I know you’re probably out there right now looking to purchase me your usual assortment of socks and sweaters as holiday gifts, but I was hoping this year to leave this letter on the kitchen counter and have you read this before you went shopping.
A projection screen is a large reflective surface, usually white, that’s typically hung on a wall in a room at some distance in front of any type of digital or film projector for the purposes of entertainment, training, education or a sales presentation.
If your home theater system is missing a solid projector, then the Pyle Pro PRJSD188 is worth checking out. It’s a feature-rich projector that supports 1080p full HD and 720p HD, as well as both rear and front projection.
If Epson charged by the lumen and applied pico projector rates, the new Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD Projector would cost tens of thousands of dollars. Instead, it’s only a couple of hundred dollars more than a pocket projector, yet it puts out an astonishing (by pico standards) 2800 lumens.
The Sony HDR-PJ580V is absolutely feature-packed for a camcorder at this level, and one of the most “illuminating” functions of the camera is its very own built-in projector, located on the back of the flip-out LCD screen.
Pocket projectors, also known as pico projectors, are getting brighter and more capable. Although they're still no match for a high-lumen home theater projector, these small wonders are unsurpassed in terms of size and ultra portability.
When the software you need to view your documents is embedded in the projector itself, you don’t necessarily need to drag along a computer. And if the projector has internal memory for storing content, you don’t necessarily need a flash stick or memory card either.
Some people buy an iPad to step up to a screen size larger than their iPod touch. But consider the 1.2-pound Joybee GP2 Ultra Portable Mini Projector from BenQ. With its battery detached, it weighs less than an iPad or iPad 2, yet the image projected from a docked iPod or iPhone dwarfs anything shown on a tablet.
Carrying out triple duty as a pocket projector, supplemental battery and stand for any iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch), the Pico Power Projector II from MiLi is a multi-purpose accessory that fits under the just-might category.
There are plenty of gifts you can give to computer users that will tickle their fancy, but not all of them are ideal for people who are always on the go. Sure, a 5.1-channel sound system is great for home use, but nobody wants to carry that around on a business trip or on vacation. Certainly there are better ideas for mobile users.
Spanning the world of projector technologies, LG Electronics has introduced several LED-based portables, including one with a TV tuner and a high-end LCoS 3D projector bundled with six pairs of polarized glasses.
Three Network Education Series Projectors from Hitachi America have been introduced that will have particular appeal for educational institutions. All the models can be networked via built-in LAN ports and come with Hitachi’s PJMan projector-management software.
A home-theater projector capable of full HD and 3D, too, priced at under $1,500? Those are the latest specs to beat for affordable big 3D entertainment. The Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector incorporates a Texas Instruments 1080p DLP chip set and the ability to create images up to 300 inches in size.
Just because the outdoor drive-in movie complex has largely disappeared from American suburbs doesn’t mean you can’t set up your own theater—in the driveway. You may already own some of the components, and they don’t necessarily have to be seated in a convertible.