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Updated: 16-01-2017 06:10
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#1
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Sony VPL-HW45ES

This sensational Sony is a welcome update on a sumptuous 1080p projector design. If you're...

5 expert reviews

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Sony VPL-VW520ES

Yet these are minor bumps in the VW520ES’s road to next-generation glory. Even without HDR its 4K...

9 expert reviews

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#3
alaScore 99

Benq W2000

BenQ W2000 AV projector

8 expert reviews | 19 user reviews

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#4
alaScore 98

Sony VPL-HW65ES

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

5 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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alaScore 98

BenQ W3000

A compelling performer with Blu-rays and DVDs alike

7 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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#6
alaScore 97

Epson EH-TW5350

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

2 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

#7
alaScore 97

BenQ W1070+

This bright, compact, and cute DLP projector uses its Full HD resolution well in a great value...

13 expert reviews | 455 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Epson EH-LS10000

The LS100000 is an excellent projector for the here and now, combining ease of use and great...

10 expert reviews

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#9
alaScore 97

Acer V7500

While Acer is best known for its PC-related products, it claims that its new V7500 projector has...

7 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Epson EH-TW5350

This projector has a great image and works well even with considerable light.

5 expert reviews | 64 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Sony VPL-VW300ES

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14 expert reviews | 7 user reviews

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alaScore 96

JVC DLA-X7000

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

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Epson PowerLite Pro LS10000

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

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony VPL-VW520ES

A pull-out-all-the-stops performer with future-proofing to its name

3 expert reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony VPL-HW40ES

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

15 expert reviews | 112 user reviews

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#16
alaScore 96

Benq W1350

The W1350 almost feels like a business projector that's not been changed quite enough. That said...

8 expert reviews | 5 user reviews

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#17
alaScore 96

Epson EH-TW6600W

Epson makes much of the colour output of its 3LCD projection fleet, and often with good reason –...

9 expert reviews | 215 user reviews

#18
alaScore 96

Benq W1110

The £659 W1110 is BenQ's latest, affordable home-entertainment projector. As usual with BenQ, it...

3 expert reviews | 42 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Benq W2000

A modicum of DLP rainbow effect, some so-so black levels and a hint of film judder can't prevent...

3 expert reviews | 16 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Epson EH-TW5300

This budget projector delivers a perfectly watchable picture for under £500

7 expert reviews | 99 user reviews

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#21
alaScore 95

JVC DLA-X500R

The 4K world is confusing for punters. Is it 4K or UHD? Do you need an HDMI 2.0 socket for proper...

9 expert reviews | 26 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 95

Epson EH-TW9200

Having made many of our favourite projectors in recent years, Epson suffered a dip in form last...

15 expert reviews | 49 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Sony VPL-HW55ES

If high-quality projection with 3D capabilities are what you're after, you should buy the Sony...

14 expert reviews | 53 user reviews

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#24
alaScore 95

Optoma HD50

The Optoma HD50 isn’t perfect, but for £1000 it offers a richness that certainly keeps you drawn...

11 expert reviews | 8 user reviews

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alaScore 95

BenQ W1070

The BenQ W1070 wears its chief attraction right out there on its price tag. For despite being a...

27 expert reviews | 1789 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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