Types of Projectors for Projection Success

Projecting Success: Types of Digital Projectors and When to Use Them | HTR

Projectors have been around for years. In fact, William George Horner created one way back in 1834 but it could only play a series of photos. Types of digital projectors have come a long way since then. 

Now you can use them for meetings, home theater systems or in schools to aid education. But what kind of projector should you use? Since there are so many different types now, it can be a bit overwhelming. 

We have broken down a few of the most popular type so you can figure out what's right for you. 

Most Popular Types of Digital Projectors

DLP: Digital Light Processing

These projectors have different mirrors that tilt either toward or away from the light. This helps to create light or dark colors on the screen.

A DLP projector will give you one of the clearest pictures you can get in a personal projector. It's so crisp because it has what's called a single chip. This means there are no alignment problems. This helps to keep the picture sharp. 

On the other hand, it uses a color wheel, which in some cases creates a rainbow effect. For instance, if there is a picture on the screen and you turn your head you might be able to see that same thing in different colors. 

Some people say they notice it a lot while overs never see the rainbow effect with DLP projectors.

LCD: Liquid Crystal Display

These projectors aren't as bright as the DLP projectors, but they have sharper colors.

This is because the lights go through polarized mirrors that each reflects different colors. This is what helps to create the distinct colors.

LCoS: Liquid Crystal on Silicon

These projectors shine a light through panels to create the picture. Unlike the LCD, which has one, the LCoS has three. By reflecting off of the panels instead of through it, it has the best contrast. 

These projectors can also exhibit some blurring when it comes to fast-moving objects. In most cases like watching movies, you won't be able to notice but with sports, you might notice it sometimes.  

LED: Light Emitting Diode

If you'd rather have something that doesn't need much maintenance, you might want to consider a LED or laser projector. 

The lifespan for the bulbs in the LED projector can last up to 20,000 hours, which is much longer than the other types. It also uses red, blue and green LED bulbs, which eliminates the color wheel that other projectors use. This means there is no rainbow and no noise from the wheel. 

The Right Types of Digital Projectors

There are all different types of projectors and any of them could be right for you. It just depends on what you need to use it for. Consider the environment you plan to deploy one in and go from there. 

Unsure what kind you need? You can always rent a projector from us! Our experiences Sales team will make sure that you get the right projector for what you are doing. And if you need additional technology products for your meeting, we can help with those too! Give us a call at 888-520-5667 to get started.