May 2021

Video Projectors: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Projector rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2021.

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 May 2021 ranking

At a glance - May 2021 Ranking

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Rank Price Projector
PCMag
TechRadar
What Hi-Fi
CNET
The Strategist
Digital Trends
T3
Digital Spy
The Verge
WIRED
#1
$1599 Optoma UHD50X
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$2799 Vava VA-LT002
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$1490 BenQ TK850
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$549 Optoma HD146X
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$2990 Epson Home Cinema 5050UB
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Check price Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12
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$1500 ViewSonic X10-4KE
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$1683 Epson Home Cinema 3800
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$1499 BenQ CinePrime HT3550
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$790 BenQ HT2150ST
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$550 Anker Nebula Mars II Pro
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$1299 Optoma UHD35
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$749 BenQ TH685
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$799 Optoma GT1080HDR
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$550 ViewSonic PX701HD
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$3299 Optoma CinemaX P2
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Check price Sony VPL-VW550ES
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We ranked Optoma UHD50X #1 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Optoma UHD50X as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best projector

Pros
It offers 4K resolution, a 240Hz refresh rate, and gorgeous color for the price.

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WIRED

Best Overall

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We ranked Vava VA-LT002 #2 in May 2021 because:

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

Best projector for style

Pros
Effortless style
Max 150-inch projection

Cons
Poor app layout
Only 8-bit HDR

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The Verge

The projector the best image quality

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WIRED

Easiest Setup

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We ranked BenQ TK850 #3 in May 2021 because:

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

Best projector for brightness

Pros
Support for 4K and HDR
Incredibly bright picture

Cons
No streaming apps
Some fan noise

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Digital Trends

The best projector for light-filled living rooms

Pros
It produces a bright, high-quality image that is ideal for watching during any time of day.

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Digital Spy

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We ranked Optoma HD146X #4 in May 2021 because:

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

Best home projector for video games

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Digital Trends

The best value projector

Pros
You want a high-res, 1080p picture and 16 ms response time at a great price.

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The Verge

the best budget projector

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We ranked Epson Home Cinema 5050UB #5 in May 2021 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:
CNET

Best projector overall

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WIRED

Luxury Pick

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We ranked Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 #6 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Smart Portable Projector / 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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We ranked ViewSonic X10-4KE #7 in May 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked ViewSonic X10-4KE as #1.
Critic endorsements:
PCMag

Best Semi-Portable 4K Projector

Pros
Long-lived LED light source
4K UHD (3,840-by-2,160-pixel) resolution using TI's XPR fast-shift pixel shifting
HDR10 support
Built-in handle for easy portability
Notably high-volume, high-quality audio
Integrated streaming, Android OS, and smart home features

Cons
Perceived brightness is lower than the rated 2,400 LED lumens
Out-of-the-box color accuracy is somewhat off
Disappointing shadow detail in dark scenes

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Digital Spy

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We ranked Epson Home Cinema 3800 #8 in May 2021 because:

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

The best budget 4K-enhanced projector with better sound

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We ranked BenQ CinePrime HT3550 #9 in May 2021 because:

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

The best projector for darkroom cinephiles

Pros
It sports 4K UHD resolution, HDR support, and 2,000 lumens of brightness.

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WIRED

Also Great

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We ranked BenQ HT2150ST #10 in May 2021 because:

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

Best Color Accuracy for Movies

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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WIRED

Best Under $1,000

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We ranked Anker Nebula Mars II Pro #11 in May 2021 because:

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

Best Combo Portable Projector and Bluetooth Speaker / Editors' Choice

Pros
Good color quality for video and photos
Doubles as a Bluetooth speaker system
Runs Android 7.1 (and Android apps)
Loud sound system with smooth audio
Built-in battery

Cons
Not as easily portable as some similar projectors
Autofocus is slow to engage

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CNET

Best portable projector

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We ranked Optoma UHD35 #12 in May 2021 because:

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

Best 4K projector for the money

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WIRED

Best for Gamers

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We ranked BenQ TH685 #13 in May 2021 because:

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

Best for Gaming and Movies in Family Rooms

Pros
Good color accuracy and contrast for the price
Supports HDR, including HLG
Accepts 4K input to downconvert to 1080p
Low input lag for gaming
Supports Full HD 3D

Cons
Hard to adjust for sharpest image
Doesn't read files from USB memory keys

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CNET

Best for bright-room gaming

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We ranked Optoma GT1080HDR #14 in May 2021 because:

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

Best for Big Images in Small Rooms

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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The Strategist

Best short-throw home projector

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We ranked ViewSonic PX701HD #15 in May 2021 because:

  • 1 independent expert mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Spy

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We ranked Optoma CinemaX P2 #16 in May 2021 because:

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

Best for audio

Pros
Up to 120-inch projection
Brilliant sound

Cons
Basic, dated software
Less bright than its predecessor

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Digital Spy

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We ranked Sony VPL-VW550ES #17 in May 2021 because:

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

Probably THE best home 4K projector,but its quality doesn't come cheap

Pros
Sumptuous, native 4K images
Easy setup

Cons
Not overly bright

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