XGA vs WXGA Projector Resolutions. What’s the Difference?
Resolution is a crucial aspect of the projector selection process. You will either want a basic projector for general office/classroom powerpoint presentations, or you will want a top of the line HD projector for movie viewing or gaming in the comfort of your home. The resolution you choose will depend on what you plan to use the projector for.
What is Projector Resolution?
Projector resolution is the effective number of pixels that a projector can render. Picture elements, also known as pixels, are the individual microscopic dots that make up the final projected image. The aspect ratio refers to the amount of horizontal and vertical pixels, which in turn reflects the sizes and dimensions of the projected image. XGA (Extended Graphics Array) and WXGA (Wide Extended Graphics Array) are the most commonly used by most projectors these days.
Extended Graphics Array
XGA has an aspect ratio of 4:3, this resolution offers an effective resolution of 1024 by 768 pixels, which equals to 786,000 pixels being rendered at any given time which results in an even sharper image and great detail. Usually, the higher the number of total pixels in any given resolution, the clearer the overall projected image will be.
Wide Extended Graphics Array
WXGA carries a resolution of 1280 by 800 pixels, the WXGA resolution results in a much wider aspect ratio of 16:10, this means that the horizontal pixels make up twice the vertical pixels. The WXGA is the most commonly used resolution in many entry-level projectors these days, this is due to its clearer detailed images and very enticing price tag. The resolution for the WXGA equals 1,024,000 pixels.
Which Resolution is Right for Your Projector?
The number of resolutions a projector can display will also reflect on its price which is helpful when trying to decide which projector suits your needs. Paying more for a higher resolution projector may pay off if you need to display higher-end graphics, but entry to mid-level projector will offer a cost advantage while being able to do the job you need it to do.
Each company will have different needs and different budgets, so it is important to point out that both projectors types are great, so the decision is up to you.
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In this day and age, it is not uncommon to encounter fake products, so it’s no surprise that there now exists a market for counterfeit projectors and projector bulbs. These projectors are very convincing replicas in all aspects, apart than the actual functioning side of things!
While shopping for projectors online, it is imperative that customers make purchases from reputable projector websites and not from sites such as eBay or Amazon. These websites make it far too easy for sellers of fake products to get their products online and make money from inexperienced buyers.
The sad truth is that you might not know that the product you purchased is a fake until it arrives at your door, and by then it turns into a lot of hassle to try and return your product and get a refund. The internet is full of scam artists eager to make a quick buck.
To avoid something like this happening to you, there are a few things that you can look out for when buying a projector online. Here are our top 6 tips to consider when buying a projector:
If the price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. Projectors are not cheap products to purchase as they contain complicated technology that cannot be reproduced easily or cheaply. There is a constant R&D process behind the technology to ensure that the best products get to the market.
It’s a red flag when you read a product description for a projector with 1000 lumens priced for €100. This is impossibly cheap and not real, and if this was the actual case, then the seller would be losing hundreds of euros with every sell. On top of this, we can pretty much guarantee you that this projector does in fact not have 1000 lumens and will have a very dull image with low resolution.
Read the product reviews. In this day and age, consumers are running rampant with reviewing products and services. A simple and quick way to see if a product is counterfeit is to read the reviews from previous buyers. If you see a lot of complaints and negative comments on a product, it’s probably not the real deal and you should steer clear.
If you have already purchased a projector that you suspect is a fake product, there are a few tell-tale signs you should look for:
A lot of Amazon and eBay products state they have fixed focus. Although this sounds like a positive descriptor, what it actually means is that the projector needs to be an exact distance away from the projector screen for it to be in focus. If it is any closer or further away, then you have a blurry image. This is not an ideal situation if you have a limited amount of space for the projector.
If the price of the projector is less than €100, then forget about it. Even a low quality, low lumen projector will still begin to retail at around €150.
Not only are fake projectors bad quality, but they are also extremely dangerous. If you read a product description for a fake projector that says ‘turn off after 2-3 hours to avoid overheating’, this is a huge red flag. This is the company warning you that this machine is prone to overheating and possibly catching fire. Remember that these products are made with the cheapest in materials and are not reliable when it comes to safety.
On top of counterfeit projectors being dangerous and unreliable, there is also no guarantee attached to a projector bought from eBay or Amazon like there would be when purchasing from reputable companies such as Lightmeup.ie who are accredited and experienced Epson resellers. Epson states that their products are “covered by warranty against defects in workmanship and materials when operated under normal use and handling conditions, as indicated in the product documentation”.
The best way to avoid fake projectors entirely is to ensure you are purchasing your products from a reputable source. And although Amazon and eBay are great for purchasing everyday products and services, when it comes to technology, you should be careful who you trust.
At LightMeUp.ie, we pride ourselves in being able to give our customers the very best products, and the very best service. We are also specialists in the maintenance and servicing of all makes and models of projectors, so when you buy from us, we will always be by your side to help with any issue that might arise. We offer a 4-hour response time to calls within the Dublin region. And for all other calls outside of Dublin, we offer next day servicing.
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Are Lumens Important? The short answer is yes.
In fact, lumens are pretty important. Whether you need a projector for your home, office or school, there are many factors that should be considered before purchasing a projector; one of the main factors being lumens.
Projector lumens will always be listed in the projector specs, and to put things simply, the more lumens a projector produces, the brighter the image will be. It also means that the days of making a classroom or office pitch black before starting a projector are long gone, as the projector should be bright enough to project a perfect image in daylight.
What are Lumens?
Lumens are a way to measure brightness from light sources, so the more lumens a projector has, the brighter the light is. To help you better understand, below are some rough examples of lumens in other light sources:
- Candles – 13 lumens
- Average sunset – 400 lumens
- Car headlight – 1000 lumens
- 100 watt light bulb – 1600 lumens
- Projectors – these range from 500 lumens to 10,000 lumens
Do Lumens Matter?
As you can probably tell by now, lumens are one of the most important factors you need to consider before purchasing a projector. The brighter the projector is, the less dark or ambient light will matter with regards to picture quality. It also means you can place the projector as far away from the projector screen as desired.
Here is a rough guide of what can work when you have to choose a projector for different spaces.
- To use a projector in a living room with the lights off, you would need approximately 1,500 lumens to 2,000 lumens.
- To use a projector in an office or a small classroom with dimmed lights, you would need approximately 3,000 lumens. If it’s in a hall or larger area, then a 5/6/7/8k lumens projector could be the best choice.
- A movie theatre would need massive 20,000 lumens.
If you are unsure of what projector and lumens to choose for your space, it’s a good idea to get a specialist in projector installations to do a thorough site survey to assess the space, perhaps measure it out and to discuss what you need to achieve from your projector. A specialist will look at the full layout, stress test the walls and ceilings and advise on what the best mount, be it wall or ceiling, is best for space.
How Lumens Can Decrease Over Time
For projectors, the light source is within the bulb of the lamp. The bulb is of key importance to the amount of brightness a projector produces, and over time the brightness of the bulb will slowly decline and a replacement bulb can be bought to give the projector its lease of life back.
Light Me Up offers replacement bulbs for almost all projectors, and if you can’t find what you’re looking for, just ask! We are always expanding our range.
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