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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BenQ i500 Mobile LED Projector Review

BenQ i500 Mobile LED Projector Review

The BenQ i500 is a pricey, portable LED projector that's made for "mobile professionals on the go", but will those buzzwords be enough to carry it to glory?
BenQ HT3050 3D DLP Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT3050 3D DLP Home Theater Projector Review

Although the BenQ HT3050 runs a little hot under the collar, it makes up for it with gorgeous image quality and industry-leading color representation thanks to its Cinema Color Rec. 709 certification.
Optoma HD142X 3D DLP Projector Review

Optoma HD142X 3D DLP Projector Review

The Optoma HD141X is a solid budget projector that improves a lot of things from its big brother, but still leaves some vital features to be desired.
BenQ HT6050 Guarantees Cinema-Grade Projector Quality

BenQ HT6050 Guarantees Cinema-Grade Projector Quality

If you want a projector that recreates colors as accurately as possible, this BenQ HT6050 model can give you a cinema experience - for a price.
Optoma HD28DSE 3D DLP Projector Review

Optoma HD28DSE 3D DLP Projector Review

When we talk about what a projector needs to have to make it onto our list of the best projectors, the Optoma HD28DSE is the best case scenario across the board. With amazing image clarity, beautiful color reproduction and enough lumens to melt a hole through your screen, it’s hard to…
BenQ HT4050 Projector Review

BenQ HT4050 Projector Review

Love movies and games, and need a projector that can perform under pressure? Read on to find out why the BenQ HT4050 checks all the boxes you need and more.
Optoma HD25-LV HD 3D Projector Review

Optoma HD25-LV HD 3D Projector Review

At first glance, it's hard to believe a sub-$1,000 projector like the Optoma HD25-LV could offer the same level of performance as others twice the cost, but all that doubt will fade away as soon as you turn it on for the first time.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review

If you're tired of straining your eyes to see your projector during the day or in a room with a lot of ambient light, then Epson's ultra-bright PowerLite 1440 could be the perfect pick for you.
Acer H6517ST DLP Projector Review

Acer H6517ST DLP Projector Review

The Acer H6517ST is far and away the cheapest short-throw projector we've ever tested - but will that bargain extend to where it matters like brightness and picture quality?
BenQ’s MH350 May Be the Affordable Home Projector You’ve Been Waiting For

BenQ’s MH350 May Be the Affordable Home Projector You’ve Been Waiting For

BenQ has created a highly affordable, long-lasting, power-saving project with the MH350 - but is it right for you?
Optoma HD141X 3D Projector Review

Optoma HD141X 3D Projector Review

If you want an entry-level projector that can put out a solid image during anytime of the day or night, look no further than the Optoma HD141X 3D projector.
Short Throw vs. Long Throw Projectors: What’s the Difference?

Short Throw vs. Long Throw Projectors: What’s the Difference?

Projectors come in two distinct flavors: short throw, and long throw. But what does "throw" even mean, and which style is going to be right for you and your home theater? Read on in our guide to find out.
Best Projector for 2016

Best Projector for 2016

Finding the best projector for 2016 can be hard, but thanks to our handy guide, we take the guess work out and help you boil down the decisions to find what's right for you and your home theater.
LG’s PF1000U Short Throw Projector Displays a 100-inch Image with just 15-inches

LG’s PF1000U Short Throw Projector Displays a 100-inch Image with just 15-inches

More than 9 out of 10 people will have an LED TV or some sort of equivalent big screen in their living.  Which is to say most will forgo the idea a projector largely because its logistically challenging to setup.  Not so with LG’s newest short throw projector, the PF1000U. Price,…
The UO Smart Beam Projector Packs A Big Image In A Small Cube

The UO Smart Beam Projector Packs A Big Image In A Small Cube

If you need a tiny projector, you’ve probably noticed there are a few drawbacks to them. Either they’re not very tiny, or the brightest they get resembles a AA flashlight. Or perhaps the image is softer than a pillow. So, if you’ve been looking for something that can actually project,…

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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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