Projectors have been part of workplace technology for generations, and they’ve come a long way.
Today’s workplace projectors incorporate slim, easily-portable design with advanced visual technologies to provide crisp, clear, colorful images that will help improve your presentations and displays.
If that doesn’t sound like the projector your business or organization is using, it might be time for an upgrade.
Has the Time Come to Upgrade Your Projector?
To determine whether the time has come to upgrade your projector technology, review the who, what where, when, why and how of your projector needs.
As with any AV investment, end users and their needs are the most important consideration. If your current projector technology is difficult or cumbersome for them to use, consider what new features would make it easier.
User needs, both current and future, will also help you determine what kind of projector you need. The size of the room, the amount of ambient light, the size of your screen and the type of image you plan to display—static, moving, text-heavy, 4K or HD, for example—will all help determine which projector solution is best.
The location of your projector plays a big role in what kind of projector you need. If you have a mounted projector but want to conduct meetings in multiple locations, consider upgrading to a mobile projector solution. If you have a flat panel but want to display large images for large audiences, projectors offer much better quality.
An audit of your existing projector’s performance will help you choose the optimal timing for an upgrade.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself: Are you experiencing latency and downtime? Are images fuzzy or pixelated? Are you spending a lot of time and money on maintenance costs such as frequent lamp replacement? If you answered yes to any of those questions, the time has come for an upgrade.
If you’ve recently upgraded other technologies, such as your screen or conference room AV system, you might be wondering why you might also need a new projector. One answer is that your projector interacts with all your other AV systems, and outdated projector technology is probably no longer compatible. For example, your old projector might not have the right inputs for your new conferencing system, or your new screen might be too big for your old projector to provide a clear image.
Finally, but probably most importantly, consider whether you are getting the best image. In most cases, a 4K projector should be at the top of your list.
4K projectors provide more realistic details and colors even if viewers are sitting close to the screen. They can convert HD images and videos to UHD files and provide significantly more pixels than other projector solutions.