TV just not cutting it anymore? Have you ever thought about going bigger and better with a projector? No, not those little things your teachers would wheel into assemblies. We mean the big cinematic projectors that show off everything from movies to presentations in amazing detail.
Whether you’re glued to your games console, binging boxsets, or are always hosting family events, we’ve rounded up the best projectors for you.
Who doesn’t love a movie night? Now you can take them to the next level by transforming your spare room into a cinema. Grab this Epson model, dim the lights and let the titles play. Now that’s our kind of Friday night.
Snacks? Check. Cosy blanket? Sorted. Big cinema screen? This Epson projector will have your back. It can create a massive 500-inch display, and play all the action in 4K quality. It really doesn’t get more cinematic than that. It comes with HDR technology too, which fills every scene with loads of lifelike colours. And when the credits roll, you won’t need to worry about what to watch next – the HDMI port lets you hook up to consoles, laptops or even an Amazon FireStick, which all give you access to lots of streaming apps.
You’ve not really had the full gaming experience until you’ve added a projector to your kit. Just plug your console into one of these and play on a bigger screen than ever before. This Optoma model even supports 3D gaming. So, you’ll feel like that FIFA match or bank heist in GTA happened in your own front room.
This Optoma projector will put your gaming setup at the top of the leaderboard. It lets you play all your 4K titles at their very best, so you’ll never miss a second of the action. And when you’re pulling off killer combos at the speed of light, its 240Hz refresh rate will make sure that your screen is always one step ahead, never two behind. Got some 3D games? Neat – it’ll work with those too. And, it even creates a screen so bright you’ll be able to see it in daylight. No need to close your curtains.
A family event isn’t complete without whipping out the photo album or showing off the embarrassing home videos. With this Optoma projector, you can put them all on the big screen, so everyone can get a good look.
Make that big celebration even better by sharing all your life moments with this Optoma projector. Since it can play your stuff in Full HD quality, that baby video of you in the bath or photo of your first day of high school will look even more horrific than ever before. And everyone in the room will have a great view, because it can create a bright 301-inch screen.
You can’t get much better than a projector that can be used outdoors. They’re great for putting the sports on at a family barbeque (that’s you hosting every away game), or wowing your partner with a romantic movie night. Stay in their good books with this Epson model.
Take your favourite shows and films outdoors with this Epson projector. It’s really easy to carry and quick to set-up, so you can always take it round to your mates’ if they fancy hosting. And you don’t need to worry about dragging an extra speaker along, as one comes inside. You won’t have to wait for the sun to set to start watching either, as the bright picture means you’ll still be able to see it in daylight. Yippee.
Mini projectors are great for carrying around and setting up wherever you want. But, because they’re so small, they’re not able to create the same vibrant, detailed screen that the bigger projectors can.
Long and short throw projection is just to do with how close the projector should sit to where you want the screen to be. If it’s long-throw, it needs to be further away (typically they’d be mounted on the wall or ceiling). For short throw, it’ll need to be quite close to the wall or surface you’ll be projecting on.
The brightness of a projector is measured in lumens. If you’re always going to be using this with dimmed lights, you’ll only need a 1,500 lumens projector. Going to be watching in daylight? Make sure to get a projector that’ll reach 2,500 lumens or higher.
It all depends on what you’re using it for. If you’re going to be swapping out your TV screen, you might want to make sure you get a model that’s good in daylight, as you don’t always want to have your curtains closed. Check out the article above to find out our projector picks for 2021.
The best portable projector would be a mini projector. But, if you’re still wanting the quality of a standard projector, you’re best going for one that comes with a built-in speaker and is easy to set up. It may be a bit heavier to carry around compared to a mini model, but at least you know it won’t be a faff to get it up and running.