What’s the Difference Between a Long Throw, Short Throw & Ultra Short Throw Projectors?


Long throw projectors, short throw projectors and ultra short throw projectors: Here’s the low down!

Before we get into things, it is important to note what ‘short throw’ actually means. ‘Throw’ refers to the distance between the projector and the screen you are projecting the image to. So a short throw projector would not need to be too far away from the projector screen for you to have a clear and bright image.

The differences in the throw distance are decided by the particular lens that the projector uses. Long throw projectors tend to run a little cheaper than short throw, as they are cheaper to build and do not use the high-quality glass that short throw projectors use.

Regardless of brand, both short and long lens measurements are categorised by the distance the projector needs from the screen to create a clear image. Long throw projectors can require more than six foot of throw space in order to achieve a clear and bright image. Long throw projectors are ideal for large school classrooms, hall spaces or for business presentations in larger meeting rooms. The thing to consider when purchasing a long throw lens is space; if you do not have the space to accommodate a long throw projector, you will not have a clear image.

Short throw projectors have more advanced lenses that can create a larger image from shorter distances. This means that you can have the projector much closer to the screen, meaning less room for people to walk in the way of the image. The shorter the throw distance, the less chance that someone can get in the way of your presentation.

Lastly, we have the ultra-short throw projector which can show an image from only 15 inches away. These types of projectors are usually used when you have a tight of space area and do not have the space to have a 6-foot throw. Ultra-short throws are very useful in small homes and home theatres. These projectors run more expensively, as the lens is made of a very high-quality glass.

 You may be struggling to decide on which projector to buy, but the only real answer is that it all depends on what you are looking for and the space you have at your disposal (and budget of course!).

Yes, long throw projectors run cheaper than short throw, but they also are not ideal to have in a room where you can not fit 6 foot of throw space. It also means that people can walk in front of the projector and block the image more frequently than with a short throw, where there is less space to invade the image.

These are a few things to consider before you commit to a purchase. If you can’t find what you are looking for, or if you have any questions, as always, you can contact us today to discuss the right solution or to get a quotation.  01 4097034 is our office number or you can email us at [email protected] for more information or to request a projector consultation.

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