Projectors have come a long way over the years to provide what some consider a wholesome experience. Their developments have come over leaps and bounds and edging even closer to our homes. For those that do already own one, they experience entertainment on a different echelon. The said users/owners know how important it is to mount your projector in the best position.
An inch to the left, a single degree alteration, is the difference in flawless or awful video quality. Thus, it is important to be keen on the mounting process because of this and other things.
The market is flooded with projectors all over, and so too are their mounts. The mounts may be overlooked by the novice user, however, this, sometimes little device bears a lot on its shoulders, not just the weight of the projector.
First and foremost, you can get a mount for your projector that is appended on either a wall or ceiling or one that is fixed a table. When mounted on the wall, the user will have clear views of the projector. Wires and cabling are hidden from the users view with this type of mounting. The other alternative enables the user to have flexibility. This means, with your projector fixed on a table; you can be watching your entertainment in the living room during the day, and watch a movie at night in your bedroom. With this type of mounting, accessing the projector itself is quite easy. You can remove it from the mount and highlight your ideas to the board meeting in a moment’s time. This will vary mostly on what you want to do with your projector. For the couch potato, a ceiling mount is a seemingly good fit. For a corporate CEO, a table mount is practical for their needs.
The couch potato has to factor in some important factors. Images from projectors are inverted. To put this in simple terms, when the projector is placed on the ceiling, the image is rotated. Most projectors churned into the current market have a feature to flip the images. Thus, it is important to look if your projector has this functionality. However, if your projector is not able to flip the images, the workaround is to get a mount that clamps and holds the projector itself.
As a standard, holes on most projectors are placed in the bottom. That is why you have to be critical if you wish to mount it on your ceiling. On top of this, there is a variation in mounts from universal and dedicated. A universal ceiling mount means the screw holes in the projector are standard in design. However, some projectors contain dedicated screw holes. This is common in projectors that are not of standard sizes. Nonetheless, this vital information is usually given by the projector’s manufacturer. The advantage of having a standard wall mount is obvious. You can use it on most projectors in the market.
Your projector definitely is not cheap. That is why it is important to get the best mount to handle the work at hand. It is not practical for you to buy a low quality, probably plastic, mount. For example, when using a ceiling type mount, if it fails, you will be left counting losses. Projectors are not easy to repair either. Projectors dissipate a considerable amount of heat. Therefore, it is of vital importance your mount is able to handle that stress over long periods of use. Our favorite kind of material is aluminum on the mount. The chemical properties of aluminum make it great for projectors. Luckily, there are some in the market that will protect your investment for many years to come.
As mentioned earlier, projectors exhume a considerable amount of heat. In the market, there are poorly designed mounts, which are flat plates on a hook. In our tests, this design is not the best for projectors. Our favorites are linear plates, with ergonomic designs on the mount. These practical designs will go a long way in ensuring your machine does not succumb to the heat.
When choosing a mount, consider the location you want to place your projector. Light definitely affects the projector screen. Thus if you want to put a permanent fixture, see to it that you can put screws on the said location. There are workarounds to the ambient light issue, so gauge if you can live with it when you affix your projector. There is no need to put on screws to your ceiling, then, later on, have to repair your ceiling when you do not like where the projector is. First, do some tests to see what works best for you. Study the location, times of day and how it will affect your images.
The most important factor to look at is the height and elevation of the projector. The placement of this is vital for you to get the best quality picture. So, ensure that your mount is within the range prescribed by the manufacturer of the projector to your screen. You cannot whisk away this factor easily. Even adjustable projectors do have their limits on how far they can adjust. Conversantly is of vital importance to conform to the manufacturer’s confines when you mount your projector. So asses how your mount, its shape and/or adjustability will help you achieve results.
The mount you choose should conform to what the projector manufacturer recommends and not the other way around. That being said, there are many options in the market. Some mounts are highly adjustable. Even though they are much more expensive, they give you more freedom to play around with your settings. We do not believe this feature really justifies the high prices. You should look for quality and some degree of maneuverability on your mount. A good mount is not expensive, however, that cannot be said about your projector. Thus give your projector the best protection, at the same time enjoy your entertainment in the best way possible as the manufacturer intended.