home theaters alike. Their prices can range from $600 to $8,000 depending on the model.

LCoS

The Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) is very close to the LCD display, but is set up a bit differently. By using a reflective layer behind the liquid crystal layer, the light projected is reflected instead of transmitted. This coupled with the fact that the electronics controlling all of the pixels are placed behind the pixels, instead of between them like in 3LCD projectors, means that you will see a higher “fill factor” image. Since the pixels are next to each other instead of separated by the electronics, it provides a higher clarity image even at close distances. These projectors can run you anywhere from $3,000 to $45,000 depending on the make and model you choose.

Knowing the difference in these displays and what you need can greatly help in the decision making process of what to upgrade to. If you don’t need anything too fancy, then don’t get it. However, if your business or home theater is in need of a nice upgrade, it never hurts to rent one to figure out what would be the best image suited for your needs.

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BenQ Has Unleashed Their Brand New P Series Projectors!

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

396It seems like it is just a fact that some tech is more popular than others. Phones, TVs, and game consoles always seem to have priority. That means that other tech seems to go under the radar, and gets left unnoticed. The worst part is, is that it is usually the best tech that never gets enough attention from others. Take projectors for example. There is obviously a select market for everything out there, and projectors are no exception. But a lot of people tend to miss out on new models simply because they get overshadowed. Take BenQ’s new projectors for example. They have just released their new “P Series” of projectors, and they look to be pretty amazing.

So what is their angle exactly? They have these new projectors, but everyone has something they can offer you. BenQ’s new projectors look to offer you a higher sense of professionalism with tons of different setting options. They are releasing these new projectors with the idea of having top performance available in mind. They aim to have their new series be perfect for anyone interested in projectors. Anything from the school house, to your home, to the corporate businesses. The Associate Vice President, Kristen Kennedy, even came out an confirmed this by stating “Our new line of P Series projectors was engineered to provide the marketplace with a more affordable package for producing professional-grade projection within a wide range of settings”.

The new “P Series” only carries two models right now, but sometimes less is more! The PX9600 and the PW9500 offer XGA and WXGA resolutions respectively. The higher end model will offer a stunning 6,500 lumens and a 2800:1 contrast ratio. The lower end model will see that same level contrast ratio, but will give off a slightly less 5,700 lumens. Due to these contrast ratio levels, these new projectors are able to give off incredible quality image display in virtually any type of installation or lighting environment. Both come standard equipped with HQV image processing. This means that both projectors will be able to scale the outputs. Since the outputs are scaled, the images displayed will be in constant full resolution so you can enjoy an enhanced picture quality and details of the image. The HQV also helps with the random noise that can come upon viewing compressed digital video files.

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One of the settings being offered with the new “P Series” is the addition of the 4-segment and 6-segment color wheels. These can be interchanged based on specific installation requirements, thus assuring that your image quality is always where you need it to be. The added 7 interchangeable projector lenses also help. Maybe you are more of a short throw guy; there’s a lens for that. Like your projector further back? There’s a lens for that too.
These projectors have obviously been designed with the consumers in mind. Options are the key element when looking at the new BenQ “P Series”, and honestly nothing moves units more than options. The retail for both the PX9600 and the PW9500 are the same, sitting at $3,999. A bit pricey, but remember that you are paying for the options too.

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Why Using A Projector Is Better Than Using Your Tiny TV

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

It has always been a symbol of power amongst friends; who has the bigger TV? Never has this fight been a fair one, as we see friend against friend constantly trying to one-up each other. This is to be expected as most all males do love competition. However, the prices of TV’s are never cheap enough to where we feel like we have just gotten a steal, and can walk away with our wallets still content. The other downside is that it seems like as soon as you buy that new $3,000 TV, it is already obsolete. Well, why stick with a TV that is constantly stuck at 55″ or 70″ max? Why not venture into the realm of projectors? After all, there are a multitude of reason’s as to why they out class TVs.

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Think about the size for one. This is probably the first thing you will should consider. While it may be true that you don’t necessarily NEED a TV the size of the moon, it is never a bad feeling to know that you can own one. The sad truth is, is that depending on the size and type of the display, ultimately affects the price. When picking up a projector, the size limitation basically goes out of the window. The size of your “screen” is limited only to the size of the blank wall you will be projecting your images on. Movies, TV, web surfing, and video games look great on a 70″ 1080p TV display. They look even bigger and better on a 108″ 1080p display! The fact is, is that you are paying for fixed size and display type when buying a TV. You only pay for display type when you rent or buy a projector.

Since you an increase the overall size of the image depending on the size of the wall, this is where the whole 4K benefits really kick in. At the normal distance most of us sit away from the TV, it is next to impossible to see a real difference in the pixel count/quality between Ultra HD 4K resolution and regular 1080p resolution. Take that pixel count and expand it on the wall. Now you have that crystal clear picture that everyone raves about with the added pixels. Even at magnified viewing based on the distance from the wall, a 4K projector’s clarity is unmatched. The only downside is finding, and at an affordable price.

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Since you are expanding the image, all the light from the display has more room to spread out. This answers the question of, “will my eyes hurt?”. That answer is no. Again, the light is not as concentrated into a smaller area like it would be for a TV. This fact along with the ability to easily mount most projectors make them the obvious rental or purchase. You obviously get into more expenses should you decide to set up the wiring in the walls or get a projection screen. Then again, there is nothing wrong with having a nice stand for it, plugging it in, and displaying it on a solid white wall. TVs are a lot heavier than projectors, so remember that. Should you still be on the fence, remember that renting your projector before you buy it first is never a bad idea.

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A Short-Throw Projector That Won’t Kill Your Wallet!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Nothing says classy like furniture and appliances that can be both operational and out of the way. In today’s times, we are bombarded with new technology that is getting smaller, sleeker, and can do more. We want the technology, but we also demand that it be almost invisible in our own homes. We want it to look classy. We don’t it to be in the way. If we can find something like that, no matter what it is, 9 times out of 10 we will buy it. One of the biggest cases this is for are projectors. When purchasing one, it can normally put quite the hole in your wallet. This,  simply due to the cost of the machine and the possible set up and home renovation fees should you decide to run the wiring through the walls.

Well in case you missed CES, Philips has brought out a competitor for Sony’s UltraShort-Throw and Ultra-pricey new 4K projector

Sony’s model comes in at a whopping $30,000 for the cheap version! Philips plans to deliver the same quality at a much lower cost.

The new Philips Screeneo HDP1590 UltraShort-Throw projector plans to give Sony’s model a run for its money, simply due to it’s lower price ranger.

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In case you are not familiar with what an UltraShort-Throw projector can do, imagine this; Having everything you could want with your projector without having to tear down your walls. These projectors can literally be placed out of the way against any way big enough for the display, and then project the image directly onto the wall above it. This virtually eliminates any need for home renovations and wiring problems, which can be a HUGE money saver.

By adjusting the distance between the wall and the projector, you can get a range of image sizing anywhere from 50 to 100 inches. This particular projector is also the first of its kind to actually use LED instead of typical methods. This will actually get rid of the need to ever change the bulb. The projector displays in 720p standard, so it is HD but definitely not the highest end out there. It also comes standard with SD card slots, Wi-Fi, USB, Bluetooth, as well as HDMI naturally. Since it comes with these type of Wi-Fi capabilities, you will be able to search your favorite internet cat videos on here along with hooking it up to nearly any device that you could think of. The projector is running on Android OS and includes Miracast which means that you will be able to stream movies and videos directly from any of your multimedia devices.

This particular projector is dangerous to Sony for one main reason; It’s price. The new Philips Screeneo will set you back a mere $1,799. In comparison to Sony’s 4K UltraShort-Throw projector’s $30,000 to $40,000 price tag, the Philips Screeneo costs pennies. With that being said, the saying is true that you get what you pay for. While you are still getting the same UltraShort-Throw capabilities as the Sony 4K projector, The Philips Screeneo only boasts 720p. All in all, it could still easily give Sony and everyone else to look out for when it drops in April.

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Could LUMO Interactive Projector Be A Worthy Investment?

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

lumoprojectorThe end of the year comes to a close and with it we see last minute scrambles from companies trying to push their end of the year products. This is never a bad plan, but it is a common one. Because of this, many companies’ products go unnoticed. Whether it be due to longer release dates or just getting lost in the sea of other gadgets that come out during this time of year, some products do get swept under the rug. With that being said, there are a few that can peak interest.

Remember when you were a kid, and how the floor was lava, and pillows were the rocks that could save you from melting? Well now a new projector may be able to give that same nostalgia back to your kids.

Yes, it may be a bit childish at first, but the LUMO Interactive projector may be one of the best “toys” or “gifts” you could ever give to your child. With adaptable and ever expanding library of games, there could be quite a bit of longevity in this product. From soccer, to lava floors, to entry level memory matching games, the LUMO projector could be sure to entertain both kids and adults’ inner child as well.

By utilizing the projector’s micro processor and motion sensor, the realm of augmented reality is open to your child. The projector’s camera and light source both come standard with IR filters and IR modes for easier recognition at night. Designed to actually attach and project from the ceiling, it leaves the projector out of reach of children so that fear of it being damaged can be all but gone from your thoughts.

Sitting at $500, it is a bit pricey for a “child’s toy”, but the real value comes in at the expansive app and game library. Remember, there will be games and apps constantly added.

Another scenario. Albeit a children’s device, having an interactive projector in the company break room could be a nostalgic stress reliever. Depending on the apps and games that could be designed for this projector specifically, it could become a decent investment for any office. What better way to create a more friendly and fun work environment than by having a friendly augmented reality soccer game in the break room. Again, a lot of the games an apps would need a bit more mature design, but if the market calls for it, why not?

With only $23,000 of the $200,000 goal met by the end of the Kickstarter, it may be a while before we actually see this product up and ready for consumer use.