Reviews of DLP Projectors

The DLP projectors category covers the latest projector technology used in home theater projectors, portable projectors, and video projectors. See below for a list of DLP projector reviews and information pages.

DLP projectors use millions of tiny mirrors to create their crisp picture.

DLP projectors use millions of tiny mirrors to create their crisp picture.

Millions of tiny mirrors create “Hollywood Cinema” picture quality offering a true 1080p experience. The DLP chip minimizes gaps between pixels creating a seamless picture. Yes, the DLP chip works very differently from LCoS and 3LCD technologies.

A DLP chip works by having two states – essentially on and off – thus digital. Basically it’s million or more mirrors (roughly 2 mirrors at 1080p which is 1920×1080), one where light is reflected off any given mirror, and ultimately out the lens, or the mirror is at a different angle, and no light. Regardless of the workings of the chip itself, DLP projectors have several tendencies due to the chip. Pixel structure is noticeably less visible than LCD projectors.

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Almost all under $10,000 DLP projectors use a single chip design. More expensive ones use a 3 chip design (more like 3LCD and LCoS). With a single chip DLP, a spinning color filter wheel is used.

DLP technology generally provides extremely high native contrast (for great black level performance in home theater projectors), DLP chips also operate faster than LCD or LCoS can, which is advantageous. For many users, though, a key advantage of DLP projectors is that in general, they are smaller and lighter than their 3LCD counterparts (there are few portable LCoS projectors). DLP technology can be found in high-end home theater systems,office projectors, large auditorium, and digital movie theaters as well as, of course, portable projectors.

An advancement in DLP technology is the DLP three chip system which is used for large venues, stage productions, awards ceremonies, and even on Broadway. 3 chip DLP is the industry standard for super high-performance large screen projection. The additional reflective surface area from this 3 chip system tremendously increases brightness output and stunning picture quality.

DLP projector brands: InFocusOptomaSharpBenQ, Vivitek, and Dell

Helpful Resource discussing DLP vs LCD projectors

DLP Projector Reviews

DLP Projector Reviews Reviews

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Optoma ZW300UST Projector Review$3399DLP
BenQ CH100 Portable Business Projector Review$999DLP
Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review$3199.99DLP
Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review$999DLP
InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review$6889DLP
NEC NP-V332W Projector Review$579DLP
Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review$9703LCD
BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review$3799DLP
Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Review$1049.99DLP
Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review$2169.99DLP
InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review$1149DLP
LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review$1,399DLP
BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review$2900DLP
Casio Ecolite XJ-V110W – A Value LED/Laser Projector – Review$799DLP
Millennials and Projectors: Optoma ML750 LED Projector Review: Part 2$
ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review$899DLP
NEC P502WL Laser Projector Review$3499DLP
Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review$1799DLP
AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review$449DLP
BenQ MX631ST Short Throw Projector Review$529 (street price)DLP
Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review$349Laser light technology
NEC M363W Projector Review$1599DLP
BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review$1399DLP
Vivitek H9090 Home Theater Projector Review$9999DLP
LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review$599.99DLP
LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review$449.99DLP
Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review$999DLP
Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review$679 (629 Street Price)DLP
BenQ HC1200 Projector Review$999 (889 street price)DLP
Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review$699.99DLP
Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review$519.99 (Street price - 449.99)DLP
InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review$779DLP
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review$789DLP
Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review$1599DLP
ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review$709DLP
Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review – Overview$24,399DLP
Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review$1799DLP
Optoma HD141X Projector Review$699DLP
BenQ HT1075 Projector Review$1199DLP
NEC NP-L102W Projector Review$1099DLP
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review$1299DLP
Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review$2499SXRD (3)
ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review$839.99 DLP
Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review$549DLP
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review$2799DLP
Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review$699DLP (1)
Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review$1900DLP
Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review$5499DLP
NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review$2999DLP
Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review$699DLP
Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review$799DLP
Acer H5360 LED DLP Mini Projector Review$599DLP
Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review$599DLP
Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review$1299DLP
Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector Review$799DLP
BenQ W1080ST Home Theater Projector Review$1299DLP
HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review$600DLP
Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$2499DLP
BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$549DLP
Mitsubishi WD390U-EST Cloud Projector Review$1999DLP
NEC VE281X DLP Multimedia Projector Review$449DLP
Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review$599DLP
Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review$999DLP
InFocus IN114 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$399DLP
Viewsonic PJD6383S Short Throw DLP Multimedia Projector Review$809DLP
Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review$2999DLP
BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review$999DLP
Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review$999DLP
Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review$2499DLP
Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review$3500DLP
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review$16699DLP
AAXA P4X Projector Review$349DLP
Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999DLP
Viewsonic PRO8300 DLP Business Projector Review$1285DLP
Optoma PK320 Pico Projector Review$799DLP
Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review$899DLP
BenQ LW61ST DLP Projector Review: For Business and Education$1949DLP
Casio XJ-ST145 Short Throw XGA Projector – A Comparison$1849DLP
Acer S5201M Projector Review$999DLP
Optoma ZX210ST Short Throw LED/Laser DLP Projector Review$1399DLP

About 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.

You’ve probably already heard about those million or so tiny mirrors.  Probably you heard about them on those DLP commercials TI likes to run on major TV events.  I’ve seen their ads on the Oscars, key sporting events, and other programming.  (You know, the cute little curly headed girl the box, the elephant and the beam of light!)

DLP projectors have often been the ones pushing the industry forward.  Due to their design strengths, they led the charge to smaller, lighter projectors.  Even today, (let’s forget those tiny pico projectors for a moment – which are mostly DLP), the smallest regular projectors are definitely DLPs. Their single chip design makes it easier to build a smaller, lighter projector than one using three chips, such as LCD projectors, LCoS projectors, and even the big expensive 3 chip DLP projectors (which are in a whole other world in terms of price).

DLP projectors were the first under 10 pound projectors, then later, the first under 7, under 4, under 3 and under 2 pound projectors.  Today, there are many lightweight DLP projectors found under 4 pounds although they are almost all at least 2.5 pounds.  By comparison, there are few LCD projectors under 4 pounds, and overall they get neither as small or light.

More recently, DLP projectors have been the first to hit the market 3D ready.  Oh, it’s early, the first models aren’t 3D compatible with, for example, 3D Blu-ray players. The point though, is that the DLP folks are pushing the technologies.  DLP projectors were also the first fixed panel projectors to sport really good black levels for home theater, although other technologies and new enhancements like dynamic irises have leveled that playing filed to a large degree.

Today, the bulk of the lowest cost entry-level home theater projectors, as well as the most expensive ones, are DLP technology, with LCD and LCoS projectors (ie. SXRD), starting for a few hundred more.  On the business side, DLP projectors start from less than $500.

For your consideration, some very popular business/education suitable DLP projectors and some home theater DLP projectors.  In both cases, I’ve listed popular models that vary in price and performance to provide some idea of the variety.

DLP Home Theater Projectors

Vivitek H1080FD – Least expensive 1080p projector at $899, and brightest under $1000

Mitsubishi HC4000 – Outstanding home theater projector for under $1500

InFocus SP8602 – With an MSRP under $5K, one of the best under $10K projectors

DLP Office Projectors and DLP Classroom Projectors

Optoma TX542 – A low cost, small, mountable, feature laden DLP projector

Dell S300W – An ultra short throw projector that impresses, can wall mount

Sharp XG-P560W projector – Bright, 3 chip DLP with awesome color – $15,000

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