June 2022

Video Projectors: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 4 Jun 2022, Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed projector with 5 expert endorsements. It is followed by Optoma CinemaX P2 and Epson EH-TW9400 , with 3 and 3 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - June 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Projector
Forbes
WIRED
The Verge
The Strategist
PCMag
CNET
Digital Trends
T3
What Hi-Fi
TechRadar
1
- $900
Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12
5
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2
10
-
-
10
10
2
- $2299
Optoma CinemaX P2
-
-
-
-
5
-
-
1
-
9
3
+1 Check price
Epson EH-TW9400
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
3
4
4
+1 Check price
Optoma HD146X
-
-
2
6
-
-
6
-
-
-
5
+1 $600
Anker Nebula Solar
-
-
-
-
10
-
-
-
11
8
6
+1 $3998
Epson Home Cinema 5050UB
6
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
-
-
7
+1 Check price
Sony VPL-VW325ES
1
-
-
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
8
+2 $1699
BenQ TK700STi
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
2
9
- Check price
BenQ CinePrime HT3550
-
2
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
10
+1 Check price
Vava VA-LT002
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
11
+2 $4000
Epson Home Cinema LS11000
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4
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
-
12
- Check price
BenQ TK850
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
2
-
-
13
+5 $899
BenQ HT2150ST
-
7
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
14
- $849
Optoma GT1080HDR
-
-
-
7
7
-
-
-
-
-
15
- $3749
LG HU85LA CineBeam
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
16
- Check price
Sony VPL-VW590ES
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
6
-
17
- $1225
Optoma UHD35
-
6
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-

We ranked Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 #1 in June 2022 because:

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

Best Portable Projector

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PCMag

Best Portable Smart TV / 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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CNET

Best compact laser projector

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What Hi-Fi

A smart, small and seriously punchy projector

Pros
Tidy build
Strong black depth and dark detail
Decent sound system

Cons
Colours lack complexity
Mains power only
Some key missing apps

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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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We ranked Optoma CinemaX P2 #2 in June 2022 because:

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

Best Ultra Short Throw 4K Projector (for Color Accuracy)

Pros
Can fill an 85-to-120-inch screen from inches away
4K resolution using TI's XPR pixel shifting
Top-tier out-of-box color accuracy
Color management system for full calibration
Bright enough for a midsize to large family room with ambient light
Laser-phosphor light source

Cons
Integrated streaming is better ignored in favor of an HDMI dongle (which demands a second remote)
Only two of three HDMI ports support 4K with HDR
More prone to rainbow artifacts than most UST DLP projectors

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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 super-bright 4K/HDR projector with great audio credentials

Pros
Up to 120-inch projection
Brilliant sound

Cons
Basic, dated software
Less bright than its predecessor

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Video Projectors.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Video Projectors, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for June 2022 ranking

We ranked Epson EH-TW9400 #3 in June 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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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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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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We ranked Optoma HD146X #4 in June 2022 because:

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

The best budget projector

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The Strategist

Best home projector for video games

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Digital Trends

Best budget projector

Pros
Affordable
Good color accuracy
Light enough to be portable

Cons
No 4K

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We ranked Anker Nebula Solar #5 in June 2022 because:

  • 3 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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What Hi-Fi

The best Nebula portable projector so far

Pros
Vivid but balanced picture
Great portable size and features
Decent spread of sound

Cons
Sound system lacks impact
Blacks could be deeper

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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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We ranked Epson Home Cinema 5050UB #6 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Epson Home Cinema 5050UB as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best 4K Projector

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CNET

Best overall home theater projector / Editors' Choice

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We ranked Sony VPL-VW325ES #7 in June 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sony VPL-VW325ES as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Forbes

Best Projector for Home Theaters

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CNET

Best projector,money no object

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We ranked BenQ TK700STi #8 in June 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 BenQ CinePrime HT3550 #9 in June 2022 because:

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

Also Great

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Digital Trends

Best projector for darkroom cinephiles

Pros
Excellent color accuracy
Automatic angle correction
Contrast optimization

Cons
Not portable
Short lamp life

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We ranked Vava VA-LT002 #10 in June 2022 because:

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

The projector with the best image quality

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TechRadar

A crowdfunded 4K laser projector that won't disappoint

Pros
Effortless style
Max 150-inch projection

Cons
Poor app layout
Only 8-bit HDR

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We ranked Epson Home Cinema LS11000 #11 in June 2022 because:

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

High-End Pick

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CNET

Best 4K laser projector

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We ranked BenQ TK850 #12 in June 2022 because:

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

The best projector for light-filled living rooms

Pros
3,000 lumens
Sports mode
HDR10 and HLG support

Cons
Clunky operating system
Lackluster audio

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T3

The best projector for affordable 4K quality and for sports

Pros
Good high brightness
Effective motion smoothing

Cons
High operating noise
Limited black level

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We ranked BenQ HT2150ST #13 in June 2022 because:

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

Best Under $1,000

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PCMag

Best Projector for Gaming and Home Theater

Pros
Good color accuracy and contrast for the price
Short-throw lens delivers big image from close to the screen
Low input lag means fast reaction time for gamers

Cons
Maximum input resolution is limited to the native 1080p (1,920 by 1,080)
No support for HDR

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We ranked Optoma GT1080HDR #14 in June 2022 because:

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

Best short-throw home projector

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PCMag

Best Short-Throw Projector for Use Under Ambient Light

Pros
Short-throw lens delivers a big image from close to the screen
Supports HDR
Supports full-HD 3D
Good contrast for the price
Fast lag time for gaming

Cons
No support for HLG, the emerging HDR standard for broadcast TV
Remote often jumps two menu spots with one button-press
No carry case

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We ranked LG HU85LA CineBeam #15 in June 2022 because:

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

Easiest Setup

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TechRadar

An ultra short-throw projector that knows its worth

Pros
Excellent image quality
Sleek design

Cons
A bit expensive
Middling speakers

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We ranked Sony VPL-VW590ES #16 in June 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 Optoma UHD35 #17 in June 2022 because:

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

Best for Gamers

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CNET

Best 4K projector for the money

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