At first glance, all mini projectors look quite identical, but their specifications may vary remarkably. So, to get the right deal, it’s better to do your research. We dived in to see what exactly should be taken into consideration while buying mini projectors and came up with this guide.
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1. Contrast Ratio
In layman’s language contrast ratio is the difference between the dark and light areas on a screen. To calculate this number, the darkest and the brightest portion is compared for luminosity. This ratio is affected by several factors like screen quality and ambient light. However, for beginners, you should look for a product with a higher contrast ratio.
Just like the cameras, projectors also uses the term “resolution” to represent its picture quality. Higher resolution means the picture is going to be crisp, clear and accurate. If you are planning to project graphs, charts, and videos, it’s essential to find a projector with higher resolution. For a mini projector resolution equal to or above 854*480 px is considered decent. While it’s not quite full HD, it allows a great playback. So, look for resolution equal to or above this threshold.
3. Ease of use
The initial setup of a projector can get tricky and may need some technical assistance. Fortunately, portable projectors makes the installation process easier than ever. Getting a projector with wireless capabilities (in addition to the standard HDMI port) can make your life much easier. Make sure it supports a higher bandwidth as to minimize the latency when projecting your screens wirelessly.
Furthermore, projectors powered by fully-fledged operating systems, like Android, can be a material bonus. It simply enables a whole slew of configurations and allows for new features, along with hot patches, to be introduced via software updates.
4. Throw distance and positioning
A projector supports one of these three throw distances – long-throw, short-throw, and ultra-short-throw. Mini projector support either short throw or ultra-short throw.
Short-throw allows the distance between the projector and screen to be anywhere in between 3 to 8 feet (for a full image). The ultra-short-throw gives 0 to 4 feet distance (it’s is best for table projecting). You will have to measure the average distance you will want to place your projector to figure out which is most suitable for you.
The amount of brightness you require is determined by the room you are projecting in. For instance, when you are projecting in larger rooms with windows and brighter light, higher lumen is needed. However for working in dark and even low-lit rooms, lower ANSI lumens of brightness will work fine.
6. Battery capacity
The whole idea of buying a mini projector is to have something portable. And, portability comes with a good built-in battery. Make sure you are buying a projector that can at least project a full movie without recharging. So that you don’t have to carry the charging device around every time.
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Written by Barbara Wintergreen