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Screen Your Skills: Video Projector Buying Guide Quiz
by Staff
There are a lot of features and specifications associated with video projectors. Do you know enough to choose the projector that's right for you? Check out our quiz to see!

Which of the following key features is always important when buying a video projector?

  • aspect ratio
  • contrast
  • brightness

True or false: Contrast is expressed in a ratio between the brightest white and darkest black.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following video projector aspect ratios is commonly used in movie theaters and on the latest DVDs and Blu-ray discs?

  • 1.33
  • 1.78
  • 2.40

Why are brightness and contrast measurements for video projectors often unreliable?

  • The projector may have picture-enhancing features that affect the brightness.
  • The room may have too much ambient light for a good contrast.
  • both of the above

True or false: You won't be able to view a 1080i HDTV video with a video projector that's only 1280 by 720 resolution.

  • true
  • false

What unit do video projector manufacturers use to indicate a projector's brightness?

  • lumens
  • watts
  • foot-Lamberts

Which term describes the distance between a video projector's lens and the screen onto which the image is projected?

  • resolution
  • throwing distance
  • aspect ratio

True or False: Brightness is more important than contrast for video projectors used in classrooms.

  • true
  • false

Which of these are characteristics of an HD video projector?

  • an aspect ratio of at least 16:9
  • a resolution of at least 1920 by 1080
  • both of the above

About how long does an LCD or DLP video projector's lamp last before it should be replaced?

  • about 1,000 to 2,000 hours
  • about 2,000 to 4,000 hours
  • about 4,000 to 6,000 hours

True or False: To ensure HD quality, you should use an HDMI cable between the video source and the HD video projector.

  • true
  • false

In the U.S., about how much does it cost to replace a lamp in an LCD or DLP video projector?

  • $20 to $40
  • $100 to $200
  • $200 to $400

Which of these additional costs replaces buying a screen and mounting mechanism for portable video projectors?

  • the higher cost of the projector itself
  • a well-constructed tote bag or carrying case
  • lamps and filters

True or false: If you decide to go 3-D with your projector, the costs of setting up and maintaining your video projector will be higher.

  • true
  • false

An increase in which of the following seems most closely related to increases in price for video projectors?

  • contrast ratio
  • aspect ratio
  • throw distance

True or false: It's best to purchase a video projector online once you know what you want.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following is the most reliable way to select the best video projector for your environment?

  • selecting the highest contrast ratio and brightness (in lumens)
  • buying the most expensive model you're able to afford with the latest technology
  • reading both positive and negative customer reviews on each product you're considering

True or false: Contrast is not as important as brightness when purchasing a video projector for your living room at home.

  • true
  • false

What are the three most common image projection technologies you'll find in video projectors?

  • HD and 3-D
  • VGA, DVI and HDMI
  • LCD, DLP and LCoS

Which of these features is most important for portable video projectors?

  • high lamp brightness and a good warrantee
  • high contrast ratio and resolution
  • long lamp life and high brightness