15 Steps to Choosing a Projector for the Conference Room or Laptop

 
 
By M. David Stone  |  Posted 2008-09-25 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Choosing a video and slide projector for permanent installation in a corporate boardroom or conference room is different from picking a mobile laptop projector for, say, road warriors to stash in their luggage. Choosing a video and slide projector for either the conference room or a mobile laptop projector still requires an eye for resolution and brightness, splash screens and Wi-Fi, but features like password security, ceiling mounts and network control suddenly matter. Projector vendors such as InFocus, Panasonic, Viewsonic, Hitachi, Sanyo, Sharp, NEC, HP, Dell and others offer different combinations and qualities of some or all of what you need in corporate video and slide projectors for the conference room and mobile laptop projectors. From motion detectors and ceiling mounts to splash screens and WiFi, editor David Stone identifies the 15 issues to consider in choosing a video and slide projector for the conference room and a mobile laptop projector.

Choosing a video and slide projector for permanent installation in a corporate boardroom or conference room is different from picking a mobile laptop projector for, say, road warriors to stash in their luggage. 

Choosing a video and slide projector for either the conference room or a mobile laptop projector still requires an eye for resolution and brightness, splash screens and Wi-Fi, but features like password security, ceiling mounts and network control suddenly matter. Projector vendors such as InFocus, Panasonic, Viewsonic, Hitachi, Sanyo, Sharp, NEC, HP, Dell and others offer different combinations and qualities of some or all of what you need in corporate video and slide projectors for the conference room and mobile laptop projectors.

What follows are the 15 issues to review and consider when you set out to choose a video and slide projector for the conference room and a mobile laptop projector.

Security and Passwords

At the top of the list is security for the projector itself. Anything as small and lightweight as a typical projector is a potential target for theft. Probably the most common security feature is a password that you have to enter before you can view anything. 

Types of Passwords

Any password option is worth having, but there's more than one variation on passwords, and many projectors offer more than one. Some projectors can be set to ask for a password every time you turn them on. Depending on how many people are using the projector, however, and how often each one uses it, this could lead to people writing the password down where a thief might find it. 

Motion Detection and Password

A more interesting option depends on built-in motion detectors. Some projectors can ask for a password when the projector senses that it's been moved. A major advantage of this approach is most users will never have to bother with a password, and won't need to know it, making it easier to keep the password secure.

Splash Screens

Some projectors let you create your own splash screen. The screen will show when you turn the projector on, and you can use it to announce who the projector belongs to. The splash screen should have a password of its own that may or may not be the same as the power-on password. Some also require a separate password before you can change the screen.



 
 
 
 

M. David Stone is an award-winning freelance writer and computer industry consultant with special areas of expertise in imaging technologies (including printers, monitors, large-screen displays, projectors, scanners, and digital cameras), storage (both magnetic and optical), and word processing. His 25 years of experience in writing about science and technology includes a nearly 20-year concentration on PC hardware and software. He also has a proven track record of making technical issues easy for non-technical readers to understand, while holding the interest of more knowledgeable readers. Writing credits include eight computer-related books, major contributions to four others, and more than 2,000 articles in national and worldwide computer and general interest publications. His two most recent books are The Underground Guide to Color Printers (Addison-Wesley, 1996) and Troubleshooting Your PC, (Microsoft Press, 2000, with co-author Alfred Poor).

Much of David's current writing is for PC Magazine, where he has been a frequent contributor since 1983 and a contributing editor since 1987. His work includes feature articles, special projects, reviews, and both hardware and software solutions for PC Magazine's Solutions columns. He also contributes to other magazines, including Wired. As Computers Editor at Science Digest from 1984 until the magazine stopped publication, he wrote both a monthly column and additional articles. His newspaper column on computers appeared in the Newark Star Ledger from 1995 through 1997.

Non-computer-related work includes the Project Data Book for NASA's Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (written for GE's Astro-Space Division), and magazine articles and AV productions on subjects ranging from cosmology to ape language experiments. David also develops and writes testing scripts for leading computer magazines, including PC Magazine's PC Labs. His scripts have covered a wide range of subjects, including computers, scanners, printers, modems, word processors, fax modems, and communications software. He lives just outside of New York City, and considers himself a New Yorker at heart.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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