What Are the Disadvantages of Using an Overhead Projector?

by Tim Searles; Updated September 26, 2017

Overhead projectors are devices used to project images onto a screen. The size of the display is dependent on angle of projection and the distance between projector and screen. Overhead projectors are typically used in classrooms and conference rooms.

Resolution Problems

In order for a large classroom to see items clearly, the overhead projector needs to be at the perfect distance and angle. Panoramic views are very difficult to achieve and the inability to read slides can be distracting to observers.

Cost to Replace Bulbs

Overhead projector bulbs are expensive to replace. Average cost for a projector bulb at OfficeDepot.com is $300. To purchase from ProjectorZone.com, bulbs ranged from $150 to $400.

Transportation

Overhead projectors are large and bulky and usually require a cart to transport from venue to venue.

Displaying Material

Using an overhead projector, slides require constant writing and erasing, and book pages can be difficult to discern.

Outdated Technology

Overhead projectors are an outdated technology; it is much easier to create PowerPoint presentations and display them on a computer in full color using a regular projector.

About the Author

Tim Searles is a writer and web developer. He has worked in web development since 1999, and his writing career began with poetry. He has been published with eHow, Trails Travels, and Associated Content. He has a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts in business from Columbia College Chicago.