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The Budget-Friendly Projector

CP-X25LWN frontThink LED or laser projectors are the way to go to save on lamps? Think again because Hitachi’s CP-X25LWN can get 10,000 hours of use out of its lamp. Able to deliver 2,700 lumens of light, the CP-X25LWN’s lamp has a five-year warranty that covers it for 10,000 hours of use. That adds up to roughly ten years of five hours of use every school day. The projector itself delivers XGA resolution through a trio of LCD panels, has all the ports you’ll need as well as a 1.2X optical zoom lens. Happily, its air filter should last 10,000 hours as well, making maintenance a snap. The projector costs $839 and replacement lamps (with the filter included) are a reasonable $129.

Small but Powerful

F210WN_LCasio’s XJ F210WN projector starts with a solid-state illumination engine that instead of a measly 1,000 lumens of light, pumps out 3,500 lumens of brightness for lights-on, shades-up lessons. Its combination of LEDs and lasers means that you’ll never have to change a bulb again. The DLP-based projector features a wide 1.5X optical zoom lens and the XJ F210 can fill a 25-foot screen with wide-XGA 1,280 by 800 resolution images. It has a pair of HDMI inputs as well as 2GB of internal storage that should be good for a semester’s worth of teaching material. There's a wired LAN connection, but you’ll need to get the projector’s $100 802.11b/g adapter to use WiFi. The best part is that the XJ F210 is not only easy on electricity, using a maximum of about 200-watts, about half that of comparable traditional projectors, but is small and weighs just over 8-pounds. It costs $1,000.

Chromebook Now Projects

Iprojection chromebookAhead of Google’s merging of Android and Chromebook platforms, Epson helps those schools that use Chromebooks every day with some slick software. As is the case with the iProjection apps for iOS and Android are not only free but the new Chromebook version lets you pick what you want to show the class and it’s sent to the projector. On the downside, it only works with several Epson WiFi enabled projectors.

 

Big Screen

ManualGrande_180_200_title_mainEliteScreen’s Manual Grande's name says it all: Big screen without a motor to open and close it. The Manual Grande can be had in sizes of up to nearly 17-feet and is perfect for that large lecture hall or auditorium. With a 1.1 gain matte surface, the screen works well with just about any projector and has a wide black border. It comes with a 3-year school warranty.

 

HD and then Some

BenQ_CH100While their imaging is far from 4K resolution, high resolution projectors can add detail to lessons compared with older projectors. BenQ's CH100 does it all without a traditional lamp. At $1,800, it’s on the high side, but the CH100 is powered by LEDs, so it will never need a new lamp. Only about the size of a small notebook, it can deliver 1,000 lumens of brightness. With the latest digital light processing chip, the CH100 can create a 7.5-foot image 6-feet from the screen.

 

Small but Powerful

BenQ_i500BenQ raises the bar for small projectors with the $750 Colorific i500, which not only can wirelessly stream video but can be a Bluetooth speaker as well. Small and weighing just 3.3-pounds, the i500 is powered by LEDs so there’s no expensive lamp to change, although the projector delivers 1,280 by 800 resolution at only 500-lumens so turn the lights off. It can do something few projectors can: directly stream video from YouTube, Netflix, Hulu and other services. 

Best of ISTE: The Table that Projects

Feature_conen-table_320x180Epson’s BrightLink Pro family just got a lot bigger with the addition of the All-in-One Interactive Table. Basically an interactive short-throw projector aimed at a reflective tabletop, the Interactive Table lets teachers and students work the way they are most comfortable by changing the screen’s angle to the table. It can accommodate finger or pen input and everything is motorized for easy adjustments of the 50- by 67-inch work surface. Booth 3100.

 

Best of ISTE: Cut the Cord

2794fa32c6ff7057ab319331b27bf216_InFocus-IN5148HDLC-HeroInfocus’s IN5148HDLC projector not only shows full HD material but has the company’s LightCast receiver built in so it can connect with anything from a Chromebook or Android to PCs, Macs and iOS systems. It can deliver 5,000 lumens and its focus, zoom and lens shift are controllable through its remote control. Booth 3833.

 

Best of ISTE: No More Burned-Out Projector Lamps

Boxlight P12Because you never have to replace a burned out lamp and they use a lot less power than conventional projectors, laser projectors, like Boxlight Mimio’s P12 LTU device can be a lot cheaper to operate. Able to show an extra-wide 1,920 by 720 resolution, the ultra-short throw P12 projector has a six-segment DLP color wheel and can put 3,100 lumens onto a screen. It comes with MimioStudio Classroom software and you can order the P12 with touch and interactive technology. Booth 3311.

 

Project and Write

WBTE_01_03Projector screens that double as whiteboards for Dry Erase markers are always compromised: either they are dull or eventually show the telltale signs of stray marks that won’t go away. The latest WhiteBoardScreen from Elite Screens starts with a theater-quality screen that has a 1.1 gain with a matte finish that can improve the look of any projector. Its nanotech resin surface lets you write with dry markers and completely erase anything. Available in sizes as large as 5- by 10-feet, the WhiteBoardScreen has a shelf for holding the markers and eraser.

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