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Buying Guide for Business Projectors
A projector's Native Resolution is the number of pixels the projector uses to create the image. The more pixels it uses, the higher the resolution.
Resolution is quoted in two numbers, such as "1920x1200," where the first number refers to the pixels horizontally across the screen, and the second number refers to the pixels vertically from top to bottom. This particular 1920x1200 resolution is also referred to as WUXGA. Each numeric native resolution format has a name like this to shortcut the need to quote the numbers. The names don't make much common sense but there are only a few of them in popular usage so they are easy to remember once you've gotten used to them.
How much resolution do I need?
High-resolution projectors are able to show more complex picture detail than low resolution projectors. In addition to giving you more acute image detail, since there are more pixels used to make the image, each individual pixel is smaller, so the pixels themselves become less visible on the screen. However, you will generally pay more for higher resolution.
Lower resolution projectors are much less expensive, but they can produce images that are just as bright and attractive as higher resolution machines. Unless you have a specific need to display complex images with a lot of fine detail, buying a lower resolution projector will be your best bet from a cost perspective.
Native Resolution Options
The current standard HDTV resolution format is Full HD 1080p, which is 1920x1080, a 16:9 format. This of course is the most popular resolution for home theater projectors, but it is no longer just a consumer/home theater format. Many people are buying HD 1080p projectors for business as well. There are many dozens of native HD 1080p projectors putting out over 5000 lumens for commercial and business use Here is a list of them: HD 1080p projectors over 5000 ANSI lumens.
However, in addition to HD 1080p, there are several other very popular native resolutions for business and commercial applications. They include the following:
Which resolution is right for you?
The big issue here is how complex your subject matter is. If you are routinely presenting large financial spreadsheets or complex architectural schematics, you need at least HD 1080p, probably WUXGA, or if your budget can tolerate it, possibly even 4K. If you have a lot of video content you will also want HD 1080p or WUXGA to match the source material available in HD format.
On the other hand, if you're planning to use your projector for Powerpoint pic charts, bar graphs and general business presentation, you don't need to pay extra to buy into high resolution equipment. WXGA or XGA resolution projectors are perfectly adequate for this kind of work, and the best solution for the money.
If you plan to use your business projector in a dual purpose role for video at home, you'll want to go with HD 1080p or WUXGA business models that have particularly good video performance attributes.
Once you have determined which resolution most suits your needs, you can go to the Projector Database to find all projectors in that resolution class. The list might be lengthy at first, but this buying guide will help you narrow down the list to find the projectors most ideally suited to your situation.
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