To suit any size or shape of projectors
Whatever use you require a projection system for whether it be an office presentation or an elaborate home cinema set-up it is important that your projector, whatever type it may be, is mounted safely, securely and in the optimum position. The wide range of mounts available in today's market provide an excellent range to suit any size or shape of projector to create the best picture possible. Whether it be a shelf, desktop or the more common projector ceiling mounts, there will be a product out there to suit any consumers needs.
As many mounts and indeed projectors themselves come with fairly universal fittings, weight is probably more important than shape or size. A large number of the mounts on the market come with a maximum load capacity of 25-26lbs, slightly more heavy duty mounts going up to 75lbs and for the largest of projectors some mounts can take a load up to 350lbs. It is important that you properly check the specifications, both weight and size dimensions, of your projector to make the correct choice.
If you are purchasing your projector for use in a more public setting such as in the office or in a school classroom it is definitely worthwhile considering the security implications of your mount purchase. The products available vary security-wise with some very secure mounts incorporating a fully lockable cage that your projector sits in and still has a full range of movement and ventilation.
In terms of the scope of movement that any mount provides, as you would expect varies a great deal between products. Generally most mounts provide 360 degrees of rotation and between 10 and 30 degrees of roll and pitch to get the angle just right for the screen, often involving a ball and socket joint that some people find clumsy. More complex mounts offer precise positioning involving double jointed support arms which can be independently positioned to avoid obstructing any access or ventilation, thus avoiding any build up of heat which may shorten the life of your projectors lamp.
Manufacturers & Warranty's
Amongst the many good manufacturers who produce mounts are companies such as Peerless, Progressive, Chief, Bretford and Premier mounts. Prices start at about $100 for the simpler small projector mounts and you can expect to pay around $150 to $250 for the more complex adjustable mounts. The heavy duty 'cage' like secure models tend to retail at around $350 range.
As with all products relating to your projector ensure that there is sufficient warranty that accompanies the purchase, usually at least one year with some manufacturers offering a limited lifetime guarantee. Also, it is worth noting that many manufacturers recommend professional installation of your mount, especially the more heavy duty models which often require specific support of a ceiling joist or if you are installing on a 'false' ceiling.