Not content with a 75-inch smart TV and want to supersize your viewing even more? A projector will bring the spectacle of the cinema into your lounge room or dedicated home theatre space with screen sizes now topping a mammoth 150 inches, and directional Dolby Atmos audio matching the visual experience.

With many homes now kitting out a cinema set-up of some sort, the good news is that there’s an indoor projector to suit all room types and lighting conditions.

GOOD

 

Philips NeoPix Ultra 2+ Projector
Philips is a specialist when it comes to LED projectors and this compact, short throw model is a feature-packed entry-level projector at a great price point.

The size of an average bedside clock radio, the NeoPix Ultra2+ delivers a big and bright Full HD 1080p picture on a screen size of up to 65”. It’s a top performer in a dark home theatre room, and also suited for lounge rooms or living areas with low levels of ambient light – a projection distance of 24” to 60” is optimum. The Ultra2+ also has a good contrast ratio of 3,000:1 and 30,000 hours of lamp life, which equates to a 20-year lifespan when average daily use is four hours.

An Android TV dongle is included for access to the full catalogue of streaming apps, as well as Chromecast for casting content from smart devices. And there’s a built-in multimedia player for USB-drive files. The Ultra2+ is good for gaming, too, with a low 5ms input lag and 60Hz refresh rate.

There is a range of connectivity options – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for connecting smart speakers and headphones, and two HDMI ports for external devices. The unit also has a handy tripod screw for mounting it on the ceiling.

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Philips NeoPix Ultra 2TV Projector
Great value for under $1K and simple to set up, the Philips NeoPix Ultra 2TV shares many features with the Ultra2+ – including Android TV support via the included dongle, and Google Cast. Better still, it ups the screen size to a giant 100”, with a 3.5-metre throw distance.

A Full HD 1080p projector, the Ultra 2TV boasts good brightness and performs best in a relatively dark room with low ambient light, plus it’s built to last with a generous 30,000 hours of LED lamp life.

Keystone image correction will adjust any image distortion, ensuring a correctly proportioned image if the projector is off-centre to the screen.
The HDMI input supports CEC and ARC connectivity, and there is even a 3.5mm audio jack for headphones and external speakers. And speaking of audio, the unit has two 15W stereo speakers in-built with surround and bass boost.

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BETTER

 

BenQ TK850i True 4K Home Entertainment Projector
A longtime player in the projector space, BenQ’s mid-range TK850i nudges premium with a suite of high-end features. For starters, you get 4K Ultra HD resolution on a screen size of up to 100” and HDR10 for contrast-rich blacks and brights, with BenQ’s proprietary HDR-PRO tech adding an additional boost to contrast and image detail.

3,000 lumens of brightness and a precision lens array for more light penetration make the TK850i ideal for both dark and bright rooms, maintaining a strong HDR image in a variety of lighting levels.

A Chromecast dongle is included for Android TV access and smart device casting, along with Google Assistant voice control.

Sports fans can enjoy the big game on a big screen using the dedicated Sports Mode, which optimises the image quality for more natural colours and announcer vocals. Plus, a motion enhancer will eliminate jitter when the pace picks up, ensuring fluid play at 60fps.

The TK850i has two 5W speakers built-in and ARC connectivity via one of two HDMI inputs, should you wish to add a soundbar.

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BenQ TK800M True 4K Home Entertainment Projector
Whether you’re setting it up in a bright room or a dark home theatre space, the compact TK800M delivers excellent bang for buck with 4K Ultra HD, an 8.3 million pixel image, vivid HDR colour and contrast in any lighting conditions, plus 3,000 lumens of brightness.

This versatile projector is not only an all-rounder for any type of content, it’s also been designed with sports fans in mind and features a custom Football Mode that maintains a consistently natural looking and vibrant image during the game – the grass will always be greener. Moreover, the Football Sound option hones in on the commentary – which can often be swamped by a rowdy crowd – delivering crisp and clear vocals, while creating a stadium like experience. The TK800M is also geared up for gaming with 60fps for fluid, fast motion.

CinemaMaster Audio+2 offers a wide frequency range from the 5W speakers, with EQ algorithms adjusting clarity and bass, and two HDMI inputs accommodate your external device of choice, be it a soundbar, 4K Blu-ray player, laptop or gaming console.

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BEST

 

Samsung The Premiere Triple Laser 4K Smart Projector
Sporting a minimalist design that resembles a stylish soundbar, Samsung’s The Premiere brings cinema-quality, crystal clear pictures comparable to the best 4K Smart TVs to an ultra short throw laser projector, using RGB lasers and 16-bit 3D colour mapping.

Capable of projecting a screen size up to a massive 130”, home movie nights will be supersized and taken to the next level, with 2,800 lumens of brightness bringing 4K HDR content to vivid cinematic life, whether the projector is pointed at a wall or an ALR screen (for best results, it should be positioned at least 11.3cm from a wall).

Furthermore, The Premiere is the world’s first home projector to feature the Filmmaker Mode setting found on smart TVs, which presents a movie just as its director intended, sans motion smoothing and post-processing – what you see is what cinema audiences saw.

The Premiere’s 20,000 hours of lamp life equates to 10,000 movies, and there’s no shortage of choice with Samsung’s smart TV interface putting a wealth of content at your fingertips, plus a built in tuner for free-to-air channels. There’s also AirPlay support for casting and three HDMI inputs, including a dedicated eARC port for a soundbar.

The Rolls Royce of home theatre projectors, Samsung’s The Premiere makes every movie night an event.

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Hisense 100” 4K TriChroma Laser TV Projector
One of Hisense’s flagship ultra short throw laser projectors, the 4K TriChroma Laser TV includes a 100” ALR screen (via redemption through Hisense) to bring the best possible image quality to a home theatre set-up.
4K images with HDR will truly pop with a wide colour gamut thanks to TriChroma X-Fusion Laser Light – a triple RGB laser array – and 3,000 lumens of brightness providing optimal viewing in all lighting conditions. It’s also designed to protect your eyes through reduced blue light levels, and there is a plethora of picture settings to fine-tune the image to your satisfaction.

With Hisense’s own VIDAA 4 operating system onboard – updated with a faster interface and more apps – there is easy access to a wealth of entertainment options, along with a built-in tuner for live TV channels. And the voice remote works with Amazon’s Alexa for hands-free navigation and other shortcuts.

Hisense’s premium laser projectors are also built for gaming and armchair sports spectators, with high-speed micro processing and a fluid motion rate that’s ten times faster than an OLED TV.

A dynamic 40W Dolby Atmos soundstage adds considerable oomph to those big screen blockbusters without compromising dialogue clarity, and a generous three HDMI inputs offer the option to connect an external soundbar and more.

The Hisense 4K Trichroma Laser TV is the complete package – a top-end ultra short throw projector with 4K HDR, Dolby Atmos and peak brightness to suit any home theatre set-up. It’s not just a projector; it’s a laser TV.

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