Getting projectors to work at their best in office environments has always been trickier than in a home cinema. There tends to be a whole lot more natural light in your office or meeting room then there is in your lounge. And since projectors and natural light are not the best of friends, this has the potential to cause some difficulty.

Luckily, in recent years, the best projectors for offices have been getting steadily brighter and brighter, meaning the amount of natural light they can contend with continues to grow. Now, in 2017, projectors provide affordable and practical alternatives to display screens in your meeting room or office, even in the brightest spaces.

Here’s a look at what’s been changing and our top selection of best projectors for bright meeting rooms.

How has office projector technology developed?

Lumens refer to the sheer quantity of light emitted, or brightness, so the higher the number, the higher the brightness the projector is capable of emitting. The average projector that we sell here at Projectorpoint offers 3,600 lumens. This average includes projectors designed for home cinema (which are notoriously low in brightness as they tend to be used in dark rooms), so the average brightness of office projectors is actually somewhat higher.

Nowadays, many office projectors have a minimum of 4,000 lumens. Anything lower and you risk a faint image that hampers your team’s ability to focus on the task at hand. Luckily, even entry-level models are now properly equipped to deal with the brightness demands of the modern office as standard.

What else impacts on the brightness of the projected image?

Improvements in technology are what have really made it possible to use a projector even in a bright office, with high brightness office projectors now available right across the market. But there are a few other things that can help when it comes to creating a bright image.

Screen gain

Screen gain refers to how reflective the surface of a projector screen is. While measuring the raw brightness of a device is all well and good, if only a certain amount of that brightness is going to get reflected back to you, your conferences and meetings are only going to be so effective. Ensuring that you have a screen with a high gain is an important part of getting the best brightness for your money.

Throw distance

This simply refers to the distance between the projector and the screen. Projectors will have varying ‘throwing distances’, meaning their lenses will produce a particular sized image from a certain distance. When you’re projecting a smaller image, the projector is closer to the screen and therefore the image naturally looks brighter. Getting the balance right between throw distance and image size in brighter environments can be tricky, although developments at the top end of the market such as laser and projectors with interchangeable lens options means that this is certainly not the only factor to consider.

What are the best projectors for bright meeting rooms?

So with all this in mind, what are the best projectors for bright meeting rooms? Here are our current favourites:

BenQ MH741

If you’re looking for a high-end, boardroom projector then you’d probably want to skip this suggestion but as an example of how sophisticated entry-level office projectors have become, the BenQ MH741 is a fantastic unit and extremely affordable to boot! With 4,000 lumens, it comes with full HD native resolution too 1920x1080px, so it is well configured to deal with the demands of most office environments.

Panasonic PT-VZ580EJ

The Panasonic PT-VZ580EJ office projector is even brighter, with 5,000 lumens, giving crisp detail to your image that will easily pierce through the background light of your office. The native resolution of this projector is similarly impressive, featuring ‘widescreen ultra-extended graphics array’, or WUXGA resolution, for short. This means the screen is slightly taller than that of a standard HD screen at 1920x1200px – perfect for those higher resolution sources like iPads or Surface Pro’s your team is probably using already.

Sony VPL-PHZ10

The Sony VPL-PHZ10 is an example of some truly fantastic technology at play, and is exactly what you need to prove that your company is ahead of the game. The projector uses a laser light source, for an even sharper, crisper image and boasts 5,000 lumens. It offers the same WUXGA native resolution as the Panasonic, but has a lamp life of 20,000 hours and an excellent five-year warranty. The quality from the laser light source is stunning and as such it’s one of our most frequently recommended office projectors for bright meeting rooms and boardrooms. If you’re looking for a cost-effective way of creating a big-screen impact, this is the way to do it in 2017!

One of the best things about the office projector industry right now is that there’s a fantastic projector out there for everyone – whether you’re looking to impress with the finest technology available, or simply a small company looking to get the best projector on a budget.

If you’re not sure which projector is right for your office, have a look here through the other projectors in our office collection or contact us to find out more.