Projectors have been mainstays in schools and other educational facilities for as long as we can remember. Whilst technology has advanced significantly in recent years, providing the features that educators need to take the creation of interactive and engaging learning materials to the next level, there is one projector type in particular that throws up countless questions…
The short throw projector is widely advertised as one of the best you can buy in the current classroom projection equipment market. Many projectors after all require a theatre like setting to work at their best, making modern day classrooms not so well equipped. Short throw projectors are different however, and use the latest technology to ensure the distance between projector and screen isn’t so much of an issue. In this post, we reveal the pros and cons of short throw projectors allowing you to decide whether they are the right projector type for you.
Great news for small classrooms
Classrooms on the smaller side have often been deemed unsuitable environments for the average projector, that is until the short throw! Many models can produce an image when placed less than one metre away from the screen, with a 70-inch screen size possible in most cases. Unlike other projector types, short throw projectors have a shorter throw ratio – normally of 0.38 to 0.75 – meaning high quality imagery can be produced when the projector is placed as little as 68cm away.
Ultra short throw models go one step further thanks to throw ratios of less than 0.38.
No chance of a closer look
Whilst the curved, fish eye lens used in short throw projectors has many technological advantages over the standard lens used in long throw products, the lack of zoom function can pose a problem. Ultra short throw projectors have the same issue, which can be a difficult transition if you’ve been used to the zoom function of standard models.
Better portability and user experience
With many projectors, most teachers report a rather ‘bright’ user experience, that is if they haven’t tripped over the wires and cables connecting the projector to the mains. Short throw projectors have no such problems, with the decreased distance between projector and screen meaning less chance of troublesome screen shadows and a less blinding experience for teachers. The latest short throw projectors are also highly portable, and can be moved around the school with ease.
Portability makes them easy targets
Whilst the improved portability of the latest models is a plus point for schools looking to use classroom technology in multiple locations, it does makes them easy targets for burglars. Increased security measures may be required when utilising short throw projection in your school compared with the bulkier, fixed projectors.
Viewing preferences aside, short throw projectors are more costly than long throw projection equipment but for schools sporting smaller classrooms this is often an extra cost worth footing. To find out more about the pros and cons of short throw projection, contact us today.