Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

Summary: If you're thinking of buying a new projector for your office meeting room, why not consider getting an LED TV instead. LED TVs are similar to LCD TVs except that LED TVs use LEDs for backlighting the LCD panel, instead of using fluorescent lamps for backlighting.

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If you're thinking of buying a new projector for your office meeting room, why not consider getting an LED TV instead. LED TVs are similar to LCD TVs except that LED TVs use LEDs for backlighting the LCD panel, instead of using fluorescent lamps for backlighting. The newer LED TVs based on edge-LED lighting are slimmer (about an inch thick), lighter and consume about 40 percent less power than ordinary LCD TVs.

I use 55-inch LED TVs at my workplace (also at home) and I find them much better than projectors:

  • Colors are much more accurate on an LED TV than on a projector. Colors often look washed out with projectors. In my work I need to present colors precisely; projectors just can't make the grade.

  • LED TVs work well in a bright room, with their high contrast ratio. Most projectors require a dim room and special screens. I prefer to conduct presentations in a bright room with an LED TV.

  • Most LED TVs are capable of Full High-Definition (HD) video. They are great for showing HD content on Blu-ray discs, also for HD video clips on YouTube. With projectors you often get blurry pictures as you fiddle with the focus and keystone controls.

  • LED TVs require little maintenance; you just need to wipe the fingerprints off the screen. With projectors you need to buy and change the lamps and clean the filters.

  • Sitting near the projector is uncomfortable because of the heat and the fan noise. No such problems with LED TVs, they are cool and quiet. If you're considering a plasma display, watch out for the heat and fan noise too.

But there are obvious drawbacks of LED TVs: LED TVs may be lighter than LCD TVs but they are still not as portable as most projectors. LED TVs also have a smaller screen size compared to projectors. The largest LED TVs available today are around 55 inches and they are expensive, though prices are falling.

I hope that someday with LED TV or better technology we can all enjoy sharp, color-accurate, high-contrast, high-definition images in meeting rooms everywhere.

Topics: Hardware, Emerging Tech, Google

Lee Lup Yuen

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Lee Lup Yuen is passionate about mobile phones and PDAs, as he is constantly buying new gadgets and programming them in J2ME, .NET, Symbian and AppForge.
He has developed commercial applications with mobile technologies like SMS, MMS, WAP, 3G video streaming and location-based services.

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  • Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

    If you compare LED TV with LED Projector, the most advantage you listed are not true. For example, the Sival Instruments's iSiVal HD LED Mini Projector MP720B1, and BenQ's Joybee have most advantages, and also portable.
    And because LED TV is not portable, the 40% power consumption less than LCD TV will not attract customer.
    anonymous
  • Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

    The title should change "Buying a LCD TV? Try an LED TV instead"
    anonymous
  • Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

    Along with my LED TV, I tossed around the idea of installing a boiler and bathroom fan for the noise contrast and heat blowing on the back of my neck. But it escalated my cost to the point that I might as well have bought a projector and screen and settled for a shitty picture.
    anonymous
  • Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

    Nothing listed above qualifies as a justification for the price difference you will end up paying. I think the analysis is inadequate.
    anonymous
  • Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

    I was wondering if an LED TV would be better than an LCD for displaying things to clients. I tried taking my laptop to a TV shop and connected it via the DVI slot on laptop to a HDMI convertor/cable and while the image was OK at full resolution, all teh TV's has slightly pixelated text which seems a shame. I tried Samsung/Sony etc. and ALL text was pixelated - I set 1920X1080 output on laptop and TVs were showing 1920X1080 input. I just dont understand if LED will be better than Plasma and LCD at this or they are all teh same - never as good as a proper monitor.

    Any help would be great.
    anonymous
  • RE: Buying a projector? Try an LED TV instead

    I agree with you. The iSiVaL is super portable and TVs can't expand their image size. I recorded a video that might bring some ideas to the table - http://jessebandersen.blogspot.com/2010/03/isival-instruments-mini-projector.html

    Yes you need to use projectors in darker rooms but that's not a big issue for a lot of people who already own a tv.
    anonymous
  • I am still an favor of LCD instead of LED TV, because they visualize all the things for the audience.although led signs are cheaper than other advertising.
    anonymous