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Updated: 26-10-2020 23:41
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BenQ TK850

The BenQ TK850 is a stunning example of a 4K HDR projector with the brightness to do its picture...

5 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#2
alaScore 99

Epson EH-TW7100

Pricey, but the picture outpunches the outlay and the features will fulfil your dreams

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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alaScore 99

Epson EH-TW9400

The Epson EH-TW9400 is a superb home cinema projector that delivers a winning combination of...

2 expert reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Sony VPL-VW570ES

It is fair to say that £8000 is not spare change to the vast majority of readers, but for those...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 98

Optoma CinemaX P1 review: A stunning 4K projector with terrible apps

The Optoma CinemaX P1 offers a good image quality and solid built-in sound. It’s let down by the...

2 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony VPL-VW270ES

If you have £5,000 to spend this Sony projector is an excellent place to spend that money. It’s...

3 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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alaScore 97

BenQ W2700

A wide colour filter together with a new DLP chip take affordable HDR DLP projection to a whole...

2 expert reviews | 27 user reviews

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#8
alaScore 97

Nebula Capsule

The Nebula Capsule has a number of limitations as a projector, but if you're looking for Android...

4 expert reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

LG Largo HU70LS

The LG HU70LA 4K CineBeam Projector - called the HU70LS in the UK - offers a solid image quality...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 97

ViewSonic PX747-4K

ViewSonic PX747-4K projector review: There is no other way to get a 300-inch 4K video in your...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Optoma UHZ65UST

Optoma is on a roll, producing another striking 4K HDR performer for the money

6 expert reviews | 10 user reviews

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alaScore 96

BenQ W5700

The BenQ W5700 is a 4K HDR projector aimed squarely at the home cinema market. It boasts an...

4 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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#13
alaScore 96

Anker Nebula Capsule II

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alaScore 96

Optoma UHD51

While the headlining Alexa controls prove a little superfluous, it doesn’t detract from what’s a...

5 expert reviews | 39 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Optoma HD29H

The Optoma HD29H’s three most eye-catching features – ultra-low input lag, HDR support, and 4K...

2 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Sony VPL-VW520ES

A future-proofed projector with a license to thrill

9 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Sony VPL-VW550ES

While other projector brands still can't get their native 4K act together, the VPL-VW550ES...

6 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

BenQ W2000

A great performer at the price, with superbly balanced colours and an immersive picture

16 expert reviews | 99 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Hisense L10E (2018) Series

The 100H10D achieves a huge screen size thanks to a short-throw laser projection system with 4K...

8 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

ViewSonic M1

Low price, big picture - but not as capable as we’d like

6 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

benq gv1

We expected more from BenQ and the GV1 feels like a work-in-progress rather than a finished...

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 94

JVC DLA-X5000

Highs: Contrasty, cinematic images; HDCP 2.2 and HDR support; well-judged image presets; plenty...

3 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Sony VPL-HW45ES

The VPL-HW45ES is the successor to a classic Full HD projector, the VPL-HW40ES. That's a...

7 expert reviews | 13 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 94

Epson EH-TW9000

Epson's long-awaited 3D projectors are finally here. So we thought we'd start at the top, by...

34 expert reviews | 35 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Sony VPL-HW55ES

The other setting to take care with is the Reality Creation system. For while we tended to leave...

15 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Projectors

    Strictly speaking, not everyone owns or even needs a projector but if you are a movie enthusiast or work in the education or business sector, you would know just how valuable a projector can be. A projector enhances the whole experience of home theatre entertainment like no other gadget can. On the other hand, they have great utility value in commercial offices and educational institutes. Considering that projectors aren't exactly the most popular of electronic devices, very little is known about their specifications and details. What are the features that you must look for while purchasing a projector?

    Before we even begin answering that question, there are a few questions you must answer for yourself. What purpose are you going to use the projector for- home theatre entertainment or business ventures? How often and how much will you use the projector? Will you need to carry it from one place to another often? And finally, what is the budget you are working with it?

    Once you have a clear picture in your mind, go through the following technicalities.

    1. Type of Projector

    There are primarily two types of projectors which use very different technologies. Digital Light Processing or a DLP projector uses microscopic mirrors, each of which represents one pixel of a projected image. DLP projectors usually produce deep black and nicely saturated colours. The video looks complete and smooth, the pixels are not fragmented onto the screen and it makes for great movie viewing. Additionally, DLP projectors can run for hours with consistent image quality. So, if you plan to use the projector extensively, it would be a better option to invest in a DLP projector. On the flip side though, DLP projectors continue to have the rainbow effect due to which instant flashes of red, blue and green can be seen on the screen sometimes.

    The other type known as the Liquid Crystal Display or an LCD projector has embedded crystals which light up as electric charge flows through them. These projectors are known to produce brighter and sharper images and the emphasis is on detail. However, they function best when used for a few hours a day beyond which the quality begins to deteriorate.

    2. Image Resolution

    Quite obviously, image resolution is an important factor to consider while buying a projector. It is actually pretty simple, the higher the resolution, the better. A high resolution translates to a detailed picture. The range starts from VGA 640x 480 which is the most basic resolution and goes up to UXGA 1600x1200 which is the highest level of image resolution available and the quality of the image is comparable or even better than a Blu-ray player. In the middle ranges, 1200x800 works well for home theatre but if you are looking for high definition video output you can opt for 1280x 1024 as well.

    3. Aspect Ratio

    This depends quite directly on how you plan to use your projector. If you will primarily use it for viewing movies, you should need a 16:9 ratio but if you intend to watch TV on the projector, 4:3 is usually the standard. For gaming enthusiasts, a 16:9 works out perfectly fine.

    4. Size and Weight of the Projector

    In the case of projectors, their size and weight becomes a crucial factor. Typically, a DLP projector can be pretty heavy and can take up a lot of space. So, if you plan to move the projector around regularly, you might want to consider an LCD projector. If you are planning to attach the projector to the ceiling, weight is an again an important factor to consider. So, decide all these logistics details and then look for an ideal projector accordingly.

    5. Brightness

    The brightness of any projector is the amount of light it produces and it is measured in lumens. If you are buying a projector for an office or an educational institute where it will be used with the lights on, you must look for a higher lumen count somewhere in the range of 2000 to 3000. On the other hand, for home theatre entertainment, a projector with a lumen count of 1000 to 2000 should work just fine.

    There are other factors that you might want to look into like contrast ratio, the kind of lamps used and the amount of maintenance and upkeep that you will require for your projector. Once you have decided on your priorities, list down a few models that appeal to you and consider their pros and cons. You have a variety of brands to choose from like Sony, Epson, BenQ etc.

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