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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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
  • 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: $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
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

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

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

LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review

LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $1,399
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review

BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: $2900
  • 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: $799
  • 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: $899
  • Technology: DLP

NEC P502WL Laser Projector Review

NEC P502WL Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 28, 2016
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review

Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 18, 2016
  • MSRP: $1799
  • Technology: DLP

AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review

AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 4, 2015
  • MSRP: $449
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ MX631ST Short Throw Projector Review

BenQ MX631ST Short Throw Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 24, 2015
  • MSRP: $529 (street price)
  • Technology: DLP

Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review

Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 19, 2015
  • MSRP: $349
  • Technology: Laser light technology

NEC M363W Projector Review

NEC M363W Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 16, 2015
  • MSRP: $1599
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 6, 2015
  • MSRP: $1399
  • Technology: DLP

Vivitek H9090 Home Theater Projector Review

Vivitek H9090 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 15, 2015
  • MSRP: $9999
  • Technology: DLP

LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review

LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 26, 2015
  • MSRP: $599.99
  • Technology: DLP

LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review

LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 23, 2015
  • MSRP: $449.99
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 2, 2015
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review

Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 30, 2015
  • MSRP: $679 ($629 Street Price)
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HC1200 Projector Review

BenQ HC1200 Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 27, 2015
  • MSRP: $999 ($889 street price)
  • Technology: DLP

Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review

Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 21, 2015
  • MSRP: $699.99
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review

Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 10, 2015
  • MSRP: $519.99 (Street price - $449.99)
  • Technology: DLP

InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review

InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 1, 2015
  • MSRP: $779
  • Technology: DLP

ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 19, 2015
  • MSRP: $789
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 21, 2015
  • MSRP: $1599
  • Technology: DLP

ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review

ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 12, 2014
  • MSRP: $709
  • Technology: DLP

Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review – Overview

Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review – Overview

  • Review Date: December 1, 2014
  • MSRP: $24,399
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review

Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 17, 2014
  • MSRP: $1799
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD141X Projector Review

Optoma HD141X Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 12, 2014
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT1075 Projector Review

BenQ HT1075 Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 4, 2014
  • MSRP: $1199
  • Technology: DLP

NEC NP-L102W Projector Review

NEC NP-L102W Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 5, 2014
  • MSRP: $1099
  • Technology: DLP

LG PF85U LED Projector – Review

LG PF85U LED Projector – Review

  • Review Date: August 28, 2014
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 10, 2014
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 16, 2014
  • MSRP: $839.99
  • Technology: DLP

Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review

Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 3, 2014
  • MSRP: $549
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 18, 2014
  • MSRP: $2799
  • Technology: DLP

Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review

Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 3, 2014
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review

Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 15, 2013
  • MSRP: $1900
  • Technology: DLP

Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review

Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 12, 2013
  • MSRP: $5499
  • Technology: DLP

NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review

NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 4, 2013
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review

Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 5, 2013
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: DLP

Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review

Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP

Acer H5360 LED DLP Mini Projector Review

Acer H5360 LED DLP Mini Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 26, 2013
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review

Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 10, 2013
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP

Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector Review

Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 2, 2013
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ W1080ST Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W1080ST Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP

HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review

HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 2, 2013
  • MSRP: $600
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review

Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review

BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $549
  • Technology: DLP

Mitsubishi WD390U-EST Cloud Projector Review

Mitsubishi WD390U-EST Cloud Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 1, 2013
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: DLP

NEC VE281X DLP Multimedia Projector Review

NEC VE281X DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 25, 2013
  • MSRP: $449
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review

Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 21, 2013
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review

Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 28, 2013
  • MSRP: $999
  • 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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