Reviews of HD Projectors

The HD projectors category includes most home theater projectors. It includes both those sporting Full HD which is 1080p resolution, and 720p projectors, which, technically are just HD. The same is true for LCDTVs and Plasmas when talking HD and Full HD. HD is, of course, an acronym for High Definition. 
In the projector world, primarily HD is a phrase associated with home theater projectors, rather than other types, but recently, the HD definition is showing up on business, education and other commercial projectors with 2K resolution. (2048×1024, or similar). For our purposes HD Projectors will be defined for home theater projectors only. See below for a list of HD projector reviews and information pages.

Full HD 1080p resolution allows for the true home theater experience.
Full HD 1080p resolution allows for the true home theater experience.

For home theater systems, virtually all projectors are either HD or Full HD these days.

You can still find a few all-in-one projectors that are lower resolution, but everything else, or at least everything we’re aware of, over $600 should be HD, and there really is only some DIY stuff, and maybe some old closeouts for less.

Most 720p HD projectors are under $1000, but there are some huge exceptions, including 3 chip DLP’s such as the Runco LS-7, a rather superb, $15,000 extremely bright home theater projector. In fact 720p 3 chip DLP projectors can cost several times even that amount.

That’s fine, some real high performance projectors, but keep in mind there are also a number of under $10K 720p single chip DLP projectors from “high end brands” as well.

Popular HD projector brands: SonyPanasonicOptomaEpsonMitsubishi, and InFocus.

1080p Report: 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report.

HD Projector Reviews

HD Projector Reviews REVIEWS

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Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

  • Review Date: November 28, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: 0

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

Epson Home Cinema LS100 Laser Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema LS100 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 9, 2017
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

NEC NP-PA653UL Business/Education Projector Review

NEC NP-PA653UL Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 27, 2017
  • MSRP: $7,779
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 660 First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 660 First Look Review

  • Review Date: August 29, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

AAXA M6 Projector Review – 1080p Pocket Sized and LED!

AAXA M6 Projector Review – 1080p Pocket Sized and LED!

  • Review Date: August 16, 2017
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: LED

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

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 14, 2017
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

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

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 8, 2017
  • MSRP: $2299
  • Technology: 3LCD

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

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

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

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

Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review

Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $2169.99
  • Technology: DLP

HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB

HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB

  • Review Date: September 24, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

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

Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 27, 2016
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review

LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $1,399
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 11, 2016
  • MSRP: $2699
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review

Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: $21999
  • Technology: 3LCD

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

JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 30, 2016
  • MSRP: $3995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3

Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 11, 2016
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review

Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 18, 2016
  • MSRP: $1799
  • 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)

Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 4, 2016
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: 3LCD

JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 25, 2016
  • MSRP: $9995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 28, 2015
  • MSRP: $1699
  • Technology: 3LCD

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:

Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review

Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 2, 2015
  • MSRP: $28,999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

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

Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review

Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review

  • Review Date: June 12, 2015
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: 3LCD

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)

Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 21, 2015
  • MSRP: $1599
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review

Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 25, 2014
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

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

Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review

Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review

  • Review Date: September 9, 2014
  • MSRP: $7999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)

LG PF85U LED Projector – Review

LG PF85U LED Projector – Review

  • Review Date: August 28, 2014
  • MSRP: $1299
  • 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

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

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector

  • Review Date: March 29, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 18, 2014
  • MSRP: $2799
  • Technology: DLP

Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review

Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review

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

BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review

BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review

  • Review Date: December 25, 2013
  • MSRP: $1999
  • 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

Review:  Optoma HD131Xe Projector

Review: Optoma HD131Xe Projector

  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP

Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector

Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: December 7, 2013
  • MSRP: $3999
  • Technology: LCoS

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

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

JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review

JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review

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

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

Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 7, 2012
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review

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

Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison

Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison

  • Review Date: November 19, 2012
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: 3 Chip 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

Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review

Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 15, 2012
  • MSRP: $3500
  • Technology: DLP

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 7, 2012
  • MSRP: $16699
  • Technology: DLP

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

Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review

Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 29, 2012
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: DLP

About HD Projectors

The bottom line on today’s High Definition – HD Projectors is that they provide a level of quality, that less than a decade ago, was unobtainable for less than $20,000. Yet, today’s HD projectors start well under $1000, even for Full HD. The overall picture quality varies by price, brand and other issues, but even the very least of the HD home theater projectors is almost certain to dazzle just about everyone but hard core enthusiasts, when properly set up.

For those with older projectors, or looking for their first, an HD projector should truly impress, but content is king. If you watch standard TV and standard DVDs, you will not be able to get the fullest performance, and viewing pleasure that would come with HDTV, and Blu-ray discs.

Popular HD Projector Reviews

BenQ W1000 Projector 
The W1000 is exceptionally bright and is perhaps the most impressive overall 1080p projector out there under $1,000.

JVC DLA-RS25 Projector
The RS25 is a worthy successor for last year’s Best In Class (under $10,000) 1080p projector winner, the RS20. The premium priced RS25 offers premium performance with improved color management, plus CFI.

LG CF181D Projector
At $2499, the LG CF181D LCoS 1080p projector is extremely impressive. It’s one of the very brightest projectors under $10,000 and one of the best under $3,000, has really good color, and decent black level performance.

Epson Home Cinema 8500UB
The 8500UB replaces last year’s Best In Class winners, also Epson 1080p projectors, boasting a sharper image, great blacks, a great warranty, improved CFI, and better color. What’s not to like?

Mitsubishi HC4000
The Mitsubishi HC4000 may be the entry-level (under $1,500) 1080p projector to beat. It offers rich, great looking color, decent blacks, a sharp image, and is really bright in Best Mode.

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