Projector Categories

Each Category page listed below will provide you with in-depth information on those types of projectors, such as Laser Projectors, 4K Projectors, Home Theater Projectors.  Those pages will also provide you a chronological list of all matching projector reviews, plus a more complete list with both reviewed projectors and those where we provide specs and brochures.

Home Theater Projectors

An in-depth look into the industry’s top Home Theater Projectors. You will find thorough reviews, professional insight, and specifications to find exactly what you’re looking for. Unlike other sources, we get the opportunity to test-drive the latest advancements in home theater projector technology.

Pico Projectors

Pico projectors typically weigh in under 3 pounds (true Picos are typically under 1 lb). True Pico projectors are the smallest class, and those typically produce only 10 to 100 lumens of brightness.  Most can run on internal batteries

The larger projectors (under 3 pounds and with solid state light engines) which are sometimes called Pico projectors we refer to as Pocket projectors, which typically serve up 150 to 1000 lumens. We are now seeing pocket projectors claiming up to 500 lumens, and delivering. We’ve reviewed several of these new bright pocket projectors.

4K Projectors

4K Projectors are the next “revolution” when it comes to immersive home theater, or revealing maximum detail in commercial applications.  With 4K resolution, viewers can sit close enough to fill most of their view with sharp imagery – sitting twice as close as 1080p to the same sized screen.  For business and education, finer details can be revealed whether in artwork, engineering renderings, or any other detail critical applications.  In early 2016 4K projectors start at just under $10,000 but will be coming down in price as more models are launched.

LASER Projectors

Laser projectors bring solid-state tech to projectors, yielding the benefits of long life, and consistent brightness and color handling.  Although costing more, laser projectors in commercial applications typically offer a good ROI compared to lamp-based projectors, especially in high performance and multi-projector displays. In addition to fairly expensive business education projectors starting around $5000+, there are a few tiny, Pico class laser projectors. That’s a whole different world, one dominated by LED light sources.  As solid-state light engines go, laser projectors using phosphors seem to be the best current tech, although there are hybrid laser/LED projectors and LED projectors as well.

3D Projectors

3D Projectors are here! The enthusiasm following the release of Avatar in the theaters, followed by several other major 3D movies including Alice In Wonderland, has the industry abuzz, and 3D is now a real focus of the projector manufacturers. There are plenty of 720p resolution home DLP projectors that are 3D ready, needing only 3D glasses and some content. As of right now, there are multiple markets for 3D projectors, including simulations, scientific modeling in 3D,and “Discovery HD type content, not just 3D movie viewing.

Video Projectors

Video projector is a popular term generally used to describe just about any digital projection system. In the earlier days, projectors were video only, not data projectors, though nowadays virtually all projectors are capable of both. Basically, video projectors start with the smallest of projectors, the Pico projectors that will fit into your pocket, and end with the largest cinema projectors seen at your local movie theater. However, we at Projector Reviews only concern ourselves mainly with those video projectors under $10,000.

LCD Projectors

Find out what the advantages of choosing LCD Projectors are over other leading technologies. Is there a superior and more cost efficient technology on the market? You will find your answers here and possibly the right projector for your home, business, or classroom.

DLP Projectors

What is a DLP projector? Let’s start with DLP itself. It stands for Digital Light Processor, and that’s the type of “chip” used in almost half of the world’s projectors. DLP, as in DLP projectors is the marketing term. The actual technical term for the “DLP” chips themselves is DMD, which Texas Instruments (creator of the technology, and manufacturer of the chips) called DMD, or digital micro device.

Digital Projectors

The term Digital Projectors is typically used loosely to include any projector capable of connecting to a computer. However, for a projector to be considered truly digital, it would use a digital device, such as a DLP chip as opposed to LCD panels, and would be equipped with an LED light source – instead of a conventional lamp that is considered analog. The completely digital projector would also require digital source material coming over to the projector via a digital connection such as HDMI or DVI.

1080p Projectors

We compare 30 1080p Home Theater Projectors and Home Entertainment Projectors. Consider which projector technology will work best with your room. Get a detailed analysis on the leading projectors in each price range. This is a report the tech savvy consumer must read.

LED Projectors

LED projectors are unique in that they use an LED light source as opposed to a conventional lamp. At present, the LED technology can be used for projectors in both the business and home theater projector industries.

Portable Projectors

Truth is, projectors have gotten small enough and light enough that the full-feature sets normally found in projectors for fixed installation are now often available in low cost, 6-8 lb. portable projectors. A lot of portable projectors, therefore, end up in conference rooms, classrooms, training rooms, permanently mounted despite their small size. The slightly larger models that can still move from room to room, however, dominate the industry.

Multimedia Projectors

If ever there was a generic term to describe projectors these days, it would have to be multimedia projector. Consider, to quality, a device would have to be a projector, and handle more than one type of media, whether you are talking about media as TV, HDTV, DVD, Blu-ray, or if you are just talking videos, movies, spreadsheets, documents, photos, charts, etc.

Office Projectors

Office projectors are projectors that are designed for the workplace. Office projector is synonymous with terms such as business projectors, education projectors, or government projectors. Some associate office projectors with projectors that are anything from those sold at places like Staples or Office Depot (which are typically the smaller portable projectors that are suitable from dragging from room to room), up to projectors hung from the ceiling. Generally, though, office projectors typically do not include the big auditorium projectors.

Classroom Projectors

Our goal is to guide you to the classroom projector that best fits your goal in terms of technology and budget. We cover specifics such as brightness, placement flexibility, rainbow effect susceptibility, widescreen vs. standard, networking features, and much more. There is no ‘best’ education projector, however, let us guide you to the one that best fits your needs.

Business Projectors

Business Projectors offer necessary for conference room presentations, interactive advertising, sales, and market analysis. Business projectors offer a solution for your business to engage in creative planning, captivate potential investors, or close a deal. A business projector can be a fixed installation system for your conference room, or a 1.5 lb mini projector that can fit in your pocket.

Church Projectors

Church Projectors, or House of Worship Projectors, are a wonderful way to captivate a large audience. A church projector offers a great solution for displaying scripture verses, images, and travel photos, videos, and more. Projectors are widely used in Churches for making sermons and programs easier for large groups to follow.

LCoS Projectors

LCoS projectors are a high-resolution alternative to LCD projectors and DLP projectors. LCoS technology is the reason high definition Big Screens are more affordable than ever before. LCoS, Liquid Crystal on Silicon, technology applies liquid crystals onto the surface of a silicon chip, using liquid crystals rather than tiny mirrors, to display natural colors and superior contrast.

3LCD Projectors

3LCD projectors display a resplendent color depth and natural images as a result of this 3 chip technology. The solid-state design of the 3LCD projector allows for no moving parts, which makes results in high energy efficiency. The 3-Chip 3LCD projector is an highly developed system that projects light onto a series of mirrors, which is then split into three video colors.

DLP 3 Chip Projectors

These 3 Chip DLP technology produce maximum brightness output and spectacular images in large venue applications. 3 Chip DLP projectors will commonly be used in award ceremonies, concerts, large events, and even on Broadway. These large venue projectors make each seat in the house, the best seat.

Handheld Projectors

Handheld Projectors are a mobile solution for gaming, business presentations, and enjoying media on a larger display screen. Handheld projectors can integrate with the iPhone, or any smart-phone, to enjoy photos and videos with a larger group. Handheld projector technology is the wave of the future, and solves issues related to small display screens.

Pocket Projectors

Pocket Projectors weigh in under 2 lbs and are able to project large images upwards of 65 inches. Advanced imaging technology has made for a practical solution for mobile presentations, office use, and personal media applications. Pocket Projectors integrate with laptops and smartphones to effectively display sharp picture to a medium size audience or conference room.

Mini Projectors

A manufacturing wave of Mini Projectors has hit the market. Mini Projector technology is becoming more advanced and is slowly changing the way we experience electronic devices. Mini Projectors weigh anywhere from 1.5 lbs to 4.5 lbs, and are a great solution for on-the-go presentations, and personal media enjoyment.

HD Projectors

HD Projectors are now a market standard. Full HD 1080p resolution allows for the true home theater experience. High Definition projectors are more affordable now than ever before and integrate with HDTV and Blu-Ray through HDMI connectivity. An exciting trajectory for HD projectors is Digital HD 3D, which brings cinematic magic to your doorstep.

News And Comments

  • Roscoe1

    In doing some research to buy a Home Theatre Projector i see that some offer TV Tuners (ASTC). How well does this work with those projectors if hooked up to an HDTV antennae ?

  • John

    Can we watch normal TV channels in Home theatre? Is there 4K in Laser Projector…New to this game.


      John, welcome to the game. Yes you can watch “low-def” – standard, non HDTV channels on any projector, but, the point of projection is the large screen. The bigger the screen the worse standard TV looks. Even DVD is higher quality. Figure a standard TV channel has about 8X the resolution. For best viewing you will want Blu-ray movies or HDTV, but the “old” stuff will certainly play. As to true 4K and laser – look out, there are two, both are Sony, and neither are under $40,000. Or there’s an Epson LS10000 which is enhanced 1080p (it uses something called pixel shifting), and can accept 4K but it’s not true 4K. It is a laser projector – list price $7999 in the US. -art

      • John

        Thanks for the information. What I understand is that I can watch TV/HDTV in better resolution like my 65″ Sony TV at home but on bigger screen provided I have 4K projector.


          Exactly, A 4K image at 130” diagonal would be 4 times the size of a 65”. You could sit the same distance back as from the 65” and it would seem as sharp, even though 4x the size, 4x the immersion. The problem with 65” HDTVs though, is almost no one sits close enough for the HDTV to fill as much of your vision as you get watching a movie at your local cineplex. When I have a 4K projector here, I move my front seats to 7 feet back from a 124” screen. That’s like sitting 1/3 back in most movie theaters. You would have to sit 3.5 feet back from your 65” for the same experience, and even if you did, if it was only 1080p, then you wouldn’t have a sharp image, you’d see pixels. -art

  • JP

    What category would be best for gaming projectors? I’ve seen some advertised as gaming projectors, but how noticeable is that delay compared to a normal tv?


      Hi JP, unfortunately we don’t explicitly track projectors based on their gaming abilities here. However, we presume that gamers are looking at home theater projectors, and it is on home theater projectors where we normally advise as to input lag time. So that would be your best bet in terms of places to start.

      As far as comparing delays to a normal TV, it varies a lot. Most projectors are similar to most LCD TVs, perhaps a little slower on average. However, the fastest devices are computer monitors geared for gaming specifically.

      Optoma makes a series of gaming projectors – those models start with “GT” in the name. Also, BenQ just announced a very expensive gaming projector that we do plan to review but don’t know much about yet (we believe around $7,000, ouch). -art

  • Gowtham_Natarajan

    Is there list of HDR projectors. What about projectors whiochc an show nearly 100% P3 or even rec2020?


      don’t know of a list, but there are few. Sony added HDR to the VW365ES projector in an announcement this week. The higher end VW665ES and i assume the big $60K Sony laser 4K no doubt support it. I’m not sure if the 365 supports BT.2020, but I would think so.The 665ES certainly does.

      Add the three JVCs to that list as well. Epson’s LS1000 doesn’t support HDR at this point, but talking to some folks outside of Epson, they think that the Epson is capable, via a firmware update. Whether that will happen? No idea.

      I’m not sure if the new 4 megapixel DLP projectors with pixel shifting that will hit later this year (half the true res of 4K, double the true res of 1080p pixel shifters like the JVC and Epson.

      I’m not sure if any of the high end home models offer support. Runco I don’t think is bringing out new 4K projectors, not sure about SIM2…

      Bottom line – not a lot to choose from, even if you have the big bucks. -art

  • Dave Wright

    Wow, lots of choice. How about I want to use my projector for: Streaming content and working in office applications in a brighter outdoor light?


      Outdoors, in the daytime, and large screen sizes call for “large venue” projectors. If you need something that can survive sunlight, that would be those Big LED screens used for billboards, the fancy hotel signs in Vegas, etc.

      Check out our video about using a projector in a bright room environment. A comparable projector can start around or even a bit below $2000. There are special light absorbing screens like that one in the video, but one can only do so much. Rock concert type projectors are the big bucks. You can get about 25,000 lumens these days for as little as “under $40K”. -art

      • Dave Wright

        Thanks very much. I have a shaded outside wall. How does that change your advise? Thanks in advance.

  • e. Pants. Fee

    What Brand and model (any price range under a few thousand, I can save if I have to) do I need to focus on, if I want a projector of any size and weight to project onto large white canvases and indoor walls, and if I had to take it outdoors, I could do that, too. I would store it indoors. I want detail of line and form, but not that worried about colour, as it would mainly be for art purposes, not for screening films, and I can use colour theory from my head. It’s more to aid proportions, and blow up sketches without marking the canvas. The opaque projectors you get in art shops are like 100 lumens and produce really thick grainy lines. Blegh, may as well use a piece of paper over a light.

    I am thinking an LCos because I will get less doppler effect on large projections, and it shouldn’t cost too much to repair one day, but I would be looking for something with high lumens, high contrast ratios, high quality keystone correction, a fairly far throw ability (maybe 1-2m or more if possible). but that could still project onto a 1m by 1m canvas, as well. I have found that Epsom high school projectors are okay, but I want something a bit better than that. They are crap for outdoors, too.

    Does what I want exist? Please shed some light on the matter. Pun intended.

    Your expert advice appreciated.


  • Gurunandan Krishnan

    Are there any black-and-white projectors with near-infra-red lighting? Any projectors with off-the-shelf bulbs that I replace with an NIR version? I’m okay with removing the color wheel if required.


      Hi GK, Now that’s an interesting question I haven’t seen before. Wish I could point you in the right direction, but I have no idea where even to recommend you start with your searching. Sounds like it could be something folks who build projection based simulators might create for military use, but that still doesn’t give me any idea where to point you. Sorry. -art

  • Murali Reddy

    If anyone wants to try using the projector to decide on which projector will suit their requirements. They can hire different projectors for short term and use it for one or two instances to to make a decision. There are many online portals which provides projectors on rent at affordable cost with delivery and pickup service. The main players are like rentongo, grabonrent, RentSher ( and many more across Bangalore.

  • Amit Monga

    i want to purchase a projector in which i want to write on a paper and it will displayed on a large screen.


      Hi Amit, I trust you are talking about a modern projector that also works with computers, DVD players, and more. Otherwise you are talking about overhead projectors which are still around, but outside of my area of expertise.

      As to a modern projector with a document camera built in (I’m not aware of any, as Toshiba made them but quit the projector business a few years back. They had the patent on the combination. There are some some smart phones, depending on where you live, that have pico projectors built in. I would guess that in some cases you could take a picture of a piece of paper, and then project it. Good luck! -art

  • Fernando Arboleda

    -i would like a small projector to watch ballgames off my laptop onto my wall 9ft away…someone told me to get LED instead of lamp, there are so many choices, anyone recommend anything in particular for good price/picture quality? thanks


      Hi Fernando, “Small” is pretty vague. And of course budget matters. To date, the lower cost lamp based projectors tend to have better color, better optics, and are a whole lot brighter, etc. than the small “pocket” LED projectors, but those small LED projectors are getting better by the year. Still you’ll pay a big premium for those LED projectors. For example, you’ll find they start about $1000 for true 1080p and with typically less than 1000 lumens. For about $300 less you should be able to buy about 2500 lumens in a lamp based projector… -art