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Updated: Dec 22, 2014 20:45
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Sony VPL-VW500ES

With rival projection technologies struggling to get their 4K acts together, Sony has been quick...

16 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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JVC DLA-X500R

Likes Dislikes So just how far has JVC come in the last five years? Well there's no doubt that...

9 expert reviews

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BenQ W1070

While the BenQ W1070 has some issues, almost all of them are the things you need to do to bring...

24 expert reviews | 563 user reviews

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Sony VPL-HW55ES

Last year the Sony VPL-HW50ES was my overall favorite projector and the VPL-HW55ES might retain...

13 expert reviews | 4 user reviews

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Epson EH-TW6100

Epson's TW6100 certainly looks like it means business, and its big, centrally-mounted lens and...

13 expert reviews | 78 user reviews

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Philips Screeneo HDP1590

You'd never mistake me for an A/V geek, since I'm far more interested in what's on TV than how it...

13 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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Sony VPL-HW50ES

Coming back to 3D, the 240Hz panel drive and a special dynamic lamp control technology have been...

22 expert reviews

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Epson EH-TW9200

Having made many of our favourite projectors in recent years, Epson suffered a dip in form last...

11 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Epson EH-TW9000

So, dear, you want to spend how much on a 'home cinema'?

34 expert reviews | 15 user reviews

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Epson EH-TW5200

Unless you're one of those weird PC gamers who thinks the zenith of gaming is to play...

10 expert reviews | 57 user reviews

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alaScore 96

BenQ W1080ST

REMOTE CONTROL This remote might not be the prettiest looking controller we’ve set eyes on but it...

19 expert reviews | 240 user reviews

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Optoma HD50

The Optoma HD50 comprehensively over delivers on its upper budget price tag. HD images are...

5 expert reviews

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Sony VPL-HW40ES

Given the similarities between the 40ES and 55ES projector, it wouldn't surprise me if they are...

7 expert reviews

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BenQ W1500

The W-1500’s combination of solid HDMI wireless performance, appealing picture quality, flexible...

18 expert reviews | 6 user reviews

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Benq W1300

The BenQ W1300 projector is probably at its best with HD sports. Its blistering detail and rich...

8 expert reviews | 11 user reviews

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Epson EH-TW7200

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Sony VPL-HW40ES

Sony believes that any projector worth its salt will run you more than$2,500. Their new VPL...

3 expert reviews

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Toshiba TDP T95

The Toshiba TDP-T95U seems to define the midpoint of the XGA projector market. There are brighter...

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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Epson Powerlite 2030

Here's what you get with the Cinema 2030: 2,000 lumens of brightness, 3D, HDMI with MHL, USB with...

8 expert reviews | 51 user reviews

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Sony VPL-VW1000ES

Sony's new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theater projector doesn't look like an air handler. No, it's...

27 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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Viewsonic PJD7820HD

The ViewSonic PJD7820HD ($789.99) is a relative rarity, a 1,920 by 1,080 projector that's geared...

9 expert reviews | 169 user reviews

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Epson Powerlite 1940w Lcd Projector 720p Hdtv 1610

A close competitor to the NEC NP-P401W, the Epson PowerLite 1940W WXGA 3LCD Projector ($1,299)...

2 expert reviews

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Optoma HD91

Unfortunately, while the DynamicBlack options deliver the most consistently satisfying contrast...

4 expert reviews

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Viewsonic PLED-W800

The ViewSonic PLED-W800 ($709.99) offers easy portability, a good set of connection choices, and...

3 expert reviews

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Optoma GT1080

A gaming projector with a good short game, but lacking in fundamentals

4 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Projectors

    Projectors are a common feature of the business landscape, and they easily and effectively allow the dissemination of information in a group setting. Small offices can benefit from having a projector handy for meetings and presentations, and for large companies they are invaluable. When you need to get your message out, using a projector eliminates the need for cumbersome and costly handouts and outperforms mass emails. Projectors are also seeing increased use in the home, as the focus of home theater-style entertainment systems. Whether it's for home or office, a projector might just be the thing you are looking for.



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    What to Look for in a Projector

    Native Resolution/Display Size: These measurements determine the size of the displayed image. The standard for smaller projectors is 800x600, which is appropriate for smaller presentations. 1024x768 and 1280x800 projectors are mid-range performers, perfect for larger gatherings in a sizable room. Anything larger is a top-end projector that will be able to create a huge image, a necessity for extra large presentations in concert halls, large auditoriums, and convention settings.

    Aspect Ratio – 4:3 is the standard for most projectors, however many of the newer, more advanced models are capable of 16:9 or 16:10 wide screen ratios. If you plan on projecting television or film content, or even full motion video business presentations, a projector that can accommodate wide screen format is a necessity.

    Brightness – Brightness determines the clarity and distinctness of the projected image, and is especially important for larger models intended for bigger groups. Brightness is measured in lumens – the more lumens, the brighter the image and the more flexibility you will have in catering to large groups.

    Additional Projector Considerations

    Make sure you can connect properly with the projector you intend to buy. Most projectors offer S-Video, analog RGB, and composite cable connectivity. For added ease of connectivity, look for a projector that has USB port hookups.

    Almost all projectors come with two watt speakers standard. These are rather small, and you may wish to augment audio output with additional speakers. Fan noise may be a related consideration, particularly with small projectors meant for intimate settings. For all but the smallest venues, extra speakers are recommended.

    If you are having a hard time deciding between different models, make sure you check out any extras offered by the manufacturer. Two year warranties are common, but some manufacturers offer them for three years. A remote control might be a nice convenience – check to see which models have them. Some manufacturers may even offer an additional free bulb with your initial purchase. When it is hard to choose based simply on performance, look for the little extras that might make a difference.

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    Acer has created a line of cost-effective projectors that complement their low-cost computers – their performance is more than adequate if you don't need any fancy extras. NEC, InFocus, and Panasonic all offer several models, and have something for small gatherings or large presentations. Epson has distinguished itself with its high-end models that are best in large venues – if you have an extra large group, chances are you'll need an Epson.

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