Reviews of HD Projectors

The HD projectors category includes most home theater projectors. It includes both those sporting Full HD which is 1080p resolution, and 720p projectors, which, technically are just HD. The same is true for LCDTVs and Plasmas when talking HD and Full HD. HD is, of course, an acronym for High Definition.
In the projector world, primarily HD is a phrase associated with home theater projectors, rather than other types, but recently, the HD definition is showing up on business, education and other commercial projectors with 2K resolution. (2048×1024, or similar). For our purposes HD Projectors will be defined for home theater projectors only. See below for a list of HD projector reviews and information pages.

For home theater systems, virtually all projectors are either HD or Full HD these days.

You can still find a few all-in-one projectors that are lower resolution, but everything else, or at least everything we’re aware of, over $600 should be HD, and there really is only some DIY stuff, and maybe some old closeouts for less.

Full HD 1080p resolution allows for the true home theater experience.

Most 720p HD projectors are under $1000, but there are some huge exceptions, including 3 chip DLP’s such as the Runco LS-7, a rather superb, $15,000 extremely bright home theater projector. In fact 720p 3 chip DLP projectors can cost several times even that amount.

That’s fine, some real high performance projectors, but keep in mind there are also a number of under $10K 720p single chip DLP projectors from “high end brands” as well.

Popular HD projector brands: Sony, Panasonic, Optoma, Epson, Mitsubishi, and InFocus.

1080p Report: 1080p Home Theater Projector Comparison Report.

HD Projector Reviews

Nebula Capsule 3 Laser Portable Projector Review

February 27, 2023

  Nebula Capsule 3 Laser by Anker.   The Nebula Capsule 3 Laser is a portable compact projector with an integrated battery and retails for $799.99. It can reproduce Full HD (1920x1280) resolution and project images up to 120”. While most portable proje ...

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 ...

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 ...

Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 3LCD Laser Projector Review

November 25, 2022

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is a 4,000-lumen 4K PRO-UHD ultra short throw home theater projector.

Epson PowerLite L730U 7000 Lumen 3LCD Laser Projector Review

October 18, 2022

  A 7000 lumens compact professional fixed lens projector with an excellent WUXGA picture.   The Epson PowerLite L730U is a 3-chip 3LCD laser projector selling for $4,181 MSRP.  The PowerLite L730U uses three native 1,920 x 1,200 polysilicon TFT a ...

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.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

JMGO O1 PRO UST Smart LED Projector Review

April 13, 2022

The JMGO 01 PRO is an LED powered ultra-short-throw, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080p) projector selling for $1,699.99. JMGO 01 PRO Projector JMGO, pronounced JM Go, is a Chinese company that current CEO Eric Hu founded. CEO Hu describes himself as an avid fan ...

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 ...

JVC DLA-NZ9 D-ILA Laser Projector Review

March 8, 2022

JVC has announced three new D-ILA home theater projector models. The JVC DLA-NZ9 is an HDR home theater projector that delivers true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160). It is the replacement for the award-winning DLA-NX9/RS3000 which we reviewed a while back. ...

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. This LG projector utilizes a single DLP chip to deliver Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,08 ...

BenQ GS50 Ruggedized Portable 1080P Projector Review

September 14, 2021

BenQ has announced another exciting portable projector, the GS50 which is the second generation of BenQ’s GS lineup. The GS50 is a 1080p Full High Definition (FHD) portable LED projector that is rated at 500 ANSI lumens and the first portable projector to have a 2.1 channel Bluetooth speaker with “Extra Bass.”

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.

ViewSonic X100-4K 4K LED Smart Home Theater Projector Review

August 9, 2021

ViewSonic's flagship 4K LED home theater projector. I’m all about that portable all-in-one projector life, but today, I’m stepping away from my usual portable projectors for this review and taking a look at the ViewSonic X100-4K. The X100-4K is ViewSon ...

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.

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.

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.

VIEWSONIC M2 SMART LED PROJECTOR REVIEW

March 17, 2021

The ViewSonic M2 Smart 1080P LED projector with Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers (referred to as “the M2” in the remainder of this review) is a 500 ANSI Lumen (1200 LED lumen), full HD (1,920 x1,080) DLP LED-powered business and home media projector de ...

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 ...

EPSON EF12 SMART LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW

January 31, 2021

The Epson EF12, part of their EpiqVision series of Smart projectors, offers all the benefits of a Smart TV with the benefits of a projector.

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.

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.

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

October 29, 2020

As projector enthusiasts, we don’t really consider the fact that distinct styles of gameplay (FPS vs. RPG vs. SPT) do actually demand different things of the projector to offer a stellar experience.

ViewSonic LS700HD Laser DLP Home Projector Review

October 23, 2020

The ViewSonic LS700HD is a lamp-free 1080p laser home projector featuring 3,500 ANSI lumen high brightness and cinematic color for you to enjoy a big screen experience in a bright living room or in your dedicated home theater.

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

June 16, 2020

Great for both business and education environments, the Casio XJ-F211WN is their latest in DLP WXGA projectors .

BenQ TH585 vs. Vankyo V630 Comparison Review

April 12, 2020

In this review we compare two projectors - the BenQ TH585 and the Vankyo V630 head-to-head.

BenQ EW800ST Smart Classroom Projector Review

April 1, 2020

The BenQ EW800ST is a DLP, WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, short throw projector with smart capabilities. It is primarily positioned as a classroom projector, but is suitable for conference rooms and meeting rooms where its feature set would be useful. B ...

BenQ HT3550 vs BenQ TK850: Choose the Best Home Projector for Your Room and Viewing Preferences!

March 5, 2020

Greetings home projector enthusiasts, big screen fanatics, and people just tired of a boring “TV” experience. If you want to up your viewing game – whether a movie addict, sports nut, or a binge TV watcher, BenQ continues with their strategy of offerin ...

The Newest, Smartest Laser Projectors From Sony Are Impressive: "Affordable Lasers" for Business, Classroom! Commercial Projectors for Auditoriums, Museums and Entertainment!

March 1, 2020

Greetings, projector professionals: AV managers, IT, tech coordinators, educators, presenters, and buyers. Sony, as one of the most recognized brands in the world obviously needs no formal introduction.  Their reputation for quality goes back to the la ...

Look Out Competition: It’s Fun Time! Epson Is Shipping Their First, Smart, Under $1000 Home Entertainment Laser Projector – HD Res, and 2000 lumens!

January 6, 2020

Epson's new EF-100 smart home theater projector that can be used in just about any room in your house.

Vivitek DH3660Z Business/Education Laser Projector Review

December 13, 2019

The Vivitek DH3660Z is a 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution, DLP projector intended for business and education environments.

VAVA Laser TV Review: 2500 Lumens of 4K UHD Ultra Short Throw Projector For The Whole Family

December 2, 2019

The VAVA Laser TV LT002 is a 2500 ANSI lumens (manufacturer claimed) at well below the price point of many other ultra-short through projectors.

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000

November 22, 2019

‘Tis the season to be shopping for your next home entertainment or home theater projector! Welcome to our annual shopping guide, the Holiday Guide for Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000. In this guide we’ve selected some great projectors f ...

2019 Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors Over $2000

November 22, 2019

Welcome to our Holiday Guide To Five Great Home Theater Projectors Over $2000. Here’s your chance to learn about some awesome projectors and screens that will change the way you enjoy movies, HDTV, streaming and more! You’ll find the scoop on a number ...

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.

Optoma HD27HDR Home-Entertainment Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

September 15, 2019

The Optoma HD27HDR serves up High dynamic range (HDR), which is the biggest improvement in consumer video since HDTV was introduced about 20 years ago.

NEC NP-MC382W Business/Education Projector Review

July 1, 2019

The NEC NP-MC382W is a capable LCD projector, well suited for business and education environments.

BenQ InstaShow Review

June 19, 2019

The BenQ InstaShow system consists of a simple transmitter and receiver to deliver your content easily and quickly.

NEC NP-P525UL Review: An Affordable 3LCD Laser Projector

June 3, 2019

The NEC P525UL is a laser light engine installation class 3LCD projector having WUXGA, 1920 x 1200, resolution and a bright 5,000 lumens rated light output.

BenQ HT3550 Review - The 4K UHD Home Theater Projector with Better Black Levels

April 24, 2019

Review of the the BenQ HT3550 4K UHD Home Theater Projector.

Epson Pro L1755UNL Commercial Laser Projector Review

March 31, 2019

The Epson Pro L1755UNL is a 15,000 lumen, large venue, 4K pixel shifting laser projector with WUXGA resolution, that can accept a full range of 4K content.

Epson PowerLite 5520W Business/Education Projector Review

March 7, 2019

The Epson PowerLite 5520W is a 5,500 lumen, WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution projector for business and education applications. It has 3LCD technology, which means this Epson projects as many color lumens as it does white ones.

Optoma EH330UST Business/Education Projector Review

February 26, 2019

The Optoma EH330UST is a 3,600 lumen ultra-short throw projector with DLP technology for business and education applications.

Epson PowerLite 109W Business/Education Projector Review

January 29, 2019

The Epson PowerLite 109W is a WXGA (1280 x 800) business and education projector claiming 4,000 lumens making it suitable for classrooms and conference rooms where there is little control over the amount of ambient light.

Optoma HD143X Home Theater Projector Review

December 5, 2018

The Optoma HD143X is a 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution projector with DLP technology.

Epson Pro Cinema 4050 First Look Review – 4K UHD with HDR

October 23, 2018

Epson's new Pro Cinema 4050 home theater projector offers improved pixel shifting from their previous models.

Epson PowerLite 1785W Wireless Portable Projector Review

October 13, 2018

The Epson PowerLite 1785W is a WXGA (1280x800) 3LCD projector intended for the traveling professional, classroom, or anyone who needs to wow their audience on-the-go. 

JVC DLA-RS440U Review – A Serious, 4K Capable Home Theater Projector

August 20, 2018

The JVC DLA-RS440U is a 4K capable home theater projector with 1800 lumens.

AAXA P300 NEO Pico Projector Review - Pocket Sized Fun

August 16, 2018

The AAXA P300 Neo is a tiny, portable projector with an LED light engine, as is typical of pico and pocket projectors.

Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review

April 11, 2018

The Optoma W460 is a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution projector with an outstanding 4,600 lumens.

Sony VPL-EW435 Business and Education Projector Review

April 2, 2018

The Sony VPL-EW435 is a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution business and education projector claiming 3,100 lumens.

Epson PowerLite 675W Ultra Short Throw Classroom Projector Review

March 23, 2018

The Epson PowerLite 675W is an ultra short throw, WXGA (1280 x 800) business and education projector claiming 3,200 lumens.

NEC NP-P474U Business and Education Projector Review

February 20, 2018

The NEC NP-PA474U is a 4,700 lumen projector with WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution, which is the business and education world’s 1080p.

Epson BrightLink 710Ui Interactive Laser Projector Review

February 1, 2018

The Epson BrightLink 710Ui is a WUXGA (1920 x 1200) laser projector with interactive capabilities.

ViewSonic PS750W Interactive Education Projector Review

January 12, 2018

The ViewSonic PS750W is an interactive projector designed for the classroom.

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.

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.

AAXA M5 Pocket Projector Review - 720p and LED!

November 29, 2017

The AAXA M5 is a $499 pocket-class projector with LED technology, featuring a “lamp” with three RGB LED lights.

Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

November 28, 2017

We have created two Holiday Gift Guides from our favorite projectors of this year, one for home theater projectors and screens under $2000, and one for those priced over $2000.

Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Home Entertainment Projector Review

November 16, 2017

The Epson Home Cinema 2100 and Home Cinema 2150 are two new projectors that replace their venerable HC2040 and HC2045.

BenQ HT9050 Home Theater Projector Review

October 23, 2017

The BenQ HT9050 LED home theater projector is a 4K UHD DLP chip projector with an exceptionally sharp image.

NEC NP-PA653UL Business/Education Projector Review

September 27, 2017

The NEC NP-PA653UL is a 6,500 lumen, large venue laser projector using 3LCD technology for advanced business and education applications.

Epson Home Cinema 760HD First Look Review

September 18, 2017

The Epson Home Cinema 760HD is one of a trio of projectors from Epson’s new value line.

Epson Home Cinema 1060 First Look Review

August 30, 2017

The Epson Home Cinema 1060 was just announced alongside two other projectors, which are a part of Epson’s new value line. There are a few key differences between the trio – but only a few. They’re similar in feature set and hardware, with varying resolutions and price. All three projectors are selling for below $700.

Epson Home Cinema 2150 First Look Review

August 28, 2017

Epson has just announced two evolutionary projectors to replace a couple of their most popular projectors. The Epson Home Cinema 2150 and its younger brother, the Home Cinema 2100.

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

July 30, 2017

The Epson HC4000 is an affordable native 1080p pixel shifting projector that's 4K capable.

Optoma UHD65 4K Home Theater Projector Review

July 18, 2017

Optoma's new UHD65 home theater projector is one of two new models sporting the first Texas Instruments 4K UHD chip, and targeting home users.

Ricoh PJ WXL4540 Ultra Short Throw Projector Review

July 9, 2017

Ricoh is an established manufacturer of business and classroom class projectors and they offer models using DLP and LCD technology. We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year’s Best Classroom Projectors Report. ...

Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector - Review

May 11, 2017

Review of the Epson LS10500 laser home theater projector.

The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector - Review

March 16, 2017

Review of the Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector.

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review

February 8, 2017

Epson describes the PowerLite 2265U as a portable business projector, it is somewhat larger and heavier than many portable models.

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

January 28, 2017

The InFocus IN5148HD is intended for use in large venues where a high light output projector is called for.

About HD Projectors

The bottom line on today’s High Definition – HD Projectors is that they provide a level of quality, that less than a decade ago, was unobtainable for less than $20,000. Yet, today’s HD projectors start well under $1000, even for Full HD. The overall picture quality varies by price, brand and other issues, but even the very least of the HD home theater projectors is almost certain to dazzle just about everyone but hard core enthusiasts, when properly set up.

For those with older projectors, or looking for their first, an HD projector should truly impress, but content is king. If you watch standard TV and standard DVDs, you will not be able to get the fullest performance, and viewing pleasure that would come with HDTV, and Blu-ray discs.

Popular HD Projector Reviews

BenQ W1000 Projector
The W1000 is exceptionally bright and is perhaps the most impressive overall 1080p projector out there under $1,000.

JVC DLA-RS25 Projector
The RS25 is a worthy successor for last year’s Best In Class (under $10,000) 1080p projector winner, the RS20. The premium priced RS25 offers premium performance with improved color management, plus CFI.

LG CF181D Projector
At $2499, the LG CF181D LCoS 1080p projector is extremely impressive. It’s one of the very brightest projectors under $10,000 and one of the best under $3,000, has really good color, and decent black level performance.

Epson Home Cinema 8500UB
The 8500UB replaces last year’s Best In Class winners, also Epson 1080p projectors, boasting a sharper image, great blacks, a great warranty, improved CFI, and better color. What’s not to like?

Mitsubishi HC4000
The Mitsubishi HC4000 may be the entry-level (under $1,500) 1080p projector to beat. It offers rich, great looking color, decent blacks, a sharp image, and is really bright in Best Mode.

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