It’s a fact that connecting an iPad to a projector can be impressive, not to mention the useful functionality in the office. More and more companies are realising the benefits of using visual aids to improve meetings and collaboration potential and more companies are adopting bring your own device policies too.
These two facts have led to a common question being asked of the Projectorpoint team from first time and non-tech buyers… “Can an iPad connect to a projector?”
Connecting an iPad to a projector isn’t tricky, although you will need the right tools.
Cables can sometimes seem like the simplest option when connecting your iPad to your projector, but there are some things you should consider.
Firstly, physical cables can be restrictive. Make sure you have the space you need first when using cables, thinking about the length of the cable and where the iPad will be placed. You have to consider the presenting style and whether that’s suited to a trailing cable.
If the presenter is going to wander around in the room, or control may be passed from person to person, cables can get become troublesome and undermine the fluency of meeting and elegance of the setup.
They are, however, still considered to be the more reliable option.
Remember, VGA is only going to carry the visuals to the projector. If your presentation includes audio, HDMI is a better option otherwise, you’ll need to consider some separate sound options with VGA such as a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Who doesn’t love wireless connectivity? We hardly need to go into the benefits of this, but one of the major benefits here is the ability to quickly connect more than one device – perfect in meetings with multiple attendees who all have their own data or presentation to show.
What you’re doing with a wireless connection is actually connecting to a device which is attached to one of the projector’s inputs – rather than “direct” to the projector itself.
There are lots of USB dongles and network-connected screen mirroring solutions out there, but we’ve chosen the two easiest setups for you based on our experience over the last 8 years of helping clients connect iPads to projectors.
Hopefully this short guide has given you some options to connect your iPad to a projector. Get in touch with Projectorpoint if you need any further advice or would like to get your hands on any of the equipment mentioned in this guide.