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

DLP Projector Reviews

DLP Projector Reviews REVIEWS

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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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source
Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 5, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP (1)
ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 20, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source
BenQ LU950 Installation Laser Projector Review BenQ LU950 Installation Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 1, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector Review ViewSonic PX706HD Gaming Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 22, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 27, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP with LED light source
Casio XJ-A257 Portable Laser Projector Review Casio XJ-A257 Portable Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 17, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma ProScene ZU660 Business and Education Projector Review Optoma ProScene ZU660 Business and Education Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 14, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ MH733 Business and Education Projector Review BenQ MH733 Business and Education Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 19, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 9, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 22, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • 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
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: 0
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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 11, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
InFocus IN116xa Portable Projector Review InFocus IN116xa Portable Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 16, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP (1)
ViewSonic PS750W Interactive Education Projector Review ViewSonic PS750W Interactive Education Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 12, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:
ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 7, 2018
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP (1)
Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 20, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65 Optoma UHD60 Projector Review and Comparison to UHD65
  • Review Date: December 12, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
AAXA M5 Pocket Projector Review – 720p and LED! AAXA M5 Pocket Projector Review – 720p and LED!
  • Review Date: November 29, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 11, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-VW285ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 26, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: SXRD (3)
BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 23, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • 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: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 26, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 14, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 28, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
NEC NP-V332W Projector Review NEC NP-V332W Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 16, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review
  • Review Date: December 1, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: 3LCD
BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 15, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Review Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 14, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 16, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 13, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 16, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Casio Ecolite XJ-V110W – A Value LED/Laser Projector – Review Casio Ecolite XJ-V110W – A Value LED/Laser Projector – Review
  • Review Date: June 11, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Millennials and Projectors: Optoma ML750 LED Projector Review: Part 2 Millennials and Projectors: Optoma ML750 LED Projector Review: Part 2
  • Review Date: May 15, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: 0
ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 12, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
NEC P502WL Laser Projector Review NEC P502WL Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 28, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 18, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 4, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ MX631ST Short Throw Projector Review BenQ MX631ST Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 24, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 19, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: Laser light technology
NEC M363W Projector Review NEC M363W Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 16, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 6, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Vivitek H9090 Home Theater Projector Review Vivitek H9090 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 15, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 26, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 23, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 2, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 30, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ HC1200 Projector Review BenQ HC1200 Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 27, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 21, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 10, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 1, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 19, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 21, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 12, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review – Overview Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review – Overview
  • Review Date: December 1, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 17, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma HD141X Projector Review Optoma HD141X Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 12, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ HT1075 Projector Review BenQ HT1075 Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 4, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
NEC NP-L102W Projector Review NEC NP-L102W Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 5, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review LG PF85U LED Projector – Review
  • Review Date: August 28, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 10, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: SXRD (3)
ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 16, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 3, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 18, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 3, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP (1)

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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