Projector Blog: Benefits of a projector over a TV

Projector Blog: Benefits of a projector over a TV

The pro’s and Con’s of a projector vs a television

A common comparison of a large TV and a projector. Which should you choose? What are the major differences?

The Pro’s of projector vs a TV

The biggest difference is size. A projector will give you a massive 100+” image. Many people use 120” and even 140” images. Although a 75” TV sounds like it is only a little bit smaller being a diagonal measurement is makes a whole lot of difference with every inch increase. The bottom line is the projector give you’re a more immersive picture filling your field of view making for better entertainment.

For the same reason people go to a cinema for the big screen big sound no interuptions experience a projector offers the scale which makes the movie or sporting even a little more special larger than life.

What are the con’s of a projector vs a TV?

There is a little bit more setup initially if you are installing it on the ceiling. You would have to cable it up if you are after a screen and the big home theatre speakers that would have to be added as well. Many people are saving on the accessories by getting a basic sound bar as the speaker system and projecting onto a white wall.

Light is the major consideration. Although modern projectors do not need a pitch black room they will benefit from a decent set of curtains and a dimmed down room. Though not many people sit down to a movie at noon with all the house light on, this is the major drawback of projectors where you have to have a little bit of light control.

 

EB-536Wi

EB-536Wi

The EB-536Wi delivers superior-quality images and a host of additional features as standard to give users more for their money. Ideal for classrooms or small meeting rooms, this projector can be wall or ceiling mounted. It also includes a range of interactive features, including a fast-syncing pen for precise writing, which are available to use straight out of the box.

High-quality image

Complete with our 3LCD technology, the EB-536Wi displays superior-quality, bright images with more accurate colours. The image can be seen even in brightly-lit rooms thanks to an equally high white and colour light output. Image detail is clear thanks to a high contrast ratio and our new short throw lens means sharper images and improved focus.

More value for your money

The lamp in the EB-536Wi now lasts up to 10,000 hours in eco mode. The projector even conserves power during presentations by automatically adjusting the light output depending on the content. The A/V mute function pauses the presentation and dims the lamp by 70% to conserve energy while the projector is not in use. The projectors’ built-in 16w speaker means audio content can be played directly through the projector, without the need for additional external speakers. The microphone input transforms the projector into a PA system, meaning presenters can be easily heard in a classroom environment.

Easy to use interactivity

Driverless installation and auto calibration makes setting up the EB-536Wi quick and easy. The EB-536Wi features dual pen capability, meaning two users can annotate across the entire screen area simultaneously using separate attributes1. The interactive pens are now also faster-syncing and more accurate for smooth, precise writing. Easy Interactive Tools software provides users with a wide-range of interactive features.

Key Features

  • Exceptional image quality: Epson’s 3LCD technology displays brighter images and more accurate colours
  • Equally high white and colour light output: Screen can be seen clearly even in brightly-lit rooms
  • Clearer detail: Increased contrast ratio of 16,000:1
  • Short throw ratio frees up workspace: Projects a larger image in a shorter distance
  • Longer lamp life means low TCO: 10,000 hours in eco mode / 5,000 hours in normal mode
Epson 695wi Interactive finger-touch projector

Epson 695wi Interactive finger-touch projector

With a brightness of 3,500 lumens and HD-readyWXGA resolution, the EB-695Wi’s ultra-short-throw design allows you to present large images from a very short distance with minimised shadows and glare. This projector offers ultimate interactivity by combining finger-touch with dual pen capability. A 14,000:1 contrast ratio and HDMI input mean that students benefit from sharp, clear images.

High brightness and image quality

Epson’s 3LCD technology ensures high-quality images with equally high White and Colour Light Output for vivid colours and bright images, even in daylight, and three times brighter colours than leading competitive projectors1. With a scalable display size of up to 100 inches, two types of content can be displayed using the split-screen without compromising on quality.

Finger-touch and dual pen

Use your fingers to annotate directly onto the screen. Epson’s interactive pens are now even more responsive and easy to use. With the new dual pens, teacher and student or two students can work simultaneously using different attributes.

Highly reliable

Project for longer with improved reliability and a longer lamp life of up to 10,000 hours in eco mode.

Interact and enhance learning

Multi-PC projection software allows teachers and students to share content simultaneously. The moderator function allows teachers to remain in control, choosing what content to display. Combine two projectors to create one large interactive display. Split-screen capability allows teachers to display two separate types of content simultaneously, such as a lesson plan from a PC and a still image or video clip from a document camera.

Optional wireless capability

Wirelessly display content easily from a range of smart devices and Google Chromebooks using our iProjection App2.

Key Features

  • Up to 100-inch display and outstanding quality: HD-ready WXGA resolution with Epson 3LCD technology
  • Finger-touch and dual pen: Use your fingers to annotate directly onto the screen
  • Highly Reliable: Improved reliability and a longer lamp life
  • Multi-screen interactivity: Combine two projectors to create one large interactive display
  • Wireless Connectivity (Optional): Allows content to be shown from a range of devices
EB-685Wi UST Projector description.

EB-685Wi UST Projector description.

This projector offers superb interactivity thanks to its dual pen capability. With a brightness of 3,500 lumens and HD-ready WXGA resolution, the EB-685Wi’s ultra-short-throw design allows you to present large images from a very short distance with minimised shadows and glare. A 14,000:1 contrast ratio and HDMI input mean that students benefit from sharp, clear images.

High brightness and image quality

Epson’s 3LCD technology ensures high-quality images with equally high White and Colour Light Output for vivid colours and bright images, even in daylight, and three times brighter colours than competitive projectors1. With a scalable display size of up to 100 inches, two types of content can be displayed using the split-screen without compromising on quality.

Dual pen

Epson’s interactive pens are now even more responsive and easy to use when annotating directly on screen. With the new dual pens, teacher and student or two students can work simultaneously using different attributes.

Highly reliable

Project for longer with improved reliability and a longer lamp life of up to 10,000 hours in eco mode.

Interact and enhance learning

Multi-PC projection software allows teachers and students to share content simultaneously. The moderator function allows teachers to remain in control, choosing what content to display. Combine two projectors to create one large interactive display. Split-screen capability allows teachers to display two separate types of content simultaneously, such as a lesson plan from a PC and a still image or video clip from a document camera.

Optional wireless capability

Wirelessly display content easily from a range of smart devices and Google Chromebooks using our iProjection App2.

Key Features

  • Up to 100-inch display and outstanding quality: HD-ready WXGA resolution with Epson 3LCD technology
  • Dual-pen annotation: Two users can annotate at once using the included pens
  • Reliable: Improved reliability and a longer lamp life
  • Multi-screen interactivity: Combine two projectors to create one large interactive display
  • Wireless Connectivity (Optional): Allows content to be shown from a range of devices
A Comparison of Different Epson Short Throw Projectors

A Comparison of Different Epson Short Throw Projectors

The Epson short throw projector has become one of the most famous projectors that are used in classrooms and offices. Being a rather popular brand, Epson has a number of models available in the market. The following list of Epson short throw projectors has been collated to offer you the basic comparison of the different projector models available at present.

Why Epson Has Become a Popular Brand

With a classroom-friendly design, these ultra-short throw projectors blend in with their surroundings, even when they have been mounted on the wall. Other advantages of the range of Epson short throw projectors are that they are non-blinding, even when you stand directly in front of the screen, and that they help significantly in reducing shadow interference. In fact, these projectors can also project vertically downward.

Epson interactive projector

List of Epson Short Throw Projectors

The Epson EB-530

The EB-530 delivers superior-quality images and a host of additional features as standard to give users more for their money. Ideal for classrooms or small meeting rooms, this projector can be wall or ceiling mounted or placed on a table close to the wall to free-up more workspace.

The Epson EB-575We

This is an ultra-short throw model that is perfect for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) classroom of today. The Epson EB-575We delivers dynamic images and has a great widescreen WXGA resolution. The projector features 2700 lumens of colour brightness and white brightness, has a longer lamp life (up to 10,000 hours on ECO mode), includes a 16W built in speaker, and can be controlled remotely.

This projector makes it very easy for people to share lessons, and the moderator software available with it helps you share, manage, control, and even compare work from different devices at the same time. You can connect up to 50 devices in one go on the projector.

The Epson EB-575Wie

The EB-575Wie Epson short throw projector is an interactive product that also offers simultaneous dual-pen functionality. It allows the teachers and the students to add notes at the same time. The pen design also includes selectable function side buttons that allow you to control the projector functions, like switching sources, volume control, etc. The projector comes with Multi-PC projection software that lets up to 50 devices connect to the projector. There is also a moderator function that helps manage and control the displayed images.

Similar to the EB-575We, the EB-575Wie also features 2700 lumens of colour brightness and white brightness, long lamp life, and a 16W built in speaker.

The Epson EB-585Wi

The EB-585Wi is another popular interactive ultra-short throw projector by Epson. This one is equipped with 3,300 lumens white brightness and colour brightness, offering better and brighter images. The projector is also equipped with the latest and most enhanced PC interactive software and features an intuitive user interface and enhanced interactive features.

This model too comes with the simultaneous dual pen functionality where the pen has selectable function side buttons. This projector too can connect with up to 50 devices at a time.

The Epson EB-595Wi

The Epson EB-595Wi is the world’s first 3 LCD, touch-enabled, interactive projector. With its touch and pen-based interactivity, the projector takes kinaesthetic learning to a new level. It is very simple to draw and collaborate via familiar and intuitive gestures. This projector too has dual pen functionality and can incorporate gestures from up to 6 fingers.

The Moderator software allows simultaneous sharing of work via multiple devices, and offers 3300 lumens of colour brightness and white brightness.

How to Avoid Buying Fake Projectors Online

How to Avoid Buying Fake Projectors Online

In this day and age, it is not uncommon to encounter fake products, so it’s no surprise that there now exists a market for counterfeit projectors and projector bulbs. These projectors are very convincing replicas in all aspects, apart than the actual functioning side of things!

While shopping for projectors online, it is imperative that customers make purchases from reputable projector websites and not from sites such as eBay or Amazon. These websites make it far too easy for sellers of fake products to get their products online and make money from inexperienced buyers.

The sad truth is that you might not know that the product you purchased is a fake until it arrives at your door, and by then it turns into a lot of hassle to try and return your product and get a refund. The internet is full of scam artists eager to make a quick buck.

To avoid something like this happening to you, there are a few things that you can look out for when buying a projector online. Here are our top 6 tips to consider when buying a projector:

The Price

If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Projectors are not cheap products to purchase as they contain complicated technology that cannot be reproduced easily or cheaply. There is a constant R&D process behind the technology to ensure that the best products get to the market.

It’s a red flag when you read a product description for a projector with 1000 lumens priced for €100. This is impossibly cheap and not real, and if this was the actual case, then the seller would be losing hundreds of euros with every sell. On top of this, we can pretty much guarantee you that this projector does in fact not have 1000 lumens and will have a very dull image with low resolution.

The Reviews

Read the product reviews. In this day and age, consumers are running rampant with reviewing products and services. A simple and quick way to see if a product is counterfeit is to read the reviews from previous buyers. If you see a lot of complaints and negative comments on a product, it’s probably not the real deal and you should steer clear.

If you have already purchased a projector that you suspect is a fake product, there are a few tell-tale signs you should look for:

Fixed Focus

A lot of Amazon and eBay products state they have fixed focus. Although this sounds like a positive descriptor, what it actually means is that the projector needs to be an exact distance away from the projector screen for it to be in focus. If it is any closer or further away, then you have a blurry image. This is not an ideal situation if you have a limited amount of space for the projector.

Cost

If the price of the projector is less than €100, then forget about it. Even a low quality, low lumen projector will still begin to retail at around €150.

Warning Signs

Not only are fake projectors bad quality, but they are also extremely dangerous. If you read a product description for a fake projector that says ‘turn off after 2-3 hours to avoid overheating’, this is a huge red flag. This is the company warning you that this machine is prone to overheating and possibly catching fire. Remember that these products are made with the cheapest in materials and are not reliable when it comes to safety.

On top of counterfeit projectors being dangerous and unreliable, there is also no guarantee attached to a projector bought from eBay or Amazon like there would be when purchasing from reputable companies such as Lightmeup.ie who are accredited and experienced Epson resellers. Epson states that their products are “covered by warranty against defects in workmanship and materials when operated under normal use and handling conditions, as indicated in the product documentation”.

The best way to avoid fake projectors entirely is to ensure you are purchasing your products from a reputable source. And although Amazon and eBay are great for purchasing everyday products and services, when it comes to technology, you should be careful who you trust.

At LightMeUp.ie, we pride ourselves in being able to give our customers the very best products, and the very best service. We are also specialists in the maintenance and servicing of all makes and models of projectors, so when you buy from us, we will always be by your side to help with any issue that might arise. We offer a 4-hour response time to calls within the Dublin region.  And for all other calls outside of Dublin, we offer next day servicing.

Shop online for Epson projectors here or contact us today at sales@lightmeup.ie for more information.

Call our #TeamLMU at 01 4097034 for a consultation if you are not sure what projector will fit your needs.  There are short throw, ultra-short throw (interactive projectors), medium throw and long throw projectors.  Some are mobile, some can be ceiling or wall mounted and the lumens strength is a key factor in determining the right solution for the space required to ensure it’s fit for purpose.

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