Those of us that who love our epic movies and top-shelf TV shows have been treated well by tech in the past few years – 4K Blu-ray with HDR, Dolby Atmos audio, 4K streaming on tap – the “cinema at home” cliché has become a reality.
But to get that properly huge screen – one that can really show off the detail of 4K and deliver an immersive experience – requires a massive TV and the dedication of a wall to the screen, whether you’re using it or not. But there’s always been another option – a projector.
Video projectors aren’t a new thing – everyone’s seen them in use at pubs or shopping centres, these bulky things hanging from the roof sending out a dim image that’s “good enough.” But projectors have come a long, long way in recent years – to the point that now, you can get the same laser projector tech used in cinemas in a small, portable box. Easy to set up, they’ll deliver an immersive image up to 130 inches diagonally, with 4K resolution and rich HDR colour, projected onto a wall or a screen.
Of course, you don’t need to aim for a high-end projector if you just want to get video onto a wall for movie night – there are options for all uses and budgets, all of which will make your movies and TV shows massive without getting in the way of your living space.
Samsung “The Premiere” Triple Laser 4K Smart Projector
If you’re looking for a truly next-generation projection experience, Samsung’s latest ultra short throw projector is one to check out. It uses three lasers, leveraging the same DLP tech as cinema projectors, to deliver a picture anywhere from 100 inches to a massive 130 inches without needing to have the projector in the middle of the room – as a short-throw projector it can be as close as 12cm to the wall, letting you place it on a cabinet or table, out of the way until you’re ready to watch. With Filmmaker Mode onboard, full HDR support and 4.2 audio, it’s a big-screen powerhouse in a small, stylish package.
Hisense L5F 4K HDR Short Throw Projector
Another option in the short throw projector category – hugely popular for their small, discreet footprint and ease of set-up – is the latest from Hisense, which takes their popular smart TV platform and fuses it with 4K DLP laser projection to give you a 100” TV with integrated Dolby Atmos sound that sits unobtrusively on a tabletop. With multiple HDMI inputs, it can be set up as a hub for your 4K Blu-ray player, game consoles and more. Laser technology means no lamp replacement costs, and Hisense also throws in a 100” screen via redemption.\
BenQ TK850i 4K Android Projector
BenQ have been in the projector game for a long time, and their experience shows with this, their flagship DLP model that comes with the full Android TV experience onboard – meaning that you can treat this projector as your everyday TV for watching free-to-air and streaming, playing games or taking in some movies on disc. With a hefty 3000 lumens brightness, it works great even in bright rooms, too.
Philips NeoPix Easy2+
The latest budget-priced projector from LED specialists Philips is a great choice for anyone looking for a way to project broadcast TV or DVDs. It delivers a bright, crisp 720p image up to 65 inches in size, and is smart enough to make set-up easy no matter where you place it. The light source in the Easy2+ is LED, meaning no lamp replacements are needed. USB and Micro SD inputs let you get your own media up on the screen easily as well.
These modern projectors are all designed to work great on any white wall, but if you want the best possible picture then a screen may be worth it. Many of them can also be rolled up or down, out of the way when not in use, so your wall can feature artwork by day, and movies by night!