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Top 5 Home Theatre Projectors in 2019

Projectors have come a long way since their inception and in all these years they have become better and more affordable. These days you can get a good quality Projector without spending a lot of money. In this guide, we will share our pick of Top 5 Home Theatre Projectors which you can buy in 2019. Let’s get into it.

Optoma UHD60

Overall Score

Rating Overview

Features

90%

Quality

95%

User Friendliness

80%

Connectivity

100%

Rating Summary

Optoma UHD60 also offers good connectivity options, you get the two HDMI inputs. Only one of the two HDMI ports is compatible with 4K at 60Hz. The projector also comes with MHL supports which give it an advantage over its competition.

Optoma UHD60 Review

Optoma is one of the most trusted brands in the industry and Optoma UHD60 is their latest offering which allows you to enjoy movies at 4K resolution. Optoma UHD60 is the predecessor of the Optoma UHD50 which is also a very good projector and in the new Optoma UHD60, you get the many improved features. It is also one of the most affordable 4K-capable projectors and it lives up to expectations. The UHD60 is also brighter than its competition with 3000 lumens which allow it to fill the larger screens better. UHD60 is also brighter than UHD50 which has 2400 lumens.

The Lens on UHD60 is also very sharp in the middle of the image and it tends to soften toward the corners. However, the overall viewing experience is very good since we rarely focus on the corners of the screen. The HDR performance of UHD60 is also very impressive, it is well balanced with a good contrast ratio and a more natural look. We also noticed that HDR functionality suffers from Ambient light so if you want good HDR Quality then choose a dark room. It is much better as compared to other projectors in this price range but HDR Quality could be better.

Optoma UHD60 also offers good connectivity options, you get the two HDMI inputs. Only one of the two HDMI ports is compatible with 4K at 60Hz. The projector also comes with MHL supports which give it an advantage over its competition. The projector also comes with a LAN Port, Digital Audio Output and 2 USB Ports.

We are impressed with the performance of the Optoma UHD60 as it is one of the first projectors which come with DLP Chip but we were also expecting that the projector would produce less noise but in our tests, the projector ran pretty hotly under load with a maximum temperature of 115 degrees. We also read the max decibel rating of 43dB which is more than the standard ambient rating of 34dB.

Pros

  • Best-in-class projector
  • Affordable
  • Good Image Quality
  • Brighter Image
  • Good onboard speakers

Cons

  • HDR Quality could be better
  • Build Quality is not top-notch
  • High Input Lag

Final Verdict

Optoma UHD60 is perfect for those people who want to get the DLP-Powered 4K experience in $1799. If you don’t mind the little compromise in HDR Quality then Optoma UHD60 can deliver you with good home cinema experience.

Optoma HD142X

Overall Score

Rating Overview

Features

95%

Quality

95%

User Friendliness

80%

Connectivity

85%

Rating Summary

The Optoma HD142X also comes with a fair number of connectivity options. The projector features the two HDMI ports but there is no AV Input or PC Input. There is a USB port which can only be used for power or using the projector with a mouse.

Optoma HD142X Review

You will find Optoma HD142X in every projector guide as it offers excellent image quality at a very affordable price. Optoma HD142X is selling for the price tag of just $544, and at this price, you will get some great features. The native resolution of Optoma HD142X is 1080p which is pretty decent, and it comes with 3,000 ANSI Lumens of brightness which not only allow it to fill the large screens better and also allow it to use the ambient light condition. According to Optoma, it will last for more than 8,000 hours which mean you can watch a 2-hour movie every day for one decade.

The Overall performance of Optoma HD142X is also very good straight out of the box, it produces a good quality image as you can expect from a DLP projector.

The Optoma HD142X comes with Cinema Mode where you will find the vivid colors which look very pleasant. The Optoma HD142X also supports the 3D, but for that, you will have to buy the 3D glasses. The projector uses the DLP Link which is compatible with many third-party glasses or you can buy the Optoma 2D302 3D glasses which cost $50.

The Optoma HD142X also comes with a fair number of connectivity options. The projector features the two HDMI ports but there is no AV Input or PC Input. There is a USB port which can only be used for power or using the projector with a mouse.

The Optoma HD142X also comes with built-in speakers which are decent but not excellent. Most of the people use external speakers so this will not be deal-breaker for most of the people. Overall Performance of Optoma HD142X is outstanding, you can get a good quality 1080p image with decent colors and contrast ratio. The only downside of Optoma HD142X is that it produces some noise, in our experience we read the noise level of 65dB which may be deal-breaker for few people but in our case, it was acceptable especially considering the price.

Pros

  • Best Value for Money
  • Good Quality Image
  • Accurate Colors with solid contrast

Cons

  • Lighter black levels
  • Onboard speakers are not good

The Final Verdict

The Optoma HD142X is a perfect projector for those people who want to get good quality 1080p experience without paying a lot of money. You can get a good sharp image with accurate colors and a stable contrast ratio for just $544.

BenQ HT2050

Overall Score

Rating Overview

Features

75%

Quality

75%

User Friendliness

90%

Connectivity

100%

Rating Summary

The BenQ HT2050 also offers good connectivity options, you will get the 2 HDMI inputs and 2 AV Inputs. The projector also features the 2 USB ports and Analog RGB PC Input. The remote is also backlit which make it easy to use in dark room.

BenQ HT2050 Review

BenQ HT2050 is the best projector under $1000 and it is perfect for those people who want to get the high-end projector without spending a lot of money. The native resolution of BenQ HT2050 is 1080p with 2200 lumens which means you will have to use the darkroom to have a good experience.

The image quality of BenQ HT2050 is much better than its competitors and you will get the good image quality true back levels and vibrant colors.

The BenQ HT2050 also produce very true to life colors and in our experience, it performed exceptionally well. If you are the one who doesn’t want to compromise in the image quality then BenQ HT2050 is the perfect option for you as in other projectors you will have to do little compromise on image quality. The BenQ HT2050 also supports the 3D and to use the 3D with BenQ you will need to get the 3D glasses. As the projectors use the DLP Link then it will work with a number of 3rd party 3D glasses which you can get for around $50.

The BenQ HT2050 also offers good connectivity options, you will get the 2 HDMI inputs and 2 AV Inputs. The projector also features the 2 USB ports and Analog RGB PC Input. The remote is also backlit which make it easy to use in dark room. The BenQ HT2050 lack the MHL support which you find in other high-end projectors.

The BenQ HT2050 also come with built-in 10-watt speakers which produce a decent quality of sound but if you want stereo and better quality sound then you should use the external speakers. The Fan Noise on BenQ HT2050 is almost none and under extreme workload, we barely noticed any fan noise which is great.

Pros

  • 1080p resolution in 2D and 3D.
  • Better speakers.
  • Great Image quality with deeper blacks and vibrant colors.
  • Offer much better specs as compared to its competitors

Cons

  • Low Brightness levels
  • Occasionally shows rainbow artifacts in the black and white video but its common in DLP projectors.
  • No 3D glasses included in the package

The Final Verdict

If you are looking for a good projector under $1000 then BenQ HT2050 is the best choice at this price range. You can get BenQ HT2050 for around $750 and you will not get the similar specs and performance at this price range. BenQ HT2050 also outperforms even the more expensive projectors like Epson Home Cinema 2150 which is $150 more expensive than BenQ HT2050.

Viewsonic PJD7828HDL

Overall Score

Rating Overview

Features

70%

Quality

75%

User Friendliness

90%

Connectivity

100%

Rating Summary

The connectivity options Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is good, you get the 2 HDMI Input, 2 AV inputs, One Analog RGB PC Input and only one USB Port. The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL also supports the MHL which you will not find in BenQ HT2050.

Viewsonic PJD7828HDL Review

Viewsonic is a popular electronics company which specializes in visual display technology. Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is another great projector under $1000 and it gives great value for money. Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is a direct competitor to the BenQ HT2050 and both projectors offer great value for money but the only area where BenQ HT2050 excel is the image as the image quality.

The image quality in Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is good but it lacks the deeper blacks.

The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL has Native resolution of 1080p with 3000 Lumens brightness, which allows you to use the projector in ambient light. As the Viewsonic is a DLP projector, you will find the high levels of DLP’s rainbow effect. You can reduce the rainbow effect with super Eco Lamp mode but it will also wash out the colors. The Viewsonic also supports the 3D and for that, you will have to use the external 3D glasses. The only problem with using 3D it is only half as bright as the 2D color preset. According to Viewsonic, the lamp has a life of 4000 hours, but it will burn out faster than its competitor and it also cost more to replace the lamp.

The connectivity options of the Viewsonic is good. You get 2 HDMI Input, 2 AV inputs, One Analog RGB PC Input, and only one USB Port. The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL also supports the MHL, which you will not find in BenQ HT2050.

The Viewsonic also comes with a built-in 10-watt mono speaker which offer good sound quality and it is enough to fill the large room but you will need the external speakers for some stereo sound. The Fan Noise in Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is also louder than BenQ HT2050. It is not uncomfortable, but you’ll notice it in quiet moments during watching the movie.

Pros

  • Full HD resolution in 2D and 3D.
  • Bright pictures with solid contrast
  • Good value for money
  • Good Connectivity options
  • Good Speakers

Cons

  • Lighter black levels
  • Less color accurate as compared to its competitors
  • Lots of rainbow effect

Final Verdict

The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is available for the price tag of $670 and it is $80 cheaper than BenQ HT2050. Both projectors offer great performance and good specs for the price but for us, BenQ HT2050 clearly wins the battle due to its good image quality. In our opinion, BenQ HT2050 worth the extra $80.

Sony VPL-VW350ES

Overall Score

Rating Overview

Features

60%

Quality

90%

User Friendliness

90%

Connectivity

90%

Rating Summary

The Sony VPL-VW350ES also comes with good connectivity options, you get the two HDMI inputs on the back which can support up to 4K resolution at 60 FPS. The projectors also feature a single USB port for software updates only and on Ethernet port which you can use for control.

Sony VPL-VW350ES Review

Sony VPL-VW350ES is one of the best and most affordable true 4K projectors in the market. The Sony VPL-VW350ES has a native resolution of 4K with the 1500 lumens of brightness. It has less brightness which means you will have to use it in the darkroom to get the excellent image quality.

The image quality in the Sony VPL-VW350ES is top notch.

Sony uses the technology like “Reality creation upscaling engine” which ensures that Sony smoothly upscales the Non-4K content you play on the projector. The Sony also added the built-in 3D transmitter technology which works flawlessly with the 3D glasses which come with the projector. This technology allows you to upscale the 2D movies to the 4D video projections which look very interesting. The Sony VPL-VW350ES also complies with FULL-HD 3D standard which means you can use the 3rd party 3D Glasses with it.

The Sony also comes with good connectivity options. You’ll get the two HDMI inputs on the back which can support up to 4K resolution at 60 FPS. The projectors also feature a single USB port for software updates only and on Ethernet port which you can use for control. There are also two remote triggers, an IR remote port, and an RS-232 serial remote port.

The fan noise in the Sony VPL-VW350ES is also very low and you will not feel any issue with it. Overall, we are impressed with the performance of Sony VPL-VW350ES and that you’ll get top of the line image quality from it. One of the significant downsides of the projector is that it doesn’t offer the HDR enhancements which you find in other expensive 4K projectors which may be a deal-breaker for few people but in our opinion, it provides excellent value for money.

Pros

  • 4K Resolution
  • Accurate colors with Deeper Blacks
  • Smooth Detailed Pictures
  • Best in class video processing
  • Minimal Fan Noise

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No HDR Enhancements
  • Lighter Black Levels

Final Verdict

The Sony VPL-VW350ES is an affordable 4K projector, but still, it is not cheap, you will have to spend around $10,000 to get it. The overall performance of Sony VPL-VW350ES is top notch, but it lacks in some areas like HDR Technology and lighter black levels. The price is another problem here as for $10,000 you can get a couple of large 4K TVs. You can also check Optoma UHD60 which is a very affordable 4k-capable projector, and it also cost much less than Sony VPL-VW350ES.