Best HD Projectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 22, 2017
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, we will advise you the most popular and qualitative HD home projectors! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Engine Type
Rated Brightness
Rated Contrast Ratio
Aspect Ratio
Resolution
Image Output
Keystone Correction
Zoom
Interfaces
Warranty
 
PROS
Unique 3-chip projection technology along with WUXGA resolution provides formidable quality of image, which exceeds the SVGA quality several times.
CONS
No audio output for direct speakers connection.
OUR VERDICT
A professional hi-end projector, Epson EX9200 offers a fantastic image and has wireless technology on board; it will serve both for residential use and holding a presentation.
detailed parameters
Engine Type
LCD
Rated Brightness
3200 lumens
Rated Contrast Ratio
15000 : 1
Aspect Ratio
16:10, 16:9, 4:3
Resolution
1920 x 1200
Image Output
Size: 30" - 300", Distance: 2.86 - 36 ft, Throw Ratio: 1.38 - 1.68
Keystone Correction
Automatic: ±30° Vertical Manual: ±30° Horizontal
Zoom
Optical: 1.0x - 1.2x
Interfaces
2x HDMI (1 supports MHL connectivity), 1x D-sub 15 pin, 1x RCA Composite video (Yellow), 1x RCA Stereo audio in (White/Red), 1x USB Type A 1x USB Type B (Plug 'n Play)
Warranty
1 Year
PROS
Dynamic Black technology gives more color depth by smoothly adjusting the lamp. This makes the contrast ratio of the image extremely high.
CONS
The cooling blower works rather loudly.
OUR VERDICT
This excellent HD projector will work well together with your home theater audio system and provide a possibility to watch 3D movies in Full HD quality on a big screen.
detailed parameters
Engine Type
DLP
Rated Brightness
3000 lumens
Rated Contrast Ratio
23000 : 1
Aspect Ratio
16:9, 4:3
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Image Output
Size: 27.88" - 305.3", Distance: 3.3 - 33 ft, Throw Ratio: 1.48 - 1.62
Keystone Correction
Manual: ±40° Vertical
Zoom
Optical: 1.1x
Interfaces
2x HDMI (1 supports MHL connectivity), 1x USB Type A, 1x 3D Vesa Sync Port, 1x 12V Trigger, 1x Audio Out 3.5mm
Warranty
1 Year
PROS
iRulu BL20 has a great set of interfaces, so you can plug into it almost any device to use as an image source.
CONS
The built-in speaker isn't loud enough.
OUR VERDICT
A nice device to give business presentations and show various learning material for an audience.
detailed parameters
Engine Type
LCD
Rated Brightness
2600 lumens
Rated Contrast Ratio
2000 : 1
Aspect Ratio
16:9, 4:3
Resolution
800 x 480
Image Output
Size: 32" - 200", Distance: 4 - 19.7 ft, Throw Ratio: 1.48 - 1.62
Keystone Correction
Manual: ±15° Rectangular
Zoom
N/A
Interfaces
2x HDMI, 1x D-sub 15 pin, 2x USB Type A, 1x RCA Composite video, 1x RCA Stereo audio in, 1x RCA Stereo audio out, 1x TV port, 1x YPBPR
Warranty
1 Year
PROS
A powerful built-in 10W speaker and an integrated PortAll system with wireless HDMI dongles support. It gives you the ability to adjust video streaming with comfort.
CONS
There is no USB connector for direct playback from the flash drives.
OUR VERDICT
A quality projector with Smart design, a great variety of configurations, and convenient control and connection settings. A nice choice for any purpose.
detailed parameters
Engine Type
DLP
Rated Brightness
3200 lumens
Rated Contrast Ratio
22000 : 1
Aspect Ratio
16:10, 16:9, 15:9, 5:4, 4:3
Resolution
1920 x 1080
Image Output
Size: 30" - 300", Distance: 3.3 - 36 ft, Throw Ratio: 1.49 - 1.64
Keystone Correction
Manual: ±40° Vertical
Zoom
Optical: 1.1x, Digital: 0.8x - 2.0x
Interfaces
1x HDMI (supports MHL connectivity), 1x Mini USB, 1x Audio in 3.5mm, 1x Audio out 3.5mm, 1x Mic 3.5mm, 1x RS232 (9 pin) Control
Warranty
3 Years for parts, 1 year for lamp
PROS
The incredibly compact size allows using this projector wherever you are, and it won't take much space.
CONS
Low contrast ratio makes it hardly suitable for use in well-lit rooms.
OUR VERDICT
This mini projector has the most necessary functions and parameters. Will fit excellently for everyday use in low light conditions.
detailed parameters
Engine Type
LCD
Rated Brightness
1000 lumens
Rated Contrast Ratio
1000 : 1
Aspect Ratio
16:9, 4:3
Resolution
800 x 480
Image Output
Size: 49" - 130", Distance: 4.9 - 13.1 ft, Throw Ratio: 1.4:1
Keystone Correction
Manual: ±15° Vertical
Zoom
N/A
Interfaces
2x HDMI, 2x USB, 1x VGA port, 1x Audio in 3.5mm, 1x AV input, 1x SD Card slot
Warranty
Amazon's 30-day return policy

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.

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Epson EX9200 Pro

Best Engine Type

Truly speaking, Epson EX9200 Pro is the top dog. Especially it applies to the engine type, which is based on 3-chip technology, an edgy innovation that gives 3x brighter image and natural colors. The color brightness of this superb HD projector is 3200 lumens, and that offers a possibility to use it even in well-lit rooms. Those customers who plan to buy this model to watch HD films will be glad to hear that the native resolution of Epson EX9200 Pro is WUXGA 1920 x 1200. It provides four times better resolution than SVGA for Full HD content. And of course, the features uplisted make this projector excellent for holding presentations, too. You may just ignore the lighting of the room and the image would still be nice. Watch your favorite movies on a screen of REALLY tremendous size, up to 300 inches!

Review of Epson EX9200 Pro Wireless Full HD Projector

No More Superfluous Wires!

Epson EX9200 Pro is not just an ideal projection system, but also a multimedia device supporting any type of connection! It gives a possibility to get an image from any smartphone, laptop, USB flash drive etc. A built-in wireless PortAll unit will free you from connecting your devices directly via cables. And the process of setting a wireless connection with your smartphone is surprisingly simple: just scan the QR code the projector shows, and that's it! Of course, you need to have Epson iProjection app installed on your phone. Nonetheless, this method will save you a lot of time and efforts. Moreover, one of two HDMI connectors supports MHL-enabled devices, so if your phone has a movie in HD, you can use this connection to enjoy it without losses in quality.

In the light of the above, the author of this review has to say that Epson WX9200 Pro HD projector is the ultimate addition to your home theater system. Incredibly accurate and bright image will satisfy the most exacting customer.

Epson EX9200 Pro Wireless Full HD Projector in the use

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Optoma HD142X

Full-fledged 3D Projection

Are you fond of going to the cinema where you can watch new movies and enjoy a high-quality image? 3D films rule the roost nowadays, providing the possibility to dive into the movie and get tons of fun. And just imagine that now you don't have to go to the movies to experience all these life pleasures because you have Optoma HD142X HD projector and you can watch movies in formidable quality in 3D! You may playback films from Blu-Ray players, your PC or any mobile device. The max resolution this model can offer is 1920 x 1080 Full HD, which is exactly what you need to enjoy the smooth and accurate image. The screen updates rate is 144Hz, and that means that the image won't be blinking and too smooth.

Review of Optoma HD142X 1080p Home Theater Projector

Smart Technologies Simplifying Life

There are some additional features making this HD projector pretty comfortable in use that should not go unnoticed. Quick Resume function can fastly turn on your projector if it has turned off for some reason. And you will be able to continue working with it in 1.5 minutes! There is also Auto Off function, it enables you to set a period of time after which the device will turn off automatically. Dynamic Black technology provides an automatic definition in depth by adjusting the lamp power for each frame of the film. The ideal contrast ratio is warranted. And of course, it is impossible not to notice excellent built-in loudspeakers that will release you from the necessity of buying additional speakers.

We assume this projector to be a great choice for people who are fond of watching 3D movies at home. It has an additional Gaming Mode, which will surely gain a love of each console gamer as it optimizes the output image with fast response. And natural colors will give you the opportunity to see the movie the way its director wanted.

Optoma HD142X 1080p Home Theater Projector in the use

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Optoma HD142X
 

iRULU BL20

Excellent Assistant in Business

High definition projectors are often used in business, and businesspersons use multimedia devices to hold presentations and show various content to their colleagues and, of course, customers. It also stands for educational purposes, where these devices occupy a special niche and provide comfy access to learning material for all the students. In order to select the best projector for these purposes, we decided to examine iRulu BL20, an HD projector with inspiring performance specifications. In spite of the fact that the native resolution of this device is 800x480, it supports image output in 1080p quality. The size of the image varies from 32 to 200 inches, and the throw is from 4 to 20 ft. Maybe it won't impress those customers, who are willing to use it for film screening, but it fits perfectly for business purposes. The projector casing has a rather comfy panel board that allows correcting perspective distortions.

One can say for sure iRulu BL20 is an ideal choice for presentations of any type, as it serves to share important information in a most comfortable way.

Review of iRULU BL20 Video HD Projector

It Would Be Interesting to Know

When it comes to choosing HD projectors, MHL support is widely spread, so we decided to explain what it is and why it is important. It is the abbreviation of Mobile High-definition Link and in short, it is a technology, that permits you to transfer HD data from your mobile devices to the projector without losing quality.  This technology was developed in 2010 by the group of companies like Nokia, Toshiba, and Sony. The peculiarity of the MHL interface is not only in its ability to transfer data in Full HD, but it also makes it possible to charge the battery of your mobile device. The output device must have an HDMI connector and the connection to the mobile device is established via the microUSB connector. Note that your device must have MHL data transfer support to make it work.

iRULU BL20 Video HD Projector in the use

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ViewSonic PJD7720HD

Clever Design

Latest ViewSonic HD projector is a combination of superior specifications in a convenient casing. Hidden PortAll panel with a secure MHL-HDMI connector deserves a special notice, as it is a unique ViewSonic development. If you additionally buy a special wireless HDMI adapter, you'll be given a free hand to install an invisible wireless connection with other input devices to stream content. The upper cap of the case has a special control panel, which allows you to manage all the main functions of the device. The buttons are bulbaceous, so you can operate the control panel even in the dark. A cool 10W built-in speaker is also worth mentioning. It is rigged with a phase inverter and is a proprietary SonicExpert technology. Thanks to all these features, it provides bounteous high-quality sound and covers all the frequency range from 20Hz to 20000 Hz.

In our opinion, this projector can serve any purposes. You will be able to do both hold presentations and watch movies in Full HD quality. And its design allows installing it at any place and control it with comfort.

Review of ViewSonic PJD7720HD 1080p Home Theater Projector

Finger-tip Control

A specially designed mobile app vRemote enables you to set all the preferences, and that it is really comfortable! The application supports both Android and iOS and can be downloaded absolutely for free. With its help, you will be able to control up to 8 ViewSonic projectors. Just think how much freedom in presentations this simple app offers! You can choose the input signal source, correct the image settings, manage sound settings etc. All these features are provided with a friendly interface, simple enough for any user.

ViewSonic PJD7720HD 1080p Home Theater Projector in the use

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Additional Info

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ViewSonic PJD7720HD
ViewSonic PJD7720HD
 

OEM TP60

Has All the Things Needed

In our search of the most optimal projector for everyday use, we decided to examine OEM S1. After the detailed survey, we came to the conclusion that it has all the preferences needed for it to be as simple and comfy in use as possible. First of all, it has a superior LCD engine type, which provides high-quality image in 1080p, although the native resolution of the device is 800x480. The durability of the lamp is approximately 30,000 hours, which is an excellent characteristic. Just imagine, if you are going to use it 4 hours a day, it will serve you for 20 years! You can use nearly any multimedia device as an input signal source thanks to numerous connectors. There is even an SD card slot, so you can watch the photos from your camera without transferring them to USB flash drive! Hold presentations, connect console and play video games, watch films - this superb projector supports all these features.

This is the editor's pick for everyday at-home use, as it provides excellent image quality, all the connectors needed, and intuitive interface to control the playback. These features make it a perfect home multimedia center and can satisfy even the most demanding customer.

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A Wee Bit of History

It is difficult to say nowadays who exactly invented the device we know as a projector. The idea this device came along with the appearance of the photos and this is somewhere around 1820. But the device that could play a continuous stream of images could not be realized over the course of many years. In 1870, Henry Gale caught the famous visual illusion, which happens when you flip through the images too fast. Many modern historians think this event gave birth to the advent of projectors, but in fact, it wasn't the first attempt. A bit later 2 people, inconversant with each other, used serial photographing to get a moving image. They were Eadweard Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey. But the real revolution in this field is the invention of the cel, it had enough flexibility and hardness and served the fast development of the projection technology.

One can be said for sure - modern cinema would be impossible without the invention of the projector. And what can be better than gathering with your friends and watching a great movie on a huge screen?

OEM TP60 LED Pico Projector in the use

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