We don’t often need to convince people they need an office projector. In fact, we’ve been through the reasons for that pretty thoroughly before. What does occasionally require a bit of explanation is why it’s worth making the jump up in price and technology to a high brightness office projector.
Do I need a high brightness projector in the office?
Office projectors are used in vastly different contexts than home cinema projectors. Lounges, front rooms and (if you’re lucky to have one) dedicated home cinemas, tend to be intimate spaces with far less natural light than offices. The bright office environment, on the other hand, poses a challenge to those looking to maintain the same clarity and brightness in a projected image.
More natural light means projectors have to work harder for the images to be seen. Where home cinemas can generally get away with numbers as low as 2,000-3,000 lumens – an office projector is going to need something like 5,000-6,000 to achieve the same effect in a brightly lit office where you can’t simply pull the curtains shut.
The challenges of office projection
Brightness isn’t the only thing that makes office projectors unique. Think of your standard meeting room setup. Chances are there are more people in the room than there would be in your home cinema and some of these people in the office will be a lot further away from the projector screen too. The truth is you’re going to need more powerful tech to maintain the same level of clarity, detail and brightness.
The challenge increases when you consider that a meeting room isn’t the only workplace environment where you might put your projector to work. Many companies are finding a great deal of value in displaying targets and key performance indicators (KPIs) on a large projected screen. Productivity and focus can all be impacted for the better when the team has a clear oversight on their achievements and targets.
The issue here is the same as in a large meeting room: as you move the projector further back from the screen, you reduce the brightness and clarity of the image. It’s called the inverse square law. If you double the distance, you’re only left with a quarter of the brightness!
The best business projectors will cope just fine with this scenario but you’ll need to invest in a device with higher levels of brightness, good contrast ratios and excellent resolution.
What are the best high brightness office projectors?
There’s a range of different office projectors, each with varying attributes and at different prices. For the average buyer, this poses a minefield of choice. Projector technology evolves at such a fast rate that it’s often difficult to keep up with the best models.
To help you out, we’ve brought together a few of our favourite high brightness projectors at affordable prices. We’re not talking about the flashiest technology, or even the highest possible brightness here (some projectors deliver up to 20,000 lumens) – but this list will provide a good starting point for office projectors that can really cope with the realistic demands of your workplace environment.
Complete with 6,000 lumens and 4,000 hours of lamp life, the NEC P603X is a great place to start if you want a great meeting room projector well positioned to compete with the large space and natural light of your office.
It’s available at a competitive ex VAT price of £999.00 and presents a relatively inexpensive way of getting your office projector up and running with all the essentials you’re likely to need.
Bear in mind though, this is only the best choice if you’re happy with the low XGA resolution or you’re retrofitting to a 4:3 aspect screen.
- Resolution: 1024x768px (XGA)
- Brightness: 6,000 lumens
- Lamp life: 4,000 hours
- Contrast ratio: 20,000:1
- Price: £999.00 (ex VAT)
For the slightly larger office environment, the Optoma WU515 comes with higher resolution, at 1280x800px – better known as WXGA resolution. It also comes complete with vertical and horizontal lens shift, allowing you a little more flexibility on where you decide to put the projector and the screen.
This is another super bright projector, with crisp, clear images that will do an excellent job in a meeting room or on the sales floor. If you ask us, it’s one of the most competitive office projectors in its price range.
- Resolution: 1280×800 (WXGA)
- Brightness: 6,000 lumens
- Lamp life: 3,000
- Contrast ratio: 10,000:1
- Price: £1,741.99 (Ex VAT)
This Sony VPL-FH65 is the priciest on this list – but for a higher ex VAT price point of £2,997.00, you’ll get one of the best office projectors on the market. For a start, the higher WUXGA resolution will project higher quality, more focused images across your meeting room. That’s just one of a host of other features that define this model as among the best you can get your hands on.
Expect superior image quality, complete with Reality Creation and Contrast Enhancer technology, allowing you to fine-tune and customise this setup to the specifications of your unique work environment.
This Sony projector also comes in a lensless variant, so you can add the perfect lens for your throw distance and setup.
- Resolution: 1920 x 1200 WUXGA resolution
- Brightness: 6,000 lumens
- Lamp life: 3,000 hours
- Contrast ratio: 2000:1
- Price: £2,997.00 (Ex-VAT)
Find your perfect office projector
We hope this offers a good starting point in your hunt for the perfect office projector. With an almost infinite array of different projectors available – it’s really important that you take the time to work out what combination of tech is right for you.
We’re always happy to help you out with that – and if you want to come in and test one of our models, then don’t hesitate to book a demonstration today and see for yourself.