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DLP projector in comparison

In the following, we would like to introduce you to three interesting devices that use DLP chip technology:

Acer H6522BD

The Acer H6522BD is a 3D Full HD projector with attractive price / performance. It is one of the most popular 3D projectors on the market. Thanks to its Full HD resolution, it provides a high-resolution image display in 2D and 3D. On the 3D side, it offers the 3D DLP Link function, like many DLP projectors, and the nVidia 3D Play ready feature. This makes the DLP projector additionally interesting for 3D gaming. Thanks to its 3500 lumens, it comes into its own even in rooms that are not completely dark
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Full HD
  • light output: 3500 ANSI lumen
  • connections: 2 x 3.5 mm Mini Jack, 1 x Composite Video, 1 x VGA, 2 x HDMI, 1 x USB Type A

BenQ W1050

The BenQ TK850 belongs to the generation of DLP projectors that are already capable of 4K display. It is designed for entertainment use thanks to its RGBW colour wheel. With its light output of 3000 lumens, it comes into its own best in a slightly darkened room. In terms of picture quality, it delivers a high-resolution image with 4K UHD resolution. And in terms of colour representation, the DLP projector is well positioned with 98% Rec. 709 colour space coverage
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K UHD
  • Light output: 3000 ANSI lumen
  • Connections: 1 x 3.5 mm Mini Jack, 1 x 12 V Trigger, 2 x HDMI, 2 x USB Type A, 1 x RS232 1 x SPDIF

Optoma UHD350X

The Optoma UHD350X offers a good entry into home cinema. The DLP projector uses an RGBRGB colour wheel, which ensures natural colour reproduction. It covers over 100% of the Rec. 709 colour space. With its light output of 2400 lumens, it is ideal for a home cinema room that can be darkened. There it shows off its picture quality to the full. Thanks to DLP technology, it uses DLP Link technology for 3D Full HD playback
  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160 4K UHD
  • Light output: 2400 ANSI lumen
  • Connections: 1 x 3.5 mm Mini Jack, 1 x 12 V Trigger, 2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x RS232, 1 x USB Type A ,1 x SPDIF, 1 x RJ45

Projector DLP

The most commonly chosen projector technologies are DLP and LCD. DLP technology is somewhat younger than LCD technology, but has become much more widespread in recent years.

The projector DLP chip, which is the heart of the DLP projector, indicates how many pixels are available for projection. The resolution is specified in pixels, which in this case are also located on the projector DLP chip. For example, a projector with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels has a total of 960,000 pixels, which means that there are just as many mirrors on the chip. Thanks to the fine structuring of the mirrors, the image on the screen appears correspondingly sharp or fine, so that you hardly notice a pixel structure in the image when you are at a normal sitting distance from the image.


Today, however, the technology also has other effects on the functions of the projector. For example, LCD projectors can only generate a 3D image with difficulty, as the LCD panel is not easily capable of doing so. In current DLP projectors, however, the projector DLP chip is already capable of working at 120 Hz or 144 Hz, which makes it easy to display the 3D signal. The viewer himself needs a display of at least 60 Hz or more per eye to be able to recognise 3D. This realisation of at least 60 Hz per side is already possible with DLP projectors in the entry-level segment, whereas with LCD projectors it is only possible in the home cinema segment. However, the price range is clearly higher than that of DLP projectors. This means that a DLP projector can also produce a 3D image in the entry-level segment and not only in the home cinema segment.

DLP projector technology also enables a higher resolution in lower price segments. This means that 3D home cinema projectors with Full HD resolution are already available at attractive prices and can thus fulfil your home cinema dream.

Our DLP projector recommendations

A DLP projector has another advantage over projectors with LCD technology. It is capable of displaying a 4K image in a more affordable price segment. There are now a number of DLP projectors that work with the 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. Depending on the price range, they use a DLP chip with real 4K resolution or with 2K or Full HD resolution, which have the so-called XPR technology from Texas Instruments. The XPR technology causes the visible offset of the pixels in the DLP projector, which leads to a 4K display. Depending on the basic resolution, the XPR technology must be used more or less. A UHD DLP projector with a 0.47 inch chip works on the basis of Full HD resolution, while a UHD DLP projector with a 0.66 inch chip works with 2716 x 1528 mirrors. Since this resolution is closer to 3840 x 2160 pixels, the DLP chip makes less use of XPR technology.

The world of DLP projectors is full of abbreviations, which we would like to briefly explain to you. The term DLP stands for Digital Light Processing. It was developed by Texas Instruments, whose name is often abbreviated to TI. Since DLP chips for 4K projectors have become available, the abbreviation XPR has been added, which stands forExpandedPixelResolution.

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