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The Best Projectors to Get Today!

With movie cinemas seemingly closed for a while still, the ultimate movie-going experience might be lost to many. However, with some of the new projectors available on the market today, you can bring the big screen experience right into your home, and watch your favorite films in crystal clear projection. It’s the full one cinema experience without the annoying sticky floors, stale overpriced popcorn and rude fellow patrons. A win-win for everyone.

LG HU85LA CineBeam

The South Korean tech giant has always prided itself on its screen quality and that pride has shifted over to their projectors as well. The Cinebeam is arguably the best projector on the market, featuring an incredible ultra-short throw that allows for a massive display that is merely inches away from the wall. At 2.2 inches away, the projector will deliver a 90-inch screen size, while at 7.2 inches, you’ll get a 120-inch projection. The image quality, much like their televisions, is excellent and incredibly crisp for a projector. The sleek design adds to the overall package and is not an eyesore in one’s living room, many might not even know that the projector is in the room. It is very expensive though, coming in at around $6000, the Cinebeam is one of the more expensive options on the market, but the high price tag does give you the best projector currently out there.

Vava 4K Laser Projector 

It’s rare for a crowdfunded device to see the light of day, it’s even rarer for it to give the big tech boys a run for there money. But that’s exactly what the Vava 4K Laser has done. Coming in at $2800, it’s considerably cheaper than the LG Cinebeam yet offers almost all the features the tech giant has. With a sharp 4K picture and impactful HDR, the Vava’s picture quality is top-notch and with its 2500 lumens brightness, it keeps the images looking vibrant. It also comes with built-in smart features, running an older version of Android TV. Although a nice addition, it does feel clunky compared to modern devices. But that is a minor critique as the overall package is fantastic for the price. If you’re a first-time projector buyer, then you can’t go wrong with this crowdfunded piece of tech.

BenQ TK850

The biggest issue many projectors face is brightness, a weak brightness will make images look washed out and desaturated. This is a problem the BenQ TK850 definitely does not have. Perhaps the brightest projector on the market, the TK850 can output 3,000 lumens of brightness, making for vividly-realized colors and immediately visible detail, even in the daytime. Pumping out a crisp 4K image with some of the best HDR support on the market, the TK850 is an excellent purchase for people who love to watch their movies during the day time or like their rooms lit up at night. Although it lacks smart device features, this is a minor drawback for an otherwise excellent projector.

Anker Nebula Capsule II Mini

Not everyone will have a massive living room or the required space to house a projector, or perhaps some people like to have their projectors portable. For those people, the Anker Nebula Capsule II Mini Projector is the perfect solution. No bigger than the size of an average soda can, this little projector offers enough punch to satisfy any serious movie watcher. Although only outputting 720p the image is still clear and sharp, allowing one to still enjoy all your favorite entertainment. Even if it can’t compete with picture quality compared to the 4K powerhouses, the sheer small size and built-in Android TV makes up for this. One slight drawback is the lack of the Netflix app, which due to various licensing issues doesn’t come built-in, but thanks to its USB port and USB-C charging port, one can easily sideload a separate device to enjoy Netflix while keeping the projector charged. 

Optoma CinemaX P1

On paper, the Optoma’s CinemaX P1T is a serious contender for top projector honors, with only a few drawbacks that keeps it from the top spot. A 4K/HDR laser projector, with ultra-short-throw technology and a massive 120-inch display with an impressive 3500 lumens brightness. Throw in a built-in soundbar to make this one of the best sounding projectors on the market. However, there are a few serious setbacks to the CinemaX P1. Sadly this projector does not support 4K streaming from services such as Netflix and Amazon, nor does it handle 4K content off an external device either. For an almost $4000 projector this is a big issue and if 4K is essential to your viewing pleasure then this might not be the device for you. The biggest saving grace however is the exceptional audio quality and if sound clarity is more important than visual quality then the CinemaX P1T is the perfect projector for you.

Sony VPL-VW270ES

The most expensive projector on the list, coming in at an eye-watering $5000, the Sony VPL-VW270ES is an absolute beast of a projector. Using the brand’s proprietary 4K SXRD panels to achieve its true DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 resolution. It also includes support for 60fps 4K playback and beefed-up processing power, with faster response speeds and reduced input lag, which is perfect for gamers out there. Offering true HDR10 support, the image quality is exceptional, with fantastic brightness and unparalleled contrast. It’s also one of the few projectors on the market that offers 3D, yet annoyingly 3D glasses are not included in the price and will need to be bought separately. If the price is not an issue for you, then this incredible Sony projector is without a doubt the best purchase you can make and is arguably the best projector on the market at the moment.