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The Best Home Theater Projectors

ViewSonic SVGA High Brightness Projector

Editor's Choice
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The ViewSonic SVGA is an affordable, ultra-bright projector for any home. We seriously loved how much the 3,600 lumens negate the need for a dark projector room. Especially because I am too lazy to get darker curtains. The 120-inch projection area provides an ultimate viewing experience, with user-friendly menus. Eco mode gives the lamp up to 15,000 hours of use time! This projector is perfect for anyone looking for bright picture quality at an affordable price.

Key Features

  • Ultra bright 3,600 lumens delivers great picture quality in any setting
  • Vertical keystone correction eliminates crooked images
  • Flexible connectivity allows a multitude of uses, including PC and gaming

Optoma HD146X High Performance Projector

Best Design
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The Optoma HD243X leaves no stone unturned in its mission to provide the ultimate home theater experience at an affordable price. The brightness provided by the 3,600 lumens provides easy viewing, even when you’re trying to watch the Battle of WinterfelI. We were impressed by the detail, which is almost as clear as watching on a normal TV. With 1080p resolution and low lag time, there really isn’t anything this projector can’t handle, except maybe making sense of the final season of Game of Thrones.

Key Features

  • 3,600 lumens provides enough brightness for ANY room
  • Low lag 1080p quality makes this screen ideal for gaming
  • DLP DMD chip by Texas Instruments delivers crisp picture quality

Epson Home Cinema Projector

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When we first heard that this projector provided screen sizes up to 300 inches, we almost couldn’t believe it. It’s not until you measure it out that you realize how huge that is. To give some perspective, some movie screens are only 60 inches larger than this projector. So yeah, it’s massive. Not only is it huge, but it has the brightness to back it up. This is the projector you want if you are planning to use the main wall in your house as the projection area. With two HDMI ports, all your console games will be able to be played in life-size, how they should be.

Key Features

  • Full HD 1080p image quality
  • Up to 300 inches of projection area
  • Fully compatible with steaming services and gaming consoles

Acer H5380BD 720p Home Theater Projector

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For an entry-level projector, we were blown away by the power in this offering from Acer. With similar lumens to far more expensive models, this projector performs just as well in bright environments and offers incredible frame rates. What really impressed up about this model was that, despite only being 720p, the picture quality was fantastic. This projector works with all manner of PCs, gaming consoles, and Blu-ray players.

Key Features

  • 3,000 lumens gives ample light for all occasions
  • HDMI compatible
  • Eco mode available for extending bulb life

When shopping for a good quality projector, finding the right one for your situation is vital. There are a countless options out there, so understanding the lingo and specifics of each projector will go a long way towards helping you perfect your home entertainment!


Lumens is a unit of measurement used to measure light. The more lumens, the brighter. Over 100 lumens is recommended for dark rooms, brighter rooms should aim for at least 3000 lumens.


HDMI is the standard for connecting high-definition video devices.

Vertical keystone correction

This built-in ability in projectors aligns the distortion on the top or bottom of the image. This allows the image to look straight, despite the angle of the projector.

Ambient light sensor

A sensor located within the projector that automatically senses the light in the room and changes brightness accordingly.