As projector technology improves and prices become more affordable, more and more people are getting a chance to enjoy big screen experiences in the comfort of their homes. However, to have the best experience, you still need to pick the right projector.

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Here are 14 things that you need to consider when purchasing a projector:

1. Reliability

The best way to make sure that you are buying a reliable model is to read customer reviews to know what people are saying about it. You also need to know how much its replacement bulbs cost and how easy or difficult it is to repair it.

2. Cost

You don’t have to pay over the odds to acquire a projector. Projectors come at different prices depending on their uses. For example, a good projector for making presentations can be found for $200 while the home entertainment ones cost between $500 and $3,000.

3. Connectivity

Projectors generally come with VGA ports, although there are many other options available. People who want it for games and movies might want it to have an HDMI port. For business people, Wi-Fi support and a USB port are very important for presentations.

4. Sound

Most projectors don’t have quality built-in speakers. Although sound is not the most important factor when making business presentations, it is very important for home entertainment. The best way around this is to source for quality speakers separate from the projector.

5. Picture quality

This mostly depends on the surface that you are projecting pictures onto. The best way to avoid picture quality issues is to have a roll-out screen and a tripod.

6. Brightness

The brighter a projector is, the better. A projector of 1,000 lumens is appropriate for a business projector while a movie projector needs a rating of about 5,000 lumens or more. The environment also determines the brightness.

7. Lens shift and zoom range

Depending on how you intend to use the projector, these are the features that will determine the sizes and positions of what you will be projecting. For tight spaces, short-throw projectors are sufficient.

8. Portability

If you are looking for a projector that you will be traveling around with you might want to choose a smaller size. If it will be in a single position, portability should not be a concern.

9. Technology

Most of the projectors being sold are either LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) or DLP (Digital Light Processing). LCD projectors are the most reliable although they tend to be heavier.

10. Resolution

Projectors used for presentations don’t need to have a very high resolution. But for movies and games, you definitely need a higher resolution. There are also 4K projectors in the market.

11. Indoor versus outdoor

Outdoor projectors need to have superior all-round quality. They have to have more brightness and at the same time, a higher resolution as well as the contrast ratio. For indoor projectors, you still need a good quality but remember to find one that doesn’t make too much noise.

12. Home or business?

For business projectors, most of the time they will be used for projecting still images. A home projector, on the other hand, should be able to handle motion videos. Make sure you pick the most appropriate one for your needs.

13. Aspect ratio

This deals with the shape of the video image that you want to project. It depends on the source of the content. Most projectors today have an aspect ratio of 16:9.

14. Contrast ratio

Pictures with a higher contrast ratio are typically better than those whose ratio is lower. But this spec alone cannot be reliable as there are many other factors that come into play.