Best Projectors for Home 2017

Here are our selection of the best projectors for your home, while the first table lists high-end projectors, the second table lists home theater projectors under $1000. These tables only show a few key points for quick review, you can see the full specification of each item by clicking “See Specs”.

Model Image Our Rating Native Resolution Color Brightness 3D Full Specs
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB 1920 x 1080, with 4K Enhancement 2500 lumens See Specs
Sony VPL-HW45ES 1920 x 1080 1800 lumens See Specs
Sony VPL-HW65ES 1920 x 1080 1800 lumens See Specs
Optoma EH500 1920 x 1080 4700 lumens See Specs
Epson PowerLite 2255U 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) 5000 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 1440 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) 4400 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 3000 1920 x 1080 2300 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 3100 1920 x 1080 2600 lumens See Specs
Panasonic PTAE8000U 1920 x 1080 2400 lumens See Specs
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3700 1920 x 1080 3000 lumens See Specs
Optoma HD141X 1920 x 1080 3000 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 5030UB 1920 x 1080 2400 lumens See Specs


Best Home Theater Projectors Under $1000

Model Image Our Rating Native Resolution Color Brightness 3D Full Specs
Epson Home Cinema 730HD 1280 x 800 3000 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 1040 1920 x 1200 3000 lumens See Specs
EpsonHome Cinema 3020 1920 x 1080 2300 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 725HD 1280 x 800 2800 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 740HD 1280 x 800 3000 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 2045 1920 x 1080 2200 lumens See Specs
BenQ DLP MX525 1024 x 768 3200 lumens (3300 lumens for MX525A models) See Specs
BenQ HC1200 1920 x 1080 2800 lumens See Specs
Optoma HD142X 1920 x 1080 3000 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 3500 1920 x 1080 2500 lumens See Specs
Epson Home Cinema 2030 1920 x 1080 2000 lumens See Specs
Optoma HD27 1920 x 1080 3200 lumens See Specs

Epson Home Cinema 3500 vs Epson Home Cinema 2030


Epson Home Cinema 3500 vs Epson Home Cinema 2030

Epson Home Cinema 3500

Epson Home Cinema 2030

Spec Comparison of Epson Home Cinema 3500 and Epson Home Cinema 2030

Epson Home Cinema 3500 Epson Home Cinema 2030
Our rating: Our rating:
Type
Home Theater Projector Home Theater Projector
Projection Technology
Epson 3LCD, 3-chip optical engine with Epson Poly-silicon TFT Active Matrix, 0.61-inch wide panel with MLA driving 3LCD, 3-chip technology with Poly-silicon TFT Active Matrix driving
Projection Method
Front / rear / ceiling mount Front / rear / ceiling mount
Native Resolution ?Native resolution is the real, physical resolution of the microdisplay used in the projector.
1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio ?The native ratio of the microdisplay’s width to its height, many projectors support other ratios with no problem.
Native 16:9 widescreen Native 16:9 widescreen
Lamp Type
250 W UHE 200 W UHE
Lamp Life (hours) ?Maximum lamp life(usually in Eco mode) in hours.
5000 hours (up to)
6000 hours (up to)
Contrast Ratio ?How different a projector’s black looks from its white.
Up to 70,000:1 Up to 15,000:1
Color Brightness ?The amount of brightness in lumens.
2500 lumens 2000 lumens
White Brightness
2500 lumens 2000 lumens
Inputs/Interface
  • HDMI1/MHL x 1
  • HDMI2 x 1
  • Component video x 1
  • Composite video: RCA (Yellow) x 1
  • Audio in: RCA x 1 (White/Red)
  • Computer: D-sub 15 pin x 1
  • USB connector Type A x 1 (for JPEG Slideshow, Wireless LAN, firmware update)
  • Mini USB x 1 (service only)
  • RS-232c
  • Trigger out
  • 2 HDMI
  • 1 RCA (composite)
  • 2 RCA (1 audio L/R) stereo
  • 1 VGA D-sub 15 pin (computer/component input)
  • 1 USB Type A
  • 1 RS-232c (DB-9 pin)
Input Signals
  • NTSC / NTSC4.43 / PAL / M-PAL / N-PAL / PAL60 / SECAM
  • 480i / 576i / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p
  • HDMI, HDTV, Component video, NTSC/PAL/SECAM, Analog RGB
  • Composite: NTSC / NTSC4.43 / PAL / M-PAL / N-PAL / PAL60 / SECAM
  • Component: 480i / 576i / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p
  • HDMI: TMDS
Picture Modes
Throw Ratio Range
1.32 (Zoom: Wide) – 2.15 (Zoom: Tele) 1.22 (Zoom: Wide) – 1.47 (Zoom: Tele)
Image Size(Diagonal) ?Minimum and Maximum image size you can get on the screen
30″ – 300″ 34″ – 328″
Projection Distance ?The distance between the projector and the screen determines the size of the image. Of course image size depends on many other settings like the aspect ratio, zoom and other settings.
29 feet to 47.3 feet
Keystone Correction
  • Vertical: (+/-)30 degrees (Auto)
  • Horizontal: (+/-)30 degrees (Slide bar)
  • Vertical: (+/-)30 degrees (Auto)
  • Horizontal: (+/-)30 degrees (Slide bar)
Wireless
Zoom Ratio
1.0 – 1.6 1.0 – 1.2
3D
Fan Noise (dB)
24 dB – 35 dB 29 dB – 37 dB
Dimensions
16.1″ x 12.6″ x 6.4″ (W x D x H) 11.69″ x 9.72″ x 4.25″ (W x D x H)
Weight
14.9 lbs
6.4 lbs
Manufacturer URL
Link Link

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Epson Home Cinema 740HD vs BenQ HC1200


Epson Home Cinema 740HD vs BenQ HC1200

Epson Home Cinema 740HD

BenQ HC1200

Spec Comparison of Epson Home Cinema 740HD and BenQ HC1200

Epson Home Cinema 740HD BenQ HC1200
Our rating: Our rating:
Type
Home Theater Projector Home Theater Projector
Projection Technology
3LCD, 3-chip technology with Poly-silicon TFT Active Matrix driving DLP
Projection Method
Front / rear / ceiling mount Front / rear / ceiling mount
Native Resolution ?Native resolution is the real, physical resolution of the microdisplay used in the projector.
1280 x 800 1920 x 1080
Aspect Ratio ?The native ratio of the microdisplay’s width to its height, many projectors support other ratios with no problem.
Native 16:10 widescreen Native 16:9 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
Lamp Type
200 W UHE 310 W
Lamp Life (hours) ?Maximum lamp life(usually in Eco mode) in hours.
10000 hours (up to)
3000 hours (up to)
Contrast Ratio ?How different a projector’s black looks from its white.
Up to 15,000:1 Up to 11,000:1
Color Brightness ?The amount of brightness in lumens.
3000 lumens 2800 lumens
White Brightness
3000 lumens 2800 lumens
Inputs/Interface
  • 1 HDMI
  • 2 RCA (1 audio L/R)
  • 1 S Video
  • 1 VGA D-sub 15 pin (computer input)
  • 1 USB Type A
  • 1 USB Type B
  • Computer in (D-sub 15pin) x 2
  • HDMI x 2
  • Monitor out x 1
  • Composite Video in (RCA) x 1
  • S-Video in x 1
  • Audio in (Mini Jack) x 1
  • Audio in (L/R) x1
  • Audio out (Mini Jack) x 1
  • Speaker 5W x 1
  • LAN(RJ-45) x1
  • USB (Type B) x 1
  • DC 12V Trigger (3.5mm Jack) x 1
  • RS232 (DB-9pin) x 1
Input Signals
480i / 576i / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Picture Modes
Throw Ratio Range
1.30 (Zoom: Wide) – 1.56 (Zoom: Tele) 1.398 – 2.09
Image Size(Diagonal) ?Minimum and Maximum image size you can get on the screen
33″ – 320″ 26″ – 300″
Projection Distance ?The distance between the projector and the screen determines the size of the image. Of course image size depends on many other settings like the aspect ratio, zoom and other settings.
2.85 feet to 35.4 feet
Keystone Correction
  • Vertical: (+/-)30 degrees (Auto)
  • Horizontal: (+/-)30 degrees (Slide bar)
1D, Vertical +/- 40 degrees
Wireless
Zoom Ratio
1.0 – 1.2 1.0 – 1.5
3D
Fan Noise (dB)
28 dB – 37 dB 33 dB – 38 dB
Dimensions
11.7″ x 9.3″ x 3.3″ (W x D x H) 10.2″ x 14.1″ x 10″
Weight
5.3 lbs
8.14 lbs
Manufacturer URL
Link Link

A Youtube Video About Epson Home Cinema 740HD

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Epson Home Cinema 740HD vs BenQ HC1200