November 2022

Video Projectors: Meta Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Projector rankings posted by key online experts, as of November 2022.

Summary

As of 5 Nov 2022, Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed projector with 4 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 projector' this month. It is followed by Samsung LSP9T Premiere and Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 , with 4 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - November 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Projector
PCMag
Digital Trends
Forbes
The Strategist
T3
TechRadar
What Hi-Fi
The Verge
CNET
WIRED
1
+3 $2778
Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma
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5
1
-
-
6
-
-
-
4
2
-1 Check price
Samsung LSP9T Premiere
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3
2
-
-
3
13
-
-
-
3
- Check price
Epson Pro Cinema LS12000
1
-
-
-
-
5
8
-
-
-
4
-2 $779
Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12
4
-
7
-
-
13
-
-
10
-
5
- Check price
Optoma CinemaX P2
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-
-
-
1
2
-
-
-
-
6
+2 $1493
Optoma UHD35
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-
3
-
-
-
-
-
5
5
7
- $1248
Optoma HD146X
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6
-
6
-
-
-
2
-
-
8
New * Check price
Sony VPL-XW5000ES
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8
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
9
- Check price
Epson EH-TW9400
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-
-
-
6
9
5
-
-
-
10
- Check price
Samsung The Freestyle
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-
6
-
-
7
14
-
-
-
11
-5 $1399
BenQ TK700STi
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-
-
-
3
4
-
-
-
-
18
+1 $4000
Epson Home Cinema LS11000
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
8
3
19
New * $2949
LG CineBeam HU715Q
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-
5
-
-
-
6
-
-
-
20
+2 Check price
Sony VPL-VW590ES
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-
-
-
7
-
11
-
-
-
21
+2 $400
Anker Nebula Capsule II
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-
8
-
-
10
-
-
-
-
22
-11 $560
Anker Nebula Solar
10
-
-
-
-
12
-
-
-
-

We ranked Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma #1 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Hisense PX1-PRO TriChroma as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Best projector for accurate color

Pros
Excellent short-throw design
Great color coverage
eARC support
Dolby atmos support
Android TV platform

Cons
Not as useful if you don't use Google apps

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Forbes

Best Home Theater Projector Overall

Pros
Rich, accurate colors
Integrated Android TV
Support for Dolby Atmos audio

Cons
No 3D support
No internal Netflix app

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TechRadar

A brilliantly balanced ultra short throw package

Pros
Compact, all-in-one package
Stunning picture
Flexible setup options

Cons
Picture struggles in bright rooms
So-so built-in speakers

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WIRED

Easiest Setup

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We ranked Samsung LSP9T Premiere #2 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Best smart-home short-throw projector

Pros
Compatibility with voice assistants
Compact, short-throw design
30W speakers and subwoofer built in

Cons
No HDR features

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Forbes

Best 4K Home Theater Projector

Pros
Bright images produced via triple laser
Projects up to 130 inches
Built-in smart TV capabilities via Tizen OS for directly streaming video

Cons
Operating system can be sluggish
Expensive

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TechRadar

A premium ultra short throw projection experience

Pros
Bright, colorful pictures
Good in light and dark rooms
Full TV-style smart system

Cons
Some rainbow effect
Some iffy presets for dark scenes
Software can be sluggish

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What Hi-Fi

Surprisingly like a TV, only bigger

Pros
Bright, colourful pictures
Comprehensive smart system
Good sound quality

Cons
Fiddly to set up
‘Rainbow’ effect

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

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Aggregate Rankings

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Experts chosen for November 2022 ranking

We ranked Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 #3 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best 4K Projector for Top-Quality Home Theater / Editors' Choice

Pros
Delivers a full 3,840 by 2,160 pixels on screen
2,700-lumen laser light source rated to last the life of the projector
Supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG HDR
Good color accuracy, contrast, and shadow detail, plus dark blacks for a laser model
Easy to maintain image height for different aspect ratios
Three-chip LCD design guarantees no rainbow artifacts

Cons
Expensive
No 3D support

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TechRadar

A champ for the dedicated home cinema

Pros
Excellent image quality
Highly flexible placement
Ready for games and film

Cons
High price
Display only
Few ports

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What Hi-Fi

Despite occasional colour wobbles, this is another quality laser projector from Epson

Pros
Fantastically bright HDR pictures
Lovely filmic feel
4K/120 HDR gaming support

Cons
Dark HDR colours can look unrefined
Really unhelpful menu system
Some strange preset decisions

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We ranked Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 #4 in November 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best 1080p Room-to-Room Portable for Rainbow-Free, Bright Images / Editors' Choice

Pros
Long-lived laser-phosphor light source
Native 1080p resolution; supports 4K UHD (3,840-by-2,160) input and HDR
Three-chip LCD engine (3LCD) for equal color and white brightness and no rainbow artifacts
Integrated Android TV
Wi-Fi and two HDMI ports
Impressive audio options

Cons
No 3D support
Only moderate brightness

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Forbes

Best Mini Projector

Pros
Compact design
Good audio for small form
Integrated Android TV

Cons
Low brightness

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TechRadar

A portable projector that offers a great marriage of form and function

Pros
Gorgeous design
Great picture for the size

Cons
Only Full HD
Too much lag for gaming

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CNET

Best compact laser projector

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We ranked Optoma CinemaX P2 #5 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Optoma CinemaX P2 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The best projector for bringing big 4K images to any wall

Pros
Living-room friendly design
Excellent 4K pictures

Cons
No HLG over HDMI
Not as bright as its predecessor

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TechRadar

A budget 4K ultra short throw projector

Pros
Up to 120-inch projection
Solid built-in audio system
Living room-friendly looks

Cons
Limited brightness
Doesn't support full DC-P3 color gamut
Mecdiocre built-in smart TV interface

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We ranked Optoma UHD35 #6 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Gaming Projector

Pros
Decent brightness for at home use
Great response time and refresh rate for gamers
Flexible projection size

Cons
Mono speaker
Lacks Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

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CNET

Best 4K projector for the money

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WIRED

Best for Gamers

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We ranked Optoma HD146X #7 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Best budget projector

Pros
Affordable
Good color accuracy
Light enough to be portable

Cons
No 4K

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The Strategist

Best home projector for video games

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The Verge

The best budget projector

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We ranked Sony VPL-XW5000ES #8 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sony VPL-XW5000ES as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Best premium home projector

Pros
Advanced 4K technology
Excellent DCI-P3 coverage
Sony'z X1 chip offers many advantages

Cons
Lumen levels are a little low for bright rooms

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What Hi-Fi

Sony’s new laser projector is a cut-price stunner

Pros
Stunningly detailed native 4K pictures
Impressive black levels and contrast
Excellent picture processing

Cons
Poor manual lens controls
Dark HDR scenes can lose detail
No 4K/120Hz gaming support

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We ranked Epson EH-TW9400 #9 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

A serious home cinema projector that won’t break the bank

Pros
Cinematic picture quality
Decent HDR performance

Cons
No integrated sound
On the large side

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TechRadar

A superb long-throw home cinema projector for the price

Pros
Excellent color reproduction
Motorized lens controls

Cons
Blacks could be deeper
Motion not its strong point

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What Hi-Fi

A powerful 4K projector with a bold picture to match.

Pros
Motorised and adaptable lens
Handles HDR well
Vibrant colours
Excellent sense of dept

Cons
Noisy at full power

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We ranked Samsung The Freestyle #10 in November 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Portable Projector

Pros
Amazon Alexa and Samsung Bixby voice assitants
Lightweight and portable
360-degree omnidirectional sound

Cons
1080p resolution
Low brightness level

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TechRadar

Take the cinema experience wherever you go

Pros
Great portability
Handy suite of built-in apps
Impressive auto adjustment
Decent brightness

Cons
Sluggish navigation
Occasional autofocus issues
Some random restarts
Auto keystone can be fussy

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What Hi-Fi

And now for something completely different

Pros
Cute but practical design
Bright, sharp, colourful pictures
Impressive auto keystone/focus

Cons
Below-par black levels
Auto keystone system isn’t perfect
A bit expensive

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We ranked BenQ TK700STi #11 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The best projector for 4K gaming

Pros
Sharp 4K images
Strong gaming performance

Cons
High noise levels
Not the best for HDR

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TechRadar

High framerate HDR gaming on your wall

Pros
16ms input lag is brilliant for a projector
4K at 60Hz for premium gaming

Cons
No Netflix, though that's common for projectors
Fiddly onboard buttons

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We ranked Epson Home Cinema LS11000 #12 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
CNET

Best 4K laser projector

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WIRED

High-End Pick

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We ranked LG CineBeam HU715Q #13 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Ultra Short Throw 4K Projector

Pros
Great resolution, lamp life and brightness
Terrific streaming options
Ultra-short throw 0.22:1

Cons
Designed to be stationary

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What Hi-Fi

Could this projector replace your TV?

Pros
Detailed and balanced image
Pleasing design
Comprehensive feature set

Cons
Doesn't sound as good as it should

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We ranked Sony VPL-VW590ES #14 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

The ultimate in 4K clarity, but it doesn't come cheap

Pros
Sumptuous, native 4K images
Sophisticated image tuning

Cons
Best served by a pro installation
Large

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What Hi-Fi

A native 4K projector that majors on cinematic excitement.

Pros
Fantastic 4K detail
Excellent motion processing
Solid contrast control

Cons
Image can lack subtlety

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We ranked Anker Nebula Capsule II #15 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Honorable Mention: Set Up This Projector Almost Anywhere

Pros
Android TV 9 with direct access to Google Play Store
2.5 hour battery life
Very portable and quick to set up

Cons
Just 720p resolution
Low 200 lumens brightness

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TechRadar

A tiny, quality home cinema projector that doesn't cost much

Pros
Android TV built-in
Full-size HDMI port

Cons
Dim output ruins dark scenes
Netflix must be sideloaded

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We ranked Anker Nebula Solar #16 in November 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Mini Projector with 4K Input / Editors' Choice

Pros
1080p (1,920-by-1,080) native resolution; accepts 4K (3,840-by-2,160) input
Supports HDR and copy protection standards used by 4K UHD discs
Android TV 9 and Wi-Fi built in
Battery life rated at 3 hours in Battery mode or 1.5 hours in Standard
Capable autofocus

Cons
Color accuracy is off by just enough to notice
Does not deliver improved image quality with HDR material

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TechRadar

A stunning portable projector – in the right situations

Pros
Stunning design
Doubles as a Bluetooth speaker

Cons
A bit dim
Sound could be punchier

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