So, you have decided it is time to invest in a digital projector. All too often, when people get excited about purchasing equipment, they skip the most important step–research. Before venturing out or searching online to select your shiny new digital video projector, it is important to ask yourself some key questions about how you plan to use it. Then you must take a closer look at the company that is selling the projector to ensure that you get the right product and the best pricing for your application.
Step 1 – Determine your Needs
Before you begin calling around to find the best deal on a digital projector you need to ask yourself some specific questions that will help to determine the best projector for your needs.
What is your budget? First, it is important that you have a price range in mind that you are willing to spend on a video projector. Are you looking to spend $1500 or less, or are you interested in top of the line projectors in the $3500 range, or even more? If your budget is open and flexible, you will obviously have a larger selection of products to consider. If you have a limited budget, your options will be less expansive, but you can still find a projector that will fit your needs.
Where will you be using your digital projector? The environment where the projector will be used will impact the type of product you should purchase. Will it be used in a company training room or conference room? Or, will it be used in a large auditorium or smaller school classroom. Considering the size of the room where the projector will be used is an important factor when deciding which digital projector you should purchase.
How often will you be traveling with your projector? Keep in mind how often, if at all, you will need to take a video projector with you to other locations. If you will be taking it with you to sales meetings in other states, a digital projector that is more compact and lightweight is the best projector to buy. If the projector will remain stationary, or only needs to be moved short distances, the size and weight of the product will not be important factors to consider. If you are looking at permanently mounting the projector then you will need to consider a ceiling mount and also longer cables for the installation.
How large is your typical audience? The average size of audience will effect how bright of a computer/video projector you should choose. Will the projector be used in an auditorium that holds 200 people? Or, will it be used in a classroom of 25 students? Is this something that will be put in your home theater where there are only a handful of people and the brightness of the room is controlled. The quality of projected images varies from product to product, and there are projectors that are made specifically for all size ranges of audiences and all different lighting situations.
What types of images will you be projecting? To ensure that you choose the best projector for your application needs, consider what types of image you will be projecting. Depending on whether you plan to use a digital projector to show CAD/CAM drawings, photo quality graphics, computer images, basic video, or High Definition video there is a projector available that is formatted for your specific needs.
Step 2 – Choose a Quality Projector Supplier
Once you have answered the questions that will help determine what type of video projector you need, it is time to consult an expert who has the product knowledge to provide you with the right projector at the best price. Knowing your vendor is an important step to ensuring that you purchase the product that fits your needs.
Many people go online and think they can find a digital projector by searching product catalogs or comparing deals on different websites. The best thing you can do to ensure that you get the lowest price without compromising the quality of the digital projector is to talk to an expert. Technology changes all the time and there is always something new on the market. A quality digital video projector supplier will make sure that you are up to speed on the best products available now in the price range where you are looking to purchase.
It is important that you speak to a digital video projector supplier that is respected and known for providing quality products at reasonable prices. Confirm that the company is manufacturer-authorized so that you know you can expect thorough support from experts who are trained by the projector manufacturers. If you choose a supplier that is not manufacturer-authorized, there is a chance that the company is selling used or remanufactured equipment. Buying used equipment may seem like a good deal because of the lower price, but you will be thankful you purchased a new digital projector with a factory warranty and quality support if you should ever have issues with the product.