Cast a Giant Shadow

Aaron Marinari, senior product manger, projectors at Epson believes that what a user ultimately needs depends largely on a customer's presentation requirements. "A few good questions to consider when looking for a projector are, in what type of environment will the projector be used? Will it be used in a large conference room? Will it be used mainly for travel? If so, will the projector's weight be an issue? Will the projector be installed in a conference room or auditorium for permanent use?," he asked. "What to look for in key features will be different depending on each customer purpose of use." Generally, when choosing any projector, a few key basic features are essential. According to Marinari, brightness, color accuracy, color saturation, ease-of-use, reliability, and after-the-sale support are the most important features.

Toshiba TDP-MT8U DLP projector
Toshiba's new TDP-MT8U high definition DLP projector features a second-generation, high brightness/high contrast HD2 DLPchip from Texas Instruments and is geared toward the home theater market and HDTV.
In addition to those factors -- which are important no matter what size unit you choose -- for most, small size along with compatibility with the formats of the future like HDTV are desirable traits. To prove that smaller is better, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division recently announced its newest Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector, the XD20A Mini-Mits weighing in at only three pounds and still providing 1,000 lumens of brightness. It is targeted for business and personal use. "Its small form factor, excellent contrast ratio and brightness make it a great projector for a road-warrior's everyday presentation needs as well as personal video viewing or gaming applications during down time," said James Chan, Director of Projector Product Marketing, Mitsubishi Presentation Products Division. If the ability to project high definition is important, Toshiba's new TDP-MT8U high definition DLP projector is ready for your feed. Its second-generation, high brightness/high contrast HD2 DLP chip from Texas Instruments provides 1280 x 720 pixels with 16:9 high-definition video and still images. DTV compatibility and features like advanced picture-in-picture (enabling display of up to 4 simultaneous sources simultaneously) and seamless source switching capabilities may not be important now, but they will be when you need these features in the future like when video conferencing gets even more popular.

When it comes to large boardrooms and venues Epson's Marinari believes that brightness and resolution are most important. "The larger the facility in which you will be presenting, the number of lumens required increases. And, if you're presenting graphs, detailed charts and spread sheets with small figures, you will require higher resolution for added precision," he said. "In general for boardrooms and classrooms, you'll need a brightness level up to 5,000 ANSI lumens while for larger auditoriums you'll need higher brightness levels ranging from 5,000 up to 17,000 ANSI lumens."