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Data Projector Primer

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Data projectors make up in brightness what they lack in fine detail. Brightness is the most important factor in a well lit room or office.

For a projector to seem twice as bright it must be 4 times as powerful. Going from 1000 to 1200 lumens makes almost no perceivable difference.

Epson EB-U32 HD+ Multi Purpose Projector

EPSON EB U32
  • Brightness : 3,200 lumens
  • Resolution: WUXGA (1920 x 1200) HD
  • 15,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 2 HDMI Ports (1 supports MHL)
  • 2 year Epson Australia warranty
  • PRICE LIST

There are several DLP projectors in the same price range, they are all "Single Chip" models.

Using single chip DLP in our opinion is not ideal for varied audiences as some people react badly to the flashing nature of the images.

See "DLP Sensitive" reviews for more detailed information.

While it's not proven we've seen it happen. A person watching a DLP projector suddenly developing a migraine headache. This is because DLP projectors in this price range use a spinning colour wheel to produce colours. If you don't like strobes we doubt you'll like low cost DLP.

LCD projectors project all colours required for the image colour at the same time, no flashing between them. No moving parts.

For continious use even with the moving parts sometimes it's better to choose DLP as they don't have an optical block to fail.

This also gives richer colours for the same lamp output.

HCC Don't let the term Data Projector fool you. All images are data.

This projector will out perform top home cinema models of not that many years ago. This means for the football in the lounge room you'll be amazed at the massive image you get for the money.

Contrast Ratio

This graph illustrates the fact that the more light you have in the room, the less contrast you can see and the most important feature of a projector is its brightness in lumens. The EB X02 has an impressive 2600 lumens of brightness.

2600 lumens would be overkill for a dark room but it's very handy for the average lounge room with some lights on or the board room, schools etc. (where you can't totally control the light) or in the case you'd rather the lights on.

Some lighting has the advantage of being easier on the eyes. You won't see a totally dark cinema.

I own a top home cinema projector (naturally) however I normally have a light on when watching for long periods to ease eye strain.

On a personal note I'd rather have a tooth pulled than watch a single chip DLP projector for a full night, make that all my teeth if it were a 3D movie night however many others are not as sensitive or don't realise it was not all the booze causing the eye strain / headache.

HCC A data projector makes a joke of a flat screen TV for presentations..

Data projector vs. LCD or Plasma TV

HCC Specifications (Epson EB U32 Example)

  • Brightness : 3,200 lumens
  • Resolution: WUXGA (1920 x 1200) HD
  • 15,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Built-in WiFi
  • 2 HDMI Ports (1 supports MHL)
  • 2 year Epson Australia warranty

HCC Summary

HCC Editors' Choice..

Epson's entry level LCD Data projectors are selling for what the lamps were selling for just a few years ago. 

The performance is unbelievable for the money so now everyone can put on a sports night, especially if the company needs a Data Projector.

HCC Tip

If you buy a Single Chip DLP projector (it won't be an Epson as they only use 3-LCD, as do most home cinema models) check you can return it if someone that watches it all the time is not happy with the experience.

See also Epson EB W12 for wide screen version.

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