How to choose the best projector under $400?
You start by ticking the price box, then the features follow. Some projectors fit the bill for classroom and office use while others don’t. If you want to watch Netflix, there are some specifically made to fit this need. If also you want a mixture of cinema and presentation flexibility, you can get that as well. More information on this is provided below.
The display technology you will encounter will come in two forms, namely digital light processing (DLP) and liquid crystal display (LCD). As for the defining factor for DLP projectors, they all use micromirrors and a spinning color wheel to project images.
Also typical for DLP projectors is a lighter and more compact body. Higher contrast is also to be expected of top-notch DLP projectors. Finally, 3D capabilities can as well be achieved with DLPs.
As for the downsides, there is sometimes a rainbow effect where users see rainbow-colored stripes on some objects when they happen to look away from the projected screen. This is in addition to uneven brightness in the image. Also, light colors are almost always stronger than their dark counterparts. Finally, color transitions can be a bit of a problem.
LCD images are quite sharp with richer colors. Color transitions are quite uniform. Also, the device is composed of no moving parts and, as such, is quiet in operation. Users may as well dislike their bulkiness and poorer contrast.
If your projector is brighter, it will tend to produce more visible images even when there is a lot of ambient light. The manufacturer of the Anker Nebula Capsule D4111111 knows that the tool doesn’t produce as much brightness and therefore advises people to use it in darker rooms. A projector like the YABER Y21 can be the go-to option if you only need to use it in bright scenarios.
As for contrast, a higher ratio is better at providing more defined images. A product like the ViewSonic PA503W will do better than the Epson EX3260 since the former has a ratio of 22,000:1 while the EX3260 offers only a 15,000:1 ratio.
For a professor teaching a class, crisper, clearer images may not always be needed to get the message across. Text is one of the most significant parts of their presentations, and hence SVGA (800×600) resolution may be enough for them. However, there is no denying that lower resolution will lower the quality of the experience for movie watchers. Of course, the YABER Y21 above makes a significant case for itself for movie watchers.
Accounting for the distance between where you plan to place the projector and the screen is the mark of an intelligent buyer as well. For smaller rooms, a shorter minimum throw distance is essential, or else you won’t get to see the images clearly. If you want to place the projector much farther away, the maximum throw distance should guide you accordingly.
The Anker Nebula Capsule D4111111 has a maximum screen size of 100 in, which is understandable, mainly due to its small form factor. However, it might not be suitable for a large lecture hall, which is where devices like the Epson EX3260 that can cover a 350 in. screen comes in. Of course, ideal screen sizes needed are dependent on the user as well.
Permanently mounting a projector will mean selecting either a wall or the roof as the mounting position. Of course, if you choose a roof mount, you need to account for making adjustments as well. Suppose you can do that with a remote that is all well and good. However, if you can’t, it may present a problem. Various projectors can be mounted on tripods as well, so make sure to contrast all available options.
Ease of use
The projector being a machine is meant to make your work easier. Some projectors don’t live up to this billing from the image adjustments to the zoom ratio and connections. The best projector in this regard simplifies your work so much more when used. As for the Anker Nebula Capsule D4111111, it may fall short since the smartphone app can be buggy at times.
Portability is not a factor if you are installing the projector permanently. Nonetheless, some individuals may need to move from class to class or from boardroom to boardroom with their projector. Being lightweight, compact, easy to set-up, and easy to carry would help them a great deal.
Another feature that helps users a lot is a long-term warranty. Whether the warranty covers repairs or replacements is something you should be sure of before picking a projector model. You may also find that certain parts are not covered under warranty as well. If you know what these parts are, it prevents you from being blindsided by expenses at a later date.
Coming across an extra projector feature is not uncommon. However, you should establish its usefulness to you as well. Something like Bluetooth compatibility may not work for you, depending on the devices you connect to the projector alongside how you use it. Another feature that may or may not work for you is an inbuilt speaker. There are countless other examples of unique features as well.