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Hello I'm looking for probably a short throw projector into a small meeting room 5x4m (16x13 feet).
The room has small windows so daylight is not an issue.

Current screen in the room is:
6,5 feet 1:1 (counted from meters 2x2m)
Current projector is there is: Dell S300 (real [censored]), screen is not fully used because it's too long.

I'm looking for the projector with these requirements

resolution: Full HD (1920x1080) or higher
good for projection from ceiling

and wireless projection - but I'm thinking about 3rd party solution instead of having wi-fi and some software installed.

usage: presentations + some videos




I've checked the forums and some reviews and selected these candidates but I would welcome all suggestion because I do not have previous experience with projectors and it's requirements.


Optoma EH200ST
Optoma EH415ST


Optoma W415
Optoma EH30
BenQ SH940

As I wasn't given price range I wanted to present 3 projectors within 600 - 3000 USD.

I'm not very sure if I should care about lamp life but I would prefer longer lamp life, maybe even led projector if it fits the requirements.


Thank you for all your suggestions and answers.
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Your setup isn't that complex. The room really doesn't need a short throw projector, and it is best to use LCD in a mixed use conference room for their high brightness with color content.

The screen is obviously pretty outdated. It's never going to be the correct aspect ratio and you will never use all of it. In fact, your higher resolution request, without a larger screen, will make text much smaller than it currently is, but should give you some flexibility if you move up in screen size in the future.

The wireless request is a joke.

I think this is said several times a week, but here it is again:
Streaming video at 60fps which is typical computer monitor refresh rate requires a network capable of supporting about 3Gbs. That's 3 times faster than a wired gigabit corporate network... Per video stream.

To achieve wireless, you push things down to 3-10 frames per second, and you give up a ton of image quality. They do have point to point HDMI transmitters, and products like ClickShare from Barco which are ridiculously expensive. On top of that, you have huge compatibility and reliability issues to contend with. Some PCs work, some do not. Mac vs. Windows, Dell vs. HP. Most of the time they work, most of the time they are fine for PowerPoint. But, videos suck almost always, and that 20% of the time they don't work, it presents a significant headache for technical support and may severely disrupt presentations.

No.

Having wireless AND a wired connection is a must for reliable system operation. There are plenty of wireless options out there, most of which equally are so-so. But, add that wire to the front of the room or conference table, which allows for a presenter to make a hard wired connection. It will save you headaches and nightmares.

On to the projector... Your screen is about 79" wide. Less than a 100" diagonal, which is pretty small overall. The screen surface area is about 28 square feet in 16:9 format, and only needs about 3,000 lumens to properly fill the screen under normal florescent lighting.

All projectors can be ceiling mounted, so that's not an issue, and I will assume you can put the projector anywhere along the ceiling and several inches above the top of the screen without a problem. If you have more specific placement issues, then you may need to pick a different model, or enter that in the search criteria.

This list:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=300&p=3200&w=&r=16&br=&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=1.0.0&c=&ar=&dvi=&wr=&pjl=0&pjw=0&pjh=0&td=&is=&i=d&tr=&oop=1&sort=pop&sz=15

Shows LCD 1920x1200 projectors which fit your price range. There are none that I would object to, but I lean towards Panasonic for long term reliability. Still, Epson, Sony, and Hitachi are all fine products.

If you do need some height adjustment, then you will need vertical lens shift, which is an option for the search criteria...

http://www.projectorcentral.com/projectors.cfm?g=1&hide=0&st=1&mfg=&p=300&p=3200&w=&r=16&br=&ll=<g=&t=&db=&dt=1.0.0&c=&ar=&dvi=&wr=&vls=1&pjl=0&pjw=0&pjh=0&td=&is=&i=d&tr=&oop=1&sort=pop&sz=15

It knocks a few models off the list, specifically the cheapest models.

If I were to recommend a single model, this would be it:
http://www.projectorcentral.com/Panasonic-PT-FZ570.htm

It offers extensive zoom range and can hit your 2m wide screen from 8' to 14'10" away (2.4m-4.5m). If installed at about 4.3m lens to screen (towards the back of the room), then you could increase the screen size in the future to about 3.5m wide maximum. About 2.9m wide (133" diagonal) would be about as large as I would recommend.

It has the brightness, good zoom range, horizontal and vertical lens shift (great placement flexibility), two HDMI inputs, wireless options, HD-Base-T integrated (awesome!), and a price point in line with your budget (at least here in the US).

It's a newer model design with the latest features, a lamp rated to 6,000+ hours, and a 3-year warranty.
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Sep 13, 2016 8:33 AM):
Your setup isn't that complex. The room really doesn't need a short throw projector, and it is best to use LCD in a mixed use conference room for their high brightness with color content.
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Thank you for the recommendations, the maximum width of screen is 2 meters (bigger screen won't fit there)

I think that I will present these 4 and let management to pick one

I also tried to finde something from Epson to get something in the middle but it's almost impossible because their dumb marketing put different names in US and EU at the same products so Epson is not an option without conversion table.

Optoma EH200ST (like cheap option)
Optoma EH415ST
Panasonic PT-VZ570
Panasonic PT-FZ570U (like expensive option)

What I do not understand is difference between LED and LCD in bright ness, some LEDs gives brightness about 800 lumens which is relly low compared to the 3k from LCD.
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LED is garbage.

No, not really.

But, LED light sources in projectors are very dim. The brightest ones still are well under 1,000 lumens which is just not bright enough for any conference room really.

Conference room projectors with solid state light engines are using lasers instead. The lasers hit a phosphor which delivers far more brightness than LED can deliver. And you pay for it to the tune of several thousands of dollars.

Anyway, I like DLP for some home cinema use, but their brightness claims are garbage for business use. They are far less bright than claimed, which really puts LCD out there way ahead of them.

See:
http://www.colorlightoutput.com/
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Quote (AV_Integrated on Sep 19, 2016 5:24 PM):

Thank you for review about LED.

I also tried the page you sent, and compared some projectors
and read about rooms and light a bit

and it seems that for our room 2500 lms might be sufficient

And I'm thinking about these epsons
Epson EB-U04 (3000 lumens at color output page)
Epson EH-TW6600W (2 500)

I put them in compare with current dell S300, and it seems that everything is just better

The optoma DLP projectors had much white brightness but also lower color brightness.

http://www.projectorcentral.com/parts_compare.cfm?pid_1=8407&pid_2=9450&pid_3=8835&pid_4=8304&pid_5=5496&pid_6=9225&pid_7=7160&pid_8=8503&pid_9=9224

There is really a lot of projectors to choose and it confusing if you did not have any before