Bright Room / Living Room Projectors

The Bright Room/Living Room Projectors category features projectors that perform well in bright room, living room and media room environments – that is, any room that is not a dedicated home theater with excellent lighting control. These projectors come from a variety of different manufacturers, with many different features and resolutions.

So what qualifies as a “bright room projector”? These are projectors that can produce a high-quality image with good color at 2,000 lumens and up. There are newer ultra short throw projectors that are specifically designed for bright room/living room setups, some of which are included in the slider below. We will be creating a Bright Room/Living Room Projector Comparison Report once we get to review enough of the announced UST projectors suitable for these environments.

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A projector does not have to be ultra short throw to be a bright room projector, however. There are plenty of standard throw projectors (and even short throw projectors) that are up to the task. And, paired with the right screen – an ambient light rejecting screen (ALR) – many of these projectors can be as bright as an LCD TV, even in broad daylight.

Keep in mind that there are ALR screens for each type of projector – a UST projector will not fare well against a screen that is designed for a normal throw projector. This is due to the way the screen is designed to reject the ambient light – often angled from above and below, and each side.

Because a UST projector projects upward, inches away from the screen, an ALR screen designed for a standard throw projector will mistake the light from the UST projector as ambient light. There are a number of ambient light rejecting projector screens designed specifically for ultra short throw projectors.

Whether you decide on a standard throw, short throw, or ultra short throw projector, pairing the projector with its appropriate ALR screen will help keep your image bright and vibrant, even when your windows are open on a sunny day. Check out the reviews below to determine which projector is right for your bright room, living room, or media room, and for your particular home entertainment needs.

Bright Room / Living Room Projectors

Bright Room / Living Room Projectors REVIEWS

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The Compelling Case for Projectors with Integrated Smart Capabilities

The Compelling Case for Projectors with Integrated Smart Capabilities

  • Review Date: September 1, 2020
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TI DLP® Technology Meets LED, Gets Brighter, and Together, Take On Traditional Lamp Projectors!

TI DLP® Technology Meets LED, Gets Brighter, and Together, Take On Traditional Lamp Projectors!

  • Review Date: August 3, 2020
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VividStorm 120” Projector Screen Review:  An Ambient Light Rejecting, Motorized Floor Screen  For Laser TVs and UST Projectors

VividStorm 120” Projector Screen Review: An Ambient Light Rejecting, Motorized Floor Screen For Laser TVs and UST Projectors

  • Review Date: July 6, 2020
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VAVA’s Laser TV Delivers An Affordable 4K Viewing Experience For Your Home: Whether in your Theater, Living Room, or Family Room, Immerse Your Family With the Wow Factor of a Movie Theater

VAVA’s Laser TV Delivers An Affordable 4K Viewing Experience For Your Home: Whether in your Theater, Living Room, or Family Room, Immerse Your Family With the Wow Factor of a Movie Theater

  • Review Date: July 1, 2020
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Optoma CinemaX P1 Laser TV Review: A Smart, 4K UHD Projector For The Really Big Screen Experience

Optoma CinemaX P1 Laser TV Review: A Smart, 4K UHD Projector For The Really Big Screen Experience

  • Review Date: June 5, 2020
  • MSRP:$6649
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT3550 vs BenQ TK850: Choose the Best Home Projector for Your Room and Viewing Preferences!

BenQ HT3550 vs BenQ TK850: Choose the Best Home Projector for Your Room and Viewing Preferences!

  • Review Date: March 5, 2020
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Look Out Competition: It’s Fun Time! Epson Is Shipping Their First, Smart, Under $1000  Home Entertainment Laser Projector – HD Res, and 2000 lumens!

Look Out Competition: It’s Fun Time! Epson Is Shipping Their First, Smart, Under $1000 Home Entertainment Laser Projector – HD Res, and 2000 lumens!

  • Review Date: January 6, 2020
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VAVA Laser TV Review:  2500 Lumens of 4K UHD Ultra Short Throw Projector For The Whole Family

VAVA Laser TV Review: 2500 Lumens of 4K UHD Ultra Short Throw Projector For The Whole Family

  • Review Date: December 2, 2019
  • MSRP:$2,799.99
  • Technology: DLP

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000

  • Review Date: November 22, 2019
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2019 Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors Over $2000

2019 Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors Over $2000

  • Review Date: November 22, 2019
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Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 15, 2019
  • MSRP:$3999
  • Technology: 3 LCD

Sony’s VPL-VW295ES – The Only Native 4K Projector under $5K, Will Rock Your World – And There’s More…

Sony’s VPL-VW295ES – The Only Native 4K Projector under $5K, Will Rock Your World – And There’s More…

  • Review Date: September 1, 2019
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LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room

LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room

  • Review Date: August 13, 2019
  • MSRP:5999
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD243X Home-Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Optoma HD243X Home-Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: July 30, 2019
  • MSRP:$499
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-S400UN Business/Education Projector Review

Casio XJ-S400UN Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 11, 2019
  • MSRP:$1949
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ TK800M Projector First Look Review — 4K UHD HDR Optimized for Sports Fans

BenQ TK800M Projector First Look Review — 4K UHD HDR Optimized for Sports Fans

  • Review Date: July 5, 2019
  • MSRP:$1,299
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Review – An Extremely 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Review – An Extremely 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: May 12, 2019
  • MSRP:$2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB – The Best Home Theater Projector Value Yet? – A First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 5050UB – The Best Home Theater Projector Value Yet? – A First Look Review

  • Review Date: April 13, 2019
  • MSRP:$2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Hisense 100″ Laser TV Review – A 4K UHD, Smart Projector with Screen

Hisense 100″ Laser TV Review – A 4K UHD, Smart Projector with Screen

  • Review Date: January 2, 2019
  • MSRP:$7,999
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Epson Home Cinema 4010/Pro Cinema 4050 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 4010/Pro Cinema 4050 4K Capable Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 6, 2018
  • MSRP:$1999/$2399
  • Technology: 3LCD

ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999!

ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999!

  • Review Date: November 13, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,261
  • Technology: DLP (1)

BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review

BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: June 11, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65

Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65

  • Review Date: December 12, 2017
  • MSRP:$3799
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review

Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review

  • Review Date: June 12, 2015
  • MSRP:4999
  • Technology: 3LCD

What to Look For in a Bright Room/Living Room Projector

There are several things to consider when searching for the right projector for your bright room, living room, or media room:

  • Projector Brightness
  • Resolution
  • Overall Picture Quality
  • Projector Lamp Life
  • What Features You Need (Gaming, 3D, CFI for Sports, etc.)
  • Warranty and Support
  • Best ALR Projector Screen Solution For the Room

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