Reviews of Digital Projectors
The digital projectors category includes the latest in home theater projectors, portable projectors, and even digital cinema. See below for a list of digital projector reviews and information pages.
Let’s start out, by defining digital projectors. Truth is, the term generally applies to projectors that can handle digital source material. These days, that’s basically just about every projector.
As such, the phrase Digital Projectors is basically synonymous with Multimedia Projector, and Video Projector, as well as mind you, many projectors that aren’t purely digital, but that can project digital content, such as digital data from a computer, HDTV signals or Blu-ray movies.
The age of advanced digital cinema technology is here. Most home theater projectors are loaded with true HD 1080p resolution, and we’re getting a first generation of home theater projectors offering digital 3D performance.
Portable digital projectors are practical for presentations and integration with device applications on the iPod or iPhone, for picture / media enjoyment on a larger display screen. These video projectors are now being used with gaming systems, hand gesture recognition, and webcam technology.
Digital projection has evolved through several technologies including: DLP Projectors, DLP 3 Chip Projectors, LCD Projectors, and LCoS Projectors. Arguably the two DLP technologies are the only truly digital devices themselves, as the DLP chips – Digital Micro Devices – are off/on – digital.
Digital Projector Reviews
AAXA M6 Pocket LED Projector Review
The AAXA M6 is a bright, single chip DLP pocket-class projector with LED technology. Instead of a lamp, the 1,200 lumen M6 features three LED lights - >>
Ricoh PJ WXL4540 Short Throw Projector Review
Ricoh is an established manufacturer of business and classroom class projectors and they offer models using DLP and LCD technology.
NEC NP-ME331W Portable Projector Review
The NEC NP-ME331W is one of four similar models in NEC’s ME-series of portable projectors intended for business or education applications. The NP- >>
Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review
Although Epson describes the PowerLite 2265U as a portable business projector, it is somewhat larger and heavier than many portable models. However >>
InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review
The InFocus IN5148HD is intended for use in large venues where a high light output projector is called for. While the IN5148HD carries a list price >>
NEC NP-V332W Projector Review
The NEC NP-V332W is one model in NEC's V-series of portable projectors intended for business or education applications. It appears NEC intends for this >>
Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review
The Sony VPL-DW240 is a compact business or classroom projector that offers good performance combined with a reasonable set of features and it should >>
ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review
The Viewsonic PJD7835 is a relatively small, crossover portable business and education projector that doubles as a great "bright room" projector for the >>
NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
We have reviewed NEC ultra short throw projectors in the past and the UM352W builds on NEC's solid reputation for producing quality projectors in this >>
Epson EX7240 Pro Portable Projector Review
The EX7240 Pro in one of 5 models in Epson's EX-series of portable business/educational projectors. The EX-series includes an entry-level model EX3240 >>
Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review
Over the past couple of years, I’ve generally skipped bringing in pico projectors for review, choosing, instead to focus on the larger, brighter, heavier >>
LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review
The LG Minibeam PW800 is a LED powered single chip DLP pocket-class projector. It is one of several models of pico and pocket class LED projectors >>
LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review
It claims at a respectable 300 lumens of brightness and includes a built-in rechargeable battery that is rated to operate the projector for up to 2.5 >>
InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review
InFocus says is a "short throw projector combines short throw, widescreen resolution, high brightness, networking and low cost – making it perfect for >>
Digital Projector Reviews Reviews
About Digital Projectors
In terms of selecting a digital projector, key decisions will be based on the type of use you plan, be it presenting, teaching, watching movies and sports, playing games, and so on. The type of room or rooms you will be using are also big factors, especially in terms of how much brightness you need. Questions like how large a screen, and how much lighting control all weigh in. Will you need exceptionally accurate color? These questions and more, and especially budget, will affect your choices.
Technically A True Digital Projector is DLP, has an LED light source and accepts digital content
The term Digital Projectors is typically used loosely to include any projector capable of connecting to a computer, or other device displaying data. However, for a projector to be considered truly digital, theoretically it would use a digital device, such as a DLP chip as opposed to LCD or LCoS 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. The idea would be for the content to be in digital form from capture to delivery on your screen.
Most of us, though, are more concerned with getting the right feature set, for the right price.
As much as the DLP crowd would argue that LCD panels are analog, rather than digital, thebottom line, they’re all basically comparable. What matters is the end result – what ends up on your screen. And while each technology has its advantages, no technology is in all major ways better than the others.
Here’s an example of three projectors I’ve reviewed that are the most technically digital:
- Vivitek H9080FD ProjectorOne of the first LED projectors for home theater, using DLP technology. Impressive picture quality, ideal for dedicated rooms and smaller screens. However, it’s pricey due to the 20,000 hour LED light source.
- Casio XJ-140 Portable Projector Casio’s Green Slim series digital projector uses a hybrid light source of LED and Laser for 20,000 hours life. Casio has lowest total cost of ownership around. Excellent, portable or mountable, 2:1 zoom. Most impressive!
- Optoma PK301 Pico Projector This is our favorite Pico projector so far. Up to 50 lumens – way more than almost all others, lots of everything. So far, it’s “THE pico to own.” LED light source and DLP technology. 20 lumens on battery, but 50 with AC or lightweight battery pack.
More Digital Projector Reviews
Epson Powerlite Pro Z8000WU NL – This is Epson’s flagship digital projector. It sports outstanding 1920×1200 resolution, has a dual lamp design, and offers lots of networking capability. At just over $20,000 list price, it is actually priced very aggressively compared to the competition.
3M MPro110 Projector – This tiny LED projector weighs barely half a pound, and is rated 10 lumens. What’s special about the 3M compared to other Pico projectors, however, is that it has a VGA input.