Reviews of LCD Projectors

The LCD projectors category includes the latest projectors used for home theater systems, businesses, and schools. Below find  a list of recent LCD projector reviews and information pages.

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LCD projectors are known for rich color saturation and image sharpness.
LCD projectors are known for rich color saturation and image sharpness.

LCD (“Liquid Crystal Display”) projectors have traditionally displayed rich color saturation and image sharpness on the market. The term LCD projector encompasses all models using LCD technology, whereas “3LCD” is a trade brand and does not include some projectors. For example, there are actually a few projectors out there with four LCD panels.

Since we first published this page a couple of years ago, there is an additional industry standard for measuring brightness, which we refer to simply as measuring Color Lumens.  Historically projectors have been measured by only measuring white.  Different general projector technology/designs with similar white brightness measurements may have drastically different color brightness.  We recently completed a video on the topic of Color Lumens and Brightness, where we measure both white and color from LCD and DLP projectors.  It’s rather impressive.  With simpilar white measurements, the LCD projector produced well over twice the color lumens.

Translated to practical meaning; at full brightness, LCD projectors deliver bright individual colors.  DLP’s with their color filter wheels and white segments, however, tend to have bright whites but colors, especially reds and yellows tend to be a bit dim by comparison, with the reds more wine colored and muddy yellows.  Oh that other technology is fine when brightness is dropped way down in a video or cinema mode, but often that’s after losing something near half the brightness, sometimes more.

I would suggest that this is a good reason why LCD projectors tend to make the best “family room” projectors, by offering maximum brightness with vivid colors. LCD projectors are certainly just as at home in a dedicated home theater.

Here are some highlights of LCD projector geared for schools, business and government. They are known for a crisp, sharp look when displaying data. And, while LCD portable projectors are typically larger in size than their DLP portable counterparts, they pack more punch than the competition. LCD is also the most popular technology available. Projector manufacturers using LCD technology claim about fifty percent of the world market, with Epson manufacturing the LCD panels for almost all brands. LCD projectors also offer great placement flexibility. Few DLP are designed to be mounted on a rear wall, but almost any LCD home theater projector can be mounted on the rear wall or on the ceiling.

LCD technology, as well as the 3LCD chip architecture, is found in home theater projectorsoffice projectors, and portable projectors.

Popular home theater projector brands include: SonyPanasonicEpson There’s another brief and old article comparing LCD and DLP, but I would recommend the video.

LCD Projector Reviews

LCD Projector Reviews REVIEWS

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Epson Home Cinema 760HD First Look Review Epson Home Cinema 760HD First Look Review
  • Review Date: September 18, 2017
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 0
Sony LaserLite VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector Review Sony LaserLite VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 13, 2017
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC NP-ME331W Portable Projector Review NEC NP-ME331W Portable Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 24, 2017
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
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
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 14, 2017
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 8, 2017
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review
  • Review Date: December 1, 2016
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB
  • Review Date: September 24, 2016
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology:
Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 27, 2016
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: SXRD (3)
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
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Pro G7905U Large Venue Projector Review Epson Pro G7905U Large Venue Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 1, 2016
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MRSP: $21999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite W29 Projector Review Epson PowerLite W29 Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 25, 2016
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 17, 2016
  • MRSP: $899
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 11, 2016
  • MRSP: $2499
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 15, 2016
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 4, 2016
  • MRSP: $799
  • Technology: 3LCD
BenQ HT3050 Home Theater Projector Review BenQ HT3050 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 3, 2016
  • MRSP: $999
  • Technology: DLP
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 28, 2015
  • MRSP: $1699
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson EX7240 Pro Portable Projector Review Epson EX7240 Pro Portable Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 7, 2015
  • MRSP: $649.99
  • Technology: 3LCD
Sony VPL-FHZ65 Laser Projector Review Sony VPL-FHZ65 Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 22, 2015
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review
  • Review Date: September 16, 2015
  • MRSP: $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
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology:
Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 2, 2015
  • MRSP: $28,999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite 97H Projector Review Epson Powerlite 97H Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 22, 2015
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC NP-PA521U Projector Review NEC NP-PA521U Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 18, 2015
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Brightlink Pro 1430Wi Projector Review Epson Brightlink Pro 1430Wi Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 4, 2015
  • MRSP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 1985WU Projector Review Epson PowerLite 1985WU Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 4, 2015
  • MRSP: $1999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 25, 2014
  • MRSP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 30, 2014
  • MRSP: $1699
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review
  • Review Date: September 9, 2014
  • MRSP: $7999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)
Hitachi CP-TW2503 Projector Review Hitachi CP-TW2503 Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 27, 2014
  • MRSP: $1999 (street price)
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 595Wi Projector Review Epson BrightLink 595Wi Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 9, 2014
  • MRSP: $2399
  • Technology: 3LCD
Ask Proxima C3327W-A LCD Projector Review Ask Proxima C3327W-A LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 16, 2014
  • MRSP: $1069
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 585Wi Projector Review Epson BrightLink 585Wi Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 15, 2014
  • MRSP: $2199
  • Technology: 3LCD
Ask Proxima E1655U LCD Projector Review Ask Proxima E1655U LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 23, 2014
  • MRSP: $5999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson VS335W Projector Review Epson VS335W Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 16, 2014
  • MRSP: $529.99
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson EX5230 Portable Projector Review Epson EX5230 Portable Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 30, 2014
  • MRSP: $599
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 20, 2014
  • MRSP: $749
  • Technology: 3LCD
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review
  • Review Date: March 1, 2014
  • MRSP: $999
  • Technology: DLP
Epson Pro Cinema G6900 WU Home Theater Projector Epson Pro Cinema G6900 WU Home Theater Projector
  • Review Date: February 24, 2014
  • MRSP: $7499
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC NP-UM330W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review NEC NP-UM330W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 15, 2014
  • MRSP: $1299
  • Technology: LCD
Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA Projector Review Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 4, 2014
  • MRSP: $1899
  • Technology: 3LCD
Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser 3LCD Projector Review Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 4, 2014
  • MRSP: $4460
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 20, 2014
  • MRSP: $6499
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review
  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MRSP: $3499
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review
  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MRSP: $899
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review
  • Review Date: November 12, 2013
  • MRSP: $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
  • MRSP: $2599
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Interactive Projector Review Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Interactive Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 10, 2013
  • MRSP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 27, 2013
  • MRSP: $999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Sony VPL-FH30 WUXGA 3LCD Projector Review Sony VPL-FH30 WUXGA 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 26, 2013
  • MRSP: $4810
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 19, 2013
  • MRSP: $1899
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 436Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review Epson BrightLink 436Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 5, 2013
  • MRSP: $1490
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC NP-M311X XGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review NEC NP-M311X XGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 19, 2013
  • MRSP: $829
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 27, 2013
  • MRSP: $3500
  • Technology: 3LCD
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
  • MRSP: 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
  • MRSP: $1599
  • Technology: 3LCD
Mitsubishi WL7200U WXGA LCD Projector Review Mitsubishi WL7200U WXGA LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 10, 2012
  • MRSP: $6995
  • Technology: 3LCD
Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 21, 2012
  • MRSP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 710 HD Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 710 HD Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 24, 2012
  • MRSP: $649
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 475Wi Ultra Short Throw WXGA Projector Epson BrightLink 475Wi Ultra Short Throw WXGA Projector
  • Review Date: June 1, 2012
  • MRSP: $2199
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 480i 3LCD Interactive Projector – A Comparison Epson BrightLink 480i 3LCD Interactive Projector – A Comparison
  • Review Date: May 12, 2012
  • MRSP: $1999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 435W LCD Projector Review Epson PowerLite 435W LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 30, 2012
  • MRSP: $1149
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro Z8450WU Commercial 3LCD Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro Z8450WU Commercial 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 24, 2012
  • MRSP: $14999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 485Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review Epson BrightLink 485Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 22, 2012
  • MRSP: $2199
  • Technology: 3LCD
Hitachi iPJ-AW250N Interactive LCD Projector Review Hitachi iPJ-AW250N Interactive LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 16, 2012
  • MRSP: $1799
  • Technology: 3LCD
Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 10, 2012
  • MRSP: $1999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson MegaPlex MG-50 LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review Epson MegaPlex MG-50 LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 6, 2012
  • MRSP: $699
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Home Theater Projector Mini Review Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Home Theater Projector Mini Review
  • Review Date: February 14, 2012
  • MRSP: $3999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Panasonic PT-AE7000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5010 Projector Comparison Panasonic PT-AE7000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5010 Projector Comparison
  • Review Date: November 25, 2011
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology:
Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 23, 2011
  • MRSP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Megaplex MG-850HD WXGA LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review Epson Megaplex MG-850HD WXGA LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 23, 2011
  • MRSP: $799
  • Technology: 3LCD
Panasonic PT-AE7000 Home Theater Projector Review Panasonic PT-AE7000 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 9, 2011
  • MRSP: $3499
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite VS350W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review Epson Powerlite VS350W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 24, 2011
  • MRSP: $949
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 18, 2011
  • MRSP: $1599
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010e Home Theater Projector Review Epson Home Cinema 3010e Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 18, 2011
  • MRSP: $1599
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro G5450WUNL 3LCD Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro G5450WUNL 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 24, 2011
  • MRSP: $3999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 92 3LCD Projector – A Comparison Epson PowerLite 92 3LCD Projector – A Comparison
  • Review Date: June 28, 2011
  • MRSP: $649
  • Technology: 3LCD
Samsung SP-M255 3LCD Portable Projector – A Comparison Samsung SP-M255 3LCD Portable Projector – A Comparison
  • Review Date: June 28, 2011
  • MRSP: $1099
  • Technology: 3LCD

There was a time when  people typically referred to most projectors as being LCD projectors, and at one point that was almost true. Today, however, most people are aware that there are three different technologies used in projectors. However, LCD projectors remain the best selling of the different technologies in use.

Virtually all LCD projectors use three separate LCD panels – each do “greyscale” not color, but one has a red, one a green, and one, a blue filter.  Ultimately the light passes through each of the LCDs with filters, and then recombines into a single beam of light… Bingo! The light shoots out through the lens and on to the screen, giving rich colors.

Of the three technologies, LCD, DLP and LCoS, no one is in all ways better than the others.  Each has distinct advantages. LCD projectors produce highly saturated colors.  In home theater space many LCD projectors add a special color filter to get the best overall color tracking.  This creates an interesting difference between the LCD projectors and the other technologies.  A typical home theater projector using LCD technology, like Epson’s popular, mid $2500s Home Cinema 5020UB, can produce a good two thousand lumens at its brightest – unusually bright for home theater.  When you get into its best modes Cinema or THX, though, the filter slides into place, and color goes from very good to great, but down go the lumens to  about 670 lumens calibrated.  The thing is, few projectors calibrated offer much more than 700 lumens.  And most of the competition, ($1500 to $5000) except for the Panasonic PT-AE8000 (another LCD projector) produce less than 1200 lumens maximum and many less than 1000 lumens maximum.  In home theater space, only lower end DLP projectors that are not true “home theater” quality can match that brightness.

OK, LCD projectors designed for business and education are also particularly known for great color compared to single-chip DLP projectors. Consider though, LCoS projectors also have great color, they are usually significantly more expensive than their kin, the LCD projectors. Furthermore, LCD projectors are perhaps the greenest of the technologies, they get noticeably more brightness out of lamps of similar wattage, than their LCoS and DLP competition.

In the home projector market, LCD projectors tend to dominate sales in all but the most entry-level price point, which consists of all DLP projectors. LCD based projectors sold in the US start at just over $1000 for 2D models and from about $1600 for 3D capable projectors.  LCD doesn’t really place in the high end space, with no popular models over $3500, yet they give many more expensive projectors some serious comptition.

In the business, education, and government segments, (excluding pico projectors), LCD projectors outsell the other technologies, except when it comes to the very smallest and most portable projectors – under 3 pounds – that, so far seems to be primarily DLP.  On the very high end, LCD projectors offer more bang for the buck than the drastically more expensive 3-chip DLP projectors which are generally the best projectors, but you might buy a loaded 8000 lumen LCD projector for $8000, and an 8000 lumen DLP, for $25,000 or more. One “limitation” of LCD projectors on the high end. They top out around 10,000 lumens.  Those 3 chip DLP’s which can hit 25,000 lumens or more are reserved for really high end installations.  You know. for lighting up screens 100 feet wide, or more.  Sorry, the brightest LCD projectors are merely bright enough for a sports arena, or major auditorium.

For your consideration, here are links to reviews of three popular business / classroom LCD projectors, and three popular home theater models:

LCD Office Projectors

Mitsubishi WL7200U LCD Projector
“Heavy Metal”  This is a full featured, high brightness projector suitable for large rooms and auditoriums

Epson Powerlite 96W LCD Projector
Strong choice for classroom or business, with big feature set. A major award winner.

Hitachi iPJAW250N LCD Projector
A good example of today’s ultra short projectors, this one has interactive features, that its only inches from the screen.  Very “Boardroom.”

Popular LCD Home Theater Projectors Reviews

Panasonic PT-AE8000 LCD Projector
A feature laden projector, one of the best selling, this is the latest in the AE series, and a top contender

Epson Home Cinema 5020UB LCD Projector
This is our favorite under $4000 home theater projector.  Art awarded it Best In Class, and Tony and Mike both bought one for their homes.

Epson MG-850 LCD Projector
How about something different, the family orient MegaPlex MG850 is an all in one projector designed to work with your iPad and iPhone as well as all the usual other toys

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