Portable Projectors

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Portable Projectors

Posted by Christina Jaeger on May 9, 2018 8:09 am

Hi All,

I am needing to update my portable projectors. Does anyone have recommendations? 

Christina Jaeger
Associate Director, Operations
Highsmith Student Union, UNC Asheville 
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Re: Portable Projectors

Posted by Spencer Desmarais on May 9, 2018 11:55 am

Hi Christina,

We've been having fairly good luck with Panasonic's new line of laser projectors. Through my AV rep I've gotten pretty good deals on them, $/lumen wise, and so far they've been rock solid. And since they're laser, no lamps to change or buy ever, yay.

Good luck,

Re: Portable Projectors

Posted by Michael McKean on May 9, 2018 4:52 pm

Do you have a price point?  Also how are these going to be used, are people checking them out on loan or are they being used for events?  How bright do they need to be?  My suggestion to you is to call Panasonic, Sony, and Epson and have them come out to campus with some projectors.  Trust me they love coming out to campus if it means making a sale.  http://www.projectorcentral.com is an awesome resource.  In fact you can use their tools to determine how bright and how far the projectors can throw.  I can tell you from a price comparison Epson is the cheapest and stuill makes an awesome product.  Call some SONY, EPSON, and Panasonic they will come out and show you their products.


Re: Portable Projectors

Posted by Christina Jaeger on May 10, 2018 9:56 am

Hi Michael,

We will mainly be using them in meeting rooms where we do not have built in technology.  Our IT folks suggested 4-5k lumens, but a lot of the portable ones I saw when browsing were more in the 3,000 range. Our current ones are older NEC and Epson ones. 

Re: Portable Projectors

Posted by Rochelle Upshur on May 11, 2018 1:03 pm

Hi Christina, 

My A/V coordinator would be  more than happy to discuss this with you. 

His name is Vann Wheeler and he can be reached at ​vhwheeler@vcu.edu or 804-828-3499


Re: Portable Projectors

Posted by Schanck David on May 16, 2018 8:48 am

Hi Christina,

I agree with Michael on getting reps from the company out to look at the spaces you are talking about.

I think that 4-5k lumens could be a little high for a meeting space, but it is dependent on size, natural light, and room lighting.

You will also want to look to see what connections the different projectors have available and what devices your IT department is deploying, if any. More computers are not coming with VGA connectors which has been the standard connectors for years. You'll just want to make sure that you are clear to people what connection capabilities the system has because you may have different groups walking in to the space expecting it to work for the laptop, phone, or tablet and be disappointed when they realize they needed to bring something to connect to the projector because they need a special adapter.

David Schanck
Technical Coordinator/ College Union Facility Manager
Gettysburg College

Re: Portable Projectors

Posted by Brian Koehler on May 16, 2018 11:32 am

If you are able to get the room dark - 3k lumen will be sufficient for a 80" - 90" classroom screen (you will however sacrifice some clarity of the image) - this is what we have in our rental stock with VGA only connection

If you are fighting daylight - 5k will be pushing it from a 15'-20' throw onto a 9'x12' screen (that is what we have for our portable units) - these have VGA and HDMI connection

Our new in-room units are the 6k laser projectors - technology has caught up to price point.  We had 5 rooms installed for under $30k.  (Now they did not have to run any new conduit - so that helped the install price being a bit lower) - these are HDMI only connection

Technology has been getting away from VGA and moved onto new connections - switcher boxes (or the endless tackle box of adapters and connectors) are becoming a necessity.

If I could only make $100 for every time we get a professor trying to run a presentation off of an iPhone (even after we explain they can save it to their university drive and use the in-room PC) - I could buy our union building. - "Oh - it's in Keynote and has special transitions - great!"

Re: Portable Projectors

Posted by Christina Jaeger on May 21, 2018 2:33 pm

Thanks for all the feedback. 
The IT person for our campus recommended:
NEC 4700 lumen HD resolution and/or a similar NEC 4700 lumen WXGA resolution. 
Does anyone have feedback or familiarity with this brand and how it compares to some of the others mentioned?