If you’re planning to install a home theatre at your workplace or college for recreation purpose, then the projector must be the first thought that came in your mind. There were days when the cost of big TVs was so high that people used to invest in projectors instead of television. However, the market has changed significantly in the past few years and buying a smart TV no longer remains a luxury. There are many brands that are selling high-quality smart TVs at affordable prices. However, before picking up one among projector or smart TV, make sure that you study their specifications and cost in detail. We have put together this guide in terms of picture quality, price, size, and ease of installation of both smart TV and projector for your school/college or office.
Projector or Smart TV: Making the Right Choice
When talking about size, projectors were leading the race hands down. However, the scenes have changed now. Nowadays, getting your hands on a high-end smart TV with 85-inch screen size is not a luxury. Many brands like Samsung, LG, Lloyd, Globus, Hitachi are offering an affordable range of smart TVs. However, still, projectors are an inch ahead of smart TV in the respect of size. With projectors, you can get a screen size of 100-120 inches easily at a lot lesser price. Hence, the winner here is a projector.
The brightness of the projected image also depends on the ambience of the room where the projector is installed. If the room is brightly-lit, the screen tends to become dull. However, this is not the case with television. The smart TVs come with adaptive brightness to adjust the light reflected accordingly. On the other hand, watching television in dark rooms can be strenuous for your eyes. This is the reason why watching movies in theatres are easy on the eyes. Still, television leads the way in terms of brightness when compared to projectors. In case of ambient rooms, you need a device whose brightness won’t wash out. Hence, smart television remains a winner in this respect.
Projector or Smart TV: Contrast
Contrast is one of the most important factors to determine while narrowing down on a projector/smart TV. The brightness of a projector can be deduced by looking at its lumen rating while the black levels is determined by how dark can you get your projector room. When it comes to contrast, TVs have a way ahead of the projector. They can battle ambient light to a certain extent whereas projectors don’t stand a chance. If you’re planning to keep a home theatre in a too bright or too dark room, smart television is the one thing to go by.
Nowadays, the smart televisions come with a mind-boggling 4K resolution that displays a gamut of colours on the screen. In short, the TVs these days bring the picture to life. On the other hand, if you’re planning to buy a full HD 4K projector, then you might have to shell out a lot of money. So in this respect, TV gets a piece of cake. TVs win like a champion in terms of brightness, contrast, and resolution.
Almost every projector (DLP or LCD) is capable of projecting high-quality coloured images on the screen. You can get a decent projector with a good amount of colours at an affordable price. On the other hand, to get your hands on a high-end television, you have to shell out more money than a projector. Televisions require better resolution and specification to get pictures of a large number of colours. Hence in this respect, televisions and projectors only differ by an inch.
All in all, if you want a budget-friendly home theatre, you can invest in a smart television. However, if the price isn’t an issue with you, you can invest in a light-controlled projector room for your premises. You can get a much larger image with high quality.
In terms of projectors, there are many brands like Canon, Epson, Globus, Sony, etc who sell high-quality projectors in competitive price. On the other hand, Samsung, LG, Hitachi, Lloyd, Panasonic are the leading brands in smart television.