Enjoying the summer is pretty high on our list of priorities at Projectorpoint! In fact, a love for good weather comes in at a very close second to our appreciation of high quality projection.
The good news is you don’t need to compromise. Developments in office projector technology mean that high brightness projectors are now within financial reach of most companies.
We’ve taken an updated view of the market to identify the best value options for various different businesses, whether your main concern is budget, scale or detail, we can recommend a high brightness projector to see your teams through the summer – even if you can’t convince the building manager to give you control of the lighting in the meeting room.
Before we start though, a key takeaway from this article is this: the minimum brightness for an office projector in the an area where you can’t control the ambient light is really 4,000 lumens. You can pray for overcast weather or fiddle about with makeshift blinds, but if you can’t properly control the ambient light in the room by dimming lights or installing decent blackout blinds, your safest bet is to set 4,000 lumens as your lowest benchmark.
The higher the ambient light, the higher the projector brightness needs to be. This means you’ll need to look for a higher lumens count in your search for the best summer projector.
Lumens simply indicate the amount of light coming from the lens of a projector. The effect of a projector with a greater brightness capacity will be:
Projectorpoint’s summer top tip
While it’s true that 4,000 lumens brightness is really the cut-off point for summer projectors, stepping up ever so slightly into the 5,000-5,500 bracket will do more than just eliminate the effects of ambient lighting.
With a projector of this calibre, you’ll also get much better optics, incredible resolution (say hello to WUXGA and Full HD!) and you’ll probably also be blessed with laser light source technology. Consider these things before you invest – sometimes, a little extra cash at the outset will go a long way in securing reliable (and impressive) image quality for years to come.
Remember that with larger screen sizes, you’ll require additional brightness. Generally speaking, we can move projectors closer to the screen to produce smaller images that appear brighter; when we move them away the image is larger but not as bright.
You might be able to get away with a lower lumens output if you are projecting onto a small screen or using a short-throw projector, but larger screens will most certainly need a greater brightness output.
With that in mind, on with our choice of the top office projectors for Summer 2019.
This is one of our favourite models at the lower end of the brightness requirement scale; it just tips the 4,000 Lumens mark. As long as you don’t have full sunshine streaming into the office or meeting room and the screen size matches up with the projector’s capacity, this model will do a decent job at delivering crisp, clear and detailed images throughout summer.
As well as securing a solid 5,000 lumens with what we believe is a really great projector from Panasonic, you’re also treated to WUXGA resolution – bringing you incredible resolution with larger scale screens.
This will also deliver impressively sharp images. If you ask us, this should be your minimum if you’re looking at a projector screen size of over 2 metres. Finally, we’re fans of the horizontal, vertical and corner keystone correction, which does wonders for simplifying your install process if you’re restricted in your install location options at all.
5,000 lumens will get you a long way when it comes to battling against ambient lighting. And if you’re new to the benefits of laser technology, take our word for it: it’s good. For more on why laser projectors take you into the higher echelons of projector tech, have a look at one of our many guides on laser projection.
A word for the top 15 per cent
It’s only around 15% of customers who come in and purchase a projector with 6,000 or more lumens brightness, and this is sometimes understandable given the higher price tag. Despite this, if you’re in the lucky top 15 per cent who have the budget, this is what you’ll typically get:
As well as topping this list in terms of brightness output and representing one of our favourite models, the Epson EB-L610U also comes with laser light source technology and WUXGA resolution. In short, these are the ingredients for some truly spectacular image quality, whether or not ambient lighting abounds.
Get some advice
It might be tempting just to focus on projector brightness during your search for the best projector for your office or meeting room, especially when the sun is streaming in the windows and it’s all we can think about – but there’s still a lot more to consider. As well as screen size and image quality factors, there is a whole range of technical features that will help deliver the images you need.
To understand more about these factors, and to receive a recommendation from the experts, simply get in touch with us at Projectorpoint and we’ll let you know what we think the best move will be for you this summer, in terms of investing in a quality projector that will work reliably all-year-round.