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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Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector Video Review: Blacks are the New White

Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector Video Review: Blacks are the New White

A hands on review of Sony’s VPL-HW40ES projector.  It costs $2,500 and produces an astonishingly bright and clear picture with dark blacks despite not boasting an iris.  I’m smitten. Read Next: Best Projector Screen Related Articles: LG’s PF1000U Short Throw Projector Displays a 100-inch Image with just 15-inches Sony VPL-HW40ES Projector…
Immersis Turns Your Living Room into a Projector Screen

Immersis Turns Your Living Room into a Projector Screen

As immersive entertainment technologies continue to grow, it looks like our own personal VR headsets and holograms are just around the corner. Immersis, however, doesn’t like the idea of waiting. This tech project wants to bring immersive experiences to your living room ASAP, and without a requirement to buy a…
BenQ GP20 Ultra-Lite LED Projector Review

BenQ GP20 Ultra-Lite LED Projector Review

A digital LED projector has a number of advantages over the more conventional bulb-based model, chief among them being ease of use, near-instant light start-up and portability. BenQ’s $1099.00 GP20 Ultra-Lite LED Projector includes all of these in its 720p resolution portfolio while at the same time avoiding the negative…
Yamaha YSP-1400 Digital Sound Projector Review

Yamaha YSP-1400 Digital Sound Projector Review

All sound bars use speakers contained inside of an enclosure. To get multichannel audio, not just stereo, either a sound bar comes with a pair of satellite speakers or uses a psycho-acoustic program to simulate the “effect” of added speakers. Where the Yamaha YSP-1400 Sound Projector differs is that it…
BenQ W1500 Digital Projector Home Cinema Series Review

BenQ W1500 Digital Projector Home Cinema Series Review

For a long time the only way to get a really big image at home was to have a front projector — TV sizes greater than 50-inches being scant and expensive. But since large flat-panel TVs are now plentiful and far from exorbitant, what’s the value for getting a projection…
You Won’t Need A TV With Sony’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector

You Won’t Need A TV With Sony’s 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector

Sony wants to replace your UHD TV with their 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector that makes your wall the TV. Yeah, you read right…your wall will be the TV thanks to Sony’s attempt to bring the cinema into your living room. The innovative projector was unveiled at last weeks CES…
castAR Bridges The Physical World With The Virtual World (video)

castAR Bridges The Physical World With The Virtual World (video)

What happens with the physical world combines with the virtual world? The Kickstart castAR campaign is what! The device is said to be the most versatile augmented reality system that displays holographic-like 3D projections right in front of you. The idea for it came about after the inventors (Jeri Ellsworth and…
BenQ MS517 SmartEco Projector Review

BenQ MS517 SmartEco Projector Review

The three biggest obstacles to using a front projector has been its physical size, the space needed between the lens and the surface on which the image is projected and the cost. BenQ’s MS517 SmartEco Projector shatters all of these with a large and competent image that can be used…
LG “HECTO” Laser TV Projector Shoots a 100″ Image from just 22-inches

LG “HECTO” Laser TV Projector Shoots a 100″ Image from just 22-inches

The 100-inch Plasma, while an amazing feat of technological display awesomeness, is just too damn expensive and cumbersome to put into an apartment or small home.  The alternative to big screen impressiveness, is to install a projector, though you’ll need a significant amount of “throw” room to display the image properly.  But…
BenQ EP5920 Digital Projector Review

BenQ EP5920 Digital Projector Review

If you’re looking to get a big picture, you can get a big TV. But if you’re looking to be able to take a big picture around with you, you’ll need a portable front projector. That requires a projector that can handle being taken around, even if you don’t plan…
BenQ Joybee GP2 Mini Projector Review

BenQ Joybee GP2 Mini Projector Review

You usually don’t expect a front projector to come in a box more suitable for a ream of printing paper. And yes I am “old school” in that I pretty much automatically expect a lot of packaging because of all the “delicate” components  — like the bulb — a projector…
Mitsubishi HC7800D DLP Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC7800D DLP Projector Review

Having cut my teeth, as it were, on a Novabeam which, for all practical purposes was a front projector for the 1980’s — I always turn to a projector with a sense of wonder and excitement. For those who need to know, a front projector offers the opportunity for a…
BenQ Joybee GP2 Mini Projector Hands-On (CES)

BenQ Joybee GP2 Mini Projector Hands-On (CES)

Projectors aren’t typically impressive to most of us, though that’s due to their high price and, well, our perception of classroom projectors. Those clunky things really are a thing of the past (unless you’re still in school), because today you can just plug your iPhone in and stream movies directly…
Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector

Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector

Is it s projector?  Is it a speaker?  Is it an iPhone dock?  Nope, it’s all of the above. Epson’s MegaPlex MG-850HD projector eliminates the need for an iPhone cord, speakers and external display.  While we can’t exactly call it portable, despite Epson’s effort to do so (they’ve added a…

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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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