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.

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.

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

Image Review MRSP Technology
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$5499 (MSRP), 2999 (street price)DLP
NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review$2,999DLP
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$1,299DLP
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$16,699DLP
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$799 MSRP, Street Price 386DLP
Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review$899DLP
BenQ LW61ST DLP Projector Review: For Business and Education$1,949DLP
Casio XJ-ST145 Short Throw XGA Projector – A Comparison$1,849DLP
Acer S5201M Projector Review$999DLP
Optoma ZX210ST Short Throw LED/Laser DLP Projector Review$1399DLP
Mitsubishi WD380U-EST Ultra Short Throw WXGA DLP Projector Review$1,299DLP
Optoma ML500 DLP Projector Review$1,199DLP
Casio XJ-ST155 DLP Projector Review$2,049DLP
NEC U310W Interactive Projector Review$1,699DLP
BenQ W7000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999DLP
Viewsonic PLED-W500 LED Pocket Projector Review$840DLP
Acer K330 LED Pocket Projector Review$419DLP
SIM2 Nero 3D-2 Projector Review$24900DLP
Acer H9500BD Home Theater Projector Review$1699DLP
Optoma GT750 3D Game Projector Review$799DLP
Casio XJ-M145 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1199DLP
Optoma HD8300 Home Theater Projector Review$4499DLP
Vivitek QUMI Q2 LED DLP Pocket Projector Review$499DLP
Optoma HD33 Home Theater Projector Review$1499DLP
Acer K11 DLP Pico Projector Review$379DLP
Optoma GT720 Projector Review$749DLP
Samsung SP-M250 3LCD Portable Projector – A Comparison$6993LCD
BenQ MX880UST DLP Ultra-Short Throw Projector – A Comparison$2,799DLP
BenQ MX812ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison-1$2,799DLP
Acer P5271i DLP Projector – A Comparison$749DLP
Acer X1161P DLP Projector – A Comparison-1$349DLP
BenQ MX810ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison$1,999DLP
BenQ MW811ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison$2,099DLP
Runco Lightstyle LS-5 Projector Review$6995DLP
Sharp PG-D50X3D DLP Projector – A Comparison$2,995DLP
Sharp PG-D40W3D DLP Projector – A Comparison$2,795DLP
BenQ W1200 Home Theater Projector Review$1499DLP
Sharp PG-D45X3D 3D Projector Review$2,795DLP
Casio XJ-A250V WXGA DLP Projector Review$1420 -Street prices well under 1000DLP
Optoma TW675UTi-3D Interactive Projector Review$NullDLP
BenQ MP780 ST Short Throw WXGA Interactive DLP Projector Review$2,099DLP
Acer X1261P XGA Portable Projector Review$519DLP
Runco Lightstyle LS-10d Projector Review$269953 Chip DLP
Pico Projector Review – Optoma Neo-i DV20a Projector$449DLP
Vivitek H1080FD Projector Review$899DLP
Sharp XV-Z17000 Projector Review$4,999DLP
Mitsubishi HC7800D Home Theater Projector Review$3,995DLP
Viewsonic Pro8200 Projector Review$949DLP
Mitsubishi HC4000 Projector Review$1495DLP
InFocus IN3914 DLP Interactive Projector Review$1,699DLP
InFocus IN3916 & IN3914 DLP Interactive Projector Review$1425DLP
Pico Projector Review – AAXA P1 Jr. Pico Projector with LED Lightsource$119DLP
BenQ W600 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$899DLP
NEC NP216 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1199DLP
LG HX300G Pocket Projector Review$799DLP
Dell 1610HD DLP Multimedia Projector Review$999DLP
Optoma PK201 LED Pico Projector Review$299DLP
LED Projector Review – 3M MPro150 Pico Projector$350DLP
Optoma PK301 LED Projector Review$399DLP
AAXA L1 Pico Projector Review$599DLP
Vivitek H5080 Projector Review$2999DLP
Runco Lightstyle LS-7 Projector Review$15,4953 Chip DLP
Sanyo PLC-XD2200 LCD Multimedia Projector Review$595DLP
Mitsubishi HC6800 Projector Review$2499 DLP
Casio XJ-A140 XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$849.99DLP
Dell S300W XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$999.99DLP
BenQ MP772ST DLP Multimedia Projector Review$899DLP
InFocus IN2116 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1,099DLP
InFocus IN2114 DLP Projector Review$899DLP
Optoma TX542 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1499 DLP
Sharp PG-D3510X DLP Data Projector Review$2095DLP

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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