Projector Reviews

2021-2022 Buyer’s Guide to the Best Gaming Projectors: Playing for Fun

Low lag projectors good for casual gaming and playing games with friends and family

This category includes budget-friendly gaming projectors that are zippy, but not necessarily the fastest units in market. This type of gaming projector would be great for families with small children and people who like to play collaboratively with friends.

XGIMI Halo+

XGIMI-Halo+ Image
Price $849
Brightness 900 ANSI lumens
Technology DLP
Displayed Resolution 1920 x1080
Light Source LED
Light Source Lifespan 30,000 Hours)
Input lag [email protected]: 26.5ms
Sound Built-in 10-watt speakers

The XGIMI Halo+ is an Full HD (1080p) portable smart projector with a built-in 59W battery rated to last up to two hours. The Halo is rated at 800 ANSI lumens, and XGIMI stated at the time, the Halo was the brightest projector in its class. Well, the Halo+ just took over the throne with its rated brightness of 900 NASI lumens.

The Halo+ has Intelligent Screen Adaption Technology (ISA) and Auto Keystone Correction, allowing the projector to instantly focus and find an optimal screen size while avoiding obstacles like light switches or picture frames. The Halo has Auto Keystone Correction but not the Intelligent Screen Adaption Technology, meaning the Halo will not avoid obstacles. The Halo+ and Halo both have dual 5-watt built-in Harman Kardon speakers that emit clean, distortion-free Hi-Fi sound with ample bass response. 

The simple plug-and-play capability of the Halo+ is simply outstanding; it practically sets itself up once powered on. This portable projector is a noticeable improvement over the Halo, which is an impressive portable projector with a built-in battery. The Halo+, with advanced technology, makes it well worth the additional $59 it cost over the Halo.

The games tested on the Halo+ played exactly as they should. There was no significant input lag while playing games on the Halo+. XGIMI states [email protected] input lag (signal lag) is at 26.5 milliseconds.

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Sony VW325ES

Sony-VW325ES-Highly Recommended Award
Price $5,500
Brightness 1500
Technology 3 Chip SXRD
Resolution 4K (4096×2160)
Ligh Source Bulb
Light Source Lifespan 6,000 hours (Low Lamp Mode)
Input lag [email protected]: 26.5ms [email protected]: 37ms
Sound None

The Sony VPL-VW325ES is a 1500 ANSI lumen 4K SXRD home theater projector and the[DJ1]  successor of the highly-rated VW295ES ($5000 SRP) which we reviewed a few years ago. The VW295ES was one of our favorite projectors, offering an outstanding picture that very few models in its price range could match.

The VW325ES has a rated brightness of 1,500 lumens and the unit’s lamp has a rated life of 6,000 hours in low power mode. While 1,500 ANSI lumens may not seem like a lot compared to many of its DLP-based competitors, the VW325ES can deliver most of its rated brightness, even in its most accurate picture mode. By comparison, most DLP projectors can barely deliver half their specified brightness in their Movie and Cinema modes.

While the VW325ES does command a premium price over most 4K DLP projectors, its outstanding SDR and HDR picture quality and feature set make it a great option for any projector enthusiast who is able to afford it.

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Hisense L9G

Hisense L9G Best in Class Award
Price $5,499
Brightness 1500
Technology Laser DLP
Resolution 3840 x 2160
Ligh Source TriColor Laser
Light Source Lifespan 25,000 hours
Input lag [email protected]: 35ms
Sound 40 watt

The Hisense L9G Laser TV is a Tricolor laser-equipped smart 4K ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens. The L9G is great as a gaming projector and the Game Mode on the Hisense L9G is a massive movie screen experience. While the L9G input lag is slightly higher than most of the projectors on this list it includes several HDMI 2.1 that enhance game play.

Auto Low Latency Mode (ALLM), or Game mode, lets gaming systems automatically switch to a low-latency, low-lag mode. When low latency is no longer needed, the source disables the signal, and the display reverts to its previous mode for watching content such as movies and TV shows.

When you turn on the L9G Game Mode, input lag is reduced to about 35ms when playing at 60fps. This is fast enough to make gaming on the L9G feel tight and responsive. Since the L9G is equipped with ALLM, the L9G’s game mode is triggered automatically by a PS5 or Xbox Series X as soon as gaming content is detected,

Variable Frame Rate (VFR) where the projector’s displayed frame rates to match the speed that a game systems render frames during gameplay which reduces judder and frame tearing.

HDMI Quick Frame Transport (QFT) reduces latency for smoother no-lag gaming and real-time, interactive, virtual reality. QFT transports each frame at a higher rate decreasing “display latency,” improving the responsiveness of games.

While the L9G has HDMI inputs that can accept a 4K/120p, due to the speed of the DLP imager, the maximum displayed frame rate in 4K is 60fps. The L9G can display HD content at frame rates up to 240fps which Hisense claims an input lag of just 10ms.

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