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Updated: 23-06-2018 05:36
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Benq W2000

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

16 expert reviews | 94 user reviews

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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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#3
alaScore 98

Epson EH-TW7300

The TW7300 is an LCD projector designed from the ground up for home cinema use. It's the long...

4 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 97

Sony VPL-VW520ES

A future-proofed projector with a license to thrill

9 expert reviews

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Sony VPL-HW45ES

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

8 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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alaScore 97

BenQ W3000

The £1,099 W3000 is the second projector I've seen from BenQ to use the brand's new Cinematic...

9 expert reviews | 9 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony Xperia Touch

Sony's Xperia Touch short-throw, gesture-based projector feels like the stuff of sci-fi lovers'...

7 expert reviews

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#8
alaScore 96

Optoma HD27

The Optoma HD27 proves you don’t need to dig deep for a big-screen experience. Just add a large...

4 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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#9
alaScore 96

Acer Predator Z650

Delighted with the image projected. This is my first projector purchase and I’m satisfied that...

6 expert reviews | 34 user reviews

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#10
alaScore 96

Epson EH-TW5350

A mature and enjoyable budget projector from Epson that delivers big screen thrills

12 expert reviews | 117 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony VPL-VW300ES

Even though the VPL-VW300ES isn’t at the tail end of Sony’s line-up, shelling out £6000 for a...

16 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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alaScore 95

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 95

Epson EH-LS10000

The EH-LS10000 is Epson's most exciting projector for years. And while its £6,000 asking price...

16 expert reviews

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alaScore 95

Sony VPL-HW65ES

An excellent proposition for film buffs who want a compelling, cinematic picture for their Blu...

6 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Benq W1090

This budget projector delivers an eye-popping, vibrant picture that’s sure to grab your attention

5 expert reviews | 12 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson EH-TW5210

The TW5210 is an LCD projector designed for the home user, rather than businesses. It comes with...

6 expert reviews | 141 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Epson EH-TW5300

The EH-TW5300 is an LCD projector designed with home-entertainment in mind. Despite costing only...

7 expert reviews | 212 user reviews

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#18
alaScore 95

Optoma GT1080

Optoma's £780 GT1080Darbee is unique in the projector world for its combined focus on video...

9 expert reviews | 346 user reviews

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Optoma HD142X

The HD142X is not a mold-breaking product, but its 8,000 hour lamp life guarantee, plus bright...

3 expert reviews

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#20
alaScore 94

JVC DLA-X7000

The X7000 is the first model from JVC's much-anticipated new range of "D-ILA" projectors.

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 94

JVC DLA-X500R

JVC's new projector isn't as 4K as it thinks it is, but it is still brilliant

11 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Epson PowerLite Pro LS10000

The first 4K projector from Epson fully renders stunning Ultra HD with unsurpassed fidelity, but...

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Optoma ML750ST

The £480 ML750ST is an ultra portable (as in, it weighs less than half a kilogram and can...

3 expert reviews | 14 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Sony VPL-HW40ES

Having said this, though, one of the HW40ES’s most commendable strengths is that some of its out...

17 expert reviews | 113 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...

14 expert reviews | 53 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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