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Best Video Projectors 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated May 1, 2019
Best Video Projectors of 2018
So, what exactly would anyone want to know about video projectors? I know most of us don’t really care much about the history and the origin, all we want to know is which of them is the best. Of course, I will spare you the history and go straight on to the best video projectors. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your comfort, style, or accessibility, we have picks to fit a variety of needs and budgets. Below you can find 3 reviews of the best video projectors to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research. After carefully examining the reviews and ratings of the people who have used them earlier this listicle has been made.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – Video Projector
Why did this video projectors win the first place?
The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I was completely satisfied with the price. Its counterparts in this price range are way worse.
№2 – Paick 3200 Lumens LED Video Projector Multimedia Home Theater Movie Projectors Support HD 1080P HDMI VGA AV USB for Home Cinema TV Laptop Games Smartphone
Why did this video projectors come in second place?
Managers explained me all the details about the product range, price, and delivery. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed.
Why did this video projectors take third place?
This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. I hope that the good reputation of the manufacturer will guarantee a long-term work.
Video Projectors Buyer’s Guide
So Many Options
Projectors have come a long way from the days when the most useful way to categorize them was by their weight class. Today, there are any number of more meaningful kinds of categories, including intended use (business presentations, home theater, and gameplay), technology (LCD, DLP, and LCOS), throw distance (how close to the screen you can place the projector), and more. Here are some questions to answer that will help you find a projector with the right features and performance for your needs.
Don’t Take Contrast Ratio Too Seriously
Contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest and darkest areas a projector can produce. All other things being equal, a higher contrast ratio indicates more vibrant, eye-catching colors and more detail showing in dark areas on the screen. Because other factors are also involved, however, knowing the contrast ratio doesn’t tell you much.
Optoma HD142X, one of our favorite – and most affordable – projectors of the last few years.)
To help bring the big-screen home we’ve tested some of the top models of home cinema projector. They range from budget-oriented HD beamers right up to cinema-grade 4K Ultra HD models; the surprisingly affordable to reassuringly expensive. The days of fuzzy old school projectors are thankfully long gone.
Sony VPL-VW300ES “This 4K SXRD projector just refuses to put a foot wrong.”
Lacks convenient lens shift
There was a time when a decent home cinema-grade projection system would have cost well north of £1,000, and take-up a considerable amount of space too.
Edging ever closer to the plummeting price of a decent flatscreen TV, the BenQ W1070+ DLP projector offers enough brightness to be used in daylight as well as the all-important Full HD resolution.
If you’re wondering whether to take the plunge and make a projector your go-to display for films and games, the W1070+ is a certainly bold and bright enough – and easily one of the best value entry-level projectors around. “Rewriting the 4K HDR projector rule book.”
Only two HDMI ports
For those who think that home cinema is an occasional luxury that is just not affordable or practical, the ultra-affordable HD142X is serious food for thought.
Despite its lean price tag, it has a full 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, 23,000:high contrast ratio and built-in 10-watt speakers. It even supports 3D video to boot.
Optoma says that the lamp life for the HD142X is somewhere in the ballpark of 8,000 hours – and claims that it would last around years if you watched a two-hour movie every single day. Input-wise the HD141X offers x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v1.2, perfect for hooking up a PSor 3D Blu-ray player.
Contrast ratio could be better
We’re pretty big fans of the affordable BenQ TH670. It might not be the top of the line from the highly lauded projector manufacturer, but it strikes the perfect balance of price to performance to be worth an audition in your living room.
The TH670 has a Full 1080p (1920×1080) resolution, 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, 10,000:high contrast ratio and built-in speakers. Those speakers could be a hair bit more powerful, but for the price it’s hard to complain too much. The projector is capable of images spanning from 60 to 120 inches across and its lamp is rated for 4,000 – 10,000 hours depending on which modes you primarily use. Input-wise it offers Computer in (D-sub 15pin) x (Share with component), Composite Video in (RCA) x and HDMI. Win!
Acer H5380BD “Bringing up the rear is Acer’s entry-level H5380BD”
Some motion blur
It says something about the advancements in home cinema projectors that this great value HD beamer isn’t our favourite entry-level projector around.
Odd, because it’s got everything going for it; excellent images, a compact size, quiet operation, and a superbly low price. It’s great for gaming, and at its best when watched in dimly-lit, traditional home cinema conditions (and it even has a backlit remote control).
However, with brighter projectors around that can offer all of this and more detail during the day as well as in a blackout, and with both a bigger choice of ins and outs and optical image shift options for maximum versatility, the HD2struggles to hold up against the competition.
Home cinema projectors
Cheaper home cinema projectors tend to have a 720p resolution (1280 x 720), which is quite usable, but you’ll notice the extra detail produced by a full-HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) model if you’re watching Blu-ray films on a big (100in+) screen.
If you can’t place your projector square-on to your screen, look for a model with lens shift. This is where the lens can be physically moved to shift the image horizontally and/or vertically, allowing you to place the projector off-centre.
Keystone correction is the poor man’s lens shift, altering the image digitally to correct the aspect, but potenially degrading image quality in the process.
Most projectors also have a zoom, which gives you more flexibility to mount the unit closer – or further away – from your screen. If you have a very small room, look for a short-throw model which can produce a very large image from a short distance.
Motion smoothing is another feature to look for. Virtually all films run at 2frames per second (fps), and TV broadcasts at 25fps in the UK. When objects move across the screen, or the camera pans left or right, this can appear jerky – especially on huge screens. Motion smoothing intelligently adds extra frames (guessing where objects would appear between the original frames) to produce a far less jerky result.
When choosing a projector for business use, you’ll typically opt for either a portable model or a permanent installation. Regardless of the type, make sure the lamp is bright enough. Under normal fluorescent lighting, you’ll need at least 2000 ANSI lumens, but increase this if you’ll also be competing with sunlight. Plus, don’t forget that the brightness drops as you increase the size of the image.
Optoma HD141X Full HD 3D 1080p Projector
This is a more expensive projector, but its capabilities warrant the asking price. It’s capable of 3D projection. With a decent screen to project on or black cloth backing, this machine will throw excellent 3D images onto your wall – just remember you’ll need 3D glasses if you want to take advantage of it.
We recommend making sure that you check you have the room for the correct distance between wall and projector, otherwise you aren’t guaranteed correct correlation of image. The Optoma can handle full HD resolution and several different video modes and even has a built in 10W speaker, but you’ll probably want to hook it up to some louder ones for mass viewings.
How we picked and tested
Our contenders (top to bottom): the InFocus SP1080, the Optoma GT760, the BenQ TH670, and the ViewSonic PJD7828HDL.
The wider the zoom range a projector offers, the easier it will be to install in a room. A larger zoom provides more flexibility in how far away you can place the projector from a given-size screen, or how big an image you can project from a given point in your room.
Comparing two projectors side by side in a darkened room.
After reading all the reviews we could find for models that fit those criteria, we called in the ones that looked promising: the BenQ TH670, the InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080, the Optoma GT760, and the ViewSonic LightStream PJD7828HDL. A couple of other projectors we wanted to consider, the Acer X152H and the ViewSonic PJD7820HD, will be replaced soon, so we skipped over those, but we will test their replacements once the new models are available.
We tested all the contenders on a 100-inch Silver Ticket white screen, our current pick for the best projector screen, and measured the results using CalMAN software with i1Proand Cmeters. We also compared each projector side by side on the screen using an HDMI repeater. For most of the testing, we focused on the best image we could get from the projector when calibrating using only a Blu-ray disc; we took this step because we assume most inexpensive projectors won’t get a professional calibration costing hundreds of dollars. We watched a variety of TV, streaming, and Blu-ray content on all the projectors. We also measured them for video game lag, though we didn’t play any games.
The BenQ TH670 is the best cheap projector for most people because it offers the best combination of contrast ratios and color accuracy in this price range, while letting you choose which is more important to you (more on this in a moment). It has a very bright image, lots of flexibility in the controls, a decent zoom range, integrated speakers, a backlit remote control, and 3D support.
The included remote control, unlike all the others, is completely backlit.
A USB port on the rear lets you easily use a streaming stick with the TH670, while the 1.2:zoom lens makes placement slightly easier than with some other models we tested.
Support for 3D exists if you want that, though you’ll have to provide your own glasses. BenQ sells a pair of glasses that matches the color of the TH670 3D mode, but any generic 3D DLP glasses like these should work just fine. On a bigger screen, 3D is more immersive, with a larger impact, but the image will also be much dimmer through the active 3D glasses.
The BenQ’s integrated speakers do the job but aren’t anything special. For impromptu movie nights or video game sessions, they’ll suffice. If you’re having everyone over to watch football on your big screen, however, the yells of everyone watching will easily overwhelm the sound. It’s better to have the speakers than not, but they won’t replace a true pair of speakers.
As for gaming performance, the BenQ exhibited only 33.milliseconds of input lag in gaming mode and 35.ms in our calibrated Cinema mode. These results equal what we’ve seen from the best projectors we’ve tested, so the TH670 will handle your gaming with ease.
In the most accurate picture mode, the BenQ TH670 produces 970 lumens with BrilliantColor off and 1,93lumens with it on. On the 100-inch Silver Ticket screen, 970 lumens creates an image that’s 3foot-lamberts bright. For comparison, the SMPTE-recommended brightness for a projector screen in a dark room is only 14 to 1foot-lamberts, so the BenQ TH670 is plenty bright. Even when the lamp hits half brightness in a few thousand hours, it will still be bright enough. And if you want to go even bigger, the TH670 creates an image of 2foot-lamberts on a 120-inch screen.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
We would like to see another HDMI input on the BenQ TH670, though at this price one HDMI connection is the norm. In contrast, the ViewSonic model we tested in this group offers an extra HDMI slot designed just for streaming sticks. You can have the ViewSonic projector installed on the ceiling with only a power cable and be able to watch Netflix, HBO, and so on while still leaving an HDMI port open for a video game console or other devices.
Some of the other models we tested also offer a wider zoom range, which makes installation a bit easier. We wish the TH670 had some lens shift, as well, but none of the other models at this price offer that feature either.
LCD (liquid crystal display) technology involves three LCD panels, each corresponding to one of the primary colors red, green and blue.
DLP stands for digital light processing. A DLP chip reflects light either at the screen or away from it, using mirrors. Thus, with the use of a spinning color wheel or that of other mechanisms, it creates “on” pixels and “off” pixels that map the resulting image. There are 3-chip DLP projectors, with one DLP chip for each primary color, but those are usually in a much higher price range and not the object of this article. The more affordable ones have one chip. DLP is also the technology used in movie theatre projectors.
LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) is a hybrid of LCD and DLP. It uses LCD chips with mirrored backing, which means they reflect light like DLPs and block it like LCDs at the same time. These are clearly the best choice, but also the most expensive. The cheaper ones are in the few-thousand-dollars range, thus completely off limits to our research.
Brightness And Contrast
The essential parameters in any projector are contrast ratio and brightness. The best tech when it comes to contrast ratio is LCoS, then LCD and last is DLP.
There is technology that allows for dynamic contrast ratio, which means that the projector detects the image being displayed and adapts the contrast accordingly. These adjustments are sometimes visible and can be controlled from the projector’s settings. Whether this is a good substitute for a normally greater contrast ratio or not is up to the buyer’s personal preference.
Extremely Small Home Theater Projector For Smart Devices
According to the info available on-line, including the manufacturer’s website, it does not seem to support digital key stoning. It operates on a 90-minute battery, comes with a remote control – like most if not all video projectors, includes a HDMI cable for the iPhone as well as MHL cables for Samsung and for other Android phones. It even has its own built-in speaker and SD card reader.
With its SD card reader, you can use the Pico Projector by itself. There is no need for a phone or other device to play whatever video you have on your card on a wall at any time.
It is a product that definitely stands out, and, while others on this list may exhibit certain higher performance traits, this one is to be taken into account as being in a different category – that of portable, mini or Pico video projectors.
SVGA Business Projector
It offers wireless, HDMI and USB connectivity. The lamp is advertised to be especially durable, guaranteed to function for 10,000 hours. It is a business & education projector, but its high contrast ratio makes it suitable for movies also. It has a native 4:format but also supports 16:9.
No digital keystone; more expensive than equivalent competitors
Cheap mini projector
This Hausbell projector projects 1500 ANSI Lumens, making it perfect for dark environmentsbut not recommended for business or for bright rooms in general.
The static contrast ratio is 600:with a dynamic one of 10000:1.
It connects via HDMI,VGA, USB and AV and supportsSD cards. It has a manual keystone function that tilts the lens.
Big vs. small brands
An important decision-making factor should bethe brand: look for the more reliable ones if you can afford them. Of course this doesn’t mean that a newer brand cannot produce a device that’s just as good; it only means there is a risk.
Some manufacturers boast high-quality stereo built-in speakers for their products – and so do some buyer reviews, which may or may not be from actual buyer. Still, most if not all projectors’ built-in speakers, at least in this price range, are too low quality to serve in a good, immersive home theater experience.
DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector
This projector is, hands down, the best projector under 200 dollars money can buy right now. It provides a fantastic home theater experience with its crisp visuals and great function. This high-tech projector makes sure that your images will be sharper than ever, even on the big screen. It also supports HD resolutions, which will reasonably boost the image quality.
ELEPHAS LED Mini Video Projector
This projector under 200 dollars is a great way to bring big-screen entertainment to your family and friends alike. It is small and compact enough to be carried and put almost everywhere, and that is a huge benefit this projector enjoys. The picture quality is crisp and clear enough to impress everyone, judging by how low the price of this projector is.
Features and Specifications
Great Portability – the ELEPHAS YG400 is a small and lightweight projector, with a weight of only 1.9lbs. That makes it ideal for taking it wherever you want. Because of that feature, it is perfect for movie time with your family and friends, parties and gaming sessions.
Excellent Picture Quality – the TFT LCD technology ensures that this projector outputs a crisp and clear image that will impress almost everyone. You can adjust the picture size from 50 to 130 inches, but the recommended size is 100 inches. You can adjust the projection distance from 4,9to 13,1feet. The native resolution of this projector is 800×480 pixels, and it supports a Full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels with the contrast ratio of 1000:and a brightness of 1200 Lumens, making this projector ideal for a dark room with a reflective surface.
Environmentally Friendly – this projector is friendly for the environment as it consumes less power than the competition. It also features an innovative technology called eco Lamp Care. Thanks to this technology, the lamp life of the projector can last for 30,000 hours and can also save up to 70% of energy. Th
Other Specifications ✓ Can be connected to a wide range of devices ✗ Not ideal for business presentations ✗ Slightly lower lamp life than the competition
You hear this feature everywhere in the display device market. It is essential as it determines what’s the number of pixels on the screen that make up the image. SVGA projectors usually have a resolution of 800×600 pixels, which equals 480,000 pixels. That number determines the crispness of the image.
Ideally, you should aim for the highest possible resolution for the sharpest image, but that also means that you would pay more for that projector. For some applications, the higher resolution is a must, but if you just need to present something in the form of PowerPoint presentation, you don’t need a 4K projector.
This feature determines the ratio between the width and height of the projectors’ outputted image. There are three common types of aspect ratios when talking about projectors: 4:3, 16:and 16:10.
4:aspect ratio produces a more squared image and is implemented in XGA and SXGA projectors. 16:and 16:aspect ratios produce more rectangular and broader images that are also in HD resolutions, which means that the images presented in these aspect ratios are sharper than their 4:counterpart.
Now, choosing the ideal aspect ratio depends on what you plan to do with your projector. Business people will be happy with the 4:aspect ratio. It provides a clear image that won’t stretch out too much.
For those home theater enthusiasts, an aspect ratio of 16:or 16:is the most ideal as it produces a wide picture that provides a big screen experience for the viewers.
Now that we’ve cleared up what are the crucial features that determine which projector is worth the buy, let’s move on to the common topics that concern people who want to buy a projector:
Keystone Correction and Lens Shift
Keystone correction is an image correction method that is required when the projector and the screen aren’t aligned to each other. If you don’t use the keystone correction in this kind of situation, the image will look triangular rather than square.
To avoid that, you can use manual or digital methods for keystone correction. The manual correction method is a physical adjustment to the projector lens. It makes the image project at a higher or lower angle. This method is suitable for some situations, but it can distort the image. You also need to put the projector far away from the screen to achieve good results.
The digital correction method is used more thanks to the algorithm implemented in that method which scales the image before it reaches the lens of the projector. That results in a squared, more natural image, even when projecting at an angle.
Other than the keystone correction method, there is also a lens shift method. It has proven to be more efficient in making the image output more flexible. Lens shift essentially makes image adjustments without the need to move the projector.
What makes this work are the lens inside the projector that moves and alters the image to your liking. This method is better than keystone correction because it doesn’t compress the image as the keystone correction does.
The projectors with keystone correction systems are regularly less expensive than their lens shift counterparts. This is good to know too.
Features of ViewSonic HDMI Projector are
With advanced color technology and outstanding sharpness, this feature-rich projector provides a vast selection of inputs while offering industry-leading durability and dust-resistance
Exclusive audiovisual features and flexible connectivity options makes the PJD515is ideal for use in home, education and small business environments
Convenient design with up to 10,000 lamp hours (Eco Mode), built-in speakers, port cover, easy-access lamp hood, optical focus and zoom, and a muted black finish
1.86~2.04:throw ratio; 3.3–32.ft. throw distance; 3.5MM Audio in/out, HDMI 1.4, VGA composite RCA, S-Video, and Mini-USB inputs; Product Dimensions: 12.x 8.9x 4.0Inches
3D Blu-ray Ready HDMI Input: Equipped with the latest HDMI, this projector can display 3D images directly from 3D Blu-ray players—perfect for connecting to any HDMI-enabled devices such as PCs, laptops, tablets, and media players.
This projector gives you a choice of unique view settings for the best possible viewing experience in any environment regardless of ambient light. With advanced audiovisual features, flexible connectivity options, and an affordable price, the PJD515is ideal for use in education and small business environments.
Larger Than Life Shorter Throw Projection
100” Image from just 8.4’: Enjoy larger than life movies, sporting events, TV shows and action-packed video games in any room in the house. The short throw lens in the BenQ HT2050 home theater projector can fill large screens from shorter distances for easy, uncomplicated setup.
Big Zoom for Big Pictures in Any Space: Whether you permanently install or simply bring out the projector for special occasions, the 1.3X Big Zoom lens in the BenQ HT2050 will provide the placement flexibility needed to enjoy the image size you want, where you want it.
Vertical Lens Shift Flexibility: Lens shift provides the flexibility to optically move the image on the screen to overcome minor installation miscalculations. This helpful feature provides peace of mind knowing the projected image will land precisely over the area needed.
Intuitive User Interface: BenQ Home Theater projectors feature an intuitive, easy to follow user interface, allowing quick access to all projector features to enable users to customize their experience.
Step-by-Step Setup Guide: An easy to follow step-by-step guide will walk you through the initial projector setup. Whether you are a first time or experienced user, you will be enjoying stunning viewing experiences on your new BenQ HT2050 in no time.
Features of Sony VPLVW350ES 4K Projector are
Immersive, vibrant picture for any environment: By simply choosing the appropriate preset, the VPL-VW350ES’s 1,500 ANSI lm brightness and Deep color can be adjusted for the ideal picture quality in any environment—whether gaming or watching sports in a lit room, or enjoying movies in a dark theater.
Watch 2D high-definition content in 3D: Add a new dimension to your favorite movies, shows or videos with Sony’s unique 2D to 3D up-conversion algorithm, allowing high definition 2D content connected via HDMI to be viewed in immersive Sony 3D even in 4K.
Whisper-quiet fan: Forget that the projector is even in the room thanks to the VPL-VW350ES’s advanced air discharge system.
Integrated RF 3DSync Transmitter: No need to wire an external 3D emitter. The built-in RF emitter can adequately cover your home theater space and features industry standard technology that allows for the use of Sony TDG-BT500A or compatible 3rd party 3D glasses.
This projector had two HDMI inputs and Both of the two HDMI inputs can handle input resolutions up to 4K at 60 frames per second (4:2:0 chroma subsampling only), so they qualify as HDMI 2.0.
Screen Size Range: 42-8inches from feet; 62-12inches from 1feet
White Brightness: 1500 Lumens; Color Brightness: 1500 Lumens
Contrast Ratio: NA; Keystone Correction: NA; Lens Shift: Vertical +85%/- 80%; Horizontal +/- 31%
Features of DBPOWER GP1Mini Projector are
Crystal Clear Image Quality: The DBPOWER GP1projector is brighter and sharper than other similar projectors, giving you superior, crystal clear images. If you’re looking for a home theater experience, then this projector is ideal for you. With 1500 lumens of brightness and 800*480 high-resolution images, you get vivid color and distinct images. PLEASE NOTE: As this is a home entertainment projector only, we do not recommend it for PPTs or business presentations.
Enjoy the Big Screen Experience at Home: It may be small, but the DBPOWER GP1projector has a projection display size of 32-120 inches and a 1-3m projection distance. Enjoy an awesome viewing experience right in the privacy of your own home. For optimum viewing, we recommend a projection distance of about 1.5m-2m.
Reduced Fan Noise: Thanks to continued improvements in development, the powerful cooling fan has a much-reduced noise, which translates into less distraction for you when viewing movies or playing games.
External Speaker required if you use a VGA cord to connect the DBPOWER projector while watching videos, VGA cable can NOT transmit audio signal. And if you need a much louder sound, an External Speaker is required.
The only thing I wish that could be better is the sound. The sound is fine for a small room but not for outdoor use. Although, this problem can be easily solved by hooking up an external speaker through the port located on the side of the projector. All in all, this is the best projector within this price range for home entertainment purposes.
RAGU Z720 HD:
RAGU Z720 HD Projector has 50% more brightness than a basic LED projector. This projector is ideal for home theater movies and video game picture present in dark. Although, it is not recommended for data presentations, like PDF, Excel and Text files
RAGU video projector has a built-in HD decoder chip that supports 1080P video input, the image size can be adjusted by changing the distance. The best projection distance is from 2.5m to 5m with projection size of 30-150 inches; ±12°manual vertical keystone correction, 1.6Million Supported Colors.
Features of Optoma HD142X Projector are
Brilliant, Vibrant Colors: Watch movies and play games with stunning colors in any environment. 3,000 ANSI lumens combined with a sharp contrast ratio enable a near perfect reproduction of the REC.70color spectrum, the international standard for HDTV viewing.
Full HD 1080P: Sharper more detailed projection with 1920 x 1080 pixels, perfect for watching Blu-ray movies without downscaling or compression.
Integrated 10W Speaker: Complete your home entertainment experience with the convenience of a powerful built-in 10W speaker. This speaker provides powerful, crystal clear sound quality without the need for costly external speakers.
Reference Mode and sRGB: Combined, these features create colors that are perfectly aligned to REC.70and REC.709b color space, a color spectrum that is bright and accurate. The visuals it creates conform to HDTV broadcast ColorSpace specs and transform viewing into virtual reality.
Full 3D: Optoma projectors can display true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray players, 3D broadcasting and the latest generation games consoles. And the projector’s support for 144Hz rapid refresh rate provides smooth, flicker-free images.
Dynamic Black: Images are automatically adjusted to lamp output, based on the brightness information of each frame, creating one of the home entertainment industry-leading 23,000:contrast ratio.
MHL Connectivity: Turn your projector into a smart display by connecting a smartphone or tablet with a single cable using MHL to play games, stream videos and share photos on the big screen.
Features of Sony VPLHW45ES 1080p Projector are
High brightness and high contrast ratio: With an impressive 1,800 lumens brightness and high contrast ratio, Full HD images are clear and with bright highlights and rich, deep blacks – even in well-lit rooms.
Long-lasting lamp: Up to 6000 hours rated lamp operating life (in Low mode) means simpler maintenance, with fewer lamp swaps and reduced running costs.
Flexible home installation with wide zoom and shift lens: The manual zoom lens with a 1.6x zoom ratio and wide lens shift range gives greater installation flexibility in any room size, even with high ceilings.
Cinema-like 3D brightness: Sony’s dynamic lamp control technology and rechargeable 3D glasses work together perfectly to establish vibrant, cinema-quality brightness levels on your favorite 3D movies and shows.
Whisper-quiet fan: Forget that the projector is even in the room due to the advanced air discharge system. Sony’s whisper-quiet fan emits only 22db during show time.
With this projector, you can quickly calibrate your picture to the type of content you’re enjoying with nine unique modes including a variety of cinema, gaming, photo, and user-customizable pre-sets.
This is a portable projector by Epson with HDMI best for Everyday Business Presentations
Epson VS250 offers 3,200 lumens of color/white brightness sufficient for vivid presentations, even in well-lit rooms.
The VS250 also supports HDMI, the standard in digital connectivity, for compatibility with the latest laptops and media players.
If you are planning to use this to surf the web, the resolution is such that smaller text like those found on desktop icons cannot be easily read. You can zoom in with the remote control making them larger but for computing this is impractical.
LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) is the third type of projector technology, generally available only on high-end models. These types of projectors provide a combination of the benefits of DLP and LCD projectors, including a bright display, smooth video, and impressive color saturation.
Light sources: Projectors are powered by one of three light sources: standard lamp, laser or LED (light-emitting diode).
Brightness: Projector brightness is measured by lumens; the higher the lumens, the brighter the projector will be at a given distance. Two separate brightness measurements can help you choose a projector that will display bright, colorful images in any lighting:
Be sure to compare both brightness measurements before you decide which projector you want. If the color brightness of a projector is lower than its white brightness, the images and details it displays may be dark or dull.
Contrast ratio: Contrast is the amount of difference between the darkest and brightest areas of a picture. A projector with a high contrast ratio allows you to see clearly defined shadow detail and deep black levels, adding a sense of depth and dimension to the picture.
Resolutions range from 480p on the low end to 720p and 1080p for HD viewing, and up to 4K Ultra HD for impressively sharp movies and shows.
Some Optional Features
3D technology: Most home theater projectors feature 3D technology for entertainment that puts you right in the picture. A 3D-ready projector hooks up to other 3D-compatible devices for a true 3D experience on a giant screen. Some projectors feature built-in 3D capability, while others require a 3D emitter (sold separately) in order to display 3D content.
Smart-enabled technology, currently available only on select home theater projectors, allows you to stream movies, music and entertainment by connecting directly to the Internet. You can also stream content by connecting a streaming media player to your projector.
Projector World Demystified
Setting up a projector at home for watching TV or movies sounds fun but there are a lot many technicalities that will leave you confused. Here are the few things you need to know. Nidhi Singal Print Edition: March 2014
Setting up a projector at home for watching TV or movies sounds fun but there are a lot many technicalities that will leave you confused. Whether to buy a DLP or an LED projector, how big should be the room to place it, where to project, etc.. With so many questions troubling you, here are the few things you need to know.
DLP versus LCD versus LED projectors
Don’t feel shy about not knowing what is the difference between the DLP or the LCD projector. Well, these are the distinct technologies. The DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors have got a chip made of tiny microscopic mirrors and a spinning colour wheel. In terms of projection, it delivers sharp images and has got a better response time. On the other hand, the LCD projectors use liquid crystal displays that has no moving parts. Hence, these cost slightly less. The plus point of LCD projectors is the better saturation and lower noise. On the downside, they require filter maintenance and have less contrast. Lastly, LED projectors use tiny LEDs that delivers better colours with lower power consumption. With the lifespan of over 20,000 hours, they virtually require zero maintenance. LED projectors are usually smaller and compact and generate less heat. But they lack the brightness that an LCD or a DLP can offer.
This video projector is specially designed to provide an incredible home theater experience, to enjoy classic and current movies, since the device has aspect ratios of 4: and 16: In addition, its 1800 lumens are capable of projecting vivid colors and sharp images.
On the other hand, this model generates a projection surface of between 3to 120 inches, at a distance of to m, so the visualization is complete. In addition, the possibilities of connecting several devices such as desktop computers, laptops, video game consoles and even smartphones and tablets make their use very dynamic.
However, the manufacturer recommends that this projector be used in the home and not in business presentations, so we will analyze in more detail the pros and cons of this product to make sure it is the best option:
Epson V11H570040 One of the best ways to enjoy home theater is through a video projector. These excellent equipment are able to allow you to experience a giant screen from the comfort of your own home and this is why we want you to know one of the best options to acquire among the modern projects of the market when presenting the Epson V11H570040, considered the best manufacturer guaranteed of projection equipment worldwide.
This video equipment has a brightness capacity of 2700 lumes, so you can enjoy a screen without levels of opacity regardless of the light level of the room. It has a screen resolution of 102x 76pixels, which will allow you to enjoy an excellent level of sharpness as well as enjoy your content in high definition.
With its three pieces of glass lenses, its ability to reproduce a 100-inch screen, its guaranteed 50,000 hours of life of the bulb in play and its low power consumption make this team one of the best cheap projectors. With its 500 grams of weight, you can take your equipment wherever you want.
It also has the certification of being a protective product of the environment because its energy consumption is minimal and its patented design will not damage your eyes in prolonged visions. It is ideal to play movies, games, images, among many other options, with its high resolution capacity and admission of various formats you can have great fun and all from the comfort of your room or living room!
If you are looking for economy and you want to know which is the cheapest projector, then we will tell you that it is the Flyshop ES-CCK102138-01, it is the cheapest equipment in this list. Below are its positive and negative aspects so that you can judge for yourself.
Adjust the lens at different angles
A feature that has been incorporated into some models of video projectors is an adjustable lens. This allows you to move or adjust the image to adapt it to how you want it without having to move the equipment itself from its position. You can move it from top to bottom and from left to right, and direct it to where you need it.
Adjust brightness and contrast
Before starting the presentation to the public, make the necessary adjustments to improve the quality of the image. Start by adjusting the brightness, as the overhead projector has a lamp, the excess or, in the other case, the lack of brightness can affect the quality of the images. The contrast is also important that you adjust it so that there is a balance between the light and dark parts of the presentation.
Use the right background
When you are going to make a presentation, you not only need a white background to show the slides, you also need to make an adequate design of these so that the public has a good visualization of the content that you are exposing.
When designing the presentation, make sure that the titles and subtitles, if they are on the same slide, can be differentiated and highlighted more than the rest of the information that you have briefly described in the texts. It is recommended that you put a dark background if you are going to use a clear font color and vice versa. This contrast will make it easier for the audience that has your attention, even the furthest away from the presentation screen, to see the content clearly.
Our runner-up, the InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080. Photo: Chris Heinonen
If the TH670 isn’t available and you don’t want to spend the extra money on BenQ’s HT2050 or HT1075, the InFocus ScreenPlay SP1080 is your next best option. In our tests, this model came in second to the BenQ TH670 in color accuracy and contrast ratio. Unlike the TH670, it offers no way to disable BrilliantColor. It also provides only a single HDMI input, and it lacks a standard USB Type-A port to power a streaming stick.
As for picture quality, the whites on the InFocus SP1080 are slightly bluish next to those of the TH670, though this difference is hard to notice without making a direct comparison. Overall, looking for one of the BenQ models is worthwhile—the TH670 is a nicer projector and worth the small premium over the InFocus SP1080.
Another very popular and very well-made active 3D projector with native FullHD (1920 x 1080) resolution and 20,000:contrast ratio.. It offers excellent brightness of 3200 ANSI Lumens, which makes it capable of projecting also in not as dark environment. Brightness in 3D is especially important due to darkening of 3D glasses. This projector also has a powerful buil-in 16-watt speaker for exceptional sound quality.
Active 3D projection
For some more sensitive people 60hz might not be enough, and they will see the picture flickering. Nice video why this happens.
When choosing the right one, brightness is a major factor, because both projection methods lead to losing some brightness.
Active – images for left and right eye are projected from single projector
The history of 3D technology
3D or three-dimensional technology is a new kind of technology that can be applied to a lot of areas such as TVs, laptops, printers and other products.
3D technology started in photography, when David Brewster invented a stereoscopic camera in 184This camera was able to take the first 3D images. While used mainly for films in the past 100 or so years (films like The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl and The Polar Express were released in 3D), 20saw the push towards 3D television. A lot of channels are already producing and distributing shows in 3D.
Technology replicates the space required by the brain to see different images from the same source and create the illusion of depth. 3D glasses aid in giving the viewer this kind of perception either through the use of electronics (active glasses) or through color filters or polarization (passive glasses).
While 3D television is an option for those who want to experience their video games in 3D, there are also 3D projectors. These have the advantage of making your 3D experience more life-like than using just a screen. Also, unlike 3D cinema, 3D projectors provide sharper images.
These projectors work by projecting two images on the screen at the same time to make the 3D image viewed by active glasses. The images created by these active glasses are better than the images created by looking through the passive glasses used in 3D cinemas. By using these active glasses, the vision in one eye is blocked quickly in order to show the other eye the other image. The brain sees the succeeding offset images as a single 3D image.
The different types of 3D projectors include Direct 3D which can be connected via HDMI 1.cables and used with 3D glasses. For gaming on computer, an nVidia 3D-ready graphics card is used along with active shutter glasses and an emitter. The last type is the DLP link type of projector, where the projectors communicate directly with the glasses to produce the 3D images.
With this type of equipment, you will be able to experience your video games or computer games in an even more enhanced virtual reality. Now, you can really feel that you are part of the game!
Other uses of 3D projectors
While the projectors and glasses are rather pricey, you can maximize your 3D resources. 3D projectors can be used for presenting at work (especially in fields like architecture) or for education. Subjects like geography, geology or human anatomy can become a more interesting experience with the use of 3D learning materials.
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Sony VPLHW45ES Gaming Projector: The Unmatched 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater Gaming Projector
VPLHW45ES is a successor of VPLHW40ES, a classic HD projector. It took two years for Sony to come up with this improvised projector and it turned out to be a great model. Its low input latency makes it compatible with gaming. If you are looking for a full HD projector then this is the one to choose.
Its large body is a complete blend of smooth curves, sharp angles, and steep slopes. This model vents out its hot air from the front edges making it easier to mount on a wall easily. It employs Sony owned SXRD technology for a full HD view. With its brightness of 1800 lumens and improved color performance, it is a promising projector by Sony.
Features • Playback in 3D format • Brightness of 1800 lumens • Gaming mode in low latency • Image shifts in both vertical/horizontal mode • 1.6x optical zoom
Note: This projector is a great option to add to your wish list until you are using it on a low lamp mode. With its remarkable picture quality and new low latency mode, it is reeling in gamers and home theatre fans.
Slightly noise only in dark movies
Optoma GT760 Gaming Projector: The Unique HD and 3D Projector for Gaming
This is considered to be a cheaper version of Optoma GT1080. The only difference between the two is that GT760 projects images with a quality of 720p. This model is improvised with 3400 lumens and an impressive good sound system. You can also connect it to a PC for higher resolution. To give you a great watching and playing experience it works better even with the lights on.
The projector delivers good color contrast with predefined modes and good picture quality. If you are looking for a reasonable choice then go for GT760 but it is surely not a compelling one.
Features • 3D support with HDMI cable • Immersive gaming experience • 1.port connects directly to a 3D capable game console • Works with IR glasses • Short throw projector • 3400 lumens
Special note: GT760 offers full advantage offers high resolution in the arsenal of gaming projectors. Its delivery at short throw with bright images and HDMI support is an addition to this model. GT760 is available at a cheaper price but it is definitely a step down from GT750E. Therefore, the manufacturers of Optoma are planning to introduce a projector with 1080p in the same GT series of gaming projectors.
Game projector brightness
Projector brightness is measured in lumens. A game projector brightness is determined by two factors. One, ambient light from your location and second, desired image size. This feature will always add few bucks to the price tag of the projector. So if you are in search of a great gaming projector you need to shed little more bucks.
Below is the recommended lumens rating based on ambient lighting. a. Home theatres 1000 lumens b. Rooms with ambient light 1500 lumens c. Rooms with high ambient light 3000 lumens
Whereas, following are the lumens recommended based on screen size i. 50-60 inch 1000 lumens ii. 60-80 inch 1500 lumens iii. 80-100 inch 2000 lumens iv. inches+ 2500 lumens
Contrast ratio for gaming projectors
To get optimum results while playing (whether on your best mobile or on your projector) never miss out on contrast ratio. Many of your high-resolution games have vivid color ranges especially made in a darkroom. Higher contrast ratio supports this dynamic feature in games with utmost clarity. A higher contrast ratio offers a brighter image. 5000:is considered to be a good contrasting ratio whereas ratios of 40000:and 100000:is considered to be better and best contrasting ratios respectively.
The amount of time taken by a projector to project an image is known as input lag. Long input lags result in a frustrating experience. A certain amount of input lag is inevitable on PC as they are connected with a third party server for multiplayer games. There are few projectors offering 20ms lag time at an affordable price range. If you are not into heavy gaming then lag time should not be an issue but for hardcore gamers, input lag is an important point to consider.
A projector’s ability to process a video refers to refresh rates. Faster refresh rates deliver crisp and seamless images. It is recommended to look for 120 Hz above refresh rates. A higher refresh rate not only benefits gamers but also produces 3D images that are comfortable for our eyes.
You have three types of projectors offering long throw, short and a super short throw. It refers to the distance between you and the projector. Long throw projectors are somewhat cheap and restricted for a certain room size. The Super throw is recommended to use for business presentations and projects. Whereas short throw is best suitable for gaming where you need to stand and play like in Xbox or PlayStations.
Epson Home Cinema 640
Epson Home Cinema 640 is the best option for those who want a bigger picture for the lesser price. Although it will take any HD source like your cable box, Roku or game console, it does not throw native HD image on your screen. Since the resolution is low, the image is less detailed and blockier and shows issues like jagged lines. However, the image still looks very good so if you are really tight on budget, this is a great choice.
The Epson 640 is a bright little projector that makes it a good choice for both larger screens and for a situation where you can’t completely darken your viewing environment. Since it is small in size, it is highly portable. Its placement is not as versatile as some other projectors because it has no zoom or lens shift. Hence, you need to physically move the projector to size it to your screen properly. But if you are using any makeshift projection surface or a white wall, then it is not a big issue.
The connectivity features that Epson 640 includes are HDMI input, AV input with S-video, analog RGB PC input, USB ports and built-in speaker. It has a basic back panel and so is its remote. Though it has USB ports, it is not compatible with phones that use MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link). This projector features long-lasting lamps that last up to 10,000 hours.
It can easily fill big reference screen (300-inch) with a bright image in the dark as well as dim light. At such low price for a projector, Epson 640 is one of the least expensive home theater projectors. It is extremely bright and is able to fill larger screens and compete better against ambient light. However, it has just one HDMI port, and cannot deliver full HD resolution like other expensive units. But considering its rock-bottom price, Epson Home Cinema 640 is affordable home theater projector that offers overall impressive image quality.
The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is one of the low-priced short-throw projectors with full-HD resolution. The image quality it delivers is quite impressive for the money. It features some unusual conveniences like a ‘hidden’ HDMI input perfect for wireless dongles and a cable management cover to improve its looks. The Viewsonic’s lumens’ rating is legit, which makes it work great even if there is ambient light in the room. Its short-throw lens allows you to place it closer to the displaying screen, which is great if you have a small room.
It supports 3D contents but you will need to buy 3D glasses. Since the projector uses DLP link, it should be compatible with numerous third-party glasses or Viewsonic’s own 3D glasses. Though it has a mode that dims the bulb and extends its lifespan, the lamp is likely to burn out faster, and replacement cost is pretty high.
The connectivity features that Viewsonic PJD7828HDL offers are HDMI inputs, AV inputs (composite and S-video), Analog RGB PC input, USB port, MHL, and built-in speaker. It also features a full complement of analog jacks and a ‘hidden’ HDMI port behind a hatch on top. You can discreetly stream multimedia content from an optional wireless dongle with the second port and it even includes a micro-USB cable for power. The HDMI port is compatible with MHL as well. The USB port is only for power or using the projector’s remote as a makeshift mouse, and you cannot directly connect a USB drive for a photo or video viewing.
The picture quality this unit delivers is outstanding with 1080p resolution. The details appear sharp; edges are smooth and no visible pixel structure or the screen door effect. With 3200 lumens of brightness, it produces bright images in any environment including rooms with high ambient light. Hence, this is worth a consideration if you want a projector that delivers high-quality image in a shorter distance and an affordable price.
The Optoma HD142X is one of the best projectors with an 8,000-hour lamp life and 3,000 lumens of brightness. It delivers serious performance and has all required features for a great home theater projector. And it comes at an affordable price. The HD142X is perfect for those who want to set up their home theater in a place where there is the abundant amount of ambient light. It is one of the small projectors, which makes it portable and you can carry it around from room to room.
This is a great projector for 3D fans. The Optoma HD142X is a great 2D projector as well as it can excellently handle 3D contents. You need to buy 3D glasses if you are intending to use 3D. Since it uses DLP Link, numerous third-party glasses other than Optoma’s own are compatible. The 1080p resolution, a screen-size range of 66” to 107” and a brightness of 3000 lumens make it able to work in a wide variety of rooms and settings. Like most budget projectors, there is no lens shift but it has a manual zoom to make positioning easier though its range is relatively narrow.
The connectivity features that Optoma HD142X includes are HDMI inputs, USB port, MHL, and built-in speaker. Unlike most projectors, it does not have any analog AV input and PC input. The USB port is only for power or using the projector’s remote as a makeshift mouse. You cannot directly connect a USB drive to view photo or video. It has backlit remote with built-in test patterns. The menus show a solid selection of picture modes and adjustments.
The lamp offers 5,000 hours when used in normal mode and can last up to 8,000 hours when different lamp modes are used. The Optoma HD142X delivers good image quality with full-HD resolution, solid contrast, and accurate color. It is one of the least priced projectors available for the quality it offers. This Optoma HD142X is of great value for the money.
Epson Home Cinema 2040
The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is LCD-based and is one of the less expensive 1080p, 3D projector on the market. It is one of the low-priced models that are built around a three-chip LCD engine that guarantees that it won’t show rainbow effects. It delivers great image quality, a short lag time that gamers will appreciate, and some video processing features that until now were available only on more expensive models.
The brightness of this projector is 2,200 lumens, which is quite bright. The main advantage of this projector is that it is guaranteed to be rainbow effect free. The overall image quality is good with excellent color quality. It maintains shadow detail well and avoids posterization. The Epson HC 2040 is a great 2D projector as well as it can excellently handle 3D contents. You need to buy 3D glasses if you are intending to use 3D.
Its setup is typical with a manual focus and a 1.2x manual zoom, which gives you some flexibility with the placement of the projector from the screen for a given size. The connectivity features it includes are HDMI ports, a composite video port, and a VGA port for a computer or component video. The USB port allows you to view images and video directly from a USB drive. Both HDMI ports support all HDMI 1.4a 3D formats for connection to a Blu-ray player or other 3D video device, with one MHL enabled as well.
The Epson 2040 is an excellent choice even if you don’t have problems with a rainbow effect. The low price, portability, sound system, and great image quality of this projector is undeniable. It is small enough, light enough, and built-in speaker allows you to take it anywhere you want. This is ideal for any consumer who wants great projector but doesn’t want to spend a lot of energy.
The Optoma HD29Darbee is the successor to the world’s first home cinema projector featuring Vision, the HD28DSE. This projector is designed to deliver an immersive experience in Xbox One and PSgames, Blu-ray movies, HDTV programming, home videos and even vacation photos. It features integrated Vision image enhancement technology that utilizes neuro-biologic algorithms to achieve unprecedented detail in skin tones, textures, and reflective surfaces while delivering superior depth, object separation and automatic removal of unsightly residuals.
The brightness of this Optoma projector is 3,200 lumens and has amazing 30,000:contrast ratio. Hence, it delivers bright images with deep black levels. Its reference display mode enables accurate color via REC.70HDTV color space for rich vibrant colors in Blu-ray movies, HDTV programming, home videos, and photos. It requires very little maintenance and offers 10,000 hours of lamp life that allows hours of gaming and extended viewing of favorite movie and series.
The Optoma HD29Darbee features latest and greatest digital media interface that supports MHL v1.It has HDMI ports that support MHL devices such as Optima’s Cast Pro, Roku Streaming Stick and Smart Phones to connect directly to the projector to playback music and video and other digital contents. The HD29Darbee supports all HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, enabling display of true 3D content from almost any 3D source. With the amazing picture quality, this is an amazing projector.
The Optoma HD2is a strikingly affordable single-chip DLP projector designed for consumer use. Its main features include a very high 3200 ANSI lumens light output and MHL playback support via one of its HDMI. It is quite a looker for such a cheap projector. Since it is a home theater projector, it is meant primarily for theater-dark lighting. However, it’s at least as much a home entertainment projector, with a bright enough image to stand up to ambient light in a family room or living room.
It delivers a high quality, reasonably bright image, support for 3D, and even a notably short lag time (for a projector) that makes it a reasonable choice for gaming. The Optoma HD2is DLP-based and offers full HD 1080p resolution, along with 3D support for video sources like Blu-ray players and FiOS boxes. It also features built-in speaker comparable to what you’d expect from a good-quality TV.
This unit features HDMI ports, one of which is MHL enabled. Having two ports makes it easy to install the projector permanently with both a cable box and Blu-ray player connected, so you can switch between them easily. The MHL support makes it more convenient to connect to and play content from, a compatible phone or tablet, as well as Roku. The HD2offers the brightness rating at 3,200 lumens. It is bright enough to give you a large image that can stand up to the ambient light, and also offer settings appropriate for lower lighting conditions.
If you don’t have a place to set it up permanently, the small size and light weight make it easy to store away when you’re not using it and set it up quickly as needed. The Optoma HD2home theater projector suffers from some image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode but delivers superb quality with other modes. It is an excellent low-cost big-screen option for movie fans and gamers.
Epson Home Cinema 3000
The Epson Home Cinema 3000 is an upgrade to its predecessor in just about every measurable way. It delivers bold and bright image making it fit for bright living rooms and extra-large screen sizes. This projector is easy to install with its 1.6:zoom lens and extensive lens shift. It offers the excellent balance between performance, features, and price. This Home Cinema 3000 is ideal for those who want big picture size but do not want blacked-out theater environment.
This is one of the examples that show how thin is the line between home theater projectors and home entertainment projectors. The brightness it delivers, and reasonably high-quality image makes it ideal for both roles. It offers 1080p HD resolution in both 2D and 3D and is built around three-chip LCD-engines. The three-chip LCD design gives two advantages over DLP-based projectors. It guarantees that the projector can’t show the rainbow artifacts that DLP models tend to show, and it ensures that the projector’s white brightness and color brightness match.
Its vertical and horizontal lens shift is less common but greatly helpful; it lets you move the image without moving the projector and without tilting or swiveling it, which would turn the rectangular image into a trapezoid. Setup is standard with manual focus and zoom. The connectivity features include two HDMI ports, VGA and composite video ports, a component video port with three RCA connectors, and a USB Type A port for reading files from USB devices or connecting an optional Wi-Fi dongle. Both HDMI ports support video sources like a Blu-ray player or a cable or FiOS, which use 3D.
The Epson Home Cinema 3000 is a great home theater projector with the awesome brightness that can be used in ambient light or extra large home theater screens. It lacks an audio system that is more common for home theater than home entertainment projectors but it delivers a high-quality image. This is not for gaming as the lag time is really disappointing. The Home Cinema 3000 gives you great quality image at a substantially reasonable price.
The Viewsonic PX800HD is a new addition to Viewsonic’s award-winning line of digital projectors. Designed for home entertainment applications, it is a bright, fully loaded, ultra-short throw projector priced at slightly above thousand. It features 2000 lumens of brightness and Rec.70color accuracy, as well as Supercolor technology for true-to-life color performance. With a sleek design, it is ideal for media rooms, family and living rooms.
The connectivity features of PX800HD include RGB, HDMI, Video, S-Video, Component, USB, and 12V trigger. It can easily share content from a number of video sources. Its 1080p full HD resolution and two built-in speakers provide an all-in-one solution for video-based entertainment in just about any room in a house. The ultra-short throw lens eliminated issues like placement difficulties and shadows.
The PX800HD paired with ViewSonic’s BrilliantColorPanel projection screens provides LED TV-like picture quality. BCP screens are specifically designed for ultra-short throw projectors while enhancing contrast and diffusing high ambient light. It is easy to install and dedicated home theater, and its very quick 1ms input lag makes it highly desirable for serious video gamers as well. With a contrast ratio of 100000:and a brightness rating of 2000 lumens, it is better suited to a high-quality home theater as it is designed to optimize black levels, shadow detail, color saturation and overall dynamic range instead of lumen output.
The PX800HD comes ready to work with DLP-Link glasses and has a Sync port for third-party emitters to let it work with Vesa RF glasses as well. Its lamp is rated at 3000 hours in normal mode and 6000 hours in SuperEco mode. It is a highly unique projector for home theater that can also be used for casual home entertainment or serious video gaming. The solid contrast, rich color saturation, almost zero rainbow artifacts, and a surprisingly sharp image across the entire screen making it an outstanding value for the price and highly recommendable.
The Sony VPLHW45ES is the successor to a classic full HD projector, the VPLHW40ES. It is just great for movies and its low input latency makes it great for gamers too. This projector vents hot air from its front edge, making it easier to mount in a recess or against a rear wall. It also makes the viewing experience more comfortable in setups where the projector sits in front of the viewers.
The connectivity features it has are two HDMIs, an RS-23‘remote’ port, an IR input, and a USB port. The USB port is only for service updates; hence, you cannot play multimedia from USB memory sticks through it. It lacks 12V trigger output and PC port. The projector system is based on Sony’s own SXRD technology. It delivers a full HD resolution and standard dynamic range images rather than 4K and HDR.
This projector is redesigned to deliver improved color performance and reduced noise levels. Furthermore, the development of a new alignment layer element within Sony’s SXRD chipset is supposed to improve contrast and black-level depth by retaining greater light focus and efficiency. The VPLHW45ES offers 3D support with the necessary 3D transmitter built into the projector’s chassis. You need to buy 3D glasses separate if you are intending to watch 3D content.
The VPLHW45ES is exceptionally friendly to set up. Its large 1.6x optical zoom and simple horizontal and vertical image-shifting wheels make it easier to get your image in the right place on your wall or screen regardless of the shape of your room. With dynamic and finely detailed images, this is a top class full HD projector that looks gloriously cinematic. It is crisp and flattering to a wide variety of HD sources. It is definitely a projector for home theater fans and serious gamers.
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB
The Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is one of the new, pixel shifting, 4K capable ‘Ultra Black’ projectors from Epson. They are far more advanced than their predecessors in many ways. It has new 2.1:zoom lenses and Lens Memory. The lenses are motorized – focus, zoom and lens shift, and Lens Memory makes it easy for ‘movie first’ people to choose to go with a ‘Cinemascope type’ widescreen instead of a 16:screen (HDTV). You can toggle back and forth correctly between different aspect ratio content with a remote.
Another major feature is that it can handle 4K content, and they support it with pixel shifting to produce megapixels on the screen. Not just 4K but it works with HDR (High Definition Range), P3, REC2020, etc. in other words, this Epson projector works with the higher performance 4K formats that the movie theaters work with, which is a cut above what we’ve been settling for with 1080p and 1080i content.
This projector uses 3-LCD chip technology with full HD resolution, a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:and ANSI lumens rating of 2500. However, the connectivity features are somehow not enough for such a great projector. It has HDMI ports, USB ports, one mini-USB, and LAN jack. One of the HDMI ports is MHL enabled; the MHL support makes it more convenient to connect to and play content from mobile devices and streaming sticks.
The Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is one of the best-looking projectors on the market at present day. It can provide you near-4K quality at a fraction of the cost of standard 4K projectors. The short lag time (for a projector) makes it a great choice for gaming. It is worth the price, producing some of the most luxuriously deep and nuanced colors.
The DLA-X550R is one of the best 4k projectors with latest and greatest HDMI connections (HDMI 2.0a), 265-watt high-power lamp and new D-ILA (JVC’s moniker for LCOS) imaging devices that let the projector beam 30% brighter images than its predecessor, DLA-X500R. Though these D-ILA chips are technically specified as having 1080p resolution, JVC’s e-shifttechnology enables the projector to deliver ‘4K precision’ images.
The projector can actually accept a true 4K source and upconverts lesser sources to 4K. The DLA-X550R is compatible with HDRhigh dynamic range content. It also supports 3D contents. But you need to have is JVC’s optional RF active-shutter 3D glasses and RF 3D emitter. It features an intelligent Lens Aperture setting to dynamically adjust contrast ratio. The projector has motorized zoom, focus, and lens-shift controls but it lacks the motorized lens cover.
The connectivity features this projector has are two HDMI ports, LAN and RS-232C ports for hooking up to control systems, a trigger output, and a 3D sync jack for the optional RF 3D emitter. Its remote control is compact and has a fully backlit keypad with a well-placed light button. You can easily switch between the focus, zoom, and lens-shift modes pressing the Lens Control button on the remote.
The DLA-X550R lacks the THX picture modes but the image quality is mostly accurate with the Cinema mode selected. Though it’s the entry-level model of JVC’s new projector lineup, it is thoroughly impressive. The sufficient brightness makes pictures look good in both dim and dark rooms. Its ability to accept and display 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range content makes it a great projector at this price.
The connectivity features this projector includes are two HDMI ports, RJ-4for network connectivity, USB, HD 9/RS-232C remote connector, IR input, and two 12-volt triggers. HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.do not support the full 18-Gbps bandwidth needed to pass 4K/60p at higher bit depths. The projector has motorized lens shift, zoom, and focus controls. It is capable of 3D with a built-in RF transmitter for the (optional) active 3D glasses.
Most projectors are either LCD-based or use a Texas Instruments DLP (Digital Light Projection) chip along with a laser, LED, or LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) light source. The projectors using single-chip DLP projectors are subject to the rainbow effect, however, the effect is minimal. On the other hand, LCD projectors resist this effect. If you or any of your family members are sensitive to the rainbow effect, LCD projectors are the best choice.
The Pico projectors have less than 100 lumens while video and home entertainment models have several thousand lumens. The brightness of your projector depends greatly on lighting and image size. Projector with lower brightness is okay for displaying small images and projects in darker rooms. But you need to look for around 2,000 lumens or more if you are looking for home entertainment projector. Since the brightness is measured logarithmically, it takes a lot more than doubling the number of lumens for an image to appear twice as bright. For example, there will be very little differences in the brightness of 2,000 and 2,300 lumens.
With all these factors to consider while buying a projector, there is still one more factor that is missed by most buyers. It is important to check the amount of noise you can expect the unit’s fan to make. A projector needs a hefty cooling system to prevent the bulbs in the projector from frying out, as they run very hot. The fan noise in all projectors is measured in decibels (db.). If you are buying a projector, make sure that fan’s db. rating is quiet enough that your stereo system will be able to effectively obscure it out.
Most of the home projectors support multiple connection methods. Almost all new models offer HDMI connectivity that supports resolutions of 1080p. Larger projectors have standard HDMI ports whereas smaller models like palmtop, pico, and other smaller models mostly have mini or micro HDMI ports that require different cables. Many home theater and home entertainment models have HDMI 1.4a compatible ports, which enable projection from a Blu-ray player or set-top box, even computer.
Some have HDMI ports that support MHL providing a wired connection to compatible phones and tablets. Some can connect via Wi-Fi and support media streaming via Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) and/or Miracast while some offer a direct connection to a computer via USB cable. Most projectors have VGA ports and Wi-Fi adapters for wireless streaming of content as a standard or optional feature.
Need of 3D
With the popularity of 3D for video and game content, many new projectors are marketed with 3D compatibility. Most projectors use TI’s DLP-Link technology that requires a computer with a compatible graphic card and active-shutter 3D glasses for each user. They are not necessarily compatible with all 3D content. You need to be extra careful before buying the projector that is labeled 3D compatible. Also, you need to add the extra cost of 3D glasses if you are buying such projectors.
Sony VPLVW1100ES 4K Projector
Experience Sony”s most immersive, awe-inspiring home theater with the Sony 4K projector featuring SXRD 4K movie theater projector technology. Delivering greater than four times 1080p resolution, anamorphic 3D, and HD to 4K up scaling, nothing else comes close to the Sony VPL-VW1100ES Projector. No detail was left out-including easy installation and control. – 1Reviews
For a gamer looking to enhance game playing experience, the option of playing video games on a Projector is a cost effective and attractive alternative to a Television. Gaming projectors provide for a more immersive gaming experience. The large scaled displays make even the biggest TV screens appear small.
This article takes a detailed look at important metrics required to help you make the best projector choice for your gaming needs. You should know that these projectors are equally good for use as Home Cinema Theater, watching TV, live stream of sporting events etc.
This projector has one of the fastest response times. The input lag is only 15ms when used in gaming mode. This ensures silky smooth game play and smooth image transitions for moving objects.
It also has the best contrast of all the projectors included in our review list. The darks are deep black which results in outstanding details especially in dark scenes.
2800 ANSI lumens, is more than adequate for use in rooms with ambient lighting. Needless to say that the results are remarkable when images are projected in a completely dark room.
If you are looking for great color performance and seamless transition as you play your favorite video games then you should definitely get the BenQ HT2150ST for your gaming needs.
With an input lag of just 16ms in gaming mode, this projector ensures optimum responsiveness for the best gaming experience.
Designed to be used in small rooms, this powerful projector delivers clear images from just a short distance away. It can produce over 100 inches of display from a separation distance of just one meter.
This is another projector that is ideal for gaming.
Its compact and lightweight design makes it easy to carry it around in your travels or as you head to a friend’s place for your gaming sessions.
It delivers vibrant images that take your gaming experience a notch higher. With 1080p full HD resolution, the PowerLite Home Cinema 1080p guarantees optimum image enhancement for the best picture quality.
It uses the innovative 3LCD technology for projection and this ensures that the images and content on display are bright, sharp and clear. Its brightness rating of 2200 lumens ensures optimum brightness and picture quality even when the screen display is increased.
With this projector, you can achieve up to 300 inches of display for your gaming pleasures. It has a built-in speaker that delivers good sound quality as you play your games.
If you prefer playing your games in 3D, then this is the best projector for you as well.
The PowerLite Home Cinema 1080p supports 3D content from the latest gaming consoles and converter boxes. Get this powerful projector today and experience gaming like never before.
The Acer H6502BD projector takes your favorite games or movies and displays them on the big screen with rich details, bright, natural colors and amazing contrast. Acer’s eColor Boost 3D technology and wall-color compensation allows you to project on just about any surface, including painted walls. ColorSafe II helps prevent color decay, which means longer use of your projector and better quality over the lifetime of your projector. No fear of strange color tints after a couple of months. The Acer projector includes special installation utilities that make setup super simple and also gives you power-management solutions for added energy savings.
Like with brightness, higher is better when contrast ratios are brought up for deliberation. The reason is that, like resolution, higher contrast ratio are essential for transforming otherwise shadowy images to images that are more bright, clear, and crisp when viewed.
Our top pick for this list of best projectors for gaming is not a conventional projector that can be used for gaming; it is an optimized projector that has been designed from the ground-up with gaming in mind. The brightness level is on the high-end, it offers images in 1080p HD resolution, and it has 3D support; all at an exciting price (Way to Go, Optoma!).
Optoma makes a bold showdown in the GT1080. Starting off, its brightness rating is at 2,800 lumens. Together with a short-throw lens, that permits a 90-inch diagonal image to be thrown on the screen from just 3inches away, the GT1080 is able to deliver an immersive experience in ambient lighting conditions. In clear terms, you do not have to sit far back or have to dim the lights to enjoy a full-on big display of your gameplay. As a huge plus, you do not have to worry about casting shadows.
For extensive functionality, the GT1080 is designed to support all HDMI 1.4a 3D formats. This is very useful as it offers a user flexibility to connect seamlessly to an extensive range of devices like a cable-box, Blu-ray player or other devices capable of outputting 3D media; in addition to letting you connect to your game console or PC for 3D gaming.
The Optoma GT1080 does not have 3D glasses in its product package. To avail of the 3D support, you would have to buy a third-party 3D pair of glasses, like Vesa RF glasses and 144Hz DLP-Link glasses.
It is always a good idea, dare say a given, to have audio play out from a dedicated audio system. With an external audio setup, the audio is unarguably richer and has better quality. However, if that’s not an option, the 10-watt mono speaker on the GT1080 delivers good quality at sufficient volume to fill a typical living room.
The GT1080 dimensions is interesting at (H) by 12.(W) by 8.(D) inches. At this size, it weighs just pounds, which is an impressive weight for a top-performance gaming projector. Together, the GT1080 proves to be a compact lightweight projector for gaming that may be setup permanently or easily packed up when not in use.
If you would have to set up your gaming projector from time to time, then you want a device that does not give you a hassle during setup. The GT1080 is a textbook example of such a device. Setting up the Optoma GT1080 is limited to positioning the projector optimally (at the right distance) to get the desired image size, connecting a cable to the image source (either your gaming PC or a video game console), and having to focus (using manual focus).
For us, that is as much as is necessary, and we are happy to find out it does not take any more ‘processes’ on the GT1080. The GT1080 has two HDMI ports with which can be paired to either a DVI-D, DVI-I, or an HDMI port; using an HDMI cable. MHL is supported on the GT1080 (via one of the two HDMI ports), which allows for easy connection to MHL-compatible smartphones and tablets.
The all-round performance of the Optoma GT1080 is impressive to say the least. Nonetheless, one important performance feat of the GT1080 that stands out is its very short lag time. The lag time of the projector is at 3milliseconds (ms), which lead to virtually unnoticeable lag during gameplay. Compared to the BenQ HT107(lag time of 49.ms), the GT1080 also sports one of the shortest lag times on any projector in the market.
Although we cannot recommend the Optoma GT1080 enough, there is a more affordable offering from Optoma in the HD2The Optoma HD2offers similar design and functionalities (including short lag time) to the GT1080. A major difference is that it sports a standard lens instead of the of the short-throw lens on the Optoma GT1080.
Design and Features
At barely 6.pounds, the BenQ W1080ST easily qualifies as a paperweight consumer device. This weight matches the compact build of the W1080ST, whose dimensions are 4.(H) by 12.(W) by 9.(D). Our top pick, the Optoma GT1080 is only slightly larger and weightier, so like the GT1080, the W1080ST can be tucked away easily when not in use and if it is not permanently installed. Furthermore, moving it about is much easier.
Widespread connectivity and flexibility is offered thanks to several connectivity options. There are two HDMI ports, three RCA connections for component video, a composite video port, a VGA video port, and an S-video port.
Unlike the Optoma GT1080, the BenQ W1080ST does not have a short-throw lens, which entails you having to stretch the distance between the projector and the screen for optimal focus. For a 90-inch diagonal image, the distance climbs up to about 8inches—in comparison, the distance is only 3inches on the GT1080.
This is not an issue though, just a little setback if you are pressed for space. The W1080ST makes up for this with an offering of 1.2x manual zoom.
Why Choose a Mini Projector
A mini projector is, as the name implies, mini. Many of them are no larger than a smart phone, so they can easily fit in your pocket or your carry on luggage. They are usually very light, as well, which makes them one of the most convenient devices to have both for work and play.
Just because they are smaller than their counterparts, however, does not mean that they can provide less quality services. Many of these mini projectors pack a punch like the BenQ Joybee GP2, ready to display an image in vivid color and with amazing brightness. Mini projectors are also much easier to install and use than the older and larger versions. One of the most important things that they eliminate is the need to have a constant power source. Most mini projectors have rechargeable batteries that last for two or three hours at a time, allowing you to use the device anywhere you want, whether there is a power outlet available or not. Another feature that sets these projectors apart is that they have a long lasting lamp, averaging 20,000 hours. This saves you so much time and money which larger projectors would not.
The Many Uses of a Mini Projector
A mini projector can have many uses. They are no longer limited to just playing movies or displaying images mainly because of how portable the new ones are. Since many of them have their own internal memory system, giving a great presentation at work, for example, no longer requires having to connect the device to a computer or anything else. Mini projectors have also become very popular in the video game community, not only because they are portable, but also because they are easy to hook up and use. Their image quality and brightness is powerful enough to enhance games and add to the fun.
Mini projectors can be a huge asset not only for your business life, but to your personal life as well. Create an impromptu theater whenever you want or view your favorite images on directly from your smart phone with these small devices.
How to Choose a Mini Projector
There are many mini projector options out there today. It is important to have a good idea of what to look for before setting out to buy a mini projector to save yourself time and stress. There are a few key things to look for when determining if a mini projector is the right choice for you.
One of the first things to consider is what its use will be. By knowing where the device will be used and what it will be required to do will narrow down the choices and help you find the one that best fits your needs. For people who will be using the projector in dark areas, for example, the projector’s brightness, measured in ANSI lumens, will not make such a difference as it would if you needed to clearly view images in bright room.
Below we have the most important features to look for when choosing a mini projector.
Brightness—The more ANSI lumens the projector offers, the brighter the image will be. This is one very important factor to look for. Some projectors, like the Optoma EP-PK-101, only have around ANSI lumens, which means the only way they can project a clear, vivid image is in a totally darkened room. Others, like Acer K11, have 200 ANSI lumens, which can ensure that you will be able to use the projector successfully even in rooms that are bright. Depending on your needs, you should pay close attention to the ANSI lumens that a mini projector has in order to find the one most useful for you.
Picture Quality—Picture quality is very important when it comes to any projector. You want clear images that are easy to see, with great contrast levels to enhance the viewing experience. Look for a mini projector that has a good image resolution and contrast ratio. If you need a projector that can provide large images, it is crucial that you choose one that does not skimp on image quality in exchange of size. Look for high contrast ratios and high resolutions as well as a large image size in order to choose the best mini projector.
Ports—The more ports a mini projector has, the more useful it will be. A mini projector worth its price will have at least one USB port and a composite AV port. The best mini projectors have HDMI ports and even SD card slots to make accessing your information even simpler and quicker. Most of these mini projectors come with the cables that can connect these ports to other devices. Be aware that some projectors only work with brand-specific cables.
Features—Other things to look for when buying a mini projector are special features that will enhance the device. Some mini projectors come with remote controls, to allow you maximum freedom when using them. Remote controls make presentations much easier, so it is a feature that truly makes a difference. Look for a long lasting lamp, as well. You should expect 20,000 to 30,000 hours of use from a single lamp. If you do not want to have to buy external speakers, choose a mini projector that has internal speakers with a good volume level, otherwise you will not be able to hear anything unless you are sitting close by. Another feature to consider is whether the projector has a fan or not. Without a fan, the device can overheat, but it is also important to know that if you choose a projector with a fan, it might be louder than the speakers are.
Batteries are a very important feature in a mini projector because they can make it possible for you to use the device anywhere you want. The longer the battery can last on one charge, the better. On average, mini projector batteries can last or hours, though there are some batteries that can go for as long as hours. Another great feature that many projectors provide is a manual focus option. This gives you maximum control when it comes to image quality.
Ease of Use—A mini projector is not worth much if you cannot figure out how to use it. The kind of device to look for is one that is simple to plug into other units, whether laptops or smart phones, and that will give you no trouble running. Look for a mini projector that comes with a clearly written manual that you can turn to for help if you need it.
A mini projector is a great new option to the standard projectors. They can make presentations easier and they can transform any room into a personal theater. We have all kinds of portable devices like tablets and smart phones, so why not add another way of accessing content in our lives in a fun and easy manner? By taking into consideration all the great mini projector options available, you will be able to find the right one for your needs.
Common Mistakes to Avoid
If you can, do your best not to think about price as the end-all be-all factor in which projector you ultimately decide to go with. Projectors are a hefty investment upfront, but their utility, portability, and longevity is simply unmatched by any other display technology on the market today.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Video Projectors wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Video Projectors
- №1 — Video Projector
- №2 — Paick 3200 Lumens LED Video Projector Multimedia Home Theater Movie Projectors Support HD 1080P HDMI VGA AV USB for Home Cinema TV Laptop Games Smartphone
- №3 — DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector