Best Laser Projector For a Great Home Theater Experience

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Laser projectors are the advancements in entertainment as they have many features to offer. However, they differ from home theatre projectors since they use a different light source to provide a broader range of colors and a sharper image quality. In other words, if you get the best laser projector, you will display superior picture quality compared to a lamp-based projector.

Our article discusses the top picks of laser projectors in the market to help you decide on your taste. But before that, here is a brief description of a laser projector that will help you understand our article better.

What is a Laser Projector?

A laser projector is an electronic device that projects images and videos onto a screen or a surface using laser light. The projection system can use one or more lasers to create an image, which the projector scans across the surface to be projected.

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The laser projectors are more advantageous than the traditional LCD and DLP projectors since they can produce brighter images, offer a wider color gamut, and have a higher contrast ratio. In addition, laser projectors are thinner and lighter than LCD and DLP projectors. You can read more if you want to know if the DLP projector is the best.

5 Best Laser Projectors-Our Top Picks

1. Optoma CinemaX P2

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  • 4K UHD + HDR10: Enjoy a high-quality, cinematic home theater...
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If you are looking for a laser projector with superior image quality, then choose Optoma P2. The Optoma P2 matches the Optoma P1's best features but with added technology, making it a better choice for some users.

In addition, we were impressed with the P2's image quality; it had a native 4k resolution supported by a dynamic black contrast ratio with over a billion displayable colors. Overall, it was truly cinema quality.

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We also got expanded smart home support with the Optoma P2. More custom commands, such as Google Assistant and Alexa, gave us control. In addition, it allowed us to manage complex routines and integration with our other devices through IFTTT.

Another advantage of Optoma 2 was that it was more responsive. Its input lag was around 55 ms, which was high for us during gaming, but we didn't experience any delays while on single-player games and casual games.

Features:

  • Smart 4K UHD laser projector for home theater
  • 3000 lumens
  • 6-Segment color wheel
  • Ultra-short throw
  • Built-in soundbar
  • Works with Alexa & Google

Pros:

  • Its lower input lag makes it suitable for casual gamers
  • It has a 6-segment color wheel with HDR 10 support
  • It has a high contrast ratio
  • It has a reliable laser light source that lasts up to 30,000 hours
  • It has a short-throw ratio It has robust voice-control functions 

Cons:

  • There are better options for competitive multi-player gamers.

2. Samsung LSP7T

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  • ULTRA SHORT THROW & COMPACT DESIGN: This compact projector can...
  • 2.2 CHANNEL SYSTEM: Elevate your home theater experience with a...
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If you are looking for an all-in-one performance laser projector, we recommend you choose the Samsung LSP7T. It had a 2.2-channel sound system with dual woofers and mid-range drivers, providing a balanced and clear sound across the frequency range. In addition, it used only 30 watts of power to produce enough volume to fill our viewing area.

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The LSP7T had built-in wireless connectivity and a TIZEN smart TV system. So we could stream popular apps like Prime Video, Apple TV, and Youtube.

It had a powerful processor and vivid picture that produced clear, colorful images on the white surface. We were impressed that it did not need a screen for projection, so whether you hang a bedsheet in your backyard or project it on a wall, it still gave clear images. Since it did not require a screen, we could use it straight out of the box- without adding extra accessories.

We had an easy time setting up the LSP7T. Its throw distance was short even for laser projector standards; thus needed about a foot of distance for a 100" screen, making it versatile for different setups and rooms. Its only downside was it did not have the unshift key or keystone correction options as with other projectors.

Features:

  • Ultra short throw
  • 4K UHD smart single laser projector for home theater
  • HDR
  • 2.2Ch surround sound system
  • Has Alexa

Pros:

  • It has a 4K resolution with a powerful UHD processor
  • It supports multiple voice control services
  • It has wireless connectivity and a smart TV system for streaming
  • It produces powerful, clear sound with a built-in sound system

Cons:

  • It has no keystone correction or other adjustment options
  • It has no dynamic contrast ratio

3. Optoma UHZ50

Optoma UHZ50 Smart 4K UHD Laser Home Theater Projector...
  • HIGH-QUALITY, CINEMATIC IMAGE: With the latest DLP technology...
  • BRIGHT LASER LIGHT SOURCE: Laser technology delivers outstanding...
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  • AGILE HDR ADJUSTMENT: Fine tune image quality with a variety of...
  • SMOOTH, LAG-FREE GAMING: Ultra-fast 240Hz gaming for blur-free...

If you are looking for a high-quality projector that is budget-friendly, we recommend you choose the Optoma UHZ50. It had a 4K resolution, four times the 1080p resolution. It also had HDR adjustment options that gave us more control over the image quality.

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Additionally, the laser projector had a 1.3x zoom and a vertical lens shift, allowing us to install it in various locations. Finally, we were impressed with the Optoma UHZ50's image quality as it had Cinematic color technology that gave us an immersive viewing experience.

The projector was easy to install and worked with Google Assistant and Alexa, thus enabling us to control it from a distance. The only downside we experienced was that it was not wireless, which was a non-issue to us as we used an HDMI cable to connect to our devices.

Features:

  • Smart 4K UHD laser home theater projector
  • 3000 lumens
  • HDR adjustment options
  • Cinematic color
  • Flexible installation 1.3X zoom & vertical lens shift
  • Works with Alexa & Google

Pros:

  • It projects s a colorful image
  • It is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant
  • It allows flexible installation in different locations

Cons:

  • It is large and bulky and thus can be difficult to transport.

4. BenQ V7050i

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We recommend the BenQ V70500i laser projector to people who want to experience the benefits of 4k resolution without breaking the bank. The projector was easy to set up and use. In addition, it produced excellent image quality.

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The colors were accurate, and we were impressed by the level of detail. In addition, the 4k projector had an outstanding contrast ratio, making it ideal for watching movies and shows during our movie nights.

We were impressed by how it delivered stunning image quality and supported HDR content. The laser projector was equipped with BenQ's exclusive CinematicColor technology, ensuring accurate color reproduction. In addition, it was a short throw ratio projector making it ideal for our small space.

The projector also supported Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, thus enabling us to control it from afar. We were also impressed that we could connect to it via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi and stream shows on our gadgets.

The only downside of the BenQ V7050i 4k projector was that it lacked a built-in speaker, but that was not an issue as we purchased the speaker separately. It was easy since we knew how to set up our home theatre system with the projector. The BenQ V7050i laser was a great value and option for us since we were on a budget and wanted a 4k projector.

Features:

  • 4K laser smart TV projector
  • Ultra short throw
  • 2500 ANSI lumens
  • HDR-PRO
  • HDR10 & HLG
  • Android TV
  • Wireless casting
  • HDMIx2 & SPDIF

Pros:

  • It produces sharp, high-contrast 4k images
  • It is an ultra-short throw distance
  • It comes with an Android TV Dongle
  • It allows switching to filmmaker mode to enhance movie quality

Cons:

  • It doesn't have an in-built Android interface
  • It does not support Netflix

5. Epson LS800

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If you want to bring big-screen entertainment with smart streaming to your home or any room, the Epson LS800 is a great choice. It is an ultra-short throw projector that produces a 150-inch image with less than 2 feet of distance.

Its laser phosphor light source is also bright enough to maintain a clear picture in ambient light. We were impressed with this laser projector's versatility, as its low 16.7ms lag made it suitable for gaming.

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It had built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and connectivity to dual HDMI ports, thus giving us more access to its content. Additionally, it had an integrated Android TV OS that enabled us to stream directly from platforms such as Hulu and HBO. Finally, its Chromecast feature enabled screen mirroring and Google voice control.

We were impressed with its 3LCD display that produced lifelike hues and a wide color gamut without causing rainbows. It also had a 4k resolution and 10-bit HDR processing that created realistic images with no blur, even during fast-paced sequences.

Features:

  • Ultra short throw
  • 3-Chip
  • 3LCD smart streaming laser projector
  • 4,000 lumens
  • 4K PRO-UHD, HDR
  • 150", Android TV
  • 2.1ch Yamaha built-in speakers

Pros:

  • It has low lag for gaming
  • It produces high-contrast 4K images
  • It has a bright lamp that works at any light level.
  • It is an ultra-short throw projector
  • It comes with a screen

Cons:

  • It has no 3D support.

Factors To Consider When Buying The Best Laser Projector

You must look out for several essential features before buying a laser projector. These features will help you determine whether you are getting a good product. They include:

1. Contrast Ratio

There is no certain answer when looking for the best laser projector with a good contrast ratio. However, you can choose anything above 1000:1 as it will produce quality images. Still, if you want to get outstanding image quality go for 2000:1. Of course, the ratio you choose depends on your preference and how you intend to use your laser projector.

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If you plan to use your projector for gaming or watching movies, we suggest you pick a higher contrast ratio. On the other hand, if you plan on using your laser projector for general use, such as displaying PowerPoint presentations or browsing the internet, a lower contrast ratio will do.

In general, choose a laser projector with a higher contrast ratio than a lower one to take advantage of the best image quality.

2. A Wide Color Gamut

Choosing a laser projector with a good color gamut will produce a wide range of colors. In addition, the projector will display more accurate colors giving you the best viewing experience. You can choose to measure a projector's color gamut but the most important aspect to focus on is the standard Rec.709.

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It is the international standard for HDTV color reproduction and covers the majority of the colors that the human eye can see. Therefore, if the projector meets or exceeds this standard during a test, it can produce excellent color quality.

3. Adequate Brightness Level

When choosing a laser projector, you should always consider the brightness levels. A rule of thumb is the laser projector should be at least twice as bright as the ambient light in the room. This ensures you get visible images even in rooms with low ambient light.

While at it, consider that brighter laser projectors are always expensive, so you should budget well before making a purchase.

Light output is among the most important factors when choosing a laser projector. The light output is measured in lux and lumens, bringing us to the question," how much light is enough?"

Most people opt for the bare minimum of 1000 lumens. However, if your project is in a room with ambient light, you should use a laser projector with 2000 lumens or more as a baseline.

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Lux is a measure of the amount of light that hits the screen. Here are some common lux levels that can help you determine the appropriate lux.

  • Moonless night: 0.001 lux
  • starlight: 0.2 lux
  • overcast day: 100 lux
  • cloudy day: 10,000 lux
  • direct sunlight: 100,000 lux

As stated above, an average room ranges from 100 to 10000 lux. Therefore, you will need a laser projector with at least 100 lumens to get a good picture quality. However, if you want the best image quality, go for a 4k laser projector.

These have twice the resolution of 1080p projectors, enabling them to produce sharper and more detailed images. However, they need more light to produce optimal pictures. So, you will look for 4k laser projectors that have 2000 lumens.

Ultimately, choosing the right projector will depend on your preferences but remember to consider the ambient light in your room and the resolution you want before deciding.

4. Short Throw vs. Ultra Short Throw vs. Long Throw Laser projectors

When buying a laser projector, you should always consider the throw ratio. The throw ratio is the distance between the projector and the screen divided by the image's width. The three types of throw ratios include; long throw, ultra short throw, and short throw.

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A short-throw projector has a ratio of 0.5:1 or less. It means that for each 1 foot of width, you can place the projector 0.5 feet away from the screen. Ultra short throw projectors have a ratio of 0.35:1 or less. We recommend getting the best ultra-short throw projectors if you want an immersive view.

It means that for each foot of width, you can place the projector 0.35 feet away from the screen. The long throw projectors have a ratio of 1:5:1 or more, meaning that for every 1 foot of width, you can place the projector 1.5 feet away from the screen.

Depending on your needs and setup, you can decide on the throw ratio for your laser projector. For example, if your room is small and you want to place the projector close to the screen, you can choose a short-throw or an ultra-short-throw projector. But if you have a large room and want to place your laser projector away from the screen, choose a long-throw projector.

Frequently Asked Questions On The Best Laser Projector

1. How do laser projectors work?

Laser projectors help create an image on a screen using a laser. First, the laser is focused onto a small area on the screen; then, the image is projected onto the screen using a projector. You can use laser projectors in business presentations, gaming, and home theatre systems.

The types of laser projectors include DLP( Digital Light Processing) and LCD( Liquid Crystal Display) projectors. The DLP projectors use mirrors to reflect light from the laser onto the screen, while LCD projectors use a liquid crystal to display the image.

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Ian Mutuli

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Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.