The Big Screen Life: Projectors for Every Application
For those who want to create a larger than life media experience, there is nothing quite like a projector. It is an awesome way to enjoy your favorite home entertainment like movies, games, sports, and more on a truly massive screen. What is more, many projectors are ideal for business and education, allowing you to give big ideas the big canvas they deserve.
Projectors come in a wide variety of types, from outdoor projectors for backyard movie nights to home theater projectors that form the centerpiece of a next level entertainment system. Micro Center offers a full selection of business and home projector models to suit every need, with unbeatable prices on top projector brands.
What is the Best Projector for You?
These key considerations will help you make the right choice when deciding on a projector:
Native Resolution: Much like with a TV, a higher resolution projector offers more pixels and better image quality. Full HD 1080p projectors are common, and brilliant UHD 4K projectors offer a gold standard for clarity and detail. Portable projectors may use lower resolutions due to their smaller form factors.
Brightness: A projectors brightness, measured in lumens, determines which settings it works best in. Home cinema projectors and some LED projectors often have lower lumen ratings around 1,000 - 3,000, since they are designed to be used in rooms with minimal ambient light. Education and business projectors often sport high brightness with 4,000+ lumens, since they may be used in a conference room or another area with multiple light sources.
Projector Technology: 3LCD and DLP are the two most common types of projectors, each with its own specific advantages and drawbacks in picture quality. Generally, 3LCDs tend to be the best general purpose pick for rooms with more light, like an open living room. On the other hand, DLP projectors are best suited to dark home theater settings.
Contrast Ratio: The contrast ratio measures the difference between the projectors lightest white and darkest black. Portable mini projectors may have a ratio like 500:1 or 1,000:1, while 4K UHD home theater projectors often sport a ratio of 100,000:1 or more.
Screen Size: A projectors lens is typically adjustable to accommodate different sizes of projector screens. Check the maximum and minimum screen size specs to determine whether a projectors lens is suitable for the screen size you want to use.
Wireless Connectivity: Some projectors offer wireless connectivity options through WiFi or Bluetooth. This is especially relevant for portable projectors, but it is increasingly common in high end home cinema models as well.
Shop Micro Centers selection of projectors here and find the right media solution for your home theater, classroom, boardroom, or backyard. Remember to check out all of our projector accessories for essentials like projector screens and tripods.