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 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.
Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite 955WH is a higher-end model in Epson’s Powerlite 9xx series of classroom projectors. While Epson markets the PowerLite 955WH >>
Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review
The Pro Cinema 1985 - A True Light Canon of a projector for enjoyable large screen viewing in "Bright Rooms." We're talking living rooms, family rooms >>
NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
We have reviewed NEC ultra short throw projectors in the past and the UM352W builds on NEC's solid reputation for producing quality projectors in this >>
Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review
The HC1040 projector is geared for "bright rooms" - doesn't need a cave to enjoy sports, HDTV and movies
BenQ HT3050 Home Theater Projector Review
The HT3050 is the middle projector of three new home entertainment - home theater entries. We've previously reviewed (and liked) the more expensive >>
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review
Typically the under $2000 range for home projectors has consisted of two classes of projectors, the entry level of the home theater class - projectors >>
Epson EX7240 Pro Portable Projector Review
The EX7240 Pro in one of 5 models in Epson's EX-series of portable business/educational projectors. The EX-series includes an entry-level model EX3240 >>
Sony VPL-FHZ65 Laser Projector Review
Sony is moving into laser "powered" projectors in a big way. More than a year ago, they introduced the FHZ65's predecessor, the 4000 lumen FHZ55, which >>
Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review
I'm a bit late getting this published. I received a Home Cinema 2040 - also referred to as HC2040 about five weeks ago. It was an engineering sample >>
Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors
This is my opinion which resulted in the Epson LS10000 winning our Best In Class award for projectors priced $3500 and up, while the JVC came in as Runner >>
Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL is a large, heavy, very bright commercial installation projector intended for auditorium size venues and/or specialized >>
Epson Powerlite 97H Projector Review
The Epson Powerlite 97H is the entry-level model of Epson's Powerlite series of classroom projectors. This model has a native 1024 x 768 (XGA) resolution >>
NEC NP-PA521U Projector Review
The NEC NP-PA521U is a commercial/professional installation projector that is aimed for the corporate and higher-end education markets. It is rated >>
LCD Projector Reviews Reviews
About LCD Projectors
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