Finding Your Ideal Projector

Finding your ideal projector is an easy yet difficult matter. In a way, it is almost like finding Mr or Ms Right. It really can vary from one person to other. Some people may find it easy while others take it very tough. Sure thing is if you pick up the wrong ones, you might as well end up with a lifetime regret. The same goes for projector. Your ideal projector doesn’t neccesarily makes the same ideal for other consumers. While the finding process definitely takes time because you will need to do some research on those technical jargons on those spec sheets. Then, you may also want to explore further about the product features to see it they suit your needs, be it for business, education, small business, multimedia, or professional AV.

Meet Color Light Output

For those living most of their lives in and out with PowerPoint, PDFs, pictures, or anything to do with presentations, brightness is often the primary aspect to consider beside size when assessing projector's performance. However, things turn out to be not as it seems and there are more things you need to know about the lumens in the spec sheets. If anything, users should understand that indication of brightness actually has two different variables: white light output and color light output. As its name suggest, white light output defines how far the brightest white a projector can deliver whereas color light output measures projector's ability to deliver colors.

The term color light output itself only comes into light recently as there are increasingly number of full-color multimedia contents on today's applications. Then, comes the main question. How does it make any difference compared to the more popular white brightness standard? For one, you can expect more vibrant and balanced color reproduction. But most importantly, the color enhancement let users create overall greater impact and makes compelling content to viewers. While more color light output doesn't necessarily offer the same results for everyone, equal level of color and white light output ensures optimal visual experience. Particularly in education, medical, tourism, and corporate environment, it essentially matters to produce more faithful imagery, graphics-intensive data and color-critical contents.

Except if they do mention it in the specification sheet, there is no way for typical consumers to measure the color light output of a projector. Looking at numbers indicated as brightness level may only mislead you since it is very likely to be the white light output measurement. Nevertheless, if they do let you try or demonstrated the projector for you, pay attention especially to colorful images. If the white light output and color light output is on par or not much different, image will also look vivid, not just bright. In contrast, projectors with white brightness level higher than color brightness tend to project a very bright image but with dull colors. The lack of color brightness may also result in less accurate details as most graphics and imagery are more clearer in colors.

Leading in Innovations

Epson is among the first projector manufacturer to adopt and even promote the color light output standard with their 3LCD technology. To Epson's advantage, the three chip-based technology works by splitting the white light from sources into three different colors (red, green, blue) and recombining it in a special prism to be later projected on screen. As a result, image projections not only boast high brightness but also brilliant colors and accurate details. As a comparison, the DLP technology, which leverage on a single chip, contains milions of microscpic mirrors with rotating color wheel, generally produces muted colors because of rainbow effects (due to color displayed only sequentially by the wheel). Besides, users can also save more energy and thus costs with 3LCD-based projectors. A study by reveals that 3LCD projectors consumes 25% less energy per lumens per brightness than a DLP single-chip-based projector.

Likewise, Epson also continue to develop unique innovations and ground-breaking features to improve overall user experience while also allowing users to easily choose the ideal projector for their needs. One of the latest features is Epson iProjection App which is primarily designed to enable wireless projection from various mobile devices like smartphone or tablets. Say goodbye to complicated setup with tangled cables and meet the new way of sharing. Available for both Apple iOS dan Google Android platform, finding a way for your content to big screen is now only three steps away with this nifty app. Yet the best part is that you can download the app for free.

As for the business-oriented users who needs to do presentation on the go, Epson rolls out the world first real-time auto keystone correction feature. It is essentially designed to help automatically adjusts and aligns images both vertically and horizontally to fit your projection screen during set-up. Now you no longer have to fiddle around with the settings whenever you move the projector or when someone accidentally bumps into it. Of course, if you don’t feel up to it, you can also do the keystone manually.

In general, every projector has their own unique features but you may want to pay special attention to connectivity options available. If you intend to use the projector as second screen for presentation or sharing multimedia content, do look for standard I/O ports like D-Sub, HDMI, and USB 2.0. On the other hand, if you work in a wirelessly connected environment, LAN and wireless networking support may also be considered as priority.

Epson itself can be considered as one of early pioneer in projector industry. But what makes they different all these times is that they have a broad line up of projectors which brings the right high quality solution in every settings, from corporate, education, small business, home entertainment, to professional AV. But again, finding the ideal projector is a tricky business. If you want everything goes smooth, do take your time to at least look for references and match them with your requirements as well as budgets,