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I'm puzzled... I have 2 classrooms, one large with a projector and one small with a 75" tv. We project pretty much the same powerpoint presentations based on class sizes (up to 50 vs up to 20).

In each room I have a pc with mouse and keyboard to run those presentations which drives me crazy. They are unsightly, take up room and gather dust. Yet I can't seem to find a proper solution to do away with these, such as an integrated pc projector managed by a point & click handheld device to do away with keyboard/mouse.

Or am I not looking in the right place? Please someone tell me such equipment exists, thanks.
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The issue is that these features add cost to the projector which only a small percentage of people will use. Some projectors from companies certainly support some features, but then Microsoft will update PowerPoint and the projector no longer will function the way you want.

A computer is a 3-5 year purchase, a projector or television is a 7-10 year purchase. The two simply don't overlap.

That said, you can get a 'PC on a stick' solution that plugs into the TV directly or projector directly.

You can add small boxes which can run the applications or players you want that can live behind the TV or up with the projector quite easily and you get to pick and choose exactly how much power and quality you want.

That said: If you buy a $100 product, then that is a realistic amount more those projectors or TVs would cost to add those features. Add a wireless keyboard/mouse and that is even more cost that the projector would have to add.

For a feature that perhaps 1% or 5% of people actually want. Most people want to display content from their laptop. They DO want wireless, but there really is not a good wireless solution out there, so a wired connection is still the most reliable.

I've been in this business for years, and I certainly see your request quite often, but the projectors that are still in use from 7+ years ago wouldn't be able to play back the content from today, and you would have paid more and still need that external PC to run the show. Manufacturers are well aware of your request, and there is a real reason why they don't do it. Not to spite you, but because of the added cost and competition out there already.
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Thank you kindly for your expertise. You are saving my time and frustration!
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It is worth adding that as I hear of models, I try to stay up to date, and Optoma just released a few models which do have internal support for Office documents.

https://www.optomausa.com/search?query=365

This is one of the first I have seen that actually support native Office documents vs. converted documents.

I expect we will see more in the future, but I really wouldn't worry a ton about it considering just how many excellent options there are to this type of presentation.

As well, since many projectors are ceiling mounted, having a file on USB is no easier than having a file on a laptop. It still needs to get to the projector through some sort of connection.

That all said - There IS a solution that does cover what you are looking for that has been made available.

I know a lot of other companies advertise 'PC Free' presentation, but most just handle image files, not native Office documents like this one does. You can check Epson, BenQ, and others as well.
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