It might still feel as though the year has barely begun, but already the projection world is rife with new projectors as this year’s innovations hit the shelves.

We’ve taken a look at some of the latest releases to bring you a definitive list of the top projectors for the first quarter of 2017.

Optoma ZU850

Following its successful debut at ISE this year, the 8,200-lumen ZU850 ProScene projector was officially launched by Optoma in March 2017. The first projector to feature MultiColor Laser technology, the device uses an extra red laser to enhance performance and deliver exceptional colour detail in venues of any size.

Part of the brand’s DuraCore range, the WUXGA ZU850 is the latest in a line of ‘fit and forget’ projectors, which have been designed to deliver a minimum of 20,000 hours in full brightness mode via a long-lasting laser light source.

However, it isn’t just reliability that has instantly elevated the device to the forefront of the industry; the ZU850 also comes complete with 100 variable power and luminescence settings and supports 360 degree flexible installation to ensure it will fit with the needs of any live event or public venue looking to impress.

Digital Projection E-Vision 4K

Also waving the flag for laser technology is the Digital Projection E-Vision 4K-UHD projector, which was released earlier this year. Boasting 7,500 lumens of solid-state brightness and a resolution of 3840 x 2160, this brand new device is another 2017 star aimed at professional venues.

Just like the Optoma ZU850, Digital Projection’s new E-Vision projector offers the maintenance benefits associated with a laser projector, including reduced costs and an extended life of 20,000 hours. However, this device takes the task of achieving crisp, clear images one step further by providing 4K UHD resolution for mind-blowing detail on any scale. Built-in edge blending capabilities and 3D technology are the icing on the cake for this state of the art tool for the modern large venue.

Digital Projection has also just recently announced the E-Vision Laser 10K. This model is even brighter than its sister model, with a striking 9,500 lumens. It makes full use of its laser-phosphor light source to deliver clear images in fully saturated colour; another great choice for professional venues such as auditoriums and conference rooms that have to contend with natural light.

Sony VPL-VZ1000ES

Sony is renowned for its experience and innovation in the 4K arena. The VPL-VZ1000ES is the latest model to live up to Sony’s well-deserved reputation in this area.

Using a z-phosphor laser light source, the model boasts 2,500 lumens of brightness and of course that stunning 4096 x 2160 4K native resolution. With the ability to deliver 60 frames a second, this projector offers some of the smoothest home cinema viewing on the market.

NEC ME Series

No first quarter roundup would be complete without a nod to the education sector, which is rapidly turning to modern projector technology to create a more collaborative learning environment. And that’s exactly what’s delivered by the new ME Series of LCD projectors, created by technology giant NEC.

Launched at the start of the year, this range of compact and multi-purpose projectors uses LCD technology ranging from 3,000 to 4,000 lumens to deliver engaging content. More specifically, these modern learning tools are produced with a built-in MultiPresenter feature, NEC’s collaborative screen sharing technology that can connect up to 16 devices at one time. Capable of supporting both wired and wireless connections, this innovative device is top of the class when it comes to education technology.

Barco F70

Barco is also firmly focused on laser projectors this year with the launch of its F70 series, a range of 4K UHD laser-phosphor projectors.

The series has been specially designed for simulation experiences to enable trainees to be fully immersed in a virtual reality environment.

Whether viewers are in training to operate machinery and vehicles in the air, on the road or underwater, the F70’s crisp details take the visuals to the next level.

BenQ X12000

Hailed by many as a turning point in home cinema technology, the BenQ X12000 DLP 4K UHD projector is able to produce 8.3 million distinct colour pixels at 4K resolution. This level of performance is made possible thanks to a partnership between revolutionary Philips ColorSpark HLD LED technology and BenQ’s CinematicColor technology, which combine for a cinema-worthy finish.

The X12000’s success in recreating the cinema environment at home is due to its ability to deliver the ultra-wide DCI-P3 colour gamut that captures the director’s original vision of their film. In other words, it produces colour and picture quality that rivals a digital cinema, at a fraction of the price. BenQ’s latest creation has certainly sparked a fair bit of excitement among film fanatics.

We think it’s safe to say that we’re likely to see even more innovation and creativity in the projector market as the year progresses. And if this line up is anything to go by we’re certain 2017 is set to be a highlight for technology.

Browse our website for all the latest projector models, or call us to find out more about any of the above hot products for Q1 2017.