Top 10 Best HD Video Projectors


Video Projectors are becoming one of the best ways to view movies at your home, bringing a new definition to the home theater system. Video projectors have improved drastically in the last few years, and watching a movie on a High Definition one give the same feeling as being at the movie theater, minus the ticket fee and the ability to pause for bathroom breaks. Check out some of the most popular HD video projectors below.

Optoma HD33, 1080p, 3D Projector

Optoma HD33, 1080p, 3D Projector

Features

  • Bright at 1800 ANSI lumens and contrast ratio of 4000:1
  • 3D-capable for Blu-ray and gaming consoles
  • Up to 300-inch screen size for large group viewing
  • Features Texas Instruments 1080p DLP chipset
  • PureMotion image processing ensures smooth, judder-free images

Rating:

4.6 stars
4.6/5

Price:

1 100-1 400

Review:

I bought the projector after being a loyal Optoma customer. I owned the Optoma H31, HD72, and now just upgraded to the H33 after much research and I am not disappointed. The image quality is amazing, and the 3D image is just as spectacular. I do a lot of gaming as well with the PS3, and the 3D gaming is out of this world. I recommend the Optoma BG-3DRFGLASSES 3D RF Rechargeable Glasses as they use the same red flash sync frequency as the projector. I first bought the True Depth 3D DLP-LINK rechargeable 3D glasses and they use a white flash that does not sync with the projector consistently.

Overall, this is the best projector I've ever owned, the picture quality is spot on, and it is plenty bright, even with ambient lighting. I was worried after reading the reviews that it was going to be dimmer than I expected, but it is definitely bright enough. I highly recommend this projector to anyone on the fence about buying it!

If there are any negatives about the projector, it is that there is a delay when changing between 480, 720, and 1080 channels, but this is a minor inconvenience when looking at all the positives of this projector.

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ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p DLP Home Theatre Projector

ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p DLP Home Theatre Projector

Features

  • 1920 x1080 (1080p) resolution, 2,000 Lumens, 3000:1 DCR
  • Throw Ratio (1.46 - 2.2:1), Dual HDMI Inputs with HDCP
  • 10W x 2 Stereo Speakers, Lamp life: 4000/6000 hrs (N/Eco)
  • Keystone adjustment +/-40%, Low Audible Noise of < 29dB
  • Eco Mode for energy savings, longer lamp life and reduced audible noise, Laser remote control with batteries
  • It has 1920 x1080 (1080p) resolution, 2,000 Lumens, 3000:1 DCR
  • It has 10W x 2 Stereo Speakers, Lamp life: 4000/6000 hrs (N/Eco)

Rating:

4.4 stars
4.4/5

Price:

670-1 500

Review:

Shipped on time and arrived as promised. Came with a nice carrying case, video cable, and HDMI cable. Once I got it set up in my basement I could not believe how much better it was than my 5 year old projector. Contrast and brightness are amazing. For home theater in a basement, I turned the brightness all the way down and it still lights up the room. Image quality is great considering I am using analog inputs. Can't wait to hook up something with a 1080p signal and see what it looks like. It may cost 2 times the average projector, but it is worth the money if you want a real home theater experience.

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Optoma HD20 High Definition 1080p DLP Home Theater Projector

Optoma HD20 High Definition 1080p DLP Home Theater Projector

Features

  • True High Def 1080p Resolution, 1.2x Manual Zoom and Focus
  • 1700 Lumens Brightness, Lamp life: 4000/3000 Hours (STD/Bright), 4X speed (RGBRGB) color-wheel
  • 4000:1 Contrast Ratio (On/Off), 500:1 ANSI Contrast
  • 37.6" to 301.1" Screen size,Offset: 116%,16:9 Native, 4:3 and LBX Compatible
  • Two HDMI, VGA-In, Component Video, Composite Video and +12V Trigger

Rating:

4.3 stars
4.3/5

Price:

650-900

Review:

I bought the HD20 to use as my main TV. I mounted it on the ceiling and our chairs are 14 feet back. I made a 80" diag screen out of smooth particle board and painted it with flat white paint, and a black boarder made out of milled 2x4's. I set it up in the basement, in a room the was designed as a home theater. I have a Dish-HD receiver. I'm very happy with the projector. All I can do is compare (by memory) it with the plasma sets at Best Buy. The picture is super sharp and colors are great (with a HD signal). I don't see any motion blur/artifacts that I see on LCD sets. I run it at the "low" lamp setting and it is very bright with one 13w CFL lamp in the back of the room by us. My wife can easily read if she wants to. The pixels (screen door effect) are first noticeable at about 1.5-2 feet from the screen. Bottom line is the money. The biggest TV at Best Buy is a 65" plasma at $2700. The HD20 was $1000 at Amazon with free shipping and my screen is bigger at 80". I think I made the right move.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350

Features

  • Sharp, crystal-clear detail - a contrast ratio up to 50,000:1
  • Brilliant images, anytime, day or night - 2000 lumens color and white light output1
  • High-definition, 1080p home theater experience - D7 chip delivers 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • Sharp, crystal-clear detail - 1080p TFT D7 chip and Aspect Ratio: Native 16:9, Compatible with 4:3 and 16:9 video formats (with anamorphic lens and scaler) with Normal, Full or Zoom Modes
  • Rich, vibrant color and reliable performance - C2Fine technology and 3LCD, 3-chip technology

Rating:

4.5 stars
4.5/5

Price:

999-1 300

Review:

I have owned an Optoma HD20 prior to going to the 8350 - I sold my last theater and components with my previous home, so I decided to try a different projector on this project. That said, I loved the Optoma HD20 and thought, at the time, that it was the best buy for the money. I am very pleased that I spent the extra money to upgrade to the Epson with the LCD technology as opposed to the DLP that was the Optoma (I think that the 8350 dropped in price within the last couple of years since I bought the Optoma). I used to frequently see the scrambled pixels on the Optoma that I have yet to see on my Epson. The throw distance scale is much better on the Epson as well. As some other reviews have noted, the Epson is a LARGE unit; I would estimate it close to twice as large as I remember my HD20. However, the 8350 is SO MUCH QUIETER!!! I used to hear the fan in my hd20, but I almost don't even know the 8350 is there unless I look up. Only time will tell on bulb life and other longevity issues, but out of the box the 8350 is heads and tails better, IMO. Spend just a little more to get a lot better.

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ViewSonic PJD5133 SVGA DLP Projector

ViewSonic PJD5133 SVGA DLP Projector

Features

  • SVGA 800x600 DLP projector; 2700 ANSI Lumens, 3000:1 Contrast; 1.1x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Throw Ratio 1.97?2.17:1; Multiple inputs: HDMI, dual RGB in, composite, s-video, RGB out, audio in/out, RS232; Supports HD 720p and 1080i/p with HDMI
  • 120Hz/3D-ready; Digital keystone correction +/- 40�; Integrated Speaker 1w
  • Portable 5.7 lbs. weight; Lamp life: 5000/6000 (Normal/Eco); Apple Mac compatible
  • 8 Preset picture modes, including, bright, cinema, whiteboard, etc.;
  • Eco Mode for energy savings, longer lamp life and reduced operating noise; Remote control with batteries included

Rating:

4.5 stars
4.5/5

Price:

332-538

Review:

I've been using this product for about a month now and have no complaints. The picture quality is brilliant at night (especially if watching blue-ray movies or hd channels) and is very good during the day (blinds closed, but by no means pitch black). I project it onto a screen that I made myself (8' x 4' white tileboard hanging from the ceiling, $20 to make)and it looks great.

I have it hooked up to a couple of sound-bars and a subwoofer. The sound that emits from the projector itself is not adequate for movie viewing, but it's not supposed to be.

Easy to set-up, focus, and use right away. I would honestly pay $500-$600 for this projector, so I am very satisfied as far as 'bang-for-my-buck' goes. I would recommend this product.

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Epson EX7210 Projector

Epson EX7210 Projector

Features

  • 2800 Lumens Color Brightness
  • 2800 Lumens White Brightness
  • WXGA Widescreen HD resolution (1280 x 800); Supports HD 720p
  • USB Plug 'n Play instant setup; HDMI connectivity; Apple Mac compatible
  • Compact and portable design 5.1 lbs

Rating:

4.6 stars
4.6/5

Price:

599-650

Review:

I bought this to use in my home gym while running on the treadmill. I used the VideoSecu Universal LCD/DLP Projector Vaulted Ceiling Mount Bracket Black with 25.6" extension pole PJ2B 1C9 to easily mount it from the ceiling and hooked it to the Onkyo HT-S3400 5.1-Channel Home Theater System. The video goes directly to the projector by way of HDMI from the Sony DVP-SR500H 1080p Upscaling DVD Player and the sound goes straight to the Onkyo. I hooked up the Wii the same way except with a VGA cable to the projector. I got the whole system here and it works great together. The sound covers the noise from the treadmill and the picture is bright enough to see on the 80 inch gray screen (for better contrast) even with the lights on or the blinds open. My wife uses the Wii fitness and loves it on the big screen. The picture quality is good for both movies and video games and the gray screen added to the contrast and makes the blacks blacker. I run it on the economy mode which uses less power and is less bright but still plenty bright because I'm only 18 feet from the screen. I don't think you can beat the picture quality for the price and even if you spent twice as much I think you would be hard pressed to tell the difference without both of them showing side by side. If you wanted to improve this system I would spend the extra money on the sound. This is good for what I use it for but there is a much bigger difference in sound quality than picture quality between this one and the one in my home theater.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3010e

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3010e

Features

  • Full HD, 3D, 1080p Performance
  • Eliminate cables with WirelessHD
  • Ultra-bright 2200 lumen color and white light output
  • 40,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Two powerful, built-in 10 W stereo speakers

Rating:

4.8 stars
4.8/5

Price:

1 399-1 800

Review:

For 1600,i don't think there is any best projector that can be compared to this.I have tried optoma HD33 prior to buying this one and this one is the keeper from every aspect.Only thing i did'nt like was that it did'nt come with Glasses so keep that in mind. Epson 3010 comes with glasses but since this one has wireless,it makes it up for that and the wireless is a huge factor for me and quality really amazes me. I'm getting full 1080p out of the wireless without any issues and also perfect 3D which is amazing because i never thought the wireless setup can be like that. I have compared it with hardwired and it looks almost the same and did'nt see any difference.My setup is with bose v35 , Samsung und7000 ,samsung 3d player and Sony ps3 and everything works with this 3010e and i'm able to get full HD 3d and 1080P all wireless without any issues.This projector worths every cent and you won't be disappointed.

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Mitsubishi HC4000 300-Inch 1080p Front Projector

Mitsubishi HC4000 300-Inch 1080p Front Projector

Features

  • Estimated Lamp Life Rating: 5000 hours (low mode)Usage, Replacement Lamp: VLT-HC3800LP (1-Year or 500-Hours lamp warranty),2-Years Limited Parts and Labor Warranty
  • Native 1080p, HDMI connectivity, Manual Focus & Zoom Lens (Zoom Ratio 1.5:1)
  • Contrast Ratio: 4,000:1 (on/off), Color Wheel: 6-segment (RGBRGB), Brightness/Lumens: 1300 ANSI Lumens, Decibels: 31dBA (standard mode)

Rating:

4.8 stars
4.8/5

Price:

1 050-2 000

Review:

After spending weeks researching different projectors I finally decided to go with this one, and I couldn't be happier! I paired it with a 120" screen I also bought on amazon. I have the projector mounted on my ceiling. The whole project was a little bit frustrating, I was trying to get the screen hung and the projector mounted in just the right way. But after I got it up there I realized I way over complicated the whole thing. The keystone adjuster fixed the mounting angle with just a quick flick of a button. But even with all my little troubles it only took me about 2 hours to get everything set up just perfect, hidden wires and all. So no bad at all. The quality of this projector far exceeded my expectations! This is my first projector, and I'm using it in my living room as a main viewing screen. So I run everything on it, my tv, computer screen, gaming, dvd, blue ray... My living room is pretty dark so ambient light wasn't much of a problem during the day, and at night the picture is still very watchable even with all the lights on. My friends love coming over and enjoying my new "movie theater". Its been a blast for playing games like call of duty and halo on as well! The picture is just amazing! I definitely recommend this projector for anyone who wants an amazing picture and doesn't want to spend thousands of dollars doing it.

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Acer X1161P 3D-DLP Projector

Acer X1161P 3D-DLP Projector

Features

  • DLP 3D ready (3D content, 3D glasses and appropriately equipped PC also required to display 3D images)
  • Projection Mode: Front, rear, front ceiling, rear ceiling.
  • Resolution: Native: SVGA (800 x 600). Maximum: UXGA (1600 x 1200). Maximum Wide: 1080p (1920 x 1080). (native), 16:9
  • Brightness - ANSI Lumens: Standard Mode: 2500, Economy Mode: 2000

Rating:

4.2 stars
4.2/5

Price:

250-420

Review:

I'm really happy with this projector so far. I set up a diy screen in my backyard, and have had a couple pretty successful movie party's. Once the suns down, I can get a really good picture at over 100 inches diagonal playing a DVD off my laptop. Later in the year, when the suns dropping a little earlier, I'm looking forward to Monday night football in the backyard on my nine by five screen. The only slight negatives are the connectivity (vga or s video only),and the amount of heat the projector produces. But that's only a issue in a small room. Overall, great product for the money. Comparable to projectors twice the price.

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InFocus IN112 Portable DLP Projector

InFocus IN112 Portable DLP Projector

Features

  • Built to perform with high brightness
  • High contrast ratio and BrilliantColor technology
  • Slim and eligent
  • Ideal for low-light situations, extends lamp life and uses less energy
  • Average lamp life is 6,000 hours when in Eco Mode and 5,000 hours in normal mode (lamp life varies by model)
  • Quality images and true-to-life colors with DLP technology with InFocus BrilliantColor implementation
  • 3D-ready: project 3D content to improve learning and retention of complex concepts
  • SVGA 800 x 600 Native Resolution
  • 2700 ANSI Lumens (2200 lumens Eco Mode)
  • 3000:1 Contrast Ratio

Rating:

4.5 stars
4.5/5

Price:

295-400

Review:

It's remarkable how much the quality of projectors has improved in the last few years. We decided to watch Scrooged to get us in the festive spirit by projecting the image onto a 40-foot white wall and plugging into a home theater surround sound and it was literally like being in a theater (while enjoying free parking and being able to pause for the bathroom).

This unit is very easy to set up - just plug in the included VGA cable and you're ready to go. The instructions are brief and obvious and there's an online support site. The only issue I had was that Windows 7 downgraded the resolution when I plugged it in to 800x600 but actually it's capable of running at 1920 pixels, which improves the projected quality of movies very noticeably. It takes a minute to change the resolution in Windows, so not a big deal.

Overall, I couldn't be happier. It would be nice if it had an HDMI port and a lens cover but at this price it's a great option for home office use and living room theater experiments.

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