Projector Test 2022 - Leaderboards from the experts

These are our picks for the best projectors for 2022. To help you make your choice before purchasing, our projector experts have tested the best projectors and put together clear top-5 lists. With these projector rankings you will quickly find the right projector for home cinema, school or business. Top projectors with brand new features from manufacturers like Epson, Acer, BenQ and many more are waiting for you!






The best projectors under £500

Some of the best performing projectors can be found under the £500 mark. Here is our pick of projectors that produce great picture quality and won’t break the bank.

Platz 1

LG PF50KS

LG PF50KS
  • 1080p resolution
  • Built-in battery
  • Wireless mirroring
  • Bluetooth sound
  • Plug and Play USB
  • Brightness
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Platz 2

Acer H6536BD

Acer H6536BD
  • Lamp life 12000 hours
  • 3D
  • Football mode
  • Low contrast level
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Platz 3

Optoma DH351

Optoma DH351
  • Full 3D
  • 1080p resolution
  • No horizontal keystone correction
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Platz 4

BenQ MW536

BenQ MW536
  • High lumens
  • Auto keystone correction
  • Up to 15000 lamp hours
  • Not full 1080p
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Platz 5

Acer P1357Wi

Acer P1357Wi
  • High brightness
  • 5000 hours lamp life
  • 1.3x zoom
  • Auto keystone correction
  • Not 1080p HD
Product


The best projectors under £1,000

£1,000 doesn't limit you to 1080p anymore, 4K projectors are now cheaper than ever and can take your viewing to the next level. Heres a selection of projectors perfect for sports, gaming and home cinema, as well as your business needs.

Platz 1

Optoma HD29HLV

Optoma HD29HLV
  • 50000:1 contrast
  • High brightness
  • 1080p HD
  • HDR
  • Lens zoom 1.3x
  • No horizontal keystone correction
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Platz 2

Optoma UHD35

Optoma UHD35
  • 4k UHD resolution
  • HDR and HLG
  • Fully 3D compatible
  • 240Hz refresh rate
  • 1.1x zoom
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Platz 3

BenQ TH685

BenQ TH685
  • HDR compatibility
  • 1080p full HD resolution
  • 3D
  • Low input lag
  • 10000 : 1 contrast
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Platz 4

Epson EB-FH52

Epson EB-FH52
  • LCD brightness
  • Razor-sharp picture
  • Built-in wireless connectivity
  • Optical zoom
  • Horizontal and vertical keystone
  • Low contrast
Product
Platz 5

ViewSonic PX706HD

ViewSonic PX706HD
  • Full HD 1920x1080
  • High Contrast ratio
  • Short throw
  • No auto keystone correction
Product


The best home cinema projector 2022

Here are our home cinema winners, with features such as lens shift, full HD, frame interpolation and good optical zoom. You can also find some 4K UHD home cinema projectors that will bring the big screen to your home.

Platz 1

BenQ W5700

BenQ W5700
  • Vertical and horizontal lens shift
  • HDR10 & HLG support
  • 4K UHD resolution
  • 100000 : 1 contrast
  • High price
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Platz 2

BenQ W2700

BenQ W2700
  • High contrast
  • 4K UHD
  • 1.3x zoom
  • HDR10 / HLG compatible
  • Low Brightness
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Platz 3

ViewSonic PX706HD

ViewSonic PX706HD
  • Great price
  • FULL 1080P HD
  • Reduced Input Latency
  • USB Type-C
  • Low brightness

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Platz 4

Acer H6536BD

Acer H6536BD
  • Price
  • 12,000 lamp hours
  • Acer ColorBoost 3D
  • HDMI Power On
  • Low contrast
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Platz 5

XGIMI Aura

XGIMI Aura
  • Laser light source
  • Excellent sound system
  • Android TV OS 10.0
  • HDR10
  • Cost
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The best Business projector 2022

These projectors have features that are must haves in a good business projector: High image resolution, good portability or WLAN capability.

Platz 1

Panasonic PT-VZ580

Panasonic PT-VZ580
  • WUXGA resolution
  • Vert. Lens shift
  • 1.6x zoom
  • Crestron & AMX compatible
  • No Horizontal Lens shift
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Platz 2

Acer P1155

Acer P1155
  • 4000 Lumens
  • 2 x HDMI ports
  • Cost effective
  • Auto keystone
  • Low resolution
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Platz 3

Epson EB-2250U

Epson EB-2250U
  • WUXGA resolution
  • 5000 ANSI lumens
  • WLAN optional
  • 1.6x zoom
  • MHL
  • No bag included
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Platz 4

Acer P5330W

Acer P5330W
  • High brightness
  • Carry case included
  • 2 x HDMI & VGA
  • USB Display
  • Not full HD
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Platz 5

Epson EB-1780W

Epson EB-1780W
  • Lightweight
  • WXGA resolution
  • Inbuilt WLAN
  • Can be noisy in high brightness mode
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The best education projector 2022

These education projectors ensure effective teaching. High-intensity projectors with high image resolution, numerous connections from VGA to HDMI and DisplayPort.

Platz 1

Epson EB-735F

Epson EB-735F
  • Laser light source
  • Ultra short throw = No shadows
  • Full HD
  • WLAN only optional
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Platz 2

BenQ MW536

BenQ MW536
  • High brightness
  • Good range of inputs
  • Compact
  • No carry case
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Platz 3

Epson EB-685Wi

Epson EB-685Wi
  • Interactive
  • Splitscreen function
  • WXGA resolution
  • WLAN only optional
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Platz 4

Acer X1228H

Acer X1228H
  • High brightness
  • Good range of inputs
  • Long lamp life
  • Only XGA resolution
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Platz 5

Epson EB-982W

Epson EB-982W
  • High brightness
  • Flexible zoom
  • 2 x HDMI
  • Can be loud in bright mode
Product


The best HD Projector 2022

A selection of projectors that are great all round entertainers. WXGA resolution and higher, that are just as good for home cinema, gaming or sports viewing.

Platz 1

Acer H6536BD

Acer H6536BD
  • High brightness
  • Full HD
  • Long lamp life
  • Limited zoom
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Platz 2

Epson EH-TW740

Epson EH-TW740
  • Miracast built in
  • Full HD
  • Limited connections
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Platz 3

Acer P1555

Acer P1555
  • High brightness
  • Full HD
  • 3D 120Hz
  • Limited zoom
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Platz 4

XGIMI Halo+

XGIMI Halo+
  • Great speakers
  • Compact size
  • Full HD
  • Long life LED
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Platz 5

Acer P1355W

Acer P1355W
  • Cost effective
  • WXGA resolution
  • High Brightness
  • Carry case
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The best 4K Projector 2022

4K projectors offer phenomenal image quality: Quadruple Full HD resolution paired with HDR make every living room a true high-end home cinema.

Platz 1

BenQ W2700

BenQ W2700
  • 4K HDR10 / HLG
  • DCI-P3 & Rec.709 colour space
  • USB Reader
  • Lower Lumens so it needs to be used in a darker room
Product
Platz 2

Optoma UHD38

Optoma UHD38
  • 4K HDR10 / HLG
  • 4000 Lumens
  • Rec.709 colour space
  • 240Hz smooth motion
  • Limited Zoom
Product
Platz 3

ViewSonic X10-4K

ViewSonic X10-4K
  • 4K HRD
  • Compact short-throw design
  • Long life LED light source
  • No Zoom
Product
Platz 4

Acer H6800BDa

Acer H6800BDa
  • 4K HDR
  • Low Input Lag
  • Smart Projector with Wireless
  • Lower contrast than similar models
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Platz 5

LG CineBeam HU715Q

LG CineBeam HU715Q
  • 4K HDR10
  • Laser light source
  • Ultra Short Throw Lens
  • Smart TV functionalities
  • No Zoom
  • Large size
Product


The best short throw projector 2022

Limited on space? A short throw projector may be the solution for you! Here are our favourite short throw (ST) and ultra short throw (UST) projectors. These space-saving solutions are ideal for both classrooms and home cinema.

Platz 1

Acer H6518STi

Acer H6518STi
  • 3,500 Lumens
  • Full HD
  • Football Mode
  • No Zoom
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Platz 2

BenQ TH671ST

BenQ TH671ST
  • Short Throw Lens with Zoom
  • Full HD
  • 3,000 Lumens
  • No Lens Shift
Product
Platz 3

InFocus IN118BBST

InFocus IN118BBST
  • 3400 lumens
  • Full HD
  • USB-A Power for Devices
  • Only 20 Degrees keystone
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Platz 4

BenQ MW632ST

BenQ MW632ST
  • 3200 lumens
  • Short Throw Lens with Zoom
  • Audio input and output
  • Not Full HD
Product
Platz 5

ViewSonic X1000-4K

ViewSonic X1000-4K
  • Ultra Short Throw Lens
  • 4K HDR
  • 40W Integrated Harman Kardon sound
  • Smart streaming and Wi-Fi/Bluetooth connectivity
  • Limited Image size
Product


The best 4K Projector 2022

4K projectors offer phenomenal image quality: Quadruple Full HD resolution paired with HDR make every living room a true high-end home cinema.

Platz 1

BenQ W2700

BenQ W2700
  • 4K HDR10 / HLG
  • DCI-P3 & Rec.709 colour space
  • USB Reader
  • Lower Lumens so it needs to be used in a darker room
Product
Platz 2

Optoma UHD38

Optoma UHD38
  • 4K HDR10 / HLG
  • 4000 Lumens
  • Rec.709 colour space
  • 240Hz smooth motion
  • Limited Zoom
Product
Platz 3

ViewSonic X10-4K

ViewSonic X10-4K
  • 4K HRD
  • Compact short-throw design
  • Long life LED light source
  • No Zoom
Product
Platz 4

Acer H6800BDa

Acer H6800BDa
  • 4K HDR
  • Low Input Lag
  • Smart Projector with Wireless
  • Lower contrast than similar models
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Platz 5

LG CineBeam HU715Q

LG CineBeam HU715Q
  • 4K HDR10
  • Laser light source
  • Ultra Short Throw Lens
  • Smart TV functionalities
  • No Zoom
  • Large size
Product


The best Golf Simulator Projectors 2022

Here are a selection of projectors we recommend to make the most out of your golf simulator. Getting the right throw ratio, resolution and brightness for your setup is key. Contact us for assistance!

Platz 1

Panasonic PT-VZ580

Panasonic PT-VZ580
  • 5000 lumens
  • 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
  • Vertical Lens shift
  • Flexible zoom lens
  • Lamps are expensive to replace
Product
Platz 2

BenQ TH671ST

BenQ TH671ST
  • Short Throw Lens
  • Full HD
  • 3,000 Lumens
  • No Lens Shift
Product
Platz 3

Acer P1657Ki

Acer P1657Ki
  • Good Throw ratio (1.13-1.46 : 1)
  • 4,500 Lumens
  • 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
  • No Lens Shift
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Platz 4

Optoma WU470

Optoma WU470
  • 5,000 lumens
  • 1920 x 1200 WUXGA
  • Flexible Lens (1.39-2.09 : 1)
  • No Lens Shift
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Platz 5

Epson EH-TW750

Epson EH-TW750
  • 3400 Lumens
  • Throw Ratio 1.02-1.23 : 1
  • Full HD 1080p
  • Integrated Miracast
  • Air Filter may need to be replaced
  • No Lens Shift
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Projector test

In the field of consumer electronics, a large number of devices are nowadays tested by many different trade journals or institutions. These tests help consumers to get a better picture of the products, their quality or their features. The most widespread are TV reviews, for example, but in the home cinema segment projector tests and projector reviews are also becoming increasingly common. It is usually much more difficult to see a projector live in action than it is to see a TV set, for one they take up considerably less space along with the fact that electrical goods stores are much more widely distributed than specialist retailers for home cinema equipment.

 

In a projector test, the image quality is of course of primary importance, as this is one of the main characteristics of a projector. Of course, there are many other points that should be tested and examined in a projector review. In addition to picture quality, aspects such as light output, noise development and workmanship are also on the agenda. To keep the test as neutral as possible, it should always be carried out under the same conditions. This applies both to the test material and to the test environment in which the tests take place.

When testing a projector, the room should, if possible, be completely darkened so that no light disturbs the projection or the result on the screen. This also applies to the walls, ceiling and floors. If possible, they should be dark and not create any reflections. The test for operating noise should have comparable conditions, only in terms of acoustics. Here, the room should be designed in such a way that no noise from outside enters the room during the projector test and falsifies the result. It therefore makes sense to insulate the room against noise. The microphone should then always be at the same distance from the fan outlet so that there is always an equal basis here as well. In addition to the measurable values, however, a projector test always depends on the characteristics of the tester. Particularly in the case of fine image differences, the human eye perceives differences that a camera would not currently be able to detect. The same applies to hearing. Often, subliminal sounds are perceived that a microphone would not be able to identify.

In addition to the characteristics of the device, however, other features also need to be considered in a projector test. For example, prices for replacement lamps or power consumption can play a role. The price of replacement lamps in particular often plays an important role, both in tests of home cinema projectors and of business devices. This is because the purchase price is not the only cost factor in this case, as a lamp replacement is due after a few thousand hours. This is not the case with LED and laser projectors.

Of course, there are always winners and losers in a projector test. It should be noted that the price difference is always also a clear indicator of what expectations can be placed on the devices in a test. As is the case with almost all electronic products, high-quality and expensive projectors often perform best in tests, but you usually have to be prepared to pay a higher price to buy a test winner. A test is therefore a good indicator for a projector comparison, but in the end everyone must find the right balance between price and performance for their requirements.

 

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