Multimedia projects have come a long way over the past couple of years, and by now, they’ve proven their worth when it comes to home cinema projects that won’t necessarily break the bank.
If you, too, are looking for the best project for bedroom use, you’ve come to just the right place. Down below, we’ve assembled a handy list of our top 5 picks for the best home projector.
These range from solid budget offerings all the way to high-end 4K color-accurate models. Naturally, which one you end up with will depend entirely on what matters the most to you. Not everyone cares about getting 100% color accuracy, after all.
Of course, it is worth pointing out that projectors won’t be a perfect fit for everyone. A decent TV will likely be just as valid of an option for most users, though projectors do have a few things going for them that TVs don’t. More on that a bit later.
Now, if you’ve set your mind on getting a projector, then let’s get down to business.
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- 4K UHD resolution
- HDMI 2.0 connectivity
- 25 dB max noise level
- 2200 lumens brightness
- Contrast ratio 250,000:1
A simple budget option for those who still want to get the (nearly) best in picture quality without sacrificing other important projector features, Optoma’s UHD300X is a serious option to consider.
Of course, the 4K you’re getting with UHD300X isn’t actually native 4K. Instead, this projector uses pixel-shifting technology to show four images in rapid succession with a very slight offset. Said pictures then combine into one that emulates native 4K relatively well.
Make no mistake – this kind of rendering tech is far better than native 1080p, and it’s really the only reason why UHD300X isn’t far more expensive than it would be with native 4K support.
Resolution aside, this projector delivers a stellar picture quality for what it is. HDR content is fully supported with lamps that light up to a max of 2,200 lumens, too, and their designated lifespan comes out at about 4,000 hours when fully maxed-out.
If that sounds less than ideal, you may wish to opt for the integrated ECO mode instead, which should net you 10,000 hours total. A far more enticing long-term proposal, we’re sure.
Another welcome upside of using the ECO mode is that UHD300X is substantially quieter while using it. At max brightness, expect about 25 decibels of noise out of this machine, but that’s easily cut in half with ECO.
We know that gaming will be an important consideration for some potential buyers, and so we’re happy to report that you can play video games with the UHD300X, but expect about 30ms of input lag across the board.
There’s no going around this: this is a budget media projector, after all. Having said that, we don’t think anybody but a pro gamer will easily notice this, and it definitely shouldn’t affect your overall enjoyment of popular single-player titles.
All in all, Optoma UHD300X offers a wonderfully vivid picture with what we believe are minimum downsides, considering the default asking price. We’d even go so far as to suggest it punches above its weight class.
- Great picture quality
- Solid implementation of pixel-shifting tech for non-native 4K
- Very vivid colors and good HDR
- A stellar budget option for projector-driven media consumption
- Somewhat unintuitive UI
- 4K/60 output limited to just one of the two available HDMI ports (the other maxes out at 4K/30)
- Other competitors in this price-range offer brighter projectors
- 1080p Full HD resolution
- HDMI 2.0 connectivity
- 33 dB max noise level
- 3000 lumens brightness
- Contrast ratio 10,000:1
Whereas other projectors on this list are designed to fulfill a wide variety of use cases, BenQ TH671ST is laser-focused on one thing only – gaming. This makes it less enticing of a choice for many users, but if you’re intent on playing video games on a projector, bear with us.
The most important feature of TH671ST is, we believe, its impeccable input lag rating. Sitting at a lovely 16.4 ms of latency, it goes without saying that BenQ’s R;D team has done a phenomenal job here.
An obvious downside to such a niche-driven product is its full 1080p resolution – you won’t be going any higher than that, we’re afraid. TH671ST is also a short-throw projector, which means it will need to sit relatively close to the wall you want to project the image to.
Somewhat unexpectedly, this projector is really light and portable, and it seems to have been designed specifically for low table placement at about 2 meters away from the projection wall. This makes it great for office use, which we certainly didn’t expect out of a ‘gaming’ product.
Then again, BenQ was wise to avoid the usually edgy black and red ‘gamer’ aesthetic here: we’re sure TH671ST will be a perfect choice for some office users, as well as for those who just don’t care enough about 4K to splurge on a more expensive product.
Another standout feature of the TH671ST is its ability to compensate for various background colors. If you find yourself projecting onto a yellow-ish wall, for example, you simply need to turn on the appropriate toggle for the projector to adjust the picture accordingly.
It’s not perfect, to be sure, but we reckon it’s bound to come in handy sooner or later, especially with how light and portable this BenQ ended up being.
Combine all of the above with BenQ TH671ST’s generally great picture quality and excellent input lag mitigation, and it just ends up being one of those gadgets that are hard not to recommend. Provided, of course, that you actually want to game in your bedroom.
- Phenomenally low input lag for a projector
- Solid picture quality
- Lightweight and highly-adaptive
- Will easily fit into smaller rooms (short-throw tech)
- Limited to native 1080p
- Somewhat loud
- Can run hot, depending on the time of year and available ventilation
- 4K Native resolution
- HDMI 2.0 connectivity
- 30 dB max noise level
- 2000 lumens brightness
- Contrast ratio 30,000:1
Now that we’ve gone over some of the best 1080p projectors you’ll find on the market in 2021, it’s time for a native 4K offering: we’ve opted for BenQ W2700i, and we believe you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better device in this price range.
A successor to 2018’s W2700, the W2700i offers a native 4K HDR picture that is, to put it mildly, going to blow any non-native 4K or 1080p projectors out of the water. The 10-element lens array is definitely put to work in this projector, with the picture mostly indiscernible from that of a high-end TV or some other display of similar quality.
While the sheer quality of color and black level might not be outright better than that of comparable projectors, the fact that each W2700i comes factory calibrated does make the whole setup process far smoother than we might have expected.
Even the integrated audio system – CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 – delivers clarity of sound you won’t easily find in projectors. While a dedicated surround system is still likely to beat this on-board solution, it’s difficult to argue with the results.
While we can’t promise that W2700i will immediately turn your bedroom into an impromptu home cinema setup, it’s definitely going to get you dangerously close to that point.
W2700i’s automatic keystone correction feature is also worth mentioning, as it’s going to allow you to perfectly set the image just right without unnecessary hassle or complications – something that often gets overlooked with projection systems.
BenQ has also delivered when it comes to software. W2700i offers a stellar interface suite that will quickly get you wherever you want to go. A standout feature we’d like to mention is the FamiLand app, which provides child-friendly content whenever you need it. Handy!
A potential downside to consider: BenQ W2700i is not one of the brightest projectors on the market. While it’s perfectly capable of projecting a visible image in broad daylight, chances are that you will want to have a way of controlling ambient lighting in the room regardless.
- 4K native at a reasonable price
- Impeccable factory-calibrated picture quality
- Great HDR implementation
- Phenomenal integrated audio solution
- Surprisingly solid software
- Automatic trapezoid effect correction (keystone correction)
- Can get noisy
- Might require light control in the room you set it up in
- 4K Native resolution
- HDMI 2.0 connectivity
- 32 dB max noise level
- 3400 lumens brightness
- Contrast ratio 500,000:1
Combining top-of-the-line gaming features with an astonishingly good native 4K picture rendering, Optoma UHD50X is the ultimate all-in-one solution for projector media consumption. We’re not joking when we say that this projector will turn any bedroom into an extra-cozy home cinema.
UHD50X might not look like it, but it’s easily going to deliver a whopping 240 Hz picture from whichever of your devices is capable of running games at such a high frame rate. Better yet, it will do so at a minimum input lag (rated for 16 ms).
Now, it may be good to point out that you’ll have to sacrifice such stellar input lag if you want to run your games at 4K, because at that point, you will deal with about 25 ms of lag instead. Regardless, UHD50X does it all, and without needing to sacrifice picture quality to do so.
Sitting at a remarkable 3400 lumens, Optoma’s top-of-the-line projector will easily outperform most other 4K projectors on the market both in terms of picture quality and when it comes to actually displaying the picture in broad daylight.
Even if we set gaming aside for a moment and consider Optoma UHD50X solely as a dedicated home cinema driver, it’s a real no-brainer. The projector comes fully calibrated out of the box, and though the actual cinema mode does skimp out on brightness, it’s a joy to behold.
Naturally, you will want to invest in some proper blackout curtains if you’re about to splurge on this projector, but that’s a given since we’re talking about bedroom use cases here.
All in all, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better general use projector than UHD50X, and it just so happens that it’s perfect for gaming as well.
- 240 Hz support
- Low input lag (for a projector)
- Native 4K with great picture quality across the board
- Will work as a fully-fledged screen replacement, if that’s what you want
- More expensive than a comparable quality monitor/TV
- Have to stick with 1080p rendering for optimal input lag values
Bedroom Projector FAQ
Why use a projector instead of a TV in the bedroom?
Generally speaking, the main reason why you should be interested in setting up a projector in your bedroom instead of a TV is the size of the projection itself: no affordable consumer-grade TV is going to get you a 100-inch display anytime soon.
If you use your bedroom as a home media center during the evenings, nothing beats having a solid projector for those times when you just feel like going to the cinema… but you can’t. Or don’t want to. Either reason is valid, and getting a projector lets you sidestep that issue.
How many years does a projector last?
If it’s the longevity that worries you, it really is a non-issue in most cases. Even if you disable every ECO mode that your projector comes with and even if you watch a movie every single day, it will still take over 4 years to burn through an average projector bulb.
Are cheap projectors good?
Cheap projectors can be good, but if we’re talking about achieving 1:1 parity with a comparably priced TV, then it’s important to note that a $500 projector won’t outpace a $500 TV, except maybe in the sheer diagonal of the display.
It would be wise to invest in a mid-range projector at the very least.
Is it worth buying a 4K projector?
As you may have noticed by now, the majority of projectors on the market aren’t actually native 4K. If you’re a picture purist and you want the absolute best picture you could get out of a projector, then yes, a native 4K projector will be worth the money.
If you’re a casual user or if you don’t mind losing a bit in picture quality to pay significantly less money, though, a 4K projector likely shouldn’t be a priority.
In fact, many 1080p projectors still offer a very decent picture, and may even come with additional goodies like improved latency and better brightness or some such.
We hope the projector models we’ve chosen for this list fit the bill for what you might be trying to achieve in your bedroom home cinema. We’ve covered a number of different models with a number of different feature sets, and all you’ll need to do is to pick the one you like the most.
Don’t forget that simply investing in a projector won’t be enough. Your bedroom might need some further modifications to serve as an optimal media center, but it’s nothing a pair of blackout curtains and an improved sound system wouldn’t solve. Good luck!