What’s the Real Deal with Ultra-Short Throw Projectors?


If you are a movie lover and you feel that what is missing from your life is a good home cinema system, then maybe you need to consider an ultra-short throw laser projector.
Unlike long beam projectors, the laser short-throw ones need a significantly shorter distance from the wall to project the image. That makes them an excellent fit for small spaces. The image quality is also far better than anything you’ve seen before. Not to mention, you will skip the hassle of having to mount an electrical device to the ceiling, hide the cables, and all that.

What Does a UST Laser Projector Offer?

The difference between an ultra-short throw laser projector and a traditional front video projector is that it doesn’t need a lot of space to throw the image on a wall or a screen. In fact, you can place it at less than 30 centimeters away from the wall or screen, and you will experience an impressive 100-inch, high-quality image. This factor makes it ideal for studios, small basements, and other tiny rooms that would be overwhelmed by a big sized TV or an awkwardly hanging traditional projector.

The laser technology provides a high-definition image that can make you feel as if you are watching the movie unfold right before your eyes. It’s also great if you are a sports lover since reproduction is so accurate that you can almost feel the sweat.

Unlike regular projectors, the best ultra-short throw ones provide illumination that can be twice as bright. Moreover, they also deliver superior color performance and consistent brightness. Oh, and here’s another perk: most of them have a life expectancy of more than 20.000 hours.

So, What’s the Deal with Them?

The lack of complicated, permanent installation requirements and the ability to beam the image in small spaces make this type of device ideal if you’re on the go or don’t want to have it mounted in your room at all times. For example, a UST laser projector is excellent if you are a participant in exhibits or fairs and want to display video materials. You can display your video materials by using the AirBeam app to cast your iPhone or portable device to the projector. It could also be brilliant if you are a teacher looking for exciting ways to support academic presentations and different learning media.

You do have to have realistic expectations, though. Installing an ultra-short throw laser projector is not as easy as you may think, because most of them do not have an autofocus function. You will have to put it in the optimal position to achieve crystal clear images, and it will probably be a trial and error effort.

Another thing to consider is that its performance can be significantly influenced by the type of surface you will project on. Because the angle of the beams is tight, any bumps or irregularities in the surface will be exacerbated. It will best perform with a light rejecting screen, but that will add a lot to the price of the installation. The screen would have to be framed or a tensioned drop-down, which is not the cheapest screens you could find. Alternatively, you can use a whiteboard or very smooth drywall.

Pros and Cons of Getting an Ultra Short Throw Laser Projector

Now that you know the difference between what a UST laser project can offer compared to a regular one let’s take a look at some of its advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, you decide what you can use in the space you have and what characteristics you prioritize over others.

Advantages of short throw laser projectors

  • They are lightweight and portable;
  • You don’t need wires or ceiling rails to mount them;
  • You won’t have to worry about being in the beam’s way;
  • They can connect through wireless;
  • Certain models have an interactive module, useful in presentations and classes;
  • Superior color quality;
  • Full HD 1080p and full 3D;

Disadvantages of short throw laser projectors

  • They can generate quite a lot of heat;
  • The ventilator can be noisy in certain models;
  • Most of them don’t have auto-focus;
  • They need a smooth surface to project on;

With these things in mind, the best way to know if an ultra-short throw laser projector is fit for your space, lifestyle, and expectations is to test one. Choose a model with good reviews and see how it behaves after proper installation. Also check it on different surfaces, as it impacts the result quite a lot.

This is a guest contribution by Kostas Chiotis, a technology enthusiast, obsessive tinkerer and constant blogger. You can see his blog at Techisignals.com and if you like this article follow him on Facebook and Twitter for more articles like this one.

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