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Projectors are no longer made just for the boardroom or cinemas but are now accessible for displaying your favorite films, TV series and home videos.
But what should you look out for when buying one?
The first thing to consider is room size: How much space do you have to display the image?
- Short throw projectors can be placed close to a wall or screen, while still projecting a large, clear image. You can reliably get a 100’’ diagonal widescreen image from just a few feet away
- Long throw projectors are better for a larger space and are designed to be placed up to 15 meters from a screen or wall.
Once you’ve decided on the space available, there are a few other points to consider before parting with your dollars.
The higher the number of pixels, the better and more detailed the image quality will be. To give you an approximate idea if you plan to use Blu-ray player, consider a projector with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
Lumens relate to how bright the image is – the higher the number the brighter. For a small audience in a house, a good lumen count is around 1500-3000. This will give a decent contrast ratio.
Projectors can be connected to Blu-ray players, set top boxes, laptops, cell phones, or games consoles.
A home theater setup with a video projector as its centerpiece can really elevate the home entertainment experience.
Let’s take a closer look at the best projectors of January, 2019:
On unpacking this projector, we were surprised by how small and neat it is. Everything fits nicely into the rugged carrying bag, which makes moving it a doddle. It comes with any cable you could possibly need, ever – they have really thought of every set-up. It’s easy to install – we just followed the simple instructions and were ready to go within a couple of minutes.
What We Like
The image quality is second to none, every frame was in focus with bright clear colours, and great contrast. There are plenty of options when it comes to adjusting the picture, too, so you can have it exactly how you wish. The sound is excellent thanks the two in-built speakers – either with or without headphones, it’s crisp and without any distortion.
This projector is perfect for watching movies, TV series and sports. You can also use it in schools and colleges as an amazing teaching aid. You can connect it to your smartphone, PS3 & 4, Xbox One and Wii.
The fan works near silently and is very efficient – the projector didn’t overheat even after nearly four hours on the go.
What Needs Improving
After putting the Vankyo through its paces, we are happy to report that our only issue was that the power cable was quite short, probably due to trying to keep the whole thing small and compact.
Included: Vankyo Leisure 3 Projector, User Manual, Power Cable, 3-in-1 AV Cable, HDMI Cable, VGA Cable, Remote Control
This is an awesome, well designed projector. The image quality and sound are excellent, it’s sturdy but lightweight enough to be easily portable, and the price is good. Happy to recommend this!
vankyo Leisure 3 (Upgraded Version) 2400 Lux LED Portable Projector with Carrying Bag, Video Projector with 170'' and 1080P Support,...
- SUPERIOR WATCHING EXPERIENCE: Leisure 3 Projector is Powered by MStar Advanced Color Engine. 2018 upgraded LED lighting provides +40% brightness than ordinary projector. Supporting 1920x1080 resolution, 2000:1 contrast ration which is ideal for home entertainment. Not recommend for PPT or office presentation.
This projector is small, neat and cleverly designed to be easily portable, the included tripod is lightweight but very stable, and even the remote feels robust. Full of tips to achieve the best performance, the user manual is easy to follow. It took a few minutes to get it set up, and a couple more to play around with the settings; the interface follows a logical pattern, so even a tech novice can plug in and play easily.
What We Like
Having two USB ports is an awesome idea which makes copying and sharing files or using multiple sources simple; this is a feature unique to the QKK, but more manufacturers should adopt it, in our opinion.
Having a 2200 lumen output allows the projector to be used in most light conditions, even near total darkness; it also means that any text is clear and easy to read. There is an incredible 50,000 hours of lamp life, almost unheard of for mini projectors. The picture quality is excellent, and the sound is amazing, with no distortion whatsoever. However, hook it up to a surround sound system and you’ll be blown away with the quality!
The QKK full hd projector also has HDMI, AV, VGA, SD Card port, which allows you to use it with Laptops, PCs, TV Box, Amazon Fire TV Stick, ChromeBook, Tablets, Blue-ray DVD player, SD Card, USB Flash Drive and Smartphones.
What Needs Improving
For such a great projector, we felt the lack of built-in Bluetooth let it down. QKK can add an extra port but miss out something that’s becoming the norm.
Despite the lack of Bluetooth, this is still a great piece of tech – efficient, effective and does what it’s meant to do very well whilst managing to look good. We love it.
QKK 2400Lux Mini Projector -Full HD LED Projector 1080P Supported, 50,000 Hour Lamp Life with 170" Display for Home Theater...
- 🌷 Full HD 2018 Latest Upgraded Projector 1080P Supported - Our QKK 2018 Latest Upgraded Mini Projector is gread designed for indoor and out door movies in dark. You will surely enjoy your happiness movie night with your family easily. [Not Recommended For PPT Presentation!]
This projector has the quality you expect from Epson – it’s slick, sleek, stylish, and easily portable. We love the little in-built stand which allows for painless height adjustment in an instant.
Following the concise instructions, we had this installed within 5 minutes.
What We Like
With its intuitive interface, everything is simple to adjust in any situation. As you’d expect from Epson the colors are true and well balanced, image resolution is excellent, and the sound quality is awesome.
Couple that with the great price, and this is looking good.
What Needs Improving
Our only complaint is against the remote control. The buttons are quite small, and crowded; however, the controls on the actual projector are very user friendly, so it’s not a deal breaker.
The VS 250 is not only a great looking projector, but its color brightness, image quality, resolution and audio are all awesome, too.</p> <p>For the price, this is a winner!
Epson Home Cinema 1060 Full HD 1080p 3,100 lumens color brightness (color light output) 3,100 lumens white brightness (white light...
- Widescreen Full HD 1080p entertainment - life-sized images up to 25x larger than a 60" flat panel, on virtually any blank wall or screen. Throw ratio range is 1.02 to 1.23. Projected distance size is 30 to 300 inch
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