Best 4K Projectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 24, 2018
If you're the type of person that absolutely hates going to the movies every time you feel like enjoying a nice action flick but you still have an appreciation for fine imagery, you should definitely look through our 4k projector reviews and consider purchasing one of these devices. ...Read more ...Read less
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CONS
OUR VERDICT
Projection system
Supported Aspect Ratio
Specs
Interfaces
Lamp Life
Extras
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The model makes use of the HDR10 image technology that allows the projector to display virtually everything in the REC2020 colors space, enabling access to some of the deepest and richest black levels as well as luminous and radiant whites. The UltraDetail technology opens up the possibility for fine adjustments to image clarity and sharpness. 

CONS

The device's a bit bulky so placing or moving wouldn't be that convenient.

OUR VERDICT

Optoma UHD60 is easily one of the best 4k projectors out there if only for the fact that it will allow you to experience the sort of vivid and detailed image that is normally reserved for high-end Ultra HD television sets. Thanks to the vertical lens shift, the model will prove to be quite flexible in terms of installation. 

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 3000 Lumens

Throw Ratio: 1.39 - 2.22

Optical Zoom: 1.6x

Interfaces

2 x HDMI (1.4a and 2.0), 1 x VGA-In, 1 x Audio-In (3.5mm), 1 x Audio-Out, 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical), 1 x USB-A Power, 1 x 12V DC output terminal, Service ports (RJ45, RS232C, USB 2.0)

Lamp Life

Up to 15000 hours

Extras

2 x 4 W speakers, UltraDetail technology, Remote control

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

The single DMD DLP technology allows the product to avoid some of the more inherent alignment issues that multiple panels tend to suffer from, so you will be able to experience the sort of clarity and colors that are devoid of such things as blur, shadowing, interference patterns, and other unpleasant artifacts.

CONS

The optical zoom is somewhat underwhelming. 

OUR VERDICT

The BenQ HT2550 will easily prove to be the best 4k projector for those individuals that put the highest amount of stock into the colors but would still prefer to deal with an audio system that is capable of competing with those visuals on equal footing.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 2200 Lumens

Throw Ratio: 1.47 - 1.76

Optical Zoom: 1.2x

Interfaces

2 x HDMI (1.4a and 2.0), 1 x VGA-In, 1 x Audio-In (3.5mm), 1 x Audio-Out, 1 x USB-A Power, 1 x 12V DC output terminal, Service ports (RS232C, USB mini-B)

Lamp Life

Up to 15000 hours

Extras

1 x 5 W speaker, Authentic Rec.709 Color Accuracy, Remote control

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

What sets the Vivitek 4k projector apart from the competition aren't even the undeniably impressive DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor technologies but the ridiculously high for a projector 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. This kind of contrast ratio will be able to ensure the sort of blacks that will make even the grimmest scenes so much darker.

CONS

The lamp life isn't necessarily impressive. 

OUR VERDICT

If you're the type of person that can truly appreciate just how much the right contrast ratio and the most optimal blacks are capable of enriching the quality of a movie experience, you simply owe it to yourself to give the Vivitek 4k projector a try.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 2000 Lumens

Throw Ratio: 1.39 – 2.09

Optical Zoom: 1.5x

Interfaces

3 x HDMI (2.0), 1 x Audio-Out, 1 x USB-A Power, Service ports (RS232C, USB mini-B)

Lamp Life

Up to 5000 hours

Extras

1 x 10 W speaker, DarkChip3™ and BrilliantColor™ technologies, Remote control

WARRANTY

3 years

PROS

Incorporating a pair of powerful 5W built-in speakers, the manufacturers have virtually eliminated the usual need for the external ones. These speakers provide the opportunity for all of your favorite scenes from movies to come to life, for the most epic songs to have a tad more depth, and for the most engaging video games to pull you in harder than before.

CONS

Some users find it to be too loud. 

OUR VERDICT

This Acer 4k projector will fit you to a tee if you're the type of person that has a real appreciation for the audio part of the audiovisual experience and wouldn't want to deal with external speakers every time you would like to play a video game or enjoy your favorite movie.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 3000 Lumens

Throw Ratio: 1.39 – 2.22

Optical Zoom: 1.6x

Interfaces

2 x HDMI (1.4a and 2.0), 1 x VGA-In, 1 x VGA-out, 1 x Audio-In (3.5mm), 1 x Audio-Out, 1 x USB-A Power, 1 x 12V DC output terminal, Service ports (RJ45, RS232C, USB 2.0)

Lamp Life

Up to 15000 hours

Extras

2 x 5 W speakers, AcuMotion technology, Remote control

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

An SXRD projection system features separate imagers for the Red, Green, and Blue channels that deliver 8.8 million pixels in full, rich color at every instant. The Reality Creation technology analyzes images right down to the pixel level and utilizes pattern-matching algorithms with the purpose of enhancing the crispness of an old, non-digital image without producing the digital noise.

CONS

Could use some improvement in terms of brightness.

OUR VERDICT

As long as you don't mind spending the same sum of money on a home theater projector that you would on a car, there's really no reason for you not to consider this Sony 4k projector. Though the price may be a bit stiff, you simply wouldn't be able to get the same movie experience from any cheaper product out there.

detailed parameters
Projection system

SXRD (3 Chip)

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: Full 4K (4096x2160)

Brightness: 1500 Lumens

Throw Ratio: N/A

Optical Zoom: 2.06x

Interfaces

2 x HDMI (2.0), 1 x IR IN, 2 x 12V DC output terminals, Service ports (RJ45, RS232C, USB 2.0)

Lamp Life

Up to 6000 hours

Extras

Reality Creation technology, TRILUMINOS™ color technology, Motionflow™ technology, Remote control

WARRANTY

3 years

Optoma UHD60

Enjoy the Show

It's no secret that any projector beats a television set in terms of the size of the image but very few of them are capable of replicating the sort of image that could rival the one from a high-end 4k display. That said, the Optoma 4k projector is one of the rare examples of the latter. The model does that mostly by making use of the HDR10 image technology that allows the projector to display virtually everything in the REC2020 colors space. In addition to that, the technology enables access to some of the deepest and richest black levels, luminous and radiant whites, and the sort of rich, true colors that will easily be able to match those used in television and film production.

Of course, as important as colors are, in order to replicate that authentic movie experience, the people behind home theater projectors had to make sure that the details would be up to par as well. And while 4k projectors are inherently capable of delivering the sort of detailed image that might just look better than the world around us, the experts in charge of the model's design and production decided to take it up a notch by introducing the UltraDetail. In case the name itself doesn't provide enough of a hint, this is the sort of technology that opens up the possibility for fine adjustments to image clarity and sharpness. As a result of that, you will be able to enjoy a clear, highly-detailed image.

Other than that, the device offers exceptional flexibility in terms of installation with a vertical lens shift, a 1.6x zoom, and 1.39 to 2.22 throw ratio. With these specs, you could project a picture onto a wall and sit more than 10 feet away from it, all while enjoying an image that is both vivid and sizable.

In conclusion, the Optoma UHD60 is easily one of the best 4k projectors out there if only for the fact that it will allow you to experience the sort of vivid and detailed image that is normally reserved for high-end Ultra HD television sets.

Review of Optoma UHD60 4K Home Theater Projector

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BenQ HT2550

Both Parts of the AudioVisual Experience

The BenQ 4k projector in question is the type of device that we could easily recommend to those people that would never feel satisfied with a television set displaying their favorite movie for them. For these sophisticated individuals, the model offers a variety of solutions that, by working in conjunction with each other, ensure the most accurate color and image integrity.

First off, there's the single DMD DLP technology that allows the product to avoid some of the more inherent alignment issues that multiple panels tend to suffer from. With the help of the latter, you will be able to experience the sort of clarity and colors that are simply devoid of such things as blur, shadowing, interference patterns, and other unpleasant artifacts. Having said that, the movie experience is all about colors, which is why it is so important that the model features support for Rec.709, an international standard for color reproduction that allows projectors to spoil their audience with the sort of cinematic colors that the director intended for the audience to experience. In addition to the Rec.709, the device also comes equipped with the CinematicColor technology, the RGBRGB color wheel, and the sort of outstanding built-in ANSI contrast ratio that will bask the audience with sharp details and crisp visuals.

Having said all of that, the video part is only half of the entire AudioVisual experience, so it should come as no surprise that the veterans at BenQ made sure to implement the model with a powerful 5-watt speaker. These speakers incorporate the EQ algorithms with the purpose of securing pure clarity and a combination of exotic materials (mostly magnesium and rubidium alloys) in order to produce the sort of delicate details and sensual sound quality that is quite similar to what the sound engineers in Hollywood deal with.

All in all, the BenQ HT2550 will easily prove to be the best 4k projector for those individuals that put the highest amount of stock into the colors but would still prefer to deal with an audio system that is capable of competing with those visuals on equal footing.

Review of BenQ HT2550 UHD HDR 3D Home Theater Projector

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Vivitek HK2288-WH

Walk Into the Darkness

Whether you feel like enjoying some of the greatest noir movies of all time or simply sit through the latest piece of unsettling mediocrity from Michael "One Too Many Explosions" Bay, no matter how vivid the visuals are, films have always been mostly about blacks. As much as we love the Disney classics or the feel-good flicks, we always go back to the darker and more enticing pieces that are able to lure us in with their mystery and sustain our interest through bleak imagery. Which is precisely why a company like Vivitek has been gaining notoriety over the past few years, with Vivitek HK2288-WH being the most recent product from the said company to hit the mass market.

Now, don't get us wrong, the model doesn't necessarily trail behind in terms of bright and radiant colors either, with up to 2,000 ANSI lumens capable of delivering fairly respectable levels of brightness and the 12-bit programmable RGB color adjustments that, by working together with an advanced video processor, are capable of reproducing the sort of colors that wouldn't disappoint even the most demanding customers and the harshest critics. Heck, the model even supports the High Dynamic Range (HDR10) technology that is a staple of quality Ultra HD projectors due to its ability to deliver enriched brightness and outstanding vibrancy, both of which secure the most precise and natural color reproduction.

But what truly sets the Vivitek 4k projector apart from the competition aren't even the undeniably impressive DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor technologies but the ridiculously high for a projector 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. As you would imagine, this kind of contrast ratio will be able to ensure the sort of blacks that will make even the grimmest scenes so much darker. As a plus, the whole thing comes with a nice little remote that will allow you to control the projector through a convenient keypad.

So, if you're the type of person that can appreciate just how much the right contrast ratio and the most optimal blacks are capable of enriching the quality of a movie experience, you owe it to yourself to give the Vivitek 4k projector a try.

Review of Vivitek HK2288-WH 4K DLP Home Cinema Projector

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Acer H7850

Ain't the Sound of Silence

While home theater projectors still have ways to go in terms of image quality, people could certainly argue that some of the better 4k projectors are already capable of replicating an outstanding image quality that wouldn't pale in comparison to an actual cinematic experience or the sort of video feed you get from an Ultra HD television. Generally speaking, the problem with these devices nowadays lies more in the quality of sound that hasn't been quite able to reach its visual counterpart yet. Of course, you could always use an outside source like a pair of loudspeakers by connecting it via an audio input. Or you could simply get the Acer 4k projector in question and enjoy an exceptional level of built-in audio quality.

In case we weren't clear earlier, one of the biggest selling points of this model is the sort of sound it is capable of producing. Incorporating a pair of powerful 5W built-in speakers, the manufacturers have virtually eliminated the usual need for external speakers. These speakers provide the opportunity for all of your favorite scenes from movies to come to life, for the most epic songs to have a tad more depth, and for the most engaging video games to pull you in harder than before.

Nevertheless, as important as audio is, it wouldn't really be worth much without an equally impressive imagery to back it up. So, as per usual, Acer decided to deliver in this area as well, offering an outstanding image quality with their latest 4k projector. In addition to the HDR compatibility that makes the brighter scenes look even more bright and the darker scenes to look gloomier than ever, the model also supports the REC.2020 color space that you can always rely upon to deliver the most haunting colors. And that's not to mention the AcuMotion technology that will allow you to enjoy improved picture quality even in some of the fastest-moving scenes and reduced motion blur. By producing intermediate frames and inserting them between the existing ones, the technology prevents flickerings, making the video feed ideal for video games as well as action movies.

All things considered, this Acer 4k projector will fit you to a tee if you're the type of person that has a real appreciation for the audio part of the audiovisual experience and wouldn't want to deal with external speakers every time you would like to play a video game or enjoy your favorite movie.

Review of Acer H7850 4K Home Theater Projector

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Sony VPLVW285ES

It's Not Supposed to be Cheap

To instantly address the elephant in the room, what we have here is a Sony 4k projector that costs around five thousand backs, so we aren't going to bring up things like the HDR compatibility or a decent number of lumens capable of delivering a bright image since they ought to be a given considering the sort of price tag the model comes with.

What we are going to discuss, however, is an SXRD projection system that features separate imagers for the Red, Green, and Blue channels that will be able to provide you with 8.8 million pixels in full, rich color at every instant. We are also going to discuss the Reality Creation technology that, on the surface, may seem like your typical 4k upscaling technology, but in reality, it is a much more sophisticated solution that does an exceptional job analyzing images right down to the pixel level and utilizing pattern-matching algorithms with the purpose of enhancing the crispness of an old, non-digital image without producing the digital noise.

We also wouldn't mind bringing up the fact that this is a 4k 3D projector, meaning that the device comes equipped with a 3D transmitter that supports 3D video in a variety of formats. On top of that, the system is even capable of emulating 2D movie classics, bringing them as close to high-quality 3D immersive video as possible. And we certainly would be remiss not to briefly mention the TRILUMINOS™ color and the Motionflow™ technologies. As you'd probably incur from the name alone, the former is a technology responsible for reproducing much more tones and textures than your typical projector and the latter is a technology that will allow you to enjoy those fast-moving action sequences by creating and inserting extra frames between the original frames.

Of course, these aren't the only things the model has to offer to the potential customers, but the picture should already be pretty clear. As long as you don't mind spending the same sum of money on a home theater projector that you would on a car, there's really no reason for you not to consider this Sony 4k projector. Though the price may be a bit stiff, you simply wouldn't be able to get the same movie experience from any cheaper product out there.

Review of Sony VPLVW285ES 4K HDR 3D Home Theater Video Projector

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What Is a 4K Projector?

There's a good chance you are already familiar with these optical devices which purpose is to project an image onto a surface, with that surface usually being a projection screen plastered all over a wall. Well, a 4k projector isn't conceptually different from a regular projector except for the fact that it is capable of supporting the Ultra High Definition resolution of 3840 × 2160 pixels. With twice the number of pixels compared to your standard Full HD (1080p), you will be able to enjoy the sort of detailed image that you simply wouldn't get out of a typical projector with the size of that image that no television set is capable of delivering. Of course, even though each and every one of 4k projectors are capable of supporting the Ultra HD resolution, different models still feature different specifications, such as the number of connections, the lamp life, the brightness, and a number of potential extra features and technologies that any particular model may or may not come equipped with. You should also take the optical zoom and the throw ratio into consideration since those will determine where you will be able to place the projector.

Taking the often subpar quality of audio in these projectors into account, we would also recommend looking into a seat of speakers. You could also purchase a new video game console and enjoy exhilarating gameplay on an enormous screen.

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Publish Date: 2018-04-20 08:14:39