Projector Reviews For 2019

  1. Projector ReviewsOur experts will provide projector reviews to answer all of your questions about what kind of projector you need and where to find the best projector. If you or someone in your household is in the market for a best home theater projector, you should check out all our projector reviews to figure out which model or brand is best for you! Or, if you’re looking for something that is more turn key, checkout our latest television reviews.

What Is A Projector?

If you’ve ever been to a movie theater, you probably already know what a projector is and how it works. In order to display an image that’s larger than what a normal flat screen could handle, projectors use a series of lenses and mirrors to take a video source and “project” it onto a screen (So you can check best projector screen for more ideas). How the video is translated from its source to the projected image depends on the technology of the projector itself, which comes in four variants: LED, LCD, DLP, and LCoS (short for “Liquid Crystal on Silicon”).

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Optoma HD29Darbee 1080P Projector Review

Optoma HD29Darbee 1080P Projector Review

When shopping for a new home theater projector there are a few key requirements that you want. It should be quiet, offer the best image quality for the price and it's helpful if it performs excellent with both movies and video games.
Best Cheap Projector

Best Cheap Projector

To help you find the best cheap projector, one that is well suited to a home theater or business environment, we tested out a plethora of models, looking for products that delivered pristine HD visuals onto large canvases, erring on the side of projectors with high resolutions and just the…
5 of the Best Home Theater Projectors for 2020

5 of the Best Home Theater Projectors for 2020

With superior picture quality, excellent response time, and a full suite of features, the HD29Darbee is a clear fit for new comers and long time veterans of projectors.
Best 4K Projector for 2020

Best 4K Projector for 2020

Even though there aren't a ton of options out there yet, it still helps to know all the features and performance stats you should look for that makes these projectors the best 4K projectors of 2016!
How To Connect Your Laptop To a Projector With HDMI

How To Connect Your Laptop To a Projector With HDMI

I like to watch movies big. The bigger the better. How else are you going to watch a major blockbuster? And sometimes this requires connecting my laptop to my projector. To many of us this is a super easy task, but there are some folks out there who might not…
How To Make A Projector Screen – DIY Home Theater

How To Make A Projector Screen – DIY Home Theater

Whether it is to save money or simply because you like DIY projects, it is fun to create something yourself occasionally instead of buying it. A projector screen is a good example. It isn’t a fancy electronic build and no electronics knowledge is required. This is a great product to…
How To Make A Projector – Big Results On A Budget

How To Make A Projector – Big Results On A Budget

Our TVs are only so big. Scratch that. I mean that the TVs we can afford are only so big. This is one of many reasons that people use projectors in their home theater. You can have your entertainment larger than ever before and you don’t even need a TV.…
How To Make A Pinhole Projector To View A Solar Eclipse

How To Make A Pinhole Projector To View A Solar Eclipse

I don’t know about you, but whenever there’s a solar eclipse, I have always missed out on all of the action, simply because I didn’t know how to make a simple pinhole camera. Well, now I do know how to make one and I will be sharing that info with…
Epson Introduces New 4K Projectors

Epson Introduces New 4K Projectors

Epson has just unveiled 3 new 4K projectors for your home theater. Whether you want to watch movies or football, you can watch it huge and in glorious 4k with these new options. There's a lot to like with these new devices and they are worthy of our best home…
Projector vs TV: Key Differences and Similarities

Projector vs TV: Key Differences and Similarities

Home theaters are exciting projects, but sometimes it’s tough to know whether it makes more sense for you to have a projector or a large TV. For example, the best home theater projector will be clearer and brighter than the ones available just a few years ago. On the other…
PIQO Smart Mini Projector Review A 1080p Projector For Your Pocket

PIQO Smart Mini Projector Review A 1080p Projector For Your Pocket

The PIQO Smart Mini Projector offers quite a bit. It is a 1080p image at up to 240". It is a powerful travel projector with 200 lumens output in a body that is a tiny cube measuring about 2" x 2". It's powered by Android and works with Apple Airplay.…
BenQ TK800M Projector Review

BenQ TK800M Projector Review

Near cinema-quality best home theater projectors are not as expensive as they used to be, so you don’t need a huge budget to turn your living room into a movie theater. That’s great news. But there is one problem. Chances are that your living room is not capable of complete…
EZCast Beam J2 Mini Projector Review

EZCast Beam J2 Mini Projector Review

The EZCast Beam J2 Mini Projector is a projector not much bigger than the palm of your hand, allowing you all of the benefits of larger projectors, but with the ability to use it while on the go. That’s why we love small projectors after all. It uses the latest…
BenQ HT2550 4K Projector Review

BenQ HT2550 4K Projector Review

BenQ’s HT2550 4K Projector uses the newer, smaller, more affordable, and slightly lower “resolution” 4K UHD DLP chip. I’ve spent a lot of time this past week watching HDTV and movies with it. This is a smaller projector that packs a lot of performance while giving you a great value…
Sony MP-CD1 Projector Review

Sony MP-CD1 Projector Review

Sony has a new pocket-sized projector that will come in handy for a number of activities, whether it’s movie night outside by the pool, business presentations, or playing video games that are projected on your wall, this new projector should have you covered. The ultra-portable MP-CD1 Mobile Projector is small…

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What Price Should You Expect To Pay For A Projector?

Projectors can vary pretty wildly in price, depending on a number of different factors. Cheaper projectors in the $500 - $700 range generally have lower brightness ratings (measured in "lumens"), shorter bulb lives, and less input options. Pricier projectors on the other hand will be bright enough to show an image in the middle of the day in any lighting conditions, have a crisper image quality, and come with default bulbs that last significantly longer than their lower tier counterparts.

Which Are The Leading Projector Brands?

Some of the major brands manufacturing projectors also happen to be some of the biggest in gaming monitors and other display technologies. Right now, the best brands you can go with in the home theater department are Sony, Optoma, BenQ, Phillips, Epson, and Acer.

Features to Look For When Buying a New Projector

Display Resolution: Projectors aren't all automatically full-HD by default, so be sure to keep an eye out when you get your next device that it can display at least in 1080p or above. Anything below that simply isn't worth the cost in 2016.

Display Technology: The four different bulb types to look for on your projector are LED, LCD, DLP, and LCoS. It's still a hotly debated topic which display type is "better" than the others, but personally I believe that DLP and LCoS offer the best combination of reliability, picture quality, and price.

Throw Distance:When we talk about how far (or short) a projector's "throw" distance is, what we're really discussing is how large the picture will be depending on where the projector is mounted in your home theater. Most projectors are what's known as "long" throw, which means the projector needs to be further back to fit the full image, while "short" throws can do it with much less space between the unit and the screen. Make sure to use a calculator like the one found here before deciding which throw distance is right for you.

Fan Noise:When buying a new projector, it's important to consider not only where the projector will sit in your home theater setup, but also how much noise it will make. If you plan to mount it right above the couch and everybody's head, sometimes the loud noise of the bulb's cooling fan can be distracting if the speakers aren't turned up high enough. Anything above 30db is considered to be too noisy for the average home.

Bulb Life:Most projector lamps on the market today are rated for at least 10,000+ hours before the bulb dies out, but you can be certain that you'll get the best possible lamp life for your budget by checking the hour rating on your preferred projector first.

Ports:Last, be sure that the projector you want has enough ports to support all your inputs. These days we have more devices and streaming boxes than ever, but some projectors may only come with a single HDMI or DP 1.2 port to compensate. To avoid having to buy an extra splitter or receiver to compensate, check the port layout before you hit the checkout.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

The biggest mistake you can make when buying a projector is not measuring the space you plan to watch your content in before settling on a lens throw distance that's right for your home. All too often people are struck with buyer's remorse when they realize they didn't calculate ahead of time, and need to either adjust their furniture or return the unit they bought for a short throw instead when it doesn't fit with their personal setups.

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