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The desire of any cinephile to watch movies at home on a truly big screen is often shattered by the cost of ultra-large TVs. A compromise, but at the same time quite a full-fledged replacement for a panel of more than 100 inches at the price of a foreign car, can be a home digital projector. The editors of Expertology magazine bring you a roundup of the best projectors for home theater as of early 2022.

How to choose a projector for your home

Many consumers have the illusion that a projector is technically simpler than a modern TV in general. This is a misconception due to the size difference. In fact, choosing a good projector is more difficult than choosing a TV. Now we will consider the main points that should be guided.

Projection ratio

The very first thing to look at is the Throw Ratio. If, according to this indicator, the projector is simply not suitable for your apartment, then all other characteristics lose their meaning.

This indicator is denoted as a proportion and reflects the ratio of the distance to the projected image to its final width. For example, a Throw Ratio of 1.5:1 means that if the distance from the projector to the screen is 1.5 meters, the width of the “image” will be 1 meter.

This parameter can be denoted in another way – as a single digit, in our example it is 1.5, the unit is omitted. Throw Ratio can also be called “proportion ratio” or even “focus” – it’s all the same thing.

For budget projectors, this ratio is unchanged. This, of course, does not mean that the image can be no more than 1 meter in size, but only indicates the invariance of the proportion. If the area of ​​the room allows, the projector can be installed at any distance from the screen, obtaining, accordingly, any size of the image. Naturally, the brightness will also decrease proportionally, but this is a separate issue that we will consider further.

As for the more expensive options, their projection ratio is indicated by the manufacturer as a range, for example 1.49~1.64. In practice, this means that the size of the projected image can be changed without moving the projector itself forward/backward and without changing the resolution.

Brightness

The second most important indicator is brightness. It depends on him whether the steel projector can be at least a full-fledged replacement for a TV, especially if the features of the room do not allow for complete darkness. But even for a completely dark room, brightness is important if the area of ​​​​the room is large and the final image on the screen is also assumed to be as large as possible.

And there is already confusion in this matter, since different manufacturers indicate the brightness value in lumens, but do not indicate the standard according to which the changes were made. More responsible companies indicate the standard – for example, ANSI (American National Standards Institute). Little-known manufacturers from the Middle Kingdom often prescribe in their characteristics completely outrageous values ​​​​in terms of indicators, which among the people even received the playful name “Chinese lumens”.

Due to this confusion, the actual brightness value can only be known with a high degree of certainty from independent tests. Fortunately, for all popular projector models, such results are freely available.

Permission

It is also an important parameter, but the choice is much easier to make, and there are no ambiguities with the standards. Now in the niche of home projectors there are, in fact, only three options for choosing a resolution – HD 1280 × 720, FullHD 1920 × 1080 and 4K 3840×2160 with minor variations, and more often strictly such numbers. Anything less than HD is not serious. Anything more than 4K is too “serious”, expensive and meaningless for a home theater.

Now the question is what to choose from these three options. Here you need to focus on what is supposed to be the distance from the viewer (not from the projector) to the screen. You also need to consider the purpose of the projector itself.

If it is supposed to only show cartoons to children, HD 720p resolution will be enough. To watch movies, FullHD 1920 × 1080 will be enough, provided the distance from the viewer to the screen is at least 150% of the screen diagonal. If the distance is shorter, viewers with good vision will already notice the pixels, and this will be detrimental to the movie show experience.

And just for those cases when the audience will sit closer than the conditional one and a half screen diagonals, it makes sense to consider the option with 4K 3840×2160. Of course, no one forbids buying a 4K projector without any conditions – it won’t be worse for sure. But you need to understand that such models are the most expensive – more than 100 thousand rubles, in some places many times more. But in any case, such a projector will cost much less than a huge TV panel, and even with an OLED matrix.

Imaging technology

And now let’s touch on the moment that fundamentally distinguishes between the criteria for choosing a TV and a projector. This is where many buyers “stumble” without having enough knowledge. There are three projector imaging technologies currently dominating the market: 1LCD (TFT), DLP and 3LCD. Let’s briefly go over the main differences without going into deep details.

  1. 1LCD or TFT is the most inexpensive and available technology. It is used, as a rule, in budget projectors, but it is also present in the middle price segment. Top brands avoid it. These projectors are capable of delivering resolutions from 360p to 1080p. They are quite durable – lamps last tens of thousands of hours. But that’s where the benefits almost end. 1LCD projectors are capable of providing a frame rate of no more than 60Hz, are not capable of playing 3D video content, are quite noisy, and quickly become clogged. Few 1LCD models support HDR.
  2. DLP is a more advanced technology. Most often used in projectors of the middle price range, and also partly in top expensive models. Such projectors are smaller and lighter than those described above, the optics are hermetically sealed (cleaning is not required), and they make much less noise. DLP projectors are capable of 4K playback, in FullHD 1920 × 1080 mode they can produce frame rates up to 240Hz. In addition, they are quite energy efficient, there are even models that work well on the built-in battery. There are practically no obvious shortcomings in DLP, except for the purely subjective phenomenon of the “rainbow effect” when moving the head from side to side while viewing. This is a strictly individual effect, no system has been noticed behind it.
  3. 3LCD is the most expensive technology, mainly found in top premium projectors. It is these projectors that are capable of record-breaking brightness, color accuracy and high resolution up to 4K at a frame rate of up to 120Hz. But here, unfortunately, there are characteristic disadvantages of cheap 1LCD technology – noise, the need for periodic cleaning, significant dimensions and weight. In addition, the lamps here are no longer as durable as in 1LCD, but at the same time they are significantly expensive.
  4. LCoS, SXRD, D-ILA are already Hi-End solutions, the price of which goes to millions of rubles, and we will not consider such options.

Response time

Response time refers to the delay time when updating a frame. This parameter matters almost exclusively for sophisticated gamers, and then only in the case of monitors. Indeed, in esports fast-paced shooters, response time can play an important role. But for serious eSports, no projector is suitable in principle, since even in the best models, the response time is much less than that of the oldest gaming monitors.

For home theater, the response time in projectors is practically unimportant. But if you still intend to play games, then you should not completely ignore this parameter. If the response time is high, this can manifest itself in the “woolness” of control and some blurring of the boundaries of objects on the screen in dynamics.

The difficulty in choosing here is that the response time often does not appear at all in the official declared technical characteristics of specific models. And even if this parameter is specified, it will say little about the real state of affairs.

Relying in this case is on independent reviews, user reviews, bench test results. This is what we will do as part of our review.

In general, for orientation, it can be borne in mind that projectors have a similar trend to monitors. The higher the maximum frame rate, the faster the response time.

HDR

Support for high dynamic range HDR is a “red thread” for all devices and software that work with the image at least to some extent. There are a lot of marketing exaggerations in this matter, but in its purest form, HDR technology is really capable of enlivening the “picture” impressively.

However, it is impossible to draw direct parallels between TVs and projectors. TVs use multi-zone backlighting to provide an expressive HDR effect, and in OLED panels, each pixel is essentially an LED. By definition, projectors do not have such capabilities, and it is possible to implement HDR only in an extremely limited way – by expanding the color gamut.

Manufacturers implement this feature in different ways. Basically, the effect is obtained by operating the projector in the DCI-P3 color space, which is a quarter wider than the “standard” sRGB. But the quality of the implementation of this approach varies greatly among different manufacturers and models. Therefore, you should not delude yourself with just one indication in the specification that the model supports HDR10. It is advisable to make sure by examining the results of independent tests and reviews. And how to think about whether it is worth overpaying for this add-on.

10 best home projectors

Nomination Place Name Price

Best Inexpensive Home Projectors

3

Rombica Ray Light 1280×720, 2000:1, 2200 lm, LCD, 1.04 kg

7 210 ₽

2

Everycom R15A Sync

15 850 ₽

one

Acer X138WHP 1280×800, 20000:1, 4000 lm, DLP, 2.8 kg

34 418 ₽

The best Full HD projectors for the home

3

XGIMI Halo 1920×1080 (Full HD), 800 lm, DLP, 1.6 kg

69 500 ₽

2

Epson EH-TW5700 1920×1080 (Full HD), 35000:1, 2700 lm, LCD, 3.6 kg

74 550 ₽

one

BenQ TH671ST 1920×1080 (Full HD), 10000:1, 3000 lm, DLP, 2.7 kg

72 700 ₽

Best premium 4K home projectors

four

BenQ TK800M 3840×2160, 10000:1, 3000 lm, DLP, 4.17 kg

96 420 ₽

3

XGIMI Horizon Pro 3840×2160, 2200 lm, DLP, 2.9 kg

143 990 ₽

2

Xiaomi Mi 4K Laser Projector 150″ BHR4152GL 3840×2160, 3000:1, 1500lm, DLP, 7kg

161 900 ₽

one

Epson EH-LS500B 3840×2160, 2500000:1, 4000 lm, LCD, 9.3 kg

199 900 ₽

Best Inexpensive Home Projectors

Now let’s go directly to the review, and in the first selection we will traditionally consider the most inexpensive models. All three examples have a resolution comparable to HD, one is FullHD 1920×1080, but otherwise differ, including even imaging technology.

Rombica Ray Light 1280×720, 2000:1, 2200 lm, LCD, 1.04 kg

Rating: 4.5

Rombica Ray Light 1280x720, 2000:1, 2200 lm, LCD, 1.04 kg

The first in the nomination will be the projector, which at the beginning of 2022 costs less than 10 thousand rubles. This is the minimum option for the most graphically undemanding use.

The manufacturer does not specify the throw ratio in the specifications, instead it indicates the optimal throw distance – from the projector to the screen. It is between 1.05 and 3.5 m. The diagonal size of the image will be, respectively, from 0.85 m to 3.1 m. Having this data, you can estimate the appropriate size of the room. The most popular aspect ratio for watching TV shows is 16:9.

With regards to the quality and expressiveness of the image, this model is not surprising here. A luminous flux of 2200 lm can provide the declared contrast ratio of 2000: 1 only with 100% blackout. But if there is such an opportunity, the image will be quite good for the money.

Problems can be observed in terms of the ratio of focus and keystone correction. Many users note that projects blur either the top or bottom of the image. However, many users still find the optimal balance between focus adjustment and keystone correction.

The projector can broadcast content via HDMI or from microSDHC memory cards. Included is a simple remote control and a 3RCA to AV cable.

The advantage of this projector is also its durability, which is typical for 1LCD models in general. The declared service life is 7 years, and the lamp life is 30 thousand hours. According to user reviews, the projector really lasts for many years and only needs periodic cleaning a couple of times a year.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the Level 8 Gadget Inspector status: “A decent picture even on the wallpaper. Fully justifies its price, a great option for evening viewing, or a darkened room.

Advantages

  • compact;

  • easy to manage;

  • good brightness for such a price;

  • HDMI;

  • slot for memory cards;

  • super affordable price;

  • overall durability.

Flaws

  • lack of focus and keystone distortion adjustment.

Everycom R15A Sync

Rating: 4.6

Everycom R15A Sync

Second in the selection, consider another projector with 1LCD technology, but with much wider functionality and more interesting characteristics. It is much more expensive than the previous one – it costs from 16 to 19 thousand rubles at the beginning of 2022, depending on the region and point of sale.

The main difference between this model and the previous one is resolution. It is here already FullHD 1920 × 1080, which already allows you to comfortably watch any movie with it. We also see here a wider coverage of optimal distances – from 1.5 meters to 5 meters.

The claimed luminous flux of 6800 lm is far from the real state of affairs here, since the measurement was certainly not carried out within the framework of the ANSI standard. But the contrast ratio of the projector can not be too higher than the previous one – 2500:1. In any case, for the maximum effect, the maximum possible blackout will be needed. The lamp life in this model is even longer – up to 50 thousand hours.

The projector has a more deeply developed keystone correction – you can correct it both vertically and horizontally. Vertical can be changed manually with a special slider within 15 degrees. Electronic correction already copes with both types of distortion – you can configure it in the internal software settings of the device.

One of the most noticeable differences of the model is the presence of wireless interfaces Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There is also a composite input, two HDMI jacks and two USB Type-A ports. So you can easily connect a computer or laptop, USB flash drive, portable hard drive to the projector.

Many users speak positively about the built-in speaker. It is not very powerful, only 3W, but for many this is enough. The projector itself makes a characteristic cooling noise, but it is almost inaudible when the speaker is running.

In general, this model receives quite high marks from experts and users for an acceptable ratio of price, performance, image quality. Users still note a slight blur around the edges, which spoils the impression, but against the background of other advantages, they are ready to put up with it.

Advantages

  • compact enough for a stationary projector;

  • good brightness and contrast;

  • built-in speaker;

  • mechanical and software correction of distortions vertically and horizontally;

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;

  • two HDMI and USB Type-A ports;

  • durable lamp.

Flaws

  • There is a slight blur around the edges.

Acer X138WHP 1280×800, 20000:1, 4000 lm, DLP, 2.8 kg

Rating: 4.6

Acer X138WHP 1280x800, 20000:1, 4000 lm, DLP, 2.8 kg

The projector of the famous Acer brand will complete the selection, and its price already hardly allows you to call it budget – about 35 thousand rubles. But those models that can be considered middle class are much more expensive.

It should be noted right away that in terms of native resolution, this model loses to the previous one – 1280×800, that is, closer to HD than to FullHD. But one important detail eliminates this shortcoming. Namely, DLP technology is used here, and we described its advantages above. In many ways, this is what determines the cost of the device.

The projector is equipped with a powerful 220W lamp that delivers 4000 lumens of light, which is exactly the ANSI lumens that Acer always honestly lists in other models too. As for the contrast, here the company is already cunning, declaring 20,000: 1 – such contrasts do not exist even in the best TV panels, not to mention projectors. Probably, we are talking about the “Full On / Off” measurement method, which is the least informative and more confusing to the consumer. Much more adequate data are given by the same ANSI method. In any case, the picture obtained on this projector is quite bright and juicy, unlike the cheapest models.

This model is already capable of much more in terms of content playback. First, the frame rate can already reach 120 Hz. Secondly, there is the ability to play 3D content, which 1LCD projectors are not capable of. Thirdly, here you can change the projection ratio in the range from 1.54 to 1.72 – thus, the minimum projection distance will be 1 m, and the maximum – as much as 10 m.

Quite expectedly, we see an extended set of interfaces in this model – HDMI, composite input, 3.5 mm mini-jack headphone jack, VGA input, asynchronous RS-232 port, USB Type-A. There is a built-in 3W speaker. There are no wireless interfaces, but this is not even a drawback, since their presence in the previous model is rather an exception.

DLP-technology causes some of the disadvantages of this projector. So, the lamp life here is much less than that of the two options described above – up to 6 thousand hours in normal mode or up to 10 thousand hours in economical mode.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • DLP technology at a relatively affordable price;

  • brightness and contrast;

  • variable projection ratio;

  • frame rate up to 120Hz;

  • useful additional interfaces;

  • playback of 3D content.

Flaws

  • native HD resolution.

The best FullHD projectors for the home

The second selection of the review of the best home projectors according to Expertology is dedicated to more expensive models that can not only play video in FullHD 1920 × 1080 resolution, but also do it with the highest quality.

XGIMI Halo 1920×1080 (Full HD), 800 lm, DLP, 1.6 kg

Rating: 4.6

XGIMI HALO 1920X1080 (FULL HD), 800LM, DLP, 1.6KG

Let’s first look at a well-known brand portable projector in this technological niche XGIMI. The model costs just over 60 thousand rubles, and this is acceptable for the mid-price segment.

A first glance at the specifications can be somewhat discouraging with a low lumen output of 800 ANSI lm. In fact, this should be taken in the context of the purpose of the model. And it is portable and can be powered by a built-in battery. At the same time, DLP technology and high-quality technical implementation “squeeze the maximum” out of technical equipment.

In fact, this model provides quite an expressive image with good contrast, can reproduce 3D and supports some kind of HDR, as far as projectors are capable of doing. Effectively compensates for keystone distortion.

The projection ratio is fixed – 1.2. The range of comfortable viewing distance to the screen is from 0.8 to 8 meters. The maximum distance of 8 meters is a convention, since at such a distance the brightness of the lamp will already be clearly not enough.

A set of interfaces allows you to use the projector without wires at all. There is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, through which you can connect both the Internet and, if desired, an external speaker. But the built-in sound in this model is quite good – a pair of speakers of 5 watts each. Other interfaces – HDMI, USB Type-A.

Among other things, this projector has its own operating system – Android with Smart TV functionality. The only thing is that this part of the functionality is implemented by the manufacturer on a residual basis, and users notice annoying flaws.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the Level 3 Gadget Inspector status: “Satisfied with the purchase, I did not expect such a picture quality. Pleasantly pleased with the ability to work without wires (in every sense). The result is complete autonomy with excellent quality.”

Advantages

  • DLP technology;

  • portable (battery operation);

  • image quality;

  • a wide range of acceptable projection distances;

  • HDR and 3D support;

  • wireless interfaces;

  • a pair of good speakers;

  • Smart TV for Android.

Flaws

  • poorly developed additional functionality.

Epson EH-TW5700 1920×1080 (Full HD), 35000:1, 2700 lm, LCD, 3.6 kg

Rating: 4.7

Epson EH-TW5700 1920x1080 (Full HD), 35000:1, 2700 lm, LCD, 3.6 kg

Next, consider a more expensive and more advanced model of the well-known market leader in the production of printers and projectors – Epson. The projector costs about 75 thousand rubles and boasts some pretty impressive features.

It uses an even more advanced imaging technology – 3LCD. Recall that this is more typical for projectors, even premium class, rather than average. A 200 watt bulb produces 2700 ANSI lumens of light. The specified contrast ratio of 35,000:1 does not reflect the ANSI standard, but independent tests show really high-quality contrast even in partial blackout conditions.

The projection ratio here is variable – from 1.22 to 1.47. This gives a range of acceptable image sizes in the diagonal from 0.86 m to 8.43 m. The image can be slightly scaled with built-in tools within 1.2x. Keystone correction is performed automatically.

In addition to a high-quality image, this model is also characterized by relatively good sound – it is provided by a built-in 10-watt speaker. There are few connection interfaces – HDMI input, VGA output, standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, USB Type-B.

The lamp life is quite short – 4500 hours in normal mode and about 7000 hours in economical mode. Luminous flux in economy mode will be limited to 1780 lm.

As you can see, in this model, the emphasis is on image quality, and the manufacturer sacrificed the breadth of functionality. HDR is not supported, but the projector can display 3D content. In addition, there is still Android TV, so the device can be used as an alternative to a separate SmartTV box. To use these functions, you need to connect the supplied Android TV dongle to the HDMI jack.

Advantages

  • 3LCD technology;

  • powerful luminous flux;

  • image quality and contrast;

  • variable projection ratio;

  • auto-correction of trapezoidal distortions;

  • 10 watt speaker;

  • bluetooth;

  • 3D playback;

  • android tv.

Flaws

  • there is no wireless connection and some required functional elements.

BenQ TH671ST 1920×1080 (Full HD), 10000:1, 3000 lm, DLP, 2.7 kg

Rating: 4.7

BENQ TH671ST 1920X1080 (FULL HD), 10000:1, 3000 LM, DLP, 2.7KG

The projector of another well-known and recognized brand – BenQ will complete the selection. The Taiwanese corporation is known primarily for high-quality monitors, including professional ones. This projector costs about 80 thousand rubles at the beginning of 2022.

The main characteristic difference of this projector is its short throw, that is, it is optimally suited for small apartments and studios. To get a 100-inch diagonal image, it is enough to place the projector at a distance of only 150 cm from the screen.

It uses DLP imaging technology with all its advantages. And this is not a step back compared to the previous model, since the rest of the characteristics are worked out at the proper level.

So, the declared power of the luminous flux in this model is 3000 lm, measurements show a slightly lower value, but still worthy – about 2700 lm. Claimed contrast ratio is 10,000:1 using full off/on method. This is not far from a record, but quite an acceptable indicator. It is noteworthy that the LumiExpert function is an intelligent algorithm that measures backlight and automatically corrects the gamma.

The standard coverage of the color range here is also quite decent – 92% of the Rec.709 space. Good color reproduction with bright and saturated colors is provided by a high-quality 6-segment RGBYCM color wheel.

The set of interfaces in the projector is slightly expanded – there are two HDMI inputs (one of them supports MHL – the combined functionality of HDMI and MicroUSB), a VGA interface, a standard headphone jack, two USB ports on Type-B and Type-A sockets, an RS-232 port . In terms of I / O, this model is also characterized by a very fast response, as for projectors – about 14ms.

In terms of content playback, the good news for users will be support for 3D in FullHD and compatibility with DLP Link glasses. A 5W speaker is built into the projector body, and for such a small amount of power, it sounds surprisingly good.

The lack of SmartTV functionality of this model can be completely forgiven, since here an honest emphasis is placed on image quality, and if there were workable add-ons, the price would be much higher. The only unpleasant moment is that the projector does not read files from USB drives.

Advantages

  • short throw;

  • fast response (comfortable gaming on the big screen);

  • brightness and color gamut;

  • two HDMI ports, one with MHL support;

  • automatic gamma correction LumiExpert;

  • 3D playback with support for DLP Link glasses;

  • good built-in speaker.

Flaws

  • does not read files from USB drives.

Best premium 4K home projectors

The third and final selection of the best projectors for the home according to Expertology magazine is dedicated to the top models with a native resolution of 4K 3840×2160. These are the most expensive devices that are worthwhile as an alternative to premium TVs with a diagonal of more than 100 inches.

BenQ TK800M 3840×2160, 10000:1, 3000 lm, DLP, 4.17 kg

Rating: 4.7

BenQ TK800M 3840x2160, 10000:1, 3000 lm, DLP, 4.17 kg

First, consider the model of the BenQ brand, which at the beginning of 2022 costs a little less than 100 thousand rubles. The model is positioned as a “projector for the fans”, and many experts generally agree with this formulation.

The main advantage of the projector is a powerful 240W lamp capable of providing a luminous flux of “honest” 3000 ANSI lumens. Thanks to this, the picture is bright and “juicy”, including a huge size up to 4 meters diagonally, and even in conditions of incomplete blackout. Conventional projectors with a light output of about 2000 lumens do not have this capability. The image is also quite high quality thanks to DLP technology.

To be precise and meticulous, then the native resolution of the matrix in its purest form is still FullHD 1920 × 1080. But the final resolution on the screen is still 4K 3840×2160. This is achieved by the 4-way XRP shift technology. Thanks to this compromise, the price for this model in the premium segment is the most affordable. The efficient operation of the technology is ensured by a special, specially designed DMD chip with 2 million micromirrors.

A big plus is that here you can change the projection ratio – within 1.47–1.76:1. This allows you to significantly expand the space options suitable for viewing. The size of the final “picture” can technically vary from 60 to 300 inches. Vertical refresh rate up to 120Hz.

The projector supports HDR10, reproduces 3D content, the image is clear and expressive thanks to the operation of the 4-segment RGBW color wheel. Soft-technologies SmartEco, BrilliantColor are working on the final bringing the image to perfection. There is a separate solve optimized for watching football matches.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the status “Gadget Inspector Level 6”: “4K is really clear. Colors are great, especially with HDR. The difference in 4K content compared to a 1080p projector is obvious. Input Lag in games does not cause discomfort at all, tested on xbox one x.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • resolution 4K 3840×2160;

  • frequency up to 120Hz;

  • powerful luminous flux;

  • correct color reproduction;

  • contrast;

  • variable projection ratio;

  • relatively affordable price in the premium segment.

Flaws

  • serious flaws and systematic complaints have not been identified.

XGIMI Horizon Pro 3840×2160, 2200 lm, DLP, 2.9 kg

Rating: 4.7

XGIMI HORIZON PRO 3840X2160, 2200 LM, DLP, 2.9KG

The selection will continue with another 4K projector of the XGIMI brand, which has already appeared in the review above. This model is much more expensive than the previous one – more than 140 thousand rubles at the beginning of 2022.

At this price, the luminous flux of 2200 lm may be slightly disappointing. But this is only against the background of the above option, which can be considered a pleasant exception in terms of price. And even this model is considered relatively inexpensive in the premium class. In Horizon Pro, too, everything is in order with color reproduction and expressiveness of the image, and besides this, the projector is equipped with a number of add-ons that are not in the BenQ TK800M.

Here, as in the previous model, the resolution of the matrix is ​​still FullHD 1920 × 1080, and 4K 3840×2160 is provided by the pixel shift technology described above. The technology is implemented qualitatively, so there will be no fundamental difference for the end user. It’s worth it, as native 4K projectors cost 3 times as much.

The declared flow power of 2200 lm in practice is still achieved with great difficulty even in the most productive mode. The image will be legible in daylight, but it still needs to be dark enough for maximum impact. This is not a drawback of this model, but a property of all top-end projectors comparable in terms of characteristics. But what exactly can be considered some drawback is the lack of contrast. Measurements show a value of about 550:1, which is rather weak for this class, and compared to comparable models in price. But the rest lose XGIMI Horizon Pro in other parameters, so we have identified this particular model in the review.

In terms of a home theater device, this projector is also suitable in terms of sound. 45 mm speakers are mounted in the case, and on some, but those that have been tuned and calibrated by Harman Kardon. This is one of the strengths of the model – the stereo sound is really good in this class of devices.

What else this model differs for the better from the previous one is the set of interfaces and additional functionality. So, here we already see Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, two HDMI 2.0 ports, Ethernet (RJ-45), two USB-A, optical audio input. The software runs on Android.

Advantages

  • image quality;

  • HDR and 3D support;

  • obstacle detection;

  • many interfaces;

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;

  • high-quality sound;

  • Android.

Flaws

  • weak contrast.

Xiaomi Mi 4K Laser Projector 150″ BHR4152GL 3840×2160, 3000:1, 1500lm, DLP, 7kg

Rating: 4.8

XIAOMI MI 4K LASER PROJECTOR 150" BHR4152GL 3840X2160, 3000:1, 1500lm, DLP, 7KG

Next, consider the projector of the “folk” brand Xiaomi, but this device is by no means distinguished by the ultra-affordable price that many expect from the “orange” brand. The projector costs about 160 thousand rubles.

This price is quite rightly due to the high technological level of the device. Here, the image is formed using DLP technology, and the light flux is formed according to the laser principle.

The model is equipped with ultra-short-focus optics. This reduces the minimum projection distance to almost impossible values ​​for household projectors – up to 0.14 m. The minimum image size diagonally is 2.03 m, the maximum is 3.81 m. Throw ratio is fixed – 0.23.

The luminous flux here is not a record one – 1500 lm, but this is a purely technical indicator, and in practice the laser principle of supplying a light beam compensates with a margin for the apparent lack of lumens. The rather sensational ALPD 3.0 display technology is used here. This is the principle of laser fluorescent display. Briefly, the essence is that a gallium nitride (GaN) blue laser acts on fluorescent materials that reproduce primary colors and their derivatives. The laser differs from the most powerful lamp in its narrow focus, it is able to focus on a light spot of several microns. All this provides the image quality for which the ALPD 3.0 technology itself is famous. in general and this projector in particular.

For the same reason, it is possible to obtain an outstanding contrast ratio of 3000:1. For maximum contrast, of course, you will need complete blackout, but even with partial lighting, the picture is quite expressive, the colors are juicy, the image is clear.

In addition to outstanding imaging performance, this model is also equipped with an expanded set of interfaces, including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so that there will be no problems connecting to content sources. The software runs on Android with SmartTV functionality.

From the review of a Yandex.Market user with the Level 6 Gadget Inspector status: “This is what a movie buff needs! Replacing the TV, subject to the lighting conditions, but the conditions are not critical, you can watch in the light. 4K real, tested on different players and different services.

Advantages

  • laser principle;

  • exceptional image quality and contrast;

  • HDR10 support;

  • ultra short throw;

  • SmartTV;

  • good sound – 2 speakers 15W each;

  • many interfaces, including Wi-Fi.

Flaws

  • Android TV with serious limitations and shortcomings.

Epson EH-LS500B 3840×2160, 2500000:1, 4000 lm, LCD, 9.3 kg

Rating: 4.9

Epson EH-LS500B 3840x2160, 2500000:1, 4000 lm, LCD, 9.3 kg

The review of the best projectors for the home according to Expertology is traditionally the most expensive model. This is a powerful 3LCD projector manufactured by Epson. It costs at the beginning of 2022 about 220 thousand rubles.

This model also uses the laser principle in the formation of the projection, and this is also an ultra-short focus. But here is an even more powerful lamp – a record for this class of 423 watts. This provides a luminous flux of 4000 lm – an unattainable value for projectors in the middle price segment. Even in economy mode, the flow power is 1200 lm. At the same time, the lamp life is unexpectedly long – up to 20 thousand hours.

The projection ratio here is variable – from 0.27 to 0.37. The minimum projection size in the diagonal is 1.65 m, the maximum is 3.3 m. HDR is supported, 3D content is played back. Built-in two stereo speakers with a power of 10W each.

As far as image quality is concerned, here we see not only expressive colors, sharpness and good contrast. The three-matrix 3LCD technology itself is deeply developed and carefully implemented in the projector. Thanks to such a thorough study, the model has a serious margin of brightness and also completely eliminates the notorious “rainbow effect”. According to the results of numerous tests, the effect does not appear even in white subtitles on a dark background.

As for a premium model, the developer equipped the projector with a fairly wide range of interfaces: three HDMI 2.0 connectors, Ethernet, one USB-B, two USB Type-A, RS-232. But the manufacturer stinted on the functionality of SmartTV – these functions are completely absent, which causes dissatisfaction among some buyers. On sale you can find a version where SmartTV is still on the Android TV system, but such a model will come out much more expensive.

Advantages

  • deeply developed 3LCD technology;

  • laser principle;

  • ultra short throw;

  • HDR support;

  • reproduces 3D;

  • 4K PRO-UHD technology – resolution enhancement;

  • powerful luminous flux thanks to a 423W lamp;

  • long lamp life;

  • many interfaces.

Flaws

  • no Smart TV (only in this particular modification);

  • price.