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Hello,

I am new to the projector world and was wondering if anyone can help me choose a projector, I don't want to go to a store have them sucker me into buying the most expensive projector. The room isn't that big, probably fits around 10 people that has a conference table. I mainly need it for presentations and need it to have wireless so I don't have to keep plugging my laptop in and be able to use my phone to send presentations to it. I was looking at the Epson Powerlite 1222 LCD Projector. I didn't know what the LCD was for and I couldn't find any reviews that was helping me out. My price range is around $600 and lower. Please anyone help a new person out.

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First and foremost: Be very cautious on wireless. Wireless video is typically a joke, it rarely works well, and often doesn't work at all. The systems that do work really well, and there are some that do, cost about five to ten times what your budget is - not kidding.

Run a $5 cable to your computer and you get perfect results every time, try to use wireless and you may find yourself wasting hundreds of dollars of billable time to have an image that looks poor.

Your laptops do NOT have wireless video transmitters magically built into them, and while something like an iOS device may have some connectivity, it will be limited. You will have to download programs and drivers to make any wireless product work to display and it will use network resources to establish the wireless connection which should be considered against the backdrop of any corporate network environment. It also will be proprietary software which will be used and is entirely under the control of the manufacturer as to any compatibility issues will be dealt with.

There are wireless aftermarket products which you can look at and consider which connect to the projector that may fulfill your desire for wireless video presentation, but they will be proprietary as there is no standard wireless video interface that exists.

Now, all that said, I would recommend the brightest widescreen projector that fits your budget. Widescreen because we don't live in 1999 anymore, and HDMI for the same reason.

I put together a search for you...
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=0&p=700&w=&r=&br=2500&br=10000&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=&c=&ar=Wide+%2816%3A9-10%29&dvi=13&wr=&pjl=&pjw=&pjh=&td=&i=d&is=&sort=brt&sz=15

I took the budget up to $700 just to capture some which are right over $600 and then sorted the list by brightness. A requirement for widescreen and at least 2,500 lumens.

I think I would take that Vivitek right at the top of the list. It is just a few bucks over budget, but very close, it is bright enough to handle 80" to 120" in almost any room with a solid image. The resolution is excellent for PC presentations and it comes with a good 3-year warranty.

That is a good projector for the money, if you want anything non-projector related, then buy it as an accessory after the fact.

If you really want to try that wireless feature, then go with the Epson 1262W, also on the list I provided.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/Epson-PowerLite_1262W.htm

Epson is a good company, and I don't want you to feel like I'm slamming you, but I have yet to see wireless work with the smooth quality that you see in an iOS type product ever. The video always is diminished and it can be very distracting from presentations. I did recently see a good wireless setup that was something like $10,000 or so (really pricey!). It used USB dongles to connect directly to a receiver which then connected to the projector. So, wired to the projector, but wireless from the laptop.

As I said, if you have your heart set on the wireless, then going with Epson is a good choice, but do get the widescreen model. You give up about 15%+ of the brightness of the Vivitek, but that shouldn't matter a great deal.
[Edited by AV_Integrated on Sep 25, 2013 at 9:20 AM]
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I was looking at the ones that weren't wireless, would you think this Epson VS220 SVGA 2700 lumens color brightness, 2700 lumens white brightness, HDMI, 3LCD Projector is good for me to buy? OR the Infocus In116. I saw the Vivitek, it has blu ray and 3D which I really don't need as I will only be using it at the office.
[Edited by Big Z on Sep 26, 2013 at 7:16 AM]
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The Vivitek doesn't have Blu-ray. It has typical video support which is common across all projectors and many may support 3D from a PC even if it isn't listed.

Bottom line tends to be that brighter is better and 2,700 vs. 3,600 lumens is a big jump.

As well, if you don't OWN a laptop with a 4x3 screen, then don't buy any projector with a 1024x768 or 800x600 resolution unless you want to start off with something which is 5+ years out of date.

The only reason to buy a 4:3 projector is that you have 4:3 projection screens already installed, which is worth mentioning.

Keep in mind, most replacement projection lamps run $200-$300.
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