Multimedia projectors have revolutionized small business presentations.
Combined with readily accessible hardware and software presentation equipment, a quality business LCD projector can transform a conference room into a multimedia studio.
But your next business projector won't be transforming anything unless it has the features you need to knock every presentation out of the park. Here are some of the features you'll need to think about before you settle on a specific model.
- Weight. For many small businesses, portability is a non-negotiable feature in a multimedia projector. Ultralight projectors that have been designed for extreme mobility weigh in at two lbs. or less. Conference room projectors generate a brighter image and can also be portable, but you'll need to evaluate mobility on a model-by-model basis.
- Resolution & lenses. Resolution is always a concern when you buy a business multimedia projector. In the current marketplace, look for products that offer at least SVGA (800 x 600) and XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, or SXGA (1280 x 1024) and UXGA (1600 x 1200) for exceptionally high resolution. Zoom lens features can also mitigate resolution and visibility concerns.
- Slots. In most presentation scenarios, you will be connecting your projector to a laptop. It's important to make sure the projector has the USB or other slots you need for full hardware functionality, including the ability to connect with your network or memory cards.
- Built-in memory. Some projectors offer the option of downloading presentations directly into the device's built-in memory feature. This can be handy for presenters on the go, but it does have some limitations. Video and moving images can't be downloaded and you'll lose the ability to edit your presentation on-the-fly.
- Sound. More and more business projectors are offering built-in sound capabilities. Although the sound systems are less sophisticated than auxiliary sound devices, they meet the requirements for most presentations.
- Rear projection. Advanced multimedia users appreciate their projector's ability to perform rear or inverse projection. Instead of projecting head-on, the projector is located behind a special rear projection screen and remains invisible throughout the presentation.