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List of brands we tested in this review.
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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)
In standard mode.
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Measured fan noise (dB)
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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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.
Ease of use score
How easy it is to use the onboard controls and onscreen displays to perform several common tasks, including being able to easily find and use the most commonly used controls, as well as finding those you may only need once in a while.
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HD picture quality score
Using Blu-ray movie footage, we check there's no colour banding, rainbow or screen door effects, jerkiness in pans, blurred or vibrating detail, colours bleeding in high contrast or very intensely saturated parts of the image or trails behind fast-moving objects on the screen.
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Running costs (yr)
Based on projector use for two hours per day and 22 hours standby for a year. Cost for electricity is calculated at 30c/kWH.
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A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- 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
- Running costs
- 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)
- 2D to 3D conversion
- Lens optical zoom
- Lens shift
- Focus adjustment
- Claimed brightness (ANSI lumens)
- Keystone adjustment
- Digital keystone correction
- 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