Issue 15

Projectors for Classrooms scheme

As part of its TELA Laptops for Teachers initiative, the Ministry of Education has set up a similar scheme for data projectors, called ‘Projectors in Classrooms’. Deals have been negotiated with five manufacturers: Acer, Epson, Panasonic, Sony, and Toshiba. A total of 22 projectors are currently available through the scheme, covering a range of specs and prices. All have been tested and evaluated independently, and specifically chosen for school use, although the Ministry stops short of officially endorsing any individual manufacturer or model.

The models currently available – along with description and price – are listed below. Please be aware that this information is subject to change.

Model Description Usage Price
Epson EMP-X5e Up to 2200 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology for good colour performance in the classroom, ‘Instant off’ technology. Recommended for: General classroom useNot recommended for: Hall or AV Suite use $973.33
Epson EMP-1715 Up to 2700 Lumens XGA projector projects images wirelessly from Windows and Mac OSX laptops. Highly specified. Recommended for: General classroom use and wireless use with PC and Apple laptopsNot recommended for: AV Suite use. $1,669.39
Epson EMP-822H Networkable. Up to 2600 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology for good colour performance in the classroom with greater than average brightness. Almost instant Power On / Power Off and exceptionally long 3000 hour maximum lamp life at maximum brightness which lowers the total cost of ownership. Recommended for: General classroom useNot recommended for: Large Hall or AV Suite use. $1,375.64
Epson EMP-X56 Up to 2600 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology for good colour performance in the classroom, ‘Instant off’ technology. Recommended for: General classroom useNot recommended for: Hall or AV Suite use $1,251.20
Sony VPL-EX50 Up to 2500 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology for good colour performance in the classroom. Recommended for: General classroom useNot recommended for: Hall, AV Suite or travel use $1,207.00
Sony VPL-CX125 Up to 3000 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology for high brightness and portability. Wired LAN network presentation capable. No bag comes with this unit Recommended for: Bright Classroom and Hall use and network projection
Not recommended for: AV Suite use
$2,163.40
Sony VPL-EW5 Up to 2000 Lumens WXGA projector with LCD technology for good colour performance in the classroom. Ideally suited for widescreen TELA laptops. Recommended for: General classroom use
Not recommended for: Hall, AV Suite or travel use
$1,207.00
Sony VPL-CX120 Up to 3000 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology for high brightness and portability. No bag comes with this unit Recommended for: Bright Classroom and Hall use
Not recommended for: AV Suite use
$1,808.00
Toshiba TDP XP2 Up to 2500 Lumens XGA projector with DLP technology for low maintenance classroom use. Recommended for: General classroom use
Not recommended for: Hall use
$1,194.00
Toshiba TLP-XD3000A Up to 3000 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology for good colour performance in large screen use. Recommended for: Bright classroom and smaller hall use
Not recommended for: AV Suite Use
$1,618.00
Toshiba TDP-EX20 This projector projects an exceptionally large image when mounted close to a screen or Interactive Whiteboard.  Up to 2300 Lumens XGA projector with DLP technology. Recommended for: Use with Interactive Whiteboards and areas where large images are required and space is restricted.
Not recommended for: Portable use.
$1,769.00
Toshiba TDP-EW25 This projector projects an exceptionally large image when mounted close to a screen or Interactive Whiteboard.  Up to 2600 Lumens WXGA projector with DLP technology and native widescreen resolution for crisp, undistorted output on all current standard TELA laptops. Recommended for: Use with Interactive Whiteboards and areas where large images are required and space is restricted.
Not recommended for: Portable use.
$2,569.00
Toshiba TLP-WX2200 Up to 2200 Lumens WXGA projector with LCD technology and native widescreen resolution for crisp, undistorted output on all current standard TELA laptops. Recommended for: Bright classroom and portable use.
Not recommended for: Hall use.
$1,594.00
Panasonic LB51EA Automatic input and image keystone compensation. High XGA 1024×768 resolution, 2000lm high brightness, LCD with ‘Daylight View’ colour brightness enhancement, 2.1kg, projects 1.75m image from 2.0m, 2000-3000 hour lamp life (‘high brightness’ – ‘eco mode’), full feature remote/mouse. Power cut protection. Not recommended for: AV Suite use. $1,245.00
Panasonic LB75EA Up to 2600 Lumens XGA projector for low maintenance classroom use. Recommended for: General classroom use, especially brighter classrooms.
Not recommended for: AV Suite use.
$1,395.00
Panasonic LW80NTEA Up to 2600 Lumens Widescreen WXGA projector projects images wirelessly from TELA laptops. Recommended for: General classroom use and wireless projection with Windows and Mac TELA laptops.
Not recommended for: Playing video wirelessly.
$2,025.00
Panasonic PT-F300EA Very bright – Up to 4000 Lumens XGA projector with LCD technology suitable for hall and large classroom use.  Robust, low maintenance design. Recommended for: Ceiling installation, bright classrooms and halls.
Not recommended for: Portable use.
$2,770.00
Acer PD1265 DLP XGA Projector Up to 2400 Lumens XGA projector with DLP technology for low maintenance classroom use. Offers long lamp life. Recommended for: General classroom use
Not recommended for: Hall or AV Suite use
$1,045.00
Acer P5270 DLP XGA Projector Up to 3000 Lumens XGA projector with DLP technology for low maintenance classroom use. Connects to a wide variety of computer and AV equipment.  Low cost high performance projector. Recommended for: Bright classroom use
Not recommended for: Use with interactive whiteboards due to high brightness.
$1,477.97
Acer P7280 DLP XGA Projector Up to 4500 Lumens XGA projector with DLP technology for low maintenance large screen use. Recommended for: Bright classroom and hall use
Not recommended for: Travel use
$2,435.43
Acer P5260i Wireless Projector Up to 2700 Lumens XGA Wireless projector with DLP technology for low maintenance classroom use. Offers long lamp life, good brightness and is easy to connect wirelessly to Windows TELA laptops. Recommended for: General classroom use
Not recommended for: Wireless function is not Apple laptop compatible.
$1,733.30
Acer P1266 Projector Up to 2500 Lumens XGA projector with DLP technology for low maintenance classroom use. Offers long lamp life. Recommended for: General classroom use
Not recommended for: Hall use
$1,273.95

* All projectors come with a 36 month warranty

** All prices exclude GST

Source: Ministry of Education, April 2009

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