Best HD Projectors in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 15, 2019
Not a single TV set beats an HD projector in creating a real cinema atmosphere. And this is why choosing a satisfying high definition projector is a task of top priority for every film fan. In this article, we will advise you the most popular and qualitative HD home projectors! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2019
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
WARRANTY
PROJECTOR TYPE
RATED BRIGHTNESS
RATED CONTRAST
ASPECT RATIO
RESOLUTION
IMAGE OUTPUT
KEYSTONE CORRECTION
INTERFACES
 
PROS

The Dynamic Black technology adds exceptional depth to your image, smoothly adjusting the lamp output based on the brightness information of each frame. Using ISF modes, you'll be able to save your calibrated day and night mode settings for the highest viewing experience. Able to deliver for 12,000 hours, the lamp should last over 10 years.

CONS

There's no VGA port. 

OUR VERDICT

Optoma HD143X is the best HD projector on the list. The model is able to deliver staggering picture quality that blows anything in the same price range out of the water. The built-in 10W audio speaker will have no issues matching that image quality with almost equally impressive sound quality.

detailed parameters
WARRANTY

1 year (lamp - 1 year)

PROJECTOR TYPE

DLP

RATED BRIGHTNESS

3200 lumens

RATED CONTRAST

23000:1

ASPECT RATIO

16:9 native, 4:3 compatible

RESOLUTION

Full HD (1920x1080)

IMAGE OUTPUT

Screen size: 28" ~ 301"

Throw ratio: 1.47:1 - 1.62:1

KEYSTONE CORRECTION

+/-40° vertical

INTERFACES

2 x HDMI, 1 x 3.5-mm audio out, 1 x 3D sync port, 1 x USB-A power out port, 1 x 12-V power port

PROS

Featuring a built-in Wi-Fi module and iProjection app, the projector lets you control the settings as well as the image output wirelessly. There's far more detailed gradation between the light and dark areas compared to your average projector. There's no 'rainbow effect' too. 

CONS

The built-in sound system is underwhelming.

OUR VERDICT

Epson EH-TW650 is an excellent full HD projector. It will let you capture everyone’s attention and bring family and friends together. Despite its rich functionality, the model is easy to control. Plus, it is really easy to set up. 

detailed parameters
WARRANTY

2 years (lamp - 3 years or 3000 hours)

PROJECTOR TYPE

3LCD

RATED BRIGHTNESS

3100 lumens

RATED CONTRAST

15000:1

ASPECT RATIO

16:9 native, 4:3 compatible

RESOLUTION

Full HD (1920x1080)

IMAGE OUTPUT

Screen size: 30" - 300"

Throw ratio: 1.02:1 - 1.23:1

KEYSTONE CORRECTION

± 30° Auto vertical

± 30 ° Manual horizontal

INTERFACES

2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x RCA video in, 2 x RCA audio in, 1 x USB-A port, 1 x USB-B power out port

PROS

The model incorporates an upgraded cooling system with double heat dissipation. The projector produces very little noise. The model's 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and proprietary display technology will be able to project the widest colour range and surprisingly beautiful images. 

CONS

The keystone correction has a limited range. 

OUR VERDICT

ELEPHAS YG600W is almost too good for its price. The pure LED lamp is able to display natural and rich colours. Its lifetime can last up to 30,000 hours. You'll have no brightness issues in the most well-lit rooms. The model lets you realise screen mirroring too.

detailed parameters
WARRANTY

Limited lifetime

PROJECTOR TYPE

LCD

RATED BRIGHTNESS

4500 lumens

RATED CONTRAST

3000:1

ASPECT RATIO

16:9 native, 4:3 compatible

RESOLUTION

WXGA (1280 x 800)

IMAGE OUTPUT

Screen size: 44" - 200"

KEYSTONE CORRECTION

+/-15° vertical

INTERFACES

2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x RCA video in, 2 x RCA audio in, 1 x 3.5-mm audio out, 2 x USB-A port, 1 x microSD slot

PROS

With ± 30° auto vertical and manual horizontal keystone correction, you'll be able to effortlessly position the image. The HDMI input allows easy access to different content from different sources. The optional ELPAP10 adapter offers Wi-Fi connectivity, letting you share content from any smart device using the iProjection app.

CONS

Some find the projector a tad loud. 

OUR VERDICT

Epson EB-S41 is a really practical and versatile model. We're not dealing with the best projector here. Its price-performance ratio isn't optimal. At the same time, the model is super convenient and its controls make it a pleasure to deal with.

detailed parameters
WARRANTY

2 years (lamp - 1 year or 1000 hours)

PROJECTOR TYPE

3LCD

RATED BRIGHTNESS

3300 lumens

RATED CONTRAST

15000:1

ASPECT RATIO

4:3 native, 16:9 compatible

RESOLUTION

SVGA (800 x 600)

IMAGE OUTPUT

Screen size: 30" - 350"

Throw ratio: 1.45:1 - 1.96:1

KEYSTONE CORRECTION

± 30° Auto vertical

± 30 ° Manual horizontal

INTERFACES

1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x RCA video in, 2 x RCA audio in, 1 x USB-A port, 1 x USB-B power out port

PROS

The projector can be mounted to any ceiling. It is also compatible with your average table/camera tripod. The adjustable footpad lets you easily change the projector's height to adjust your viewing experience. You can use the focus wheel to make changes to the picture's clarity. 

CONS

The contrast ratio isn't all that impressive. 

OUR VERDICT

Apeman LC350 isn't that great compared to every other product on the list and ridiculously great compared to every other projector in the same price range. It is an excellent affordable business solution and a decent entry-level entertainment system.

detailed parameters
WARRANTY

1 year (lamp - 1 year)

PROJECTOR TYPE

LCD

RATED BRIGHTNESS

3500 lumens

RATED CONTRAST

2000:1

ASPECT RATIO

16:9 native, 4:3 compatible

RESOLUTION

WVGA (800 x 480)

IMAGE OUTPUT

Screen size: 34" - 180"

KEYSTONE CORRECTION

+/-15° vertical

INTERFACES

1 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x RCA video in, 2 x RCA audio in, 1 x 3.5-mm audio out, 1 x USB-A port, 1 x microSD slot

Optoma HD143X

Almost Professional

Optoma HD143X is huge. It isn't necessarily professional equipment yet but the difference is definitely not that massive. Considering the mid-range price tag, the model's performance is no joke.

The projector's biggest strength is definitely the stunning picture quality that it is able to project. There are many details here that contribute to that picture quality. First and foremost, it is the model's practically absurd 23000:1 contrast ratio. Of course, this is dynamic contrast we're talking about here.

Nevertheless, these numbers are nothing to scoff at. They show that the projector is able to deliver the blackest blacks and the whitest whites. The bright parts will be bright with a capital B and the dark parts will look remarkably dark.

Other than that, the model is able to reproduce the Rec.709 colour gamut, meaning that the colours will be looking authentic and true to the director's vision.

This is a full HD (1920 x 1080p) projector we're dealing with here, so the image will be sharp and plenty detailed too.

Of course, it isn't just about these specs. The tech that the model is packing is pretty impressive too. The Dynamic Black technology, for instance, adds exceptional depth to your image, smoothly adjusting the lamp output based on the brightness information of each frame. It is able to put that dynamic contrast ratio to good use and create the most vibrant and immersive visual experience.

Thanks to this particular tech, the bright scenes will be looking crisp and clear, all while the dark scenes will remain detailed, with deep blacks and staggering light and shade detail.

Review of Optoma HD143X HDMI 3000 ANSI Lumens Projector

The Tech and Interfaces

The ISF modes are massive. Using this feature, you'll be able to save your calibrated day and night mode settings for the highest viewing experience.

Other than the model's tech/features, the biggest contributors are the lamp life and abundant interfaces. Able to deliver for 12,000 hours, the projector's lamp should last over 10 years (provided you aren't looking to put the projector through commercial use).

The abundant interfaces will let you connect the device to a cable box, Blu-ray player, high-end gaming PC or any current-generation console. The inputs and outputs include 2x HDMI, audio-out, 3D Sync port, 12V trigger, USB power.

In other words, Optoma HD143X is among the best HD projectors in its price range. The model is able to deliver staggering picture quality that blows anything in the same price range out of the water. The built-in 10W audio speaker will have no issues matching that image quality with almost equally impressive sound quality.

Optoma HD143X HDMI 3000 ANSI Lumens Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Epson EH-TW650

Enhanced Depth and Clarity

Epson EH-TW650 is as good as full HD projectors under 500 pounds come. It will let you supersize your favourite films, games, and sporting events at home without sacrificing image quality.

The biggest contributor is definitely the "full HD" part. With its native 1920 x 1080p resolution, the model is able to deliver the most detailed image. The projected footage will always look sharp, there's just no downside to higher resolutions.

At the same time, it isn't just the model's high resolution that's contributing here. The projector is packing enough tech to put any other model within the same price range to shame. The company's advanced image processing works wonders providing sharper images. There are five preset modes that you can choose from to select the most optimal image for your needs and preferences.

The model projects images with enhanced depth and clarity. There's also far more detailed gradation between the light and dark areas compared to your average projector. Even in the brightest rooms, the model is powerful enough to deliver especially bright yet colourful images and clearly defined shadows and deep blacks.

Thanks to the 3LCD technology, this HD projector is able to provide higher colour brightness than any 1-chip DLP projector. The result, as you would imagine, is more vivid and colourful images. The tech also eliminates the usual 'rainbow effect', another little detail separating the projector from its inferior competition.

Review of Epson EH-TW650 3LCD Full HD 3100 Lumens Gaming and Home Cinema Projector

Wireless Control

Setting the model's colour/image performance aside, there isn't that much left to cover here. The lamp is projected to last for a decade with regular everyday use. There's no bus shortage here. The interfaces include 2 x HDMI, 1 x VGA, 1 x RCA video in, 2 x RCA audio in, 1 x USB-A port, and 1 x USB-B power out port. You'll be able to connect the model to many different devices.

You won't even have to rely on these physical ports to do the connecting job. Featuring a built-in Wi-Fi module and iProjection app, the digital projector lets you control the settings as well as the output wirelessly.

As far as we're concerned, the only major disappointment here is the underwhelming built-in sound system.

Apart from that, Epson EH-TW650 is an excellent full HD projector. It will let you capture everyone’s attention and bring family and friends together. It is a really good gaming projector. Despite its rich functionality, the model is easy to control. Plus, it is really easy to set up too.

Epson EH-TW650 3LCD Full HD 3100 Lumens Gaming and Home Cinema Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

ELEPHAS YG600W

Almost too Bright

You cannot cover ELEPHAS YG600W without addressing the price first. For an HD projector with a native 1280 x 800p resolution, the model is ridiculously cheap. The tech it is packing and the projector's specs are nothing short of impressive considering the ~150-quid price tag.

Of course, the aforementioned resolution is the biggest deal here. It will let you experience detailed and crisp images with enough subtlety to blow any other projector within the same price range out of the water.

Setting the resolution aside, the model's most defining characteristic is probably its upgraded LED source. Compared to just about any standard non-professional projector, ELEPHAS YG600W is somewhere between 70 and 80% brighter.

On the other hand, the model's 3000:1 dynamic contrast ratio and proprietary display technology will be able to project the widest colour range and surprisingly beautiful images too.

At the same time, we definitely shouldn't gloss over the projector's ridiculous 4500-lumen rated brightness. Any projector below 3000 lumens will be able to deliver in a dark room. But only the model's equals in the rated brightness department are equipped to deliver equally bright images in well-lit environments.

You won't have to think about blinders. You won't have to be taking into account how lit the room is. You'll be able to turn the projector on and enjoy bright enough and more than recognizable footage in just about any environment.

Review of ELEPHAS YG600W LED 4500 Lumens HD Video Projector

Very Little Noise

Taking into account the model's more than sensible price, the built-in dual stereo speakers (3W) with SRS sound are nothing to scoff at. Whether using the projector indoors or outdoors, the powerful speakers will be able to deliver a solid audio experience.

The upgraded cooling system with double heat dissipation is another detail that separates the product from its predecessor. Considering the improved cooling system design and innovative materials applied, you won't have to worry about heating at all.

The upgraded and retrofitted cooling system also entails greatly reduced fan noises. There's very little chance you'll be bothered by the projector's noises anymore. The model is able to offer the quietest atmosphere for you to enjoy your leisure time at home.

At the end of the day, ELEPHAS YG600W is almost too good for its price. The pure LED lamp is able to display natural and rich colours. Its lifetime can last up to 30,000 hours. You'll have no brightness issues in the most well-lit rooms. The model lets you realise screen mirroring too.

ELEPHAS YG600W LED 4500 Lumens HD Video Projector in the use

 

Epson EB-S41

350-Inch Display

Epson EB-S41 isn't really the best projector on the list. The model has its moments but its price-performance ratio is just not there. It is able to do many things pretty well though. The specs are nothing to complain about and the 3LCD technology behind the projector is impressive as per usual. The model is pretty versatile. We would classify it as a business projector first and foremost.

At the same time, the model is definitely packing enough proverbial heat to let you enjoy blockbusters on a big screen at home. Even when there’s abundant ambient light, the projector's 3,300-lumen rated brightness and the previously mentioned 3LCD technology are more than capable of delivering a surprisingly bright and clear picture.

As far as we're concerned, the model's biggest selling point is its image output. More specifically, the screen size that can go from measly 30" to ridiculous 350". That 350-inch display will prove especially impressive considering the 3LCD tech that is able to deliver up to three times brighter images compared to DLP projectors.

Other than the projector's bright and vivid colours, the 15000:1 contrast ratio is no joke too. Able to produce the most defined shadows and the deepest blacks, that contrast ratio will have no issues making the bright parts super bright and the dark parts as dark as they come.

Review of Epson EB-S41 3LCD 3300 Lumens SVGA Display Projector

Super Convenient

Epson EB-S41 isn't without its flaws. The SVGA (800 x 600) resolution isn't necessarily HD. Though the heating system is nothing to complain about, the model is relatively loud. These aren't major issues but considering the mid-range price tag, it would be reasonable to expect better showings in these areas.

At the same time, the model's stress-free setup is an excellent change of pace compared to the usual deal. As far as we're concerned, the projector has been designed with portability and quick setup in mind. You'll have no issues positioning the image with ± 30° auto vertical and manual horizontal keystone correction. The HDMI input will let you easily access different content from different sources. The optional ELPAP10 adapter offers Wi-Fi connectivity, so you'll be able to share content from any smart device using the iProjection app.

All things considered, Epson EB-S41 is a really practical and versatile model. We're not dealing with the best projector here. Its price-performance ratio isn't optimal. At the same time, the model is super convenient and its controls make it a pleasure to deal with.

Epson EB-S41 3LCD 3300 Lumens SVGA Display Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Apeman LC350

The Tightest Budget

Apeman LC350 is the most affordable product in this lineup. Scratch that, it is the cheapest product here. "The cheapest" doesn't necessarily refer to its quality. That being said, it is definitely the least impressive prospect on the list.

At the same time, considering its ~65-quid price tag, the model is impressive, to say the least. An actual half-decent projector for money like that is an excellent deal. There's no huge brand behind the product, which is probably the only reason a deal like that is possible in the first place.

Now, let's cover the model's specs. First and foremost, its screen output will let you project any display between 34" and 180" inches. Needless to say, 180 inches is a massive display, more than enough for entertaining your friends and family.

The rated brightness is nothing to scoff at too. Able to deliver 3500 lumens, the projector will have no issues in well-lit environments. Sure, we would still recommend turning off the lights. But you will be able to recognise the image with enough daylight in the room. You'll be able to enjoy quality movie time without worrying about blinders and things like that.

The last specs here are the model's contrast ratio and resolution. These are probably the product's weakest points. As far as we're concerned, 2000:1 dynamic contrast ratio just isn't that great. The difference between blacks and whites will be solid but not solid enough.

The WVGA (800 x 480p) resolution is a far cry from high definition. It will not be able to produce detailed images.

But, again, considering the price tag, these specs are more than you'd reasonably expect.

Review of Apeman LC350 3800 Lumens LCD Portable Mini Projector

Control the Projection

Switching gears, let's move on from performance to the model's build and controls. Apeman LC350 can be mounted to any ceiling. It is also compatible with your average table/camera tripod. You can fit it in just about any position.

The adjustable footpad lets you easily change the projector's height to adjust your viewing experience. The model's ±15° keystone correction will give you enough image positioning options. You can use the focus wheel to make changes to the picture's clarity. The dual built-in speaker system is surprisingly good. Last but not least, the projector comes with a remote controller.

Bottom line, Apeman LC350 isn't that great compared to every other product on the list and ridiculously great compared to every other projector in the same price range. It is an excellent affordable business solution and a decent entry-level entertainment system.

Apeman LC350 3800 Lumens LCD Portable Mini Projector in the use

 

What Is an HD Projector?

HD projectors are an integral part of state-of-the-art technologies, used not only in business but also at home. These devices serve to project a high-resolution image onto the screen. There are millions of ways to employ them in everyday life, but everything depends on the specifications. Hi-end models with HD image output can be used excellently as home theatres. What’s better than meeting up with your close friends and watching your favourite movies on a REALLY LARGE screen? Businesspersons who often make presentations can use these devices to show slides and videos to the audience. In this article, we have selected the most popular High Definition Projectors so that you could choose the one better suited for you.

To use your HD projector, you will obviously need a quality projector screen, and for those who often make various presentations, we highly recommend considering presentation remotes. And, of course, if you want to turn your home into a full-fledged cinema theatre, check the home theatre projectors!

What Features to Compare

Type

The first and foremost thing to take into account while choosing the HD projector is its type. There exist two engine types (DLP and LCD) and each has pros and cons. The DLP technology projects the image with the help of silicon reflexions at numerous little mirrors. This technology provides quite a smooth image with high subpixel accuracy and without odd shadows, but the brightness is a bit lower than that of LCD models, and there is also a pixel limit. The LCD technology, in its turn, projects the image by flowing it through 3-coloured panels (red, green, and blue). The colour of the pixel is determined by the position of these panels. LCD projectors are more compact and show excellent brightness and colour saturation. On the other hand, there can eventually appear dead pixels and the image can degenerate a little.

Output Image Features

The next thing to think of is the quality of the output image, like projector brightness. Models with low brightness can correctly function only in dark rooms as distinguished from those with the colour brightness of 2000-3000 lumen and more. The aspect ratio will help understand the optimal projector application. If you are going to hold presentations, the best ratio will probably be 4:3, but if you are going to watch movies, then 16:9 will be a perfect choice. It's very important to pay attention to the resolution of the projector as well. The higher it is, the more accurate and clear the image will be. To have positive user experience while watching movies the resolution should be at least Full HD.

Special Projection Aspects

Consider the special aspects of the projection. The throw and the output image size can help you set the position of the device properly. Zoom and perspective correction tools are also important and allow setting more accurate image on the screen.

Device Connectivity

Do not forget to check the available ports and plugs, which determine the connection options. The more video inputs the projector has, the more devices you will be able to connect simultaneously. Audio outputs make it possible to add the audio.

Did You Know?

You Can Make a Projector with Your Own Hands If You Want

It's nothing fancy but, as far as Do-It-Yourself projects go, it can be a lot of fun and even a bit of learning when you reach certain steps. Basically, you'll need a cardboard box big enough to put your multimedia gadget in and have some space left, a magnifying glass, some strong tape, and your smartphone or tablet (depending on where the videos you want to watch are stored).

  1. Take the box and cut a hole in one of its walls the size of your magnifying glass. That's where your picture will come from.
  2. Stick the magnifying glass to the hole with a tape. Try to not cover the glass itself for it will distort the image, stick the tape to the handle.
  3. Lock your gadget (phone or tablet) in a landscape mode, turn off the auto-rotation feature, and set the said gadget inside the box facing the magnifying glass; use the gadget's stand to keep it upright. The image on the display should be reversed left to right and upside down because of the specific way the magnifying glass works.
    • If you don't have a special stand for your gadget, you can make one by cutting off the flap of the box opposite to the hole with the glass, folding it, and leaning your phone on it. However, consider the weight of your gadget, you might need something sturdier, like a book stand.
    • This is the step where, if you're doing this project with your kids, you could explain them the way the lenses work.
  4. Set the box with the gadget so that the glass "eye" is facing the wall you plan to watch the movie on. The farther from the wall it will be the bigger the image but note that it will also become more blurred at a distance.
  5. Turn off the lights in the room, close your curtains, turn on the movie, and close the box.
  6. Enjoy your movie.

That's it, a DIY home projector. It is not, of course, any match for the professionally manufactured ones; it will hardly make a clear and crisp image or good sound, and you'll find it bothersome to open the box every time you need to pause. But it can be a fun project to do with your kids or friends for pure entertainment or educational purposes.

The First Projector-like Items Appear as Early as in Ancient Times

They were called the Chinese Magic Mirrors and were used, as the name suggests, in China. At a passing glance, they looked like regular mirrors, albeit somewhat imperfect compared to modern ones, of course: they were made of bronze and one side was thoroughly polished to reflect the image of what is opposite of it, whereas the reverse side bore intricate carvings on the surface. The "magic" part began, however, when someone put the reflecting side against the sun and the wall—the image from the back, magnified several times, was miraculously reflected onto the wall making it seem like the mirror is actually transparent. These mirrors were considered magic items for centuries until in the 1900s, it was discovered that the polished side had actually born the same designs as the back before they were polished. Thus, the reflected pictures were a result of an uneven surface.

FAQ:

Q: What is the best brightness for a home projector?
A:
 This depends on the conditions you plan on using your home projector in. You will need more brightness if you are going to watch your videos or images during the day and have no opportunity to create a completely dark room. Higher brightness is usually needed in projectors used during conferences or in offices. At the same time, to have a movie night with friends and family, the lower standard of 1000 or 1200 lumens will be quite enough. Furthermore, too bright projector in a complete darkness will cause harm to your eyes.

Q: Do I Buy 16:9 or 4:3 projector for home?
A:
 If your main purpose is to watch modern movies and TV shows, you'll need a widescreen projector, a 16:9 as this is pretty much a standard today. For those in love with old movies, a 4:3 aspect ratio will be preferable. If you occasionally watch old and occasionally new, it's still not a problem since most home projectors support both aspect ratios just fine.

Q: What about a replacement lamp?
A:
 In most cases, you won't need a replacement lamp for a long time unless you happen to damage the original one—the manufacturers of home projectors tend to create their lamps to last several thousand hours of active use.

Q: Where do I put a projector?
A:
 If your projector is small and lightweight and you do not plan to carry it around, you could install it permanently on the room ceiling. It's not as good an idea if you plan to buy a bulkier model, though. These are usually put on a desk or on a bookshelf opposite the screen wall.

Q: Do HD projectors support 3D?
A:
 Some of the projectors do, and not only HD ones—there are models with a smaller native resolution that still can be coupled with special glasses for a 3D experience. However, they usually cost more.

Q: Are there projectors that use Wi-Fi?
A:
 Yes, today some state-of-the-art home projectors have a Wi-Fi module in them to connect wirelessly to the content source. Some need a separate adapter for this and some work as they are. But once again—a wireless feature in a projector is still listed under the "Bells and whistles" header so it will add to the projector cost.

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Publish Date: 2017-12-01 08:47:15