The 5 Best HD Projectors [Ranked]
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High definition projectors generally display data, video, photos, and games in business or residential home-theater settings (Source).
A projector is usually used in conjunction with a projector screen, though some buyers project on to their walls.
How they compare
The Epson, Optoma and BenQ projectors are all 1080p, meaning that they are considered Full HD.
This means they provide 1,920 x 1,080p pixel resolution, and the 'p' refers to progressive, as opposed to interlacing ('i') scanning.
Interlacing scanning displays odd and even lines, whereas progressive scanning means that the entire image is seen at once (Source).
The Sony 4k projector was the only 'true' 4k home projector we examined. The Full HD Epson promotes its '4k enhancement', which means that it accepts a 4k signal, but it's down-scaled to its 1080p native resolution. The lowest-resolution, budget option is the traditional HD ViewSonic projector.
- How they compare
- HD Projectors Compared
- What 4k means
- Best 4k Projector: The Sony 4k Projector
- Best 1080p Projector: The Optoma HD142X
- Best HD Projectors For 2021
- 1. The Epson Full HD Home Theater Projector Review
- 2. The Optoma Full HD Home Theater Projector Review
- 3. The Sony 4K Home Theater & Gaming Projector Review
- 4. The ViewSonic HD Projector Review
- 5. The BenQ Full HD Gaming Video Projector Review
- What Are Buyers Saying?
|Projectors||Our Rating||Price ($)||Resolution||3-D Projection?||Color Brightness|
|The Epson Full HD Home Theater Projector||4.6||$$$||1080p with enhanced 4K||Yes||2,500|
|The Optoma Full HD Home Theater Projector||4.5||$||1080p||Yes||3,000|
|The Sony 4K Home Theater & Gaming Projector||4.8||$$$$||4096 x 2160||Yes||1,500|
|The ViewSonic HD Projector||4.6||$||800 x 600||Yes||3,300|
|The BenQ Full HD Gaming Video Projector||4.4||$$||1080p||Yes||2,200|
What 4k means
The term 4K refers to Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution of an electronic display (TV, laptop, computer, etc.) (Source).
A 4K display generally means that it has 2,160 pixels running vertically and 3,840 pixels along its horizontal line of display (Source).
This near 4,000 horizontal pixel means that it provides 4x sharper resolution than 1080p, which is generally considered Full HD, as opposed to Ultra HD (Source).
Best 4k Projector: The Sony 4k Projector
The Sony is markedly more expensive than the other non-4k options. In general, the extra resolution enhances clarity and definition to images, making them look more life-like- almost like you're 'looking through a window', buyers say (Source).
Best 1080p Projector: The Optoma HD142X
Buyers have generally endorsed the Optoma- they say it is a low-priced option that has exceeded their high expectations.
Specifically, reviewers tell us that it produces rich blacks and clean whites with pre-tuned adjustments that out-of-the-box displayed colors beautifully. Cable TV is gorgeous, buyers say, plus connecting it an XBox produced rave results.
Set up wasn't difficult- though you can always pay someone to do it. In all, reviewers agree that it's a value option that provides superior performance.