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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.

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.

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

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: InFocus, Optoma, BenQ, Viewsonic, and Dell

Helpful Resource discussing DLP vs LCD projectors

DLP projectors Reviews

JMGO N1 Projector Review

August 14, 2023

JMGO N1 Ultra 4K Triple Laser Projector Review

March 26, 2023

A 4K Tri-Laser projector featuring an innovative gimbal-like design. The N1 Ultra is the newest 4K, 4,000 ANSI lumen, Triple Laser, HDR projector from JMGO, a company building increasingly high-performance, feature-rich video projectors that give consu ...

Formovie P1 Pocket Laser Projector Review

February 25, 2023

The Formovie P1 compact Digital Light Processing (DLP) pocket projector features ALPD laser technology in an ultra-portable chassis.

VAVA Chroma VA-SP003 4K Ultra-Short-Throw Triple Laser Projector Review

February 20, 2023

The VAVA Chroma is the company's 2nd generation ultra-short throw projector. It's been almost a year since VAVA began selling their latest 4K ultra-short-throw projector, the VAVA Chroma VA-SP003. This projector is VAVA's sophomore follow-up to its fir ...

Samsung The Freestyle Portable LED Projector Review

February 2, 2023

The Samsung Freestyle is a portable smart LED projector that retails for $799. At first glance, the projector seems expensive based on its basic specs. However, the freestyle is one of the best thought-out portable projectors that we have ever reviewed ...

Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart 4K DLP Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review

January 5, 2023

Optoma's newest addition to the CinemaX line of ultra-short throw projectors The Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart is a laser DLP powered, ultra-short throw (UST) 4K projector that retails for $2,699. Optoma has been in the projection industry since 2004 and tod ...

ASUS ZenBeam Latte L1 Portable LED Projector Review

January 3, 2023

  The ASUS ZenBeam Latte L1 is a battery-powered LED short-throw DLP projector capable of displaying   an HD (1280x720) resolution image that retails for $449. Its LED light source can deliver 300 LED lumens of brightness ad the LED light source’s long ...

Formovie Theater Ultra-Short-Throw 4K Projector Review

December 24, 2022

The Formovie Theater is an Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projector which retails for $3,499.

LG CineBeam PF510Q Portable Smart Projector Review

December 19, 2022

The LG CineBeam PF510Q is a Full HD, $599.99 portable, 4Ch (RGBB) LED smart projector with 450 ANSI lumens. In addition, the PF510Q is an HDR-compatible projector, and the 4-channel (RGBB) LED light source is rated to last up to 30,000 hours. The ...

Hisense PX1 TriChroma Laser Cinema Review

December 1, 2022

Triple-Laser UST Built for Home Cinema The Hisense PX1 is a Tricolor laser-equipped smart ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 2,000 ANSI lumens priced at an MSRP of $3,299.  The PX1 is the little brother to the Hisense PX1-PRO. ...

AAXA P400 Portable Short Throw LED Projector Review

November 14, 2022

  AAXA P400   The AAXA P400 is a battery-powered, LED short-throw, DLP projector capable of displaying a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution image which retails for $269. The P400 is one of the newest models from AAXA which is a leading manufacturer of smal ...

BenQ TH690ST LED Gaming Projector Review

October 9, 2022

  The BenQ TH690ST won the Projector Reviews “Highly Recommended” award.   The BenQ TH690ST 4LED 1080p HDR Short Throw Projector for Console Gaming that retails for $1,099 and can deliver 2,300 ANSI lumens of brightness. The TH690ST is part of BenQ’s g ...

Wemax Dice Full HD LED DLP Portable Projector Review

October 1, 2022

The Wemax Dice is a full HD, portable projector that retails for $699. This projector offers exceptional picture quality at an affordable price.

LG ProBeam BU53PST 4K Laser Projector Review

September 12, 2022

A new addition to the LG ProBeam line of projectors The LG ProBeam BU53PST is a compact new 4K short-throw laser DLP projector that retails for $4,299 MSRP. It utilizes a multi-channel laser light source, provides a 3,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio, ...

Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra-Short-Throw 4LED Projector Review

September 1, 2022

The Philips Screeneo U4 is compact with a contemporary look. The Philips Screeneo U4 is a compact 400 ANSI lumen Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) 4LED projector with integrated speakers and retails for $669. Dan Mamane, President of Screeneo Innovation SA, stat ...

BenQ LU9750 PRO WUXGA 8,500 Lumen Large Venue Laser DLP Projector Review

August 30, 2022

BenQ LU9750 Performance, Installation Flexibility, and Reliability The BenQ LU9750 is an ultra-bright 8,500 ANSI lumens professional projector compatible with interchangeable lenses (not included) that sells for $11,999 MSRP. The LU9750 has a manufactu ...

Optoma ZU920TST PRO WUXGA 8,200 Lumen Laser Projector Review

August 16, 2022

The ZU-920TST is Optoma’s replacement for the ZU-720TST The Optoma ZU920TST is an ultra-bright 8,200 ANSI lumen professional projector that sells for $12,999 MSRP. The ZU920TST has a manufacturer-rated DYNAMIC CONTRAST Ratio of 3,000,000:1 and a WUXGA ...

OPTOMA UHD55 4K HOME THEATER AND GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

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 ...

Hisense L5G 4K Smart Laser TV Review

June 30, 2022

A great addition to the Hisense line of ultra-short-throw projectors The Hisense L5G is an X-Fusion laser-equipped, smart, ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 2,700 ANSI lumens that comes with a screen at $4,499 MSRP (120-inch) and $ ...

ViewSonic X2000B-4K Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector Review

June 29, 2022

  The ViewSonic X2000B-4K has a nice shape and modern design.   The ViewSonic X2000B-4K is a 4K Ultra-Short Throw (UST) smart Laser Projector that retails for $3,098.99. The projector can deliver 2000 ANSI lumens of brightness and it includes a high-qu ...

LG CineBeam HU915QB 4K Laser Projector Review

June 26, 2022

The LG HU915QB is an ultra-short-throw laser 4K smart DLP projector with retails for $6499. It utilizes a multi-channel laser light source that can reproduce nearly 100% of the DCI-P3 color space and deliver up to 3000 ANSI lumens of brightness. While ...

Wemax Go Advanced Full HD DLP Business Laser Projector Review

June 24, 2022

8.6" x 4.6" x 0.97" (W x D x H) and weighs just 1.7 pounds The Wemax Go Advanced is a first-of-its-kind, ultra-portable 1080p DLP business laser projector, capable of 600 ANSI lumens of brightness, 1.5 hours of battery life, less than one-inch thick, a ...

Panasonic PT-FRQ50 4K DLP Business/Education Laser Projector Review

June 14, 2022

PT-FRQ50 Available in black and white chassis The Panasonic PT-FRQ50 is a SOLID SHINE, professional, DLP laser projector that can display 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) resolution with a rated brightness of 5,200 lumens. The PT-FRQ50 is an installation-clas ...

BenQ X3000i 4K LED Gaming Projector Review

May 27, 2022

The BenQ X3000i has been awarded Projector Reviews’ Highly Recommended Award The BenQ X3000i is a 4K HDR capable 4LED Gaming Projector which retails for $1,999. With 3000 ANSI lumens, dedicated gaming picture and sound modes along with dual 5-watt cham ...

AAXA P8 Smart Mini Projector Review

May 22, 2022

The AAXA P8 is an LED-powered, smart, DLP projector capable of displaying a qHD (960x540) resolution image and sells for $249 price. The P8 Mini Projector is one of the newest generations of smart, super small, solid-state mini projectors introduced by ...

Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma Laser Cinema Review

March 10, 2022

  Fifth Generation Hisense Ultra-Short-Throw Projector   The Hisense PX1-PRO is a Tricolor laser-equipped smart ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 2,200 ANSI lumens which sells for $3,999 MSRP.  Hisense introduced the world's first ...

Samsung Premiere LSP9T Laser TV Review

February 14, 2022

The Premiere LSP9T is one of Samsung's first Laser TVs The Premiere LSP9T and its little brother, the Premiere LSP7T is Samsung's first 4K ultra-short-throw smart projectors. Each year Flat-panel TVs get bigger and bigger. For example, Samsung offers s ...

LG CineBeam HU710PW Hybrid LED Laser 4K Projector Review

February 13, 2022

  2022 LG HU710PW   The LG HU710PW is one of two newly announced CineBeam projectors. We were excited to get our hands on the HU710PW ($2,499.99 SRP) because it is the first LG projector to utilize a hybrid light source system. This new LG system uses ...

LG PF610P CineBeam Portable LED DLP Projector Review

December 7, 2021

Portable LED Projector The LG PF610P, which retails for $849 MSRP is a DLP LED home entertainment projector, and it is small enough to be considered transportable. It is also listed as one of the best projectors under $1,000. This LG projector utilizes ...

JMGO U2 Laser TV Review

November 13, 2021

The JMGO U2 is a RGB Laser DLP Ultra-Short-Throw projector offering an amazing range of features and performance at a great price.

Hisense L9G TriChroma Laser TV 4K Review

November 2, 2021

Hisense TriChroma Laser TV 4K The Hisense L9G is a Tricolor laser-equipped smart ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens. These types of projectors are commonly referred to as "Laser TVs". They are called Laser TV becau ...

XGIMI Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser Projector Review

October 28, 2021

The Aura is XGIMI’s First Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser Projector. We are taking a look at XGIMI’s new Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw (UST) Smart Laser Projector which retails for just $2499. The Aura is XGMI’s first UST projector. XGIMI made sure their fir ...

XGIMI Elfin Smart 1080P LED Projector Review

August 19, 2021

The XGIMI Elfin Smart LED projector is a Smart LED 1080P projector rated to deliver up to 800 ANSI lumens, and it retails for $649.

LG PROBEAM BU60PST LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW

July 19, 2021

LG BU60PST ProBeam laser business projector is a 6000 Lumen 4K Smart business projector which retails for $4499,

OPTOMA CINEMAX P2 LASER TV REVIEW

July 15, 2021

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

BENQ TK700STI 4K SMART GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

July 7, 2021

Our review of the BenQ TK700STi, the “World’s First 4K HDR Gaming Projector; 4K @ 60Hz”.

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Smart LED Projector Review

May 27, 2021

The XGIMI Horizon Pro is the flagship 2200 lumen 4K home theater focused projector in their lineup.

PANASONIC PT-FRZ60 LASER DLP INSTALLATION PROJECTOR REVIEW

May 15, 2021

Review of the Panasonic PT-FRZ60 an installation class DLP laser projector with WUXGA resolution and rated brightness of 6,000 lumens.

XGIMI Halo Portable 1080P Android TV Projector Review

May 5, 2021

The XGIMI Halo is a smart 1080P portable DLP projector with a compact design that is super portable, awarded the Projector Reviews Best in Class Award.

BENQ X1300i GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW

February 17, 2021

Overview Today I get to talk to you about a cool looking performance projector that BenQ is releasing. I'm talking about the BenQ X1300i Smart Entertainment Home projector. The X1300i is a gaming optimized home entertainment projector packing a ton of ...

LG AU810PB CINEBEAM 4K LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

February 15, 2021

As we have mentioned in a few reviews this year, we have been very impressed by some television manufacturers who have released new projectors such as LG and Samsung. These television manufacturers are doing incredibly well incorporating the technologi ...

NEC P506QL 4K LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW

February 8, 2021

The NEC P506QL is a laser light engine equipped installation class DLP projector capable of displaying 4K resolution with a current street price of $4,299. Its laser/phosphor wheel light engine can deliver 5,000 ANSI lumens and has a rated life of 20,0 ...

LG HU85LS 4K UST SMART BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW

January 12, 2021

The LG HU85LS is a 4K Ultra-Short Throw Laser Smart Projector designed to replace traditional flat panel TVs.

Elite MosicGO 360 Portable Cinema System Review

December 15, 2020

The Elite Projector offers multiple MosicGO systems, which are a portable home theater system designed for outdoor and indoor entertainment.

LG BU50NST 4K LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW

November 11, 2020

The LG ProBeam BU50NST is a compact projector designed for various ProAV applications, including enterprise, education, hospitals, and museums. It provides UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and is rated to deliver 5,000 ANSI lumens of light output.

Philips PicoPix Max Projector Review

November 6, 2020

The Philips PicoPix Max is a Full HD (1,920x1,080) DLP projector capable of producing up to a 120’ image, with built in speakers, and up to a 3-hour battery life.

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

August 3, 2020

Our featured article will touch on the many advantages of combining DLP® with solid-state light sources, from the technology side, and the practical side.

BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review

September 9, 2019

Comparing Benq’s HT5550 with Epson’s Home Cinema 5050UB is a project I have long been looking forward to. For the first time in years, we have a reasonably priced DLP projector in the $2,000+ range that is a worthy challenger to the latest of Epson’s U ...

Aaxa 4k1 Home Entertainment Projector Review

August 15, 2019

The Aaxa 4K1 mini projector is a 4K (3840 x 2160), 1500 LED Lumen projector for your home entertainment pleasure.

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.

ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review

November 20, 2018

The ViewSonic LS620X is a 3,200 lumen DLP projector with XGA (1024x768) resolution, intended for applications in business and education such as K-12 classrooms, retail settings and conference rooms. 

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

November 13, 2018

The ViewSonic PX747-4K is a 4K UHD projector. ViewSonic has long been a leader in some of the lowest-cost home theater projectors, and they’ve done it again!

Acer S1386WHN Short Throw Business and Education Projector Review

November 9, 2018

The Acer S1386WHN is a WXGA (1280x800) short throw projector intended for business and education environments such as conference rooms, K-12 classrooms, and retail settings.

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

November 6, 2018

The ViewSonic M1 is a stylish pocket gaming projector featuring dual 3.0 watt Harman Kardon speakers for impressive audio on-the-go.

BenQ LU950 Installation Laser Projector Review

November 1, 2018

The BenQ LU950 is a WUXGA (1920x1200) laser projector claiming 5,000 lumens – enough to shine through the ambient light found in many museums, conference rooms, retail spaces, and classrooms.

BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review

July 9, 2018

Full review of the BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector.

Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review

June 22, 2018

The VL7860 projector is the first 4K UHD with respectable black levels that we've seen, and that makes it a strong, 4K capable home theater 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.

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review

January 7, 2018

The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is an entry level priced 1080p resolution DLP projector, one that provides a lot of value.

Acer K138ST Projector Review – A Pocket Sized Gaming Machine

December 15, 2017

The Acer K138ST is a pocket projector designed for big screen gaming on the go.

Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review

November 11, 2017

The Acer V7850 is one of three new 4K/UHD projectors that Acer has introduced this year.

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

April 14, 2017

The Acer H7550ST is a powerful little short throw, single chip DLP home entertainment projector claiming 3000 lumens.

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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