One thing that businesses always come back to is that search for a projector that is not only capable of displaying crisp, clear images, but also a device that will stand the test of time as their business needs evolve.
They’re looking for equipment that will show a great image, even if their meeting room doesn’t allow them to block out all ambient light; a projector that will stand the test of time and display fantastic visuals year after year, and a device that will help them reach their business objectives by offering clear, visible information that empowers teams through collaboration.
Since the start of 2019, we observed a significant number of sales centred around projectors offering brightness levels around the 4,000 lumens mark. There has also been a strong level of demand for resolution of 1080p (Full HD).
Clearly, this is a point of note when it comes to the best office projector specifications. Four thousand lumens means clear images in most conditions, even when you have some ambient light, while 1080p resolution is a strong choice for displaying even detailed information. Crucially, of course, both points of specification can be obtained at a reasonable price.
With all this in mind, we’re delving into some of the best devices to consider from this price, brightness and resolution range.
Not all offices have the luxury of having blinds or even control over meeting room lighting. It can be frustrating when you’re trying to make a presentation and ambient light spills in, obscuring important information from your audience during a meeting.
In these situations, it makes sense to seek a brighter projector capable of 4,000 lumens or more, as that gives you a much better chance of showcasing an image with sufficient brightness, so that you can overcome common office environmental factors beyond your control.
Our own numbers suggest that consumers are voting with their feet in this regard. In the past year alone, we recorded an 81.9 per cent decline in demand in the corporate sector for projectors under 3,000 lumens. In contrast, models capable of at least 6,000 lumens enjoyed a 50 per cent increase in demand during the same period.
For us, 4,000 lumens is a nice midpoint here, where prices remain more accessible but you have the minimum brightness required for good presentations.
The message is clear – brightness is a crucial consideration for the corporate sector, when it comes to picking the right projector for the job.
Lamp life might sound very definitive, but it’s not quite what it seems. Rather than telling you how long a lamp actually lasts for on a projector, it actually gives you a good idea about its half-life, or the time by which its brightness would be considered half what it used to be, when the lamp was brand new.
Most projectors have an average lamp life of between 2,000 and 4,000 hours, and some include eco-modes which reduce lamp brightness, to help increase the overall lamp life even further. Lamp life matters, because having to replace a single projector lamp can cost anywhere between £100-£250, depending on the make of projector.
If you’re counting every penny, you’ll want to make sure your projector is designed to ensure lamp life is as long as possible, to avoid that constant feeling of having to fix it over and over again.
Of course, the cheat here is to go for a laser projector and avoid this point of contention altogether – lower maintenance requirements, brighter, crisper images for longer and no need to buy new lamps to get the original image quality to last – what more could you want?
With these factors in mind, here are some of our top office projector picks that meet the mark, for you to consider:
Best for features – NEC M403H
Price: £681 excl. VAT
- Most features for 1080p projector within this price bracket
- 4,000 lumens – high brightness at an affordable price point
- Strong optical zoom – ideal for medium-sized training or meeting rooms
- Enabled with wireless transfer capabilities (via the Wireless Image Utility app)
- Cost-effective – 8,000-hour lamp life in eco-mode setting
Greatest lamp life – Panasonic PT-VMZ40EJ
Price: £1,689 excl. VAT
- Laser light-source – provides consistently bright and colourful images
- Impressive WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels)
- Lamp life of up to 20,000 hours under normal operating conditions
- High brightness – 4,500 ANSI Lumens
Our top pick – BenQ MH733
Price: £586 excl. VAT
- Best value for money – high specifications and lower price point
- 4,000 hours of lamp life (8,000 hours on eco-mode)
- 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution images
- 4,000 ANSI Lumens, providing adequate brightness in a variety of environments
The BenQ MH733 is our top pick and our customers appear to agree. In the last year alone, 50 per cent of sales in 4,000 lumen and 1080p projectors we provide all came from sales of BenQ MH733 projectors.
Businesses like its high number of specifications, including crisp full-HD images and respectable lamp life, all for a much more affordable price than other projectors offering the same features. Not only does the BenQ MH733 offer crisp resolution – its lamp life is capable of being effectively doubled to 8,000 hours in total, if you decide to use it in eco-mode.
Its respectable level of brightness means clear images, even with some level of ambient light in your meeting room. These features, plus the BenQ MH733’s ideal price point make it easy on the wallet too, so you won’t find yourself paying over the odds for a projector that does the job.
The BenQ MH733 is top of its range, and demand for it is likely to remain solid moving forward. Why not consider getting one today? At £586 (excl. VAT), it’s real value for money, when you consider how well-provisioned it is for your requirements.