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2024 Laser TV Buyer’s Guide - Under $4,000

Posted on September 1, 2023 by Zachary Zanger

In this report, we organized the products by price point to help you in your buying decision. This section represents the entry-level and mid-level projectors. We've tested all of the products listed below, many of which have won awards for their performance, so even at this price point, you can find an outstanding Laser TV option.

XGIMI Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser

XGIMI-Aura-Value-Leader Award
Rated “value leader” by Projector Reviews
Price$2499
Brightness2400 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4
Light SourceLaser
Imager TypeDLP with XPR (0.47” DMD)
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsHDMI 2.0x3
SmartAndroid TV, Google Assistant
Sound60-watt Harman/Kardon Audio System 15W tweeter x2, 15W woofers x 2
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The Aura is XGMI’s first UST projector, it retails for just $2499. This projector boots up super-fast, our reviewer clocked the start up speed at 12 seconds or less.

At 17.3-inches from a wall or UST projector screen, the Aura can project a 150-inch image. However, if you are short on space, the Aura can be placed a mere 4.3-inches away from a wall or UST projector screen to project an 80-inch image. The big images match up with the big and handsome-looking Aura.

The Aura uses a 0.47-inch DMD Texas Instruments (TI) DLP chipset and a 2,400 ANSI lumen laser diode light source to deliver its 4K (3840 x 2160) displayed resolution. In addition, Aura features HDR10 (High Dynamic Range); HDR10 sends static metadata to the video stream, which is encoded information on color calibration settings required to make images look more like the content creator’s intentions. The Aura covers up to 90% Rec. 709 and 80% of the DCI-P3 color gamut.

Like a TV, the Aura has a built-in audio system. XGIMI equipped the Aura with a built-in Harman/Kardon audio system. The 60-watt audio system includes two 15-watt tweeters and two 15-watt woofers.

The Aura has smart features, just like a modern smart TV would have. The Aura is powered by the Android TV™10.0 Operating System (OS). With Android TV™, the projector has the apps and capabilities that are included in smart TVs. The projector also includes Google Assistant, which allows you to control the Aura with your voice.

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VAVA VA-LT002

A super budget-friendly Laser TV option
Price$2799
Brightness2500 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Display Resolution3840x2160
Imager TypeDLP
Light SourceLaser
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsHDMI x 3, USB x 1
SmartSmart Android system, Google Assistant, Alexa
SoundHarmon Kardon, 60W of power
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The VAVA is an affordable Ultra Short Throw projector that is 4K UHD resolution, and comes with a built-in media player. It has a hefty, built-in Harmon Kardon sound system (60 watts), and a good picture. Projector Reviews awarded this model our Special Interest Award back in 2019. The projector is impressive, overall. It’s priced aggressively, but does have a rough edge or two (including a shorter warranty than most – 1 year, parts & labor).

The VAVA Laser TV is 4K UHD (it uses the lower resolution 1920x1080x4 pixel shifting DLP chips, which the less expensive Laser TVs like this one, and the Optoma Cinemax P1 use). HDR10 is supported with 4K, and the VAVA has both Bluetooth input and also output (to feed a more powerful sound system or even some good headphones).

At 2500 lumens, the VAVA could be brighter.  It’s brightness for the price is rather good, but there are significantly more expensive competitors, at least a couple of which are noticeably brighter.  Unlike some of the other models in this buyer’s guide, the VAVA does not come with a bundled screen. With the right screen, the VAVA can handle a room with a good bit of ambient light.

If you are new to projectors – If you decide to go for it, to put a VAVA Laser TV and a proper screen in your living or family room, and you will almost certainly love it. It’s a very impressive first projector for VAVA.

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JMGO U2 LASER TV

JMGO U2
Kickstarter funded
Price$2999
Brightness2400 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4
Light SourceLaser
Imager TypeDLP
Light Source Lifespan50,000 hours
InputsHDMI 2.0 x 2, USB 2.0
SmartLuna OS with a built-in smart Android system
SoundDolby Surround audio – 15W x 2 speakers, 10W x 2 tweeter
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The JMGO U2 is a 4K ultra-short-throw DLP projector that supports 4K@60Hz video playback and retails for $2,599 on special and $2,999 at a regular price. The U2’s Tri-Color triple Laser light is rated to deliver 2,400 lumens which our reviewer confirmed as accurate. JMGO claims that the laser light engine will last for 50,000 hours. The U2 projector offers a one-year warranty along with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

The JMGO U2 comes with a built-in Luna OS. Luna OS is built on top of Android OS with a borderless design that blends in well in any environment. Simply pair the U2 with a preferred streaming TV box or TV stick to enjoy your favorite show. Luna OS features gadgets for your 24/7 companion, including a music visualizer, bulletin board, weather dashboard, and more. Luna OS Android backend allows you to live a smart life with JMGO U2. With the Alexa built-in, simply tell JMGO O1 to turn on the lights, search for movies or answer questions for you. A voice control remote with a built-in microphone allows you to control a wide range of compatible smart devices via Google Assistant. You can press the Google Assistant button in the center of the remote control to activate the voice assistant on the U2. In addition to the projector, Google Assistant also allows voice control for several third-party items such as a set-top box, lights, door locks, curtains, etc.

The size of the U2’s chassis is one of the reasons this projector has among the biggest, boomiest sound systems of any Laser TV we’re reviewed here at Projector Reviews. The larger chassis leaves more room for the speakers and resonance. It’s dynamic and gets loud, so if you don’t have an external sound system to connect the JMGO to, the built-in sound quality will be more than acceptable. The speakers, which were co-created by Dynaudio, deliver excellent sound with decent bass, clean dialogue, and very transparent highs. The JMGO U2 is both Dolby and DTS certified, so it supports surround sound.

A built-in media player is becoming more common these days, but it’s worth noting that the JMGO U2 features one that will play content off a USB flash drive in up to 4K resolution. The U2’s media player supports MVC/ISO/H.265(level 5.1)/VC-1/JPEG/MP3 content.

If you want to put a very large TV in your living or theater room, this JMGO would be an excellent choice. The JMGO U2 offers a good picture, smart features, and low maintenance, making it a compelling option to replace your television as your home’s primary display in your family room.

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BENQ V7050I 4K LASER TV

Ben Q V7050i Highly Recommended by Projector Reviews
BenQ’s freshman entry into the Laser TV market is sleek and boasts a superb image – crisp & colorful
Price$3499
Brightness2500 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution3840x2160 (1920x1080x4)
Imager TypeDLP
Light SourceLaser
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours (normal)/30,000 (ECO)
InputsHDM1 x 2, USB
SmartGoogle certified Android TV stick included, Google Assistant
SoundtreVolo-tuned 5W x 2 virtual surround stereo
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The BenQ V7050i is a 2500 lumen Laser TV that retails for $3499. BenQ knows something about making a projector that looks good, both inside and out. The V7050i is a beautifully designed projector with sleek-edged aluminum lines that houses a laundry list of high-performance video technology ready to bring a cinematic entertainment experience to your living room.

At the heart of the V7050i is a 2,500-lumen laser diode light source and a Texas Instruments DLP (.47″ DMD) imager to display a bright 4K picture. It features HDR-Pro™ (High Dynamic Range) for improved image quality and shadow detail from HDR content. The V7050i also utilizes BenQ’s proprietary CinematicColor™ technology to deliver a wider color gamut covering up to 98% of the DCI-P3 color space. The projector’s FILMMAKER mode did a great job utilizing the unit’s color capability accurately.

Like most Laser TV projectors, the V7050i offers an onboard sound system that BenQ has designed to outperform many competitors. BenQ includes a treVolo-tuned, 5W x 2 built-in virtual surround audio system that provides a complete home theater experience with only one projector that sits just inches from the screen.

The BenQ V7050i laser TV is a smart projector. It is a Google-certified Android TV™ device providing access to most of the popular Android TV video applications. You can also control the unit with your voice via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

Our reviewer was wowed with this unit, stating “After using the V7050i for a couple of weeks now, I have to say that I am incredibly impressed. This projector delivers a noticeably crisper, more detailed, and colorful image than I have seen to date on any other ultra-short-throw projector in its class. It’s superb.”

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Philips Screeneo U4 Ultra-Short-Throw 4LED

The Philips Screeneo U4 is compact with a contemporary look.
Price$669
Brightness400 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1080p (1920x1080)
Imager TypeDLP
Light Source4LED (RGGB)
Light Source Lifespan30,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC) HDCP 2.2 ports
SmartBuilt-in media player
SoundDual integrated 15-watt speakers
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

With a retail price of $669 for the Screeneo U4, Philips targets those looking for a cost-effective, compact, and transportable UST projector. Philips states the recommended usage for the Screeneo U4 is in a dark room and an 80-inch image. Philips also says the Screeneo U4 can project 35-inch to 120-inch images and then adds, “We recommend to keep the image size at 80” for the best contrast and brightness.”I recommend following Philips’ recommendation and keeping your projected image at 80-inches or smaller. When I went above 80-inches, the image struggled with brightness and contrast, just as Philips forewarned.

The Screeneo U4 setup for this review was a breeze. The Screeneo U4 can be placed on a table, mounted to a tripod, or mounted to the ceiling, which makes for flexible setups in most rooms and environments. As usual, I started by placing the projector on a level surface. I tripod mounted the Screeneo U4 thanks to the built-in tripod socket located on the bottom of the projector. I then physically moved the Screeneo U4 until the image was perfectly aligned on my projector screen.

I took my time and did not have to use any of the keystone correction adjustments. I recommend spending a few extra minutes getting the alignment perfect by physically adjusting the projector’s position whenever possible. Using digital keystone correction slightly degrades any projector’s image quality and may negatively affect your input lag while gaming. I suggest setting the geometry correction values to zero to enjoy all of the resolution you paid for.

Although I did not need to utilize the Screeneo U4’s 4-corner geometry correction adjustments, it is nice knowing it is there if it were ever needed. For example, if I were traveling and forced to set the Screeneo U4 and a projector screen up on an uneven surface, I would appreciate having 4-corner geometry correction capabilities.

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JMGO O1 PRO UST Smart LED Projector

JMGO 01 PRO Projector.
Price$1,699.99 MSRP
Brightness1250 Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1080p (1920x1080)
Imager TypeDLP
Light SourceLeica-tuned LED light
Light Source Lifespan45,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). 2USB 2.0 Type-A ports
SmartSmart Android system with a built-In Luna OS
Sound10 x 2 sound system tuned by Dynaudio's chief acoustic engineer
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

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, pronounced JM Go, is a Chinese company that current CEO Eric Hu founded. CEO Hu describes himself as an avid fan of cinema movies who just wants to enjoy a big-screen experience at home. JMGO has brought quite a few projectors to market, and now they are offering the JMGO 01 PRO, a Full HD ultra-short-throw (USD) projector. The 01 PRO is a Digital Light Processing (DLP) projector powered by an LED light engine. The 01 PRO is co-engineered with Leica and stereo-sound-tuned by Dynaudio's chief acoustic engineer. In addition to its high-end hardware pedigree, at least on paper, the 01 PRO is also a smart projector powered by Android-based Luna OS and several smart hardware features. 

This review will give you a brief overview of the JMGO 01 PRO. After covering the basics and the projector's highlights, I'll move on to the most notable features of the 01 PRO. We will take a look at the choice of hardware and software JMGO chose to power this home entertainment projector. Most importantly, I'll tell you how the 01 PRO stacked up on the test bench, as well as my observations of the projector's overall quality, performance, and value. These assessments will include visual performance in brightness, color, contrast, picture quality, and the projector's sound quality. Finally, I'll summarize my test results and personal experience along with an idea of what projectors the 01 PRO is competing against. I'll end with my choice of the pros and cons of the JMGO 01 PRO. 

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VAVA Chroma VA-SP003 4K

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The VAVA Chroma is the company's 2nd generation ultra-short throw projector.
Price$2,999 MSRP
Brightness2500 ANSI lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4 (3840x2160)
Imager TypeTri-color laser light engine
Light SourceALPD 4.0 RGB laser light
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). 2USB 2.0 Type-A ports
SmartYes
SoundHarman Kardon speakers and 30 watts x 2 Dolby-powered audio
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

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 first ultra-short-throw projector, the VA-LT002, which we reviewed in 2019. The VAVA Chroma is an ultra-short-throw projector featuring an ALPD 4.0-powered triple laser light source, Alexa voice control, and an Android-powered operating system. VAVA says it can project an image between 80" and 150".

While the suggested retail price of the VAVA Chroma is $3,499, VAVA often puts the unit on promotion. At the time of this review, VAVA Chroma was available for just $2,999 MSRP on VAVA's website. The selling price at several well-known big-box and online retailers can be found for a little less than MSRP.

The VAVA Chroma VA-SP003 is the company's most recent introduction into the ultra-short-throw projector space. VAVA introduced the Chroma on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo. The campaign raised an impressive $7.8 million, making it Indiegogo's most-funded campaign of 2021. When this projector was first announced, it offered a compelling list of features, including big sound from Harman Kardon speakers, a 60-watt Dolby-powered audio system, 2,200 ANSI lumens of brightness, and Android-powered intelligent capabilities.

At the time, the VAVA Chroma was the only consumer projector using an ALPD 4.0 RGB laser light source, but it's almost a year since this projector became available, and a lot can change in a year. In this review, I will closely examine this projector's features and evaluate its performance. Afterward, I'll discuss how the VAVA Chroma compares to its competition and if this projector is a strong candidate for your home theater dollars in 2023.

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WEMAX Nova 4K

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The WEMAX Nova Laser TV 4K Cinema.
Price$2699.00
Brightness2100 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution3840 x2160
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Light SourceALPD laser light source
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). USB 2.0 Type-A port
SmartYes, AndroidTV 9.0 with Google Assistant
Sound30W (10W x 2 Full Range, 5W x 2 Tweeter)
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The WEMAX Nova, retailing for $2,699.00, is a smart 4K Ultra Short Throw (UST) laser projector featuring Advanced Laser Phosphor Display (ALPD) technology and 2,100 ANSI lumens. With a Full On/Full Off (FOFO) contrast ratio of 3,000:1, WEMAX claims the Nova projector is capable of displaying a maximum 4K image of up to 150 inches, while also covering 100% of the Rec. 709 color gamut.

At first glance, it's easy to mistake the WEMAX Nova for the Formovie THEATER, a product we evaluated last December. The WEMAX Nova and Formovie THEATER share an almost identical exterior appearance. Notably, they even exhibit similar initial startup screens. At least, that was the case with the demo unit I had the opportunity to explore. Upon powering up the WEMAX Nova for the first time, I was welcomed with a message saying, "Hello, welcome to the Formovie Laser TV 4K Cinema” and “A simple start to your Formovie Laser TV 4K Cinema 150” journey."

The WEMAX website states, “WEMAX is the sub-company of Appotronics” and goes on to state, “PS. Formovie is the brand belonging to Fengmi, who is the sub-company of Appotronics and Xiaomi as well, who is focusing on Chinese domestic company and B2B business. However, WEMAX is focusing on international online markets.” The situation is analogous to General Motors offering both the Chevy Silverado and the GMC Sierra. In broad terms, the Chevy tends to be priced more affordably, while the GMC has a more premium feel and a correspondingly higher cost.

Later in the review, we will compare the WEMAX Nova and Formovie THEATER in greater detail. Ultimately, selecting one over the other depends on individual preferences and particular requirements.

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Optoma CinemaX D2

Optoma's newest addition to the CinemaX line of ulta-short-throw projectors
Price$2,699 MSRP
Brightness3,000 Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4
Imager TypeDLP w/Laser light source
Light SourceLaser light source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). USB 2.0 Type-A port
SmartAndroid TV 11 (External)
Sound10 watts x2 Dolby Digital
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

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 today is a leading large-display brand and, specifically, the world's number one 4K UHD projector brand worldwide.

In late September of this year, I wrote a news article about Optoma's two new CinemaX D2 ultra-short throw projectors, the CinemaX D2 and CinemaX D2 Smart. These two new models are a direct follow-up to last year's award-winning ultra-short-throw projector, the CinemaX P2.

I liked the previous version, the CinemaX P2, and looked forward to getting my hands on one of the new D2 series models. As I noted in my news article, these two projectors are nearly identical. The primary difference between the two models is the inclusion of an external smart media device on the D2 Smart. From a picture and sound point of view, these two projectors are identical.

The model I'm evaluating for this review is the CinemaX D2 Smart. The D2 sells for $2,499 MSRP, and the D2 Smart sells for $2,699 MSRP, which is a significant price reduction compared to the CinemaX P2's $3,299 MSRP. This lower price makes this projector very competitive if the performance compares to other UST projectors in its class.

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LG CineBeam HU715Q

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The LG HU715Q 4K UHD Laser UST CineBeam Projector is LG’s newest Ultra-Short-Throw
Price$2,999 MSRP
Brightness2,500 ANSI lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K (3840 x 2160)
Imager Type0.47-inch DMD Texas Instruments (TI) DLP chipset
Light SourceLaser Light Source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 (One HDMI ARC). USB 2.0 Type-A port
SmartLG’s webOS 6.0
SoundBuilt-in 40-watt Audio 2.2 Channel Sound System
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerYes

The LG HU715Q 4K Laser UST CineBeam Projector has many features that are also found on modern flat-panel TVs. Therefore, some in the industry have given smart 4K UST projectors like the HU715Q alternative names like Laser TV, Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) TV, UST Projector, Laser Projector, and Laser Projector TV. However, I will primarily be referring to the LG HU715Q 4K Laser UST CineBeam Projector as a UST and UST Projector from this point forward.

At 12.48-inches from a wall or projector screen, the HU715Q can project a 120-inch image. If you are short on space, the HU715Q can be placed a mere 4.64-inches away from a projection wall or screen to project an 80-inch image. The LG HU715Q has a Manufactures Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $2,999 and hit the market in early Spring 2022.

Most projectors are not very smart. They do not have capabilities such as streaming apps that are common on many modern TVs. The HU715Q utilizes LG’s webOS 6.0, just like what is found on their newest flat-panel TVs. With the HU715Q, you have all the apps and capabilities typically found in a modern smart TV. You can enjoy content with built-in apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, YouTube, and Apple TV.

Voice control is also available thanks to LG’s ThinQ AI, which allows you to control not only the projector but a widespread amount of compatible smart home devices using your voice via Google Assistant. The HU715Q even has its own web browser built-in.

Also, like a TV, the HU715Q has a built-in audio system. LG equipped the HU715Q with a built-in 40-watt audio system. LG states the HU715Q has a “2.2 channel Quad Woofer” design. LG placed two tweeters and two woofers on the front of the cabinet that can reproduce the full range and two woofers on the rear of the cabinet to enhance the bass range.

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ViewSonic X2000B-4K

The ViewSonic X2000B-4K has a nice shape and modern design.
Price$3,098.99 MSRP
Brightness2,000 ANSI lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4 (3840x2160)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Light SourceLaser Phosphor Light Source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.0b ports. 2 USB 2.0 Type-A ports, LAN port, 3.5mm audio
SmartYes
SoundIntegrated Harman/Kardon 50W audio with Dolby Audio/DTS-HD support
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The ViewSonic X2000B-4K is a smart UST projector with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $3,098.99. The projector utilizes second-generation laser phosphor technology rated at 2000 ANSI lumens. The second-generation Laser Phosphor technology improves brightness, and heat-resistance and reduces the product size. The laser light source can last up to 20,000 hours for years of home entertainment with ViewSonic’s Cinema SuperColor™.

The X2000B-4K’s embedded Wi-Fi connectivity enables screen mirroring directly from iOS and Android smart devices making content easy to stream. In addition, the dual built-in Harman/Kardon tweeters and woofers deliver room-filling audio that surpasses many modern TVs. The integrated Harman/Kardon audio system also has Dolby Audio and DTS-HD support.

With a 0.22 ultra-short throw lens, the ViewSonic X2000B-4K smart laser projector provides a cinematic experience with the convenience of ultra-short throw projection. The X2000B-4K can be placed 10.33-inches away from a projection screen or wall and project an immersive 100-inch image. The X2000B-4K delivers 4K (3840x2160) resolution images with Rec. 709 color gamut compatibility, HDR, and HLG support.

The projector can be placed on a table, mounted to a media stand, or mounted to the ceiling, which makes for flexible setups in most rooms and environments. In addition, the X2000B-4K can deliver immersive images on projector screens, flat surfaces, and curved walls, thanks to its flexible 4-corner keystone adjustment and Warping capabilities.

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Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 3LCD

One of the best looking out-of-the-box ultra-short-throw projectors
Price$3,499 MSRP
Brightness4,000-lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K (3,840 x 2,160) 60 Hz, 1,080 120 Hz
Imager Type3-chip 3LCD
Light SourceBlue lasers + phosphor laser light source
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs#1 (Std.), #2 (ARC), #3 (Gaming - Lag 16.7 ms )
SmartFully integrated Android TV 11 Operating System
Sound2.1 audio system with built-in sub-woofer by Yamaha
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 is a 4,000-lumen 4K PRO-UHD ultra-short-throw home theater projector that retails for $3,499 MSRP.

The LS800 uses Epson's award-winning 3-chip 3LCD technology and high-performance laser light source to deliver a dynamic contrast ratio of over 2,500,000:1, allowing this projector to reproduce extraordinary black-level details and out-of-the-box color performance. The LS800 is one of the best out-of-the-box 4K ultra-short-throw projectors I've ever seen.

Epson has been driving the innovation of ultra-short-throw projectors since the introduction of their milestone Epson EB-450 education projector in 2010. Epson has continued building on that legacy of innovation and engineering experience with some of the best home theater projectors in the industry. The EpiqVision LS800 is the latest example of an Epson milestone product.

Epson has taken a new approach with its two most recent EpiqVision projectors. The newest LS800 and its barely older Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) little brother, the LS300, features an all-new sleek modern design that allows these two projectors to fit into a wide range of visually diverse-looking living spaces. The new EpiqVision Ultra chassis looks more appealing compared to previous ultra-short-throw models that use the same chassis that Epson uses on their professional ultra-short-throw projectors.

The new design allows these cutting-edge EpiqVision Ultra LS800 projectors to sit significantly closer to the screen than previous Epson ultra-short-throw projectors. In my testing, I placed the LS800 less than seven inches from my 120-inch screen.

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Formovie Theater

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Price$3,499 MSRP
Brightness2800 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920x1080x4
Imager TypeDLP w/ XPR (0.47” Single-Chip DMD)
Light SourceAppotronics ALPD 4.0 triple laser light engine
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
InputsDual HDMI 2.1 plus 1 eARC port, USB Type-A inputs
SmartAndroid TV 11 integration
SoundDolby Atmos sound by Bowers & Wilkins
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

Formovie Technology is a joint venture between Apotronics, the maker of the projection industry's most popular laser light source technologies, and Xiaomi (SHA-O-mee) Technology. Based in China, Xiaomi is one of the world's largest technology manufacturers.

Formovie projection products include ALPD laser imaging technology. ALPD lasers are used in more movie theater projectors worldwide than any other brand. Chances are, the last movie you saw at a theater was shown on a projector using an ALPD laser light source.

The Formovie Theater is an Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) projector, also called a Laser TV, and is capable of being placed just inches away from the screen. Having the projector close to the screen eliminates the risk of someone blocking the image by walking between the projector and the screen. UST projectors also remove the need for ceiling mounting and long wire runs between sources and the video projector. With massive improvements in picture quality and price decreases, Laser TV projectors are now starting to replace the living room TV.

I've reviewed Formovie portable projectors in the past; read my full review of the Wemax Dice which was designed and produced by Formovie.

Honestly, I was surprised that the company had introduced a Laser TV projector and that it won first place at the 2022 Ultra Short Throw Laser TV Showdown organized by projectorscreens.com.

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AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro

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AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro
Price$3,999 MSRP
Brightness2400 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Imager TypeSingle Chip 0.47" DLP Texas Instruments DMD
Light SourceRGB triple laser light source w/o phosphor color wheel
Light Source Lifespan25,000+ hours
Inputs3X HDMI 2.0b with one eARC
SmartAndroid 9.0 OS
SoundPremium sound 36 watt onboard sound system
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

AWOL Vision entered the home theater projector market in 2022 with their flagship LTV-3500; it was one of, if not the most, compelling ultra-short throw projector available to buy in 2022. Will AWOL Vision's sophomore offerings live up to or even surpass the company's first-generation products?

When I first started seeing AWOL Vision generate serious buzz in 2022, it became clear that the company was employing a “check all of the boxes” strategy in its projectors' design and feature set. AWOL Vision is not a projector manufacturer, and in many ways, this gives the company a significant advantage over other projector companies that can be saddled with the cost of factories and parts inventory. Like flat panel television brand VIZIO, AWOL Vision buys the best technology available at the time and offers it some of the most advanced features for its projector products.

First, AWOL Vision used some of the industry's best suppliers for the projector's laser light engine components. The LTV-3000 Pro uses a Texas Instruments 0.47 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD), an NICHA RGB laser diode light source, and a state-of-the-art Ricoh all-glass lens. At peak output, AWOL Vision estimates the projector's triple laser light source can produce 3000 lumens of brightness with an estimated light source life of 25,000 hours. 

The high-speed 0.47 Texas Instruments DMD (Digital Micromirror Device) with XPR technology displays a stunning 4K UHD image (3,840 x 2,160) pixels with a contrast ratio of 2500:1.

With a 25,000-hour lifespan, the light source offers lasting durability. To put this into perspective, even if the projector were used for 8 hours daily, it would endure for more than eight years. Such longevity would be unattainable with a lamp-based projector.

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Nomvdic P2000UST-RGB

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Immersive home cinema with 4K UHD/HDR10/HLG support
Price$2,899 MSRP
Brightness2500 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K (3840 x 2160p)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47” DMD)
Light SourceALPD 4.0 Triple Laser
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours
Inputs3X HDMI Inputs (2x HDMI 2.1, 1x HDMI 2.0)
SmartIncludes an Amazon Firestick 4K Max
SoundHarmon Kardon 25-watt x2 Dolby Digital and DTS sound
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

In 2023, Nomvdic (pronounced Nomadic) introduced their first Laser TV. The Nomvdic P2000 uses a Texas Instruments 0.47 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) and an Appotronics ALPD 4.0 RGB+ triple laser light source. An ALPD 4.0 laser light source is more than just bright; it can display 100% of the BT2020 color gamut that exceeds the needs of today's most demanding video sources.

Laser light sources are incredibly reliable and maintenance-free. The estimated light source life at full output for the P2000 is 20,000 hours. This laser light source provides 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, meaning that this projector does not need a completely dark room to produce a good picture. Projectors with a 2,500 ANSI laser light source can display excellent color and retain a decent amount of shadow detail even when watching content with the lights on. 

Nomvdic has improved the projector responsiveness for gamers, making it capable of 4K 60 Hz gaming with an input lag of 32 ms or 1080p gaming up to 120 Hz with an input lag of 16 ms. Nomvdic has also included MEMC technology to reduce blurring and judder, improving the P2000’s gaming performance. The projector's low input lag and smooth performance mean gamers should not see a difference between when they push a controller button and the action on the screen.

Laser TV projectors, like the Nomvdic P2000, can display movies, sports, and more on a huge screen with excellent image quality. Nomvdic lists the screen range anywhere from 65 to 150 inches diagonally.

Homeowners with limited space should find the Nomvdic P2000 a space-saving alternative to traditional large-screen TVs. Ultra-short throw projectors don’t suffer from people walking between the projector and the screen because they are so close to each other.

Sound quality is an important feature of any Laser TV projector. Nomvdic partnered with Harmon Kardon to develop the P2000UST-RGB 50W (25 watt x2) Dolby Digital audio system, providing a cinematic sound experience in your home. This projector's Harmon Kardon sound system should easily surpass the audio quality of most flat-panel televisions and even many entry-level soundbars.

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Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS650

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The EpiqVision is the newest 4K PRO-UHD ultra-short throw projector from Epson.
Price$2,799 MSRP
Brightness3600 ANSI Lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution4K PRO-UHD
Imager Type3LCD
Light SourceBlue Laser
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs2x HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.3) ports
SmartFully integrated Android TV 11 Operating System
SoundBuilt-in Yamaha 2.1 virtual surround sound
Bundled ScreenNo
TV TunerNo

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS650 is a 4K UST (ultra-short throw) laser projector rated to deliver 3,600 ANSI lumens of brightness and 2,500,000:1 dynamic contrast, selling for $2,799 MSRP. The LS650 is an Android TV-powered smart projector with a sound system designed in partnership with the audio experts at Yamaha.

Epson is a leader in the projection industry, making some of the most innovative ultra-short throw projection solutions going back to 2010. Last year, Epson upped the competitive ante by introducing the award-winning ultra-short throw EpiqVision Ultra LS800. The LS800 was the first of a new line of ultra-short throw projectors featuring an entirely new design language.

The LS650 builds on last year's design, where Epson ditched the raised snorkel-like lens and opted for a more traditional ultra-short throw lens configuration. This revision removes almost four inches of height from the projector and allows the LS650 to be placed significantly closer to the screen than previous models, such as the LS500.

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS650 is built to ensure the company maintains its position as a leader in home entertainment projectors.

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EPSON EPIQVISION LS500 LASER TV

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Extremely compact for a bright Laser TV – 4K capable!
PriceNOW $2299 MSRP
Brightness4000 lumens (manufacturer’s claim)
Resolution1920 x 1080
Imager Type3LCD
Light SourceLaser
Light Source Lifespan20,000 hours
Inputs3 HDMI
SmartAndroid Operating System, Google Assistant for voice control
SoundDual 10-watt speakers
Bundled ScreenYes (100-inch or 120-inch)
TV TunerNo

The 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. It’s built for your living, family, or other common rooms, and will make sure they remain common, no more. At 4000 lumens, this Laser TV is definitely bright enough to utilize day or night just like a flat panel TV.

The Epson LS500 is a great TV replacement option and offers, essentially, unlimited content from streaming services. Plus, you have inputs for your cable/satellite box, game console, or 4K Blu-ray player.

It has audio that’s better than most flat panel TVs and, most importantly, it produces a massive sharp image, one that makes a 65” LCD TV look like something that’s more suitable for a spare bedroom.

If you’re a gamer, you probably use your existing flat panel TV for gaming. The LS500 ultra-low game lag also makes it an excellent option for your epic gaming sessions. Its rated input lag of 16.7 ms input lag is a lot faster/better than most home projectors and many flat panel displays.

The LS500 is bundled with an Epson SilverFlex™ Ultra AR screen (100-inch or 120-inch). This high-resolution screen is designed for 4K content. It has a super wide 178-degree viewing angle – so everyone in the living room gets a great seat, even your cousin you make sit on the old beanbag chair. The bezel has a modern thin form factor that was designed to look beautiful in any room.

It comes with the familiar Smart TV functionality of Android, it is easy to install, the laser is rated for a whopping 20,000 hours (eco mode) and the unit comes with a 2-year warranty. At around $5,000 (including the 100-inch screen), the Epson LS500 Laser Projection TV is a real alternative for customers who crave the big screen experience in their living room.

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BenQ V5000i 4K RGB Laser TV Projector

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The BenQ V5000i is an affordable 4K home theater projector and high-gain screen with excellent picture quality.
Price$3,499 MSRP
Brightness2500 ANSI Lumens
Resolution4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Light SourceNichia RGB Laser Light Source
Light Source Lifespan20,000+ Hours (Normal Light Mode)
Inputs2 HDMI 2.0b, 1 HDMI 4K 120 Hz, A/V receiver, 2 USB
SmartYes (Via QS-02 Smart Dongle)
SoundTreVolo tuned 20-watt x2 speaker 
Bundled ScreenYes (100" high-gain Fresnel ALR screen) - Limited Offer
TV TunerNo

The BenQ V5000i $3,499 MSRP 4K (3840 x 2160p) smart ultra-short throw projector is the follow-up to BenQ’s award-winning V7050i Laser TV, which we reviewed a little over two years ago. The V5000i is one of the first BenQ projectors to utilize an RGB triple laser light source. The V5000i has a rated brightness of 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, and it can display 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is fantastic for movies and gaming.

The V5000i is classified as a Laser TV, and as such, BenQ has built the projector with the idea that “light’s on” viewing will likely be the rule rather than the exception. With lights on viewing in mind, BenQ has built a new high-gain, fresnel ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen (model# SNS21). The SNS21 is a soft screen material designed to boost the displayed brightness and color even in rooms with large amounts of uncontrolled ambient light.

For a limited time, BenQ is including the 100-inch version of the SNS21 screen and home installation at no charge with every purchase of a V5000i MSRP of $3,499.

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Hisense 100L5H 4K Laser TV

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The Hisense L5H is the company's 6th generation ultra-short throw projector.
Price$3999/$4999
Brightness2700 ANSI Lumens
Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels (4K e-shift)
Imager TypeDLP (0.47” DMD) with XPR
Light SourceX-Fusion Blue Laser + Phosphor
Light Source Lifespan25,000 hours (ECO)
Inputs2 HDMI 2.1 (eARC on #2 only), 1 HDMI 2.0, 2 USB (2.0/3.0), S/PDIF Digital Audio, 3.5mm Headphone, LAN Input, DC Input
SmartYes - Google TV OS
Sound40 Watts 2.1 Dolby Atmos
Bundled ScreenNew ALR 1.5x high gain screen included (100" and 120" options)
TV TunerYes

The Hisense L5H is a 4K (3,840 x 2,160) Ultra-Short Throw laser projector that can deliver 2,700 ANSI lumens of brightness. Since the unit is part of Hisense's Laser TV lineup, it is bundled with either a high gain 100" screen for brighter rooms or a 120" ALR (Ambient Light Rejected) screen darker spaces.

The 100L5H sells for $3,999.99 MSRP, and the 120L5H is $4,999.99. They are available from a wide range of authorized Hisense online or brick-and-mortar dealers across the US.

The L5H is a Smart projector featuring the newest Google TV smart OS. The L5H also supports advanced HDR formats like Dolby Vision with a features a built-in 40-watt Dolby Atmos sound system.

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