Home theater projectors have become so advanced in terms of image size and resolution that there’s pretty much no need to leave the house when you’re in need of entertainment anymore. As is the case with any such elegant and classy items, choosing them has proven a daunting task for many.
Whether you use your projector for watching movies or playing games, there are some excellent quality models available, including the new 4K ultra HD projectors for the ultimate high quality viewing experience.
Features such as 2D to 3D conversion, HDR capability, and enhanced color palettes all help to improve the viewing experience and many mid-range to high-end projectors now include these features as standard.
Ideally, you will realise that it is essential to consider your viewing environment when choosing a projector. Those with limited space will want to consider projection distance and look for handy setup features such as keystone functionality and lens shift.
High-end projectors usually require external speakers to ensure the best possible experience with high quality sound, while mid-range and budget projectors often include a built-in speaker, many of which are decent quality. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to stick to a limited budget and choose a good all-rounder, or go all out and invest in a top quality 4K projector with separate sound system.
We’ve summarized the key features of some of the most popular home theatre projectors on the market to help you make your decision:
- 10. BenQ Gaming Video Projector
- 9. Acer H7550STz 3D DLP Home Theater Projector with WirelessHD Adapter
- 8. SJY Mini Portable Home Theater Projector
- 7. BenQ DLP HD 1080p 3D Home Theater Projector
- 6. Sony Native 4K HDR 3D Home Theater Projector
- 5. Epson Home Cinema 3LCD Home Theater Projector with 4K Enhancement
- 4. ViewSonic PRO7827HD Lens Shift Home Theater Projector
- 3. Sony VPLVW350ES 4K 3D SXRD Home Theater/Gaming Projector
- 2. JVC DLA-X700R 4K Home Theater Projector
- 1. Epson Home Cinema 5030UB 3D 3LCD Home Theater Projector
This high resolution 1080p full HD projector is designed for gamers and idealfor playing video games on the big screen, with low lag, calibrated colors, andhigh quality built-in 10W speakers,enhanced with MaxxAudio to boost bass and treble for a cinematic viewing experience.
Short-throw technology and 1.2 zoom allows the projector to be used in small spaces with only 1.5m needed for a 100” big image. The wide viewing angle allows you to see twice as much as on a regular TV screen and two different ambient lighting modes automatically adjust for playing in a dark or well-lit room.
If you want to step up from playing your console games on the television and enjoy a fully immersive gaming experience without blur or lag, this could the projector for you. Of course it doesn’t just have to be used for gaming. This is a great all-round projector at a reasonable price tag for the quality that will also provide a great experience for watching movies and TV shows.
- Excellent image quality
- Short projection distance
- Low lag
- Vertical keystone capability
- Backlit remote control
- Some users have had problems with overheating
This short-throw projector offers 1080p Full HD image quality and is compatible with any media player with an HDMI port. Wireless functionality and Bluetooth audio capability allows content to stream smoothly without cables.This Acer projectorprovides excellent quality images in both 2D and 3D and comes with 3D glasses.
The built-in 20W speaker has DTS surround sound functionality with Acer TrueHarmony that brings more depth to movies, games, and music. Audio can also be streamed to a separate Bluetooth speaker or headset. Audio geeks will probably prefer to buy a separate surround sound system but for most people, the internal speakers are more than sufficient for enjoying movies at home.
This Acer projector has eco functionality, enabling you to save money on electricity and bulbs, as well as being better for the environment. Putting the projector into economy mode enables bulbs to last up to 5,000 hours and standby power consumption is automatically reduced by up to 90%.
- High quality image and color
- Decent quality speakers
- Short-throw feature for use in small rooms
- Eco functionality
- Remote control not backlit
- Not the cheapest model available at this specification
- No horizontal keystone adjustment
This portable projector is designed for easy transportation and is ideal to take traveling or to a friend’s house. With native resolution of 1280 x 800 and brightness of 650 ANSI, the image quality isn’t as good as HD resolution projectors, but it’s a viable option for those with a lower budget. Input up to 4K resolution is supported but the actual viewing resolution will be much lower. There is no upscaling to 4K functionality in this model, as there is available on some more expensive projectors.
Projection distance can be from 0.5 to 7m, with a resulting image size between 19 and 300 inches. The optimal projection distance is 1.5 – 2.5m. There is a choice of three different aspect ratios to choose from, depending on whether you’re watching a TV show or a widescreen movie.
Built-in speakers mean no additional speaker system is needed and the projector can be connected to laptop, set-top box, or games console via VGA, USB, HDMI or WLAN. The projector is also compatible with Android and supports screen mirroring, Airplay, and Mircast.
- Android compatible
- Low resolution and image quality
- Lower quality components than other brands
- Shipped from China
This high-resolution projector uses the same color palette as Hollywood studios for optimal viewing experience when watching movies. BenQ is the number one best-selling brand of DLP projectors worldwide and this model is optimized for an immersive home movie experience. A color compensation feature for non-white walls means it’s not necessary to purchase a separate projection screen to enjoy the best quality viewing experience.
The projector is built for quiet operation with the lowest fan noise in its class so you can enjoy movies without extra background noise. 20W built-in speakers contained in resonant sound chambers provide top quality sound, boosted by MaxxAudio audio enhancer.The sound is more than sufficient for most users but those who want true, deep, cinematic sound may wish to invest in a separate true surround sound speaker system.
Ideal for use in small rooms, this BenQ projector has a 2D Keystone feature allowing side projection; flexible vertical lens shift, which allows the projector to be positioned at any height without loss of image quality; and short throw capability, providing a 100” image at 2.5m projection distance. In a subtle gold color with smooth curves, the unit also looks great so you won’t mind showing it off at eye level.
- High quality image
- Low noise
- Keystone, vertical lens shift, and short throw features
- Manual lens shift
- Large unit
Full 4k is currently the highest possible resolution so if you’re looking for a projector with impeccable image quality, This Sony model may be just what you’re looking for. With a brightness of 1800 lumens, HDR capability to make images come to life, and screen sizes of up to 300”, you can enjoy a fully cinematic experience in your own home that is sure to impress.
Even lower resolution Blu-ray discs and DVD movies will look better when viewed on this projector, thanks to the Reality Creation 4k upscaler, which uses advanced digital algorithms to improve the picture of movies in lower native resolution. This technology is so advanced, it’s difficult to tell the simulated 4K images from the real thing.
Additional image enhancements include Motionflow technology for super-smooth action sequences, motorized zoom lens and wide lens shift to help you find the perfect viewing angle, and true to life TRILUMINOS color. All these additional enhancements result in truly top quality images, so it’s no surprise that this projector is the most expensive model on our list.
- Amazing image quality
- Can be used even in brightly lit rooms
- High price tag
- Large physical size
- Requires external speakers
If you’re looking for a 4k Ultra HD viewing experience with a more reasonable price tag, this Epson projector with 4K enhancement may be just what you’re looking for. The 1080p HD resolution can be boosted with 4K enhancements and it is fully compatible with 4K streaming devices. This delivers a resolution almost indistinguishable from true 4K, at less than half the price of a native 4K projector.
The projector is also capable of projecting HDR images for superior range of brightness levels and rich blacks. At 2,500 lumens brightness, this Epson model can be used in rooms with a range of levels of ambient light without sacrificing your viewing experience. A ceiling mount is recommended for the best projection setup.
The motorized lens can be programmed with up to 10 positions for focus, zoom, and lens shift. 3D functionality and wireless HDMI features are also included with this model.
- Cheaper than native 4k projectors
- Automatic lens shutter to protect from dust
- High quality image
- Works in daylight
- Quiet operation
- Low lag for gaming
- Not true 4k resolution
- No internal speakers
- Big unit and not the most attractive design
- Difficult to fine-tune electronic focus
This ViewSonic HDMI home theater projecter provides 1080p DLP full HD images at a lower cost than similar specification models. ViewSonic’s SuperColor technology and ISF color calibration tools provide superior, true-to-life color in both bright and dark environments.
The vertical lens shift feature, 1.3x optical zoom and shorter throw ratio allows for a flexible setup in any home, although the projection distance required is larger than short throw projectors. There is a choice of five different viewing modes, optimized for different ambient lighting levels.
An internal 10W speaker delivers clear sound without the need for any additional hardware. The HDMI port allows for streaming directly from devices like Chromecast and the Amazon Fire stick and there is a built-in micro USB cable for power.
- Good value low budget projector
- Low lag when gaming
- Good colors and resolution
- No short throw capability
- Fans louder than some other models
- No lens cap
True 4K ultra HD is a must for those for who only the best image quality will do, and this Sony model is certainly a contender for anyone looking to kit out their home cinema with top quality equipment.
The 4K (4096 x 2160) resolution is optimal on screens of up to 150” for 2D or 120” for 3D, allowing you an amazingly big image with super-sharp clarity. Sony’s Reality Creation technology also allows you to scale up normal HD movies to 4K
Sony also offers a 2D to 3D feature allowing you to watch your favorite movies via HDMI in 3D at 4K quality. A range of brightness and color presets allow you to select the ideal picture quality for gaming or watching movies in any lighting situation.
- Excellent quality full 4K ultra HD
- One of the most affordable true 4K projectors on the market
- Simulated 3D
- Quiet operation
- Upscales HD content to 4K
- High budget model
This JVC home theater projector provides e-shift 4K resolution for an amazingly high quality image. E-shift is JVC’s technology for upscaling full HD images to 4K ultra HD. Three D-ILA devices are used to produce a stable, brighter, high contrast images without any flicker.
This projector is capable of producing an image of between 16 – 200 inches. The motorized lens shift in both horizontal and vertical directions allows for flexibility in setup of the projector.
3D content is supported and there is also a 2D to 3D conversion system to watch your favorite 2D movies in 3D. Additional 3D glasses must be purchased separately to enjoy this feature.
- Excellent quality image
- Ultra quiet operation
- Not true 4K resolution
- Lag is on the high side when gaming
This 1080p HD home theater projector provides excellent quality and bright images at 2400 lumens. Brightness and colors are sharp and clear, even under ambient lighting.
Keystone correction and horizontal and vertical lens shift features, with a 2.1x zoom ratio makes it easy to set up the projector in any room without the need for purchasing special mounting equipment. The enhanced image technology means the picture quality is excellent without the need for purchasing special screen, even on walls that aren’t white.
Two pairs of 3D glasses are included for enjoying the fully immersive 3D experience and the 2D to 3D conversion functionality allows you to enjoy normal 2D TV shows and DVDS in realistic 3D.
- Excellent image quality
- 3D glasses included
- Quiet operation
- Works well in rooms with ambient lighting
- Includes motorized lens cover
- Slight lag when gaming
- Additional speakers required.