Best Projectors

The word ‘projector’ might conjure up the image of a dusty, old projector sitting in the back of a school classroom. Fortunately, along with their creaky projector-screen counterparts, they now belong in the past. Projectors have advanced, ranging from mini projectors that you can hold in the palm of your hand, to smart projectors that function like computers. Continue Reading...

28 listings
BenQ W1090
5.0 from 2 reviews

Sports fans will be sure to love the BenQW1090, as this projector is specifically designed to optimise sports sound and picture quality.

Epson EB-2247U
5.0 from 1 review

The Epson EB-2247U boasts a high lumen count, which is important, as a higher lumen-count will result in a brighter and clearer screen.

Sony VPL-HW45ES Projector
5.0 from 1 review

Featuring a long-lasting lamp life and eco-friendly measures, the Sony VPL-HW45ES Projector seems to prioritise durability and saving energy.

Epson EH-TW9200W
5.0 from 1 review

With a lower lumen count than other Epson projectors, the Epson EH-TW9200W is ideal for watching movies with friends and family in dimly-lit rooms.

Epson EB-U42
5.0 from 1 review

Ideal for home or office, the Epson EB-U42 features a portable case that makes this lightweight projector travel-friendly.

Hisense L5 Series Laser TV (100")

Latest review: Bought the Hisense 100l5f and couldn’t be happier with the product. Bright enough to watch with the lights on and screen is awesome. Tv tuner and Apps are awesome well worth the upgrade from Xiaomi M

BenQ W1070
4.3 from 9 reviews

Latest review: I use this as a home theatre projector and absolutely love it. It is very bright and produces amazing colours. I project a screen roughly 120" wide from a distance of about 4m. I don't think I can

Aodin Android Portable Projector D05-T88

Latest review: My expectation was firmly set for a compact projector with passable image quality and capable of showing movies from USB or via HDMI from a laptop which I can use on holiday time. Therefore I was

LG PF1000UW Projector
4.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: The good: picture quality is great and the combination of a compact unit and its ultra-short throw distance make it ideal for small spaces and an excellent alternative to a conventional TV. The not

ViewSonic M1 LED Portable Projector

Latest review: I really like at as an alternative to tv. The image quality is pretty good. Battery would be sufficient to watch two movies. It’s like having my own cinema theatre at home. I wish I could have a B

BenQ GS1
4.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I bought this unit recently for outdoor movie and camping, everything is nice and easy, however, 1 issue which really should be improved with a firmware update... That is the delay of the sound

BenQ TK800M
3.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: Product is as advertised and does a great job - works OK with some daylight but is amazing at night. Speaker is much better than I expected. Easy to install and set up. I'd recommend this unit and

Epson EH-TW5600
3.4 from 9 reviews

Latest review: I've had my TW5600 for three years now and it has been a great purchase. Lamp still going strong and the image quality is very good: sharp definition and colours that are accurate and bright. Black

Innoio Innocube Smart Beam Portable Projector
3.2 from 9 reviews

Latest review: It's a tiny, which can do lot of fun. If want to see a movies this mini smart beam is the perfect thing to use. You can see any size and it's very comfortable to

Kogan F500 Projector
3.0 from 1 review

Latest review: Just bought this projector from Kogan. It works ok, thank goodness, because either Kogan or Australia Post had thrown the box around before it got to me and the box was smashed in at the corners.

Philips PicoPix Max
2.5 from 2 reviews

Latest review: After multiple attempts of emailing philips.projector.eu@screenio.com and emailings bouncing back I do notmknow where my projector is and nobody seems to be able to help. Every time I call the

Anker Nebula Capsule
2.0 from 2 reviews

Latest review: I bought one of these from the US, I live in Australia. The projector arrived, in perfect condition BUT there was no sound out of the speaker. I contacted the seller who said he didn't have a receipt

Piqo Mini Projector
2.0 from 1 review

Latest review: I had high hopes for this device; 1080p HD picture, 240” image, HDMI connection, WIFI, Bluetooth, USB, Auto-Keystone correction, Touchscreen and Remote control, 5 hour battery life, watch while c

Optoma ML750ST
1.0 from 1 review

Latest review: It broke down after 3 years (using it once per fortnight) due to a manufacturing defect that was assessed by a projector repair company - $900 repair bill I have been writing to Optoma USA and Optoma

Eko Mini LCD Projector
1.0 from 1 review

Latest review: My son received this as a present and when we connected it up, there was no sound even though there are built in speakers. After many attempts and different settings, we were still unable to get any

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What is a projector?

Family watching TV enjoying a projector home set-up

A projector is a device that uses rays of light to project an image or video onto a wall. The optimum viewing experience requires a white wall with a smooth surface. Think of how in a cinema, the wall is flat and an unassuming colour, to prevent opposing textures or colours clashing or detracting from the movie.

You can recreate the cinema experience within the comfort of your own home. A living room wall is an ideal canvas for a projector because the surface is flat and usually a neutral colour.

However, projectors aren't limited to the lounge room. Some projectors are portable, which means you can take one away with you on holidays. For example, you can project a movie onto the side of a caravan or tent while on a camping trip - but be warned, the image may be slightly distorted.

Types of projectors

DLP (Digital Light Processing)

A DLP projector is a projector that contains a chip with millions of tiny mirrors. Each one of these mirrors represents one or more of the pixels, which along with a spinning colour wheel, forms the projected image.

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display):

An LCD projector is composed of three LCD panels. Each panel is a different colour, including red, green, and blue. Light is fed through these panels in order to produce an image.

Overall, out of the two, LCD projectors are thought to produce better colour saturation.

Projector or TV?

The main difference between projectors and TVs is that the projector 'screen' is not a tangible thing you can touch. 4K projection TVs offer all the features offered by a standard 4K TV, including access to TV channels, streaming services, and playing DVDs/CDs or video games.

There are even smart projectors with advanced operating systems that function as a smart TV, such as an Apple or Android TV. Smart projectors contain an in-built computer that facilitates Wi-Fi connectivity, access to the App Store, and Voice Control.

If TV screens are too compact for your liking, you might prefer a projector as they can project an image large enough to engulf a whole living room wall.

Setting up a home theatre

Going to the cinema isn't cheap. Tickets, popcorn, gas money... It can all add up.

Creating a home theatre is a great way to save some money and encourage creativity. Work together as a family to create a comfortable home entertainment set-up in the lounge room or a make-shift cinema under the stars.

Setting up a home cinema projector outside isn’t as simple as setting one up inside, but there are plenty of ways to work around this.

If using the back of your house or fence as a backdrop are not viable, take advantage of your washing line. Grab a white sheet and secure it with pegs for a plain backdrop.

However, keep in mind that although you'll save money in the long run, the projector will be a significant upfront cost.

During your search, you’ll likely come across these well sought after brands: Cinemin, Epson, and BenQ. For a good home theatre projector by these brands, expect to pay between a minimum of $1000, and anywhere up to $10,000.

Portable Projectors

A portable projector

Projectors aren’t limited to spacious, home cinema set-ups. You can take portable, outdoor projectors away camping or on holidays. Being on holidays doesn’t mean you have to have to give up the luxuries of home, you can watch Netflix on a mini projector.

Connect a mini projector, such as the Nebula Capsule or Xioami projector, to your phone to create a compact and convenient iPhone projector. By plugging a projector in to your iPhone or Android phone, you can access streaming services in order to find the perfect TV show or movie to watch. Most mini projectors cost around $500.

For hands-free movie watching, you can purchase a portable stand that props up the movie projector, and for improved sound quality, hook your phone up to a Bluetooth speaker.

Factors to consider

Resolution

4K/4UHD projector: 4K/4UHD projectors contain a significantly higher amount of pixels, in order to create a better picture quality. There isn't too much of a difference between full HD 4K projectors and standard projector, the difference would be most noticeable when watching a huge screen, like a cinema screen.

Brightness

The brightness of a projector is measured in lumens. Lumens are a measure of light, (like the number of watts in a light bulb), except that watts measure energy, and lumens measure light output.

When it comes to projectors, the brighter the better. A projector with a higher number of lumens will make the screen brighter, and help to improve image quality.

For a home theatre, you’ll require a projector with a minimum of around 1500 lumens. In general, you might not require a particularly high amount of lumens, as when watching a movie at home, the space will usually be dimly lit.

An office space is different, for example, as most office spaces will be lit up by bright fluorescent lights, and they will require a business projector that boasts high brightness (which would require the projector to offer a higher lumen count).

Lenses

Depending on how far away your projector will sit from the screen, you will need a short-throw or long-throw lens. To understand how these lenses work, think of a camera lens. A camera with a long, bulky, lense attachment helps you to capture fine details that are far away. A long-throw projector lens will allow you to sit further away from the projector, yet still the screen clearly.

Long-throw lens: Suitable for a projector that is far away from the screen. Ideal for a spacious living room or outdoor cinema set-up.

Short-throw lens: Usually sits around 3 to 8 feet away from the projector screen. This is appropriate for if the projector will sit close to the screen, such as in a cramped apartment living room or bedroom.

Ultra short-throw lens: If you’d like the option to place the projector even closer to the screen, you can buy a separate ultra short-throw lens. This allows you to place the projector as close as possible to the screen, which is around 30cm away.

Conclusion

Overall, projectors are useful devices that are suitable for the home or office. Whether you have a limited budget, or you’re willing to spend more on your set-up; there are projectors to suit various needs. Although TVs have traditionally been a living room staple, projection TVs might one day take over.