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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.

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 Projector Reviews


July 11, 2022

Designed to satisfy your home entertainment needs The Optoma UHD55 is a 2,700-lumen 4K UHD projector that retails for a $1,799 MSRP and is designed for gaming and home entertainment. This new 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) projector offers advanced feat ...


July 15, 2021

Optoma CinemaX P2 ultra-short-throw smart 4K laser home theater projector also known as a laser TV review.

Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector Review

March 23, 2021

The Epson Home Cinema 880 is the manufacturer’s least expensive home theater projector but it offers a lot of performance for the price.

Epson EpiqVision LS500 Laser TV Review

December 11, 2020

The Epson 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.

Panasonic PT-LRZ35U RGB LED DLP Projector Review

November 28, 2020

Panasonic's first discrete RGB LED DLP projector that's being marketed to both the business and home markets.


November 14, 2020

The Hisense 1000L5F Laser TV is a 4K DLP Laser Ultra-Short Throw Smart projector. With a retail price of $3999, the new Hisense 100L5F is the most affordable Laser TV they have ever offered.

The Compelling Case for Projectors with Integrated Smart Capabilities

September 1, 2020

In this article we discuss “Smart” projectors and what to look for when evaluating smart, versus really smart.

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

July 6, 2020

A quick review of VividStorm’s 120” motorized screen designed for ultra-short-throw projectors and laser TVs.

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

June 5, 2020

Optoma's hot new ultra short throw, 4K UHD laser TV.

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

November 15, 2019

Epson’s flagship home theater projector, the Pro Cinema 6050UB is a 4K Capable projector that uses special high contrast 3LCD panels.

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

August 13, 2019

The LG HU85LA is a Laser TV, also known as Ultra-Short Throw projectors, with a list price of $4999.

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

July 30, 2019

The Optoma HD243X is a single-chip DLP projector that offers full HD resolution (1920X1080).

Casio XJ-S400UN Business/Education Projector Review

July 11, 2019

The Casio XJ-S400UN is part of Casio’s new Superior series, which features the next generation of their mercury-free, hybrid laser and LED light engine.

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

December 6, 2018

The new Epson 4K Home Cinema 4010 and Pro Cinema 4050 projectors represent another step in the evolution of 4K capable, pixel shifting projectors.

BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review

July 9, 2018

Full review of the BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector.

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

June 11, 2018

Review of the ViewSonic PX727 4K UHD ome theater projector at an affordable price.

Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65

December 12, 2017

Review of the Optoma UHD60 home theater projector and how it compares to the Optoma UHD65.

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

More Info To Help With Your Search

In addition, you may find these articles on projectors helpful in your decision-making process:

Supersize Your Super Bowl Party with a Bright Room Projector

Top 5 Home Entertainment Projectors for Your Bright Room

How Do I Choose the Right Screen for My Projector?

Projection Screen Terminology and Advice

DLP vs. LCD vs. LCoS Overview

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