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Your Projector’s Lamp Plays A Bigger Role Than You Think It Does

Friday, April 25th, 2014
projectorWhen you go out and decide to make a purchase on some new tech, you’re more than likely going to want to know everything about what it is you’re buying. You want to learn what the product does. Are you going to have to perform regular maintenance on it? Do you need any accessories to bring out the product’s full potential? Should something break or become faulty, how do you fix it and how much is it going to cost? One such product that you have to take all of these things into consideration is a projector. You buy a projector for many reasons, but there are factors to consider. Of course picture quality is often the biggest concern, but what about the projector lamp?

Not many think about the projectors lamp when they first get the projector. It’s normal. You are so excited to get this new projector up and running. You want to check out how well the picture quality is and how responsive the projector itself is. So you turn it on, and you notice how bright it is. That is not just some type of coincidence. The brightness of your new projector is directly affected by the projector’s lamp, and unfortunately it won’t stay that bright forever.

When we talk of brightness in projectors, we measure it like we would with any other type of light source; in lumens. Now depending on what type of projector you are going to use, that will likely determine how bright it will be. Should you be looking into getting a business projector, then you can expect to see the images thrown onscreen to be quite bright. Most cheaper models are upwards of around 3500 lumens. By cheap I obviously mean price. You can find a projector with this type of lumen brightness count for less than $1000. That may seem like a bit more than you intend to pay, but remember it’s for the business. If you start to look for a projector for the home, then you need to start looking more at the lumen count and lamp life of your new device. The average consumer is going to take a lot more into consideration when purchasing due to the fact that they’re going to be viewing it for different purposes. They want to look at how well and where they can place it, the image quality, and obviously cost. Because of all of the factors, especially picture quality, household consumers will often choose a projector with less brightness, but better picture quality.

The life span for these projector lamps obviously differentiate as well. It all depends on how often you are going to use your projector. If you are going to use it at full brightness, you can expect around 3000-4000 hours of usage. If you choose to go the “eco” or low power setting, you’ll just be sacrificing a little bit of brightness for an extended life on  your lamp. Certain projectors will give a whole new meaning to long lamp life, if they are used in “eco” mode. While the standard is around 4000-5000 hours in the power save mode, some projectors will be able to push the lamp life a lot longer than that. That’s a very good thing, seeing as how some lamps can get very pricey, especially when dealing with higher end projectors.

When you are looking into projectors, you want to take everything into consideration. Everything has a cost, even the lamp in your projector. Learn more before you rent or buy.

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Should Pico Projectors Be Coupled With Other Devices, Like Smartphones?

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

There have been a few items that we have seen recently that have been coupled together. Some devices can make this work out in their favor. Take for example the smartphone. The smartphone is basically a PDA with phone call and texting capabilities. The smartphone even took over the MP3 player by adding the same functionalities as the other device. So many things have been added onto the features of a smartphone, so many different applications and functions, that it now seems like they are just mini computers. They basically do everything your laptop does. I mean, there are different applications that have come up on the mobile app store, providing versions of their software (like Garageband for example) for direct mobile use. Now what about projectors though?

A projector is a bit different that an MP3 player or a Game Boy. It’s not as compact, normally, and tends to offer a function that can’t really be coupled with other tech devices. The biggest reason being the action of image projection. Some people use projectors for their entertainment systems, and this is where they really shine. Trust me, if the Game Boy or PSP was able to project their images on the wall, a lot more people (yours truly included) would have paid pretty handsomely to own one. But here in lies the issue. When you put two devices together, especially if one of those devices happens to be a projector, you arent able to fully focus on each devices’ separate functions and quality while maintaining a small size. We love our technology small, and that’s exactly why the pico projector came along. The pico projector by itself offers exactly what you may need for a short presentation or even a college dorm movie party. You’re smartphone offers you access to basically anything you need as long as you have a phone plan and an internet connection.

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Putting the two together does come with some pretty noticeable benefits. In that same thought process, there are some drawbacks. Take the Ayane pico projector smartphone. Yes, a smartphone with a pico projector built into it. All in all, not a bad idea. The only issue being that with the size of a typical smartphone, Ayane has a certain standard to adhere to. While, yes, there are a few brands like Samsung that put out larger phones, the typical size you are going have is about 5 inches or so. Since this is the market standard, Ayane has to put all of the components and features that make a smartphone a smartphone, while still finding a way to keep the pico projector it packed inside up to standards.

The phone itself isn’t anything fantastic by any means. With only a 2000mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.2GHz duel-core processor, you’re getting literally the basics in terms of what we consider a high quality smartphone. The pico projector does offer a 42 inch display when thrown on the wall. It offers a 480p resolution and 1,000:1 contrast ratio. Definitely not the BEST picture, but for packing that into a smartphone, it definitely gets the job done. But again, this is why some devices might not be suited to be spliced together. Sacrifices will have to be made on both devices, and the quality may suffer in comparison to the industry standards of the modern world.

If you are in need of something that gets the job done, it may not be the worst investment. However, should you want to get the job done with a bit more quality, renting your pico projector may be a better choice.

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The Optoma PK320 Is A Pico Projector With Power

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

Have you ever noticed that the smaller a device gets, the more impressive it seems? While this is not to sound cross or sarcastic towards any company or device, it just seems to be the norm. It’s never a bad thing to have larger devices shrunken down to accommodate for more mobile purpose and functionality. Remember when you first bought your boombox or Playstation 2 and how big and bulky it was? Then as time went on, we were delivered the smaller versions of these devices. They performed exactly the same as their larger counter parts but were a lot more portable. That is, luckily, the same thing that has happened now with projectors. Instead of the large boxy things from our memories of 4th grade math class, we now have some that are a bit smaller.

Pico projectors are essentially portable projectors that can be put in your pocket and taken with you on the go. They run on battery charge but can deliver the perfect visuals you need for meetings or impromptu movie sessions with friends.

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In case you have been on the search for a new pico projector, or just want to start out with the best of the best, the Optoma PK320 may be the one you’ve been waiting for. Pico projectors are perfect for business meetings, and this is the one to prove it.

The throw of this particular pico projector sits at almost 20 feet in range, and can display images up to 150 big diagonally. No matter how you slice it, both of these numbers are enough to get your attention. The projector itself is pretty small. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand actually. The projector is only 4.7 inches long, 2.7 inches wide, and a mere 1.2 inches tall. something that can easily fit into a bag or your pocket.

The projectors image quality is pretty substantial for its size as well. It’s contrast ratio sits right at 3000:1 which means you’ll get some really vibrant pictures when you need them. Your blacks will be black, your whites will be white, and everything in between! The Optoma’s aspect ratio is 16:9 with a pixel resolution output of 854 x 480. While it may not seem like much, the resolution rate is actually the industry standard for these types of projectors. The projector can be powered through an AC adapter, but should that not be available, it can run about 45 minutes on a standard charge, and about 90 minutes on “Eco” mode. Perfect amounts for any business presentation you might have.

The projector also comes with 2GB of internal memory storage, but it might be better to just stick with a USB flash drive as there is an available USB port for it as well. By carrying the flash drive with you, it eliminates the need for you to bring your laptop into the presentation or have it with you when getting ready to watch a movie with friends. If you are going to go portable, you might as well go completely portable right?

The best part is that this projector retails for only $129 currently. Definitely not a bad price for the quality and size. However, if you are on the fence or new to pico projectors, renting one for your next business presentation isn’t a bad idea at all.

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Believe It Or Not, Your Projector Screen Is Just As Important As The Projector Itself

Friday, April 4th, 2014

There are some things that just naturally belong together. Peanut butter and Jelly. Cheeseburgers and fries. Me and video games. The list just goes on and on. Certain things were just made for each other, and others are designed to work in tandem with other things. Yes that sounds a bit vague, but think about it. A controller to a game system is specifically designed to work with a specific game system. The buttons are all laid out in a way that can give the user a sense of comfort and responsiveness. It should honestly be the same way with your projectors and your screens. Not sure what I mean? What I’m saying is that your screen is just as important as the components in that high end super expensive projector you just bought. They all work in conjunction with each other.

Consider this as well. You look at the screen. You don’t look directly into the projector. The screen is what gives you the image, as the projection is reflected back off of it and then displayed. Yes, having a really nice projector such as a 4K short throw model with all of the bells and whistles would be nice, but if you have a “decent” screen then you can expect to view a “decent” picture. When deciding on a projector, the screen should be just as much of an early decision with just as much research put into it.

There are certain factors that go into the overall quality of the picture. Some of these are completely dictated by the projector itself. Its display type, its throw distance, and the amount of light the projector actually puts out all play a huge role in how the image will be displayed. There are some factors that can’t be controlled by how amazing your projector is. Think about how far away you will be sitting from the screen, what all furniture and decor you have in your viewing room, and the natural ambient light that will be present. This is where your screen can come in. There are a screens that are made with specific materials and are designed to be in certain surroundings to compensate for some of the more uncontrollable variables.

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The color of your screen is another big deal. Yes, the color can actually matter as odd as that seems. Depending on the lighting situation in your viewing room, having a white or gray screen can really make a difference in image quality. If you aren’t really going to be in control of the lighting around you, a gray screen might be the best choice for you. If you are going to be able to control the ambient lighting then you’ll want to get a white screen. The gray screen can really boost color contrast and help colors retain their vibrancy even in well lit situations. Some screens are even designed with specific coatings involved. The coatings will be there to help disperse light from other ambient sources so that the image will be distorted and colors won’t appear washed out.

So you got the really nice high end projector for the work space or your home theater. Now just make sure you have the right screen. If you are unsure of what to get, rent a couple of them just to see what is going to give you the best image quality for your projector and surroundings.

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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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Impressive New Portable Projector From Philips That Runs on Android

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Philips is breaking down barriers when it comes to portable Android devices. Generally, when you think of portable Andriods, you think of smartphones, tablets, convertible laptops, or even watches. But the new PicoPix PPX3610 is taking it to a new level. It is a projector that connects to Wi-Fi and runs on the Android Operating system.

A home screen with all of your Android apps shows up on the projected screen and you can access them just like you would on a smartphone or tablet with the touchpad located on top of the projector. The device includes apps for rendering documents from a USB stick or external hard drive like PowerPoint. You also have the entire Google Play store to choose from, just like any other Android device.

You can use Netflix with the projector, play Android games, open documents, surf the internet, anything you want and anything you could do on a tablet or phone except with a way cooler screen. This tiny little portable projector can project a screen of up to 120 inches! The brightness of the LED-powered DLP light engine is 100 lumens when plugged in and 60 lumens when it is running on battery power.

There are multiple ways to get videos on the device. You can watch videos that are on USB sticks, stream videos from Netflix or YouTube, and since the PPX3610 connects to Wi-Fi, you can connect other devices to it and transfer videos that way. On top of the USB slot, there is also a mini HDMI and mini SD card slot located on the back, so you should have no problem finding a way to view your media.

There is a 1 watt speaker build into the device, which isn’t that impressive at all, but you can hook it up to any sound system, speaker set, headphones, or anything that you would like via the connection located on the back.

The battery life could be viewed as a downfall, lasting only about two hours. But first of all, that is long enough to watch a full movie, and second, what would you expect from a projector that wasn’t plugged in? Either way, you should make sure that you bring the power adapter with you,  just in case.

The New PPX3610 is set to release this month, and will retail for $549.

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.

JVC Announces New Projector Line for 2014

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

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JVC has revealed its latest home cinema projector line-up, claiming a ‘substantial improvement in image quality’ alongside ‘the industry’s highest native and dynamic contrast’. Other new features include a new imaging device, an upgraded version of the company’s e-shift technology, 4K source compatibility and a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture.

The three new units are the DLA-X900R, DLA-X700R and DLA-X500R, all of which are equipped with 3d playback technology and offer 4K e-shift3. This latest rvolution of JVC’s e-shift magic features a 4K signal input (60p) so that both 4K and 2K sources can now be displayed as 3840 x 2160 images.

The units also use three sixth generation D-ILA imaging devices. This new device has a pixel gap that is 40 percent more narrow than the previous chip. The result is a smoother picture, a ten per cent improvement in light efficiency for a light output of 1,300 lumens and improved native contrast (which is enhanced more so by a new third-generation wire grid optical engine), JVC claims.

The company also states that implementation of a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture results in deeper black levels while maintaining white levels ‘superior to what’s delivered by competing projectors using a dynamic iris’.

Thanks to these new improvements, JVC says that the flagship DLA-X900R sports a native contrast ratio of 150,000:1 and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,500,000:1. Meanwhile, the DLA-X700R boasts 120,000:1 native and 1,200,000:1 dynamic, and the DLA-X500R 60,000:1 native and 600,000:1 dynamic.

Picture performance is optimized even more by a new Multiple Pixel Control (MPC) processor featuring eight-band detection. This offers four presets plus an Auto setting that automatically selects the best up conversion process based on the frequency of each pixel. Also, a new Clear Black feature provides local area contrast enhancement, while the improved Clear Motion Drive used a new LSI and algorithm to deliver a significant improvement in motion artifacts on diagonal lines’ with 2D 4K and 2K content and 3D 2K material.

The DLA-X900R and DLA-X700R also offer ISF certfication and have been designed to pass the 400-plus tests necessary to achieve THX 3D Certification (pending).

One current model is the pretty much entry-level DLA-X35 which will carry over to the 2014 line-up along with the three new models – all of which are scheduled to hit retail this month.

Crimson AV Debuts New JR Projector Mount Series

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Crimson AV JR3 SyncProIf you have plans of installing a projector anytime soon, then you are going to need the right tools for the job. No tool is more essential, however, than the right mount. Sure, you can simply place a projector on any flat surface, but things are so much more convenient when you can mount it on a surface, like your ceiling, keeping it out of the way.

Crimson AV has just begun shipping a trio of new mounts that are designed to make installing a projector easier and a lot more professional looking. The mounts come by way of Crimson AV’s JR Series and include the new JR, JR2 and JR3 SyncPro mounts.

The JR, which is the base model mount priced at $99, is a basic projector mount with two points of adjustment that affect both pitch and roll. In addition to that, this mount is also designed for smaller projectors under 50 lbs. and comes with a pre-assembled two-piece design complete with integrated cord management and 1.5″ NPT compatibility.

The mid-level model is the JR2. Like the JR, this mount is a two-piece model that is constructed entirely of steel. It has 12 adjustment points in total, six for pitch and six for roll, which means that this mount is capable of holding projectors that are slightly heavier than average or that something that is off center can stay in place. The JR2 is priced at $117 and works with projectors of up to 70 lbs.

The final mount in the JR series is the JR3 SyncPro. This mount comes with a lead screw mechanism, allowing for precise adjustments. All installation adjustments can be completed by rotating the knobs on the mount, which makes the overall process simple. Priced at $169, this mount is perfectly suited for any projector that exceeds 70 lbs and also has additional legs that allow you to expand the range and cover large or irregular mounting hole patterns.

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