Office Equipment

Video Projectors or screen displays represent one of the most essential items of office equipment in a professional conference room. Similar to the projector itself the projector screens are a key driver of sharpness, colour quality and special effects. From meetings, conferences, presentations and many more, it is important to know the right equipment for the job.

Types of Projectors

DLP (Digital Light Processing)

DLP projectors are created with an array of microscopic mirrors that would tilt towards or away from the light source within a projector to create a light or dark pixel image on the projected screen.

DLP Advantages

  • Sharpness
  • 3D
  • Fast motion
  • Brightness

DLP Disadvantages

    • Muddy rendering of black colours
    • Limited placement flexibility
    • Possible rainbow effect

LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon)

Similar to LCD, LCoS projectors shine light through a panel to create images. However, they shine light through a single LCD panel and the light from the LCoS projector reflects off three LCoS panels to create the image. Therefore, LCoS are able to produce the greatest contrasting ratios of colours of any technology.

LCoS Advantages

  • Dark blacks
  • High contrast ratio
  • Film-like images

LCoS Disadvantages

  • Low maximum brightness
  • Noisy 3D
  • Blurry fast-motion scenes
  • Expensive

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display)

LCD projectors fall right in the middle of DLP and LCoS projectors. They aren’t as bright as DLP projectors, but they are usually brighter than an LCoS projector. They don’t produce the deep blacks that LCoS projectors do, but they are better at it than DLP projectors. Motion is not as sharp and fast as what a DLP projector can produce, but motion from an LCD projector trumps that of an LCoS projector.

LCD Advantages

  • High brightness
  • Good rendering of blacks
  • Good handling of motion

LCD Disadvantages

    • Noisy dynamic iris
    • No LED or laser light engine options

LED

The LEDs used in a projector boast much longer lifespans (20,000 hours or more) than traditional projector bulbs. There are other benefits: Red, blue and green LEDs replace the projector’s lamp, which means no color wheel is necessary (as it is with a traditional DLP projector). Minus the color wheel, the rainbow effect is eliminated, and so is the noise generated by the movement of the wheel.

LED Advantages

  • 20,000+ hour lifespan
  • No color wheel
  • Fast to power up and down
  • Quiet operation
  • Energy efficient
  • Large color gamut

LED Disadvantages

    • Cannot replace the light engine if it eventually dies
    • Lower maximum brightness than bulb-based projectors
    • Expensive

Laser

Laser projectors are also relatively new. As the name implies, this type of projector uses lasers with a DLP or LCoS engine to produce their images. Just like LEDs, lasers last for 20,000 to 30,000 hours and do not dim over time. Lasers are also fast so they can turn off and on almost instantly to produce darker blacks than a traditional lamp can. Once a laser projector dies, you resurrect it by putting in a new lamp. However, with 30,000 hours of life you could use a laser projector six hours a day for 14 years before it would quit. Expect to pay at least $6,000 (the Epson LS9600e) for a laser projector.

Laser Advantages

  • 20,000+ hour lifespan
  • Infinite contrast ratio
  • Light output consistent over time
  • Quiet operation

Laser Disadvantages

    • Cannot replace the light engine if it eventually dies
    • Lower maximum brightness than bulb-based projectors
    • Expensive

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Display/Screen options

Venue Characteristics

The sizes of the venue, as well as any source of light (Lamp/window) are examples of venue characteristics. Other notable factors include seating position of your audiences as well as Screen Size and distance of screen from projector (Throw Ratio).

Screen Aspect Ratio

Is your projection image planned to be 4×3 or 16×9? This will severely affect the size of the projector screen required.

Front or Rear Projection

Majority of video projectors can be configured to project images from either the front or the rear of the screen. Front projectors are more common and have an easier set-up process. For a rear projector, a projector that projects a large image over a short distance (Short throw projector) is highly advisable

Communication Tools

Communication has never been more important than today. Fixed line phones and fax infrastructure have increased efficiency of work throughout organizations around the world. Ease of usage and convenience has led to better work processes, faster process and lead times.

Mobile technology industry has revolutionized the way organizations and people plan and run events. The features and functions are limitless and can never be quantified as new technology and advancements are being worked on and released every day.

An Example of Communication tool now widely used in many organizations:

Intranet

An intranet is a private network that is contained within an enterprise. It may consist of many interlinked local area networks and also use leased lines in the wide area network. Typically, an intranet includes connections through one or more gateway computers to the outside Internet. Intranet facilitates internal communications.

CSM Software

Software include: Office 365 such as SharePoint Online, Confluence, or Google Apps for Work, and/or a supporting group instant messaging tool, such as Yammer, HipChat or slack.

Computers & Printers

New technology has allowed computers and printers to become smarter as well. Custom made solution to cater to the client’s needs and preferences are becoming ever so crucial.

Types of Printing

Digital Printing

Digital printing, as the name sounds, is printing from a digital based image, using toner (laser printers) or liquid ink (regular printer).

Offset Printing

Offset printing is printing using plates. Plates used to transfer an image onto a rubber “blanket” which is then used to roll across a sheet of paper. Generally used for large-scale printing such as fliers or pamphlets.

Networking Equipment

Networking through events made easy now with the advancements in technology, thus creating a much more interactive, exciting and personalized event.

Some of the equipment that facilitates greater user experience and interaction during these networking events:

  • Conference Equipment
  • Audience Response
  • Virtual Meetings