September 2021

Video Projectors: Aggregated Ranking Report

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

At a glance - September 2021 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Projector
PCMag
TechRadar
What Hi-Fi
CNET
The Strategist
Digital Trends
Forbes
The Verge
WIRED
T3
1
- $900
Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12
1
-
12
10
-
-
5
-
-
-
2
+4 $2949
Epson Home Cinema 5050UB
-
-
-
1
-
-
6
-
3
-
3
-1 $1599
Optoma UHD50X
-
-
-
-
-
1
-
-
1
-
4
+5 Check price
Epson EH-TW9400
-
2
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
5
5
-1 $2799
Vava VA-LT002
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
3
4
-
6
-1 $549
Optoma HD146X
-
-
-
-
6
4
-
2
-
-
7
New * $5498
Sony VPL-VW325ES
-
-
-
3
-
-
1
-
-
-
8
+9 $3149
Optoma CinemaX P2
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1
9
-6 $1499
BenQ TK850
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
2
10
- $1499
BenQ CinePrime HT3550
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
-
2
-
11
- $550
Anker Nebula Mars II Pro
2
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
12
- $799
BenQ HT2150ST
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
13
New * $803
ViewSonic M2
-
-
-
9
-
-
-
-
-
3
14
- $766
BenQ TH685
4
-
-
8
-
-
-
-
-
-
15
- $1041
Optoma GT1080HDR
5
-
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
-
16
- $469
Anker Nebula Solar
-
8
13
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
17
New * Check price
Sony VPL-VW590ES
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
18
- $2468
Optoma UHD35
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
5
-

We ranked Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 #1 in September 2021 because:

  • 4 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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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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CNET

Best compact laser projector

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Forbes

Best Portable Projector

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We ranked Epson Home Cinema 5050UB #2 in September 2021 because:

  • 3 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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Forbes

Best 4K Projector

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WIRED

Luxury Pick

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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 September 2021 ranking

We ranked Optoma UHD50X #3 in September 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 Epson EH-TW9400 #4 in September 2021 because:

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

Best long-throw projector

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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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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We ranked Vava VA-LT002 #5 in September 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 Optoma HD146X #6 in September 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 Sony VPL-VW325ES #7 in September 2021 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:
CNET

Best projector,money no object

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Forbes

Best Projector for Home Theaters

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We ranked Optoma CinemaX P2 #8 in September 2021 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:
TechRadar

Best projector for audio

Pros
Up to 120-inch projection
Brilliant sound

Cons
Basic, dated software
Less bright than its predecessor

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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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We ranked BenQ TK850 #9 in September 2021 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
It produces a bright, high-quality image that is ideal for watching during any time of day.

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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 CinePrime HT3550 #10 in September 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 Anker Nebula Mars II Pro #11 in September 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 BenQ HT2150ST #12 in September 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 ViewSonic M2 #13 in September 2021 because:

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

Best 1080p portable projector

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T3

The best projector for portable Full HD, and a style icon

Pros
Stylish design
Bluetooth headphone pairing

Cons
Limited black level
Not 4K

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We ranked BenQ TH685 #14 in September 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 #15 in September 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 Anker Nebula Solar #16 in September 2021 because:

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

Best compact projector

Pros
Stunning design
Doubles as a Bluetooth speaker

Cons
A bit dim
Sound could be punchier

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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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We ranked Sony VPL-VW590ES #17 in September 2021 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Video Projectors” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Optoma UHD35 #18 in September 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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