Arguably the biggest difference comes down to resolution. While for smart home projectors resolution rules over all other aspects due to the need for the most detailed and richest image, that’s not the case in business settings. Home cinema and entertainment users routinely require 4K HDR these days, but honestly that’s not a must-have for business settings. You can easily get everything done with a 1080p or even 720p smart projector. Sure, getting a 4K model is great, but if you want to reduce costs, then lowering the resolution is fine, as you won’t lose any of the smart features. Only the pixel count will be different.
Related to that, app selection also differs. Since smart home projectors are exclusively geared towards entertainment, they ship with streaming apps like Netflix and Prime Video, while smart office projectors don’t. You also don’t get menu settings like parental controls with the latter. On the flipside of this coin, smart business projectors support wireless casting protocols like Apple AirPlay and Google Cast while their home peers don’t. Home projectors likewise don’t arrive pre-loaded with anti-virus software, something any good smart business projector provides. You also can’t assign meeting authority priorities or security levels on a home projector. That’s something only models specifically designed for business have.
While resolution is primary for smart home projectors, account and content management are likely the most vital aspect of smart business projectors. For example, BenQ products include a central Account Management System (AMS) that allows entire teams to access content from cloud storage, manage files, share items, and collaborate. Apps like X-Sign by BenQ are also exclusive to business projectors, helping you broadcast visual assets company-wide.
Device Management Solution, or DMS, provides for remote control of a projector and associated devices by users located off-site. In the age of hybrid work models, video conferencing, and virtual attendance, DMS is essential and found on good smart business projectors, but not home models.
We mentioned converting one type of smart projector into another above, and said it’s nearly impossible. That’s because the core features need to arrive pre-installed and optimized, namely the AMS, DMS, and wireless projection protocols, plus security features. These are integrated into the firmware, and home projectors just don’t have them. Sure, you can download apps like virus defenders via Android and Google Play to a smart home projector, but not much beyond that.