The Rise of the Mini Projectors

The primary thing that makes TFT and Plazma more fashionable than projectors is the high price of replacement lamps. Nevertheless, a projector can produce a much bigger image and with trendy LCOS and DLP Projector shows a superior image in lots of cases.

Traditionally projectors have used Ultra High pressure lamps and this is the issue! UHP Lamps cost between 2 and 4 hundred to replace. They normally have a common life span of two,000 hours, produce a LOT of heat and use a whole lot of electrical energy, so the price of running a projector can be quite considerable.

Nonetheless, rising onto the Market now are projectors that use LED lamps, offering a superior 20-forty,000 hours of lamp life, a a lot lighter energy usage and rather a lot less heat! Not solely that, as a result of decrease warmth, LED projector require less cooling and so, the projector may be made rather a lot smaller and lighter.

The first wave of LED projectors had been launched a couple of years ago, principally in pocket size, pico format, however they failed to impress, with lumen ratings as little as 8 lumens, they were useless in all however a “pitch darkish” room. LED projectors at the moment are evolving fast and getting brighter by the month, the truth is, Casio now produce an LED/Lazer projector with a full 2,500 lumens of light!

Still it is the Pico projector market that pursuits me, ultra portable projectors are nice for “on the go” displays and places where a fixed system just isn’t an option. The primary Pico projectors had been, more or less, useless, however now, they are really getting some quite usable specs and I am sure the future lies here.

A pocket dimension projector that may throw a a hundred+ inch screen is lots more handy that transporting a screen or monitor, it’s also great for smaller offices and occasional residence cinema, but what projector do you go for?

In steps European Company MicroJekt with it’s well-liked LED mini projector range, with up to 150 lumens of light and high Quality LCOS displays, the problem is solved! 150 lumens could not sound much, but I am more than pleased with the results of my MicroJekt Basic LED projector. It has a new type RGB LED lamp and produces very crisp clean images, It may well handle 50 inches in ambient light and up to a hundred and twenty” in a darker surroundings, from a very small package. It also has a in-built USB host and SD reader that can play films and shows directly from an SD card, USB stick or USB hard disk, a really useful feature.

Microjekt projectors supply reasonable quality, but are a bit of cheaper than different manufacturers, although offering more function and brightness. The Microjekt Classic LED pico is about the identical size and weight because the Acer Pico, but boasts 50 lumens more light and rather a lot more features. A friend of mine has a Microjekt 35 lumen pocket energy, once more a true pocket dimension projector, in darker environments that’s fairly impressive too, however still a bit of a “massive boys toy”, the traditional is a more sensible choice for serious use.

In case you are thinking of shopping for a projector, then consider the running costs and track down the latest LED models, they are more than just toys today! I’m sure that as LED technology continues to develop, we’re going to see the projector make a big comeback, with much much lower running prices, they provide a pretty various to Plazma and TFT screens.