Industry leaders in LCD products
Sharp's range of projectors is aimed at business users, and they have an excellent range to choose from. They are also one of the few companies who manufacture a model specifically for use in large venues. Most of Sharp projectors are equipped with Sharp Image Quality (IQ), the technology that has allowed Sharp to become one of the industry leaders in LCD products.
Their projectors for business use are separated into two main groups - mobile projectors and conference room projectors. Both the mobile projectors weigh in at 3.2lbs and are small enough to be carried around with ease. They might even fit into your laptop bag. At under $2000, the cheaper model represents fairly good value for money, although the display resolution is bound to limit the projector's performance somewhat. However, if you are only likely to be showing PowerPoint presentations or relatively undemanding tasks, then you might not consider it worthwhile to spend an extra $600 that would buy you the model above. However, this model is considerably more future proof, offering a resolution of XGA 1024x768. Both mobile models are compatible with PC, MAC, DTV and HDTV.
Conference Room Projectors
Conference room models start at around $1400 for a basic SVGA 800x600 model and prices rise to the $5000 mark for a top of the range projector. All models are equipped with Sharp IQ and all except the entry model operate in an XGA 1024x768 resolution. As these models are generally used for still graphics, such as is common in a PowerPoint presentation, these models are all LCD projectors.
To further enhance your business' presentation potential, Sharp also manufacture a Network Converter, which allows multiple projectors and computers to be linked together on one network through an Ethernet connection. Through this technology a projector can be controlled simultaneously by multiple users, both locally and remotely, which is a very useful feature during presentations that may be given by more than one person, or may require the control of more than one operator.
Sharp's large venue projector, the XG-P25X is an LCD projector that is bright enough to work in most large auditoriums. At 4000 ANSI lumens, the power of the XG-P25X is not something to be messed with, and combined with the XGA 1024x768 resolution, promises a very satisfactory result. At 21.4lbs, this isn't a projector that you would want to move around very often; in fact it is probably something that should be permanently fixed to a projector ceiling mount. There are many other projectors in this field made by other manufacturers, so it is worth investigating a company that perhaps specializes more in this area than Sharp do before making your choice. However, for the $7000 or so price-tag, you are unlikely to find a projector that matches its performance.