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Combining a Nintendo Switch with a portable projector to enjoy an immersive gaming experience on the go

Playing video games on a large projection screen offers an unmatched immersive experience. The larger image size not only pulls the player into the gaming world, but the enhanced visual details make the game more engaging and visually spectacular.

The ability to customize the screen size with a projector means gamers can adjust the display to their preferred dimensions, optimizing their viewing experience without being confined to the fixed size of a TV or monitor. This is also beneficial for those looking for a portable gaming solution. ​

In previous gaming articles, Kam Valentine has focused on the latest games available on newer gaming consoles like Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5. In this article, I wanted to explore how a projector can enhance the portable gaming experience.

One of the most popular portable gaming solutions is the Nintendo Switch.  My son has used his Switch to pass the time on long road trips for years, but he loves gaming on a bigger screen. The good news is a portable gaming projector like the BenQ GP100A lets you enjoy the benefits of gaming on a massive screen anywhere.


While we have used other BenQ gaming projectors like the X3000i for previous articles in this series, I thought the GP100A was the perfect companion for the Nintendo Switch. I am in the process of reviewing the GP100A, which is BenQ's best portable projector, but the model includes several gaming-related features. The BenQ GP100A projector complements the console’s portability and versatility, making it an appealing option for anyone looking to elevate their Nintendo Switch gaming sessions.

Matching the Nintendo Switch’s portable nature, the GP100A’s lightweight and compact design makes it easy to carry to different locations, from a friend’s house to a gaming tournament. This portability ensures that gamers can enjoy their Nintendo Switch games on a screen as large as 120 inches without being tethered to a traditional gaming setup.

The projector’s LED light source can deliver up to 1000 ANSI lumens so it is bright enough to utilize in a room with low to moderate ambient light.  The GP100A is a 1080P LED projector so it can deliver a sharp and vibrant image that takes full advantage of the Nintendo Switch’s output capabilities. This ensures games are displayed in high definition, providing a visually immersive gaming experience that’s a significant upgrade over playing on the console’s screen or smaller flat-panel television.

The GP100A comes equipped with multiple input options, including HDMI, which is the primary way you would connect the projector to most sources. However, the GP100A also includes a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort video output and power delivery.

It can be used to connect the projector to a mobile device, laptop, or even a Nintendo® Switch. The BenQ GP100A can even charge the Nintendo Switch while projecting gaming content from it. This is a nice feature because you don’t need to carry the Switch’s docking station or AC power supply with you. Also, the ease of setup means that Switch users can quickly transition from handheld play to enjoying their games on a large screen.

While the GP100A does not have a built-in battery you can also connect the projector to a compatible USB battery bank to power the unit if you want to watch a movie on the go.

Even casual gamers appreciate the competitive advantages of low input lag, which is the delay between pressing a button on the controller and seeing the action performed on-screen. BenQ designed the GP100A with gaming in mind, so it features low input lag making it suitable for fast-paced games. This ensures a responsive gaming experience, crucial for competitive gaming and enjoying games as they were meant to be played.

While the Nintendo Switch has its own speakers, the GP100A’s built-in speakers offer a more powerful and immersive audio experience. This is great for games that benefit from high-quality sound or when playing in a group. The GP100A audio capabilities really enhanced the overall gaming experience without the need for external speakers.

Pokémon Shield is a classic Nintendo game introduced in 2019, but the gaming experience is better on a massive screen

While there are a wide variety of games available for the Nintendo Switch, my son is a big fan of Pokémon games, so I decided to try out Pokémon Shield. Pokémon Shield is a role-playing video game developed in 2019 by Game Freak. The game starts in the Galar region in the town of Postwick. You aim to become the Pokémon Champion, the greatest trainer in all of Galar. At the beginning of the game, you receive a starter Pokémon, either a Grookey, Scorbunny, or Sobble, from Leon, who is the champion of Galake. You are then joined by Leon’s brother, Hop, as you embark on a quest to participate in the Galar Gym Challenge.

Along the way across Galar you try to collect Gym Badges by defeating powerful Gym Leaders. you collect eight badges from Gym Leaders. You also uncover the history of the mysterious Darkest Day and end up facing off against Leon and legendary foes like Pokémon Zacian and Zamazenta. The finale is a showdown against the Legendary Pokémon Eternatus to prevent a second Darkest Day, orchestrated by Rose, the chairman of the Galar Pokémon League.

For casual gamers owning a Nintendo Switch and playing games like Pokémon Shield, a large projection screen can significantly amplify the gaming experience. While this game was not graphic intensive, when playing Pokémon Shield, I felt like I was in the middle of a Pokémon movie. The expansive display makes it easier to see finer details in the game and track your opponent’s movements, which is essential for gameplay success.

A large projected image also fosters a more social gaming experience. I detached the Switch’s Joy-Con controller from the table and kicked back on the couch with the family enjoying the game together on my 100’ screen. The large screen is especially beneficial when playing multiplayer games since it ensures that everyone can see the action clearly, making it ideal for gaming parties or family game nights. Big screen gaming unites players and spectators alike, creating a shared experience that smaller screens simply cannot match.

Playing on a large projection screen offers a competitive advantage by making it easier to see opponents and game elements. This is particularly advantageous in more competitive games, where spotting your opponent's moves ahead of time can be the key to victory. The larger field of view ensures that players can react more swiftly and accurately.

Investing in a high-quality projection screen can enhance color, contrast and clarity. Projecting the GP100A image on to a flat white wall still delivered a satisfying gaming experience.

Moving up from the Switch’s tiny built-in screen to a TV delivers a better gaming experience. However, any casual gamer who has the opportunity to experience gaming on a projector and screen will praise the enhanced immersion and social interaction that the even larger projected image offers. The ability to see the game's environment and characters in greater detail, combined with the communal aspect of shared gameplay, significantly adds to the enjoyment and excitement of gaming​.

In summary, the BenQ GP100A projector’s compatibility with the Nintendo Switch enhances the gaming experience by offering high-definition visuals, low input lag, versatile connectivity, and portability. These features make it an ideal companion for the Switch, providing gamers with a seamless and immersive gaming experience on a large screen.



When you think of projectors, you probably think about darkened theater rooms with rows of comfy couches in a home or a corporate executive flipping through PowerPoint slides on a big screen in a crowded boardroom. But that is not always the case! projectors are used in so many settings from art installations, to houses of worship, to education.

In this guide, we are going to focus on projectors ideally suited for education purposes, both K-12 and higher education, business and corporate use, and museum applications. We carefully consider each projector and how it can be best used in different education situations when conducting reviews and choosing award winners for this guide.

Projection makes it easier to display large images in business settings.



Let’s look at the different categories we are including in our Education Projector Report.

First, we have what we call “Meeting Room/Classroom”, which includes projectors found primarily in K-12 classrooms and business meeting room settings. These budget-friendly projectors tend to be smaller, with less lens adjustability. Several factors, including overall budget, and smaller classroom sizes, contribute to the fact that K-12 schools will often spend less per projector than a higher education institution.


Often in higher education applications “Conference Room/Lecture Hall” class projectors are placed in big lecture halls or larger classrooms. These are the projectors that will also be used in the larger conference or boardroom in businesses. But remember, all types of schools and businesses will often need bigger and more powerful projectors for their multi-function rooms and auditoriums, not just classrooms and smaller meeting spaces.

A third category includes “High-End/Specialty” projectors, with the “specialty” including projectors designed for digital signage and projection mapping, many of which are widely used in museum displays.

Within each of these classes is different types of projectors, for example, standard and ultra-short throw. Features like interchangeable lenses and horizontal/vertical lens shift can affect both unit price and the sometimes hefty cost of installation. Interactivity is an increasingly popular and attractive technology. Some projectors in the guide have fully interactive capabilities, others have varying degrees, including very limited, and none.

In this report, we think “usage.” It’s not a specs competition. Our awards go out to great projectors and some that are great for specific applications, environments, etc.


Modern projectors offer new ways to engage customers and visitors.

This year we considered dozens of projectors and chose the projectors we felt were best suited for the business and education market. In this report, you will find an overview of each of those projectors with links to their in-depth reviews.

Many of the projectors we reviewed also have “siblings” which typically include a few additional models, many times almost identical to the product we reviewed, but with varying resolution, or with additional wireless capabilities, perhaps slightly brighter, etc. Our focus was to show you a sample of what is available which actually represent perhaps closer to 100 different models currently available.

Some of the projectors in this report may look familiar and that is because most projectors have been in the market for 2-4 years. A few of the projector’s included in this year’s Buyer’s Guide were also included in last year’s guide but they are still highly relevant to the market. We also note any projectors that won awards last year in addition to any new award winners.

We are very selective in choosing the projectors we choose to review and those we feature in this Buyer’s Guide. We work hard to ensure that most of the projectors we review are considered to be among the best in both price range and capabilities.

We hope this Buyer’s Guide helps you select the right products for your success. Our sincere thanks to all of you who have persevered and continued to educate through one of the most unexpected and challenging times in modern history.

Whatever we can do to make your job a little easier and hopefully more brilliant, we are happy to support. Thank you again for all that you do!



When choosing a projector for your business or education applications, there are several factors to consider. The first thing is how large of a screen do you need for your application? While flat panels TV continue to get bigger and bigger, when it comes to sheer size, a projector still offers the best band for your buck. Larger rooms require larger screens.

The larger the screen, the easier it is to see fine details from farther away.

The image needs to be large and clear enough to be able to read the smallest text on the screen from the back of the room. Need help deciding how big of a screen and what resolution is required for your space? Check out this excellent whitepaper from Epson entitled Display Size Matters.


How much brightness you need depends on the desired screen size and the amount of Ambient Light in the room. A bigger, brighter projected image makes it easier for audience members to maintain a safe distance from other participants, as needed. However, as the screen size increases, more brightness is required to deliver a colorful, vibrant image.

Brightness Scale: Estimates for 100″ diag. screen

Room EnvironmentRecommended ANSI Lumens

Bright With No Control Over Ambient Light

Bright With Some Control Over Ambient Light

Good Control Over Ambient Light

Ability to Fully Darken

The standard for determining a projector’s brightness is called ANSI Lumens. An ANSI Lumen rating uses an average of several brightness measurements taken across the face of the light source.

A 200-inch screen found in a larger lecture hall is four times bigger than a 100-inch screen found in a classroom. This means you will need four times the light output to reproduce a similar-looking image.

So how many Lumens are right for your application? A good rule of thumb is if it’s too bright you can turn it down, but you can’t turn it up if it’s not bright enough, at least not without sacrificing image size.

A brighter projector combined with a good Ambient light Rejecting Screen will ensure a good-looking picture even in a room with moderate ambient light, like a lecture hall.


Projectors can turn virtually any space into an image.

Resolution is a term that refers to the number of horizontal and vertical pixels of the projected image. The higher the number of pixels, the higher the resolution, and the sharper the image. A higher resolution is especially useful in the classroom when presenting characters and text, like in a high-end mathematics or physics class.

Common Education/Business Projector resolutions

TypeResolutionAspect Ratio

800 x 6004:3

853 x 48016:9

1024 x 7684:3

1280 x 80016:10

1920 x 120016:10

1920 x 108016:9

3840 x 216016:9
* SVGA and WVGA are essentially “legacy” resolutions.

While there are still some very low-cost projectors sold with SVGA and WVGA resolutions (including some “toy” priced dim LED pico projectors for home use), they are no longer normally bought by schools.

There are still large numbers of them in K-12 schools and most are long overdue for replacement. Their bulbs last only a fraction of the life of new projectors (never mind laser projectors!), so it can be extremely costly to maintain these types of old projectors.

XGA models are typically used to replace the SVGA (and if any are still around – VGA) projectors. SVGA projectors are typically replaced by WXGA, WUXGA, or 1080p projectors.

For applications where the ability to resolve fine details is important a 4K capable projector is probably the best solution. However, native 4K high brightness projectors cost at least four as much as their 1080p counterparts. While 4K Pixel Shifting can’t match the resolution of a native 4K projector, it does increase sharpness and detail compared to a standard 1080 projector. 


Your installation requirements are impacted by several factors such as placement, maintenance, longevity needs, hardware, and monitoring/control. There is way too much information to cover in this article so check out the installation-related articles on our Custom Integration page.

You can also click the links below to explore installation-focused features in more detail.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 secured a spot in the top 10 list of all-time highest-rated games and easily made it onto the Projector Reviews “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023” list.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), the thrilling follow-up to the chart-topping Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022’s MW2), Captain Price and Task Force 141 gear up to confront the most formidable menace yet. The notorious ultranationalist war criminal, Vladimir Makarov, is spreading his influence globally, forcing Task Force 141 into an epic battle like no other.

The campaign showcases the game's exceptional attention to detail, and like last year with Call of Duty: MW2, Call of Duty: MW3 offers some of the most stunning video game cinematics I've witnessed.

For those craving online competition, you can dive into various multiplayer game modes, engaging with up to 64 other players. And if teaming up with friends is more your style, Co-op mode beckons, allowing you to tackle special missions like Defender: Hafid Port, Low Profile, Defender: Mt. Zaya and One In The Chamber: Low Profile to name a few.

Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ) brings a new Treyarch Zombies storyline to the forefront.

As an exciting bonus, gamers can now team up with other squads for the inaugural experience of battling and surviving against hordes of undead on the largest Call of Duty® Zombies map ever. Modern Warfare Zombies (MWZ) brings a new Treyarch Zombies storyline to the forefront, enriched with missions, essential Zombies components, and concealed secrets awaiting discovery. This is an absolute treat for those looking to fight some zombies and enhance their gameplay, especially when projected on a larger screen for an immersive experience.

Did you know ZOWIE is a brand by BenQ that specializes in creating professional equipment for eSports, such as monitors, mice, keyboards, and mousepads? One of the most popular eSports games is Call of Duty, which has its own league called the Call of Duty League. The Call of Duty League is a global, city-based esports league composed of professional teams, each representing a different market across North America and Europe. The league features the best Call of Duty esports players from around the world, competing in various game modes and maps from the latest Call of Duty titles. I say that to point out that BenQ is entrenched in the gaming world which translates over to their gaming projectors.

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Squad Up!!

Assemble your squad and dive back into the world of Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®—that is, if you ever really left. I know I certainly never took a break from the game. With MW3, we celebrate the momentous 20th anniversary of Call of Duty, offering an impressive array of Multiplayer maps. This collection includes beloved fan favorites as well as brand-new additions. All 16 original MW2 (2009) launch maps have been skillfully updated with fresh modes and gameplay enhancements, ensuring they're ready for action from day one. Additionally, you can look forward to more than 12 entirely new 6v6 core maps in the post-launch live seasons, promising an ever-evolving gaming experience.

Much like its predecessor, Call of Duty: MW2 (2022) (not to be confused with the original MW2 from 2009), Call of Duty: MW3 delivers state-of-the-art gameplay for the committed Call of Duty devotees. This encompasses flawless gun mechanics, an advanced AI system, an abundance of gun customization options, and an array of additional improvements in both gameplay and visuals, all of which reaffirm the franchise's ascent to new levels of excellence.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 pre-order on Playstation Store $99.99  - Project Reviews Images
Upgrade to the $99.99 Call of Duty: MW3 – Vault Edition for exclusive perks, including Nemesis Operator Pack, Weapon Vaults, 30 additional tier skips and more.

If you're a PS5 owner, the Call of Duty: MW3 – Cross-Gen / Standard bundle is available at a tempting price of $69.99. But for the ultimate experience, consider the Call of Duty: MW3 – Vault Edition, priced at $99.99. This premium edition is packed with enticing starting perks like Campaign Early Access, the Nemesis Operator Pack, 2 Weapon Vaults, BlackCell (1 season), Lockpick Operator Pack, Soul Harvester Weapon Blueprint, and a generous 30 additional tier skips.

As a fun fact, it's worth noting that on the Call of Duty: MW3 website, it states, “PlayStation® players receive select bonus content not available on other platforms until November 9, 2024.” This is indeed a stroke of luck for those of us who are PlayStation users.

For “Early Access” players, Call of Duty: MW3 hit the gaming scene on November 2, 2023. Without early access, PlayStation players can download the game starting on November 10, 2023. Naturally, Call of Duty: MW3 picks up where the 2022 Call of Duty: MW2 left off. You can get your hands on Call of Duty: MW3 for multiple platforms, including PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC through Steam and Battle.Net.

As a reviewer and gamer, I naturally chose the "Early Access" Call of Duty: MW3 – Vault Edition, ensuring that I could swiftly immerse myself in the gameplay and provide you with a timely review article. Paired with a projector and a massive screen, the experience promises to be nothing short of epic.


Projector Reviews had the pleasure of receiving demo units from BenQ, featuring their gaming projectors, the X3000i and TK700. These projectors were generously sent to us specifically for our "Best Games to Play on a Projector in 2023" segment. To put things into perspective, I've spent over 751 hours delving into the world of gaming with the BenQ X3000i, with the lion's share of my gaming time devoted to my trusty PS5. This extensive hands-on experience uniquely positions me to provide an in-depth overview of the gaming experience, specifically on a large projection screen.

For the purpose of this evaluation, I selected Call of Duty: MW3 to thoroughly test the capabilities of the BenQ X3000i gaming projector. You might be curious about my choice of this game. Well, gaming projectors like the X3000i typically offer a low input lag mode, reducing the delay between your controller input and the on-screen action. This is crucial for fast-paced games like Call of Duty: MW3, where split-second reactions are paramount. In the case of the BenQ X3000i, its lowest input lag is achieved when it's set to the FPS game mode, significantly enhancing playability and your survivability in Call of Duty: MW3.

Available at $1,999, the BenQ X3000i distinguishes itself with an impressive 3000 ANSI lumens of brightness, ensuring optimal performance even in environments with some ambient light interference. Alongside its crystal-clear visuals, this projector incorporates XPR (eXpanded Pixel Resolution) technology, bringing forth stunning 4K resolution. If you're curious about the intricacies of 4K DLP combined with XPR technology, I recommend perusing Projector Reviews' Projection Terms page.

Going beyond its exceptional visual prowess, the X3000i prioritizes user convenience by offering a wide array of connection ports, including HDMI, USB, and VGA. This diversity ensures seamless compatibility with various devices and media sources. And, let's not overlook the fact that the BenQ X3000i is accompanied by dual 5-watt chamber speakers, delivering an unexpectedly immersive audio experience.

With a gaming projector like the BenQ X3000i, you truly get larger-than-life gameplay. A good gaming projector can project a large, high-resolution image on a screen or wall, providing a much larger field of view compared to a traditional TV or monitor. This larger display immerses you in the game and enhances your ability to spot enemies and details.

Projectors with gaming modes prioritize minimal input lag for faster and more responsive gameplay, offering a crucial edge in fast-paced scenarios typical in Call of Duty: MW3.

The X3000i is a gaming projector that shines with its impressive features. It offers specialized game modes for FPS, RPG, and SPG, fine-tuned with audio and visual settings, along with low latency configurations designed for modern FPS games like Call of Duty: MW3. Selecting the FPS mode while diving into Call of Duty: MW3 elevates the gaming experience, immersing players in an epic cinematic adventure.

The BenQ X3000i provides game modes that allow you to toggle Fast Mode on or off. Enabling it reduces the input lag time.

When I switched the X3000i's Picture Mode from HDR10 to HDR Game, it unlocked the projector's special Game Settings. Here, us gamers get to choose whether we want to flip on the Fast Mode switch or keep it off. Well, delving into the world of Call of Duty: MW3, I had Fast Mode running. It made my gameplay incredibly smooth, especially during those heart-pounding moments, like the campaign mission where you have to race to a missile silo control room while dodging relentless enemy fire. That's all I'll mention. I don't want to spoil it for you; I want you to enjoy the game and savor its surprises firsthand.

BenQ emphasizes that the X3000i is engineered with gaming consoles in mind, ensuring optimal compatibility and performance.

For a firsthand trial, I wanted to experience just Call of Duty: MW3 and the BenQ X3000i gaming projector in action without any interference. I started with a straightforward setup in my living room, where I placed my PS5 on a table alongside the BenQ X3000i. The gaming action was projected onto a 110-inch (16:9) screen from Screen Innovations, using the Solo Pro 2 with Unity AT Pure White 1.3 gain material. This minimalistic arrangement allowed me to fully focus on the game and the projector's performance without any unnecessary distractions.

BenQ confidently affirms that the X3000i has been meticulously designed to elevate your gaming experiences while seamlessly working with popular gaming consoles like the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Nintendo Switch. Its capabilities extend beyond mere compatibility. This 4K 4LED gaming projector utilizes 4LED HDR-PRO™ technology to deliver vibrant and lifelike colors, complemented by breathtaking visuals. Moreover, its dynamic virtual 3D sound system envelops gamers in a rich auditory environment, enhancing immersion.

After dedicating around 20 hours to my initial setup, I decided to take my gaming experience to the next level. I relocated my testing process to my projector lab and connected my PS5 to the BenQ X3000i using a high-speed 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. This setup was then routed through the precision of a Marantz AV8805 Pre-Tuner and the power of a Marantz MM8077 7-channel amplifier. The visuals were beamed onto a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame, equipped with the CineWhite® UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) material featuring a 1.3 gain. What did this create? An expansive gaming session that felt reminiscent of a cinematic theater experience, further intensified by the enveloping and resonant audio quality.


As mentioned earlier, Call of Duty: MW3 continues the storyline right after the events of Call of Duty: MW2 (2022). We're back with Captain Price and Task Force 141, facing off against the ultimate adversary, the ultranationalist Vladimir Makarov.

The utilization of a gaming projector and a large projector screen amplifies the benefits of the gaming experience as it magnifies the impact of the Open Combat Missions in Call of Duty: MW3. With a gaming projector, I was thrust into expansive, open environments where I gained heightened visibility of Weapons, Supply Boxes, Armor Plates, Vests, and various essential elements. This expansive view offered the freedom to seamlessly transition between stealthy maneuvers and full-throttle combat, creating a more immersive and strategic atmosphere. Moreover, the sheer scale of the projector screen accentuated the intensity of moments like charging head-on into danger, going all-out guns blazing, or in a vehicle, where players can keenly observe enemies attempting to dodge, providing a cinematic gaming adventure like no other.

Embarking on the Call of Duty: MW3 campaign is an exhilarating journey that thrusts players into the heart of a global conflict. Stepping into the roles of iconic characters like Captain Price, Farah Karim, Soap MacTavish, and even the "Bad Guys," the narrative unfolds with cinematic precision, creating an immersive storytelling experience. The campaign is a relentless rollercoaster of intense firefights, covert operations, and heart-stopping moments, with each mission delivering an adrenaline rush. Whether infiltrating enemy strongholds or engaging in epic battles, I faced a multitude of challenges, demanding split-second decisions and mastery of a wide array of weaponry for survival.

The game's visuals are nothing short of breathtaking, immersing gamers in meticulously crafted environments that span from urban warfare to desert landscapes. This compelling combination of a gripping storyline, unforgettable characters, and high-octane action culminates in the Call of Duty: MW3 campaign, leaving an indelible mark on the gaming experience.

In the realm of Call of Duty: MW3, the game comes packed with HDR (High Dynamic Range) support for compatible devices. This cutting-edge technology extends the boundaries of color and brightness, transforming visuals into a vivid and lifelike spectacle. It's essential to note that HDR compatibility can vary depending on the gaming platform and projector you're using. However, when you're gaming with a projector equipped with an HDR gaming mode, like the BenQ X3000i, the difference is undeniable, allowing you to fully savor the advanced graphics of next-gen console games.

Now, let's explore the capabilities of the BenQ X3000i's HDR-PRO and Dynamic Black technology, particularly when you're immersed in games featuring intricate lighting designs. These features ensure that every visual element, from the brightest highlights to the subtlest shadows, is displayed with exceptional clarity and depth.

HDR-PRO's strength lies in its ability to replicate a wide spectrum of colors and luminance, resulting in visuals that exude vibrancy and vitality. When combined with Dynamic Black, the experience is taken to the next level as Dynamic Black finely adjusts brightness levels based on what's happening on the screen. This intelligent adaptation guarantees that scenes that might otherwise be shrouded in darkness come to life with sharp details.

What's truly impressive is how this integration seamlessly functions within the BenQ's SmartEco mode. By optimizing light power in this mode, the projector doesn't just save energy but also guarantees the highest image quality. Whether you're navigating through a dimly lit tunnel in Call of Duty: MW3 or uncovering the subtleties of a dramatic cinematic scene, this technology ensures you won't overlook the smallest of details concealed in the shadows. The result is a viewing experience that's both immersive and energy efficient.

The BenQ X3000i's impressive 8.33ms input lag in FHD (1920x1080) @120Hz was truly commendable, especially when applied to Call of Duty: MW3. This low lag competes well with many standard flat-panel TVs, guaranteeing a gameplay responsiveness that would satisfy most avid gamers, and certainly outclasses what a casual gamer might expect. Thanks to this brisk response time, I could skillfully navigate the intense battles and fast-paced action of Call of Duty: MW3 without any hindrance from a tardy or sluggish system.

Playing on a substantial projector screen, especially at the typical viewing distances, the advantages of FHD became abundantly clear. The heightened level of detail and image clarity it provides surpasses what HD can offer, resulting in visuals that are not just more vibrant but also astonishingly true-to-life. This level of refinement proves to be a game-changer for an immersive title like Call of Duty: MW3, cranking up the intensity and delivering an even greater dose of realism to the gaming experience.

The X3000i breaks the conventions of relatively small gaming projectors, offering an outstanding audio experience that's especially beneficial for Call of Duty: MW3. Equipped with finely tuned treVolo speakers and Bongiovi DPS technology, BenQ has succeeded in crafting an immersive auditory environment that surrounds you, ensuring that every nuance of the game's soundscape is vividly experienced.

While I've traditionally advocated for dedicated sound systems to enhance the gaming experience, the X3000i surprised me with its audio depth and clarity. Call of Duty: MW3, renowned for its intricate sound design and dynamic range settings, demands audio quality that can match its intensity. The subtle footsteps, gunshots, or the approach of aircraft all came through with crystal-clear precision, heightening my immersion in the game.

This showcases the strides made in projector technology, as the X3000i is capable of providing a visual and auditory experience that rivals more traditional setups. Whether you find yourself engrossed in a narrative moment or deep in the midst of an intense battle, the built-in audio system holds its own, delivering a sonic experience that adds an extra layer to an already outstanding game.

Leveraging a gaming projector with high-quality built-in audio or establishing a connection to an external audio system through eARC can elevate the in-game sound experience and overall immersion.

Within my current projector testing laboratory, I've established a robust audio configuration comprising Marantz components and Definitive Technology speakers. This audio setup not only serves the purpose of evaluating the performance of ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors but also offers an immersive auditory experience. While the X3000i's built-in treVolo audio delivered an enjoyable experience when playing Call of Duty: MW3, the game's audio truly excelled when routed through my high-end Marantz and Definitive Technology system, providing an unparalleled and hair-raising auditory sensation.

Much like my experience with Call of Duty: MW2, on both of my projector setups, the main character and NPCs, whether allies or adversaries, could range in size from 13 inches to a staggering 37 inches, contingent upon the scene's dynamics and their positions within it. This level of detail allows for unparalleled strategic planning when navigating the battlefield, especially when employing the Call of Duty: MW3 drone during the campaign playthrough.

Positioned at a distance of approximately 11 feet from my 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens projector screen in my dedicated projector lab and 14 feet from the 110-inch (16:9) screen by Screen Innovations in my living room, the scaling was impeccably configured for a fully immersive Call of Duty: MW3 experience. Should you have the space to accommodate it, upgrading to a larger projector screen will further enhance the prominence of Call of Duty: MW3's characters, offering an unrivaled perspective vital for detecting adversaries, weapons, and those pesky claymores and proximity (Bouncing Betty) mines.

If you enjoy co-op split-screen gaming, Call of Duty: MW3 provides an excellent experience, and it becomes even more enjoyable when played on a projector with a spacious screen.

Playing Call of Duty: MW3 on a massive projector screen for co-op gaming offers several advantages. Firstly, the larger screen size allows for a more immersive and detailed gaming experience, making it easier to spot opponents and collaborate with your co-op partner. The increased visual real estate also reduces screen clutter, providing a clearer view of the action.

Furthermore, co-op gameplay often involves split-screen mode, where each player has their own portion of the screen. On a larger projector screen, this split-screen mode can be more comfortable and enjoyable, as each player's individual view is more spacious and provides better visibility.

A massive projector screen enhances the co-op gaming experience in Call of Duty: MW3 by offering greater immersion, improved visibility, and a more enjoyable split-screen experience.


Immersing yourself in the world of Call of Duty: MW3 on a massive projector screen is a game-changer, no doubt about it. Imagine having your characters towering over you, or settling for a regular-sized TV – the choice is clear, especially when playing a FPS game like MW3 where every visual detail matters. Try it out, and you'll soon find yourself agreeing with me. The intense gameplay will keep you captivated, sending shivers down your spine for hours on end.

But there's more to it than just grandeur. In Call of Duty: MW3, the ability to quickly spot and target your foes, as well as take advantage of your surroundings for cover, is crucial. The better you can see your enemies and the environment, the more effectively you can strategize. That's where a gaming projector and a large screen come into play. Not only does it enhance your gaming experience, but it also allows you to gather your friends and family for epic gaming sessions or enjoy MW3's split-screen multiplayer action on a huge scale.

Much like my experience with Call of Duty: MW2, I have to share this about Call of Duty: MW3: even if you're not typically a campaign player, don't miss out on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's campaign. You'll be pleasantly surprised by the incredible weapon handling, cinematic quality, and gripping storyline.

Now, it's time to power up that projector and dive into this cinematic journey of a lifetime. Squad up and get in the game!

Feel the exhilaration as you dive into Call of Duty: MW3, and you'll swiftly understand why it's a shining star on Projector Reviews' " Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023." Kudos to MW3!

As a dedicated gamer, I'm right there with you in our shared passion for playing amazing titles like Call of Duty: MW3, Armored Core 6, Baldur’s Gate 3, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Resident Evil 4, Destiny 2 – Lightfall, Hogwarts Legacy, and Forspoken. Your steadfast support and enthusiasm have been a driving force that keeps us exploring the world of gaming on projectors.

Here at Projector Reviews, we deeply appreciate your ongoing backing, and we want to assure you that we'll continue to share our gaming experiences and insights through our "Gaming On A Projector: Best Games To Play In 2023" articles. So, remember to check back regularly for the latest updates on the finest games to enjoy on a projector. We're thrilled to embark on these gaming adventures and share them with you, and there's one more game journey before we wrap up 2023. Let's keep diving into the immersive realm of gaming on projectors together and, most importantly, have a blast!

Baldur's Gate 3 secured a spot in the top 10 list of all-time highest-rated games and easily made it onto the Projector Reviews “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023” list.

Gather your crew and head back to the Forgotten Realms, a land filled with tales of friendship, betrayal, dedication, and the pull of immense power. Deep inside, something mysterious awakens—thanks to that pesky mind flayer parasite in your brain. Stand your ground, harnessing the very darkness that seeks to control you. But hey, if you're feeling a little rebellious, give in to that wicked side and become the embodiment of evil. How's that for a twist?

Baldur’s Gate 3 challenges players to play strategically. For instance, “turn-based mode" initiated by the player lets you halt the world at your command, regardless of whether you're in combat. If you spot a chance to gain a strategic edge, aim for flawless execution during a heist, or find a way out of a cunning trap, this mode is your tool. Divide your group, set up surprise attacks, and move stealthily in the shadows. Carve your own path to fortune! Baldur’s Gate 3 is truly a next-generation RPG!

With a purpose-built gaming projector projecting on a massive screen, the turn-based tactical game mode truly comes to life. You'll have a bird's-eye view of the battlefield, ensuring you're in total control. Everything's magnified, which means those sneaky goblins will have a tough time trying to surprise you and your motley team. Bring it on!

Baldur’s Gate 3, a fantasy-themed, turn-based tactical RPG, is a proud offering from Larian Studios (developed and published). It made its debut on Windows (10, 11) on August 3, 2023, followed by a release for PlayStation®5 users on September 6, 2023, and finally for Mac OS X enthusiasts on September 22, 2023. Xbox is supposed to be coming soon. And the best part? It supports cross-platform multiplayer with Steam. Whether you're flying solo, teaming up online, or sitting side by side in split-screen co-op, the game has you covered.

For PlayStation®5, Baldur’s Gate 3 – Digital Standard Edition (base game) can be purchased for $69.99. Baldur’s Gate 3 – Digital Deluxe Edition can be had for $79.99 and consists of the base game, Divinity Bard Song Pack, Exclusive Dice Theme, Treasures from Rivellon Pack, Adventurer's Pouch, and Bonus Digital Content. For a mere additional $10, opting for the Digital Deluxe Edition is a no-brainer. Trust me, once you dive into the game, you'll quickly realize that the bonus content easily surpasses that $10 value. It's a steal!


BenQ generously supplied Projector Reviews with demo units of the X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors for assessment.

BenQ graciously sent over demonstration units of their X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors to Projector Reviews, specifically for our segment, "Best Games to Play on a Projector in 2023." To give you some perspective, I've logged a whopping 575 hours on the BenQ X3000i, with the lion's share of that time dedicated to gaming on my PS5. This extensive hands-on experience positions me uniquely to provide a detailed overview of what it feels like to game on a projector, especially on a sprawling screen.

For the purpose of this write-up, I handpicked Baldur’s Gate 3 to test out with the BenQ X3000i gaming projector. Why? The projector's RPG game mode beautifully enhances the survival horror elements intrinsic to Baldur’s Gate 3. Priced at $1,999, the BenQ X3000i stands out as a 4K HDR 4LED gaming projector, boasting 3000 ANSI lumens brightness and is equipped with dual 5-watt chamber speakers for immersive audio.

BenQ emphasizes that the X3000i is engineered with gaming consoles in mind, ensuring optimal compatibility and performance.

BenQ confidently proclaims that the X3000i is crafted to seamlessly work with gaming consoles such as the PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Nintendo Switch. Beyond mere compatibility, the X3000i 4K 4LED gaming projector is meticulously designed to elevate your gaming escapades. It boasts the 4LED HDR-PRO™ technology for vivid and lifelike colors, coupled with awe-inspiring visuals. Additionally, the dynamic virtual 3D sound ensures audio emanates from various directions, enveloping gamers in a rich auditory environment.

For a firsthand trial, I utilized what was within arm's reach. I simply set up my PS5 alongside the BenQ X3000i on a table in my living room. I projected onto a 110-inch (16:9) screen from Screen Innovations, the Solo Pro 2 with Unity AT Pure White 1.3 gain material. The simplicity of this setup allowed me to focus on the game and the projector's performance, without any unnecessary frills.

After clocking in about 25 hours with my initial simple setup, I decided to elevate my gaming experience and moved my testing process up to my projector lab. I connected my PS5 to the BenQ X3000i using a 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable and channeled it through the precision of a Marantz AV8805 Pre-Tuner and the power of a Marantz MM8077 7-channel amplifier. The visuals were magnificently beamed onto a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame, which sported the CineWhite® UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) with a 1.3 gain. The end results? A big-screen gaming session that felt akin to being in a theater, further amplified by the resonant, all-encompassing audio.

The X3000i stands out with its impressive brightness level of 3,000 ANSI lumens, allowing it to function optimally even in spaces with some ambient light interference. Coupled with its clear imagery, the projector's XPR (eXpanded Pixel Resolution) technology enables it to display a stunning 4K resolution. If you're curious about the nuances of 4K DLP combined with XPR technology, I'd recommend checking out the Projector Reviews' Projection Terms page. Beyond its stellar visual output, the X3000i is designed for convenience, featuring a wide array of connection ports such as HDMI, USB, and VGA, ensuring seamless integration with a multitude of devices and media sources.

The X3000i is packed with attributes that position it as a top-tier gaming projector. Notably, it boasts specialized game modes for FPS, RPG, and SPG, complemented by audio and visual configurations, as well as latency settings fine-tuned for next-generation RPGs, such as Baldur’s Gate 3. Opting for the RPG mode when playing Baldur’s Gate 3 amplifies the gaming experience, plunging players into a fully immersive cinematic adventure.

Shifting the X3000i's Picture Mode from HDR10 to HDR Game unlocks the projector's specialized Game Settings. Here, gamers have the choice to toggle Fast Mode on or off. Activating Fast Mode on the X3000i minimizes the latency between the input signal and the visual output. Of course, while diving into Baldur’s Gate 3, I had Fast Mode turned on. This ensured silky smooth gameplay, particularly during high-octane sequences where I battled the unreasonably fast Phase Spider Matriarch with all of her spider egg hatchings in the Whispering Depths and those swarms of Goblins seemingly everywhere.

Quick pro tip, the Whispering Depths are full of sticky spider webs. To bypass this hurdle, it's wise to equip at least one member of your party with Spiderstep Boots, which will make your journey through The Whispering Depths a lot smoother. Once you step into the Whispering Depths, take a left and continue straight until you arrive at a spacious room, once inhabited by an acolyte of Lolth. Search the skeleton nestled against the wall to the right of the exit to procure the Spiderstep Boots.


Pick from an extensive array of D&D races and classes, or opt for an origin character with its own rich backstory. Embark on quests, gather treasures, engage in battles, and form bonds as you traverse the Forgotten Realms and its surrounding territories. Go solo, choosing your allies with caution, or team up in multiplayer mode with a group of up to four adventurers.

Crafted using the advanced Divinity 4.0 engine, Baldur’s Gate 3 offers unparalleled freedom to delve into, experiment with, and engage in a world that morphs based on your decisions. A captivating, cinematic storyline draws you deeper into your character's journey, as you explore the vastest world we've ever created.

Navigating Baldur’s Gate 3 requires a well-rounded team, equipped with a mix of character classes, subclasses, spells, cantrips, weapons, and armor. Experiment with various combinations; each choice has its own set of benefits and limitations. Always be open to adapting and trying different strategies. The fate of your survival and the impact you make on the world rest solely with you. With every adventure being distinct, the game offers immense replay value.

Baldur’s Gate 3 boasts HDR (High Dynamic Range) support on compatible devices. This technology broadens the color spectrum and brightness levels in games and other visual content, crafting more vibrant and lifelike visuals. However, it's worth noting that HDR compatibility might differ depending on the platform and display being used. Employing a projector with an HDR gaming mode, such as the BenQ X3000i, amplifies the experience, letting you truly relish the advanced graphics of next-gen console games.

The BenQ X3000i's inclusion of HDR-PRO and Dynamic Black technology is a game-changer, especially when delving into titles with intricate lighting designs. These features ensure that every visual nuance, from the brightest highlights to the most subtle shadows, is rendered with impeccable clarity and depth.

The brilliance of HDR-PRO is its ability to reproduce a broader spectrum of colors and luminance, leading to visuals that burst with vibrancy and life. This technology, when combined with Dynamic Black, offers an amazing visual experience, as Dynamic Black meticulously adjusts the brightness levels based on the on-screen content. This intelligent adjustment means that scenes that might typically get lost in darkness come alive with crisp details.

What's particularly impressive about this integration is its application in the BenQ’s SmartEco mode. By optimizing light power in this mode, the projector doesn't just conserve energy but also ensures the best possible image quality. Whether you're trudging through a dimly-lit dungeon in Baldur’s Gate 3 or exploring the nuances of a dramatic movie scene, the technology guarantees that you don't miss out on the smallest of details lurking in the shadows. The result is a viewing experience that's as immersive as it is energy-efficient.

The BenQ X3000i features an Information screen. During my entire gameplay of Baldur’s Gate 3, it displayed a detected resolution of 2160p at 60Hz.

I experienced Baldur’s Gate 3 in its full 4K (3840x2160) @ 60Hz glory. On a sizable projector screen, especially at common viewing distances, 4K provides a markedly enhanced detail and image clarity compared to FHD, translating to visuals that are both more vibrant and true-to-life. Such refinement is especially advantageous for an immersive game like Baldur’s Gate 3, but it also heightens the game's intensity, given the augmented realism.

The BenQ X3000i's impressive 16.67ms input lag in 4K @60Hz was truly commendable. This low lag competes well with many standard flat-panel TVs, guaranteeing a gameplay responsiveness that would satisfy most avid gamers, and certainly outclasses what a casual gamer might expect. Thanks to this brisk response time, I could skillfully battle the relentless Goblin swarms without any hindrance from a tardy or sluggish system.

Ah, the hyenas! Yes, reacting swiftly here is crucial, especially when one tries to flee and alert the rest. That sneaky hyena can make your game a lot more challenging if it gets away. Trust me, you don't want a pack of their menacing friends descending upon you unprepared. The BenQ X3000i's low input lag was especially handy in these situations, ensuring that I could promptly address such threats without any delay.

For a relatively small gaming projector, one might not expect much in terms of audio prowess, but the X3000i challenges this notion. The treVolo tuned speakers, combined with Bongiovi DPS technology, BenQ is somehow able to weave an auditory tapestry that wraps around you, ensuring that you feel every nuance of the game's soundscape.

While I've always recommended dedicated sound systems for the best gaming experience, I was pleasantly surprised by the depth and clarity of the audio that the X3000i delivered. Baldur’s Gate 3, with its intricate and layered sound design, thanks to its dynamic range settings, deserves an audio system that can keep up. The subtle whispers, rustling of leaves, or distant cackles of Auntie Ethel all resonated with an eerie clarity that enhanced my immersion.

It's a testament to the advancements in projector technology that the X3000i can offer both a visual and auditory experience that rivals more traditional setups. Whether you're engrossed in a narrative-driven moment or preparing for a tense showdown with an ogre, the built-in audio system stands its ground, delivering a sonic experience that adds another layer to an already exceptional game.

Having a gaming projector with a quality integrated audio system or connecting to an external audio system via eARC can amplify in-game sound and dialogue, enriching the gaming immersion.

My projector lab audio setup currently features Marantz components and Definitive Technology speakers, offering rich sounds and deep bass. This setup not only allows me to evaluate ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors but also provides an enveloping auditory experience. While Baldur’s Gate 3 was impressive on the X3000i's built-in treVolo audio, the game's sound reached its zenith when channeled through my premium Marantz and Definitive Technology system, delivering an unparalleled, spine-chilling auditory experience.

On my two projector area setups, my main character and the NPCs - both allies and adversaries - ranged in size from 13 inches to a whopping 37 inches, depending on the scene's context and their positions. Seriously, being able to see the battlefield in such magnified detail is a game-changer for strategizing.

Sitting about 11 feet from my 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens projector screen in my projector lab and 14 feet from the 110-inch (16:9) screen from Screen Innovations in my living room, everything was scaled perfect for an all-engulfing Baldur’s Gate 3 experience. Of course, if you’ve got the room, scaling up to a larger projector screen will make those Baldur’s Gate 3 characters pop even more, giving you an unmatched bird's eye view vital for those pivotal turn-based tactics.

Experiencing Baldur’s Gate 3 on a massive projector screen is an absolute game-changer! Think about it: if you had the room, would you opt for a gigantic projector screen where your characters stand feet tall, or settle for a 55-inch or 75-inch TV with everything miniaturized (comparatively speaking)? My guess is that most would crave the grandeur, especially in a strategy-driven game like Baldur’s Gate 3 where every visual detail counts. Test it out, and I reckon you'll second my thoughts. The engaging gameplay promises to hold your attention and, at times, send chills down your spine for hours on end.

While Baldur’s Gate 3 boasts its Dungeons & Dragons 5th edition foundation set within the renowned Forgotten Realms, you don't need to be a D&D aficionado to get hooked. Step into a universe teeming with enchanting magic, daunting adversaries, and serendipitous romances. Power up that projector, and let the grand cinematic journey unfold!

Give it a spin, and you'll instantly get why Baldur's Gate 3 snagged a spot on the Projector Reviews' "Best Games to Play on a Projector in 2023" list. GG!

As an avid gamer, 2023 has been wild! We've dived into epic titles like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Destiny 2: Lightfall, Hogwarts Legacy, Forspoken, and now the already legendary Baldur’s Gate 3. Under the banner of "Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023," we're hyped for bangers like Starfield (I already have 50+ hours into it), Dead Island 2, and Horizon Call of the Mountain. Keep it locked here, fellow gamers – you're going to want front-row seats for our upcoming projector gaming articles.

Finally, let’s wrap up by talking about screens. Some Laser TVs come bundled with ambient light rejecting screens, but not all. Sure, you can pretty much point any projector at a blank white wall or sheet, but you will get better results with a screen. A wall or sheet isn’t as smooth as you might think, and an ultra-smooth projection screen will help eliminate these imperfections and improve the image quality.

In addition to choosing a projector with enough brightness to combat any surrounding ambient light, you can also invest in a projector screen with a special coating that helps reduce the impact of ambient light which can ruin your content. These screens are frequently referred to as ALR – Ambient Light Rejecting screens.

If you have a matte white screen, it is fully compatible with an ultra short throw projector. All of the major screen manufacturers offer a dedicated ambient light rejecting screen material designed specifically for ultra short throw projectors.

A perfectly paired ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen means you don’t have to kill the lights to get a killer picture.

Be sure to check out our recent Screen Buyer's Guide to get even more information on the latest in screens.

Aeon CLR® 3 Series


The Aeon CLR® 3 is a series of fixed frame, front projection screens, created specifically for table-top ultra-short-throw projectors. The Aeon CLR® 3 screens utilize Elite’s StarBright CLR® 3 material, which was designed to reject the maximum amount of ambient light, especially from ceiling lights, thereby preventing room lighting from washing out the projected image. The Micro-serriform optical structure filters light, “rejecting” (actually, absorbing, so that it never reaches your eyes) up to 90% of overhead lighting. The innovative material provides up to 75 times the contrast of standard matte white screen material in a room with ambient light. It also provides an ultra-wide viewing angle of 180°, making it a great option in a typical home or office environment with lots of ambient light.

The Aeon CLR® 3 is available in several sizes from 103” to 125". Ceiling light rejecting screens, like CLR® 3, are designed for ultra-short-throw projectors and are extremely effective since they only reflect light coming from below at a steep angle. Ambient light, including that from ceiling lights, is absorbed by the screen, while light from the projector is reflected toward the viewer, resulting in better color, contrast, and brightness of the projected image.

Compared with a matte white screen, the CLR (Ceiling Light Rejecting) optical surface material provides a massive boost in contrast when used in a room with ambient light. This material will only reflect light that strikes the screen at a specific angle back toward the viewer. For this reason, it is important to note that this screen is intended to be used with table-top UST projectors only. Its use with a standard or overhead mounted projector will result in a dark image, as much of the projected light will be filtered out along with ambient light.

Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screens, like the Aeon CLR® 3, do such a good job rejecting ambient light that the projection system can be utilized anytime, day or night. The Aeon CLR®3 would be a great solution for a family room or an executive boardroom.

Overall, the Aeon CLR® 3 is a step up from a matte screen, especially if you want to use your ultra-short-throw project day or night. The Aeon CLR® 3 screen is well-built and will look great in your room. To further enhance the screen’s appearance, consider installing the optional LED Backlighting Kit.

The AEON CLR® 3 Screen can be purchased directly from Elite’s online store, and it is also now available from several authorized Elite dealers/resellers. If you have a table-top ultra-short-throw projector and you are looking for a high-quality ceiling light rejecting screen, check out the Aeon CLR®3 from Elite Screens.


SI Solo Pro 2 (Short Throw)

Solo Pro 2 is one of the few motorized screens available in a Laser TV focused ALR material

Screen Innovation Laser TV-focused ALR material is an option on several of their fixed screens including the 5 Fixed, 7 Fixed, and Zero Edge models. What makes the Solo Pro 2 unique is that it is one of the few motorized screens available with an ALR screen material. The Solo Pro 2 has a sleek, modern design that looks great in almost any room. The Solo Pro 2 is a step up from the original Solo Pro because it is available in 12 different screen materials including one designed specifically to optimize the picture quality of Laser TV (ultra short throw projector) in a room with ambient light.

One of our favorite features is the optional built-in Lithium-Ion battery. While this increases the cost of the unit, it simplifies installation while dramatically reducing labor costs since you don’t have to hire an electrician to run power to the motorized screen. The included brackets allow the unit to be mounted to the ceiling or the wall. The compact case houses both the screen and the motor along with an optional battery that powers it. 

Most typical projection screens require a dark “man cave” kind of room to produce a vivid, colorful picture. Screen Innovations' Short Throw 0.6 gain screen material gives an outstanding picture even in a room with some lights on make it perfect if you’re looking to replace a flat panel TV. The screen's special optical coatings reject 90% of a room's ambient light, compared to less than 10% rejection using a standard white or gray screen. An ALR material equipped SI Solo Pro screen is available in sizes up to 120" (16x9) diagonal.

Stewart Filmscreen Balon Series (BlackHawk UST)

The Balon series from Stewart Filmscreen is a beautifully designed ALR screen that delivers excellent picture quality

Stewart Filmscreens also offers a semi-rigid ALR material designed specifically for Laser TVs (ultra short throw projectors0.The optical structure of the .055 gain Black Hawk UST material reduces reflected light on the walls, ceiling, and floor. The material is capable of rejecting ambient light discretely on both the horizontal and vertical axis so lights above and windows on the side are simultaneously rejected

Since it can reject 80% of a room's ambient light, the result is good black level and grayscale without the need to completely blackout the viewing space. Like all Stewart screen materials, the BlackHawk UST offers good center-to-edge brightness uniformity and excellent color accuracy.

Black Hawk UST material is an available option on Stewart Filmscreen's Balon Series screen system. This slim bordered screen is designed to blend seamlessly into any room and there is also optional LED light available. The maximum size for a 16X9 screen available with BlackHawk UST material is 120 inches.

As mentioned, we organized this guide by price point, to make it easer for you to find a projector that fits your budget.. In this section, we look at the higher price-point projectors, which will give you more premium features including multichannel laser light sources and better optics - for an outstanding viewing experience.


Price$8295 (100-inch screen)
$8995 (120-inch screen)
Brightness3000 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution3840 x 2160
Imager TypeDLP
Light SourceRGB Laser
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs3 HDMI
SmartGoogle TV Operating System, Google Assistant for voice control
Sound2 x 25-watt speakers
Bundled ScreenYes (100-inch or 120-inch)
TV TunerYes

For those looking for an ultra-premium Laser TV, Leica has introduced the Cine 1 Laser TV. Leica is a 100-year-old German manufacturer known for its high-quality cameras and lenses. The projector's aluminum body is stylish and includes a motorized dust cover for improved lens protection. In addition to its beautiful design and fine craftsmanship, the Leica Cine 1 delivers class-leading picture and sound quality.

The Leica Cine 1 can deliver 3000 ANSI of brightness and reproduce over 100% of BT2020 color space. Triple RGB laser technology is paired with the Leica-engineered Summicron lens with four aspherical elements has been manufactured according to Leica’s exacting standards. While these tighter tolerances increase cost, it ensures Cine 1 delivers the crisp, sharp image that Leica customers demand. Also, during our initial testing, we noticed a significant reduction in visible chromatic aberration and color fringing compared to every other RGB UST we evaluated.

Leica will be offering two Cine 1 models optimized for either a 100" ($8295 SRP) or a 120" ($8995 SRP) screen. With a retail price of $8,995, the 120-inch Leica Cine model will be the most expensive 4K UST projector on the market, but the performance and build quality justify its premium price. 

The Leica Cine 1 includes Leica proprietary image processing (Leica Image Optimization - LIO™) which optimizes the image quality using special algorithms with the goal of achieving natural color reproduction, detailed color gradations, and enhanced contrast.


Hisense L9G TriChroma Laser TV

Hisense L9G Best in Class Award
Our reviewer felt this was the best designed Laser TV we reviewed in the last 2 years!
Price$5499 or $5999
(depending on screen)
Brightness3000 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Light SourceTriple Laser
Imager TypeDLP
Light Source Lifespan25,000+ hours
InputsHDMI x 3, USB x 2
SmartAndroid TV, Google Assistant, Alexa
Sound40W Dolby Atmos sound system
Bundled Screen100-inch ALR Daylight screen
100-inch/120-inch ALR Cinema screen
TV TunerYes

The Hisense L9G is a Tricolor laser-equipped smart ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens. Color performance is one of the best examples of how the Hisense L9G ultra-short-throw projector sets itself apart from other displays. Specifically, the TriChroma RGB 3 Laser light engine enables the L9G to achieve an astounding 107% of the BT.2020 color space resulting in images that are more realistic with improved color accuracy, depth, and brilliance. To be clear no existing flat panel television, either OLED or LCD is capable of displaying this much of the BT.2020 color gamut.

When designing the L9G Hisense placed a heavy emphasis on accurate color reproduction. The unit includes several picture presets that deliver a good-looking image right out of the box including Filmmaker Mode. Filmmaker Mode was created by the collaboration of filmmakers, Hollywood studios, consumer electronics companies, and the UHD Alliance. Hisense can offer Filmmaker mode on the L9G because they have agreed that the mode will abide by specific industry standards. The goal of Filmmaker Mode is to display SDR and HDR content exactly as the creator intended by switching off all post-processing for a more cinematic experience on a projector or flat-panel TV.

To further optimize the picture quality in any room environment, the L9G is available in three different options each paired with a Hisense Ambient Light Rejecting (ALR) screen. The projector is packaged with a fully assembled 100″ ALR Daylight screen with a gain of 1.2 designed to maximize brightness and ambient light rejection capabilities in a room with higher ambient light. The L9G is also available; with 100″ or 120″ ALR Cinema Screen designed for use in a dedicated media rooms, man caves, and light-controlled spaces. The ALR Cinema Screen provides exceptional color accuracy with a wide viewing angle.

For a truly immersive theater experience, you need big sound to go with the big picture. The built-in 40W Dolby Atmos sound system gives the L9G is a significant soundstage upgrade over the typical speakers found in most televisions.

For the true audiophile, high-speed HDMI with Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC) allows for pass-thru of high-bitrate audio to your surround sound system. HDMI eARC supports multichannel audio, including Dolby Atmos. If you do not use eARC, the only other option would be to connect the optical audio output. Like most smart flat-panel televisions, the optical output cannot pass the latest immersive surround formats to an external sound system. Apps like Netflix, Disney+, HBO Max, and Amazon Prime are loaded with multichannel content. eARC is very important because the alternative, using the optical output, will only provide your external sound system stereo or Dolby Pro Logic information.

The Hisense L9G includes a nice sound system but for those interested in even higher performance the projector is WiSA ready. Products bearing the WiSA Ready logo are “ready” to transmit hi-resolution audio to WiSA Certified speakers when an optional third-party WiSA transmitter into one of the projector’s USB ports. Because every WiSA Certified component is engineered to work together seamlessly, the setup couldn’t be more straightforward. Unpack, plug-in power, and enjoy. Forget the speaker wires and confusing setup.

WiSA transmits 24 bits at 48 kHz/96 kHz. That’s twice the quality of CD audio. It does all this at less than 1/10th the latency of a Bluetooth audio device which means no visible audio sync issues will occur. All speakers used in the WiSA system are certified to be synchronized within 1/1,000,000 of a second even when using all eight channels. The system also automatically recognizes audio configurations from 2.0 to 7.1 and even 5.1.2.

Removing the need for speaker wires eliminates one of the biggest hassles in installation hassles and can significantly reduce labor costs if you are having your system installed professionally. In this application as long as the speaker can be plugged into a wall outlet, you can place them anywhere in the room you like. This makes it much easier for anyone to set up a complete home entertainment solution without a tremendous amount of effort, whether it is a simple stereo system or a robust 5.1, 7.1 surround. It also supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X systems.

The Hisense L9G is designed to be a viable alternative to a flat-panel TV, so Hisense Laser TV units have an onboard TV tuner which is a must-have if you want to replace your flat-panel TV with a projector. On the back, with the other connectors, you’ll find the standard 75-ohm coaxial connector used by TV antennas. You can also plug in the coaxial cable signal from a set-top box, although most of today’s boxes will offer the best performance from HDMI.



A very brainy smart Laser TV
Brightness2700 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Light Source3ch laser
Imager TypeDLP
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsHDMI 2.0x2, USBx2
SmartLG Smart TV, ThinQ, Google Assistant, Alexa Built-in
Sound5W + 5W Stereo built-in speakers
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerYes

The LG HU85LA is a 4K DLP projector that retails for $5,999. It utilizes a single DLP (0.66″ DMD) chip to reproduce a perceived 4K UHD resolution. Its dual-channel Laser engine is rated to deliver at 2,700 lumens for up to 20,000 hours.

The HU85LA sports a dual Laser light engine using both a red and blue Laser. This increases the projector’s color gamut coverage and eliminates the need for a spinning phosphor wheel, which reduces the rainbow effect common on many DLP projectors.

Since the HU85LA is designed to serve as a TV replacement, it includes most of the features you would find in a Smart flat panel TV including a TV tuner, internal speakers, and of course Smart features. To make the HU85LS as Smart as possible, LG utilizes the same ThinQ AI webOS that is offered in their lineup of Smart flat panel TVs. Like their Smart TVs, the HU85LS can be voice controlled and offers a wide variety of apps. 

The HU85LA is loaded with all the popular streaming apps like Netflix, HULU, Disney+, YouTube, and Fandango Now. Looking for access to local broadcast channels without a 3rd party set top box, the HU85LS also has a built-in digital tuner.

The HU85LA is compatible with both HDR10 and HLG content and it is even equipped with Dynamic HDR Tone Mapping. The LG HU85LA Laser TV combines all the Smart capabilities of flat panel TVs with the long life of a high-quality Laser light engine and 4K resolution to create a true flat panel TV replacement.


LG CineBeam HU915QB 4K Laser Projector

Brightness3000 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution2716x1528 x 2
Light SourceLaser-light source
Imager TypeDLP (.66” DMD)
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs24Gbps HDMI 2.1 input with ALLM and eARC
SmartLG WebOS, Google Assistant
Sound2,2channel (40 watts)
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNot listed

The LG HU915QB is an ultra-short-throw laser 4K smart DLP projector with retails for $6499. It utilizes a multi-channel laser light source that can reproduce nearly 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and deliver up to 3000 ANSI lumens of brightness.

While LG is a leading manufacturer of flat-panel TVs, they understand that some customers are looking for a bigger and more immersive image than even the largest OLED or LCD TV can provide. The HU915QB is the part of LG CineBeam projector lineup and is the flagship UST model in their assortment.  The CineBeam series of projectors are designed to make front projection more accessible and appealing to a wider range of consumers.

Since this model is targeted at people looking for a TV replacement so it includes a very good sound system and all the smart features you would find in one of LG’s smart flat-panel TVs. The HU915QB uses the latest version of LG’s WebOS, which is what is found in their latest flat-panel TVs. This feature makes the projector very smart, so you have all the apps and capabilities also found in a Smart TV. It is nice that WebOS supports Netflix, the app is not available on many smart projectors.

It also includes Google Assistant, which allows you to control not only the projector, but a wide variety of compatible smart home devices, like your lights, or blinds, using only your voice.

The price point of the HU915QB is higher than most Laser TVs but its picture quality, user interface, and build quality make it worth its premium price.


In this report, we organized the products by price point to help you in your buying decision. This section represents the entry-level and mid-level projectors. We've tested all of the products listed below, many of which have won awards for their performance, so even at this price point, you can find an outstanding Laser TV option.

XGIMI Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser

XGIMI-Aura-Value-Leader Award
Rated “value leader” by Projector Reviews
Brightness2400 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Light SourceLaser
Imager TypeDLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsHDMI 2.0x3
SmartAndroid TV, Google Assistant
Sound60-watt Harman/Kardon Audio System 15W tweeter x2, 15W woofers x 2
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The Aura is XGMI’s first UST projector, it retails for just $2499. This projector boots up super-fast, our reviewer clocked the start up speed at 12 seconds or less.

At 17.3-inches from a wall or UST projector screen, the Aura can project a 150-inch image. However, if you are short on space, the Aura can be placed a mere 4.3-inches away from a wall or UST projector screen to project an 80-inch image. The big images match up with the big and handsome-looking Aura.

The Aura uses a 0.47-inch DMD Texas Instruments (TI) DLP chipset and a 2,400 ANSI lumen laser diode light source to deliver its 4K (3840 x 2160) displayed resolution. In addition, Aura features HDR10 (High Dynamic Range); HDR10 sends static metadata to the video stream, which is encoded information on color calibration settings required to make images look more like the content creator’s intentions. The Aura covers up to 90% Rec. 709 and 80% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Like a TV, the Aura has a built-in audio system. XGIMI equipped the Aura with a built-in Harman/Kardon audio system. The 60-watt audio system includes two 15-watt tweeters and two 15-watt woofers.

The Aura has smart features, just like a modern smart TV would have. The Aura is powered by the Android TV™10.0 Operating System (OS). With Android TV™, the projector has the apps and capabilities that are included in smart TVs. The projector also includes Google Assistant, which allows you to control the Aura with your voice.



A super budget-friendly Laser TV option
Brightness2500 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Display Resolution3840x2160
Imager TypeDLP
Light SourceLaser
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsHDMI x 3, USB x 1
SmartSmart Android system, Google Assistant, Alexa
SoundHarmon Kardon, 60W of power
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The VAVA is an affordable Ultra Short Throw projector that is 4K UHD resolution, and comes with a built-in media player. It has a hefty, built-in Harmon Kardon sound system (60 watts), and a good picture. Projector Reviews awarded this model our Special Interest Award back in 2019. The projector is impressive, overall. It’s priced aggressively, but does have a rough edge or two (including a shorter warranty than most – 1 year, parts & labor).

The VAVA Laser TV is 4K UHD (it uses the lower resolution 1920x1080x4 pixel shifting DLP chips, which the less expensive Laser TVs like this one, and the Optoma Cinemax P1 use). HDR10 is supported with 4K, and the VAVA has both Bluetooth input and also output (to feed a more powerful sound system or even some good headphones).

At 2500 lumens, the VAVA could be brighter.  It’s brightness for the price is rather good, but there are significantly more expensive competitors, at least a couple of which are noticeably brighter.  Unlike some of the other models in this buyer’s guide, the VAVA does not come with a bundled screen. With the right screen, the VAVA can handle a room with a good bit of ambient light.

If you are new to projectors – If you decide to go for it, to put a VAVA Laser TV and a proper screen in your living or family room, and you will almost certainly love it. It’s a very impressive first projector for VAVA.



Kickstarter funded
Brightness2400 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Light SourceLaser
Imager TypeDLP
Light Source Lifespan50,000 hours
InputsHDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 2.0
SmartLuna OS with a built-in smart Android system
SoundDolby Surround audio – 15W x 2 speakers, 10W x 2 tweeter
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The JMGO U2 is a 4K ultra-short-throw DLP projector that supports 4K@60Hz video playback and retails for $2,599 on special and $2,999 at a regular price. The U2’s Tri-Color triple Laser light is rated to deliver 2,400 lumens which our reviewer confirmed as accurate. JMGO claims that the laser light engine will last for 50,000 hours. The U2 projector offers a one-year warranty along with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

The JMGO U2 comes with a built-in Luna OS. Luna OS is built on top of Android OS with a borderless design that blends in well in any environment. Simply pair the U2 with a preferred streaming TV box or TV stick to enjoy your favorite show. Luna OS features gadgets for your 24/7 companion, including a music visualizer, bulletin board, weather dashboard, and more. Luna OS Android backend allows you to live a smart life with JMGO U2. With the Alexa built-in, simply tell JMGO O1 to turn on the lights, search for movies or answer questions for you. A voice control remote with a built-in microphone allows you to control a wide range of compatible smart devices via Google Assistant. You can press the Google Assistant button in the center of the remote control to activate the voice assistant on the U2. In addition to the projector, Google Assistant also allows voice control for several third-party items such as a set-top box, lights, door locks, curtains, etc.

The size of the U2’s chassis is one of the reasons this projector has among the biggest, boomiest sound systems of any Laser TV we’re reviewed here at Projector Reviews. The larger chassis leaves more room for the speakers and resonance. It’s dynamic and gets loud, so if you don’t have an external sound system to connect the JMGO to, the built-in sound quality will be more than acceptable. The speakers, which were co-created by Dynaudio, deliver excellent sound with decent bass, clean dialogue, and very transparent highs. The JMGO U2 is both Dolby and DTS certified, so it supports surround sound.

A built-in media player is becoming more common these days, but it’s worth noting that the JMGO U2 features one that will play content off a USB flash drive in up to 4K resolution. The U2’s media player supports MVC/ISO/H.265(level 5.1)/VC-1/JPEG/MP3 content.

If you want to put a very large TV in your living or theater room, this JMGO would be an excellent choice. The JMGO U2 offers a good picture, smart features, and low maintenance, making it a compelling option to replace your television as your home’s primary display in your family room.



Ben Q V7050i Highly Recommended by Projector Reviews
BenQ’s freshman entry into the Laser TV market is sleek and boasts a superb image – crisp & colorful
Brightness2500 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution3840x2160 (1920x1080x4)
Imager TypeDLP
Light SourceLaser
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours (normal)/30,000 (ECO)
InputsHDM1 x 2, USB
SmartGoogle certified Android TV stick included, Google Assistant
SoundtreVolo-tuned 5W x 2 virtual surround stereo
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The BenQ V7050i is a 2500 lumen Laser TV that retails for $3499. BenQ knows something about making a projector that looks good, both inside and out. The V7050i is a beautifully designed projector with sleek-edged aluminum lines that houses a laundry list of high-performance video technology ready to bring a cinematic entertainment experience to your living room.

At the heart of the V7050i is a 2,500-lumen laser diode light source and a Texas Instruments DLP (.47″ DMD) imager to display a bright 4K picture. It features HDR-Pro™ (High Dynamic Range) for improved image quality and shadow detail from HDR content. The V7050i also utilizes BenQ’s proprietary CinematicColor™ technology to deliver a wider color gamut covering up to 98% of the DCI-P3 color space. The projector’s FILMMAKER mode did a great job utilizing the unit’s color capability accurately.

Like most Laser TV projectors, the V7050i offers an onboard sound system that BenQ has designed to outperform many competitors. BenQ includes a treVolo-tuned, 5W x 2 built-in virtual surround audio system that provides a complete home theater experience with only one projector that sits just inches from the screen.

The BenQ V7050i laser TV is a smart projector. It is a Google-certified Android TV™ device providing access to most of the popular Android TV video applications. You can also control the unit with your voice via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

Our reviewer was wowed with this unit, stating “After using the V7050i for a couple of weeks now, I have to say that I am incredibly impressed. This projector delivers a noticeably crisper, more detailed, and colorful image than I have seen to date on any other ultra-short-throw projector in its class. It’s superb.”


Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra-Short-Throw 4LED

The Philips Screeneo U4 is compact with a contemporary look.
Brightness400 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1080p (1920x1080)
Imager TypeDLP
Light Source4LED (RGGB)
Light Source Lifespan30,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC) HDCP 2.2 ports
SmartBuilt-in media player
SoundDual integrated 15-watt speakers
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

With a retail price of $669 for the Screeneo U4, Philips targets those looking for a cost-effective, compact, and transportable UST projector. Philips states the recommended usage for the Screeneo U4 is in a dark room and an 80-inch image. Philips also says the Screeneo U4 can project 35-inch to 120-inch images and then adds, “We recommend to keep the image size at 80” for the best contrast and brightness.”I recommend following Philips’ recommendation and keeping your projected image at 80-inches or smaller. When I went above 80-inches, the image struggled with brightness and contrast, just as Philips forewarned.

The Screeneo U4 setup for this review was a breeze. The Screeneo U4 can be placed on a table, mounted to a tripod, or mounted to the ceiling, which makes for flexible setups in most rooms and environments. As usual, I started by placing the projector on a level surface. I tripod mounted the Screeneo U4 thanks to the built-in tripod socket located on the bottom of the projector. I then physically moved the Screeneo U4 until the image was perfectly aligned on my projector screen.

I took my time and did not have to use any of the keystone correction adjustments. I recommend spending a few extra minutes getting the alignment perfect by physically adjusting the projector’s position whenever possible. Using digital keystone correction slightly degrades any projector’s image quality and may negatively affect your input lag while gaming. I suggest setting the geometry correction values to zero to enjoy all of the resolution you paid for.

Although I did not need to utilize the Screeneo U4’s 4-corner geometry correction adjustments, it is nice knowing it is there if it were ever needed. For example, if I were traveling and forced to set the Screeneo U4 and a projector screen up on an uneven surface, I would appreciate having 4-corner geometry correction capabilities.


JMGO O1 PRO UST Smart LED Projector

JMGO 01 PRO Projector.
Price$1,699.99 MSRP
Brightness1250 Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1080p (1920x1080)
Imager TypeDLP
Light SourceLeica-tuned LED light
Light Source Lifespan45,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). 2USB 2.0 Type-A ports
SmartSmart Android system with a built-In Luna OS
Sound10 x 2 sound system tuned by Dynaudio's chief acoustic engineer
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The JMGO 01 PRO is an LED powered ultra-short-throw, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080p) projector selling for $1,699.99.

JMGO, pronounced JM Go, is a Chinese company that current CEO Eric Hu founded. CEO Hu describes himself as an avid fan of cinema movies who just wants to enjoy a big-screen experience at home. JMGO has brought quite a few projectors to market, and now they are offering the JMGO 01 PRO, a Full HD ultra-short-throw (USD) projector. The 01 PRO is a Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector powered by an LED light engine. The 01 PRO is co-engineered with Leica and stereo-sound-tuned by Dynaudio's chief acoustic engineer. In addition to its high-end hardware pedigree, at least on paper, the 01 PRO is also a smart projector powered by Android-based Luna OS and several smart hardware features. 

This review will give you a brief overview of the JMGO 01 PRO. After covering the basics and the projector's highlights, I'll move on to the most notable features of the 01 PRO. We will take a look at the choice of hardware and software JMGO chose to power this home entertainment projector. Most importantly, I'll tell you how the 01 PRO stacked up on the test bench, as well as my observations of the projector's overall quality, performance, and value. These assessments will include visual performance in brightness, color, contrast, picture quality, and the projector's sound quality. Finally, I'll summarize my test results and personal experience along with an idea of what projectors the 01 PRO is competing against. I'll end with my choice of the pros and cons of the JMGO 01 PRO. 


VAVA Chroma VA-SP003 4K

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The VAVA Chroma is the company's 2nd generation ultra-short throw projector.
Price$2,999 MSRP
Brightness2500 ANSI lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4 (3840x2160)
Imager TypeTri-color laser light engine
Light SourceALPD 4.0 RGB laser light
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). 2USB 2.0 Type-A ports
SoundHarman Kardon speakers and 30 watts x 2 Dolby-powered audio
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

It's been almost a year since VAVA began selling their latest 4K ultra-short-throw projector, the VAVA Chroma VA-SP003. This projector is VAVA's sophomore follow-up to its first ultra-short-throw projector, the VA-LT002, which we reviewed in 2019. The VAVA Chroma is an ultra-short-throw projector featuring an ALPD 4.0-powered triple laser light source, Alexa voice control, and an Android-powered operating system. VAVA says it can project an image between 80" and 150".

While the suggested retail price of the VAVA Chroma is $3,499, VAVA often puts the unit on promotion. At the time of this review, VAVA Chroma was available for just $2,999 MSRP on VAVA's website. The selling price at several well-known big-box and online retailers can be found for a little less than MSRP.

The VAVA Chroma VA-SP003 is the company's most recent introduction into the ultra-short-throw projector space. VAVA introduced the Chroma on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The campaign raised an impressive $7.8 million, making it Indiegogo's most-funded campaign of 2021. When this projector was first announced, it offered a compelling list of features, including big sound from Harman Kardon speakers, a 60-watt Dolby-powered audio system, 2,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, and Android-powered intelligent capabilities.

At the time, the VAVA Chroma was the only consumer projector using an ALPD 4.0 RGB laser light source, but it's almost a year since this projector became available, and a lot can change in a year. In this review, I will closely examine this projector's features and evaluate its performance. Afterward, I'll discuss how the VAVA Chroma compares to its competition and if this projector is a strong candidate for your home theater dollars in 2023.



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The WEMAX Nova Laser TV 4K Cinema.
Brightness2100 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution3840 x2160
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Light SourceALPD laser light source
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). USB 2.0 Type-A port
SmartYes, AndroidTV 9.0 with Google Assistant
Sound30W (10W x 2 Full Range, 5W x 2 Tweeter)
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The WEMAX Nova, retailing for $2,699.00, is a smart 4K Ultra Short Throw (UST) laser projector featuring Advanced Laser Phosphor Display (ALPD) technology and 2,100 ANSI lumens. With a Full On/Full Off (FOFO) contrast ratio of 3,000:1, WEMAX claims the Nova projector is capable of displaying a maximum 4K image of up to 150 inches, while also covering 100% of the Rec. 709 color gamut.

At first glance, it's easy to mistake the WEMAX Nova for the Formovie THEATER, a product we evaluated last December. The WEMAX Nova and Formovie THEATER share an almost identical exterior appearance. Notably, they even exhibit similar initial startup screens. At least, that was the case with the demo unit I had the opportunity to explore. Upon powering up the WEMAX Nova for the first time, I was welcomed with a message saying, "Hello, welcome to the Formovie Laser TV 4K Cinema” and “A simple start to your Formovie Laser TV 4K Cinema 150” journey."

The WEMAX website states, “WEMAX is the sub-company of Appotronics” and goes on to state, “PS. Formovie is the brand belonging to Fengmi, who is the sub-company of Appotronics and Xiaomi as well, who is focusing on Chinese domestic company and B2B business. However, WEMAX is focusing on international online markets.” The situation is analogous to General Motors offering both the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra. In broad terms, the Chevy tends to be priced more affordably, while the GMC has a more premium feel and a correspondingly higher cost.

Later in the review, we will compare the WEMAX Nova and Formovie THEATER in greater detail. Ultimately, selecting one over the other depends on individual preferences and particular requirements.


Optoma CinemaX D2

Optoma's newest addition to the CinemaX line of ulta-short-throw projectors
Price$2,699 MSRP
Brightness3,000 Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Imager TypeDLP w/Laser light source
Light SourceLaser light source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). USB 2.0 Type-A port
SmartAndroid TV 11 (External)
Sound10 watts x2 Dolby Digital
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart is a laser DLP powered, ultra-short throw (UST) 4K projector that retails for $2,699.

Optoma has been in the projection industry since 2004 and today is a leading large-display brand and, specifically, the world's number one 4K UHD projector brand worldwide.

In late September of this year, I wrote a news article about Optoma's two new CinemaX D2 ultra-short throw projectors, the CinemaX D2 and CinemaX D2 Smart. These two new models are a direct follow-up to last year's award-winning ultra-short-throw projector, the CinemaX P2.

I liked the previous version, the CinemaX P2, and looked forward to getting my hands on one of the new D2 series models. As I noted in my news article, these two projectors are nearly identical. The primary difference between the two models is the inclusion of an external smart media device on the D2 Smart. From a picture and sound point of view, these two projectors are identical.

The model I'm evaluating for this review is the CinemaX D2 Smart. The D2 sells for $2,499 MSRP, and the D2 Smart sells for $2,699 MSRP, which is a significant price reduction compared to the CinemaX P2's $3,299 MSRP. This lower price makes this projector very competitive if the performance compares to other UST projectors in its class.


LG CineBeam HU715Q

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The LG HU715Q 4K UHD Laser UST CineBeam Projector is LG’s newest Ultra-Short-Throw
Price$2,999 MSRP
Brightness2,500 ANSI lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K (3840 x 2160)
Imager Type0.47-inch DMD Texas Instruments (TI) DLP chipset
Light SourceLaser Light Source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). USB 2.0 Type-A port
SmartLG’s webOS 6.0
SoundBuilt-in 40-watt Audio 2.2 Channel Sound System
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerYes

The LG HU715Q 4K Laser UST CineBeam Projector has many features that are also found on modern flat-panel TVs. Therefore, some in the industry have given smart 4K UST projectors like the HU715Q alternative names like Laser TV, Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) TV, UST Projector, Laser Projector, and Laser Projector TV. However, I will primarily be referring to the LG HU715Q 4K Laser UST CineBeam Projector as a UST and UST Projector from this point forward.

At 12.48-inches from a wall or projector screen, the HU715Q can project a 120-inch image. If you are short on space, the HU715Q can be placed a mere 4.64-inches away from a projection wall or screen to project an 80-inch image. The LG HU715Q has a Manufactures Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,999 and hit the market in early Spring 2022.

Most projectors are not very smart. They do not have capabilities such as streaming apps that are common on many modern TVs. The HU715Q utilizes LG’s webOS 6.0, just like what is found on their newest flat-panel TVs. With the HU715Q, you have all the apps and capabilities typically found in a modern smart TV. You can enjoy content with built-in apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and Apple TV.

Voice control is also available thanks to LG’s ThinQ AI, which allows you to control not only the projector but a widespread amount of compatible smart home devices using your voice via Google Assistant. The HU715Q even has its own web browser built-in.

Also, like a TV, the HU715Q has a built-in audio system. LG equipped the HU715Q with a built-in 40-watt audio system. LG states the HU715Q has a “2.2 channel Quad Woofer” design. LG placed two tweeters and two woofers on the front of the cabinet that can reproduce the full range and two woofers on the rear of the cabinet to enhance the bass range.


ViewSonic X2000B-4K

The ViewSonic X2000B-4K has a nice shape and modern design.
Price$3,098.99 MSRP
Brightness2,000 ANSI lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4 (3840x2160)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Light SourceLaser Phosphor Light Source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.0b ports. 2 USB 2.0 Type-A ports, LAN port, 3.5mm audio
SoundIntegrated Harman/Kardon 50W audio with Dolby Audio/DTS-HD support
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The ViewSonic X2000B-4K is a smart UST projector with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $3,098.99. The projector utilizes second-generation laser phosphor technology rated at 2000 ANSI lumens. The second-generation Laser Phosphor technology improves brightness, and heat-resistance and reduces the product size. The laser light source can last up to 20,000 hours for years of home entertainment with ViewSonic’s Cinema SuperColor™.

The X2000B-4K’s embedded Wi-Fi connectivity enables screen mirroring directly from iOS and Android smart devices making content easy to stream. In addition, the dual built-in Harman/Kardon tweeters and woofers deliver room-filling audio that surpasses many modern TVs. The integrated Harman/Kardon audio system also has Dolby Audio and DTS-HD support.

With a 0.22 ultra-short throw lens, the ViewSonic X2000B-4K smart laser projector provides a cinematic experience with the convenience of ultra-short throw projection. The X2000B-4K can be placed 10.33-inches away from a projection screen or wall and project an immersive 100-inch image. The X2000B-4K delivers 4K (3840x2160) resolution images with Rec. 709 color gamut compatibility, HDR, and HLG support.

The projector can be placed on a table, mounted to a media stand, or mounted to the ceiling, which makes for flexible setups in most rooms and environments. In addition, the X2000B-4K can deliver immersive images on projector screens, flat surfaces, and curved walls, thanks to its flexible 4-corner keystone adjustment and Warping capabilities.


Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 3LCD

One of the best looking out-of-the-box ultra-short-throw projectors
Price$3,499 MSRP
Brightness4,000-lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K (3,840 x 2,160) 60 Hz, 1,080 120 Hz
Imager Type3-chip 3LCD
Light SourceBlue lasers + phosphor laser light source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs#1 (Std.), #2 (ARC), #3 (Gaming - Lag 16.7 ms )
SmartFully integrated Android TV 11 Operating System
Sound2.1 audio system with built-in sub-woofer by Yamaha
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is a 4,000-lumen 4K PRO-UHD ultra-short-throw home theater projector that retails for $3,499 MSRP.

The LS800 uses Epson's award-winning 3-chip 3LCD technology and high-performance laser light source to deliver a dynamic contrast ratio of over 2,500,000:1, allowing this projector to reproduce extraordinary black-level details and out-of-the-box color performance. The LS800 is one of the best out-of-the-box 4K ultra-short-throw projectors I've ever seen.

Epson has been driving the innovation of ultra-short-throw projectors since the introduction of their milestone Epson EB-450 education projector in 2010. Epson has continued building on that legacy of innovation and engineering experience with some of the best home theater projectors in the industry. The EpiqVision LS800 is the latest example of an Epson milestone product.

Epson has taken a new approach with its two most recent EpiqVision projectors. The newest LS800 and its barely older Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) little brother, the LS300, features an all-new sleek modern design that allows these two projectors to fit into a wide range of visually diverse-looking living spaces. The new EpiqVision Ultra chassis looks more appealing compared to previous ultra-short-throw models that use the same chassis that Epson uses on their professional ultra-short-throw projectors.

The new design allows these cutting-edge EpiqVision Ultra LS800 projectors to sit significantly closer to the screen than previous Epson ultra-short-throw projectors. In my testing, I placed the LS800 less than seven inches from my 120-inch screen.


Formovie Theater

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Price$3,499 MSRP
Brightness2800 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Imager TypeDLP w/ XPR (0.47” Single-Chip DMD)
Light SourceAppotronics ALPD 4.0 triple laser light engine
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 plus 1 eARC port, USB Type-A inputs
SmartAndroid TV 11 integration
SoundDolby Atmos sound by Bowers & Wilkins
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

Formovie Technology is a joint venture between Apotronics, the maker of the projection industry's most popular laser light source technologies, and Xiaomi (SHA-O-mee) Technology. Based in China, Xiaomi is one of the world's largest technology manufacturers.

Formovie projection products include ALPD laser imaging technology. ALPD lasers are used in more movie theater projectors worldwide than any other brand. Chances are, the last movie you saw at a theater was shown on a projector using an ALPD laser light source.

The Formovie Theater is an Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projector, also called a Laser TV, and is capable of being placed just inches away from the screen. Having the projector close to the screen eliminates the risk of someone blocking the image by walking between the projector and the screen. UST projectors also remove the need for ceiling mounting and long wire runs between sources and the video projector. With massive improvements in picture quality and price decreases, Laser TV projectors are now starting to replace the living room TV.

I've reviewed Formovie portable projectors in the past; read my full review of the Wemax Dice which was designed and produced by Formovie.

Honestly, I was surprised that the company had introduced a Laser TV projector and that it won first place at the 2022 Ultra Short Throw Laser TV Showdown organized by


AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro

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AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro
Price$3,999 MSRP
Brightness2400 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Imager TypeSingle Chip 0.47" DLP Texas Instruments DMD
Light SourceRGB triple laser light source w/o phosphor color wheel
Light Source Lifespan25,000+ hours
Inputs3X HDMI 2.0b with one eARC
SmartAndroid 9.0 OS
SoundPremium sound 36 watt onboard sound system
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

AWOL Vision entered the home theater projector market in 2022 with their flagship LTV-3500; it was one of, if not the most, compelling ultra-short throw projector available to buy in 2022. Will AWOL Vision's sophomore offerings live up to or even surpass the company's first-generation products?

When I first started seeing AWOL Vision generate serious buzz in 2022, it became clear that the company was employing a “check all of the boxes” strategy in its projectors' design and feature set. AWOL Vision is not a projector manufacturer, and in many ways, this gives the company a significant advantage over other projector companies that can be saddled with the cost of factories and parts inventory. Like flat panel television brand VIZIO, AWOL Vision buys the best technology available at the time and offers it some of the most advanced features for its projector products.

First, AWOL Vision used some of the industry's best suppliers for the projector's laser light engine components. The LTV-3000 Pro uses a Texas Instruments 0.47 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), an NICHA RGB laser diode light source, and a state-of-the-art Ricoh all-glass lens. At peak output, AWOL Vision estimates the projector's triple laser light source can produce 3000 lumens of brightness with an estimated light source life of 25,000 hours. 

The high-speed 0.47 Texas Instruments DMD (Digital Micromirror Device) with XPR technology displays a stunning 4K UHD image (3,840 x 2,160) pixels with a contrast ratio of 2500:1.

With a 25,000-hour lifespan, the light source offers lasting durability. To put this into perspective, even if the projector were used for 8 hours daily, it would endure for more than eight years. Such longevity would be unattainable with a lamp-based projector.


Nomvdic P2000UST-RGB

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Immersive home cinema with 4K UHD/HDR10/HLG support
Price$2,899 MSRP
Brightness2500 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K (3840 x 2160p)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47” DMD)
Light SourceALPD 4.0 Triple Laser
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
Inputs3X HDMI Inputs (2x HDMI 2.1, 1x HDMI 2.0)
SmartIncludes an Amazon Firestick 4K Max
SoundHarmon Kardon 25-watt x2 Dolby Digital and DTS sound
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

In 2023, Nomvdic (pronounced Nomadic) introduced their first Laser TV. The Nomvdic P2000 uses a Texas Instruments 0.47 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) and an Appotronics ALPD 4.0 RGB+ triple laser light source. An ALPD 4.0 laser light source is more than just bright; it can display 100% of the BT2020 color gamut that exceeds the needs of today's most demanding video sources.

Laser light sources are incredibly reliable and maintenance-free. The estimated light source life at full output for the P2000 is 20,000 hours. This laser light source provides 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, meaning that this projector does not need a completely dark room to produce a good picture. Projectors with a 2,500 ANSI laser light source can display excellent color and retain a decent amount of shadow detail even when watching content with the lights on. 

Nomvdic has improved the projector responsiveness for gamers, making it capable of 4K 60 Hz gaming with an input lag of 32 ms or 1080p gaming up to 120 Hz with an input lag of 16 ms. Nomvdic has also included MEMC technology to reduce blurring and judder, improving the P2000’s gaming performance. The projector's low input lag and smooth performance mean gamers should not see a difference between when they push a controller button and the action on the screen.

Laser TV projectors, like the Nomvdic P2000, can display movies, sports, and more on a huge screen with excellent image quality. Nomvdic lists the screen range anywhere from 65 to 150 inches diagonally.

Homeowners with limited space should find the Nomvdic P2000 a space-saving alternative to traditional large-screen TVs. Ultra-short throw projectors don’t suffer from people walking between the projector and the screen because they are so close to each other.

Sound quality is an important feature of any Laser TV projector. Nomvdic partnered with Harmon Kardon to develop the P2000UST-RGB 50W (25 watt x2) Dolby Digital audio system, providing a cinematic sound experience in your home. This projector's Harmon Kardon sound system should easily surpass the audio quality of most flat-panel televisions and even many entry-level soundbars.


Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS650

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The EpiqVision is the newest 4K PRO-UHD ultra-short throw projector from Epson.
Price$2,799 MSRP
Brightness3600 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K PRO-UHD
Imager Type3LCD
Light SourceBlue Laser
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs2x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.3) ports
SmartFully integrated Android TV 11 Operating System
SoundBuilt-in Yamaha 2.1 virtual surround sound
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS650 is a 4K UST (ultra-short throw) laser projector rated to deliver 3,600 ANSI lumens of brightness and 2,500,000:1 dynamic contrast, selling for $2,799 MSRP. The LS650 is an Android TV-powered smart projector with a sound system designed in partnership with the audio experts at Yamaha.

Epson is a leader in the projection industry, making some of the most innovative ultra-short throw projection solutions going back to 2010. Last year, Epson upped the competitive ante by introducing the award-winning ultra-short throw EpiqVision Ultra LS800. The LS800 was the first of a new line of ultra-short throw projectors featuring an entirely new design language.

The LS650 builds on last year's design, where Epson ditched the raised snorkel-like lens and opted for a more traditional ultra-short throw lens configuration. This revision removes almost four inches of height from the projector and allows the LS650 to be placed significantly closer to the screen than previous models, such as the LS500.

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS650 is built to ensure the company maintains its position as a leader in home entertainment projectors.



Extremely compact for a bright Laser TV – 4K capable!
PriceNOW $2299 MSRP
Brightness4000 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920 x 1080
Imager Type3LCD
Light SourceLaser
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs3 HDMI
SmartAndroid Operating System, Google Assistant for voice control
SoundDual 10-watt speakers
Bundled ScreenYes (100-inch or 120-inch)
TV TunerNo

The LS500 is a laser powered, 4000 lumen, 3LCD projector with an ultra-short throw design, and it is bundled with either a 100” or 120” screen. It’s built for your living, family, or other common rooms, and will make sure they remain common, no more. At 4000 lumens, this Laser TV is definitely bright enough to utilize day or night just like a flat panel TV.

The Epson LS500 is a great TV replacement option and offers, essentially, unlimited content from streaming services. Plus, you have inputs for your cable/satellite box, game console, or 4K Blu-ray player.

It has audio that’s better than most flat panel TVs and, most importantly, it produces a massive sharp image, one that makes a 65” LCD TV look like something that’s more suitable for a spare bedroom.

If you’re a gamer, you probably use your existing flat panel TV for gaming. The LS500 ultra-low game lag also makes it an excellent option for your epic gaming sessions. Its rated input lag of 16.7 ms input lag is a lot faster/better than most home projectors and many flat panel displays.

The LS500 is bundled with an Epson SilverFlex™ Ultra AR screen (100-inch or 120-inch). This high-resolution screen is designed for 4K content. It has a super wide 178-degree viewing angle – so everyone in the living room gets a great seat, even your cousin you make sit on the old beanbag chair. The bezel has a modern thin form factor that was designed to look beautiful in any room.

It comes with the familiar Smart TV functionality of Android, it is easy to install, the laser is rated for a whopping 20,000 hours (eco mode) and the unit comes with a 2-year warranty. At around $5,000 (including the 100-inch screen), the Epson LS500 Laser Projection TV is a real alternative for customers who crave the big screen experience in their living room.


BenQ V5000i 4K RGB Laser TV Projector

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The BenQ V5000i is an affordable 4K home theater projector and high-gain screen with excellent picture quality.
Price$3,499 MSRP
Brightness2500 ANSI Lumens
Resolution4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Light SourceNichia RGB Laser Light Source
Light Source Lifespan20,000+ Hours (Normal Light Mode)
Inputs2 HDMI 2.0b, 1 HDMI 4K 120 Hz, A/V receiver, 2 USB
SmartYes (Via QS-02 Smart Dongle)
SoundTreVolo tuned 20-watt x2 speaker 
Bundled ScreenYes (100" high-gain Fresnel ALR screen) - Limited Offer
TV TunerNo

The BenQ V5000i $3,499 MSRP 4K (3840 x 2160p) smart ultra-short throw projector is the follow-up to BenQ’s award-winning V7050i Laser TV, which we reviewed a little over two years ago. The V5000i is one of the first BenQ projectors to utilize an RGB triple laser light source. The V5000i has a rated brightness of 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, and it can display 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is fantastic for movies and gaming.

The V5000i is classified as a Laser TV, and as such, BenQ has built the projector with the idea that “light’s on” viewing will likely be the rule rather than the exception. With lights on viewing in mind, BenQ has built a new high-gain, fresnel ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen (model# SNS21). The SNS21 is a soft screen material designed to boost the displayed brightness and color even in rooms with large amounts of uncontrolled ambient light.

For a limited time, BenQ is including the 100-inch version of the SNS21 screen and home installation at no charge with every purchase of a V5000i MSRP of $3,499.


Hisense 100L5H 4K Laser TV

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The Hisense L5H is the company's 6th generation ultra-short throw projector.
Brightness2700 ANSI Lumens
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels (4K e-shift)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47” DMD) with XPR
Light SourceX-Fusion Blue Laser + Phosphor
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours (ECO)
Inputs2 HDMI 2.1 (eARC on #2 only), 1 HDMI 2.0, 2 USB (2.0/3.0), S/PDIF Digital Audio, 3.5mm Headphone, LAN Input, DC Input
SmartYes - Google TV OS
Sound40 Watts 2.1 Dolby Atmos
Bundled ScreenNew ALR 1.5x high gain screen included (100" and 120" options)
TV TunerYes

The Hisense L5H is a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) Ultra-Short Throw laser projector that can deliver 2,700 ANSI lumens of brightness. Since the unit is part of Hisense's Laser TV lineup, it is bundled with either a high gain 100" screen for brighter rooms or a 120" ALR (Ambient Light Rejected) screen darker spaces.

The 100L5H sells for $3,999.99 MSRP, and the 120L5H is $4,999.99. They are available from a wide range of authorized Hisense online or brick-and-mortar dealers across the US.

The L5H is a Smart projector featuring the newest Google TV smart OS. The L5H also supports advanced HDR formats like Dolby Vision with a features a built-in 40-watt Dolby Atmos sound system.



First, you might wonder – what’s a Laser TV? A Laser TV is an alternative to a traditional LCD or OLED TV. A laser TV combines the immersive big screen “WOW” factor of a home theater projector with the everyday convenience features and installation simplicity of a flat panel TV.

In this guide, we will discuss a wide variety of Laser TVs. When we are reviewing units as well as when choosing award winners for this guide, we consider several different projectors from different manufacturers and how they are best used in different situations.

Before we dive into helping you choose the best laser TV, we wanted to quickly touch on how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed entertainment. More than ever, people want great entertainment experiences at home. A big screen experience can offer a more immersive experience for movies, sports, TV shows, and so much more.

The most popular TV screen sizes have steadily grown over the last decade or so. Screens measuring 65 inches diagonally have become the most popular size in North America, and 75-inches models will soon replace them if recent pricing trends continue. Meanwhile, 50-inch sets—once considered huge—are now being stuck in guest rooms so your mom can watch NCIS repeats when she visits.

But flat panel TVs can only get so big. LCD TVs currently top out at around 100 inches, while the largest OLED measures 88 inches. However, these monster TVs carry matching monster price tags – well into five figures. While it is possible to make even larger glass panels, currently they are prohibitively expensive and difficult to transport and install. There’s also the new micro-LED technology that promises wall-sized displays of almost any size, but now we’re talking prices in the six figures!

No more complicated installation! Laser TVs offer a more convenient big projector experience.

We may dream of a 100-inch flat screen TV, but the heavy cost can be a record-scratch, show-stopper for models larger than 85 inches. So, for most of us when we think of the ultimate big screen experience at home, we don’t think of flat panel TVs, we think of a bulky black box parked in the back of a very dark theater room or mounted on a ceiling, projecting across the room to a great big old screen mounted on the wall. This type of traditional projector might need a specialist to install in the ceiling and probably lack speakers or built-in streaming apps and might even use spendy bulbs that have to be replaced every year or so.

But projector manufacturers continue to innovate – and ultra-short throw projectors are a big game changer for those who want a big screen experience without a hefty price tag or dedicated theater or cave. A short throw projector can produce large images even when they are placed only a few images from a screen or even a wall. As mentioned previously, these types of projectors are called Laser TVs because they are designed to be viable replacements for flat panel televisions.

Laser TVs are becoming increasingly popular because you get the benefits of a projector without some of the hassles of a traditional projector. Since laser TVs offer a big screen experience while overcoming so many projector headaches, they can appeal to the same audience that enjoys a flat panel TV – for a fraction of the big screen flat panel cost.

And of course, Laser TVs can be used outside of the home. A Laser TV could be a solution for a living room or a classroom or even a conference room.

Leica Laser TV

We’re big fans of Laser TVs here at Projector Reviews. In fact, one of our most popular articles is Things to Consider When Purchasing a Laser TV which you can read here. This comprehensive article goes into exceptional detail and describes the technologies that make a laser TV truly a flat panel replacement.  

We also wrote an article describing how the big screen experience is more available to a wider audience, you can read it here. From smart features to maximize entertainment to built-in sound and increasingly reasonable cost, laser projectors are becoming more approachable to everyday consumers.

We wish to thank Leica for sponsoring the 2023-2024 Laser TV Buyer’s Guide.

Features to Consider When Choosing a Laser TV


A flat panel TV can be used day or night and so can a great Laser TV!

If a projector is going to be able to replace a flat panel TV, you have to be able to use it day or night like a regular TV. It also needs to be able to deliver vibrant color regardless of ambient room light. Most laser TVs are sufficiently bright enough to deliver a luxurious, TV-like experience. Many of today’s laser TVs are actually brighter than some conventional flat panel TVs currently in market.

In addition to a long, maintenance-free life, a laser has a lot of other advantages over a traditional projector – they turn on faster, last longer, run quieter and generate less heat.


Laser TVs like the Leica Cine 1 include tons of smart features

A lot of traditional projectors are real dum-dums and the rest of us are used to the convenience of a smart TV. Laser TVs are the projector industry’s easy solution to enjoying the really big-screen viewing experience at home, without out needing a dedicated room – the classic “home theater” or man cave, and instead enjoy it in common rooms like your living room or family room. That tends to make them family purchases, something enjoyed by the whole family, rather than just the hobbyist/enthusiast in the house. And the family wants the familiar convenience of a smart TV and ESPECIALLY streaming apps like Netflix. The kids need to be able to quickly browse to Octonauts or Ninjago.

To be a true flat panel TV replacement, a Laser TV has to be smart and include built-in streaming apps for services like Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, and others. In addition, the manufacturer should provide an extensive app store that lets you download other available apps. Many smart Laser TVs offer the same Android operating system found in the best-selling flat panel TVs – it’s familiar, seamless and easy to navigate. Voice control capabilities are another welcome smart addition. The unit should also provide the ability to display content that is “cast” from smartphones and other mobile devices via Wi-Fi.

One thing missing from most Laser TVs is a built-in over-the-air (OTA) broadcast tuner. A few, such as the LG 100L5F, have an ATSC 1.0 digital OTA tuner, but we are currently in a transition period to the next generation of OTA broadcasting known as ATSC 3.0, so many manufacturers are waiting until that format becomes more widespread before they include OTA tuners in their Laser TVs.

Apps and OTA tuners are both important for the growing number of consumers who wish to “cut the cord” from their cable or satellite provider. Those providers and most broadcast networks recognize the trend toward cord cutting, so they offer their own apps. This highlights the importance of a large app library for those who want to cut the cord.


A thin flat panel TV can mean thin sound – a Laser TV has a bigger box = bigger sound!

Then there’s onboard audio. Of course, all TVs provide built-in speakers—without them, the display is technically a monitor. But as you probably know, the speakers in the vast majority of TVs sound terrible, mostly because they must be very small to fit inside today’s modern super-skinny cabinets.

Most Laser TVs include built-in audio. The good news here is that an ultra-short throw projector cabinet can accommodate larger, deeper speakers, so they have the potential to sound much better than most TVs. In fact, the built-in sound system on a Laser TV typically resembles a soundbar—the speakers are mounted on the back panel of the projector, firing directly toward the viewers while the projector shoots its light up onto the screen. Some can even add a wireless subwoofer for deeper bass. For real audiophiles, a Laser TV like the 100L9G offers HDMI with eARC support for full pass-through of high-bitrate audio to a surround sound system.


Immersive big screen entertainment in any space

A traditional projector requires a big theater room since it must be placed a far distance from the screen. Ultra-short throw projectors bring the dream of a big screen experience to smaller homes and apartments. You don’t have to hang it in the back of the room and no one will walk in front of the picture. The convenience of Laser TVs makes projection practical in living rooms, dens, and other non-home theaters. There are far more people interested in 100-inch images than there are folks willing to dedicate an entire room as a home theater.

Then, there’s maintenance. To be considered a true Laser TV, the light source within the projector must last at least 20,000 hours and retain most of its brightness over that entire lifespan. After all, that’s how long flat-panel TVs are specified to last. In most cases, the light source in a Laser TV is an array of lasers, which is why they are often called Laser TVs. However, a few companies have also tried LEDs, but they have not been very successful, mainly because they are not as bright as lasers.

Lasers offer several advantages. Lasers retain most of their brightness over their entire lifespan, and you don’t have to replace them every year or two as you do with lamps in conventional projectors. Also, they reach full brightness almost immediately after being powered on, unlike lamps that require several minutes to “warm up.”

A Laser TV still isn’t as quite simple as plonking an LCD TV on a tabletop or credenza. But most people prefer to wall mount their exceptionally large flat panel TVs (75-inch and up). Wall mounting a TV means not only mounting it, but getting power and sources to it. You can let the wires hang, or do the install properly, making sure the wires are running through the wall to a nearby table with other equipment, such as a Blu-ray Disc player, AV receiver and bigger speakers, or a cable box.

Wall mounting a Laser TV is different. The projector sits on the same table as any other gear, making connecting everything far easier. Bottom line, a Laser TV is likely going to be easier for you to install.

Attractive Placement

Beautifully enhances any decor

Unless they are mounted on a wall, most TVs are placed on a cabinet or stand, and they are an obvious part of the room’s décor even when turned off. By contrast, a Laser TV can be mounted inside a cabinet, projecting its image through a clear panel when on and becoming completely invisible when off. Several companies offer specially designed cabinets that hide a Laser TV.

When the projector is on, you see a big, beautiful image on the screen; when it’s off, you see nothing but a piece of furniture that fits the room’s design aesthetic. Talk about a high spousal-acceptance factor!

But what about the screen itself? What if you don’t want to see the screen when the projector is off? Simple! Install a retractable screen that descends from the ceiling or raises up from the cabinet when it’s time to watch a movie or TV show. When the show’s over, the screen retracts and disappears; you can even have artwork on the wall that is covered by the screen only when it’s being used. This setup is more expensive than a fixed screen but well worth it for the sake of domestic tranquility if you have the budget.


As you can see, Laser TVs offer some significant advantages over flat-panel TVs. Perhaps most importantly, they offer larger images for less money – in other words, you pay fewer dollars per inch of image size. Another big advantage is portability; a Laser TV is much easier to move from one home to another than a monster TV. And you get most of the other features of a flat-panel TV—long lifespan, zero maintenance, smart apps, built-in audio—as well as the ability to upgrade the screen size and performance without having to replace the entire TV.

A Laser TV makes it easy for the average consumer to replace a flat panel TV without having to step out of their comfort zone with the complexity of a traditional projector. Most come with the familiar, Smart TV functionality of Android, there’s no need to hire a professional to install it, and you’ll never have to yell “DOWN IN FRONT” during a climactic movie scene. Why settle for a measly 65 inches when you can get an image over twice as big, in a compact unit half the size, for a fraction of the price?

The Leica Cine 1

What’s Inside our Buyer’s Guide

In this buyer’s guide, we will be looking at Laser TVs that offer a range of features that will help you get significant advantages over a large flat panel TV – for less money. You’re going to easily pay fewer dollars per inch of image size. Another big advantage is portability. Sure, you can’t take your Laser TV on a camping trip but it’s MUCH easier to schlep up the stairs of an apartment building or even more from home to another than a fragile monster TV. And you’re going to get most of the features you love from your flat panel TV – long lifespan, zero maintenance, smart apps, built-in audio as well as the ability to upgrade your screen size and performance without having to replace your entire TV.

This year we considered dozens of projectors and chose around Laser TVs we felt were best suited flat panel TV replacement. In this buyer’s guide, you will find a detailed overview of each of these Laser TVs with links to their in-depth reviews if you want more details or want to pore over the specs in nitty gritty detail.

Many of the Laser TVs reviewed may have similar models available in the same lineup. Many times, the models in the lineup are very similar to other models we reviewed, but with varying resolution or with additional features, or possibly slightly brighter or bundled with a different size screen. The purpose of this buyer’s guide is to show you a sample of the Laser TV models currently on the market.

In this buyer’s guide, we focus on “usage.” It’s not a specs competition. Our awards go out to great Laser TVs and some that are great for certain applications, use cases, budget-saving, etc. This guide will be a living article, continuously upgraded and up to date with the latest Laser TV models.

Selecting Laser TVs to review: We are very selective in choosing the models to review and those we feature in this report. We work hard to ensure that most of the Laser TVs we review are considered to be among the best in their price ranges and capabilities.

We hope this buyer’s guide helps you in selecting the right product for your flat panel TV replacement needs. Since launching the first Laser TV in 2014, we’re excited companies like Leica are continually innovating in this space. As we review more Laser TVs, this guide will be updated throughout the year. Check back regularly for the latest in Laser TV innovations.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor with a PS5 and BenQ Gaming Projector
Though this article is based on a projector paired with a PS5, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor can be played on all major gaming platforms.

So, who among us gamers doesn't get a kick out of a solid Star Wars Jedi game? I'd say nearly all of us who breathe gaming also dig Star Wars games. Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is set to become another feather in the cap of awesome Star Wars games - and trust me, it's a whole new experience on a projector.

Buckle up and get ready to dive back into the interstellar life of Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. This game is no walk in the park - it's a high-stakes, adrenaline-fueled journey that's going to put your gaming skills to the test and push Cal to his limits as you battle fiercely to fend off the encroaching darkness threatening the galaxy.

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Produced by Respawn Entertainment and brought to the gaming world by Electronic Arts Inc., Star Wars Jedi: Survivor blasted (see what I did there) onto the scene on March 27, 2023. This captivating game can be enjoyed on a multitude of platforms, such as PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows-powered PCs. Get ready for an immersive experience as you navigate through this first-person shooter/action RPG. Sadly, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is a single-player game – there's no co-op mode, though we agree, that would be pretty epic.

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For PS5, the standard edition of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor costs $69.99 and includes the base game. The deluxe edition will cost you $89.99 and offers the base game, “Scoundrel” Cosmetic, “Rugged” BD-1 Cosmetic”, “DL-44” Blaster Set, “Rebel Hero” Cosmetic, “BD-Astro” BD-1 Cosmetic and “Rebel Hero” Lightsaber Set.


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For this piece, I was gaming on the BenQ TK700, and let me tell you, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor and this projector are like a match made in gaming heaven.

BenQ generously supplied Projector Reviews with demo units of the X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors, aiding our Best Games To Play On A Projector articles. It's significant to mention that my personal use of the BenQ TK700 clocked in at over 563 hours, the majority of which was dedicated to gaming on my PS5. This hands-on experience has enriched my understanding of the gaming dynamics on a projector and a large projector screen. My hope is that you feel assured of my capability to convey the essence of this unique gaming experience.

In the pursuit of this projector gaming article, I employed the BenQ TK700 4K HDR Gaming Projector, pairing it with my PS5 through a high-speed 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. The projected visuals were brought to life on a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon Series fixed frame projection screen. This screen boasts Elite's cutting-edge Edge Free technology and is decked out with CineWhite UHD-B screen material. The CineWhite UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) is a front projection screen fabric offering a 1.3 gain. Its design is ISF certified for its impeccable color representation and image authenticity.

BenQ has truly leveled up the gaming experience with the purposefully crafted TK700 lamp-based gaming projector. Boasting a brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens and encapsulating 96% of the Rec.709 color gamut, this gaming projector is all set to provide razor-sharp, vibrant images, ideal for both high-stakes competitive matches and chilled-out casual gaming. BenQ fine-tuned the TK700 to deliver a silky smooth, responsive gaming session with visuals that pop, giving us gamers that much-needed edge during intense play-offs.

Furthermore, the TK700 is equipped with BenQ's exclusive Black Detail Enhancement feature, tucked away within the Game Settings. This nifty feature brings out the finer points in the darker parts of the game while keeping the color integrity in brighter scenes intact. Thanks to BenQ's HDR Game mode and the Black Detail Enhancement, we gamers can spot and react to threats faster, whether they are lurking in the shadows or hiding in plain sight.

Equipped with a picture mode preset called HDR Game mode, the TK700 is optimized for action and fast-paced games such as Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. This preset includes audio, visual, and optimized latency settings designed to enhance the gaming experience. In addition, the projector's HDR rendering capabilities provided improved color definition, resulting in greater image fidelity.

By switching the TK700's picture mode from HDR10 to HDR Game, you can access the Game Settings menu and toggle the Fast Mode feature on or off. With Fast Mode enabled, the TK700 minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image, resulting in a faster, more responsive gaming experience.

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For Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the BenQ TK700 detected and supported 2160p (4K) gaming at a refresh rate of 60Hz.

Lightning-fast reflexes and timing are pretty much the bread and butter of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, pushing your reaction times to the absolute limit. To emerge victorious, a system with minimal input lag is a must - no two ways about it.

Mastering the timing in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor is crucial, particularly when executing wall runs and utilizing the ascension cable. It becomes apparent as you progress through the game that proper timing is essential to success. Failing to time your actions correctly can lead to disastrous consequences, such as Cal falling to his demise, especially in the more challenging sections of the game. Precision and careful execution are paramount to navigating these difficult areas and ensuring Cal's survival.

Gaming at 4K@60Hz, I really enjoyed the BenQ’s nifty 16.67ms input lag. The time from pulling the trigger on my PS5 controller to seeing the in-game action was so ridiculously quick, I never fretted about being caught off guard and outmaneuvered.

As any Star Wars game should, Star Wars Jedi: Survivor totally nails it when it comes to audio quality. I mean, we're talking about Star Wars here – you have to get the lightsaber and blaster sounds spot on! And let's just say Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts Inc. really hit it out of the galaxy with this one. The game's audio delivers some incredibly authentic lightsaber and blaster sounds… seriously, it's like stepping right into a Star Wars flick!

The BenQ TK700 comes with an in-built 5-watt chamber speaker, offering a solid baseline for audio. Don't let its small size fool you, this compact speaker actually impressed me with its solid sound quality while I was slicing and dicing through Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. But let's face it, for a full-on sound assault that truly envelops you in the game, you might want to invest in a beefier sound system or a top-tier gaming headset.

But hold up, some projectors, like the TK700, come loaded with additional features to crank up your audio game. For instance, the TK700’s Audio Return+, equipped with an HDMI 2.0b/HDCP2.2 port with eARC, paves the way for 7.1 channels and Dolby Atmos audio pass-through. This TK700 sends the original, high-res audio signal to your sound system using just a single HDMI cable. It's a killer feature for gamers looking to leverage the stunning audio embedded in today's games to the fullest.

I recently upgraded my projector lab audio setup with a Marantz AV8805 AV Pre-Tuner coupled with a Marantz MM8077 7-Channel Power Amplifier. For clarity and precision, I've paired this setup with two Definitive Technology BP9080x High-Performance Tower Speakers, equipped with Integrated Height Modules and monster 12” Powered Subwoofers. You could say the bass in my gaming room has a pulse of its own now.
That's not all. I've got a Definitive Technology Demand Series High-Performance Center Channel Speaker until I step up to their Dymension series.

With this new gear, I can now test ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors with much greater accuracy. More than that, every gaming session is a sonic masterpiece. Rich, detailed sounds envelop me from every angle, the bass reverberating in my chest. It's not just playing a game anymore, it's like being in the game. This is immersion on a whole new level!


Embark on a thrilling journey through the vast Star Wars galaxy, where you'll have the opportunity to explore uncharted planets and revisit familiar territories. Each planet offers a distinct biome, presenting its own set of challenges and enemies for you to conquer. As you progress, you'll have the chance to master new skills, acquire advanced equipment, and unlock powerful abilities that will aid you on your quest. Traverse magnificent landscapes and venture off the beaten path to uncover hidden treasures and secrets. The game rewards those brave enough to venture beyond the horizon, offering rich and satisfying rewards for their efforts. Prepare yourself for an epic quest filled with exploration, discovery, and exciting encounters in the remarkable Star Wars galaxy.

Respawn Entertainment and Electronic Arts Inc. demonstrated great thoughtfulness in the creation of Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. They included an "Arachnophobia Safe Mode" toggle switch, which alters the appearance of a particular creature to reduce its resemblance to an arachnid. But their consideration doesn't stop there. They implemented a "Human Dismemberment" toggle switch that gives players the ability to enable or disable the dismemberment of human non-playable characters (NPCs) during gameplay. This way, players who may have arachnophobia or prefer not to witness the dismemberment of human characters with a lightsaber can fully enjoy Star Wars Jedi: Survivor without encountering anything that might make them uncomfortable.

At the start of the game, the character customization options for Cal may seem limited and leave you yearning for more variety. However, as you continue your journey, you'll be delighted to discover that Cal's character customization becomes increasingly comprehensive. You'll have the freedom to modify various aspects of Cal's appearance, including his hair, beard, jacket, shirt, and pants. With an array of mix-and-match options at your disposal, along with the ability to apply custom colors, you'll have endless possibilities to create a unique and personalized look for Cal. So, hang in there and enjoy the expanding range of customization options that await you in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

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You'll have the freedom to modify various aspects of Cal's appearance.

Let me start this section by admitting I'm a huge admirer of Star Wars blasters! I understand that it's not traditionally aligned with the Jedi principles to wield blasters, but the combination of a blaster pistol and lightsaber in video game action sequences and cinematic experiences is truly enchanting on a big projector screen.

The immersive gameplay experience of handling these blasters, engaging in intense firefights, and unleashing laser bolts adds an incredible level of excitement to any Star Wars game. It's truly thrilling to embrace the iconic weaponry of the Star Wars universe and immerse oneself in action-packed battles on a large projector screen!

In addition to being a fan of Star Wars blasters, I'm excited to share that Star Wars games offer an incredible feature for customizing your weapons. If you're not satisfied with the appearance of your weapon, there's no need to worry. Simply head to a workbench and you'll have the ability to modify various parts and colors to transform the way your weapon looks. For example, when it comes to lightsabers, you can swap out the emitter, switch, grip, and pommel to create a unique design that suits your style. Not only that, but you can also customize the colors and parts of your trusty droid companion, BD-1, giving your faithful companion a distinctive look. This level of customization allows you to personalize your gaming experience and truly make your weapons and droids your own. So, unleash your creativity and enjoy the satisfaction of wielding weapons and traveling with a droid companion that reflects your own personal touch.

In Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, the need for utilizing the environment for cover and concealment may not be as pronounced as some other third-person action-adventure games. Personally, I also found myself engaging in battles head-on, utilizing my blaster pistol and swinging my lightsaber with gusto. However, it's worth considering that being able to clearly see your enemies and surroundings is crucial for taking effective action.

In this regard, gaming on a projector with a massive projector screen can provide a distinct visual advantage. The larger and clearer display offered by a gaming projector setup allows for enhanced visibility, making it easier to spot and react to enemies. Immersing yourself in the game on such a grand scale can truly amplify your gaming experience, particularly in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, where precise actions matter.

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If immersing yourself in Star Wars gaming with enhanced visuals excites you, a gaming projector and large screen are ideal for playing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

Imagine gathering your loved ones around as you play, with everyone engrossed in the action unfolding on the expansive screen. They can cheer you on, call out enemies, suggest tactics, and be a part of the gaming adventure. It's an interactive and social experience that brings people together and enhances the overall enjoyment of gaming.

The gaming projector and large projector screen combination offer one of the best upgrades to any gaming setup. The visuals are larger than life, capturing every detail and making you feel like you're right in the heart of the game. The shared experience of watching your gameplay on a grand scale adds an extra layer of excitement and entertainment.

If the idea of immersing yourself in the Star Wars universe with improved visual clarity and an immersive atmosphere appeals to you, then opting for a gaming projector and a large projector screen is undoubtedly an excellent choice for playing Star Wars Jedi: Survivor. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable gaming experience, where you can fully appreciate the game's visuals and engage with enemies in a more expansive and satisfying manner. May the Force be with you on your epic gaming adventures!

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor with a PS5 and BenQ Gaming Projector

As a fellow gamer, I’ve had the pleasure of delving into some incredible titles like Resident Evil 4, Destiny 2 – Lightfall, Hogwarts Legacy, Forspoken, and the ever-popular Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Your unwavering support and interest have fueled our excitement to continue exploring games on a gaming projector.

In the upcoming months, we can't wait to dive into and review highly anticipated titles such as Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Marvel's Spider-Man 2, and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty Expansion. These games promise thrilling adventures and stunning visuals that will surely be amplified on a gaming projector setup.

We at Projector Reviews are grateful for your ongoing support, and we want to assure you that we'll keep sharing our experiences and insights through our gaming on a projector articles. So, make sure to check back regularly for the latest updates. We're thrilled to embark on these gaming journeys and share them with you. Let's continue to explore the immersive world of gaming on a projector together!

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