The main thing that makes TFT and Plazma more in style than projectors is the high cost of substitute lamps. Nonetheless, a projector can produce a much bigger image and with modern LCOS and DLP displays a superior image in lots of cases.
Traditionally projectors have used Ultra High pressure lamps and this is the problem! UHP Lamps cost between 2 and 4 hundred to replace. They usually have a average life span of 2,000 hours, produce a LOT of warmth and use a lot of electricity, so the cost of running a projector might be quite considerable.
However, emerging onto the Market now are projectors that use LED lamps, offering a superior 20-forty,000 hours of lamp life, a a lot lighter energy usage and lots less heat! Not only that, due to the lower warmth, LED projector require less cooling and so, the projector may be made lots smaller and lighter.
The primary wave of LED projectors had been launched a few years ago, largely in pocket size, pico format, but they did not impress, with lumen scores as low as 8 lumens, they were useless in all however a “pitch dark” room. LED projectors at the moment are evolving fast and getting brighter by the month, in truth, Casio now produce an LED/Lazer projector with a full 2,500 lumens of light!
Nonetheless it is the Pico projector market that interests me, extremely portable projectors are great for “on the go” presentations and places the place a fixed system is just not an option. The primary Pico projectors have been, more or less, useless, but now, they’re really getting some fairly usable specifications and I am certain the future lies here.
A pocket measurement projector that may throw a 100+ inch screen is a lot more convenient that transporting a screen or monitor, it is also great for smaller offices and occasional residence cinema, however what projector do you go for?
In steps European Company MicroJekt with it’s popular LED mini projector range, with up to 150 lumens of light and high Quality LCOS shows, the issue is solved! a hundred and fifty lumens might not sound a lot, however I’m more than proud of the results of my MicroJekt Classic LED projector. It has a new type RGB LED lamp and produces very crisp clean images, It might probably manage 50 inches in ambient light and up to one hundred twenty” in a darker environment, from a very small package. It also has a built in USB host and SD reader that can play motion pictures and presentations directly from an SD card, USB stick or USB hard disk, a very handy feature.
Microjekt projectors offer reasonable quality, but are a little bit cheaper than other brands, though providing more feature and brightness. The Microjekt Basic LED pico is about the identical measurement and weight because the Acer Pico, however boasts 50 lumens more light and loads more features. A good friend of mine has a Microjekt 35 lumen pocket power, again a real pocket size projector, in darker environments that is quite spectacular too, however nonetheless a bit of a “large boys toy”, the traditional is a more sensible choice for critical use.
If you are thinking of shopping for a projector, then consider the running costs and track down the latest LED fashions, they are more than just toys lately! I am certain that as LED technology continues to develop, we are going to see the projector make an enormous comeback, with much a lot lower running costs, they offer an attractive different to Plazma and TFT screens.