Looking for the best meeting room laser projectors for 2021? Take a look at our roundup and find out how a projector could help your office adjust to the upheaval that has come in the wake of the pandemic.
For so many of us, 2020 has fundamentally changed the way we work. If the business you work for operated in an open-plan office space, there’s a good chance you haven’t been at your desk since lockdown was implemented.
Understandably, you might be wondering: if we’re all working from home, why should I consider getting a meeting room projector upgrade? When not everyone has had a lot of use from their office spaces, a new projector might not seem like the top of the priority list.
But this downtime also comes with opportunity. The current situation could be the perfect time to implement an upgrade. The office is empty, meaning there’s no awkward disruption to the working day by if someone comes to make an installation. You have the time you need to have a new system installed that will leave your meeting room ready when colleagues make their long-awaited return to the offices.
Installing a new projector now means no gremlins in the gears when you finally come back in full force, allowing smooth meetings and presentations from the first day. Plus there is a bargain or two to be had at the moment – so read on for some of the best meeting room laser projectors for 2021!
Why should I consider investing in laser projectors for my meeting room?
Let’s recap what’s been happening in the laser projector marketplace. Prices have fallen markedly as technology has improved, boosting purchasing power for businesses just like yours.
The benefits of picking a laser-powered projector over a lamp-based model are clear: longevity is considerably higher, as images are provided through a laser-light source rather than a lamp. The former offers a solid, crisp image that will last for longer because it just doesn’t need replacing in the way that a projector bulb does – handy if you want to keep maintenance costs and time to a minimum.
Another factor where laser projectors have the advantage over lamp-based projectors is clarity. If you have a lot of detailed information to convey in presentations to many colleagues, attention to detail can make a material difference to the success of your business. Laser projectors offer superb contrast in high ambient light and will help your audience to see every detail without having to strain their eyes.
Let’s take a look at the best laser projectors for your meeting room in 2021 to see which ones are easy on the wallet and see which ones really shine.
Best budget laser projector
Price: £842 (Excl. VAT)
- Laser-light source/DLP display technology
- 4,000 ANSI Lumens
- 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
- 300,000:1 contrast ratio
If you’re looking for the best laser projector for that 2021 office upgrade, but can’t afford to splash too much cash, the ZH403 is right up your street. Nice and compact, this model is perfect for small to medium-sized meeting rooms where space simply isn’t a luxury.
The ZH403 is ideal for back-to-back meetings and presentations. It is designed for continuous operation 24:7 (although it’s advised to give it at least 30 minutes on standby once every 24 hours). Full HD resolution makes images crystal clear, ensuring you can get pin-sharp images without having to blow your budget.
Best value laser projector
Price: £1,681 (Excl. VAT)
- 5,000 ANSI Lumens
- 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
- 20,000 hours’ lamp life (typical)
- 2,500,000:1 contrast ratio
If you’re in a position to spend a bit more on an upgraded office projector system for 2021, the Epson EB-L510U offers a real step up in features. With high brightness at 5,000 Lumens, extensive connectivity and a laser light source that ensures 20,000 hours’ lamp life, you’ll be hard-pressed to find something similar for the price.
The EB-L510U comes with all the connectivity capabilities you’d want, including inputs for HDBaseT, dual HDMI ports and VGA inputs. These give you practically unlimited options for the sorts of sources (and cable run lengths) you may wish to use alongside this projector. Its longevity ensures that it will have staying power as a fixture in your meeting room, with added value for money through its exceptionally-high contrast ratio and five-year warranty as standard.
Best performance (and best investment) laser projector
Price: £2,046 (Excl. VAT)
- 6,000 ANSI Lumens
- Laser-light source
- 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
- 2,500,000:1 contrast ratio
When it comes to the best performance for a laser-source office projector, the EB-L610U goes the whole mile and then some. Considered the flagship model of Epson’s fixed lens laser-light source LCD range, the EB-L610U comes equipped with a strong lens ratio, easily-adjustable manual lens shift capabilities and extensive connectivity to HDBaseT, HDMI and VGA inputs.
All of these factors help make the EB-L610U a truly exceptional office projector, based on performance alone. The lens shifting comes in handy if your install is made difficult by lighting or air conditioning units in the “perfect” place, while connectivity is assured, no matter what kind of device you may wish to integrate with the projector.
What makes the EB-L610U one of the best investments to make when looking for a meeting room projector is the generous deal we can offer regarding warranty. While stocks last, you can purchase this model with an Epson CoverPlus five-year onsite swap out projector warranty upgrade. To apply this upgrade, all you have to do is ensure end-user registration with Epson to activate.
Best 4K laser projector
Price: £3,974 (Excl. VAT)
- Laser light source
- 5,000 ANSI Lumens
- 3840 x 2160 (UHD) resolution
- 20,000 hours’ lamp life
- 100,000:1 contrast ratio
- Five year swap out warranty
If money is no object and you want to go all out with your next meeting room projector upgrade, the LK952 from BenQ is most suitable, especially if you wish to have state-of-the-art 4K resolution images. With an impressive 20,000 hours’ lamp life and a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, the BenQ LK952 uses upscaling technology to deliver 4K images on the screen.
If your team work with a high level of detail or you need to showcase creativity in stunning detail to senior stakeholders, a 4K projector will come into its own with any source device. Having all of those extra pixels just offers flexibility too, to ensure that whatever your input, the projector can replicate it – rather than adapt to it.
Plus, connectivity is high with this model, allowing dual HDMI input, plus a handy HDMI loop through, letting you connect to a second projector in case you require dual-screen presentation – useful if you need all hands on deck and one projector simply won’t cut it.
Why choose a laser projector?
We’re keen on laser technology. The upfront price of investing in a laser projector has fallen substantially over the last few years making this level of picture quality all the more accessible. Add to that the substantial saving in maintenance in comparison to a lamp-based projector, and you’ve got an extra reason to consider these devices in the current economic climate.
While the cost of replacing a projector lamp is generally falling, they can still be a substantial sum, ranging from £150 to £400 (or more). And even without considering the cost, sometimes finding the right model and supplier and waiting for delivery can be a real hassle.
You might be lucky if your original projector dealer has a stock of projector lamps (which we do by the way, you can find our range of projector lamps here).
But equally, you could be hunting down replacements for a while and you then have the downtime for the replacement itself which not all businesses can facilitate.
Also, who is going to replace the lamp?
Even if someone in the office has the technical know-how, the job may involve detaching the machine from the ceiling or a wall mount placed high-up on the wall by a contractor and it might need to be done out of hours if the device is used constantly during the day. It’s quite a bit more complicated than it first looks. It can also get expensive for engineer call outs!
We’re not saying that lamp projectors aren’t worth buying.
On the contrary, there are some incredibly powerful and versatile models out there that also offer very long life-spans. We’re just letting you know that at some point down the line, you’ll need to factor in repairs and maintenance costs sooner than with a laser projector. And I’m sure you’ll agree that the longer your business can put this off, the better!
If you’d like to discuss your specific requirements for your meeting room technology we’ll be happy to help you find the best model. Call us on 0800 073 0833 or fill in our online contact form and we’ll do our very best to help you with your enquiry.