Best 4K Projectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 11, 2021
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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OUR VERDICT
Projection system
Supported Aspect Ratio
Specs
Interfaces
Lamp Life
Extras
WARRANTY
 
PROS

The lamps should last 25,000 hours. The model will let you project a 100-ich image from no more than 7.2 inches away from the chosen wall. The Eye Protection feature will be able to diffuse the light and, upon detection, automatically dim the lasers to protect the eyes from harmful radiation as well as fatigue.

CONS

The keystone correction/electric focus feature is not great here. 

OUR VERDICT

The VAVA LT002 lands among the most attractive prospects within its premium price bracket. With its ridiculous dynamic contrast ratio and equally ridiculous 60-watt speakers, this 4K projector matches stunning visuals with punchy yet realistic audio, presenting your favorite movies in a new, more prominent light.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 2500 lumens

Throw ratio: 0.233

Optical zoom: no

Interfaces

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, 3 x HDMI, 1 x Composite AV-in, 1 x Audio-out, 1 x SPDIF-out (optical), 1 x RJ-45, 1 x USB Type-A

Lamp Life

Up to 25,000 hours

Extras

Android 7.1 OS, ALPD 3.0 Cinematic Technology, Built-in Harman Kardon soundbar (60 W speakers), Diffused light for eye protection, Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year (1 more year for product registration)

PROS

The 4 x 10-watt speakers will fill up sizable rooms. What's more, working with Dolby Digital Plus as well as Sound Dimension®, this device delivers 360-degree audio, making sure that the dialogues come out crisp, while the score remains rich and loud. The Dynamic Smoothing technology will minimize motion blur.

CONS

The housing is not very good at dissipating heat. 

OUR VERDICT

The Anker Nebula Cosmos Max goes beyond the spec. Its lamp life, pushing 30,000 hours, is pretty ridiculous. The image clarity that this device brings to the proverbial table is off the charts. And the way the model handles fast-paced action is nothing to scoff at.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 1500 lumens

Throw ratio: 1.2

Optical zoom: no

Interfaces

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, 2 x HDMI, 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical), 2 x USB Type-A

Lamp Life

Up to 30,000 hours

Extras

Android 9.0 OS, 4 x 10 W speakers, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) technology, Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The improved gaming mode stretches the refresh rate 120 Hz and the response time 8.4 milliseconds, making the on-screen action fluid and the input delay practically nonexistent.  The model can display true 3D content from almost any 3D source. 

CONS

The remote is not very ergonomic. 

OUR VERDICT

Despite the model's native resolution stopping at Full HD, the Optoma HD39HDR can handle 4K content without noticeable downscaling or compression. The device also supports HDR10, producing bright whites and deep blacks. Furthermore, the noise levels do not go above 26 decibels.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: Full HD (1920x1080)

Brightness: 4000 lumens

Throw ratio: 1.12 - 1.47

Optical zoom: 1.3x

Interfaces

2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA-in, 1 x VGA-out, 1 x Audio-in, 1 x Audio-out, Service ports (RS232C, USB 2.0) 

Lamp Life

Up to 15,000 hours

Extras

1 x 10 W speaker, Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year (90 days for the lamp) 

PROS

The projection system contributes an above-average pixel structure without degrading the colors. The Dynamic Black technology makes bright scenes clear and sharp and dark scenes deep and detailed. The UltraDetail tech produces accurate colors.

CONS

The model boots slowly.

OUR VERDICT

Before most crowds, the Optoma UHD50X targets gamers. With its refresh rate reaching 240 Hz, the model delivers the smoothest, most fluid gameplay with nonexistent pixel distortion. Meanwhile, the Enhanced Gaming mode prevents the response time from going above 16 ms, reducing input lag.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 3400 lumens

Throw ratio: 1.21 – 1.59

Optical zoom: 1.3x

Interfaces

2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA-in, 1 x Audio-in, 1 x Audio-out, 1 x SPDIF-out (optical), 1 x USB Type-A, 1 x 12V DC output terminal, Service ports (RS232C, USB 2.0) 

Lamp Life

Up to 15,000 hours

Extras

Dynamic Black technology, UltraDetail™ technology, 1 x 5 W speaker, Remote control 

WARRANTY

1 year (90 days for the lamp) 

PROS

The Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) tech that this model supports can code HDR and SDR content into a single detail, enabling HDR-compatible displays to reproduce an improved image. The HDR picture modes include Normal, Bright, Detail, and Film.

CONS

Switching inputs takes longer than with the competing models.

OUR VERDICT

Optoma UHD30 handles TV and movies about as well as gaming and sports. Plus, between the 2 HDMI ports and 1 VGA input, you can work with laptops, DVD and Blu-ray players, consoles, and legacy screens. In the meantime, the optical output makes this device compatible with soundbars and surround sound systems.

detailed parameters
Projection system

DLP

Supported Aspect Ratio

16:9, 4:3, Auto

Specs

Resolution: 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160)

Brightness: 3400 lumens

Throw ratio: 1.50 – 1.66

Optical zoom: 1.1x

Interfaces

2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA-In, 1 x Audio-In, 1 x Audio-Out, 1 x SPDIF Out (Optical), 1 x USB Type-A, 1 x 12V DC output terminal, Service ports (RS232C, USB 2.0)

Lamp Life

Up to 15,000 hours

Extras

Dynamic Black technology, UltraDetail™ technology, Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) technology, 1 x 10 W speaker, Remote control

WARRANTY

1 year (90 days for the lamp)

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VAVA LT002

Depth, Realism, and Highlighted Lines

The VAVA LT002 is not cheap but, looking at its specs, the price is actually more conservative than you would presume. Not its most attractive quality but, to start with, this model can project a 100-inch image from just 7.2 inches away from the wall. To continue along this path, this device will let you adjust the projected visuals between 80 to 150 inches on the fly. But let's pivot towards the more important and impressive stuff.

First, the model introduces the company's ALPD 3.0 tech, bringing awesome depth and realism to the visuals. Second, the 1,500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio is no joke, not one bit. No, improving upon its predecessors' already impressive contrast ratio, this device will be producing the darkest blacks and the brightest whites, making pivotal scenes pop out in new light.

Besides these two, we have the less sexy but just as important Intelligent Eye Protection tech, diffusing the light and, upon human detection, dimming the lasers so that the eyes are protected from fatigue and harmful radiation.

We can also talk about the smart Android operating system making the controls accessible, the optimized ventilation ensuring its low-noise operation, and the ridiculous lamp life stretching 25,000 hours. But, as great as they are, these features are not as fun as the massive 60-watt speakers integrated into the unit. Aside from producing robust and punchy audio with a deep bass output and an honest space perception, the speakers adopt additional voice enhancing tech, making the dialogues quite prominent even when the characters are practically whispering.

Long story short, assuming you have the financial means, the VAVA LT002 is the best prospect in its segment, hands-down.

Review of VAVA LT002 4K UHD HDR10 Laser TV Home Theatre Projector | Bright 2500 Lumens

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Last updated price $0.00
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ASIN B07XGM6YGQ

 

Anker Nebula Cosmos Max

Breathing New Life Into Media

The Anker Nebula Cosmos Max does not quite come from outer space but the viewing experience this device offers is almost other-worldly. Of course, we're laying it on a bit thick here, but only a bit. First off, packing HDR10 and HLG, the model delivers vivid and vibrant visuals on a consistent basis. The colors shine bright, while the blacks come out deep and dark, making suspense scenes come alive. At the same time, be it fast-paced gaming or high-octane sports, the company's Dynamic Smoothing tech works wonders removing motion blur, making sure that every moment is captured sharp and crisp.

With 4K projectors, image clarity can be an issue sometimes. The opposite's the case with Nebula Cosmos Max though. Utilizing its high-speed autofocus tech, this device provides uncompromised clarity from the get-go so that you can enjoy movies without spending ample time in the settings menu.

But, even when this box is checked, the audio department is where 8/10 projectors drop the ball. However, again, the same sentiment cannot be extended to this model. Supporting Dolby Digital Plus and Sound Dimension®, the projector's speakers blast 360-degree cinema sound, keeping the dialogues crisp and the score rich and loud, elevating the movie's emotional impact.

Last but not least, the lamp that this device integrates should last 30,000 hours, which is quite absurd considering that even high-end projectors usually cap at ~25,000. So, assuming you want that true cinema experience (or game like never before), the Anker Nebula Cosmos Max will not disappoint.

Review of Anker Nebula Cosmos Max 4K UHD TV Home Theater/Entertainment Projector

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Last updated price $1,699.99
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ASIN B082219KWL

 

Optoma HD39HDR

The Quietest Projection

The Optoma HD39HDR is not quite as gaming-oriented as its UHD50X stablemate but the model treats gamers that stick with projectors with almost as much attention and respect as they desire. With enhanced gaming mode, this device pushes the refresh rate 120 Hz and delivers blazing-fast, 8.4-millisecond response times, enabling lag-free gaming. Having said that, we're cheating a little bit here. While the model supports 4K (3840 x 2160p) input, its native resolution caps at Full HD (1920 x 1080p). Nevertheless, the downscaling/compression that comes from this device reproducing 4K content is almost unnoticeable, so we're fine with this projector hanging with the 4K crowd. Cementing the same argument, the model even supports HDR10, making sure that the whites are glowing and that the blacks are deep.

Optoma projectors are almost always pretty quiet but this one takes the cake even among such fierce competition. Keeping the noise levels below 26 decibels, this unit will be seen, not heard. And, again, since this is Optoma we're discussing here, the model is not complete without the company's staple Dynamic Black tech, smoothing out the image so that bright scenes look sharp and crisp and the dark scenes have improved shade detail.

The remote is where this product drops the ball. No matter how you slice it, it is not especially ergonomic. However, barring the remote, the Optoma HD39HDR delivers an excellent price-performance ratio that puts the model above most mid-range projectors.

Review of Optoma HD39HDR 4K Input HDR Home Theater Projector

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Last updated price $799.00
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ASIN B07WRVXTNH

 

Optoma UHD50X True 4K UHD

240 Hz Refresh Rate

The Optoma UHD50X is not modest at all. No, this device means business. First things first, the model is among the world's first 240 Hz projectors. Pushing the refresh rate this high, this bad boy offers unparalleled smoothness without pixel distortion or image artifacts. Plus, with the Enhanced Gaming mode covering the refresh rate's six, the model caps the response time at 16 ms (26 ms at 4K), making the input lag practically nonexistent. Aside from the lag-free input response, what this device contributes to the gaming cause is compatibility with HDR and HLG. Of course, these technologies also work with movies but, rendering vivid 4K content with optimized tone mapping and the dynamic contrast ratio reaching 500,000:1, the model produces the brightest whites and the deepest blacks, matching them with realistic colors that pop from the screen.

Looking at the projection system, this model relies upon digital light processing (DLP). Apart from delivering high contrast and fast response time, this tech offers excellent pixel structure and saturated colors. While this device borrows the DLP system from Texas Instruments, there are also some proprietary technologies here. For one, there's the Dynamic Black tech that smoothes out the image, adjusting the lamp output to provide bright scenes with crispness and clarity and dark scenes with detailed and deep blacks as well as improved shade detail. For two, the UltraDetail technology ensures accurate reproduction, with sophisticated algorithms detecting each frame and improving image sharpness before the frame's projected.

While some features are unique to this model, others are frequent guests on the Optoma boat. To start with, the vertical lens shift feature simplifies installations, letting you shift the image up or down without producing image distortion. To continue, the model can stretch the image 302 inches, turning the biggest walls into the most respectable screens.

Naturally, this device is not flawless. While the firmware is generally okay here, the boot time is pretty slow, which is surprising considering that, at this price range, home theater projectors are usually blazing-fast. On the bright side, the model is 3D ready, outputting video and images at reasonable 120 Hz.

All things considered, the Optoma UHD50X is aimed primarily at gamers. Nevertheless, movie buffs will appreciate this device about as much as gamers.

Review of Optoma UHD50X True 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

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Last updated price $1,499.44
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ASIN B084TS938Q

 

Optoma UHD30

An Improved Optoma Package

The Optoma UHD30 comes from humble beginnings. Nevertheless, in many ways, this device is anything but humble. To name one, the model offers an ultra-fast, 240Hz refresh rate, which's no small feat considering its budget orientation. Covering the awesome refresh rate's six will be the Enhanced Gaming mode, keeping the input lag at measly 16 ms. Between the two, this device will produce a lag-free response and make sure that the on-screen visuals are keeping up with the console's GPU. Elsewhere, what this device brings to the table is nothing that we've not seen from Optoma's projectors before.

The company's staple Dynamic Black tech is an always welcome guest, despite its frequency. Adjusting bright scenes' colors and clarity but without compromising dark scenes' detail and depth, this technology delivers excellent light and pretty remarkable shade detail. Likewise, Optoma's signature UltraDetail™ tech is also present. Using complex algorithms, the tech detects separate frames and improves image sharpness before projecting these frames. In doing so, UltraDetail™ keeps the colors accurate and the picture pin-sharp.

The last interesting bit is the model supporting Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). Coding HDR and SDR info into a single detail, this tech lets HDR-compatible screens display an enhanced picture.

Bottom line, provided you're fine with Optoma projectors' usual downsides like middling speakers, the Optoma UHD30 will more than give you your money's worth.

Review of Optoma UHD30 True 4K UHD Gaming Projector

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Last updated price $969.28
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ASIN B084YH1L36

 

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 set 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