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.
Scroll down for a listing of all LCD Projector reviews.
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 Projector Reviews
Epson PowerLite 680 Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite 680 is an ultra-short throw installation projector for classrooms and conference rooms, with 3LCD projection technology, XGA resolution >>
Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review
The Epson LS10500 laser projector is ready for prime time in your theater. Replacing the older LS10000 - one of the first 1080p projectors that could >>
Sony LaserLite VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector Review
The WUXGA resolution VPL-PHZ10 projector is one of Sony’s two newest laser projectors. These LaserLite models are billed as the first affordable laser >>
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- >>
The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review
The Epson Pro Cinema 4040 is perhaps the most overlooked "breakthrough" home theater projector available today. I'm not saying that it is the best >>
Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review
The Home Cinema 3700 is one of three projectors launched in September 2016, replacing the older 3000 series. There are significant improvements. Because >>
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 >>
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 >>
HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB
The HW45ES is a great projector, the HC5040UB, costs more, but offers more. For some, considering both projectors, it will be a question of: "can >>
Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review
The VPL-HW45ES offers great color and a bright picture. Ideal for media rooms, and home theaters, this 1800 lumen 1080p projector is Sony's most affordable >>
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review
These all new, pixel shifting, 4K capable "Ultra Black" projectors from Epson; the Home Cinema 5040UB - aka HC5040UB - and Pro Cinema 6040UB - aka PC6040UB >>
Epson Pro G7905U Large Venue Projector Review
Epson's new G series flagship, the G7905U, accepts 4K content, uses pixel shifting to enhance 2K and 4K sharpness. It has 7000 lumens - both color and >>
Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review
The Epson Pro L1505 is a 12,000 lumen, large venue, pixel shifting, laser projector with WUXGA resolution, that can accept a full range of 4K content >>
Epson PowerLite W29 Projector Review
The Epson Powerlite W29 is a feature laden, yet very affordable projector for classroom or business, suitable for portable use or installation.
LCD Projector Reviews Reviews
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