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#1

90

Optoma HD143X

5 Reviews
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£420.00

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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25dB
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High
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£78
Over 5 years
Jan 2018
The highest scoring 3D projector on the market, with very low running costs and an industry award.
#2

89

Optoma UHD300X

10 Reviews
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£980.60

3840 X 2160 (4K)
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31dB
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Very High
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£80
Over 5 years
Feb 2018
The highest scoring 4K projector around, with a very good spec and a very reasonable price. This projector has superb picture quality, it's good value for money and good-looking.
#3

89

LG PF1500

275 Reviews
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£617.86

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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30dB
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Very High
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(Unknown)
Jan 2039
This projector has good picture quality, it's excellent value for money and very quiet. It's an excellent value for money and award winning 1080p quiet projector, with the latest technology and a very good spec.
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#4

89

Optoma HD27

76 Reviews
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£439.00

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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31dB
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High
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£1,600
Over 5 years
Jan 2018
A very popular and very good value for money 1080p average noise level projector, with multiple awards and a brilliant spec. This projector has very good picture quality, it's good value for money and at displaying high definition TV.
#5

88

Optoma GT5000

74 Reviews
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£799.99

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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28dB
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High
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£69
Over 5 years
Feb 2017
A very popular and extremely economical to run 1080p High contrast ratio projector, with a great spec and one of the quietest noise levels available.
#6

88

LG PH550

206 Reviews
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£374.44

1280 X 720 (720p)
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24dB
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Very High
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(Unknown)
Jul 2018
A very popular and low cost 720p Very High contrast ratio multimedia projector, with the latest technology and one of the quietest noise levels on the market. This multimedia projector has good picture quality, sound quality and it's outstanding value for money.
#7

88

Epson EB‑U05

209 Reviews
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£447.97

1920 X 1200 (WUXGA)
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37dB
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Very High
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(Unknown)
Sep 2017
An affordable and best selling WUXGA average noise level multimedia projector, with a very good spec and excellent user reviews.
#8

88

Acer X138WH

23 Reviews
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£348.18

1920 X 1200 (WUXGA)
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30dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Dec 2017
A powerful and astonishingly cheap WUXGA quiet projector, with outstanding user reviews. This projector has good picture quality, it's good value for money and easy to setup.
#9

88

Optoma GT1070X

79 Reviews
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£549.99

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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26dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Jun 2018
An astonishingly quiet and very good value for money 1080p High contrast ratio projector, with the latest technology and a great spec.
£30 Voucher
#10

87

Optoma HD29Darbee

12 Reviews
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£619.00

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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29dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Aug 2017
A very popular and top-value 1080p quiet multimedia projector, with fantastic user reviews and spec.
#11

87

Optoma HD142X

290 Reviews
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£412.99

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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26dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Jul 2016
A very popular and phenomenally cheap 1080p High contrast ratio multimedia projector, with multiple awards and one of the quietest noise levels available.
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#12

87

Epson EH‑TW6700

80 Reviews
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£978.51

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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32dB
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High
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£73
Over 5 years
Aug 2016
An affordable and very economical to run 1080p average noise level multimedia projector, with great user reviews and a very good spec.
#13

87

LG PW1000

136 Reviews
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£491.70

1280 X 800 (WXGA)
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25dB
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Very High
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(Unknown)
Jul 2018
A stunningly quiet and low cost WXGA Very High contrast ratio data projector, with the latest technology and great user reviews.
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#14

87

Epson EH‑TW650

175 Reviews
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£399.99

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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37dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Sep 2017
A top-value and very popular 1080p average noise level projector, with a good spec and exceptional user reviews.
#15

86

Benq MS506

14 Reviews
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£217.98

800 X 600 (SVGA)
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33dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Sep 2018
A best selling and excellent value for money SVGA average noise level data projector, with superb expert reviews and the latest technology.
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#16

86

Epson EB‑W05

208 Reviews
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£347.97

1280 X 800 (WXGA)
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37dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Sep 2017
A best selling and affordable WXGA average noise level projector, with a good spec and marvellous user reviews.
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#17

86

LG PF1000U

27 Reviews
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£769.24

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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30dB
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Very High
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(Unknown)
Jan 2039
A best selling and recently released 1080p quiet multimedia projector, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites. It has good picture quality,it's quiet but it has a bad 3D picture quality.
#18

86

Optoma H114

3 Reviews
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£299.98

1280 X 800 (WXGA)
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29dB
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High
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(Unknown)
Mar 2016
A best selling and affordable WXGA quiet data projector, with a great spec and marvellous user reviews.
#19

86

Benq W1210ST

43 Reviews
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£747.51

1920 X 1080 (1080p)
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29dB
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High
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£77
Over 5 years
Jun 2013
An award winning and relatively new 1080p quiet data projector, with a Gold award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites. This data projector has brilliant picture quality, it's good value for money and good-looking.
#20

86

LG PH450U

118 Reviews
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£469.09

1280 X 720 (720p)
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30dB
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Very High
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(Unknown)
Jul 2018
A best selling and very cheap 720p quiet projector, with a gold award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites.

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What Are The Best Projector Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every projector and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated projector brand is Epson with an average rating of 89%. Compare all award winning projectors.

Rank Brand Number of Projectors Price Range Average Rating
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Epson Projectors 432 £185 - £17,740
89%
9,206 reviews
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Optoma Projectors 271 £190 - £15,498
88%
4,667 reviews
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Benq Projectors 217 £145 - £13,044
87%
6,512 reviews
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Infocus Projectors 42 £200 - £10,216
85%
516 reviews
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Sony Projectors 150 £239 - £14,999
85%
1,192 reviews
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Viewsonic Projectors 96 £209 - £3,497
84%
1,231 reviews
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LG Projectors 48 £176 - £1,887
82%
1,448 reviews
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Canon Projectors 60 £173 - £10,774
81%
335 reviews
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Acer Projectors 178 £119 - £5,760
79%
1,577 reviews
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NEC Projectors 152 £230 - £16,064
78%
355 reviews
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Panasonic Projectors 156 £315 - £17,978
72%
481 reviews
#12
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Philips Projectors 35 £150 - £410
71%
633 reviews
#13
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Vivitek Projectors 72 £191 - £11,993
66%
212 reviews
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DELL Projectors 31 £194 - £3,965
66%
801 reviews
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Casio Projectors 40 £480 - £6,396
65%
172 reviews
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Ricoh Projectors 39 £209 - £15,000
56%
45 reviews
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Hitachi Projectors 107 £333 - £12,607
42%
47 reviews
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Barco Projectors 21
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EIKI Projectors 20 £530 - £8,000

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is projector brightness measured in?
AThe brightness of a projector is measured in 'ANSI lumens'. Most projectors means for use in the dark have a rating of around 2,500-3,000 lumens. A higher rating than that means it will work better in brighter conditions, such as classrooms or in public.
QWhat does 'throw distance' mean for a projector?
AThrow distance is how far the projector can be placed away from the screen or projecting surface. The lower the throw distance, the closer the projector will have to be placed to get a good picture.
QWhat does 'contrast ratio' mean?
AThe contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.
QWhat is the average noise level for a projector?
AProjectors typically give off about 35-40Db of noise, making them very quiet - the noise of the projector definitely won't interfere with your movie!
QWhat is a 3D-enabled projector?
AA 3D projector has the capacity to project 3D movies and TV onto a surface - providing more immersion and depth than 2D movies. Use of a 3D projector requires extra gear - specifically 3D glasses and an emitter to sync the glasses to the projector.

Projectors Buying Guide

Projectors vs Large Screen TVs

Projectors a great option if you want to watch movies and TV shows on a large screen, very similar to a cinema. Projector technology is moving forward at a steady pace with 3D projectors and high resolution 4K projectors now available at affordable prices.

But is a projector a better choice than a large screen TV?

This depends on a number of factors, including where and how often you want to watch TV or movies. If you are after a huge picture at an decent price and have a room that can be blacked out almost completely, then a home cinema projector is a great choice. Multimedia projectors are very portable and can easily be taken to meetings and events.

If, however, screen size and mobility are not as important and you want to watch your favourite shows without having to dim the lights, then an large screen TV will be the more convenient option and deliver an better picture.

Projectors

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Huge picture
Immersive experience similar to a cinema
Much cheaper than the same size TV
Mobility - most pocket and multimedia projectors can be taken with you
Room needs to be dark
Lamps need to be replaced periodically
Some models can be noisy
Additional screen may be required

Large Screen TVs

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Easy to set up
Great picture even in bright rooms
Speakers are usually built-in
Less maintenance
Cheaper to run - no replacement bulbs required
Better for shorter and more frequent use
Screen sizes are limited
Large screen sizes are very expensive

Projector Types

Pocket Projectors

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These ultra-portable projectors are ideal to take with you when you travel a lot and have to give presentations in different locations. Pocket projectors and also sometimes referred to as ‘pico projectors’ and are the smallest projector type.

Still regarded as somewhat of a novelty, these small projectors have made quite and impact on the projector market due to their portability and practicality. Pocket projectors use LED lamps which are less bright (20-1,000 lumens compared to 2,500-4,000 lumens for multimedia projectors), limiting the size of the image.

They also don’t have a zoom lens, so the only way to control the size of the image is to adjust the distance between the projector and the screen.

If you are looking for an ultra-portable way to show your presentations to smaller group of people and don’t want to carry a monitor, a pocket projectors could just what you have been looking for.

Multimedia Projectors

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True all-rounders, multimedia projectors can handle ant type of presentation - slide shows at wedding and parties, business PowerPoint presentations and video clips. They are the most popular type of projector. Their brightness typically lies between 2,500-4,000 lumens, allowing them to be used in rooms with some ambient light.

Multimedia projectors usually have a zoom range between 1.2x and 1.5x, so it is important to check the projector is compatible with your screen size and throw distance. Home cinema projectors tend to have a larger zoom range (around 2.0x) and might be a better choice depending on your set-up.

Almost all multimedia projectors are considered portable and can be taken to meetings and presentations. While pocket projectors are lighter, multimedia projectors are heavier, weighing in at 3 pounds for a light model. They strike a good balance between portability and brightness to allow for a large and vibrant image.

Short Throw Projectors

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A sub-category of multimedia projectors, short throw projectors are designed to be very close to the screen, making them ideal for classrooms and pairing with digital whiteboards. Their throw ratio is usually less than 1:1 with 0.5 being most common and going down to an ultra-short-throw ration of just 0.3:1.

Short throw projectors don’t have a zoom lens and it need to be placed within the recommended distance from the screen, which is usually 1.5-2 feet away. Placing a short throw projectors further back than their recommended throw distance in order to project a larger image usually results in severe keystoning of the image.

Home Cinema Projectors

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Multimedia projectors are designed to give you the best image possible. They tend to use DLP or LCOS imaging technology and their brightness usually tops out at around 2,500 lumens. They zoom ratio tends to be larger than that of multimedia projectors, usually 2.0x or more.

Most home cinema projectors feature Full HD resolution with an increasing number of 4K models with a native resolution of 4096x2160 pixels becoming available, making them the most expensive type of projector.

To achieve the best picture quality, you need to be able to control the ambient light in your room, a room that is completely dark would be ideal. Home cinema projectors work well for screen sizes up to around 100 inches.

Projector noise can be very disturbing and home cinema projectors usually have more sophisticated cooling systems and quieter fans than their multimedia counterparts.

Throw Ratio

Understanding Screen Size and Throw Distance

One of the most important things to consider when buying a projector is the screen size and distance between the projector and the screen. If your projector set-up is flexible it is usually best to mount the projector as close to the screen as possible.The image will loose brightness the further back you move the projector and being closer to the screen will ensure the picture looks crisp and vibrant. If your set-up is more constrained it is important to work out the throw ratio as this will limit your choice of projector.

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Working out the throw ratio:

  • Measure the distance between the projector and the screen. As an example, let’s assume a throw distance of 12 feet.
  • Now, measure the width of your screen. Let’s assume your screen is 8 feet wide.
  • Your throw ratio is therefore 12 feet / 8 feet = 1.5.

A projector with a throw ratio of 1.5:1, which is common for most multimedia projectors would meet your requirements perfectly.

If you have the flexibility the move the projector further back to 16 feet, you could also choose a home cinema projector with a throw ratio of 2:1. If you are unable to position the projector further back and your projector has a throw ration of 1.5:1, then the resulting image would be narrower and only be 6 feet wide.

If you don’t know what your throw ratio will be - maybe you are using the projector in a variety of settings to give business presentations, it is usually wise to go for a projector with a shorter throw, around the 1.3:1 or 1.5:1 mark. It is usually easier to place the projector closer to the screen than is is to place it further away.

Installation

Most home cinema and multimedia projectors can be ceiling-mounted or placed on a table or shelf. Ceiling mounting is the best option for a fixed installation. It will keep the projector out of the way and also give you the best picture quality.

Some home cinema projectors are quite bulky and cannot be installed inverted. Check the installation options and accessories that are available for your chosen projector as they differ between models.

Brightness

Making sure you pick a projector with sufficient brightness is essential to ensure the image is clear with deep and vibrant colours. Ambient light plays an important factor here. The more ambient light you have in the room, the brighter the projector needs to be. You can always turn down the brightness if you are using a projector capable of producing 5,000 lumens in a completely blacked out room but there is no easy solution if you discover the conference room you are about to present in does not even have blinds and your projector only outputs 2,000 lumen. The image will simply look flat and washed out.

For the best results use a projector in a completely dark room, ideally fitted with fully sealed blackout blinds. Even small amounts of ambient light will affect the darker tones and reduce their intensity.

Brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. The ideal projector brightness you need depends on the amount of ambient light in the room, the throw distance as well as the screen size. The easiest way to work it out is to use a projection calculator.

For completely dark rooms, a projector brightness of 1,300-2,000 lumens will be sufficient. Most home cinema projectors have a brightness of up to 2,500 lumens. For partially darkened rooms, such as classrooms, a brightness of around 3,000 lumens is required as the projector has to deal with a fair amount of ambient light.

Larger screens around 10 feet wide such as used in meetings or at weddings would require a brightness of around 5,000 lumens.

Connectivity

Make sure the projector you are looking to buy can be connected directly to your computer, set-top box or Blu-ray player. This should not be a problem for newer devices and projectors, but you might need an adaptor for older models. Here are the most common connection options:

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HDMI

The current standard for connecting high definition devices. HDMI also transmits digital audio through the same cable.

Wireless

If your projector has a wireless connection, you can transmit images easily without needing a cable. There are different ways to connect a computer to a projector wirelessly including software, wireless USB keys as well as iOS and Android apps for smart phones and tablets.

You can also connect using Display Port or USB. A USB port also allows you to plug a digital camera or USB stick directly into the projector to show photos and videos to friends instantly.

Screen

Do you need a screen? That depends…

You can beam the image directly on to a flat, white wall. The picture quality will depend on the smoothness of the wall and you could consider using reflective paint to achieve a good picture quality.

If you don’t have a flat surface available you are buy a projection screen, which will give you the best picture quality. There are different types available - some have tripods while others are wall mounted.

Electric screens automatically open and close with a click on the remote control. Mobile projection screens are compact and lighter and ideal if you are planning to take your projector to meetings.

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Replacement Bulbs

Projector bulbs (‘lamps’) have an average lifetime of around 1,500 hours. Although this may sound a lot, the average projector lamp will only last for about a year when used for 4 hours a day. You will notice when the projector bulb needs replacing as the picture will become significantly dimmer.

A replacement bulb can be rather expensive so it is worth checking the cost of lamps before buying a projector and factoring the addition maintenance cost into your decision.

There are ways to increase the life of projector lamps: allowing the projector to cool down after use, changing dust filters regularly and using special operating (economy) modes aimed at prolonging bulb life. Eventually, though, a new lamp is the only way to ensure a high image quality.

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Noise

Powerful projector lamps generate a lot of heat. A built-in fan is constantly running while the projector is switched on in order to maintain a safe temperature. It is also important the make sure the projector is set up correctly to allow plenty of air flowing around the projector.

Projector fans can be noisy, particularly on cheaper models, so it is important the check a projector’s noise level and compare it to other models before buying.

The adverse effect of projector noise will be particularly important in a home cinema setting. A slightly higher noise level might be acceptable in meetings where there will be more ambient sound in general.

The Rainbow Effect

Some people can experience the rainbow effect when using certain types of DLP projectors. DPL projectors break each fame down into its red, green and blue parts. Light is shone through a fast spinning colour wheel inside the projector, displaying each colour in turn.

In older projectors, the colour wheel sometimes did not spinning fast enough to keep up with fast moving scenes and bright objects appeared to have a tail consisting of multiple colours following them. The colour wheel in newer projectors spins so fast that each colour is displayed up to 10 times per frame to avoid the rainbow effect.

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Resolution

Similar to TVs, projectors tend to use the HDTV standard, with 720p HD-ready or 1080p Full HD resolutions being most common. Older and business projector models tend to refer to pixel resolutions similar to computer monitors, for example VGA and WXGA. Simply put, higher resolution projectors will produce a more detailed picture but they are also more expensive.

4K projectors have become increasingly popular and more widely available. Ultra high definition projectors the highest resolution available and can produce a stunningly detailed picture.

Home Theater Projector Resolutions

  • 720p HD ready (1280x720 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 1080p Full HD (1920x1080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 4K Ultra HD (4096x2160 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio)

Multimedia / Business Projector Resolutions

  • SVGA (800x600 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • XGA (1024x768 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • WXGA (1280x800 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)
  • WUXGA (1920x1200 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)

Keystone Correction & Lens Shift

Keystoning occurs when the central axis of the projector is not positioned directly perpendicular to the wall. In vertical keystoning, the top and bottom edges of the pictures need to be aligned, while in horizontal keystoning the left and right edges appear distorted. Most projectors can detect keystoning and correct it automatically.

In projectors with lens shift, the lens can physically move inside the projector to correct distortions and ensure a consistent focus of the image. Lens shift has the advantage that the image does not need to be altered and highest possible image quality is retained. This allows for more flexibility in the installation of the projector and guarantees a perfectly straight-edged image.

Zoom

An optical zoom allows you to enlarge the image without having to move the projector closer of further away from the screen. An optical zoom maintains the quality of the image and avoids unwanted distortion.

A digital zoom enlarges a portion of the image without changing the overall image displayed.

Lamp Technologies

LED Projectors

Mostly used in pocket and pico projectors, LED lamps usually produce no more than 1,000 lumens. This is not a lot but sufficient for a small image. The advantage is that projectors with LED lamps are relatively cheap and the lamps do not need to be replaced.

DLP Projectors

Great picture quality
Sharpest and most detailed picture during fast moving scenes
Often larger than other projector types
Tend to be noisier
Expensive bulbs have a shorter lifespan
Single chip DLP projectors can suffer from the rainbow effect
High-end DLP projectors are more expensive but avoid the rainbow effect buy using three separate chips, one for each colour

LCD Projectors

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) technology tended to be used for cheaper projector models but has improved significantly in the last few years and picture quality is now similar to DLP projectors.

Cheap
Compact
High picture quality
Handles ambient light well
Colour saturation is better than DLP projectors
Replacement lamps cheaper than DLP lamps
Short lifespan of lamps
Not great at displaying black areas
Pixel structure visible in picture

LCOS Projectors

LCOS is a hybrid between DLP and LCD projectors and most LCOS projectors are made by Sony, JVC and Hitachi. Here is how they compare to both DLP and LCD projectors:

Higher resolution
Better contrast ratio
Deeper black levels
Not as bright
Very expensive

Projector Retailers, Prices and Features

Multimedia Projector Prices

In total we found 1241 data projectors ranging from £107 to £17,979. On average, a new projector costs £1,495 and 80% of projectors are priced between £306 and £3,700. The Asus S1 is the cheapest data projector at only £107, and Panasonic PT-DW11 is the most expensive at £17,978.

Projector Brands - Price Range

Digital Projection data projectors range in price from £10,328 to £11,990, and the highest average projector price out of all brands is Digital Projection data projectors with an average price of £11,159.

The second highest average multimedia projector price out of all brands is JVC multimedia projectors with an average price of £4,478. JVC multimedia projectors range in price from £2,499 to £8,499.

The average price of Panasonic data projectors is £3,337 which is the third highest average price of all projector brands. Panasonic data projectors start at £315 and their most expensive projector costs £17,978.

Data Projector Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 3,836 expert reviews and 23,599 user reviews for multimedia projectors available online and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of data projector. Epson is the top rated projector brand with an average rating of 89%. Optoma is the second best brand with 88% and Benq is the third best brand with 87%.

Biggest Projector Retailers

The biggest projector retailer by number of products currently for sale is Projectorshop24. We found 900 current projector offers from Projectorshop24. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 730 offers. That means Projectorshop24 is significantly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to projectors. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 547 current offers.

When Are Most New Multimedia Projectors Released?

October to December is the most common period for new data projectors to be released in. That means that most of the latest projector technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. October was the biggest month in 2017 for new multimedia projectors, with 58 new multimedia projectors released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new projector releases was December, with 67 new projectors released that month. In October 2015 64 new projectors were released making it the biggest month that year for new data projector releases.

How Fast Do Projector Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, projectors drop in price by 3%. That means a saving of £40 on a typical £1,495 new projector if you wait 6 months before buying.

Projector Native Resolutions

The projector native resolution is the resolution of image that the projector is able to produce. The resolution is expressed as the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.

We found 689 multimedia projectors that are projectors that have a resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), which makes 1280 x 800 (WXGA) the most popular projector native resolution amongst new multimedia projectors. 1024 x 768 (XGA) is the second most common projector native resolution amongst new projectors. We found 618 projectors that are multimedia projectors that have a resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA).

A projector with a higher native resolution will be able to display more detailed images such as HD content.

Noise Levels

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

Comparing all projectors, the noise levels range from 20dB to 54dB. The noise levels of most projectors range from 37dB to 40dB. The Elmo BOXi T-350, which currently retails for £199.00, has the loudest noise level and is a 47dB data projector. The JVC DLA-X30, which currently retails for £2,995.00, has the quietest noise level and is a 20dB projector.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Contrast Ratios

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

We found 799 data projectors that are multimedia projectors that have a High contrast ratio, which makes High the most frequently found contrast ratio amongst new data projectors. We found 640 projectors that are multimedia projectors that have a Medium contrast ratio, making Medium the second most common contrast ratio amongst new projectors.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Multimedia Projectors?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying projectors. For each retailer it shows the total number of projectors where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying projectors. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was Projectorshop24. 452 of their projector prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Data Projectors for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for projectors by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of data projector prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's data projector prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Projectorshop24. 50.2% of their projector prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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