Best HD Projectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 29, 2020
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
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Engine Type
Rated Brightness
Rated Contrast Ratio
Aspect Ratio
Resolution
Screen Size
Zoom
Interfaces
Warranty
 
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

The 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)

Screen Size

Size: 30" - 300"

Throw ratio range: 1.55 - 1.70

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

Between two HDMI inputs and one VGA, you can connect multiple image sources to the device. There are even Composite (RCA) ports that you can use to connect outdated DVD players and camcorders to this projector. The double-sided cooling system is great at dissipating heat, preventing overheating.

CONS

The keystoning has very little adjustment.

OUR VERDICT

Unlike most projectors, the YABER Y31 can ensure vibrant-looking visuals even when the room is not completely dark. Besides that, featuring a high contrast ratio and straightforward controls, the device will make sure that even complete newbies can make any environment work without wasting hours tinkering with settings.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

LCD

Rated Brightness

7000 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 10000:1

Aspect Ratio

16:9 native, supports 4:3

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Screen Size

50" - 300"

Zoom

No optical zoom (digital zoom function)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, 1 x VGA-out, 1 x Composite Video + Audio (3 x RCA), 1 x Audio-out (3.5-mm jack), 2 x USB

Warranty

3 years

PROS

The Wi-Fi module will let you broadcast content from Android and iOS devices onto the projected screen. The ±15-degree electronic keystone correction will allow you to regulate the projected content, adjusting the focus and improving image clarity. 

CONS

The native resolution is limited. 

OUR VERDICT

The VANKYO LEISURE is compact, lightweight, and pretty nimble yet plenty capable. We would recommend this device to people who are working with limited space first. Thanks to its 7.5-feet throw distance, you can install the projector inside most rooms.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

LCD

Rated Brightness

3600 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 2000:1 

Aspect Ratio

16:9 native, supports 4:3 

Resolution

800 x 480 (WVGA) 

Screen Size

33” - 176” 

Zoom

No optical zoom (digital zoom function) 

Interfaces

Wi-FI, 1 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, 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, 1 x slot for microSD cards 

Warranty

3 years 

PROS

Stretching the lamp life 50,000 hours, this device will let you project on a daily basis without worrying that you'll have to replace the lamps anytime soon. The ripple pattern on the housing will be able to hide smudges and minimize scratches. 

CONS

Some find the device a little loud. 

OUR VERDICT

The GooDee BL98 will let you make the screen as small as 35 inches and as huge as 300 inches, so you can have an entire wall as a screen. The integrated speakers provide a decent bass output, with an above-average impact and respectable extension.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

LCD

Rated Brightness

5000 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 5000:1

Aspect Ratio

16:9 native, supports 4:3

Resolution

1920 x 1080 (Full HD)

Screen Size

35" - 300"

Zoom

No optical zoom (digital zoom function)

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, 1 x VGA-out, 1 x Composite Video + Audio (3 x RCA), 1 x Audio-out (3.5-mm jack), 2 x USB, 1 x slot for microSD cards

Warranty

5 years

PROS

The high-precision six-layer lens will be increasing the projection transmittance and preventing stray light from messing with the visuals, enhancing the images' sharpness. The double-tube cooling solution will be improving heat dispersion but also minimizing noise. 

CONS

The lamp does not last as long as advertised. 

OUR VERDICT

Within its price bracket, the DBPOWER L21 has no competition. You'll be able to pay ~100 bucks and have this massive 200 screen with solid brightness and above-average color reproduction put anywhere you want, which is an appealing deal as far as even the stingiest customers are concerned.

detailed parameters
Engine Type

LCD

Rated Brightness

5000 lumens

Rated Contrast Ratio

Up to 3000:1 

Aspect Ratio

16:9 native, supports 4:3 

Resolution

1280 x 720 (HD)

Screen Size

40" - 200" 

Zoom

No optical zoom (digital zoom function) 

Interfaces

2 x HDMI-in, 1 x VGA-in, 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, 1 x slot for SD cards 

Warranty

3 years 

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ViewSonic (PA503W)

6-Segment Color Wheel

The 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) DLP HD Projector (1080p Support, 3600 Lumen)

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, the 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) DLP HD Projector (1080p Support, 3600 Lumen) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $379.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B0749NTSCD

 

YABER (Y31)

One-Click Operation

As much as projectors are about specs first and foremost, the YABER Y31 makes an excellent first impression without even looking at its specs, which are pretty serious as well. No, what we primarily appreciate here is the one-click operation that enables automatic vertical correction, adjusting the brightness, and more. Sure, you can always rotate the keystone ± 50 degrees manually but the one-click setup lets you restore that and adjust the zoom as low as -25%, which is convenient, to say the least. When the device's suspended from a ceiling, you can easily adjust the image using the remote without moving the device. Besides that, stretching the keystone correction option 50 degrees, you can project an ideally-aligned image from various surfaces without worrying as much about initial placement.

But, as practical as the controls on this projector are, what sells this product is its almost high-end specs. Stretching the brightness 7,000 lumens, the model makes even rooms with noticeable ambient light suitable environments. You can turn on the lights, open the blinds, and the colors on the projected image will not look as washed-oud as they usually do.

To add more, the contrast ratio on this device reaches 10,000:1, which is more than even some premium HD projectors are offering nowadays. With this contrast ratio, the model can produce detailed, layered shadows, deep blacks, and bright whites. Plus, a high contrast ratio adds depth and dimension to the projected visuals.

Review of YABER (Y31) Native Full HD 1080P Projector (Support 4K, 7000 Lux, Upgrade 2020)

Intelligent Temperature Control Tech

Even budget projectors these days can project a decent-looking picture. Where these devices usually disappoint is audio. This is not what's happening here though. In this case, we're dealing with solid 3-watt dual stereo speakers using an SRS sound system that offers a respectable auditory sense experience without relying upon external speakers.

What's also pretty impressive here is the double-sided cooling system that facilitates heat dissipation and makes sure that the housing remains cool to the touch. Using an intelligent temperature control tech that detects both the light source's and the mainboard's temperature and adjusts the fans' speed, the system is able to prevent overheating.

Long story short, the YABER Y31 will ensure stunning visuals and match them with equally impressive audio without inconveniencing you in any way, shape, or form and without being too demanding on the environment basis.

YABER (Y31) Native Full HD 1080P Projector (Support 4K, 7000 Lux, Upgrade 2020) in the use
Last updated price $269.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07XKS5PQG

 

VANKYO LEISURE

Spacious Audio

The VANKYO LEISURE feels right at home somewhere at the budget price range with its solid but still budget performance. The device has its moments, we will not deny them and will even highlight most. But the specs are not there to recommend this product to people who have the money to spare and are able to afford something that's much more impressive from most standpoints. From where we're standing, the biggest disappointment is the 800 x 480 (WVGA) native resolution. Sure, you can always upscale that and the upscaling tech here is nothing to complain about. But, not even reaching HD, that's not the native res that we can get behind, not in the current year.

On the upside, we can absolutely get behind the speakers, which's odd since budget projectors usually come with second-rate speakers yet that's precisely where the product shines. Though the speakers are only drawing 3 watts each, they're able to generate spacious audio, enriched with bright tones, deep bass, and solid extension, separating the lows, mids, and high more than budget speakers can normally do. Sure, they're not especially loud but, on the bright side, neither is the projector. Fitted with this brilliant fan noise suppression system and an excellent cooling system with improved heat dispersion, the projector does not go above 40 decibels, so you'll barely be able to hear its operation.

Review of VANKYO LEISURE HD Projector (1080p support, 3600 Lumen)

Reduced Throw Distance and the Wi-Fi Module

The VANKYO LEISURE is an odd one, we can tell you that much. Its 2000:1 rated contrast ratio could've definitely been improved to make the visuals more distinct. Rather than doing that, the people behind the product have decided to add this Wi-Fi module, which's great since you can broadcast any content from any smartphone and tablet (the device is compatible with iOS and Android gadgets) onto the massive screen. But, as far as we're concerned, that's the luxury that should've been addressed after the contrast ratio.

Again though, the projector keeps on surprising. This time, with its ±15° electronic keystone correction that lets you regulate the projection and make sure that you can adjust the front focus to add image clarity. You can also install this device inside most rooms since the throwing distance is reduced from the standard 10 feet to only 7.5 feet.

Bottom line, the VANKYO LEISURE is hard to categorize, with its inconsistent specs yet brilliant tech. Most people who do not have that much space to work with will be able to appreciate this projector tough.

VANKYO LEISURE HD Projector (1080p support, 3600 Lumen) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $119.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07ZF9KL1T

 

GooDee BL98

Ripple Appearance

The GooDee BL98 has its problems. As much as we like this device, and we like it quite a lot, this is not the most complete, well-balanced product on this list, not even close. To start with, the model is pretty loud. More often than not, you will not be hearing the noise coming from the mechanisms moving inside but, during quiet scenes, the noise can become quite noticeable.

What we cannot criticize is its appearance. While most projectors are going with that standard sleek profile that has become a little become overused, this one incorporates wave-like patterns/cutouts that make the device look much more interesting. Plus, this ripple appearance hides smudges and scratches, at least to some extent.

The touch buttons that you will find atop the device will enable intuitive settings tweaking without using a remote, not something that will interest most users down the road but the buttons simplify initial setup quite a bit, so we're glad they are there. We're not necessarily glad that the contrast ratio capping at 5,000:1 is there as well. This is not bad per se but there are HD projectors that cost about as much as this one and stretch the contact ratio at least 8,000, meaning that 5,000:1 at this price point is nothing to write home about.

On the bright side (pun intended), pushing 5,000 lumens, this device feels right at home among the brightest budget projectors, making not just 100% dark rooms but also dimly lit areas acceptable environments. When projectors are reaching 5,000 lumens, the visuals on the projected screen seldom look as washed-out as they can look on models that are lacking brightness.

Review of GooDee BL98 Native 1080P HD Video Projector (6800 Lux, Model 2020)

Full HD Native Resolution

The lamps inside the unit are supposed to last 50,000 hours, so even assuming that the people behind this product are being a little generous here, the lamps should last years without replacement. During these years, you'll be connecting countless devices/content sources to this one, relying upon two HDMI inputs, two VGA ports, Composite ports, two USB ports, and even a MicroSD slot.

Last but not least, the projector's native resolution stretches 1920 x 1080p, not something that you should be taking for granted within this price bracket.

In closing, despite its contrast shortcomings, the GooDee BL98 proves that as long as the output is bright enough, the necessary interfaces are present, and the controls are easily accessible, you can recreate a cinema experience at home without spending big bucks.

GooDee BL98 Native 1080P HD Video Projector (6800 Lux, Model 2020) in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price $169.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B081SZ72VB

 

DBPOWER (L21)

Six Layers to the Lens

The DBPOWER L21 costs virtually nothing. With its price tag not even reaching 100 bucks, you cannot expect too much from this device yet it is able to match and even sometimes exceed unreasonably high expectations. First things first, the projector's native resolution stands at 1280 x 720p, which is what defines HD. Plus, the device supports upscaling to 1920 x 1080p, so you'll be able to view Full HD content without downsizing the pixel count. Sure, upscaling is not the same, there's always some quality loss but the device is able to minimize that, keeping the visuals pretty sharp.

Besides, even without its native resolution, there's enough to go around here. We can pivot towards the maximum brightness that's rated at 5000 lumens, which means you can use the device without closing the blinders and turning the environment from low-light to pitch-black. Considering that projectors within this price bracket are usually around 3200-3600 lumens, one would argue this is the highlight feature.

We would be inclined to disagree though. As far as we're concerned, that title belongs to the six-layer lens. With its high precision and six separate coatings, the lens is able to increase the projection transmittance and prevent stray light from interfering with the images, enhancing the visuals' sharpness.

Review of DBPOWER (L21) LCD HD Projector (1080p Support, 5000 Lumen)

Practically Silent

Cheap projectors are loud and prone to overheating. This product shares the price bracket with these devices but not these flaws. With two robust fans and double-tube cooling tech, the projector is able to minimize noise and improve heat dispersion, keeping the noise levels below 40-45 decibels and preventing the components from reaching high temperatures.

What the DBPOWER L21 shares with its budget peers is the lamp life though. The manufacturers claim that the lamp should last 50,000 hours but these numbers are usually misleading. More often than not, the lamp will fall short, which's unfortunate but understandable considering its price and the inevitable trade-offs that come with the low price.

No trade-offs were made when cramming this device with interfaces though. Turn its body and you'll find two HDMI inputs, one VGA input, one Composite Video, 3.5-mm input and output, one USB port, and even one slot for SD cards. In other words, there's no shortage of different gadgets and devices that you'll be able to connect to the projector. With that in mind, we can recommend this product to anyone looking for a projector with only ~100 bucks to spare.

DBPOWER (L21) LCD HD Projector (1080p Support, 5000 Lumen) in the use

Additional Info

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Last updated price $129.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07VGCGRV2

 

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.

How to:

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