Today PC Magazine published an article reviewing some projectors and started with a review of what factors they consider important for selecting a projector. The author, M. David Stone, suggests that many people don't realize that some of what they consider important criteria are actually not (read the article here http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2071665,00.asp
). I have to disagree with him on three of his assertions. First, he says that for most business presentations an SVGA (800 x 600) resolution projector is just fine. I beg to differ. If all you are displaying is text, that may be OK, but today's top presenters are using visuals to support their message which require an XGA resolution projector as the minimum acceptable. I wonder if he has been sitting through too many boring text based presentations and thinks mistakenly that text is what top presenters use. Second, he suggests that if you have a wide screen laptop that you should consider getting a projector that is wide screen. I don't see the need. Wide screen projectors are so much more expensive and if you are going to be in situations where a room does not have a wide screen projector, you need to be prepared to present with a regular ratio projector. I own a wide screen laptop and run it in regular XGA mode so that what I see on my screen is exactly what the projector will see. Third, he says that when buying a projector, brighter is not always better. He claims that staring at a bright image for too long is hard on the eyes. Only true if that image is mostly white. That's why I suggest presenters not use a white background so that they don't tire the eyes of the audience. When you are selecting a projector, he says you need to consider what is myth and what is not. I agree. Don't necessarily believe all you read in the press. Test the ideas against what the real world tells us is true for top presenters like yourself.