If you love movies you will love Althananius Kircher. Don’t know who Althananius Kircher is? Well we thought he was a movie star as well! Turns out he is the inventor of the concept of projection. He made it possible for us today to enjoy the movie theatre experience when watching movies from the comfort of our homes.
So having come this far from the days of shadow play, which (although no projection device was used), is widely regarded as the first step in projector development to magic lanterns and Althananius Kircher’s canvas screen, the evolution of the projector has been majestic to say the least.
Technology has done away with the bulky projectors of the 90s and in their place stand smaller sophisticated versions. In fact, we can go ahead to describe some of them as micro projectors.
When it comes to projectors, the issue to dwell on is the specifications over the options. Therefore, let us start off by looking at what should stand out in a projector to ensure it gives you optimum display.
The larger your space the brighter the projector needs to be. This is especially so if you will be dimming the lights or are in a poorly lit room. The brightness of a projector is measured in lumens. Therefore your projector should have higher lumens because your projector’s light disperses with increased distance.
This is the image clarity produced by the projector and most people look for high definition when buying a projector. Several factors come into play when considering a projector’s resolution. First, the resolution of the projector must be equal to your computer’s monitor. Keep in mind that generally laptops have a higher screen resolution than desktop’s monitors. So to ensure both are supported, invest in a projector with XGA resolution as opposed to SVGA.
The mounting should play a great role in the projector you acquire. If you confine yourself to one type of mounting you will be stuck with only that option. Virtually all projectors with an exception of about 4 LCD home theatre versions can be shelf mounted. A shelf mounted projector only needs an adjustable lens and nothing else too fancy. On the other hand, if you intend to mount your projector on to the ceiling, you need one with an inverted lens.
The difference between black and white on a screen is what is referred to as the contrast ratio. This means taking the darkest black and the brightest white and comparing the luminosity they create. This comparison gives you the contrast ratio. When you see the figure 5000:1 contrast ratio, it means the projector’s brightest white is 5000 times brighter than its darkest black.
Ease of use
Nothing takes the fun out of using a device like complicated maneuvers. That is why, when acquiring a projector one must consider the ease of use. Look for easy projection and easy set up so that you do not waste time trying to get it up and running in the first place.
For the hardcore home theatre enthusiasts, below is an array of state of the art projectors that will leave your wallet happy while at the same time giving you an even happier movie experience.
Fugetek LCD Video Movie Projector
The price tag on the fugeteck LCD video movie projector comes across as proportionate to the features it has, however for the quality you get you may realize it is a huge bargain. Registering 800×600 in resolution, it is compatible with 480i/p, 576i/p, 720i/p and 1080i/p resolutions. This wide range of compatibility means your projector can connect to nearly any gaming system.
Furthermore, with it’s 5’LCD technology you are guaranteed superior image clarity and the two speakers in built into the projector nullify the need to buy external speakers.
The fugeteck comes with a remote control and VGA, TV, HDMI, USB, AUDIO HDMI, VIDEO, S-VIDEO and Y/Pb/pr inputs. With the ability to throw images up to 18 feet, placing this projector next to the screen is a non issue.back to menu ↑
AAXA LED Pico Projector
Ever wanted a portable projector? The AAXA LED pico projector is the answer to your needs. The first response of most people when they hear of the AAXA’s size is to give it the side eye. You would be sadly mistaken to pass it up on account of that.
Its dimensions of 4.25”x2.36”x0.7 make it pocket portable. It is designed to take up as little room as possible while the LED projection ensures perfect picture clarity wherever you are. With a resolution of 960×540 pixels, this projector can project an image of up to 60 inches.
Despite its size, it conforms to the viewing format of 16.9 which guarantees such excellent picture you would be forgiven for thinking you are in a movie theatre.
In addition, it gives ample bright projection owing to the 25 lumen support it comes with. In fact, it functions exceptionally well in bad lighting because of this feature.
Another great feature of the AAXA is the battery life. With a battery life of 80 minutes, this little beast will allow you to watch your movie or presentation from start to finish. And if you need to view something on an external drive, it has a USB port that provides you connectivity to your PC without needing any additional software downloads. For an added advantage, it is also fitted with a micro SD card.back to menu ↑
Favi RioHD-LED-3T Home theatre projector
This projector is the epitome of quality and power. With a maximum Full HD resolution of 1920×1080, the favi RioHD-LED-3T offers the same resolution as an LCD TV. This translates to incredible picture clarity.
Add to that the option this projector has of viewing a movie between the viewing ratio of 16.9 or 4.3 and you are able to choose between seeing your picture in the box shaped screen or the letter box shape.
We are not done! The Favi RioHD-LED-3T can project a picture up to 250 inches. This is almost half the size of a standard movie theatre screen. Talk about a sure way to impress!
But most impressive of all its features is the use of an LCD instead of a DLP chip. This LCD chip utilizes white LEDs in place of the red, blue and green ones. The result is clear images devoid of the rainbow effect other projectors have.
Now put all these specs together and you have one of the best choices for a gaming projector.back to menu ↑
Taotaole Multimedia WXGA 720P HD LCD LED
The fact that this projector gives you a high native resolution of 1280×800 (guaranteed good quality picture) is already exceptional in itself. Other projectors that offer you such a high caliber of native resolution are far more expensive.
It offers more than enough brightness with 2600 lumens and 1500:1 contrast ratio. With this you are assured of good picture clarity.
When it comes to the size of the image projected, you are looking at anything from 50 to 200 inches. That is far bigger than the image on an average TV screen. It also comes fitted with HDMI, USB, AV and VGA ports and can support 1080i.
The best thing about the taotaole Multimedia WXGA 720P HD LCD LED is its ability to keystone. Keystoning is derived from the term keystone correction which is a feature that enables the projector to correct its picture when it encounters trapezoidal distortion.back to menu ↑
iDGLAX movie projector
Also known as the Dreamland DG-747, this projector offers good quality at every turn. While other projectors in this category are not built with durability in mind, this particular gem is synonymous with sturdiness and long life.
For example, its lamp can not only give you in excess of 5000 hrs usage time, it is also easily replaceable when needed.
It can take multiple connections at the same time and supports VGA and HDMI inputs. It is also mountable from the rear, front and ceiling.
It offers the full cinema feel with its adjustable screen options range from 80 inches to as big as 150 (However, 72 inches is the clearest). It is by far a cheaper and better investment than an LCD or Plasma TV.back to menu ↑
CiBest 2600 Lumens Portable LED projector
Not only is this projector energy saving, it is can run for hours at a time without being affected. Additionally, it has the awesome ability to face whatever direction you point it to. That quality makes it a great choice for people who have presentations all over the place.
Apart from being fitted with HDMI, USB, VGA and AV, it also supports 1080i/p. Further incredible features include a special LED bulb inside that enables one to project movies or presentations using all the trendy streaming devices available today.
When it comes to the resolution, the CiBest 2600 Lumens has the standard 800×480 resolution and a lamp that can power the LED lights for over 20,000 hours.
Notably, it can be flipped to whatever angle and will still project the picture properly. You can mount it from the front, rear or the ceiling.
It is compatible with every form of entertainment while at the same time being hardy and easily adaptable to any environment and external device.back to menu ↑
FastFox LED LCD Projector Lumen 2600
Seeking another portable option? The FastFox LED LCD projector 2600 comes into play. With everything coming into sharp focus because of the 800×600 resolution, it was designed to be easy to use and compatible with devices from smartphones to gaming gear.
With plenty of multimedia inputs including TV, HDMI, AV, YPbPr, VGA as well as USB ports and audio inputs, you can take advantage of the many playback options available and can connect this projector to your laptop, TV or USB.
In terms of mounting ability, the FastFox LED LCD projector 2600 is versatile. You can mount it on the ceiling, the shelf at the rear or front.
In addition, the brightness of this projector is where it derives its name Lumen 2600 from. Actually it uses the LED light projection to ensure you have clarity of picture and sufficient brightness for your presentation or movie, even in a poorly lit room,
One thing to note is that at a price range of below $200, you are likely to be shopping for micro projectors. But never fear! We are, after all, not promising the performance of a high end projector. Realistically a 4K projector is bound to offer more. However, what these gems can achieve is no mean feat considering they are very pocket friendly. You are assured of great image quality, long battery life and ease of use.
So as you work towards sating your thirst for a budget appropriate projector that can deliver quality visuals, we hope you find a lot of joy in one of the above powerhouses.