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Last updated: 23 August 2017

A projector used to be a serious home entertainment investment, but prices have dropped and quality's improved, particularly for lamp life. We test and review the latest models to help you find the best one for your home theatre room and your budget. Our buying guide describes the features you might want, and how we test explains our rigour.

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Through our independent and rigorous testing in the CHOICE labs, we reveal which home theatre projectors:

  • have the best HD and SD picture quality
  • have the best sound quality
  • are the easiest to use
  • use the least energy
  • have the best range of features such as Wi-Fi, 3D and child-lock controls.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily compare the pros and cons of each model, and our Recommended list lets you see at a glance which projectors give the best bang for your buck.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Prices are recommended retail, as provided by the manufacturer. When this information is not available the price is taken from an average from major retailers. In either case you should be able to do better than the stated price by shopping around.

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    Claimed lamp life (hrs)

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    Measured fan noise (dB)

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    Just as people whispering can ruin a night at the movies, so too can a noisy projector fan. The sound produced by the projector will vary depending on whether it's in high brightness or economical mode. We measured in standard mode.

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    Projector type

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    DLP is a technology that uses tiny mirrors on a computer chip to create an image when light is reflected from it.

    LCD technology passes light through panels that can open or close individual pixels to create an image.

    See our projector buying guide for the pros and cons of each.

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      • Overall score
      • CHOICE buy
      • HD picture quality score
      • SD picture quality score
      • Ease of use score
      • Remote score
      • Sound quality score
      • Standby energy score
      • Energy in use (W)
      • Average time from off to ready (sec)
      • Measured fan noise standard mode (dB)
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Availability
      • Running costs
      • Price
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Projector type
      • Dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
      • Weight (kg)
      • Warranty (years)
      • Native resolution (pixels)
      • Screen sizes (16:9, cm)
      • Video compatability
      • Input resolution
      • Minimum projection distance (cm)
      • Maximum projection distance (16:9, m)
      • 3D
      • 2D to 3D conversion
      • Lens optical zoom
      • Lens shift
      • Focus adjustment
      • Claimed brightness (ANSI lumens)
      • Keystone adjustment
      • Digital keystone correction
      • Speakers
      • Vent location
      • Ceiling mounting
      • Types and lengths of cords supplied (m)
      • Adjustable feet
      • Lamp replacement cost
      • Lamp life (h)
      • Lamp life - alt mode (h)
      • Composite video input
      • S-video input
      • PC input
      • YPBPR input
      • DVI input
      • HDMI input
      • RS232C input
      • USB input
      • USB photo viewer
      • USB video viewer
      • Trigger port external device
      • IR rear
      • IR front
      • Audio input
      • Other input
      • Audio output
      • Wireless / Bluetooth
      • Picture controls
      • Picture settings - presets
      • Picture settings - customisable
      • Picture in picture
      • Picture on picture (side by side)
      • Still (freeze the picture)
      • Test pattern
      • Child lock
      • Front feet for raising the image on screen
      • Rear feet for lowering image on screen
      • Country of manufacture
      • Contact

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