LED Projectors

The LED projectors category includes the latest projector technology used in ultra-portable projectors, business projectors, and digital projection. See below for a list of LED projector reviews and information pages.

LED projectors are becoming more and more popular. LED technology is used in a wide range of products, including home theater projectors, business and education projectors, and even the emerging market of pico projectors,handheld projectors, and other mini projector systems.

LED light sources have some serious advantages over conventional lamps. LED projectors require little maintenance, as there is no lamp to be changed. Furthermore, LED light sources last significantly longer than the competition. Lastly, the techonology is greener than the alternative conventional projector lamps. Between their long lives, lack of upkeep, and lower power usage, LED projectors save you money in the long run.

Popular LED Projector brands: SonySamsungDellMitsubishi, and Toshiba.

Article on Mini Projectors: The 2010 Pico Projector and Pocket Projector Report

LED Projector Reviews

LED Projector Reviews Reviews

Image Review MRSP Technology
Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review$549DLP
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999 street priceDLP
Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review$699DLP (1)
Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review$799DLP
Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review$599DLP
HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review$600DLP
Optoma ML500 DLP Projector Review$1,199DLP
Viewsonic PLED-W500 LED Pocket Projector Review$840DLP
Acer K330 LED Pocket Projector Review$419DLP
Vivitek QUMI Q2 LED DLP Pocket Projector Review$499DLP
LG HX300G Pocket Projector Review$799DLP

About LED Projectors

The life of an LED light source is seriously spectacular. Even with 40 hours of viewing per week, the average LED can run for an impressive 10-25 years, which is longer than the expected life of the product itself! Let us put in perspective how long 25 years really is in the world of technology. In 1985, the VHS was the standard in home recording, a really huge TV was only 32 inches, CDs were new, DVDs were only a dream, and high-definition was still 15 years away. Thus, because technology changes so much, the use of the same LED projector 25 years into the future is not really practical. But theoretically, it’s possible!

First picture from the LED Optoma PK301 pico projector.
Second, the LED Samsung SP-F10M projector in bright mode.

But back to reality. To our knowledge, all current pico projectors use a small LED light source. Pico projectors make possible integration with small devices such as smart phones, etc. They can boast an absurdly long life of up to 20,000 hours.

In the home theater space, LED light sources are emerging, typically in higher-end 3-chip DLP projectors. As of the 2010-2011 season, all home theater projectors using LED light sources are over $10,000. LEDs are somwhat limited in brightness, however, which might explain why we haven’t seen more in the lower price ranges.

In the business sector, LED light sources are beginning to rival conventional lamps. However, despite these developments, we can’t guarantee that LED light sources will replace all conventional lamps, especially if you consider that we are now seeing some business projectors sporting lamps with lives as long as 5,000-6,000 hours.

LED light sources may come into the main home theater market a little behind their acceptance in the business education market. For example, the Samsung SP-F10M at $1,299 is an excellent example of LED light sources going into lower cost projectors.

Another example is Casio’s LED hybrid projectors, which use both LED and laser technology. Both the LED Samsung and the hybrid Casio projectors have the same kind of extremely long life ratings, and both run around $800-$1,500 dollars.

The future of LED light sources

We should keep in mind that the business sector is more than 10x the size of the home theater world. As a result, as it comes to economies of scale, LED light sources are quickly becoming valid propositions in business and education, whereas they are still very expensive in home theater space (due to low numbers and high development costs).

With developments in LED technology, LED popularity and widespread usage is anticipated to rise. It is expected that, in the business/education world, LED light sources will become dominant over conventional lamps over the next few years (2011-2012). Furthermore, LED home theater projectors should soon become available at lower prices.

News And Comments

  • egsiabavai123

    I finally had the opportunity to measure the on/off contrast ratios of two different LED projectors (LG pa75u, Aaxa p300) that claimed 15,000:1 and 2000:1 CR, respectively. They both measured right around 1000:1 with the LG actually showing a little worse. The tests were performed multiple times in a pitch-black room on a matte-white, small screen. Neither projector has a dynamic iris. I’m not sure how something so simple as measuring blackest and whitest on a fixed iris can be skewed and inflated X10, but it’s really disheartening.

    I love that this site takes its own independent brightness measurements, and I would love for it to add contrast ratios as well.

    • firedrake911

      Hi, and I don’t know why either. It’s another reason for not measuring, and instead making a subjective call on how projectors do at blacks. Of course were more focused on home theater projectors than pocket ones, as we are just now seeing good enough color to consider some of the pocket projectors to be serious for home entertainment. So, which projector looked better in terms of blacks, or contrast? -art

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Hi, and I don’t know why either. It’s another reason for not measuring, and instead making a subjective call on how projectors do at blacks. Of course were more focused on home theater projectors than pocket ones, as we are just now seeing good enough color to consider some of the pocket projectors to be serious for home entertainment. So, which projector looked better in terms of blacks, or contrast? -art

      • egsiabavai123

        The Aaxa P300 has a very slight visible advantage for black level from the equally slight contrast advantage (really only noticeable side-by-side) and probably assisted by its lower brightness. The difference is small enough for them to be considered the same, but the LG PA75u looks to be almost 3X brighter than the P300(brightest mode looking equal on a 3X larger screen surface) and still a touch brighter in its impressively quiet eco mode.

        Judging by the few displays I have been able to measure and view, I know I’d be very satisfied with a native contrast ratio of around 3000:1. The sad part is, short of reviewers posting their own results I have no real way of finding such a display without the hassle of buying something, viewing and testing, and returning it to the store, repeat, until I find one suitable. If you could measure and post contrast results for just enough units (maybe its own little article) to give some rough numbers for your current verbal rating system it would be a similar enough compromise to both allow the reviews to remain exactly the same AND provide a rough number scale for anyone interested. Something as vague as a short piece with test results of a business pj (with noticeably poor CR) a budget theater model, a higher-end theater model, and a JVC RS. Something so I could get an idea of where 2000-3000:1 actually stands between good contrast and ultrahigh contrast in the individual reviews.

        • ProjectorReviews.com

          Hi Egs,

          Well, first, measuring contrast isn’t going to happen here, at least not anytime soon. We really don’t have the gear, nor can afford it, (myself and 4 contract programmers scattered over 3 states would all have to be equipped), to properly measure projectors with really high native contrast, let alone the impact of dynamic irises, which, of course, are all very different, both in range, speed and results.

          I’m not a big fan of specs to begin with. Which is better a projector with 3000:1 native contrast or one with native contrast of 1000:1 and a dynamic iris, that claims 10,000:1? Depends what you are watching, and it really depends on how the manufacturer measures contrast when an iris is involved.

          It’s a mess. The BenQ W1070 has no dynamic iris, claims a 10,000:1 native contrast, and has mediocre blacks.

          The Epson 3020, claims slightly higher contrast, but is 3LCD and has much lower native contrast, but has an iris. On the right scenes, will tend to have blacker blacks (assuming similar brightness) than the W1070, but only on the darkest of scenes. On a medium scene the BenQ’s blacks are visibly blacker. But, it’s the darkest scenes where it really makes a difference.

          The Optoma HD25-LV has killer blacks, an iris, and a contrast claim not much higher than the other two. But has issues with an overly contrasty look, that brings out way too much image noise in faces, etc.

          For the time being we’ll keep doing our way, sharing our opinion of black level performance, and providing a few comparative images for your consideration.

          BTW, I do realize that when one focuses on under $1000 projectors dynamic irises are not common, so that – when you can compare apples to apples, there is a better argument for doing contrast measurements. -a

  • Robert

    I have a choice to make. Well, recommend and not sure of the direction to point the school in selecting to use either a projector or an LED 6 pixel/pitch display that is 10 feet wide by 6-1/2 feet high. The scenario is that the classroom is about 30 feet deep and has a 16 foot ceiling height. The room is all glass and sits within a bigger glassed room area. Building overhangs and adjacent buildings suggest that direct sun rays will seldom (if ever) penetrate the room, but the day’s brightness will be there on sunny days. The led is so bright, it can work in this environment.

    The idea is modernization for a classroom to use the exciting technology of LED (note this LED type is typically used for huge outdoor signs, which are normally about 10 pixel/pitch. Displays are now available in closer placed LEDs such as the P6 (6 pixel), P5 (5 pixel) P4 (4 pixel) etc. The closer the pixels the more definition of the LED display. However the pressing need to compare the LED is that the classroom will not have curtains or any method to darken the room for a projector’s use. QUESTION 1: So the question; which projector would work in this environment is the first question?

    There are factors about the LED display usage such as the LEDs are bright and cause some worries about the first row of students being too close and having eye fatigue, or seeing the pixels themselves too easily.
    The idea is to hang the LED display higher on the wall to create a longer view distance for the students without causing neck aches. The secondary value is to not have the brightness of direct LEDs penetrating student’s eyes.

    QUESTION 2: Does anyone know of the use of this type of LED in education as a display or have any input as to the good or bad value in trying to use an LED display verses a projector?
    Thanks for all your kind input! :)

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      I don’t really follow LED displays, but my first thought is that you are in trouble using projectors. It’s almost certainly doable. You could be looking at a 5000 lumen projector, and a screen optimized for absorbing, not reflecting back most ambient light. Here’s a picture of a recent test On the unit there are two rectangles of different screen materials that are two of the best. That is, of course sunlight tracking across the floor. The image is with a $6500 6000 lumen projector outputting about 5500 lumens. Those screens are expensive – in an 80″ size the one is about $3000, the other $4000. Pricey, if you really want to be sure.

      Of course that’s a best guess, with no real idea of the room. You can always talk to a good dealer/integrator. You really would want someone knowledgable to take a look. There are lots of good ones in most places. (My last company did a lot of that kind of work.) Find a local one. Good luck with the project. -art