Best HD Projectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 4, 2019
Not a single TV set beats an HD projector in creating the real cinema atmosphere. And this is why choosing a satisfying high definition projector is a task of top priority for every film fan. In this article, you'll find the best HD projectors on the market right now. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Engine Type
Rated Brightness
Rated Contrast Ratio
Aspect Ratio
Resolution
Image Output
Keystone Correction
Zoom
Interfaces
Warranty
 
PROS

The Wi-Fi module allows you to wirelessly project from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other device with Wi-Fi onboard without having to plug into the projector. The projector doesn't have that DLP "rainbow effect" that distorts the image and disorients the viewer.

CONS

The lamps don't last all that long (approx 10000 hours). 

OUR VERDICT

The people behind Epson EX7260 advertise it as a projector for presentations. And there's nothing wrong with this device on that front. But, given its wide color gamut and outstanding color accuracy, this is also an HD projector that's great for your everyday media consumption.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

3LCD

Rated Brightness

3600 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 15000:1

Aspect Ratio

16:10 native, supports 4:3 and 16:9

Resolution

1280 x 800 (WXGA)

Image Output

Size: 33" - 320"

Throw ratio range: 1.30 - 1.56

Keystone Correction

Automatic: ±30 degrees Vertical

Manual: ±30 degrees Horizontal

Zoom

Optical zoom 1.0 – 1.2

Interfaces

1 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, 1 x S-video (Mini DIN), 1 x Composite AV (3 x RCA) 1 x USB Type-A, 1 x USB Type-B

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A powerful 10-watt speaker fills the room with audio as crisp as it is loud. The projector's 15,000-hour lamp life will allow you to save quite a bit of money in the long run. Featuring 3,800 ANSI lumens, the model delivers deep blacks and bright images. 

CONS

The settings menu is a little confusing and bloated. 

OUR VERDICT

Optoma W335 is probably the most well-balanced product here, an HD projector that more or less delivers across the whole board. You can use it in practically any environment, doesn't matter the size of the area, the lighting situation, acoustics, and so on and so forth.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

DLP

Rated Brightness

3800 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 22000:1

Aspect Ratio

16:10 native, supports 4:3 and 16:9

Resolution

1280 x 800 (WXGA)

Image Output

Size: 29.7″ - 300.7″

Throw ratio range: 1.94 - 2.16

Keystone Correction

Manual: ±40 degrees Vertical

Zoom

Optical zoom 1.0 – 1.1

Interfaces

1 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, 1 x VGA-out, 1 x Composite Video (1 x RCA), 1 x Audio-in (3.5-mm jack), 1 x Audio-out (3.5-mm jack), 1 x USB Type-A, 1 x Service port (RS-232)

Warranty

3 years (1 year for lamp)

PROS

The 22000:1 contrast ratio allows the projector to produce a detailed image with deeper shadows and dynamic textures. Its 16ms input latency enables you to enjoy fast and smooth frame-by-frame action. The ±40 degrees vertical keystone correction lets the model work perfectly fine with various spaces.

CONS

Emits quite a bit of heat (can become noticeable and comfortable in a smaller room).

OUR VERDICT

ViewSonic PA503W makes a really appealing case with its solid specs, long-lasting (up to 15000 hours) lamps, and overall versatility. Plus, the SuperEco mode will allow you to dim the brightness whenever you want and greatly reduce power consumption, further making the longevity case.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

DLP

Rated Brightness

3600 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 22000:1

Aspect Ratio

16:10 native, supports 4:3 and 16:9

Resolution

1280 x 800 (WXGA)

Image Output

Size: 30" - 300"

Throw ratio range: 1.55 - 1.70

Keystone Correction

Manual: ±40 degrees Vertical

Zoom

Optical zoom 1.0 – 1.1

Interfaces

1 x HDMI-in, 2 x VGA-in, 1 x VGA-out, 1 x Composite Video (1 x RCA), 1 x Audio-in (3.5-mm jack), 1 x Audio-out (3.5-mm jack), 1 x mini-USB, 1 x Service port (RS-232)

Warranty

3 years (1 year for lamp)

PROS

Using a pair of 3-watt high-quality speakers, the model's capable of reproducing high-pitch, accurate mediant, and powerful low-pitch sounds. Featuring a dual cooling fan system, the projector is able to work for hours keeping the temperature and the noise nice and low.

CONS

The remote control is hardly practical. 

OUR VERDICT

VANKYO YG600 has more than enough going for it to justify a spot on our list. For a relatively inexpensive HD projector, the model's surprisingly functional and capable. With it, you'll be able to throw high-quality presentations in any room and from virtually any device.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

LCD

Rated Brightness

3600 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 3000:1

Aspect Ratio

16:9 native, supports 4:3

Resolution

1280 x 768 (WXGA)

Image Output

Size: 44" - 200"

Throw ratio range: not listed

Keystone Correction

Manual: ±15 degrees Vertical

Zoom

N/A (No zoom feature)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, 1 x Composite AV (3 x RCA), 1 x Audio-out (3.5-mm jack), 1 x USB Type-A, 1 x microSD slot

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The lamps last for 40000 hours. You can use the projector 10 hours per day every single day and it will be a decade before you'll finally have to replace the lamps. The WTD4.1.1 dual fan cooling system, aside from preventing the projector from overheating, keeps the noise below 45 decibels. 

CONS

Doesn't have an HDMI-in interface. 

OUR VERDICT

DR. J Professional L8 is the least expensive projector here. Even with the "least" part, the word expensive has no place being in the same sentence with this device. Though it has its flaws, you'll hardly be able to find a better deal below 100 dollars.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

LCD

Rated Brightness

2600 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 2000:1

Aspect Ratio

16:9 native

Resolution

800 x 480 (WVGA)

Image Output

Size: 32" - 170"

Throw ratio range: not listed

Keystone Correction

Manual: ±15 degrees Vertical

Zoom

N/A (No zoom feature)

Interfaces

1 x VGA-in, 1 x Composite AV (3 x RCA), 1 x Audio-out (3.5-mm jack), 1 x USB Type-A, 1 x microSD slot

Warranty

3 years

Epson EX7260

Wireless Projecting

Though Epson EX7260 is still a budget projector, there isn't a whole lot that separates this model from its more expensive mid-range and even high-end counterparts. But that's hardly the case when you compare this projector to most of its budget peers. For the most part, it's the small things that don't really show up on paper or sound that impressive in theory but add up to make a solid difference in the end.

First and foremost, this is a 3LCD projector. The difference between this engine type and the DLP one usually boils down to one or two advantages that the former has over the latter. More often than not, 3LCD boast a higher light output, the colors are better, and they don't have that "rainbow effect" that distorts the image and disorients the viewer.

With this model, you receive every 3LCD benefit. The color brightness adds up 3600 lumens so you get accurate, vivid, vibrant colors. The white brightness with the same maximum value allows you to utilize the projector in well-lit areas.

Now, there are things about this HD projector that are as impressive on paper as they're in practice. A good example of that would be the Wi-Fi module that the model comes equipped with. As you'd imagine, thanks to this module, you'll be able to wirelessly project from your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or any other device with Wi-Fi onboard without having to plug into the projector. We're always for cutting the cord and the ability to move freely about the room that, in this case, comes with it.

Review of Epson EX7260 WXGA 3LCD Projector

Let's Not go to the Movies

Keystone correction is one of those characteristics that can make a projector or break it. In the case of Epson EX7260, it is definitely the former than the latter. You can manually adjust the horizontal keystone up to 3 degrees to get that easy slide correction. On top of that, the model incorporates automatic vertical keystone adjustment, making it but a cinch to achieve that perfect rectangular image.

With Epson HD projectors, some things are a given and hardly worth mentioning but let's briefly cover them anyway. For one, you don't have to rely on Wi-Fi or cables to pair the projector with the video source. Instead, you can simply scan the on-screen QR code with your smartphone and quickly gain wireless access to your phone's (or any other device with QR capabilities) contents.

Solid optical zoom, 1280 x 800 resolution, and excellent image output size-wise come without saying too.

To put all of it differently, the people behind Epson EX7260 advertise it as a projector for presentations. And there's definitely nothing wrong with this device on that front. But, given its wide color gamut and outstanding color accuracy, this is also an HD projector that's great for your everyday media consumption. As far as movie and TV projectors with HD quality below 500 dollars are concerned, this is as good as it gets.

Epson EX7260 WXGA 3LCD Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Optoma W335

Deep Blacks, Deeper Shadows

Optoma W335 is another projector that the company behind it advertises as a presentation tool first and foremost. But, as far as we can tell, that's mostly because they aren't looking to engage in false advertisement, so they would rather lowball their product's abilities than oversell them. Well, we're a little more impartial, meaning that we don't mind telling it like it is.

With a native 16:10 1280 x 800 (WXGA) resolution, this thing is great for presentations, sure, albeit a little bit of an overkill. Plus, it isn't just the HD resolution that makes it an overkill for presentations, though it certainly helps with that. Incorporating 3,800 ANSI lumens, the model gives you the sort of vivid colors, deep blacks, and bright images that you can only fully appreciate and enjoy while watching a good movie rather than staring at a probably boring presentation.

Of course, no matter how brilliant and vibrant the colors, they just aren't enough to truly replicate and reproduce a quality movie experience. But that's exactly where the projector's broad contrast ratio comes into play. Since the latter stands at 22,000:1, the model is fully capable of producing highly detailed graphics, excellent textures, and deep shadows.

Again, these things help with presentations, no one is arguing against that. But they improve the movie experience at home or in an office so much more than the quality of your presentations.

Review of Optoma W335 WXGA DLP Projector

Longevity is Always a Plus

Though the centerpiece of any model more often than not, the image is not the only thing important about projectors. As you'd imagine, the "audio" part plays a solid role in the whole audiovisual experience. As far as we can tell, the people at Optoma understand that, fitting this HD projector with a 10-watt speaker that fills the room with audio as crisp as it is loud.

Longevity isn't one of those things that you would want to downplay either, especially considering that the model excels on that particular front. Lamps can be expensive and tricky to replace, so it is difficult to overestimate the importance of the projector's 15,000-hour lamp life.

Now, is there anything about this model that we don't like? Well, of course there is. There isn't a whole lot that would be able to negatively affect our decision, probably aside from the settings menu. Sure, it is quite comprehensive, with lots of different options and resources. But it is also so bloated that it can be difficult to find the right setting.

In conclusion, Optoma W335 is probably the most well-balanced product here, an HD projector that more or less delivers across the whole board. You can use it in practically any environment, doesn't matter the size of the area, the lighting situation, acoustics, and so on and so forth.

Optoma W335 WXGA DLP Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

ViewSonic PA503W

6-Segment Color Wheel

ViewSonic PA503W, according to the company's marketing department, is a versatile projector. Are they wrong? No, not necessarily. For the most part, this is as versatile of a model as they come. A few things make this projector the all-arounder that it's supposed to be but let's start with SuperColor.

The company's proprietary technology, SuperColor incorporates an exclusive 6-segment color wheel and dynamic lamp control capabilities. The images that you get as a result of this technology are usually nothing short of beautiful, with realistic tones and a wide color range.

Probably needless to say but, with projectors, the driving force(s) behind the image quality isn't just different companies' technologies but the usual specs like brightness, contrast ratio, and resolution that often determine the end result.

Fortunately, the model in question delivers in just about every image category. We will not focus on the 1280 x 800 (WXGA) native resolution nor are we going to highlight the 16:10 native aspect ratio.

Though 3600 lumens are, for the most part, the reason this device is able to produce bright images and fit even in well-lit rooms, we won't talk too much about this part of the product either. Mostly because that is hardly something we haven't seen before, even in low-end and especially in mid-range HD projectors.

Luckily enough, we can't say the same about its contrast ratio and input latency.

Review of ViewSonic PA503W WXGA DLP Projector

Making the Versatility Case

Though the 22000:1 contrast ratio is easily one of the biggest parts of the product's appeal, there isn't a whole lot to say about it. Most people these days probably know that there's no downside and lots of upside to a high contrast ratio like that. The higher the difference between the brightest whites and the darkest blacks that the projector is able to produce, the more detailed the image will be, with deeper shadows and dynamic textures.

The story is hardly different with this HD projector's super low 16ms input latency. Again, it is huge but there's not much to talk about here. The lower the input latency, the faster the frame-by-frame action will be. You'll be able to enjoy a smooth image and immerse yourself in whatever's currently happening on the projected screen.

The model's ±40 degrees vertical keystone correction deserves some recognition too. It may not sound that impressive or glamorous but the projector's ability to work perfectly fine with various spaces is hard to overestimate.

Without boring you any further with the details, ViewSonic PA503W makes a really appealing case with its solid specs, long-lasting (up to 15000 hours) lamps, and overall versatility. Plus, the SuperEco mode will allow you to dim the brightness whenever you want and greatly reduce power consumption, further making the longevity case.

ViewSonic PA503W WXGA DLP Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

VANKYO YG600

Bright Enough

VANKYO YG600 is easily the best HD projector in its price range and one of the best budget models in general. It isn't a flawless product by any stretch of the imagination but, for its price, there's very little that it can't do and even fewer areas where it disappoints.

Frankly, the biggest complaint we have is probably the remote control, which is a good thing since it is hardly the most important part of any projector. A little unergonomic and impractical, the remote could definitely use some improvement but, again, this is really not a component that plays a huge part in general.

In the performance department, the model leaves very little room for complaints. Its 1280 x 768 (WXGA) is nothing to scoff at, able to present a high-res, detailed, sharp image.

The contrast, on the other hand, is relatively unimpressive but standard for HD projectors in this class. The ratio of 3000:1 is more than enough for presentations but hardly enough to be able to enjoy an immersive, dynamic picture with precise image expression and sufficient color depth.

But what really sells the product and probably the biggest reason we've added it to our list is its brightness rated at 3600 lumens. Sure, it is nothing we haven't seen before in some of the more expensive mid-range projectors but, considering the price tag that the model comes with, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better deal brightness-wise. Needless to say, with a projector this bright, it is completely possible to enjoy a detailed and clear image in a well-lit room.

Review of VANKYO YG600 WXGA LED Projector

Any Device is Welcome

Another not-so-little detail that separates this product from pretty much every other projector in this price range is a pair of built-in 3-watt speakers. Using the surprisingly high-quality speakers, the model's capable of reproducing high-pitch, accurate mediant, and powerful low-pitch sounds.

Cooling is often an issue with projectors. Fortunately, it isn't an issue here. Using dual-cooling fans that're designed to avoid overheating with lower noise, the projector is able to work for hours keeping the temperature nice and low, and, again, without producing any unnecessary noises.

Lastly, let's talk interfaces. Pretty much every necessary port, from an HDMI-in to a micro SD, is present here. In other words, your connection options won't be limited whatsoever.

Bottom line, VANKYO YG600 has more than enough going for it to justify a spot on our list. For a relatively inexpensive HD projector, the model's surprisingly functional and capable. With it, you'll be able to throw high-quality presentations in any room and from virtually any device.

VANKYO YG600 WXGA LED Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

DR. J Professional L8

The Price is Right

DR. J Professional L8 is by far the most affordable, modestly priced projector here. With a ridiculously inexpensive price tag, of course, come certain limitations. First and foremost, though the model occupies a spot on our HD projectors list, it isn't, technically speaking, an HD projector. With its 800 x 480 (WVGA) native resolution, it isn't able to properly support an actual HD (1280 x 768 or higher) resolution.

Now, and this is probably going to be a theme of this review, you should keep in mind the price. You can find this projector for less than 100 bucks and it would be unrealistic, to say the least, to expect HD support from a device with a price tag like that. Frankly, just being able to work at all, projecting a decent image onto a wall would be an impressive feat for a 100-dollar device. Fortunately, the model can do quite a bit more than that.

Considering its brightness rated at 2600 lumens, this projector is perfectly suitable for average-sized rooms with lots of ambient light. It won't be that great for larger well-lit areas but there isn't a single projector below or around 100 bucks that will be.

DR. J Professional L8 has a 2000:1 contrast ratio. That number is plenty for presentations. It doesn't make the model a proper movie projector and even more so doesn't make it suitable for gaming but you can't really hold it against the projector.

Review of DR. J Professional L8 VGA LCD Projector

Keeps the Noise Down

With budget projectors, you often have to settle for less. And though this is still true for this model, it isn't true across the whole board. For one, the projector comes equipped with a built-in loudspeaker that supports stereo sound. That's not often the case with models that come at a similar price.

The same can be said about the lamps that last for a whopping 40000 hours. You can use the projector 10 hours per day every single day and it will be a decade before you'll finally have to replace the lamps.

The WTD4.1.1 dual fan cooling system is no joke either. Aside from preventing the projector from overheating, the system keeps the noise below 45 decibels, so you don't have to suffer through the "complimentary" noise every time you turn the device on.

On the port front, not everything is quite so bright. The biggest issue is the lack of an HDMI-in interface. Other than that, there is nothing really to complain about but given how popular HDMI is, it's hardly a negligent gap.

Again, DR. J Professional L8 is the least expensive projector here. Even with the "least" part, the word expensive has no place being in the same sentence with this device. Though it has its flaws, you'll hardly be able to find a better mini HD projector below 100 dollars.

DR. J Professional L8 VGA LCD Projector in the use

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What Is an HD Projector?

HD Projectors are an integral part of state-of-the-art technologies, used not only in business but also at homes. These devices serve to project high-resolution images onto the screen. There are millions of ways to employ them in everyday life, but everything depends on the specifications. Hi-end models with HD image output can be used excellently as home theaters. What’s better than meeting up with your close friends and watching your favorite movies on a REALLY LARGE screen? Businesspersons, who often make presentations, can use these devices to show slides and videos to the audience. In this article, we have selected the most popular High Definition Projectors so that you could choose the one better suited for you.

You will obviously need the quality projector screen and we've got the review that will help you decide which one is the best for you! And for those who often make various presentations, we highly recommend making a point of the article dedicated to presentation remotes. And, of course, if you want to turn your home into a full-fledged cinema theater, check the best home theater projectors!

What Features to Compare

Type

The first and foremost thing to take into account while choosing the HD projector is its type. There exist two engine types (DLP and LCD) and each has pros and cons. The DLP technology projects the image with the help of silicon reflexions at numerous little mirrors. This technology provides quite a smooth image with high subpixel accuracy and without odd shadows, but the brightness is a bit lower than that of LCD models, and there is also a pixel limit. The LCD technology, in its turn, projects the image by flowing it through 3 colored panels (red, green, and blue). The color of the pixel is determined by the position of these panels. LCD projectors are more compact and show excellent brightness and color saturation. On the other hand, there can eventually appear dead pixels and the image can degenerate a little.

Output Image Features

The next thing to think of is the quality of the output image, like projector brightness. Models with low brightness can correctly function only in dark rooms as distinguished from those with the color brightness of 2000-3000 lumen and more. The aspect ratio will help understand the optimal projector application. If you are going to hold presentations, the best ratio will probably be 4:3, but if you are going to watch movies, then 16:9 will be a perfect choice. It's very important to pay attention to the resolution of the projector as well. The higher it is, the more accurate and clear the image will be. To have positive user experience while watching movies the resolution should be at least Full HD.

Special Projection Aspects

Consider the special aspects of the projection. The throw and the output image size can help you set the position of the device properly. Zoom and perspective correction tool are also important and allow setting more accurate image on the screen.

Device Connectivity

Do not forget to check the available ports and plugs, which determine the connection options. The more video inputs the projector has, the more devices you will be able to connect simultaneously. Audio outputs make it possible to add the audio.

Projector vs TV

TV sets these days are often gigantic, gigantic enough to make some people wonder whether a projector is even worth it and what's the point to one when you can just buy a nice flat-panel display instead. Well, it's not really as easy of a choice as one might think. Sure, TVs have their advantages but so do the projectors. So, let's delve a little deeper and find out which one of these technologies present the best bang for your buck.

Size

Size is one of the biggest factors that determines a quality movie experience. Back in the days, TVs simply couldn't hold a candle to projectors. Is it still the case? Well, yes and no. Sure, the gas has definitely shrunk a little. Nowadays, you can buy an 85-inch screen for less than 4 thousand bucks. That being said, a quality projector with the same screen size, great brightness, faithful color reproduction, and even 4K support will cost you somewhere around a thousand bucks, maybe even less than that. In other words, TVs are definitely getting there but the difference is still staggering. Most people can afford a projector capable of giving you over a hundred inches of screen real estate but a TV set with the same screen will cost you an arm and a leg.

Brightness

Now, just like size is the parameter where projectors have historically outperformed television sets, brightness is an area where TVs have always dominated their projecting counterparts. And, honestly, we're observing a very similar shift in power. Less than 10 years ago, your average family couldn't afford a projector capable of presenting a nice, bright, rich-in-color picture in a room with lots of ambient light. The most expensive projectors at the time were incapable of delivering on that front, giving you footage so washed out that it was hardly worth your time and attention.

Today, things are a little different. Some of the least expensive models employ over 3000 lumens. Rated brightness like that means you're able to enjoy rich, bright image in a well-lit area. Naturally, TVs are still better in this department. The cheapest TV sets often produce much higher luminance than mid-range projectors. Still, this isn't about winning, it is about satisfying the customer and, more often than not, a projector these days will be bright enough to satisfy your average customer and even some of the more demanding ones.

Contrast and Color Accuracy

Now, this is where the winner isn't quite as clear. On one hand, more often than not, TVs will give you deeper blacks. You'll likely be able to enjoy darker scenes in your favorite movies and series a lot more with a quality TV set.

But color accuracy is where your average projector gives you a much better bang for your buck. The issue with TV sets is that they require serious processing to produce realistic colors. Sure, high-end panels often come equipped a with color gamut wide enough to compete with budget and mid-range projectors. The ones that have the HDR (high dynamic range) imaging technology in their arsenal can definitely give projectors a run for their money.

That being said, you'll have to cough up a few thousand bucks to make that happen, whereas a completely average projector worth a few hundred bucks will be able to just as well produce realistic colors for you to enjoy.

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