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Reviews of LED Projectors

The LED projectors category includes the latest projector technology used in ultra-portable projectors, business projectors, and digital projection. See below for a list of LED projector reviews and information pages. LED projectors are becoming more and more popular.

LED technology is being used in a wide range of products, including home theater projectors, business and education projectors, and even the emerging market of Pico projectors, and other mini projector systems. This has its benefits in a variety of fields, with several different uses.

LED projectors use an LED light source as opposed to a conventional lamp.

While most pico and pocket projectors utilize LED light sources, when it comes to larger projectors the number one player using LED light engines is Casio. But that’s not quite correct as they use a hybrid design with both LED and laser.

Lasers would be the other major solid state technology used, and it’s being used in some impressive, more expensive commercial projectors.

Most manufacturers of LED projectors are claiming 20,000 or more hours of life expectancy for their light engines. That’s about 4-6 times traditional lamps in conventional projectors.

LED Projector Reviews

BenQ X3100i Flagship Gaming Projector Review

February 19, 2024

The BenQ X3100i is a 4LED, 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160p) 0.65" DLP short-throw gaming projector that offers a BenQ-rated 3,300 ANSI at an MSRP of $2,399.

ASUS ZenBeam L2 Portable LED Projector Review

October 11, 2023

The ASUS ZenBeam L2 is a portable 1080p smart LED projector for on-the-go movie nights for a $699 MSRP.

AAXA P7+ Projector Review

August 14, 2023

The new AAXA P7+ is one of the latest ultra-portable LED DLP, ultra-portable with a built-in battery. The P7+ with solar charger sells for an MSRP of $389.

Nebula Mars 3 Portable Projector Review

August 4, 2023

The Nebula Mars 3 is a smart portable projector at $1099. 1080P resolution, 1000 ANSI lumens brightness, up to 5hr viewing, and power bank feature.

LG CineBeam PU700R 4K Smart LED Projector Review

July 6, 2023

The LG CineBeam PU700R is a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) Ultra High Definition (UHD) home entertainment projector selling for $1,699 MSRP.

BENQ W4000i/HT4550i 4K 4LED Projector Review

July 3, 2023

The BenQ HT4550i is a new 4K UHD HDR home theater projector with LED light source at an of MSRP $2,999.

BenQ LH730 LED Business Projector Review

June 22, 2023

The BenQ LH730 is a 4000-lumen LED projector designed for use in medium-sized conference rooms. It features a 1080p resolution, 98% Rec.709 color gamut, and a 20,000-hour LED light source.

BenQ GP500 4K 4LED Smart Projector Review

April 27, 2023

The BenQ GP500 is a 4K HDR capable 4LED Home theater projector that retails for $1,799 MSRP and is rated to deliver 1,500 ANSI lumens by the manufacturer.

XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro Portable Smart Projector Review

April 24, 2023

The XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro, priced at $599.00, is a portable smart projector offering Full HD (1080p) resolution, an integrated audio system, and 400 ISO lumens of brightness.

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 ...

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 gamin ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 an L ...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...

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.

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.

ViewSonic X10-4KE Home Entertainment Projector Review

February 28, 2020

The ViewSonic X10-4KE takes the big screen experience, makes it portable, and gives it a handle. Add to that the 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160), short throw design and smart TV capabilities, you’ve got a highly versatile, portable home theater.

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

February 15, 2020

The HT9060, is a serious home theater projector from BenQ that uses the higher resolution 4K UHD chip set – with native resolution of 2716 x 1528 x 2.

LG HU70LA CINEBEAM THINQ 4K PROJECTOR REVIEW

January 26, 2020

The LG HU70LA is an HDR compatible DLP home theater LED projector which retails for $1,799.

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.

Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

August 12, 2019

The Vankyo Leisure 3 is a portable projector which measures a mere 7.8 x 5.8 x 2.7 inches and weighs in at only 2.4 pounds.

Casio XJ-S400UN Business/Education Projector Review

July 11, 2019

The Casio XJ-S400UN is part of Casio’s new Superior series, which features the next generation of their mercury-free, hybrid laser and LED light engine.

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

December 14, 2018

The Anker Nebula Capsule is a DLP projector with an LED light source and is nearly the exact size of a soda can.

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.

Casio XJ-A257 Portable LED/Laser Projector Review

September 17, 2018

The Casio XJ-A257 is a portable laser projector designed for business and education applications.

Optoma ProScene ZU660 Business and Education Projector Review

September 14, 2018

The Optoma ProScene ZU660 is a WUXGA (1920x1200) laser projector intended for use in boardrooms, higher education, museums, houses of worship and smaller entertainment venues.

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.

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.

Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review

April 26, 2017

The Casio XJ-UT351WN ultra short throw projector that uses a solid state light engine - LED and laser combination instead of a lamp.

Sony LaserLite VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector Review

April 13, 2017

The Sony VPL-PHZ10 is an affordable laser projector for business and education.

About LED Projectors 

The life of an LED light source is seriously spectacular. Even with 40 hours of viewing per week, the average LED can run for an impressive 10-25 years, which is longer than the expected life of the product itself! Let us put in perspective how long 25 years really is in the world of technology. In 1985, the VHS was the standard in home recording, a really huge TV was only 32 inches, CDs were new, DVDs were only a dream, and high-definition was still 15 years away. Thus, because technology changes so much, the use of the same LED projector 25 years into the future is not really practical. But theoretically, it’s possible!

First picture from the LED Optoma PK301 pico projector.
Second, the LED Samsung SP-F10M projector in bright mode.

But back to reality. To our knowledge, all current pico projectors use a small LED light source. Pico projectors make possible integration with small devices such as smart phones, etc. They can boast an absurdly long life of up to 20,000 hours.

In the home theater space, LED light sources are emerging, typically in higher-end 3-chip DLP projectors. As of the 2010-2011 season, all home theater projectors using LED light sources are over $10,000. LEDs are somwhat limited in brightness, however, which might explain why we haven’t seen more in the lower price ranges.

In the business sector, LED light sources are beginning to rival conventional lamps. However, despite these developments, we can’t guarantee that LED light sources will replace all conventional lamps, especially if you consider that we are now seeing some business projectors sporting lamps with lives as long as 5,000-6,000 hours.

LED light sources may come into the main home theater market a little behind their acceptance in the business education market. For example, the Samsung SP-F10M at $1,299 is an excellent example of LED light sources going into lower cost projectors.

Another example is Casio’s LED hybrid projectors, which use both LED and laser technology. Both the LED Samsung and the hybrid Casio projectors have the same kind of extremely long life ratings, and both run around $800-$1,500 dollars.

The Future of LED Light Sources

We should keep in mind that the business sector is more than 10x the size of the home theater world. As a result, as it comes to economies of scale, LED light sources are quickly becoming valid propositions in business and education, whereas they are still very expensive in home theater space (due to low numbers and high development costs).

With developments in LED technology, LED popularity and widespread usage is anticipated to rise. It is expected that, in the business/education world, LED light sources will become dominant over conventional lamps over the next few years (2011-2012). Furthermore, LED home theater projectors should soon become available at lower prices.

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