I have been reviewing DLP Projectors, CRT & LCD Projectors for many years now. I have a good grasp of the technology and the costs that go into manufacturing projectors as well as the marketing and business strategies that manufacturers use to position their products. I hope to bring you product reviews using REAL numbers from instruments in a lab environment versus “subjective” views from bloggers who receive free equipment or even worse are given money to review particular pieces of gear!
All measurements can be verified by independent institutions such as www.testfreaks.com, www.projectorcentral.com, www. digitalcinemaanalyst .com and others too numerous to mention here.
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What is DLP Projector?
Digital Light Processing (DLP) projectors are a display technology that has been around since the early 1990s. DLP was founded by Dr. Larry Hornbeck who is still the primary inventor behind this technology and it is now owned by Texas Instruments of Dallas, Texas. This technology uses a chip that consists of hundreds if not thousands of tiny mirrors which can rotate on 2 axes to create an image pixel. The big advantage here being there is no need for any moving parts such as magnetic coils or color wheels, thereby reducing cost, increasing reliability, and creating very dark blacks due to the fundamental physics principle called “light subtraction”.
What makes DLP Projector special?
Besides having great black levels, less pixelation than LCD, and a spinning color wheel like the LCD projector, DLP has major advantages in that:
Their native aspect ratio is 4:3 (or 1.33 to 1) so no expensive anamorphic lenses are needed for widescreen DVDs or HDTVs. They weigh less than most CRT Projectors. their critical part consisting of hundreds of mirrors is much smaller than comparable size LCD panel and can be manufactured at a MUCH lower cost!!! The chip can be made into any shape or form for placements inside walls and ceilings while LCD would need boring large holes!!! The “mirror” itself is made out of minerals that don’t decay over time unlike some types of plastics used by LCD!! If you do decide to replace these mirrors late on, the cost should be very affordable and much lower than LCD. DLP projectors are a lot less expensive to manufacture for good quality products.
1. Lenovo M1 Smart Mini Projector
The Lenovo M1 is a very capable and reasonably priced pocket projector that has one of the brightest screens out there. You can connect it to your phone via WiFi, meaning you can show off pictures or videos from your device onto the big screen without having to use cables. This would be great for showing off photos or funny videos at parties or social gatherings with friends and family.
Features & Benefits
200 ANSI Lumens
Video Projectors with WiFi,
110 Inch Picture
, Movie Projector,
Intelligent Touch Control,
It’s also ideal if you want to watch a movie on a larger screen in your room. Also, once connected via WiFi, you can control your device straight from the projector itself. The built-in speaker isn’t too bad either for playing music, should you want these sounds as well. It comes ready out of the box so all you need to do is grab a movie or connect your device to it, and you’re good to go.
The picture quality is decent, but if you want the best that it has to offer, use a high-quality media source such as 4K content from Netflix.
If you don’t want too bright of an image, then keep the lights on while using this projector because the lamp is not particularly powerful for presentations in dark rooms. However, when in a well-lit room or outdoors, the brightness level will be sufficient enough to enjoy movies and pictures alike. Likewise, the sound quality is quite adequate provided that you are wearing headphones or earbuds.
The fan isn’t too loud either so as long as you have some background noise going for you, it should not be too distracting. To add to this, the fan noise does drop off considerably once the picture begins so you won’t notice any hissing sounds either.
This projector is a very capable portable unit and at such a reasonable price point, it’s safe to say that the Lenovo M1 Smart Mini Projector makes for an excellent gift choice for students, families, or just about anyone who loves watching movies in bed on a big screen!
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 4.6 x 0.8 inches
Item Weight: 10.4 ounces
Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
Display Resolution: 854×480 pixels
Display Technology: DLP Light Source
Life: 6,000 hours
Ports: HDMI VGA In USB Out
Pros & Cons
+Very bright image
+ Wireless connectivity
+ Easy to set up and use
– All-in-one package with good functionality
– Portable enough to carry around
Brightness levels are actually somewhat questionable as well as sound quality if being used outdoors or in rooms without background noise
2. Optoma EH412 1080P HDR DLP Professional Projector
The Optoma EH412 1080P HDR DLP Professional Projector is a high-quality projector with a 15,000-hour lamp life. It provides 4K HDR input and has several features designed to meet the needs of business environments. It has built-in speakers that produce loud audio even at lower volumes as well as an easy setup feature that minimizes the need for manual adjustments during use.
Feature & Benefits
Although relatively expensive, this model delivers outstanding performance both in brightness and color accuracy, making it well worth its price tag. Its excellent resolution makes it ideal for showing detailed images and graphs to large audiences.
It also comes with several convenient functions such as preset modes and one button keystone correction that allow users to have more productive meetings without having to waste precious time on these mundane issues.
Super Bright 4500 Lumens
Business Presentations, Classrooms, and Meeting Rooms
15000 Hour Lamp Life
4K HDR Input
Color – White
Although it has no audio out jack port as well as a non-zero fan noise level while in use, which may diminish its appeal somewhat for some people, this model is nevertheless worth considering
The bright image quality and the crisp visuals, moreover, create a welcoming atmosphere that will help build trust among colleagues and clients alike.
3. Optoma S343 SVGA DLP Professional Projector
Enjoy Your Favorite Video Games and Sports, as the Optoma S343 SVGA DLP Professional Projector features Over 15,000 Hour Lamp Life.
“The Optoma S343 SVGA DLP Professional Projector features Over 15,000 Hour Lamp Life.” This quote is from the Amazon product description of this projector and I found it to be true so far (I have only had it for a few weeks). The lamp on this projector is much cheaper than the lamps most people buy for their home projectors. It will save you a lot of money in the long term because buying these lamps is really expensive when you think about how often they burn out and need replacing. If you were to use this device every day, that would mean that this lamp lasts almost three years before you have to replace it! … The brightness of this model is another thing that makes me like it. There are some projectors with a brightness of 2500 lumens (which is a lot less than the 3600 lumens on this model). I have noticed that even though it is not much brighter, this projector is still significantly brighter because it has better lenses and more light output from its lamp. So if you want to use your projector in a dark room or at night time, then you will need to consider how bright your projector needs to be. … The Optoma S343 SVGA DLP Professional Projector also has an interesting feature called LampLock. This feature basically prevents you from accidentally turning off the projector while the lamp inside continues to burn out. This feature was implemented to prevent you from damaging your projector’s lamp because it would continue to burn until the lamp is at a low enough power level.
Features & Key Description
Approximate Resolution: 1024 x 768
Lamp Type: 190 Watts – 195 watts
Lumens Contrast Ratio (Typical): 3000:1
Native Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Color Wheel Speed (RPM): 2200
Color Wheel Specs: 3-Segment RGB with FRC Dimensions/Weight
Height 7.9 in
Width 16.8 in
Depth 9.4 in
Weight 29 lbs
I would recommend you buy this projector if your budget is low yet you want a powerful projector that will give you an incredible movie-watching experience and can also be used for your presentations.
I have found this product to be quite useful in my classroom as an educator and a person who uses technology daily. I think that everyone who is looking for a good projector should look into this one simply because of all of its benefits.
which is more than enough for viewing movies or playing video games in medium-lit rooms/at night … I have used this device with many different types of media, including videos, slides.
4. EZCast Beam J2 Outdoor Projector
The J2 is the upgraded version of the EZCast Beam A3, which was highly praised by customers worldwide. It features a high brightness 35 lumens LED bulb with DLP technology …
This projector allows you to connect your phone or computer wirelessly via wifi and cast videos and pictures onto the surface immediately while giving an outstanding outdoor movie experience.
Features & Benefits
It can also be used as a high-resolution photo projector for displaying photos during family parties/gatherings. With its very portable frame (weighs only 1KG) and built-in rechargeable batteries, it is perfect to bring around anywhere.
Another great feature is that it can project the image up to 160 inches in size from only six feet away, which is really something when you consider how portable this projector is and the fact that it has a built-in rechargeable battery with over five hours of playtime. High Definition (HD) 1920 x 1080 pixels native resolution allows for clearer video viewing with minimal blur while the black border projects clear images with less visible pixilation during nighttime or dark environments. Use your own movies/pictures for projection via HDMI MacBook laptop, PC or tablet via USB flash drive.
Image Quality: The J2 produces an outstanding image quality considering its price, but do not expect a home theater movie-worthy picture at its native resolution of 1024 x 768. The projector lamp is rated over 20,000 hours when used with the eco-mode feature, which is really a great deal for a device that costs less than $300.
The J2 projector has the very useful ability to connect via HDMI, but it also includes two USB ports as well as an SD card reader located on the back of the unit; however, I would use these options mainly for viewing photos and not videos or for movie viewing.
Portable Projector for Office and Camping,
Design in Taiwan,
5 Hours Playtime.
Although this may sound like I am bashing the device, I am actually impressed by what EZCast has produced in their Beam J2 projector… 1700 Lumens DLP LED Projector / Multimedia Home Theater Movie Video Gaming Home Cinema v0.2 – Black
2. Image Quality: The 720p resolution at this price point for home theater quality is very good, however, the image is not quite as sharp as some of the higher-end 1080p models on the market but it is still an acceptable picture considering how large you can make the display with this projector’s native size of 300 inches. …
3. The fan noise that I mentioned before was a little louder than most projectors like it, but then again my neighbors are probably too far away to hear any changes in noise level anyway. It does have a nice amount of throw for a projector at its price though because I could seat myself only 10 feet away from the screen and still get an extremely large display. …
The color saturation is more than acceptable for my tastes and I was able to view the projector from a wide range of angles without any significant loss of contrast or detail. It also includes brightness controls in case you find yourself using it on something other than completely black surfaces, such as your ceiling which would be the most common area people use these projectors for home theater enjoyment. …
4. I would recommend this particular model due to its unique design that makes viewing an image from only three feet away possible. …
In short, this is a good projector at its price point that does not have any major flaws but still produces an excellent image considering how inexpensive it is; however, if you are looking for one with full 1080p resolution then I would suggest paying around $100-200 more because it will provide better picture quality…
5. ViewSonic 3800 Lumens SVGA High Brightness Projector for Home and Office with HDMI Vertical Keystone (PA503S) White/gray
The ViewSonic PJD5553LW is a multimedia projector that offers you high-quality pictures, up to 5500 lumens brightness, and an image format of Ultra short throw (up to 6 feet). It has built-in wall color calibration and can project images up to 300″ diagonal onto any flat surface. Its features include wireless convenience, vertical & horizontal keystone correction, and a 1 x HDMI port. The projector weighs 10.7 lbs and measures 6.6 x 15.5 x 18 inches (WxHxD). It has a bulb rated at 5500 lumens and an estimated lamp life of up to 12,000 hours. The projector uses tri-color lamps; red, blue & green.
Pros & Cons
Has built-in wall color calibration
Comes with 3.5mm audio cable, VGA and HDMI cable
Doesn’t have any USB ports for playing content from a flash drive or portable hard drive
Slightly expensive in comparison to other projectors in its category [however it does offer great performance]
Background Information: Vertical and horizontal keystone correction allows you to resize the image area without distorting the picture. It also allows you to project an image larger than your screen size, useful in situations where you want to enlarge the visual impact of a presentation.