Projector buying guide
No longer made just for office boardrooms or cinemas, projectors are perfect for displaying your favourite content either at home or on the move.This buying guide is here to help you understand the different types of projectors and the technology that is available. We’ve answered some key questions you may have about projectors, to help you decide which model is right for your needs.
Types of projection
There are two types of projector to suit different room sizes. Choose between long or short throw projectors depending on whether you need to display images in a large or small room.
What is a short throw projector?
What is a long throw projector?
Types of projector
Projectors come in different shapes and sizes for a variety of purposes, so we’ve split them down into their own groups - Home Cinema Projectors, Portable Projectors, Office Projectors, All in One Projectors and Compact Projectors.
What is a home cinema projector?
What is a portable projector?
What is a office projector?
What is an all in one projector?
What is a compact projector?
Simply put, this is how many pixels the projected image is made up of. Generally, the higher the number of pixels, the more detailed the picture quality will be.
What are the different resolutions available for projectors?
Full HD - 1920 x 1080
HD Ready - 1280x720
WXGA - 1280 x 800
XGA - 1024 x 768
SVGA - 800 x 600
WVGA - 800 x 480
The number of lumens relates to the brightness of the projected image. The higher the lumen count, the brighter the image will be.
I want to use a projector in a well-lit room - what is the minimum lumen count I should look for?
Projectors can connect to set top boxes, Blu-ray players and streaming devices, as well as laptops, tablets, phones and games consoles. Enjoy enhanced audio by connecting sound bars, speakers or headphones.
What can I connect to a HDMI connection?
What can I connect to a VGA connection?
What can I connect to a USB connection?
What can I connect through the 3.5mm audio connection?
What is Bluetooth audio?
The aspect ratio refers to the shape of the image displayed.
- 4:3 – standard PC monitor
- 16:9 – widescreen TV
- 16:10 – slightly wider than a TV, cinema style image
Older films and TV shows are often in different ratios than contemporary widescreen ones, and many projectors can display multiple aspect ratios – perfect for viewing content filmed in different ways.