Projector Selection Guide

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Projectors have long been a staple of the event industry. From seminars to conferences and product launches, projectors enable event planners to ensure that the audience is able to get the information they need and deliver visuals that are easily seen by every attendee. There are many different factors to consider when selecting which projector rental is right for your event and the wide range of products and features available can be confusing. Have no fear -our handy guide can help you select the right projector rental for your next event.

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Event space and audience size

The size of your space and audience is one of the most important factors in selecting the right projector for your event. Once you’ve selected the location of your event, measure the space and map out the setup you’ll use on the day of the event. Having this information in hand, you can start to narrow down your projector selection.

Planning a huge presentation or product launch in a massive converted warehouse space? Then you’re in need of a large venue projector rental, with its 5,000 or more lumens designed for projecting oversized images for big audiences. Whether you’re staging a trade show or a concert, large venue projectors can help create the excitement your event demands.

Don’t forget to equip your breakout spaces. If your next conference includes breakout sessions in smaller meeting rooms, our breakout room projection rentals allow your team to quickly and easily deliver information to participants. From slideshows and spreadsheets to short videos, these projectors help move along the discussion while giving your breakout session leaders the ability to disseminate information easily.

Aspect ratio

Aspect ratio is the geometry of the projected image, or the ratio between the width and height of an image. For quick and easy reference, the aspect ratio of a projector is displayed on the equipment itself, with the most common ratios being 4:3 and 16:9.

If your projection media includes video, the most important consideration for aspect ratio is the type of video you’re projecting. If your media is streaming or in widescreen, you’ll want to look for a widescreen projector that offers a 16:9 aspect ratio. When selecting projectors for PowerPoint presentations or video directly from a desktop or laptop, a 4:3 ratio is generally sufficient. While you can project media with a larger aspect ratio on a projector with a smaller aspect ratio, you will lose viewing quality as the projector shrinks or cuts off portions of the image.

Image resolution

Image resolution is the number of pixels used to create an image. You’ll need to find the resolution of your video or other display content. If you’re projecting from a computer screen, you can use the computer’s resolution as a guide for selecting your projector. For streaming TV or video, the resolution is identified using only the number of horizontal pixels followed by the letter ‘i’, such as 720i or 1080i, while recorded content uses the letter ‘p’, as in 1080p. Want to know more about image resolution? Check out our sister site’s recent post Is 4MP the Same as 4K?: And Other Questions about Image Resolution You’ve Been Dying to Have Answered.

For the best quality projection results, you should select a projector whose horizontal number is at least as high as that of the videos or images you want to view. Need to share high-resolution media? High definition projector rentals offer crisp and clear images at an impressive 1080p, important for events that include video, images, and presentation slides.

Brightness and Contrast

In the lingo of projectors, brightness is the amount of light your eyes perceive from a projected image. Conversely, contrast is the difference between the brighter and darker portions of that image. Brightness is typically measured in lumens. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the projection. Contrast is measured as a ratio of the brightest white and darkest black the projector is capable of producing. The greater the difference between the numbers in the ratio, the better the viewing experience.

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When thinking about the number of lumens and the amount of contrast you need from a projector rental, think about the lighting in your event space. If your projections take place in an entirely dark room, you may not need a high lumen projector. If you’ll have natural lighting coming into the space or have ambient lighting, you’ll need a brighter projector to help event attendees clearly view the media you’re sharing.

Top 10 Meeting and Event Destinations in the United States

Results are based on a supplier network of over 2,000 convention and visitors’ bureaus in the United States. Here are the top 10 cities based on 1,000 evaluated cities and 2,000 major metropolitan areas:

    1. Orlando, Florida
    2. Washington, DC
    3. Las Vegas, Nevada
    4. Miami, Florida
    5. Chicago, Illinois
    6. San Diego, California
    7. Phoenix, Arizona
    8. Atlanta, Georgia
    9. Dallas, Texas
    10. New Orleans, Louisiana

Still have questions?

Projector rentals are an ideal way to ensure that the information and images you want to share are seen by all attendees at your events. Making the right choice for your projector rentals can be the difference between muddled images and sending a clear message to your attendees. If you need guidance on the right projector for your next event, the experts at Rentourprojectors.com have a wide variety of projectors to meet the needs of your next event, conference, or project. Get a quote for all of your projector rental needs today!

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Sony Has A More Portable Version Of Their New Short Throw 4K Projector

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

sony ultra short throwWho doesn’t love a good movie or a good TV show? It’s always more enjoyable when you can view your movies or TV shows in pristine visual resolution. In case you’ve been living under a rock, there are new resolution rates that making watching movies or TV shows look like you’re at the movies, or even in the movies. For the longest time we’ve had the 720p and 1080p resolution rates as the standards at which we view our programs. Now we have 4K resolution, and it definitely looks remarkable. The only thing is that maybe you want to watch your programming on something other than your TV. This is where a 4K projector would come into play. The only problem is that Sony’s newest one,  shown off at CES earlier this year, is big and costs about as much as it looks like it would cost.

Luckily for us, they have developed a portable version of their new 4K Ultra Short Throw projector.

It’s Tiny

The newest 4K ultra short throw projector from Sony was shown off at CES 2014, and it looks incredible. The picture quality looks remarkable as well. The only setback, aside from the $50,000 price tag, is the fact that it’s very, very large. The projector itself looks like a very wide TV stand. Well Sony’s portable version is quite a bit smaller. The portable version of the 4K ultra short throw projector is roughly about the size of a box of Kleenex. It’s definitely a lot smaller than its predecessor, and to be honest, that makes it much more interesting to me personally. The features that it includes also give you a reason to look at it, and consider investing in it.

It’s Interactive

146920478That’s right. You can directly interact with the images that this projector displays. The projector itself beams a 23-inch image of whatever it is you’re viewing at the moment. It expands on something that was already looking really good with the larger version, as all of the images are still being displayed in stunning 4K resolution. These 4K images are also very interactive as you can stick it to your refrigerator door and have it display pictures or reminders that you can then move about with your finger. It can also connect wirelessly to your phone so that you can show photos directly from your phone and have the projector beam them out immediately. The interactive mode means that you can move the photos, or if you’re reading an article, magazine, or cooking recipe, you can “move” the pages as you need to.

So Why Get It?

It’s a lot smaller than the larger model that was shown off at the CES event earlier this year. It’s extremely portable, and it seems that portable projectors are getting more and more popular. This particular projector is also waterproof, so if you feel like watching a movie while relaxing in the tub, you can totally do that. It’s all really up to you once you invest in this projector. The 23-inch display isn’t a bad screen size considering the size of the actual device. No price has been given on the new portable version of this projector, but something tells me that it won’t be in the $50,000 range like its larger counterpart. It could definitely be a good investment for recreational purposes, or even for smaller business meetings where you want to make things a bit more interactive.

No matter which way you look at it, 4K is still doing everything it can to make sure it shows up in your life somehow. If you’re looking for a projector, why not get a portable one, especially one that’s short throw in 4K. Sony just might be onto something here.

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What Makes A Projector Practical These Days?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

projectorI don’t care what type of technology you use or what you are into. We can all agree on something; we’re not going to go out of our way to purchase new tech devices unless we can see ourselves using them. There has to be a level of practicality to the devices that we use. We NEED to have a reason to buy it. There has to be something that the device offers that makes us want to buy it. It’s pretty easy to justify the purchase of laptops, tablets, computers, and even smartphones. We tend to use these devices every day. Some things that you may not think of in terms of practicality are projectors. They too have to be useful in more ways than one these days.

Is Your Projector Practical?

Obviously if you have a projector, you know that you’ve bought it for a reason. You want to make sure that you can view your images and videos on a larger display. If you have one at your office, you more than likely use it for business meetings to talk about projected sales and need it to make sure everyone can see the images in the meeting clearly. They all have the basic function, but there usually has to be a bit more to makes sure that consumers want to buy it. Even today, most business want a bit more from their projectors than just throwing the image on the closest wall. Does your projector do more than that? If not, you may want to look at other options just to see what you’ve been missing out on.

Internet Access and Hotspots

There’s a lot that could be considered useful when talking about projectors. All things considered could be the reason why you decide to purchase your projector. Yes, short-throw and 4K projection are all nice things, but they are very specific bonuses. What about the projectors that offer you more? There are projectors that offer you internet access and even access to apps. That’s right. There are projectors out there that you can watch Netflix and Hulu on right now. Obviously, this is more of a relaxed consumer benefit, but still a very nice practical addition to any projector. There is a ZTE projector that projects at 1080p but also doubles as a mobile hotspot thanks to Sprint. This projector is what I would call practical. Always having access to internet usage is something that EVERYONE can get behind. We are a society that has to stay connected nowadays. That’s just how we are now

It All Helps Make Your Decision Easier

Projectors cost money just like everything else. If you’re going to rent yours for some type of event, meeting, or convention, you’re going to want something that you can be proud of. You’re going to want to get your hands on the projector that is going to be just as practical as it is effective. Simply by looking at the extra features and seeing what would be beneficial to have could help make your decision making so much easier. Are you going to need the internet access and app usage? Are you going to need the mobile hotspot functionality? Perhaps you just need something that’s short-throw or ultra high resolution output. All of these factors are going to determine how practical your projector is/will be. It is all a matter of opinion, but just remember; ALL projectors project images, but they’re not all made the same.

I, just like everyone else, want my technology to be practical. When I think of a projector that is able to work and give me a mobile hotspot for internet access as well, I feel like I found a projector that is worth checking into. Practicality is key.

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Sony’s New Projector Turns Walls Into 4K Displays

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

One of the newest and most impressive additions to Sony’s line of projectors in the new 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector, which is able to turn any wall in your office or home into an incredible 4K display. This projector is part of Sony’s new Life Space UX line. One of the most convenient features it has, which also separates it from the rest of the projectors on the market, is that it is made to be placed directly next to the wall that it will be projecting onto. That way, it won’t take up any awkward space in the middle of the room and will come off as more of a decoration piece, or maybe an air filter… or something.

The projector uses a laser light source to project a screen size of up to 147 inches. The actual unit will measure 43.3″ x 10.4″ x 21.1″. It comes equipped with 4 HDMI ports so that you can connect just about anything you could even think of. It’s a little bit on the big side, but it has a lot of nice features, and with it being such a short throw projector, it doesn’t really matter that much what it looks like. It also eliminates the need for any other type of display in the room, resulting in a more modern, organized and professional look overall.

The new, super futuristic, super short throw projector is going to be released this summer. The cost of owning one is going to be through the roof, a whopping $40,000.

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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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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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