Reviews of DLP Projectors

The DLP projectors category covers the latest projector technology used in home theater projectors, portable projectors, and video projectors. See below for a list of DLP projector reviews and information pages.

DLP projectors use millions of tiny mirrors to create their crisp picture.
DLP projectors use millions of tiny mirrors to create their crisp picture.

Millions of tiny mirrors create “Hollywood Cinema” picture quality offering a true 1080p experience. The DLP chip minimizes gaps between pixels creating a seamless picture. Yes, the DLP chip works very differently from LCoS and 3LCD technologies.

A DLP chip works by having two states – essentially on and off – thus digital. Basically it’s million or more mirrors (roughly 2 mirrors at 1080p which is 1920×1080), one where light is reflected off any given mirror, and ultimately out the lens, or the mirror is at a different angle, and no light. Regardless of the workings of the chip itself, DLP projectors have several tendencies due to the chip. Pixel structure is noticeably less visible than LCD projectors.

The latest rage in DLP projectors are those sporting one of TI’s two newest chips – both claiming 4K UHD resolution. It’s not “true” 4K with 3840×2160 non-overlapping pixels, rather either 2716×1528 x 2 or 1920×1080 x 4.  The last number is the number of times each pixel fires partially overlapping adjacent pixels, so that in both cases, a total of 8 million pixels hit the screen.  Still the lower native resolution, the larger the pixels, the less able to approach the sharpness of any equally well done true 4K projector. That’s fair, because, as of early 2018, commercial true 4K projectors really start around $15K, while 4K UHD projectors can be as low as $1499.

Almost all under $10,000 DLP projectors use a single chip design. More expensive ones use a 3 chip design (more like 3LCD and LCoS). With a single chip DLP, a spinning color filter wheel is used.

DLP technology generally provides extremely high native contrast (for great black level performance in home theater projectors), DLP chips also operate faster than LCD or LCoS can, which is advantageous. For many users, though, a key advantage of DLP projectors is that in general, they are smaller and lighter than their 3LCD counterparts (there are few portable LCoS projectors). DLP technology can be found in high-end home theater systems,office projectors, large auditorium, and digital movie theaters as well as, of course, portable projectors.

An advancement in DLP technology is the DLP three chip system which is used for large venues, stage productions, awards ceremonies, and even on Broadway. 3 chip DLP is the industry standard for super high-performance large screen projection. The additional reflective surface area from this 3 chip system tremendously increases brightness output and stunning picture quality.

A few DLP projector brands: InFocusOptomaBenQ, Viewsonic, and Dell

Helpful Resource discussing DLP vs LCD projectors

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LG BU50NST 4K LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW

LG BU50NST 4K LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: November 11, 2020
  • MSRP:$4499
  • Technology: DLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)

Philips PicoPix Max Projector Review

Philips PicoPix Max Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 6, 2020
  • MSRP:$899
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ Defines The Gaming Projector – It’s The Future of Projector Gaming

BenQ Defines The Gaming Projector – It’s The Future of Projector Gaming

  • Review Date: October 29, 2020
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ViewSonic LS700HD Laser DLP Home Projector Review

ViewSonic LS700HD Laser DLP Home Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 23, 2020
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: Laser DLP

BENQ LU710 Business/Education Projector Review

BENQ LU710 Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 5, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,699.00
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-F211WN Laser/LED Hybrid Business and Education Projector Review

Casio XJ-F211WN Laser/LED Hybrid Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 16, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,049.99
  • Technology: DLP

Epson’s Laser Projectors Transform the World We Know in Entertainment Venues and Other Large-Scale Environments

Epson’s Laser Projectors Transform the World We Know in Entertainment Venues and Other Large-Scale Environments

  • Review Date: May 1, 2020
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BenQ EH600 Smart Business Projector Review

BenQ EH600 Smart Business Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 27, 2020
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ EW800ST Smart Classroom Projector Review

BenQ EW800ST Smart Classroom Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 1, 2020
  • MSRP:$999
  • 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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ViewSonic X10-4KE Home Entertainment Projector Review

ViewSonic X10-4KE Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 28, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,499
  • Technology: 3 Chip DLP

HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s Flagship 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

HT9060 Projector Review: BenQ’s Flagship 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: February 15, 2020
  • MSRP:$8999
  • Technology: DLP

LG HU70LA CINEBEAM THINQ 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

LG HU70LA CINEBEAM THINQ 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: January 26, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,799
  • Technology: DLP

JVC LX-NZ3 4K Laser DLP Projector Review

JVC LX-NZ3 4K Laser DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 31, 2019
  • MSRP:$3,699
  • Technology: DLP

Vivitek DH3660Z Business/Education Laser Projector Review

Vivitek DH3660Z Business/Education Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 13, 2019
  • MSRP:$2,499
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma ZU506T-W Professional Installation Laser Projector Review

Optoma ZU506T-W Professional Installation Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 10, 2019
  • MSRP:$2799
  • Technology: DLP

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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Casio Laser/LED Projectors Simply Provide a Better Value Proposition Than The Competition

Casio Laser/LED Projectors Simply Provide a Better Value Proposition Than The Competition

  • Review Date: October 2, 2019
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BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review

BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review

  • Review Date: September 9, 2019
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Aaxa 4k1 Home Entertainment Projector Review

Aaxa 4k1 Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 15, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

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

LG CineBeam HU85LA First Look Review – 4K UHD and Ultra Short Throw

LG CineBeam HU85LA First Look Review – 4K UHD and Ultra Short Throw

  • Review Date: June 13, 2019
  • MSRP:N/A
  • Technology: DLP

The Optoma P1 4K UHD Laser Projector – Is this The Game Changer…

The Optoma P1 4K UHD Laser Projector – Is this The Game Changer…

  • Review Date: May 31, 2019
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AAXA 4K1 – 4K LED Projector – A First Look Review

AAXA 4K1 – 4K LED Projector – A First Look Review

  • Review Date: May 20, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ LK953ST 4K UHD Laser Business/Education Projector Review

BenQ LK953ST 4K UHD Laser Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 29, 2019
  • MSRP:$5,099.00
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Dell Advanced Projector: P519HL Laser Projector Review

Dell Advanced Projector: P519HL Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 12, 2019
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP

NEC Commercial Laser Projectors – Advanced Wall Melting Performance

NEC Commercial Laser Projectors – Advanced Wall Melting Performance

  • Review Date: March 8, 2019
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Optoma EH330UST Business/Education Projector Review

Optoma EH330UST Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 26, 2019
  • MSRP:$1599
  • Technology: DLP

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)

Anker Nebula Capsule Projector – The Crowd Funded Soda Can Projector Review

Anker Nebula Capsule Projector – The Crowd Funded Soda Can Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 14, 2018
  • MSRP:$349.99
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source

Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 5, 2018
  • MSRP:$899
  • Technology: DLP (1)

ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review

ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 20, 2018
  • MSRP:$1216
  • Technology: DLP

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)

Acer S1386WHN Short Throw Business and Education Projector Review

Acer S1386WHN Short Throw Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$649.99
  • Technology: DLP (1)

ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Review – Sleek Pocket Projector with Impressive Sound

ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Review – Sleek Pocket Projector with Impressive Sound

  • Review Date: November 6, 2018
  • MSRP:$337
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source

BenQ LU950 Installation Laser Projector Review

BenQ LU950 Installation Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 1, 2018
  • MSRP:$2799
  • Technology: DLP

ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector Review

ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 22, 2018
  • MSRP:$785
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review

BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 27, 2018
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Optoma UHL55 First Look Review – Compact, 4K and Full of Smarts

Optoma UHL55 First Look Review – Compact, 4K and Full of Smarts

  • Review Date: September 27, 2018
  • MSRP:$2,999
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source

Casio XJ-A257 Portable LED/Laser Projector Review

Casio XJ-A257 Portable LED/Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 17, 2018
  • MSRP:$1509.99
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma ProScene ZU660 Business and Education Projector Review

Optoma ProScene ZU660 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 14, 2018
  • MSRP:$9999
  • Technology: DLP

Acer C200 Pico Projector Review  – Travel-Sized and LED

Acer C200 Pico Projector Review – Travel-Sized and LED

  • Review Date: August 20, 2018
  • MSRP:$199.99
  • Technology: DLP

AAXA P300 NEO Pico Projector Review – Pocket Sized Fun

AAXA P300 NEO Pico Projector Review – Pocket Sized Fun

  • Review Date: August 16, 2018
  • MSRP:294.99
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma UHD51A A Smart 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review – With Alexa

Optoma UHD51A A Smart 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Review – With Alexa

  • Review Date: July 29, 2018
  • MSRP:$3199
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ MH733 Business and Education Projector Review

BenQ MH733 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 19, 2018
  • MSRP:$799
  • Technology: DLP

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

Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review

Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 22, 2018
  • MSRP:$3999
  • 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 UHD50 and UHD51A – 4K Capable Projectors Well Under $2000

Optoma UHD50 and UHD51A – 4K Capable Projectors Well Under $2000

  • Review Date: June 8, 2018
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First Look Review of BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector – Is Better For You Than The BenQ HT2550?

First Look Review of BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector – Is Better For You Than The BenQ HT2550?

  • Review Date: April 27, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,499
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review

Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 11, 2018
  • MSRP:$849
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT2550 Projector Review – The Best 4K UHD Value Yet?

BenQ HT2550 Projector Review – The Best 4K UHD Value Yet?

  • Review Date: March 28, 2018
  • MSRP:$1499
  • Technology: DLP

InFocus IN116xa Portable Projector Review

InFocus IN116xa Portable Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 16, 2018
  • MSRP:$425
  • Technology: DLP

Dell S718QL – A 4K UHD, Ultra Short Throw, Laser Projector Review

Dell S718QL – A 4K UHD, Ultra Short Throw, Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 13, 2018
  • MSRP:$5999
  • Technology: DLP (1)

ViewSonic PS750W Interactive Education Projector Review

ViewSonic PS750W Interactive Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 12, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,629
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT2550 – At $1499, The Most Affordable 4K UHD Projector Yet – First Look

BenQ HT2550 – At $1499, The Most Affordable 4K UHD Projector Yet – First Look

  • Review Date: January 10, 2018
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ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 7, 2018
  • MSRP:$679
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 20, 2017
  • MSRP:$4500
  • Technology: DLP

Acer K138ST Projector Review – A Pocket Sized Gaming Machine

Acer K138ST Projector Review – A Pocket Sized Gaming Machine

  • Review Date: December 15, 2017
  • MSRP:$599
  • 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

AAXA M5 Pocket Projector Review – 720p and LED!

AAXA M5 Pocket Projector Review – 720p and LED!

  • Review Date: November 29, 2017
  • MSRP:$499
  • Technology: DLP

Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review

Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 11, 2017
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 26, 2017
  • MSRP:$4999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 23, 2017
  • MSRP:$8995
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source

Casio XJ-L8300HN 4K UHD Business/Education Projector Review

Casio XJ-L8300HN 4K UHD Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 19, 2017
  • MSRP:$11,999
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma UHD65 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma UHD65 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 18, 2017
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review

Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 26, 2017
  • MSRP:3199.99
  • Technology: DLP

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 14, 2017
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 28, 2017
  • MSRP:$6889
  • Technology: DLP

NEC NP-V332W Projector Review

NEC NP-V332W Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 16, 2016
  • MSRP:$579
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review

Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review

  • Review Date: December 1, 2016
  • MSRP:$970
  • Technology: 3LCD

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 15, 2016
  • MSRP:3799
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Review

Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 14, 2016
  • MSRP:$1049.99
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review

Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 16, 2016
  • MSRP:$2169.99
  • Technology: DLP

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 13, 2016
  • MSRP:$1149
  • Technology: DLP

About DLP Projectors

What is a DLP projector? Let’s start with DLP itself.  It stands for Digital Light Processor, and that’s the type of “chip” used in almost half of the world’s projectors.  DLP, as in DLP projectors is the marketing term. The actual technical term for the “DLP” chips themselves is DMD, which Texas Instruments (creator of the technology, and manufacturer of the chips) called DMD, or digital micro device.

You’ve probably already heard about those million or so tiny mirrors.  Probably you heard about them on those DLP commercials TI likes to run on major TV events.  I’ve seen their ads on the Oscars, key sporting events, and other programming.  (You know, the cute little curly headed girl the box, the elephant and the beam of light!)

DLP projectors have often been the ones pushing the industry forward.  Due to their design strengths, they led the charge to smaller, lighter projectors.  Even today, (let’s forget those tiny pico projectors for a moment – which are mostly DLP), the smallest regular projectors are definitely DLPs. Their single chip design makes it easier to build a smaller, lighter projector than one using three chips, such as LCD projectors, LCoS projectors, and even the big expensive 3 chip DLP projectors (which are in a whole other world in terms of price).

DLP projectors were the first under 10 pound projectors, then later, the first under 7, under 4, under 3 and under 2 pound projectors.  Today, there are many lightweight DLP projectors found under 4 pounds although they are almost all at least 2.5 pounds.  By comparison, there are few LCD projectors under 4 pounds, and overall they get neither as small or light.

More recently, DLP projectors have been the first to hit the market 3D ready.  Oh, it’s early, the first models aren’t 3D compatible with, for example, 3D Blu-ray players. The point though, is that the DLP folks are pushing the technologies.  DLP projectors were also the first fixed panel projectors to sport really good black levels for home theater, although other technologies and new enhancements like dynamic irises have leveled that playing filed to a large degree.

Today, the bulk of the lowest cost entry-level home theater projectors, as well as the most expensive ones, are DLP technology, with LCD and LCoS projectors (ie. SXRD), starting for a few hundred more.  On the business side, DLP projectors start from less than $500.

For your consideration, some very popular business/education suitable DLP projectors and some home theater DLP projectors.  In both cases, I’ve listed popular models that vary in price and performance to provide some idea of the variety.

DLP Home Theater Projectors

Vivitek H1080FD – Least expensive 1080p projector at $899, and brightest under $1000

Mitsubishi HC4000 – Outstanding home theater projector for under $1500

InFocus SP8602 – With an MSRP under $5K, one of the best under $10K projectors

DLP Office Projectors and DLP Classroom Projectors

Optoma TX542 – A low cost, small, mountable, feature laden DLP projector

Dell S300W – An ultra short throw projector that impresses, can wall mount

Sharp XG-P560W projector – Bright, 3 chip DLP with awesome color – $15,000

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