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LTP Teacher Laptop Projector Resolution

This article is intended to help you optimize the projected screen of your MacBook Air. If you don’t change anything when you project, the laptop will use the default settings and provide a decent projected image but if you want to improve the quality of projected screen you will need to tweak the display settings using ‘System Preferences’. To change these settings, click the ‘System Preferences’ in your dock and choose ‘Display’. Or find the display icon in the upper right of the menu bar and select ‘Open Display Preferences’


Before we get in to resolutions, you will need to decide if you want to ‘Mirror’ or ‘Extend’ your computer screen. If you Mirror, you will see the same thing on your computer screen as you see on your projected screen. If you Extend you will be able to have different things on the computer screen than what you have on the projected screen.


There is a good chance you are using either the Epson PowerLite 83+ or the Epson PowerLite 96w and the best resolution recommendation will vary slightly depending on which one you are using. You can figure out what model you have by looking at the top of the projector (near the buttons) for the 83+ or 96w stamp.

Projector: Power Lite 83+
•    Best choice appears to be clicking on ‘Scaled’ while holding the Option key and selecting 1024 x 768

•    Using ‘Best for Display’ 800 x 600 works but the picture (text) is large
•    1280 x 960 works but the picture (text) is rather small and ‘fuzzy’ and any resolution larger than this only causes the image to become more fuzzy.

Projector: Power Lite 96w
•    Best choice appears to be clicking on ‘Scaled’ while holding the Option key (pictured above) and selecting 1280 x 768

•    Best option for both projectors appears to be iPad Retina (960 x 720) option under ‘Preferences’ of the Air Server App.
•    The default of iPad Retina High Quality (1440 x 1080) is acceptable as well but to change it open AirServer and find the AirServer in the upper right hand side menu bar (it looks exactly like the Display Preferences but with a triangle point up) and choose the Mirroring tab. Use the pull down menu to change the resolution.

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Last updated by magyar_dan on 2017-12-20 02:53:17

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