The Best Office Projectors of Summer 2018

When searching for their dream projector, our customers often find that the most difficult thing is: where to start? There’s a seemingly endless list of models from a long list of manufacturers all designed to be ideal for slightly different situations. And the likelihood of even a relatively tech-savvy buyer being able to choose the best one from the overly large and confusing range is generally pretty slim.

So if you’re looking to spruce up your office projector setup for the summer, there’s a good chance you’ll need a bit of advice to get your started. To give you a hand, we’ve bought together our top picks for a few different setups right here.

Best for value

Projector Lumens Resolution Price (Excl. VAT)
Optoma X340 3,100 1024x768px £285.00
BenQ MX570 3,200 1024x768px £315.00
NEC ME301x 3,000 1024x768px £349.00

 

HD (1920x1080px) resolution is very fast becoming the industry standard for entry level projection. But if you’re looking to get the most cost-effective projector for your budget, you may be surprised to hear that there are some excellent and affordable options on the market.

XGA resolution, or 1024x768px, is closer in quality to the well-known HD-Ready resolution than the pricier HD alternatives listed below. It’s a noticeably significant reduction in quality – but if you’re looking for a projector at a bargain basement price – you’re in the right place.

The cheaper two models on the list come with fairly similar specifications, with just a small difference in brightness between the two. If you’ve got a little more budget to spend, then, although it’s a small drop in brightness, the NEC ME301x boasts a wider zoom ratio to help support flexibility on an install, and an impressive 12,000:1 contrast ratio. Add the 3-year projector warranty from NEC to all this and if you ask us you’re onto a winner – and a bit of a bargain!

Step up to HD

Projector Lumens Resolution Price (Excl. VAT)
BenQ TH530 3,200 1920x1080px £449.00
Epson EB-U42 3,600 1920x1200px £562.00
BenQ TH671ST 3,000 1920x1080px £575.00
BenQ MH733 4,000 1920x1080px £620.00

 

Full HD is now pretty much essential in every setup and it is great if you’re working on more detailed documents, data or visuals you really want to impress with. So if you’re set on full HD resolution, then you’ll be happy to discover that there are still plenty of good value models out there. At 3,200 lumens, the BenQ TH530 is the most cost-effective model on this list. But if you’re looking for something with just a little more punch, then you can upgrade to either 3,600 or 4,000 lumens, for £562.00 or £620.00, respectively.

If you’ve got a particularly small office space – or just want to maximise that space – then you should sacrifice a little brightness for a the dedicated short throw projector on the list. The BenQ TH671ST is specifically designed to work at its best in small spaces where it’s not possible to get much space between the projector and the projector screen, perfect for projection from the desk or meeting room table and moving the projector from room to room.

Best for meeting rooms

Projector Lumens Resolution Price (Excl. VAT)
Epson EB-U42 3,600 1920x1200px £562.00
BenQ SH753 4,300 1920x1080px £897.00
Panasonic PT-VZ580EJ 5,000 1920x1200px £926.00

 

Your average office or meeting room needs to compete with a lot more natural light than home cinema projectors. To do that successfully, office projectors need to be noticeably brighter. While anything up to 2,000 lumens is pretty good for a home cinema, the same lumen count for office projectors is just about the lowest you can afford to go.

For a really decent quality picture in your office or meeting room, you’ll want something approaching 4,000-5,000 lumens. If you’re happy to sacrifice a small amount of quality and crispness for a lower price tag, then Epson have the right business projector for you with the Epson EB-U42 at 3,600 lumens. A slightly less resolution variation comes in from BenQ at 4,300 lumens.

If you want all the bells and whistles with a slightly taller (WUXGA) resolution and higher brightness than even the BenQ, then the Panasonic PT-VZ580EJ has you covered.

 

Best performance for larger meeting rooms

Projector Lumens Resolution Price (Excl. VAT)
NEC P603x 6,000 1024x768px £999.00
Optoma EH515 5,500 1920x1080px £1,498.80
Sony VPL-PHZ10 5,000 1920x1200px £2,095.00

 

If you’re looking for something to kit out a larger meeting room or small conference hall, then you’re going to have to get your head around two things: higher brightness and higher prices. There’s no two ways about it, the bigger your image, the more distance your images need to be projected over, the more power you’re going to need from your tech to accomplish this.

That doesn’t mean you haven’t got options; it just means you’ll have to know what your priorities are. For the highest brightness on this list, and the lowest price tag of the larger meeting room models – you can sacrifice resolution and drop down to XGA with the NEC P603x.

If you’d rather maintain the HD quality, and don’t mind sacrificing a little bit of brightness, the Optoma EH515 comes in at £1,498.80. For WUXGA resolution at 5,000 lumens, Sony’s VPL-PHZ10 is a fantastic option, probably one of the best specced projectors for the price in our 600+ unit portfolio, but you’ll pay for the step up with this device coming in at £2,095.

 

A little bit of help from the experts goes a long way when you’re choosing the best projector for your requirements and budget. We hope this article gives you a good initial overview of the options, but dig a bit deeper and you’ll find a lot more information on our site to help you discover everything you can about your chosen model.

And if the only way you can make up your mind is by seeing the device in action, then luckily you can do just that. Get in touch with us to book your demonstration slot and try out our projectors today.

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