For most, the price plays an important role in the purchase decision. Some manufacturers offer their models in different price levels. The choice depends heavily on the technical specifications of the projector.
For example, the number of lumens and the contrast ratio differ from model to model. In the following paragraphs you will find useful tips on what to look out for when buying a projector for Gaming purpose.
The resolution with the projector
Newer projectors present very good image resolutions and can often keep up with the competition, the flat screen televisions. When it comes to resolution, there are various criteria that are relevant for the purpose of the projector.
Full HD stands for razor-sharp picture quality and is suitable for viewing Blu-ray discs. Projectors under 10000 with Full HD resolution usually have a maximum resolution of 1,920 × 1,080 pixels. Full HD projectors are the best projectors when a high-resolution video game is broadcast via connected game consoles such as Xbox, PlayStation and other.
HD ready stands for an image resolution of 1,280 × 780 pixels and is comparable to the resolution of televisions. Anyone who wants to watch high-resolution TV programs or DVDs with the projector is well served with an HD-ready projector.
4K projectors are the newest devices on the market. The “4” in 4K gaming resolution stands for four times the resolution than with full HD projectors. 4K projectors have a resolution of 4,096 × 2,160 pixels.
Projectors with an XGA resolution are among the outdated models, as the technology has long been obsolete. These projectors are still suitable for presentation purposes, to show pictures or simple videos.
There are also projectors with other resolutions such as SXGA (1,280 x 1,024 pixels) or UXGA (1,600 x 1,200).
The necessary connections
When looking for a projector you will come across the terms VGA and HDMI. A projector with a VGA connection can display a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. If you want to watch Blu-ray films, the projector needs either an HDMI connection or an HDCP-capable DVI-I / DVI-D connection. Alternatively, you can retrofit the projector with an adapter.
In addition to the resolution and the connections, you should pay attention to the brightness when buying a projector. In the product descriptions you will find the number of lumens that express the brightness value. Some manufacturers refer to this value as ANSI lumens. If you want to install your projector in very darkened rooms, in the garage or in the basement, a few hundred lumens are enough. If your home cinema is in the living room, you should choose a projector that has at least 1,000 ANSI lumens.
Type of projector
If you are looking for a new projector, you will come across the LCD and DLP projectors. But what’s the difference? An LCD projector is a beamer. These devices are characterized by strong colors and razor-sharp images. However, LCD projectors have one major disadvantage: black contours are visible between the individual pixels. We are talking about the “fly screen” here.
In contrast to the LCD projector, the DLP projector stands out with its high image contrasts. The response time is also faster compared to an LCD projector. In addition, DLP projectors are less prone to errors than LCD projectors. However, the so-called “rainbow effect” can occur with the DLP projector. Some of the images appear washed out, which tarnishes the home theater atmosphere.
There are sometimes considerable price differences between the DLP and LCD projectors. As a rule, LCD projectors are much cheaper than DLP projectors.
As with household appliances, you can find the volume for projectors in decibels in the product data. When specifying the volume, the manufacturers assume the normal mode. Some list the values in economy mode.
What is the optimal volume for the projector? A volume of 20 decibels is tolerable for a home theater. Projectors with a volume of 50 decibels disturb unnecessarily at the evening of movies. You should also use a projector that stays below 50 decibels for professional presentations.
Well-known manufacturers and brands at a glance
If you are looking for a projector today, you can hardly get past well-known brands such as BenQ or Epson. There are a number of unknown manufacturers who have established themselves in the market in recent years, but the big Asian companies continue to dominate it. We introduce four well-known manufacturers and brands:
Epson: Seiko Epson KK is a Japanese company that is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of printers, scanners, projectors, digital circuits, cameras, and LCD components. It was founded in 1942 and is based in Suwa, Nagano Prefecture. According to its own information, Epson employs more than 70,000 people and generates annual sales of around 8 billion euros.
BenQ: The BenQ Corporation is a Taiwanese supplier of high-tech products based in Taipei. According to its own information, the company employs over 2,000 people worldwide and focuses on information and entertainment technology products, including projectors, monitors, and keyboards. The company was founded in 1984.
LG: The LG Group is a conglomerate from South Korea with headquarters in Seoul. In Germany and Austria, the group is known under its subsidiary LG Electronics. LG was founded in 1947 by Koo In-hwoi. According to its own information, the group employs more than 225,000 people and generates annual sales of around 105 billion euros.
Acer: The Acer Group is a Taiwanese computer company based in Taipei. It was founded in 1976 by Stan Shih under the name “Multitech” and was only given its current name in 1987. The company specializes in the production of PCs, notebooks, monitors, and projectors. According to its own information, it employs more than 7,000 people and generates annual sales of around 9.5 billion euros.