This year 18 education suitable projectors representing 10 manufacturers are represented.
It is projector selection time for US (and many other countries) K-12 schools looking for projectors for the 2016-2017 school year. In addition, many universities, colleges and medical schools are also on the hunt for the best performance and best value projectors as well as projectors with special capabilities.
Our Education Projector Report this year looks at 18 new projectors that cover a wide spectrum of what is available, from very inexpensive value oriented projectors, to those with advanced networking, to high power projectors capable of handling large university classrooms, and small auditoriums. It includes a number of interactive projectors all of which are ultra short throw projectors that typically mount above the screen surface - a white board.
Editor's Note: Projectors continue to improve but many of the technologies are maturing, as a result, projector manufacturers no longer replace most models every year. For that reason: Those projectors from previous years reports that received awards, and that still meet our requirements of being current models at least until the fall of 2016, have been integrated into this year's report.
Although many projectors from last year are still great choices and some of the top sellers to schools, previous winners will not be competing for this year's awards, but you should consider them excellent projectors fully comparable to this year's winners and equally worthy of consideration. -art
We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report.
Our goal is to demonstrate a wide range of capabilities, to help decision makers understand the options, and choose wisely. Those decision makers include IT and AV managers, Tech coordinators, teachers/professors, as well as people on the business side, such as buyers.
There are at roughly 500 business and education projectors currently available in the US. Figure that at the very least, 1/3 of those would have to be considered suitable for some aspect of the Education market. Thus, no publication is capable of taking a close look - that is, review - all of those that are possible fits. The greatest analysis likely comes from the few state consortiums such as the IEC - the Iowa Education Consortium who's efforts allow school districts from multiple states to buy through their consortium. Our goal is different, than categorizing hundreds of projectors and recommending many dozens, and working out pricing. We're trying to help you understand what goo projectors that meet your needs might look like. Our winners reflect the most capable - for different reasons. Some will be ideal for your needs, others won't be a good fit.
- What's in This Year's Report
- Reviews Section - Product Capsules, and links to full reviews of projectors listed in this report
- The Best In Classroom Award Winners
- Learn about our Annual Best In Classroom Awards
- Defining Expectations - Key Considerations
(repeated from previous years - with some updates)
- District Level/State Level IT/AV/Tech Coordinator
- School Level IT/AV/ Tech Coordinator
- Buyers: School, District, State, Consortium
- Understanding the physical classroom environment for projector selection
- Special Features - Are these capabilities you need?