Designed for gaming and movie-watching in ambient light, Optoma's GT1080HDR delivers low lag time, solid color accuracy, and sharp contrast for the money. Plus, its short-throw lens optimizes rooms where space is tight.
Aimed at homes and offices alike, ViewSonic's PX701HD needs minor color-accuracy tweaking with movies and video. Even so, this nimble projector delivers sufficient brightness for a large image that can stand up to ambient light, plus low lag for gamers.
Can't go to the movies? Invite some friends, grab some blankets and hot cocoa, and watch your favorite flick in the backyard with one of these top-pick projectors. Here's what you need to know to choose the right one.
Business trips and family vacations may be on hold, but a light, compact, and capable portable projector makes a good travel companion even if "travel" just means down to the den. These are the top-rated models we've tested—check them out, along with our deep-dive reviews.
These days, home projectors can do much more than show off photos from your latest vacation. Whether you're gaming, working, or watching home movies, here's how to find the right model, plus our top picks.
The 120-inch model costs $3,499.99, but the 130-inch model is $6,499.99.
Optoma's HD39HDR offers low input lag for fast reaction time in games, plus sufficient brightness for a large movie or game image to stand up easily to ambient light in a family room.
BenQ's TH585 projector delivers low input lag for gaming, enough brightness for a large image that stands up to ambient light, and good color accuracy and contrast at a low price.
BenQ's HT2150ST does swimmingly for both gaming and home theater. Its minimal lag gives gamers an important reaction-time edge, while solid color accuracy, contrast, and black levels excel for viewing in a dark room.
Epson's laser-based EF-100 projector is designed to stream from sites like Netflix and Hulu, or project from a set-top box or Blu-ray player. Either way, it delivers a satisfyingly bright image at large size in ambient light.
The entertainment-oriented Anker Nebula Mars II Pro has good brightness, resolution, and image quality for a mini projector, and it doubles as a Bluetooth sound system. It's best for home use, as it isn't as portable as some of its peers.
The AAXA BP1 combines a multimedia projector with a Bluetooth speaker in an easily portable package. While its speaker system rocks, as a projector it suffers from low brightness and a small usable image.
The cleverly designed Acer C250i Portable Projector can show movies and photo files, mirror your phone's screen in portrait or landscape orientation, and project at a variety of angles, but it's costly for what it delivers.
The Anker Nebula Apollo entertainment projector can project videos, photos, and Android apps, as well as play music and operate as a Bluetooth speaker. Its long battery life makes it ideal for portable, on-the-go use.
The Kodak Luma 350 Portable Smart Projector is an Android-based palmtop that throws a larger-than-usual usable image given its brightness output. It does well in projecting photos, and its video quality is fine for casual use.
ViewSonic's M1 Mini is a highly portable palmtop projector that counters its modest brightness with a cleverly designed stand, decent image quality for photos and videos, and the ability to play music files.
Need to project an important business presentation, outfit a classroom, or take your show on the road? These are the top-rated projectors we've tested. Check out the details on portable projectors, as well as full-size models, in our deep-dive reviews.
The Kodak Luma 150 is a tiny, highly portable projector that can show content from a range of sources, both wired and wireless, but its brightness is low enough to crimp image size.
Projectors have evolved in recent years, adding features like 3D and support for higher-resolution input. Here's an overview of our latest lab tests, designed with today's projector innovations in mind.