Projector Expert Questions & AnswersQ:
I'm looking for a projector that is compatible with both my laptop computer for presentations, and my Blu-ray player. I would like to connect the projector to my Blu-ray player without buying any additional hardware.
The projector will be primarily used for business and will only occasionally be set up for entertainment. Are there any particular specifications I should be looking for when choosing a unit?
~ Working for the WeekendA:
Dear Working for the Weekend,
You aren't the first person to try and mix business, pleasure and a projector. In fact, many projector manufacturers have been designing new products with people like you in mind. That means there are plenty of new products available to choose from. But what do you need to look for?
Better Video Connectivity and Higher Resolution for Greater Detail
Using a projector to display video from a Blu-ray or DVD player is pretty much like using any other display device. All you need to do is match your source's (Blu-ray or DVD player) output connection type to your projector's available inputs.
Your best bet is to look for a projector with an HDMI input. These have seen a huge drop in price recently and can now be bought for less than $600. For best results, look for a projector with at least XGA (1024 x 768) resolution. These high-resolution projectors will deliver the best image at, quite often, the lowest price.
SXGA (1280 x 1024), widescreen WXGA (1366-1280 x 768-720) and HD (1920 X 1080) are also good choices, with HD (1920 X 1080) packing the biggest punch image-wise.
Our projector finder allows you to sort our wide selection of projectors by resolution.