Reviews of 3D Projectors

These Optoma's 3D glasses are typical in weight, or for that matter style.  They run on replaceable batteries.
These Optoma’s 3D glasses are typical in weight, or for that matter style. They run on replaceable batteries.

The 3D projectors category includes the latest projectors used for 3D 1080p home theater systems, and digital 3D movies. See below for a list of 3D projector reviews and information pages.

If ever there was a great story for projectors, that has to that 3D projectors may well finally catapult home theater and home entertainment projectors into the lime light, and start stealing serious marketshare from LCDTVs.

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3D on a 42″ LCDTV is cool, but hardly as impressive as a theater. 3D projectors filling screens typically from 92″ diagonal to 130″ diagonal, is a game changer. Like in a theater, you are immersed in 3D, not looking at some small 3D box.

3D projectors are now being used for home theater, for 3D gaming, in education, and for specialty business and scientific applications.

The new 3D projectors that launched in 2010, including many education and business 3D capable projectors were lower res under $1000, while 1080p for the home started from $4500. Affordable 1080p 3D projectors were a no show until CEDIA – fall of 2011. CEDIA offers new 3D projectors like Panasonic PT-AE7000U, the rumored Epson 3D projector, three Optoma’s, plus more. That will fill shelfs with affordable 3D projectors, most boasting very good quality and more brightness than before.

Reviews of 3D Projectors

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Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Home Entertainment Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 16, 2017
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 26, 2017
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Epson Home Cinema 2100 First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 2100 First Look Review

  • Review Date: August 13, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 30, 2017
  • MSRP: $2199
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Laser, True 4K, Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Laser, True 4K, Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 27, 2017
  • MSRP: $24,999
  • Technology: SXRD-3

The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review

The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review

  • Review Date: March 16, 2017
  • MSRP: $2699
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 14, 2017
  • MSRP: $1499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-VW5000ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW5000ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 29, 2017
  • MSRP: $60,000
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 28, 2017
  • MSRP: $6889
  • Technology: DLP

NEC NP-V332W Projector Review

NEC NP-V332W Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $579
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 15, 2016
  • MSRP: $3799
  • Technology: DLP

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 13, 2016
  • MSRP: $1149
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review

BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: $2900
  • Technology: DLP

ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 12, 2016
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 6, 2016
  • MSRP: $3999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

BenQ HT3050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT3050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 3, 2016
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-VW665ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW665ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 18, 2015
  • MSRP: $14999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 6, 2015
  • MSRP: $1399
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review

Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review

  • Review Date: September 16, 2015
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors

Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors

  • Review Date: September 9, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 2, 2015
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HC1200 Projector Review

BenQ HC1200 Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 27, 2015
  • MSRP: $999 ($889 street price)
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 22, 2015
  • MSRP: $12495
  • Technology: D-ILA

ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 19, 2015
  • MSRP: $789
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review

Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 13, 2015
  • MSRP: $5999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)

Sony VPL-VW350ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW350ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 17, 2015
  • MSRP: $9999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector – A Review

Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector – A Review

  • Review Date: November 22, 2014
  • MSRP: $27999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 30, 2014
  • MSRP: $1699
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma HD141X Projector Review

Optoma HD141X Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 12, 2014
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT1075 Projector Review

BenQ HT1075 Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 4, 2014
  • MSRP: $1199
  • Technology: DLP

NEC NP-L102W Projector Review

NEC NP-L102W Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 5, 2014
  • MSRP: $1099
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 10, 2014
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 11, 2014
  • MSRP: $3999
  • Technology: DLP

ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 16, 2014
  • MSRP: $839.99
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 14, 2014
  • MSRP: $5199
  • Technology: D-ILA

Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review

Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review

  • Review Date: March 1, 2014
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma GT760 Projector Review

Optoma GT760 Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 27, 2013
  • MSRP: $649
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review

  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review

  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review

Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review

  • Review Date: November 12, 2013
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 27, 2013
  • MSRP: $2599
  • Technology: 3LCD

Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review

Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 15, 2013
  • MSRP: $1900
  • Technology: DLP

Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review

Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 12, 2013
  • MSRP: $5499
  • Technology: DLP

NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review

NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 4, 2013
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 27, 2013
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review

Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 5, 2013
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 10, 2013
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP

Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector Review

Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 2, 2013
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ W1080ST Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W1080ST Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review

Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 19, 2013
  • MSRP: $1899
  • Technology: 3LCD

Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review

Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review

BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $549
  • Technology: DLP

Mitsubishi WD390U-EST Cloud Projector Review

Mitsubishi WD390U-EST Cloud Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 1, 2013
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review

Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 21, 2013
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review

JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: D-ILA

Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review

Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 28, 2013
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review

JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $11999
  • Technology: D-ILA

Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 1, 2013
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 27, 2013
  • MSRP: $3500
  • Technology: 3LCD

BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 6, 2013
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review

JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 21, 2012
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: D-ILA

Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 27, 2012
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 11, 2012
  • MSRP: $1599
  • Technology: 3LCD

Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review

Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 21, 2012
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 26, 2012
  • MSRP: $3500
  • Technology: LCoS

Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review

Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 22, 2012
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW1000ES Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 5, 2012
  • MSRP: $24999
  • Technology: LCoS

Acer S5201M Projector Review

Acer S5201M Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 14, 2012
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-X70R Projector Review

JVC DLA-X70R Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 27, 2012
  • MSRP: $9999
  • Technology: LCOS 3 Panel

BenQ W7000 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W7000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 19, 2012
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: DLP

SIM2 Nero 3D-2 Projector Review

SIM2 Nero 3D-2 Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 19, 2011
  • MSRP: $24900
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 10, 2011
  • MSRP: $6999
  • Technology: LCoS

Acer H9500BD Home Theater Projector Review

Acer H9500BD Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 22, 2011
  • MSRP: $1699
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma GT750 3D Game Projector Review

Optoma GT750 3D Game Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 5, 2011
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-M145 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review

Casio XJ-M145 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 2, 2011
  • MSRP: $1199
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD8300 Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD8300 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 22, 2011
  • MSRP: $4499
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD33 Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD33 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 28, 2011
  • MSRP: $1499
  • Technology: DLP

Sharp PG-D45X3D 3D Projector Review

Sharp PG-D45X3D 3D Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 20, 2011
  • MSRP: $2795
  • Technology: DLP

Acer X1261P XGA Portable Projector Review

Acer X1261P XGA Portable Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 5, 2011
  • MSRP: $519
  • Technology: DLP

Samsung SP-F10M LED 3-LCD Multimedia Projector Review

Samsung SP-F10M LED 3-LCD Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 26, 2010
  • MSRP: $1099
  • Technology: 3LCD

About 3D Projectors

3D projectors come in both the business / education variety, and also for the home.  To date, implementation in businesses has been limited, but 3D interest in the classroom is very strong, and many districts are testing or rolling out 3D projectors and content into classrooms.

Almost all of today’s home theater and home entertainment projectors are 3D ready.  Yes, even most entry level projectors around $600 – $1000.  Not all come with the needed 3D glasses, but many come with one or two pair.  Essentially all you need are those glasses, a 3D capable Blu-ray player (including the Sony PS3 and PS4 gaming consoles).  Note that 3rd party 3D active glasses are now around for most projectors, in the $20 to $30 price range.

3D at its best enhances your viewing experience.  It’s not about gimmicky 3D movements, but about not even “noticing that it’s 3D after a while, but enjoying the movie or other content all the more, because it is in 3D.

If you are a home theater person, you should keep this in mind, at all times: With projectors – it’s like the theaters – awesome – you are immersed. With those pesky little 40 and 65″ LCDTVs, it’s like having a cute little window box in 3D. “awe – how sweet” but forget the immersive 3D “theater” experience. Tsk!

If there’s one area where projectors blow away smaller displays, more than any other, it’s got to be 3D. People who have been in my rooms and seen some of the 3D content on a large screen – are – truly impressed!

Not everyone can view in 3D.  You need to have two good eyes.  If someone has one problem eye, for whatever cause, 3D probably won’t work.

Brightness is a key challenge for 3D which “gobbles up” more than half of the available brightness and really closer to 2/3rds at this time.  Earlier 3D projectors couldn’t even get 25% of the total brightness to our eyes.  Thanks to most home projectors today offering 3D, many of todays newest home theater projectors are about twice as bright (or more) as their equivalent models just 4-5  years ago when 3D projectors were first shipping.  Today many 3D home projectors claim 2000 lumens or more, and mostly, you’ll need that extra for comfortably bright 3D viewing.  Of course in the business and education space, projectors are inherently brighter, with most offering 3000 lumens or more.

Is 3D the epiphany event for home theater projectors?

It certainly should be.  Anyone who’s watched a movie in 3D on that 55″ LCDTV, and then seen it on a 110″ screen, should appreciate that “big screen” is the only way to go for 3D!

Will that make a difference?   Probably not.  The Home projector business is a  niche market.  It accounts for 100,000+ projectors a year in the US, vs 10 million plus LCDTVs.

Certainly the projector manufacturers on the home theater side should be shouting the greatness of 3D projectors from the rooftops, but the silence is deafening.

Price

When I first wrote this page, I was talking about the LG CF3D projector.  Call it on of the first home/commercial projectors.  Only $15,000

Fear not, today’s home entertainment projectors sporting 3D start around $500 for 720p resolution, and from $699 for full 1080p with 3D.  Still moving up from entry level needs to get you up to around $900 – $1000 with popular projectors from BenQ and Epson and Optoma as excellent examples.  Moving to over $2000 to $8000 priced projectors, again virtually all have 3D, and the 3D projector market is dominated by Epson, Sony, and JVC Projectors, along with entries from Panasonic, Sharp, and others.

On the business and education side projectors with 3D again start well under $1000, however, in group settings, such as a classroom, the cost of 35 pair of active 3D glasses, can really damage the budget, even at $20 and $30 a pair.  So far Epson has come up with an interesting solution.  Their W16SK is two projectors stacked together, allowing the use of passive 3D glasses which are only a couple of dollars each!   It’s a clever approach, worth mentioning when 3D is needed for more that small groups. You pay more for the two projectors but   save a lot more in the long run.

Commercial projectors are available in 3D as well, If you need a 3000, 5000  or 8000 lumen projector that’s 3D capable, there are plenty of choices, and more coming.  Commercial ovie theater projectors I should note, at least in the US, are dominated by “stacked” projectors – essentially two in one, so they can use low cost passive 3D glasses.

Resolution

Home entertainment projectors start at standard HD resolution known as 720p (1280×720), I’d say more serious home theater projectors, at this time, are all 1080p resolution except for the very pricy true 4K projectors (3840×2160) from Sony starting at $15,000.

On the business and education side of things, there are even a couple of lower resolution SVGA projectors, but mostly the action starts with XGA (1024×768) and WXGA (1280×800).  3D is found on plenty business 1080p projectors, and there are 4K 3D projectors on the market as well (with stratospheric prices for the moment).

 

Conclusion

I personally love watching 3D using the many Home Theater Projectors that pass through my theater.  I do feel it’s a superior experience to 2D, as most who view 3D at the local Cineplex would agree.  In fact expect to enjoy a superior experience overall, in your home, than in the typical 3D theater, with all but the most entry level projectors, when in a good room, with a good screen.

I think 3D has great possibilities in the classroom, and a projector is likely to be the best vehicle for utilizing 3D in the classroom.

In the business world I can see specialized training, scientific uses, engineering and many other specific applications but do not see 3D taking over the typical conference room anytime soon.

News and Comments

  • Peter Šmid

    Thanks for awesome reviews!

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      Thanks Peter! We appreciate it. -a

  • Bruce

    I have a guy trying to sell me a Napali HMDI Pro Series 3D Na-8LED projector but I can’t find their website or any information. Is this a “White Van Scam” brand?

  • Harold Baize

    I’m pretty sure the author is mistaken about how 3D projection is achieved in most movie theaters. Most use only one projector, but switch circular polarity 144 times per second. So only one projector is needed for passive glasses. The system is patented by Real-D. Same could be done with home projectors, switching at high rate between circular polarity, but I think Real-D wants to keep the technology exclusive to theaters.

    Recently some people have “hacked” DLP-link glasses to simulate the Real-D technology. This is done by simply carefully removing a layer of polarizing material from one lens of a pair of active glasses, and placing the glasses in front of the lens at a 45 degree angle. It allows the use of passive linear polarized glasses using one inexpensive DLP-link projector, and of course a “silver” screen.