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The best home projectors in UK 2021

If you’re after the best home projectors you can buy to upgrade your home theater in 2021, then look no further. We’ve put in the house to test out the top projectors out there, whether it’s an ultra short-throw beamer or more compact HD model that you’re after.

The biggest benefit of projectors is they’re a truly high impact workaround for those who don’t want a massive 75-inch 4K TV to dominate their living room when it’s not in use, but still want the benefits of a big picture. 100-inch images are the norm, while some models can offer projection as large as 300 inches – or as small as 40 inches, if that’s all the space you have on your wall.

What’s more, the best projectors in this guide all offer some level of portability. That means it’s fairly easy to project your favorite movies and TV shows onto a wall and get the true cinema experience.

Top 10 the best home projectors in UK 2021

Below are our current top picks in home projectors. They vary widely in size, brightness, and features. All these projectors have one thing in common, though: high marks in our reviews.

1. Samsung the premiere

After more than a decade since its last home cinema projector, Samsung has exploded back on the scene with The Premiere LSP9T projector.

This ultra short-throw beamer makes use of 4K HDR laser projection, with a three-color laser removing the need for a color filter and therefore allowing The Premiere’s 2,800 lumens brightness to really shine. Pictures are punchy and colorful, and Samsung’s world-first introduction of the HDR10+ format, which adds in scene-by-scene picture calibration in compatible films and TV shows.

This projector also benefits from full implementation of Samsung’s smart TV operating system, which – if a bit sluggish at times – is incredible to have on a projector over the basic and poorly organized interfaces we’re used to. The built-in 40W speakers are above par, too.

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2. Epson EH-TW9400

The Epson EH-TW9400 is an excellent home theater projector. You’re not getting the laser projection of the some of the models above, but as lamp models go, it’s a stunner.

We have this beamer five stars for its impressive color reproduction, HDR support, and 2,600 lumens brightness, making for bright and impactful images. While this isn’t a native 4K projector (something you just don’t get at this price), even upscaled images are detailed and come across well, with highly natural skin stones and an impressive amount of shadow detail. Blacks could be deeper, and motion could be smoother, but there’s really little to complain about here.

The EH-TW9400 boasts advanced capability all around, from its 3D compatibility to motorized lens controls – the latter point allowing for real precision and an easy setup. There’s even a lens cover to prevent dust from creeping in!

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3. EPSON HOME CINEMA 2150

The image is great: it’s big, it’s bright, and the color reproduction is pretty. The 2150 is an LCD projector, which gives it a crisp image even when projecting a 130-inch image, and it can project up to 300 inches. It has 1080p resolution, but unless you’re in a completely dark theater with a screen, it’s not going to look noticeably different than 4K.

The brightness, which is rated at 2500 lumens, is lower than you’ll see other projectors rated. But LCD makes a low lumen count seem brighter and more vibrant than a DLP projector with the same rating. You can watch this with some ambient daylight, but definitely not when there’s unfiltered light pouring in through a window. Toggling to dynamic mode makes for the best daytime image, which is a great thing about Epson projectors: you can easily switch between viewing modes, and each one looks great. Use cinema mode, which has deep blacks, for watching a movie at night.

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4. OPTOMA HD146X

A less expensive but still excellent projector is the Optoma HD146X. It costs $549 and shares many of the same specs as the Epson 2150.

The biggest difference is that it’s a DLP projector, so its rated 3600 lumens of brightness don’t make it brighter than the 2150. It actually appears darker and less vibrant. It’s not as crisp as the 2150 either, again, due to it being DLP instead of LCD.

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5. BenQ TH683 Full HD

We wouldn’t put this in the “cheap projector” bucket, but the BenQ HT2050A is definitely the best video projector you can get for the money. It produces a bright picture with great contrast and lifelike colors. It’s also one of the only comparable models with vertical lens shift, which makes setup a little easier.

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6. JVC dla-n5 projector

JVC’s D-ILA devices are some of the best home cinema projectors in the business. They offer exceptionally good contrast handling, effortless smooth colour blending and the best black levels around. The N5 may be the baby of this famed native 4K family but it’s still an absolute belter.

Its bigger, pricier siblings are better and blacker but there’s easily enough shading skill and depth of darkness even here to produce an incredibly involving and three-dimensional feel whether at 4K or Full HD. What’s more, JVCs ongoing upgrades to its HDR capabilities just make that picture better and better as time goes on.

The motorised lens, simple menu system and excellent choice of usable preset picture modes make it surprisingly easy to set up. It might not compete with the others here for value but it’s the best performing projector on this list.

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7. Optoma UHD65

This is a sophisticated, 4K-capable, HDR projector is competitively priced. Considering there are more expensive models on the market that are neither 4K nor HDR-compatible, those looking for a top-notch home cinema projector should give the Optoma UHD65 serious consideration.

It may not have all the bells and whistles of a high-end 4K projector, and, indeed, it may not be native 4K, but the picture is superb with brilliant motion handling, colour production and excellent upscaling abilities.

It’s also future-proofed enough to keep you happy for years. At this price, the Optoma is the one to beat, and if you find it at a discount, then you’d better not blink.

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8. LG CineBeam HU80KSW

One of the most feature-complete projectors you’ll ever find, the LG CineBeam is a fascinating box of tricks. It may not be the finest on this list for pure performance but it presents a very decent 4K HDR image from a larger array of sources – both smart and local – than any other here.

It’s blessed with the excellent webOS platform, which means direct access to all your video apps over Wi-Fi, and its Miracasting and Bluetooth abilities make for easy and intuitive ad-hoc connections to whatever mobile device you’d like to play back from, and external sound too.

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9. ViewSonic X10-4K – DLP

For the man who wants it all without remortgaging the house, the mid-range X10-4K is up there among the best for movie-watching. The high contrast ratio and the solid lumen count means you won’t have to invest in blackout blinds, either; pick it up by the handle and treat yourself to the Tokyo Summer Olympics in the garden.

Its short-throw tech is very useful for a portable projector, as it means you can stick it pretty much anywhere – we achieved a 90” display by placing it a metre away from the wall. Thanks to its unobtrusive design and the whisper-quiet fan, we completely forgot it was even there when watching Disney’s Soul.

Equally impressive are the built-in Harman-Kardon speakers, which deliver crisp trebles and deep bass. They max out at 8W so are more for on-the-go than every day, but connecting a soundbar or surround sound system is nice and simple.

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10. Optoma GT1080HDR

The Optoma GT1080HDR is a great way to play your favorite console games on a big screen, thanks to 3,800 lumens (a lot!) of brightness, and a 120-Hz refresh rate for less lag than most projector models. I’d still recommend a TV (or PC gaming monitor) if you’re super lag-conscious, but the GT1080HDR will be more than acceptable for most gamers. The brightness level and short throw—just 3.5 feet from the screen gives you a 100-inch picture—also makes this one of the best models for outdoor movie nights, where setting up a projector in the back of the crowd can be a pain.

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How to choose the best home projectors for you?

Projector brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. Home theater projectors generally start out at about 1000 lumens and range upwards to 2500 lumens and more. Your viewing environment is the deciding factor on how many lumens your projector needs. Dedicated home theaters (rooms with controlled lighting and no ambient light) will not require as much brightness as a space with ambient light from windows or other household lighting.

In many cases, manufacturers rate projector lumen values based on data output, not video. Lumen output for video is typically not as high as data. For help determining which projector is right for your viewing environment, contact one of our Projector Experts. They have personally seen most units perform in video mode.

The three most important factors affecting image quality are native resolution, your source material, and the projector’s contrast ratio.

Currently, Wide XGA (1280 x 800) and HD (1920 x 1080) are the most common home theater projector resolutions. An HD (1920 x 1080) projector has about twice the number of pixels of a Wide XGA projector. More pixels mean a sharper looking image and better compatibility with high-definition sources.

LCD and DLP projectors typically have a lamp life between 2000-4000 hours. This specification is actually referring to the ‘half-life’ of the lamp, the point where the lamp is half as bright as it was new. The lamp will still work at its half-life, but it will continue to gradually lose brightness. Longer lamp life means less expense in maintaining your projector.

Summary

Home projectors have come a long way over the past few years. Today’s models can handle a wide variety of multimedia content—films, photos, documents, and games—with aplomb, and many can play music files, as well.

Having the best home projectors is very very usefull when filming at home. Hopefully, our suggestions will help you choose the best home projectors.

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