Besides 4K Blu-rays, every streaming services offer 4K content today. It’s only natural that you’d want to invest in a 4K projector to enjoy the movies and show with a larger than life exprience. The 4K projectors bring better picture quality, contrast ratio, and quality performance. Over the years, the cost of such projectors has reduced gradually and is available for a little over $1,500.
So, if you plan to buy one for your home, here are our recommendations for the best 4K projectors.
Let’s have a look. But before that,
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1. Optoma UHD35 True 4K UHD Gaming Projector
- Brightness: 3,600 Lumen | Lamp Life: Up to 15,000 hours
- Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0(HDCP 2.2), 1 x VGA, 1 x 3.5mm Audio, 1 x USB, 1 x 12V trigger, 1 x RS232
The Optoma UHD35 uses a 3,600 Lumen lamp, translating into a bright picture. The bright bulb means that you will be able to watch in ambient light as well.
As noted earlier, the image is crisp and detailed. The contrast levels are high and you will be able to see details well in a dark room. However, images in daylight or a bright room may appear a little washed. For the record, it covers the full Rec.709 color gamut. For the uninitiated, Rec. 709 is the standard for cinematic color.
The Optoma UHD35 projector is easy to handle, and the lightweight design means you can carry it easily across your rooms. For now, it lets you zoom up to 1.1x. And if you’d like to adjust the image further, you’ll have to rely on the digital zoom.
Lastly, the UHD35 bundles a decent number of ports. Video input exists in the form of dual HDMI 2.0 connectors with HDCP 2.2 support. Note that lamp replacement is a little costly and may cost you around $250. Thankfully, the lamp’s life expectancy is long.
2. Epson Home Cinema 3800
- Brightness: 3,000 Lumen | Lamp Life: Up to 5,000 hours
- Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0b, 2 x USB-A, 1 x Mini USB, 1 x RS-232, 1 x 12V trigger
These features eventually translate into impressive image quality, especially considering the price. This Epson projector covers around 90% of the Rec.709 color gamut in Natural mode. Furthermore, the projector bundles a bright 3,800 Lumen lamp that delivers bright images even in ambient lighting.
One of the other highlights is its flexible lens shift. The combination of the 1.62x zoom and vertical & horizontal shift means you can set this projector anywhere as per your flexibility.
Like the one above, it bundles an ample number of ports and includes two HDMI 2.0a ports, three USB ports, etc. Interestingly, it supports aptX Bluetooth codec.
So far, it has amassed many positive reviews on Amazon, with users appreciating its color accuracy, picture quality, and brightness.
3. BenQ HT3550 4K Home Theater Projector
- Brightness: 2,000 Lumen | Lamp Life: Up to 4,000 hours
- Ports: 2 x HDMI 2.0b (ARC), 2 x USB-A, 1 x USB Mini, 1 x 12v trigger, IR receiver, 1 x RS-232, 1 x 3.5mm audio
The ARC support means you get audio and video with the same HDMI cable. The picture quality is impressive, and watching movies and matches is a charm. Interestingly, the device automatically bumps the picture to HDR10 mode when it detects compatible content. The BenQ HT3550 covers 100% of the Rec.709 color gamut.
In short, it’s small, looks sharp, and is easily portable. And yeah, the slew of pictures makes it a great value-for-money proposition.
4. XGIMI Aura Short Throw Laser Projector
- Brightness: 2,500 Lumen | Lamp Life: Up to 25,000 hours
- Ports: 3 x HDMI 2.0 (1 ARC), 3 x USB, 1 x 3.5mm audio, S/PDIF optical audio out
You get a home theatre experience with the short throw distance, built-in Harman Kardon speakers, and the Android interface to stream shows and movies. It’s worth noting that the number of Android apps is limited. But you do get the popular ones like Amazon Prime Video, Disney Plus, and HBO Max. Sadly, Netflix isn’t on the list.
When it comes to picture quality, it delivers well-saturated and accurate colors. It is true as long as the scene is a normal daylight scene. However, the detail appears a tad washed for dimly-lit or night scenes. For the record, the XGIMI Aura covers 90% of the Rec.709 color gamut.
The XGIMI Aura is a tad more expensive than its counterparts above. However, for a short-throw 4K projector, the price tag is pretty justified. Plus, you get room-filling high-quality sound with above-average picture quality. And if you wish, you can turn this ultra-modern projector into a Bluetooth speaker.
Let the Show Begin
These 4K projectors will easily let you watch football matches and movies in a large setting. Just make sure to get a wrinkle-free screen, and you will be all set.
Before you get going, do make sure to get a quality HDMI cable that can transmit 4K @60Hz to maintain the high picture quality of the projectors. Moreover, keep an eye out for the length of the HDMI cable. A short cable will do you well compared to a 10-ft long cable.
Last updated on 06 June, 2022
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