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Best projectors Buying Guide: Welcome to 7Review?’s round-up of the best projectors – Full HD, 4K, portable and short throw – that you can buy in 2020.
You love the cinema and you might think a 65in TV is great for watching films. You’d be right. But, with picture sizes routinely north of 100in, the best projectors are in a different league. Throw in whisper-quiet operation, a decent AV amp and surround speaker package and you’ve got yourself a bonafide home movie night.
We’ve rounded up our favourite projectors, including Full HD and native 4K models, which also support HDR, and some short throw projector action too for those with smaller spaces. The only question is how much do you have to spend?
Naturally, a great 4K projector will cost more than a Full HD one, and real, actual native 4K costs even more than those which use pixel shifting to spoof that top-end resolution. Fear not, though, we’ve got something for all budgets in our best projector list below. Just remember to save some money for the popcorn!
Sony’s native 4K projector is an absolute stunner.
Resolution: Native 4K | Panel: SXRD | HDR10: Yes | HLG support: Yes | Inputs: HDMI (x2) | Lamp life: 6000 hours | HDCP 2.2: Yes | 3D: Yes
- Sensational sharpness
- Stunning contrast
- HDR10 and HLG support
- No 3D glasses supplied
If you want one of the best 4K projectors available and a truly immersive picture, then it’s hard to look past the VPL-VW270ES. Like many Sony 4K projectors it uses the brand’s proprietary 4K SXRD panels to achieve its true DCI 4K 4096 x 2160 resolution. The VPL-VW270ES’s amazing sense of insight and fantastically solid and smooth picture raises its calibre above that of cheaper rivals. If you want ‘true’ 4K and have a hefty budget at your disposal, this is the projector to go for.
Read the full review: Sony VPL-VW270ES
A powerful 4K projector with a bold picture to match.
Type: 3LCD | Resolution: 4K pixel shift | HDR: Yes | Contrast ratio: 1,200,000:1 | Inputs: HDMI 2.0 (x2), USB 2.0 (x2) | 3D: Yes | Lamp: 2600 lumens | Lamp life: 5,000/3,000 hours (eco/normal)
- Motorised and adaptable lens
- Handles HDR well
- Vibrant colours
- Excellent sense of depth
- Noisy at full power
This big, brassy projector is as good as you’ll get before forking out for the beauty of native 4K projection. The detail may not be as stunning as its brethren in those upper echelons but for colour accuracy, subtlety of contrast and HDR handling, its a real corker. The result is a picture more involving than you’ll find anywhere else at this price point.
It’s also a dream in terms of practicality. Its 50-300in image size can be thrown from a good range of distances and the motorised lens means you can set it all up from the comfort of your sofa using its superb, backlit remote. Just sit back and enjoy some cinematic greats.
Read the full review: Epson EH-TW9400
Epson’s ‘4K’ projector is a talented all-rounder for the money.
Type: LCD | Resolution: Full HD with ‘4K enhancement’ | Aspect ratio: 16:9 | Contrast ratio: 200,000:1 | Inputs: HDMI (x2), VGA, USB | 3D: Yes | Lamp life: 5000 hours
- Punchy, dynamic picture
- Rich, refined colours
- Electronic lens shift
- Not full 4K
- 3D glasses aren’t included
Despite only having a Full HD chip, the Epson still supports 4K and HDR content thanks to its clever ‘4K-enhancement’ tech. It can’t quite match the best native 4K projectors, but they tend to cost a lot more and it still delivers an exceptional picture for the money. There’s sharpness and colour in spades and the Epson also does a great job delivering punch and dynamism. It digs out plenty of detail in dark scenes too. If you want something bigger than a flatscreen TV but more affordable than a native 4K projector, this is a great middle-ground solution.
Read the full review: EH-TW7400
This Award-winning 4K HDR model performs brilliantly, and comes in at a very competitive price.
4K capability: Yes | HDR: Yes | Connectivity: HDMI (x2), VGA, USB, Ethernet, 3.5mm analogue, optical | Speakers: 2 x 4W
- Impressive level of detail
- Good range of colours
- Upscales HD and SD films well
- Dark scenes could be more detailed
- SDR to HDR conversion best avoided
This is a sophisticated, 4K-capable, HDR projector is competitively priced. Considering there are more expensive models on the market that are neither 4K nor HDR-compatible, those looking for a top-notch home cinema projector should give the Optoma UHD65 serious consideration.
It may not have all the bells and whistles of a high-end 4K projector, but it is future-proof and should keep you happy for years. At this price, the Optoma is the one to beat.
Read the full review: Optoma UHD65