Video projectors have widely been used for business presentations and entertainment.
A home projector is the ideal entertainment choice for movie and game lovers. With so many different projectors in the market, it isn’t very clear to decide which projector is good for you or your home usage.
We are providing you a step by step guide on choosing the best projector for home use.
Step 1: Room Size and Placement Location
The most important thing to be considered before buying a projector is the size of your room. Positioning the projector in the room and a certain distance from the screen is of vital importance. Depending upon what screen size projector you want, you may not have enough space. As the distance from the screen produces a certain sized image, which is called “throw.”
So, in case if you have a small room or limited room space, then you have to buy a short-throw projector. The lens ratio of short-throw projectors is somehow between 0.5:1 and 1:1. Short throw an ultra-short throw projector is available with the needed specifications and for various room sizes.
Step 2: Installation Position
Installing the projector on the left or right side of the room is more convenient to avoid any obstructions in the projection an allow the family members to move freely. In this case, horizontal keystone correction projectors are best. They make the image rectangular which are not placed perpendicular to the horizontal line of the screen.
Step 3: Projector Technology
There are three main home projector technologies:
Digital Light Processing (DLP) Projectors
DLP projectors employ tiny mirrors for light reflection combined with a spinning color wheel that creates color images. The light passes through the color wheel, reflects off the tiny mirrors, and is projected onto a screen producing an image. They produce sharp images with a better response rate. The lamp life of DLP lies between 2000-5000hrs.
DLP projector may vary in price, but they are the least expensive options for home use.
Liquid Crystal Display (3LCD) Projectors
Theses projectors include 3 liquid crystal display panels. Each panel produces a different color and then combine to produce a color image onto the screen. In contrast with DLP projectors, 3LCD projectors have better color production. They are inexpensive as they have no moving parts, offering lower noise levels and better color saturation.
Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) Projectors
LCoS projectors provide an uncompromising picture and color quality. LCoS projectors use LCDs instead of mirrors and are the most expensive, costing between 3000$-25,000$.
With lower power consumption and no maintenance cost, LED’s in the LED projectors deliver better colors and have a life span of over 20000hrs.
Step 5: Brightness
Brightness is measured in lumens. The best results of projectors are achieved in darker rooms. However, increasing the picture size depending upon the number of people in a room will require higher brightness. The more people in the room, the bigger the picture size and the brighter the projector. Laser projectors are a better option if you want brighter images. They have a much longer lifespan of 20,000 hrs too.
Step 6: Resolution
The number of pixels that make up an image is called resolution. For example, 800*800 means the projector has 800 columns of pixels by 800pixels of row.
The higher the number of pixels, the better the resolution will be. Projectors can convert different input resolutions to the native output resolution, this process is called scaling, but scaling reduces the image quality.
So, if you are using different resources like the WXGA laptop, you should be using a WXGA projector.
Which Is The Best Projector For Home Use?
With so many choices out there, it is not easy to figure out which one is best for you.
The following are the top 2 budget projectors in the market this year.
- MSC A100
Bestseller No. 1
WiFi Projector, 7500Lumens Outdoor Projector Full HD 1080P Supported Outdoor Projector, Miracast Smartphone, TV Stick, Laptop, TV, HDMI, AV, Portable Projector for Outdoor Movies
- 🌷PERFECT HOME THEATRE EXPERIENCE: 7500Lux brightness provided by upgraded LED lightning and 1080P supported resolution make this POYANK projector a perfect choice to build your home theater for indoors fun and upcoming summer outdoor movies. Grab one POYANK projector and bring your family and friends together.
- 🌷SUPER EASY WIFI & USB CONNECTION: Latest Upgrade 2021 POYANK WIFI projector simplifies the setup with your iOS and Android devices. Wireless connection through your home WIFI and wired connection through USB cable are beyond easy. Additional cost for extra HDMI adapters is avoided.
- 🌷MULTI CONNECTION LIGHTWEIGHT PROJECTOR: POYANK wireless projector is equipped with HDMI port, USB port, VGA port, VA port and works perfectly with TV stick, Chromecast, Smartphones ,laptop, tablets, PC, Laptop, Blue-ray DVD player, USB flash drive and PS4 etc. This projector only weighs 3.23 pounds and comes with handy remote control. Attach any device you could imagine to the projector and take it to the place you like. The joy is on the go!
- 🌷BUILT-IN HIFI STEREO SPEAKERS AND FAN COOLING SYSTEM: Nice sound quality can be enjoyed via our powerful and clear HIFI stereo speakers, no separate speaker is needed. Of course you can boost the sound to get the best theater experience through 3.5mm mini jack output. 2021 upgraded cooling fan system makes the fan noise of this home theater video projector much quieter than other ordinary projectors. Both features offer a feast for your ears.
- 🌷IDEAL GIFT FOR HOLIDAYS: POYANK WIFI projector meets all your daily entertaining needs and its small size enables you to carry it to wherever you want. For sure, this projector is also an adorable gift option on holiday occasions. Buy this projector to your family, friends or even to yourself and open up the gate of more pleasure and happiness.
If you are looking for a budget projector that delivers quality features, then MSC A100 is a good choice for 130$. It delivers Bridgelux COB LED with 350 lumens and a 3500:1 contrast ratio. It provides a dynamic color picture supporting screen mirroring from your phone and chrome casting. It weighs around 2.25 lbs.
- Optoma HD143
Bestseller No. 1
Optoma HD142X 1080p 3000 Lumens 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
- Screen Size Range: 66-inches from 8 feet; 107-inches from 12 feet
- Brightness: 3,000 ANSI Lumens. Computer compatibility: FHD, HD, WXGA, UXGA, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, Mac
- Contrast Ratio: 23,000:1; Keystone Correction: Yes, Lens Shift: No
- 2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v1.2, Audio Out 3.5mm, 12V trigger, 3D-Sync, USB service Display Technology: Single 0.65” 1080p DC3 DMD chip DLP Technology by Texas Instruments
- Operating Conditions: 5°C - 40°C, Max. Humidity 85%, Max. Altitude 3000m
Optoma HD143 is one of the affordable and high definition projectors designed for home entertainment and gaming under 400$. It provides sharper and clear images with 1080 resolution. The cinema mode feature is truly impressive, with its true to color compatibility. It perfectly competes with the high definition of DLP projectors. Dynamic black and 3D with ISF calibration mode is a big package in such a low budget. It’s also good for gaming entertainment for its minimal input lag. However, it is not highly recommended for serious gamers.
What To Look For In A Projector?
After shortlisting the projectors that meet your needs in terms of brightness, resolution, budget, and lens ratio, there are certain things that you need to look for while buying a projector that differs from model to model.
Below are a few important factors that may help you:
Projectors may have different light sources. Most of the projector models use lamps that need to be changed or replaced over time. The best light source is to go for laser ones, as they do not need to be replaced. However, you will need to buy a new projector when their life span (20,000hrs) comes to an end.
If you are using a projector with a lamp light source, always check the expected lamp life. Particularly the brighter projectors have a lamp life of 4000-5000hrs. However, new models may have 10000-12000hrs of lamp life. The longer the lamp life, the lower the maintenance and replacement cost.
Most of the manufacturers use DLP, LCD, or exceptionally LCoS technology. Both DLP and LCD are good options, but they have slighter differences that are explained above.
The ratio between black and white portions of and the image is said to be the contrast ratio. A higher contrast ratio provides whiter whites and blacker blacks, without blurring the quality of the image. 1500:1 is said to be the best ratio for a darker room. However, 2000:1 or higher is considered excellent.
Manufacturing companies offer different warranty levels for different projector models. Low-cost projectors have shorter warranties as compared to the high-end projectors. You need to always check for the warranty terms and conditions.
Connectivity and Input
HDMI or VGA input connection is often included in most modern projectors, while you must check out for your specific desired connectivity module. Models having built-in wireless connectivity are good for portable applications or connecting multiple laptops at a time.
If you need the projector to be carried to different locations, weight and size will matter. The projectors designed for this purpose normally weigh between 1-2.5 kgs.