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.

Projector in a large auditorium

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.

Event planner with audio visual

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.

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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What Will Projectors Be Like In The Future?

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

178800526 (2)Technology slows down for no man, and it shouldn’t. We are developing new ideas and concepts at such an alarming rate that it would be almost idiotic for it to slow down for society. Society moves fast anyway, so it would make sense for the advancements in our tech to move at the same speed. We’ve seen the tablets, the smartphones, the computers, and the smartwatches. What about the projectors? What about the projectors that are going to be available for recreational use, and not just for office meetings? There is a lot changing and developing with the new projector technology. Whether it be 4K, short throw, holograms, interactive, or even higher functioning pico and portable projectors, we have a lot to look forward to with the new technology.

While we know that the projectors are looking towards the future, it does make one wonder, “what is the next step for projectors to push for?”

There are plenty of avenues open for projectors right now. They have a plethora of different realms that they can put more focus and funding towards. Though, just because you can spend money on something doesn’t mean that you should. Instead, developers should be focusing on what is going to generate the most revenue now so that they can put profits towards funding for the other ideals. If mobile projectors are going to bring in the most money right now, then that is where more funding should be going. Mind you though, there is a reason why I said mobile projectors.

Lets think for a second about the technology that we use every day. We use our laptops, smartphones, and tablets. These all fall into the category of mobile technology. Shouldn’t it only make sense that we bring the same idea towards the development of new projectors? Yes, 4K is nice, if you have a big enough screen for it (and the pockets for it). Holograms and Interactive projectors are always fun and entertaining, but also very costly to create and can be unresponsive. Short Throw projectors are good for a STRICTLY entertainment-only projector that is designated to be stationary. The more mobile projectors are where I feel there could be a lot more promise for companies.

With the use of the mobile projectors, you’ve entered the realm of other mobile technology that is on such a mass market area, it could bring in quite a profit. I never thought that tablets would catch on, but I was dead wrong. I know that mobile projectors could have the same type of effect. There are even some smartphones out there that are including projectors in them. This is where I see promise. This is where I can see the future happening. We have the incredible displays on our smartphones and tablets. Why not make the picture large enough for everyone to see? We have cameras on the backs of our devices. Why not add a projector? This can pave the way for pico projectors to be a more dominant version of projectors on the market as well. The idea is being mobile. We are always moving as a society, so why not add it to literally every tech device we have?

Almost everything tech related that we use is mobile today. Our game systems, our computers, and our phones, are all now basically one in the same. All inclusive in one device or more. I can only see this being the case for projectors in the near future. It would only make sense. Projectors are going to move and become more mobile with us, just like every other technology. It’s only a matter of time before we seem them available for purchase and rental on the mass market.

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The Philips Screeneo Projector May Be The Right Entry Level Projector For You!

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

screeneoIt’s ok to admit it, some of us don’t really like the idea of getting rid of that huge new heavy TV we just bought. After all, it’s supposed to be the centerpiece for your living room when you watch the game right? Here’s a fact though: that TV has a fixed viewing size, projectors don’t. Again, I know that the idea of replacing that beautiful TV with a projector may seem out of the question, but you don’t have to fear the change anymore! There are projectors out there that have been designed with people like us in mind. There are many makes and models out there,  and it can be confusing to differentiate between them on the basis of lumen count or bulb life. How can a newcomer make sense of all of that terminology?

Perhaps you’re familiar with the brand Philips? You may have one of their TVs in your house, but now they are making it easier to transfer to a projector. The Philips Screeneo projector might be exactly what you’re looking for if you’re a first time projector user.

Most people get turned off by the idea of a projector due to the fact that you normally have to have some special mounting involved. Then there is the issue of hiding the wires, should that be something that you want to do. All of that may add extra expense to the projector that you didn’t plan on. This is where this Philips Screeneo helps you out. For those of you that may not be familiar with the term “Short Throw”,  just know that it basically means “feature that saves me money”. Instead of needing to mount the Screeneo, all you need to do is place it on your TV stand and plug it in. You are pretty much ready to go. It throws the image upwards against the wall. These types of projectors are actually meant to be placed against the wall, getting rid of the hassle of mounting and hiding wires.

The output of this projector might not be the flashiest, but it will definitely get the job done. With a 720p resolution output, and a 50-inch display at 10 centimeters from the wall, you’re still going to have a pretty good result. Should you want to increase that size to 100 inches, all you need to do is scoot the device back to 45 centimeters from the wall. What’s better than having a TV whose screen size can be changed? The device also connects to many of the devices you may have at home. All you need to do is set up the screen orientation for each input, and you’ll be ready to go! The Screeneo is powered by Android software and comes with 4GB of storage built into the device. Built in Wi-Fi allows for web browsing on the projector itself. The addition of the SD slots mean that you can add additional storage when you need it and even upload onto the main storage deck. The built-in 26-watt speakers are also a nifty little touch to this projector.

Making the change between a TV and a projector can be difficult when you don’t know where to start or aren’t sure what you’re looking for. While this is a good entry level projector, it may be best to rent it before you buy it, seeing as how the $1,500 price tag is a bit steep.

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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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