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Renting vs Buying

You need a projector for your next event, but should you rent or buy? We believe there is a definite advantage to renting, especially if you need to stick to a budget. Why is renting better than buying? Let’s consider three key factors – Total Cost Investment, Total Time Investment, and Flexibility.


Total Cost Investment

If you are thinking about renting or buying a projector, probably the first question that comes to mind is how much will it cost? Renting is significantly cheaper than buying for a number of reasons.


  • Low upfront cost – renting will always be less expensive than buying.
  • No additional expenses – you don’t have to worry about the additional cost of upkeep and repair over time.
  • Budget friendly – without any additional expenses you know the total cost to rent and can plan your budget accordingly.


  • High upfront cost – Buying is expensive. Be prepared to pay at least a couple hundred dollars upfront.
  • Additional expenses – you are responsible for the cost of upkeep (including inevitable bulb replacement) and repair over time.
  • Depreciation – much like a car, your “investment” is guaranteed to depreciate as new models hit the market, meaning your resale value will drop significantly should you ever want to trade in for a new or different model.

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Total Time Investment

Your time is important, especially when planning for and presenting at an event. Renting a projector will save you more time than buying for the following reasons.



  • Quick setup and operation –  Projector Rentals ensures all of our rentals are in perfect working condition, giving you easy, stress free set up and operation.
  • Free tech support – Projector Rentals provides free tech support throughout your rental period, providing quick solutions to any problems you may encounter.
  • Hassle free transportation – Projector Rentals provides free shipping to your home, business, or event location with arrival 24 hours before your event, making it easy to get your equipment where you need it to be, on time.


  • Upkeep and repair – If something goes wrong with your projector, you are responsible for upkeep and repair, which could delay your presentation.
  • Knowledge and resources – It’s going to take time to research which projector to purchase. You will also need to spend time with an owner’s manual to understand how to operate your equipment without any support.
  • Transportation – you are responsible for getting your projector to your event, whether you ship it, take it through airport security, or have to pack it up to take on the road.




Want a stress-free event? Flexibility will provide the straightforward, professional presentation you desire without the stress. We believe renting far outshines buying on this important point.


  • Freedom of choice – You have the freedom to choose which projector you want to use for your event.
  • More bang for your buck – You can rent a projector with plenty of extra features and great specs without worrying about going over budget.
  • Rent and return – Once you’re done with your projector, you are no longer responsible for it and don’t have to worry about storage.


  • Limited choice – You are stuck with the projector you buy, with no options for customizing to meet your event needs.
  • Budget concerns – Your purchase may be determined by your budget, causing you to compromise on desired projector features and specs.
  • Storage – When your projector is not in use, you will need to find a safe place to store it.


Save money and time while enjoying the flexibility renting provides by contacting Projector Rentals today to find the perfect, low cost rental for your next event. Call us at (800) 574-0212, email us at or fill out a quick quote form to experience a straightforward rental advantage.

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Decoding Projector Terminology

Decoding Projector Terminology - Projector RentalsDeciding which projector rental is right for your event can seem daunting at first, especially if you’re not familiar with projector terminology. The good news is there are only a handful of key terms you need to know to decode projector terminology. Once you understand these terms, you will be able to compare projectors and find the one that’s right for you.


Lumens is the light that comes out of the projector. Lumens are officially measured by The American National Standard Institute, which has created a set system for measuring light production. Their official initials often appear before the lumen (ANSI lumen) and provide a consistent measurement across all projector types.

Lumens relate directly to how lit your environment is going to be. For dark spaces, a projector with a lower lumens, say in the 2000 range, will work just fine. For naturally and artificially lit spaces, a brighter lumens projector, say 3000 or more, is needed to counteract light interference. Keep in mind, brighter is not necessarily better. Choose a projector with a lumens value suited to the light environment in which it will be used.

Contrast Ratio
The ratio between a projector’s brightness and darkness. The contrast ratio will determine how clear an image will appear and is especially important when text is involved. The numbers in a contrast ratio represent how much light is reflected in a white image compared to a black image. So for example, a 4000:1 contrast ratio means the white image is 4000 times brighter than the black image. The higher the contrast ratio, the higher the image detail.

Native VS Maximum Resolution
All projectors have a native resolution. This number is the total amount of pixels, or dots, the projector is capable of displaying in any given image. The more pixels, the better the image. For example, a 1024×768 native resolution means a projector can create an image with a height containing up to 1024 pixels and a width containing up to 768 pixels. A projector will never be able to display more pixels than its native resolution.

Maximum resolution is related to signal formats. This is the maximum resolution signal a projector can convert into an image. Most projectors are capable of recognizing a variety of image format signals, but all projectors have a limit – a maximum resolution – they can process into an image.

Throw Distance
The distance between the projector lens and the surface (screen, wall, etc.) where the projected display will fall. The further a projector sits from a surface, the larger the display. A throw distance calculator is used to determine placement of a projector to accomplish a desired screen size.

DLP Projectors
DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors use mirrors and a color wheel to create sequential color. DLP technology is used in most movie theater projectors and is considered to produce a higher contrast ratio, with a smaller distance between each pixel than a LCD projector display.

LCD Projectors
LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) projectors create color by sending light through three separate panels, or prisms, which each create a primary color. As light hits these panels, it is either allowed to pass through individual pixels or is blocked. These pixels combine on a final prism which projects the image onto the screen. LCD technology is considered to be brighter and have a more accurate color display than DLP.

Still not sure which audio-visual equipment is right for your event? Our friendly team of specialists is always available to answer questions and make recommendations to help you find the perfect projector rental.

To find out more about our diverse inventory of projectors and how they can transform your event, contact us today at (800) 574-0212, email us at or fill out a quote form to get more information and pricing.

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Rent a Hitachi CP-X3011 Portable Projector

The Hitachi CP-X3011 works well for office and classroom presentations for slightly larger audiences. It’s 3200 lumen rating puts it in the mid-range of bright projector displays, with a special Daytime Mode that overcomes light Hitachi Projector Rentalinterference for a brilliant, clear image in challenging daytime environments.

A number of interactive features make the Hitachi CP-X3011 ideal for teachers and instructional presentations. A Template Function projects a choice of different patterned lines or grids onto a whiteboard, blackboard, or flip chart to make writing and illustrating easy, while a practical Blackboard and Whiteboard Mode automatically adjusts the display brightness to project optimally clear, bright images on both shiny and dull surfaces.

Built in LCD color technology, Active Iris, and Auto Keystone Correction allow this projector to automatically adjust color, brightness, and image shape to ensure a reliable, HD ready display. This projector comes equipped with two, 8 watt speakers with an audio pass function that allows use of the speakers only, without an image display. The Hitachi CP-X30111 is also equipped with an Eco Mode to provide reduced noise and energy consumption levels.

Key Features

  • Template Function – projects grid or line patterns onto a blackboard, whiteboard, or flip chart for writing and drawing.
  • Auto Keystone Correction – automatically corrects vertical distortion when the projector is tilted or resting on an incline
  • Whiteboard and Blackboard mode – automatically adjusts brightness for display on shiny and dull surfaces.
  • Eco Friendly Mode – reduces power consumption and noise
  • Two 8 watt, built in speakers


Need to Know Basics

  • Brightness: 3200 ANSI lumens
  • Projection image size: 30 inches up to 300 inches (measured diagonally)
  • Contrast ratio: 2000:1
  • Native resolution: XGA 1024 x 768
  • Dimensions: 12.5 W x 3.9 D x 11.3 H inches
  • Weight: 7.9 lbs / 3.6 kg


To rent a Hitachi CP-X3011 projector, or to find out more about our large selection of projectors in stock, contact today at (800) 574-0212, email us at or fill out a quick quote form to get more information and pricing.

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NCAA Basketball Projector Rental

NCAA Basketball Projector RentalRenting a projector for March Madness is a great way to bring all the exciting action of the NCAA tournaments to the big screen. Invite your friends and family over and enjoy a powerful, vibrant display in the comfort of your own home. A high lumen digital projector will far outshine your regular TV with bright color technology and a larger than life screen that will enhance every second of the Final Four in stunning picture quality.

Projector Rentals, Inc. has a diverse range of projectors to choose from, all perfectly suited for a home theatre experience. Impress your guests and enjoy all the cutting edge action of the final rounds without ever having to leave your home. We offer both short and long term projector rentals – enjoy all of March Madness, watch the Sweet Sixteen, or tune in to the Final Four – the rental period is up to you.

Rent a projector for your next NCAA Basketball event and enjoy the benefits of:

  • A unique viewing experience on a big screen
  • A budget friendly, display upgrade
  • A flexible rental period based on your requirements
  • Easy access to high quality equipment with free shipping to your door
  • Portable, easy to use equipment with free tech support

Projector Rentals, Inc. is proud to provide only the best in audio-visual technology for a wide variety of sporting events, giving customers across the country easy, affordable access to digital projectors, audio equipment, and accessories for special events of all sizes and types. Contact us today to find out more about renting a high quality projector and accessories for your NCAA Basketball event.

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Valentine’s Day Projector Rental

Looking for a unique way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year? Spend time with the one you love in a truly memorable way with a high quality Valentine’s Day projector rental from Projector Rentals, Inc. With an affordable, multi-functional projector rental, the possibilities are endless. Give your creativity free reign and say I love you in an extraordinary way, with a DLP or LCD projector rental, in stock and ready to ship to your home or event location.

Choose your favorite romantic movie to watch on a larger than life display in the comfort of your own living room. Create a photo slideshow of your favorite times together and take a walk down memory lane with a vivid color display choreographed to your own special playlist. Combine home video footage with still images to capture memorable moments in a unique, personalized presentation.

Not sure which projector is right for your Valentine’s Day? Our experienced team of specialists is happy to make recommendations to ensure you have the right digital projector to make your celebration a success. Give us a call today at (800) 574-0212, email us at or fill out a quick quote form to find out how a digital projector rental can make your next Valentine’s Day unforgettable.

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The Ultimate Super Bowl Party

Super Bowl Projector RentalPlan the ultimate NFL Super Bowl party this year with a HD digital projector rental from Projector Rentals, Inc. Bring the WOW factor to your very own living room with an affordable home entertainment system creating a larger than life display that will rival any TV. Watch your favorite teams go head to head with a HD, crystal clear picture utilizing bright color technology and your choice of a variety of projection formats.

Renting a projector for your Super Bowl event is easy and not nearly as expensive as you may think. Benefit from our low price guarantee and the convenience of free shipping to your home or event location with our diverse inventory of projectors, screens, audio-equipment and accessories in stock and ready to ship.

Many years of experience in the projector rental industry has helped us to create a rental experience that is both affordable and stress free. Enjoy portable, easy to use equipment for the big game with friendly customer care and tech support throughout your rental period. Contact us at (800) 574-0212 or email us at today to learn more about how a high quality DLP or LCD projector rental can take your Super Bowl event to the next level.

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The Five Best Reasons to Rent a Digital Projector

Locations - Projector RentalsIf you are planning an event and have never rented a digital projector before, you may be wondering – what’s the hype all about? Is a projector rental really going to make a difference at my event? Our definitive answer is a resounding YES.

Having spent many years in the audio-visual industry, Projector Rentals, Inc. has seen firsthand the difference a projector rental can make. From our experiences, we have compiled a short list of The Five Best Reasons to Rent a Digital Projector. Find out why renting a projector isn’t just a good idea, it’s essential for the success of your next event.

1. Projectors are a versatile tool.
Digital projectors come with a variety of functionality options that make them a versatile tool. HDMI and VGA ports provide connectivity to external devices such as laptops, tablets, cell phones, Blu-Ray players, and video game consoles. With the ability to connect to virtually any device, you can project videos, images, even the internet, onto a big screen, which not only creates a more impressive display, it also improves visibility for
your audience.

2. Projectors enhance presentation. 
Presentation Projector Rental Whether you are leading a training session, hosting a reception, or representing your company at a trade show – a projector will enhance your presentation. What better way to create a professional image and make a lasting impression than utilizing cutting edge audio-visual technology to impress your audience? Powerful, high definition displays in brilliant, bold color will bring your videos, slideshows, and PowerPoint presentations to life – no matter what type of presentation you are planning.

3. Renting a projector is cost effective.
If you’ve decided to use a projector at your event, you’re probably wondering how much it will cost. Thankfully, renting a projector is not only easy, it’s affordable. Buying a projector can cost thousands of dollars, and that’s not including regular upkeep and repairs. Like most electronics, new projectors are released all the time, leaving the buyer with out of date equipment. Renting a projector gives you access to the latest models without the costly investment and upkeep of buying a new product. Projector Rentals, Inc. offers a low price guarantee on all of our projectors, saving you even more money.

4. Digital projectors are easy to use.

Support - Projector RentalsA lot of self-proclaimed technically challenged people assume it’s difficult to operate a digital projector, or at least, that they would rather avoid the stress of trying to operate one. But operating a digital projector is a lot easier than you thin
k. User-friendly functions like Quick Start and Active Iris make start up and play effortless, while plug and play networking is just a cord connection away. If you still feel a bit overwhelmed, Projector Rentals, Inc. provides tech support for all of our rentals. Should you need some friendly troubleshooting advice at any point during your rental period, we’re happy to help.

5. Projectors are a great teaching tool.

Classroom Projector RentalFrom classroom seminars to convention center product launches, projectors are one of the best event teaching tools on the market today. Studies have shown that people understand and retain knowledge better when a visual aid is used to present information. What better way to demonstrate a product, share an annual report, or train new employees than with a dramatic and engaging, HD display. Optimize your speaking engagements, business conferences, and family gatherings with an effective teaching tool that will engage and hold your audience’s attention.

Still not sure a projector rental is right for you? Our specialized team of experts would love to share the advantages of renting a projector, customized specifically for your event. Give Projector Rentals, Inc. a call at (800) 574-0212, email us at or fill out a quick quote form to find out how a digital projector rental can transform you next event.

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Audio Visual Holiday Rental

25151734_sAre you planning a special event this Christmas holiday season? Whether you are hosting a family Christmas party, organizing a festive charity event, arranging a Christmas themed performance, or preparing for your company’s annual Christmas gala, Projector Rentals, Inc. takes the stress out of your holiday event by offering a worry free rental service for all your multimedia needs.

Events big and small will benefit from the latest in DLP and LCD bright projector technology, making your images, videos, and favorite holiday movies burst to life on the screen in High Definition. Enhance your venue with popular holiday music with our easy to use portable amps, complete with wireless mic capability for special announcements and presentations.

Don’t let an impersonal audio-visual company pull a Grinch on your holiday event. Get a customized low price guarantee quote from us today and discover a friendly, customer-based service that makes projector and sound equipment rental easy.

Our customers benefit from:

  • Same day quick quote response
  • A diverse range of products to choose from
  • Free ground shipping
  • Easy to return UPS certified packaging with pre-paid shipping label
  • Free tech support during normal business hours and some evenings
  •  A customer based approach with specialized knowledge and helpful recommendations for       your event needs

Projector Rentals, Inc. is here to help. Call us today at (800) 574-0212, email us at or fill out a quick quote form for more information.

We wish you a very merry holiday!

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