Projectors

Top projector brands

Acer projectors Epson projectors BenQ projectors Optoma projectors Panasonic projectors LG projectors sharp_nec Sony projectors

 

Visunext is leading the way in Europe whether it be a home cinema projector or business projector that you need, or high end projection solution that requires some serious planning!

Full HD projectors and 4k projectors are a must if you want a great picture quality whereas a high lumen projector is key in a brighter room or office.

If space is an issue, you can always opt for a short throw projector or even an (UST) ultra short throw projector minimizing the area you need to place the projector from the image. It is a daunting task selecting the most suitable projector for your needs, however, our highly knowledgeable professionals are on hand to take you step by step through the process. If it's the jargon such as, throw distance, keystone correction or contrast ratios which are stumping you, no worry, our experts are here for you.

So you want to buy a projector online?

We offer a huge selection and can guide you to find out which is the best projector for your needs!

How much does it cost to buy a projector?

There are projectors to suit most budgets, but first you need to identify what you want a projector to do! Do you need a mini projector for your travels or are you looking for a 4K projector for your very own home cinema? Perhaps you need a wireless projector for your office or a classroom projector for your school. Of course there are lots of technical specifications to consider as well and while we will take a look at those below, you can also take a look at our projector buyers guide for more information. As a rough guide, a HD ready projector suitable for general use will cost £300+, while for full HD projectors you will be looking at £400 and above. If you are looking for the latest and greatest 4K offerings, you will be looking at £1000 and beyond.

Which is the best projector?

There is no right or wrong answer here, the best projector is the one that fits your requirements and budget, which is different for everyone. Three key things to consider when looking for the best fit for you are the brightness, resolution and throw distance.

Brightness: How bright does a projector need to be?

You need to ensure you buy a projector that is bright enough for your room - you can’t put a brighter bulb in your projector and it’s imperative that you are able to see your image!

Resolution: Will I get a good picture from a projector?

Resolution is the number of pixels that make up your image, which directly relates to the sharpness of your picture. If it’s too low it will be grainy, so look for 1080p full HD projectors or 4K projectors if the budget allows.

Throw Distance: How far away does my projector need to be?

The throw distance can sound confusing when you look at the ratios provided, but it’s just telling you how far away the projector needs to be to produce the image size you require. A throw ratio of 2.00:1 for example means that the projector will be 2m away for a 1m wide image - it’s as easy as that!

What is a good brightness for a projector?

How many lumens do I need for a projector? This is one of the most frequently asked questions and it’s certainly one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a projector.

Too low and you won’t be able to see your image clearly, too high and it can be overwhelming to look at. The typical brightness for a projector is around 3000 lumens, which is sufficient for most average users.

If you are battling with a lot of sunlight or ambient light, you should look at 4000 lumens and above. If you are in a darker room, a lower lumen projector will suit you better, just because the brightness is higher, it doesn't mean it’s a better projector!

Which is the best portable projector?

Portable projectors also commonly referred to as mini projectors, are ideal for someone who’s after a simple projector setup with minimal stress and fuss. Some offer the convenience of being battery powered as well as being light and easily transportable. Some mini projectors have more limited connectivity options, but still manage to provide the most commonly needed ports.

There are many portable projectors on the market and when considering one, you need to know whether it is picture quality, sound quality or ease of use which is your highest priority. Some of the better portable projectors offer all of the above, however you can expect to pay a higher price to get it all. Some will also present the opportunity to access apps thanks to built-in operating systems offering the possibility to watch netflix on your projector.

Which projector is best for home cinema?

There are almost too many to choose from when it comes to home cinema projectors and that’s why we are here to help! The big question - Is a projector better than a TV? While there is no definitive answer, one thing we can say for sure is that a projector will give you a much larger image at a lower cost!

As with most projector choices, resolution and brightness play key roles here. You will want the resolution as high as you can get, 4K projectors and HD projectors should be your starting point.

You will find a lot of high quality home cinema projectors offer lower brightness outputs, typically under 2,000 lumens, this is because they are designed to be used in dark conditions, like that of a cinema. If you want something for your living room - projector’s good for everyday TV, you should look for something 3.000 lumens and above. Increasingly you will find more HDR projectors which will increase the performance in dark and light areas of an image, a big plus for image quality.

Still wondering if you should buy a projector or a TV? Some people have both!

Which is the best projector for office use?

You may be thinking, how do I choose a projector for my business? Well firstly you should consider where it will be used; perhaps it will be out on the road or installed in your conference room?

Once this is decided you can start to look for smaller portable projectors or high brightness projectors that will work in a meeting room without turning all the lights off. You should look for 4,000 lumens and above if it’s going into a bright room.

You should look for a high resolution projector if you are viewing spreadsheets or fine detail, (WUXGA) 1920 x 1200 is a popular choice. There are lots of features that can make office life easier, wireless presenting and the ability to show content directly from a USB stick on a projector are two of our favourites.

What’s better, DLP or LCD?

The technology inside your projector plays a huge part in how the image looks. The two main types of projectors we find today are LCD and DLP, but you can also find LCOS projectors too! DLP is a technology developed by Texas Instruments and it can be widely found inside manufacturers such as BenQ projectors and Optoma projectors.

 



What are the advantages and disadvantages of DLP?

Better contrast levels than LCD
Sharper images than LCD
Often lower in cost
Less affected by dust than LCD projectors thanks to their moving parts
Less colour accuracy than LCD
Rainbow effect - This is a splash of colour that can momentarily be seen by a small percentage of viewers typically trailing highly contrasting colours or when quickly looking away from the image




LCD was developed by Epson in the 1980’s and is the most widely used projection technology even today. It can of course be found in Epson projectors, but also makes like NEC projectors or Hitachi Projectors.



What are the advantages and disadvantages of LCD?

Higher brightness levels than DLP
Better colour accuracy than DLP
No rainbow effect
Higher cost than DLP
‘Chicken wire effect’ when you get closer to the image which impacts overall sharpness
Panels degrade over time


LCOS projectors

Think of LCOS as the child of DLP and LCD, it takes the advantages of each technology and combines them together. You will typically only find this in high end units, take a look at the canon projectors range or you can also consider Sony projectors, however they have their own version called SXRD.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of LCOS?

All of the plus points from above
Considerably more expensive than LCD and DLP units


Do I need a short throw projector?

More and more people are asking about short throw projectors. While they are right for some people, others will mistakenly buy them when they will not suit the set up.

A short throw projector is great for those in a small room, it allows you to achieve a much larger image in a set distance compared to a standard projector, but this means they can not work over greater distances.

How far can a short throw projector work?

The clue is in the name, they are designed to work over a short distance, typically no more than 1.5m. Usually for a 100” image, the projector will be around 110cm away. They can make great gaming projectors and are often appealing for those wanting an impromptu home cinema set up on a coffee table.

You can also find ultra short throw projectors which are becoming really popular as TV replacements. These projectors will sit right up against the wall they are projecting onto, making them an unobtrusive way to achieve a huge image in your home.

Can I project wirelessly?

Many projectors do not have wireless capabilities built in however that does not mean that you are not able to project without using cables.

In most cases a wireless dongle is needed to project wirelessly, some of which are simply plug and play, others may require some software downloads. The wireless projector set ups are usually capable of distances of up to 10m and some can stream up to 4k resolution.

It's important to get the right wireless device for your needs, if it’s high quality video content you can look to a video streaming system. If you are presenting office content from your laptop you can take a look at MHL HDMI dongles from brands like Acer and Optoma.

Can you use Bluetooth with a projector?

Some projectors will allow this, but perhaps not how you are expecting! We get asked alot for bluetooth projectors, a common misconception is that you can send content to your projector via Bluetooth, but this is not possible.

You should look for a wireless projector based on a WLAN system mentioned above. How does a bluetooth projector work? It just works for the sound - it allows you to link to an external bluetooth speaker to play your content’s audio, or may even allow you to connect your smartphone via bluetooth to play music using the projectors built in speaker.

Can I play Netflix through a projector?

While some mini projectors have apps such as Netflix built in, the vast majority of home cinema projectors do not have this feature. That doesn’t mean it can’t be easy though, so you can watch netflix on a projector!

Streaming devices such as an amazon Firestick or Apple TV make things really easy and can be used with all HDMI projectors. This can also be an easy way for you to watch live TV on your projector, as most of the streaming sticks offer access to live TV on iPlayer, ITV Hub and All 4.

Are LED projectors any good?

There are huge numbers of LED projectors available for sale and you can find some extremely cheap ones on online marketplaces. While the LED technology provides a very long lamp life, the brightness that it can output is very low.

Trusted brands like Optoma, LG and Acer tend to produce LED projectors with between 50 and 1,500 lumens, but you can find others online with upwards of 4000 lumens. As a rule though, these are not to be trusted!

LED projectors tend to be designed as portable projectors and offer a wide range of resolutions, from the very low 800 x 480 right through to 3,840 x 2,160 4K! LED projectors' main limitation is definitely the brightness, they need to be used in suitable lighting conditions, but they can produce vibrant colours and decent black levels, while you will not need to purchase a replacement lamp thanks to the extensive lamp life.

Which is better, LED or Laser?

Lamp free projectors are becoming more and more common and the move away from expensive replacement lamps is a welcome one! Laser projectors are far more powerful than their LED counterparts, however they do tend to be larger and more expensive!

So is it worth the upfront cost?

Laser projectors are getting cheaper all the time, so it’s becoming an easier question to answer. Laser projectors very gradually lose their brightness over a long period of time unlike traditional lamp projectors that have a sudden drop off. They offer the ability to run 24/7, without maintenance and these benefits are before you begin to consider the excellent image quality. They offer consistent, uniform brightness across the image and a wide colour gamut. LED projectors tend to be great for those needing a portable unit they can pack in a bag for impromptu projections, Laser is great for installation and more permanent projection use.

Which is the best projector for outdoor use?

The main question to consider is how many lumens do you need for an outdoor projector? If you are using it in the daytime, you’ll need to look for 5,000 lumens as an absolute minimum, but even then you will need significant shading around the area - think a gazebo with three sides down or alike. Really, outdoor projection works best at night as the projector doesn't have to battle against the sun to be the brightest light! You can then use most projectors outside, but the more lumens you have, the larger the image can be!

Projector purchasing checklist

With so many technical terms, it can be confusing and you can easily lose track. With our purchasing checklist, we have tried to capture the key features. More comprehensive information is available in our buyers guide.

  • Applications (Home Entertainment, Education or Business)
  • Projector technology (DLP, 3LCD, LCoS, SXRD)
  • Lamp type (Bulb, Laser, LED etc)
  • Resolution / format (HD, Full HD, 4K etc.)
  • Brightness (Measured in ANSI lumens: the higher the value, the brighter the image)
  • Installation / orientation (Room size, mounting type, distance to the screen)
  • Contrast (The higher the value, the better the contrast)
  • Noise rating (Projectors above 33dB are considered noisy)
  • Connections (Digital and analog, audio and video, control ports etc)
  • Features (3D, lens shift, HDR, keystone correction etc)