Top 10 Video Projectors

The best home theater projectors can be used to display both video and video games beautifully. Our review of the current top 10 concentrates on features like HD quality, features, ease of use, and color quality which is generally improved with high quality DLPs. Brightness (or lumens) is also important alongside lamp life.


Our Top Video Projectors

Best HD Projector
Overall Rank: 2
Best HD Projector
★★★★★
Best Gaming Projector
Overall Rank: 1
Best Gaming Projector
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Best Home Theatre Projecter
Overall Rank: 10
Best Home Theatre Projecter
★★★★

10Optoma HD141X 1080p Projector

Take your home theater, video gaming, and slideshow experience to another level with the Optoma HD Home Theater Projector. With a 1080 pixel resolution users can expect excellent picture quality, with real-life color saturation and sharp text, even in bright rooms. Weighing under seven pounds and measuring in under 13 inches, this superior projector is also readily portable. For personal use, or large gatherings, this projector fits all needs with a screen size up to 300 inches. The Optoma is also designed to save up to 75% energy when in standby mode and automatically shuts down when not in use. And because its components are made of life-long material and lead-free circuit boards, it’s also environmentally friendly. The Optoma HD131Xe is PC and Mac compatible.

9Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector

Great things come in small packages, and that great small thing is the HDMI Pocket Projector. Weighing in at .5 pounds and barely four inches in length, this projector features dual built-in speakers and a bright LED lamp that projects up to 85 lumens for up to 2 hours on a single charge. A built-in focus wheel lets you adjust the display with ease, and this projector also features a 3.5mm audio-out jack, letting you accompany your video with audio is desires. And a USB port allows you to connect a smartphone device. This projector also includes a 3′ HDMI cable, Micro HDMI adapter and a Mini HDMI adapter.

8Epson 5030UB 1080p 3LCD Projector

Arguably the coolest feature on the Epson Powerlite Home Cinema projector is its capability of 2D-to-3D conversion. With the Powerlite, you can transform your favorite 2-D movies to 3-D with the included rechargeable RF 3-D glasses. With a full HD 1080p technology, and a contrast ratio of up to 40,000:1, users will experience a true cinematic display. Delivering 2300 lumens of color brightness and 2300 lumens of white brightness means brilliant, true-to-life color images. Whether your watching movies, playing video games, or home videos, expect consistent clear playback every time.

7ViewSonic PJD5134 SVGA DLP

At only 3.3 inches in height, and lightweight at 4.6 pounds, this ViewSonic Projector is ideal for portability whether you’re at the office, on campus, or on the road. Using BrilliantColor technology that features a 6-segment wheel to handle multi-color processing, users can expect a richer, and vibrant display quality with precise detail. Powered with an AC adapter, it also features a USB mini port, audio-in and out jacks, an HDMI port, and a battery powered remote control.

6Epson EX5220 Wireless XGA 3LCD

Featuring horizontal image correction with easy-slide technology, and USB plug-‘n-play instant connectivity, makes this Epson projector easy to use with fast setup. It also has a neat PC-fee slideshow function that lets you project JPEG files, without a computer, from any USB thumb drive. Colors appear brighter with 3000 lumens, and 3LCD, 3-chip technology give way to consistent reliable performance.

5Digital Galaxy DG-737 Dream Land

We like this one because of its entry level price. The Digital Galaxy Projector; designed with gamers in mind. A great experience for video gaming, this projector is compatible with the following gaming consoles: PS2, PS3, Xbox, and Wii. And its 5″ LCD technology with an image size up to 150″, images with be bright and more vivid than some competitors. Its Foxconn Lamp light averages a lifespan of 5000 hours. It also comes with a remote control, VGA cable for Windows, HDMI cable, video and audio cable, and a 1-year warranty that guarantees to fix and ship your projector within four business days.

4Epson VS230

Expect high-definition performance with this Epson projector that has both high color, and high white brightness at 2800 lumens each. This means brighter playback and sharper colors with little to no image distortion. Setting up is a breeze with its HDMI connectivity, USB plug-‘n-play instant setup, and automatic vertical image correction. And with its quick and convenient Instant Off/On switch, no warm up or cool-down time is required.

3Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030

If you’re looking for big-screen entertainment from the comfort of your own living room, the Powerlite Home Cinema Projector will display movies and video games like never before. Included with Epson’s D7 chip technology that delivers a contrast ratio of up to 50,000:1, this projector will playback sharp images with distinctive details that remain luminous, day or night. And with two HDMI 1.3 ports, the Powerlite offers convenient high-definition connectivity.

2BenQ HT-series HT1075

The BenQ Home Theater Projector features built-in speakers that are plug-‘n-play, a SmartEco Mode that adjusts the lamp power to maximize power saving while delivering the best contrast and brightness performance, and it also supports multiple forms of 3D; including HDMI, video games, Blu-Ray, 3D Broadcasting, and NVIDIA 3DTV PC connectivity. Its SmartEco technology saves up to 70% of lamp power consumption for lower maintenance costs while delivering ultra-vivid picture quality every time.

1Optoma GT1080

The incredible, beautiful, functional, amazing king of all home theatre projectors: Optoma’s GT1080. A projector that has it all is under $1000, has multiple HDMI ports with MHL compatibility, at least 25,000:1 contrast ratio, all digital components, and most importantly can draw a 100 inch image from less than 4 feet away. Throw in DLP, 3D tech, and a minimal refresh rate optimized for gamers and you have nothing but a dream. Or do you? We found the GT1080 actually fits the bill. We would expect to pay nearly $2000 for a projector this good yet they pulled it off for an affordable price. Unless you need portability, ie. a hand-held, then there is just no reason to look beyond this. We found the image was crisp, the colors amazing, the blacks were black and the whites were bright white. Thanks to 2800 lumens and some impressive digital insides this projector can pump out 1920×1200 via a TI DLP chip that makes other projectors self-conscious.


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