Your commercial AV customers can spend tens of thousands of dollars on an AV system—and a large chunk of that can go to the projector alone. The right projection device can make or break a pro AV project, so it’s important that you’re choosing reliable, high-quality brands that give your customers the best picture possible and can stand the test of time.
First off, it’s important that value-added resellers (VARs) keep projectors in mind, even in this age of digital signage, touchscreen displays and video walls. A projector is often better-suited than a digital screen in many pro AV or digital signage projects. This is especially true for customers with a tighter budget, especially if they need to display relatively simple text or video, such as in an educational environment, certain corporate facilities or a house of worship.
The next step is to find a high-quality device that you’ll be comfortable recommending for a wide range of customers. For your next pro AV project, consider the following five projector brands:
BenQ is a manufacturer of a wide variety of visual display solutions, including professional-grade projectors. Keep them in mind for your business and education customers and other end users that require incredible brightness and a high contrast ratio.
For those who need a high level of flexibility, BenQ also offers high-quality portable projectors that can be easily set up and operated, and then quickly relocated as needed.
Well-known in the audio/video world, Casio offers high-quality projectors that will suit a range of facilities. The company’s slim-line LED, laser and LED hybrid, and digital projectors are a great fit for both pro AV and digital signage projects in education, business and commercial applications.
For customers who need to save money where possible, check out Casio’s LampFree Projector line. These devices have low maintenance requirements and a hybrid light source that is designed to last up to 20,000 hours. The result is a lower total cost of ownership over the life of the product.
Epson is the leading manufacturer of projectors, with the No. 1 market share both in the U.S. and worldwide. The company makes projectors that are especially right-sized and affordable for education, corporate and small business environments. Their portable devices are popular with corporate customers thanks to their light weight, quick and easy setup, and simple control.
Hitachi is a leading manufacturer of both commercial and consumer technology. The company’s range of LCD and DLP video projectors is ideal for projects from large venues to small offices, K-12 schools and universities, houses of worship and more. The company also offers specialty devices, such as interactive and ultra-short throw projectors.
5. Optoma USA
Optoma USA is a leading supplier of DLP projectors for business, education, entertainment and mobile deployments. The company’s EH500 projector provides a 10,000:1 aspect ratio and full 3D, while their ML1000P portable LED projector features a unique touchpad design that allows for even easier operation.
What are your go-to projector brands for pro AV projects? What features make you choose one projector over another?