XGA Projector

The price difference between low and high end projectors is enormous. With monitors of the same size but different resolution capabilities, the price difference can be less than a couple hundred US dollars. That’s not nearly the case with projectors, where the difference can be up to a thousand dollars. XGA projectors are equivalent to being the medium range as far as projector resolutions are concerned. If SVGA projectors are the low end of the spectrum and SXGA are the high end, then XGA lies somewhere in the middle, in both price and quality. This can put XGA monitors in something of a no-man’s zone in terms of marketing.

XGA stands for eXtended Graphics Array, and is a type of video standard. In general, when people refer to XGA on projectors, they usually mean a 1024 x 768 pixel resolution – the standard format for XGA display. However, XGA can display a few other non-standard resolutions as well, and this usually happens in personal computers. However, in personal computers, XGA is one of many resolutions that a standard VGA cable is capable of displaying, so it isn’t referred to very often. Projectors have stricter limits as to what resolutions they can display, so XGA has more meaning for this market.

Projectors usually only have one resolution that they can display at, and this is the selling point for most of them. When looking at different display modes, XGA means that the projector can display 1024 x 768 pixels. SVGA can display 800 x 600, and SXGA displays 1400 x 1050. There are also formats that can project full 1080p resolution, but those are both rare and very expensive, costing more than $3,000 for the more upper-end models. For mainstream consumers, SVGA and XGA are those only real options. Even SXGA models cost well over a thousand dollars.

However, the price difference between XGA and SVGA projectors isn’t nearly as prohibitive. SVGA projectors generally cost between $300 and $500, while XGA projectors cost between $400 and $800, usually somewhere in between those two extremes. While this can be a significant price difference, it might not be too much to absorb the difference depending on what you use it for. In particular, if you’re using the projector for small text and/or movies, the quality difference can be particularly significant. Basically, greater resolution means that the image is both clearer and larger. On a projector, that also means that if the picture itself is larger, it will be much less blurry.

However, the resolution is not the only factor that determines the quality and price of the projector. Several companies release low-quality XGA projectors that have the correct resolution, but have other deficiencies, like a low color contrast, poor make, or inferior image at large sizes. Whether the decrease in price is worth these problems just depends on how they’ll be used. If you’ll be using them to show movies in a large room, for example, the image will need to have good color and be able to project to a larger overall size. However, if you are just playing video games with your friends on the couch, you might be able to get by with a smaller screen size.

Buying projector isn’t the easiest thing to do, because not a lot of computer stores have them. Even stores that sell monitors and TV’s rarely have projectors. Some stores that do have them will also have a very small selection. All of this means that the best place to buy them is probably online, but even that suffers from possible shipping damage. When buying any projector, you’ll want to make sure the warranty is good, and protects from accidental damage as well as equipment faults.

This XGA Projector Review is Written/Updated on Apr 28th, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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