The best projectors for your living room

24 sep. 2020
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We tested nine different projectors to find the best one suited for most situations. There are a lot of choices when it comes to projectors. Laser or lamp-based? DLP or LCD? 1080 or 4K? However, the most important things are: how easy it is to set up, audio, image quality, and price. In this video, Alix Diaconis shows us the best projectors of 2020.
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Epson Home Cinema 3800 at Best Buy:
1. I was wrong about the VAVA Laser TV being a laser projector. It has a laser light source, but it uses a DLP chip, so it is technically a DLP projector. It doesn't change anything else I said about it though - just wanted you to know.
2. 02:07 - LCD projectors do not actually have a color wheel.
Thanks to Johnny for pointing this out. Hope you find the projector you're looking for! - Alix
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0:00 Intro
0:50 Types of projectors: LCD, DLP, and laser
2:30 Screen or no screen?
3:30 Best overall projector
5:48 Best budget projector
7:31 Best image quality projector
10:08 Best budget 4K projector
11:48 Best for a small space
12:29 Outro
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  • Hi! Thanks for watching the video! Two quick notes: 1. I was wrong about the VAVA Laser TV being a laser projector. It has a laser light source, but it uses a DLP chip, so it is technically a DLP projector. It doesn't change anything else I said about it though - just wanted you to know. 2. 02:07 - LCD projectors do not actually have a color wheel. Thanks to Johnny for pointing this out. Hope you find the projector you're looking for! - Alix

    The VergeThe VergeAcum 3 luni
    • @MrJagermeister 2k to 6k hours avg

      אור פאראור פארAcum 22 Zile
    • Some of the pico projectors are just as good if not better than some of the bigger bulkier projectors in my opinion.

      Terry DanielTerry DanielAcum 2 luni
    • The Verge - how much is the average cost of a replacement bulb though, and approximately how long do they last? That was the problem with the projector that I had about a decade ago, and it would start to distort the image over time with colors that shouldn’t be there (not sure if they burned into the lens or the bulb itself was the problem).

      MrJagermeisterMrJagermeisterAcum 3 luni
  • 0:58 and noise? you don't want a fan constantly whining. 2:24 ok so laser is out. Just buy a TV. 5:55 oh I watched all that epson bit, to think oh well it's nice but this budget option is for me only to find the "cheaper option" is $550!! People working at the Verge obviously paid a large salary to think that is budget option. Yep, waste of time watching this. I was expecting some good consumer suggestions, but not only were they all expensive but none are available anywhere!

    e1337prodigye1337prodigyAcum 2 Zile
  • 07:26: "Which is big buuuuuuuuuut I wish it could be even bigger. " Me:... Me:..... Me: Don't say it. Me: Don't. Say. It..... Me: DON'T SAY IT!!!!!!!! Me: That's what she said. Me: GOD DAMN IT......

    AshyBoneVR4AshyBoneVR4Acum 9 Zile
  • I know you mentioned using a screen for a better surface, but I use a higher lumen Viewsonic on a space I painted a dark grey, which gave me a really good contrast for the darker colors on the screen, and much easier to watch when lights are on in the room, or during daylight hours.

    eddie72521eddie72521Acum 9 Zile
  • Im watching this because I'm returning my 3rd EUG HD 8500Lumen projector because of brokenness. Amazing. Truly. For about 3 days. All 3. FML

    Jordan PrysmikiJordan PrysmikiAcum 10 Zile
  • I really enjoyed this video and your presents style. Also, thank you for helping me finally settle on a projector I’ll be happy with: the Epson 2150.

    Addison MenchacaAddison MenchacaAcum 15 Zile
  • This video is actually really helpful. I just returned another large tv to Best Buy and I finally realized that It’s time to get off the hamster wheel. I need something portable that will make life easier. How long do bulbs last? Can I replace them?

    Male SensitivityMale SensitivityAcum 22 Zile
  • You kept the budget reasonable? Really?

    lazo lazarovlazo lazarovAcum 24 Zile
  • are rca projectors good?

    james berendsjames berendsAcum 26 Zile
  • What is the beste for 1. Image Quality and Size 2. Loudness of the fans 3. Brightness 4. Prize

    The MateThe MateAcum lună
  • why is audio even brought up? are people really listening without external speakers? spending $500-1000 for great video and bad audio setup...

    ChrisChrisAcum lună
  • Waiting for 2250 reviews :)

    Deepu MDeepu MAcum lună
  • Or, just get a $75 projector from Amazon.

    ehex3ehex3Acum lună
  • What kind of things is a ................................. projector ?????????????????

    YouTube YouTubeYouTube YouTubeAcum lună
  • After 20 seconds I'm convinced she knows what she's talking about. Well done! Not easy.

    French in Plain SightFrench in Plain SightAcum lună
  • I would love it if you could review the NEC P-525UL entry laser projector line. What I have been reading online in reviews is good but NEC caters to commercial environments so far and I would like to see if it would be suitable for my dedicated home theater environment. Moving to a laser is appealing as I am on my 3rd bulb in my current projector and the price has not reduced over time for projector bulbs.

    Rob LeggateRob LeggateAcum lună
  • Great!

    JosueJosueAcum lună
  • you need a projection screen, makes no sense to have an expensive projector and put it on a wall.

    WJP DegasWJP DegasAcum lună
  • 🎉

    Saturnino GironSaturnino GironAcum lună
  • audio???? who puts together an awesome system to watch movies and shits the bed using the crappy speaker in a projector...lmao!

    danabagofdonutsdanabagofdonutsAcum lună
  • Good video. Thank you. Would you touch on the 2150 vs the NEW 2250?

    DeadPixelDeadPixelAcum lună
    • Curious to this as well, the 2150 is sold out on best buy but the 2250 is in stock rn for 799

      Fernie AguirreFernie AguirreAcum 24 Zile

    Daniel EvansDaniel EvansAcum lună
  • Amazing review and guide for projector shopping

    Alaye Jon BriggsAlaye Jon BriggsAcum lună
  • Hello, are those up for sale?

    Reagan RamirezReagan RamirezAcum lună
  • DLPs are always sharper than 3lcd because it only has 1 chip, and vava is 6000 lumens ? Where do you get your information from it's 2500. Epson 2150 is an awesome choice I do agree

    Maxim SamodurovMaxim SamodurovAcum 2 luni
  • Unless I buy the wall

    Sergio Franco SotoSergio Franco SotoAcum 2 luni
  • Uhhh, ALL tech reviews need a dance break like @9:13 from now on! lol

    dnwilliamsdnwilliamsAcum 2 luni
  • Why all the dislikes? It's a nice video

    AAAcum 2 luni
  • Can you recommend a short throw projector for a small room with little background noise and a good inbuilt speaker? Secondly, what do you think about the Xaiomi ultrashort throw projector s?

    Naiyarah HussainNaiyarah HussainAcum 2 luni
  • So can it replace a tv with 4K gaming

    Jesus GuzmanJesus GuzmanAcum 2 luni
  • Hey i am also looking for wall projecter . But still not get in my budget. Im looking for 3d one

  • Showing 9 projectors, all are crappy.

    David Susilo UnscriptedDavid Susilo UnscriptedAcum 2 luni
  • I like the VAVA.

    Sardonic PoetSardonic PoetAcum 2 luni
  • Michale Jackson called from 1988

    bike bowlingbike bowlingAcum 2 luni
  • Sorry but this was a terrible video

    Perpetuousdreamer92Perpetuousdreamer92Acum 2 luni
  • Just to let you know your won't find the 2150 in Europe. Epson is selling it under a different name EH-TW5650

    Stephan FörsterStephan FörsterAcum 2 luni
  • I hope the video creator doesn't hurt her feelings by reading the comments, there are so many people who thinks tv is better for them. If tv is better for you guys, then go for it lol, don't be sassy and mean to people who has different ideas. I currently have 65in 4k tv, but am looking for projectors for a more cinematic view. This video helped me a lot by choosing one projector in so many of them. Great job on comparing the projectors

    이창희이창희Acum 2 luni
  • What would be the Best Portable LED projector ?outdoor movies

    joey millerjoey millerAcum 2 luni
  • You never mention the refresh rate of the projectors.

    Super CartoonistSuper CartoonistAcum 2 luni
  • Hey guys, I need some help. I bought a projector screen that is 206 inch big. Now my projector that I have cant reflect the whole image, if you know what I mean. My room is 4,5 meters long. What projector do I need to get the whole image? Thank you.

    Emre BolatEmre BolatAcum 2 luni
  • Such a good review! Felt guided! You gave really good points and specs! Thanks for the info!

    christian parkchristian parkAcum 2 luni
  • Glad to see the coverage. But some things were strange. Laser/bulb/led are light sources. Dlp, lcd, Lcos are imaging sources. You need one item from each category to get an picture. --- The shades of color are not determined by the rec2020 gamut. It is just a bigger bucket. The shades of color are determined by grayscale and color temperature. -- I learned something new. I have never been able to understand why manufacturers include a speaker in a projector. I thought that was a carryover from business presentation machines. But now I see it's a feature people use for watching movies, too. But what's really cool about some of these projectors is they can send the audio via Bluetooth to a blue tooth speaker by your screen that is going to sound ten times better and cost less than 100 bucks. Heck I'll bet most people watching this already have a Bluetooth speaker. --- Ps the VAVA doesn't really have that contrast ratio except that it can turn off its laser on a completely blank black image. More practical is the contrast when the laser is on, at which point it's contrast is very similar to a lamp based projector.

    D.J. Nattyn8D.J. Nattyn8Acum 2 luni
  • Which one do u think is best for a really large wall and the projector is like 10 to 15 feet away from the wall?

    Dane WileyDane WileyAcum 2 luni
  • wow!! great video!! love it.. love to see more on budget LCD projectors!

    Dianne StudioDianne StudioAcum 2 luni
  • I need more! Great video You should talk about different types of screens you can get.

    C MortonC MortonAcum 2 luni
  • Im thinking of buying a projector for my man cave have a pretty big room and dark if I want to. Will like to know if the Epson Cinema 2150 will be better choice than LG - CineBeam HU70LAB 4K? Since there's not much money difference right now cause best buy has the LG 300dls less than original price. If you or someone that knows about this can help me will definitely appreciate it

    Nando martinezNando martinezAcum 2 luni
  • Projector For the Living Room

    Online Tech MallOnline Tech MallAcum 2 luni
  • I’ve had an Epson projector for about 4 years now, and it’s been great. It’s about time to upgrade, and what would be good is finding a projector with built in Bluetooth, lol.

    trayNTPtrayNTPAcum 2 luni
  • I hate myself for wanting one with no need for it at all 😂

    Chris DohertyChris DohertyAcum 2 luni
  • Which one can I hook up gaming systems to?

    wanderonartwanderonartAcum 3 luni
  • can you do a video like this for portable projectors!!?

    Jacob ArringtonJacob ArringtonAcum 3 luni
  • Talking about audio quality on a projector as an important point when deciding 😂 A $10 shower radio hooked up would sound better

    Hue HHue HAcum 3 luni
    • Fr, who the hell is spending 2800$ on a projector and doesn’t own a speaker/sound bar😂also the fact she complains about having a lot of settings just makes me wonder if she knows how to set things up

      Mako Gear SolidMako Gear SolidAcum 2 luni
  • This reviewer is constantly wrong, go to one of the many great channels on ROlabel for useful information. The Vava still uses a color wheel, it doesn’t put out 6000 lumens, Dlp has deep blacks and truer color rendering which gives the appearance of a darker colors... if you are going to think about a projector definitely at minimum have a sound bar.

    Vitaphone: Vision-SoundVitaphone: Vision-SoundAcum 3 luni
  • Ok put the projector at head level and use the speakers wtf are sure you use projectors often

    Alton WilliamsAlton WilliamsAcum 3 luni
  • What about (Xiaomi Mi Smart Compact Projector) is it really the cheap & miracle flagship killer?

    Mohammed AlsaqqaMohammed AlsaqqaAcum 3 luni
  • Please make one on pico projectors as well!

    Anton PiskunovAnton PiskunovAcum 3 luni
  • Any thoughts on best projector screen?

    Jenn MundiaJenn MundiaAcum 3 luni
  • How about th585 benq

    Vikrant GuptaVikrant GuptaAcum 3 luni
  • this was a huge help. Bought the Epson and love it. Thanks!

    RuprickRuprickAcum 3 luni
  • Leave it to women to always want something bigger then what is considered big already.

    LEO URLEO URAcum 3 luni
  • It's a projector not a TV is not supposed to have sound. You are supposed to connect speakers to it or at least a soundbar.

    LEO URLEO URAcum 3 luni
  • As a projector enthusiast I found so many things wrong in this video.

    LEO URLEO URAcum 3 luni
  • I am thinking about getting the Optoma uhd50 X. It is labeled as the best projector for 2020 by projector experts. I personally believe the best projector is the Epson 5050ub it's the same price as the Vava but I think it's a day and night better projector.

    LEO URLEO URAcum 3 luni
  • Why show the BenQ TK 850 but not talk about it?

    LEO URLEO URAcum 3 luni
  • Thank you so much for making this video. Since movie theaters are closed I was thinking of putting one in the living room. Or maybe for backyard viewing.

    LEO URLEO URAcum 3 luni
  • Thank you so much for making this video. I wish you guys would make a separate to you for like the best budget projectors. Since movie theaters are closed I was thinking of putting one in the living room. Or maybe for backyard viewing.

    LEO URLEO URAcum 3 luni
  • the only time i think I’ll need a projector for is when doing artsy stuff (photography and videography related)

    eeskaatteeskaattAcum 3 luni
  • Hi. Hj

    jackie aramajackie aramaAcum 3 luni
  • "but then it's only 80 inches"... Spoiled

    Manny T.Manny T.Acum 3 luni
  • We love to see the insecure!!

    kadja metsokadja metsoAcum 3 luni
  • In a time when 70" LED 120Hz tvs have become much more attainable and the introduction of QLEDs (both with far superior image quality), why buy a sub $1000 home projector? When you get up to $3k is when the playing field starts to level out

    Izeri GauIzeri GauAcum 3 luni
  • I have a led projector. Its very cheap 1080 p but the image is amazing. Even in daylight its great. AUN M18. Yes there is fan noise.

    Arijit GuptaArijit GuptaAcum 3 luni
  • That's Our Planet, btw. Not Planet Earth.

    charliedeescharliedeesAcum 3 luni
  • Too many major inaccuracies in this Verge review to right them all here... DLP/LCD tech is for creating an image, lamp/laser/led are light sources. You can have lamp or laser projector with either DLP or LCD technology... Most if not all home laser projectors do not produce individual RGB colors to create an image , but rather rely on color wheel, phosphor wheel and diffusers... This Verge reviewer may have used the projector, but does not have the detail understanding of what makes the projector tech different from each other and how they work .

    - Sharma -- Sharma -Acum 3 luni
  • I kickstarted the new Anker 4K Cosmo Max last year for $1k, got it last month. 1500lumen. VERY pleased with the result.

    CaaracCaaracAcum 3 luni
  • Thanks a lot, I really missed "this is my next" episodes. +Really nice host. :) And I don't trust projectors built in audio quality.

    Talis AbolinsTalis AbolinsAcum 3 luni
  • Mini ray

    Patel RinkeshPatel RinkeshAcum 3 luni
  • I didn't know I needed a review of projectors, but this video was great.

    Andrew DouglasAndrew DouglasAcum 3 luni
  • Please check XGIMI h1/H2, I think interms of quality and budget perspective this beats other projectors which are available currently in market.

    Dornala RaghuramDornala RaghuramAcum 3 luni
  • all of them are 🗑, whats the point to recommend rubbish and a bunch of them? they all socks

    • have you tested them all? what projector would you recommend?

      BeaBeaAcum 3 luni
  • The newest Samsung laser one looks kinda great

    motterdottermotterdotterAcum 3 luni
  • I want Becca Farsace in every video

    Waqar Haider AwanWaqar Haider AwanAcum 3 luni
  • Damn I thought that was Micheal Jackson lool

    Mandeep DigpalMandeep DigpalAcum 3 luni
  • I am just surprised to Vava have Alt Balaji and Jio apps 😂

    Jim DanielsJim DanielsAcum 3 luni
  • Thx for the cool info, u put alot into it, I APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH

    kevin baileykevin baileyAcum 3 luni
  • Very nice video! I have one suggestion though, it would be great if you spoke a bit faster.

    Wojciech DWojciech DAcum 3 luni
  • Sadly there are many wrong facts/statements in this video

    Philip WeißnerPhilip WeißnerAcum 3 luni
    • @Bea I made a comment under the comment from the verge, there u can read my opinion what is wrong

      Philip WeißnerPhilip WeißnerAcum 3 luni
    • How many?

      BeaBeaAcum 3 luni
  • I jumped in with this Vankyo from Walmart lol I love it.

    spasticscarf787spasticscarf787Acum 3 luni
  • I'm projector technician all brand multimedia projector s . Please contact me +923496622992

    projector pointprojector pointAcum 3 luni
  • Viewsonic x10-4k

    Kha JoeKha JoeAcum 3 luni
  • please make more reviews about projectors

    Max BerentelgMax BerentelgAcum 3 luni
  • Does it get hot when using for a long time?

    Easwaran KGEaswaran KGAcum 3 luni
  • Hello I am projector technician all brand

    Alyssia VinesAlyssia VinesAcum 3 luni
  • Alix, at 0:18 : “I have a really big wall in my living room and even if I put a 70 inch tv it will look small” Then proceeds to recommend an 80 inch screen for the projector

    Claudiu RoffiaClaudiu RoffiaAcum 3 luni
  • What about portable projectors?

    Jose MozoJose MozoAcum 3 luni
  • What about wireless projectors?

    Jose MozoJose MozoAcum 3 luni
  • Thank you for this video! Very professional and informative video compared to the crazy number of complicated and or unprofessional videos on youtube.

    Craig RinzemaCraig RinzemaAcum 3 luni
  • Why do you really choose audio for comparison? This is only interesting for the use of portable protectors to bring the audio with you. When choosing a projector for your home, you should advise to dismiss the speaker of the projector and to invest in external speakers. This could be an active stereo speaker set, to a full surround sound set up. In your comparison your testing for home use, so please skip the audio and better explain the pros and cons of dlp/lcd which can be a deal breaker for watching movies.

    Levi van RijsseLevi van RijsseAcum 3 luni
    • @Marvin Xox That's a new point of view then, good to know! You're right, not everyone has to be as me as me to buy speakers in stead of food ;) Nice to know that a projector in it self is great enough for a great experience.

      Levi van RijsseLevi van RijsseAcum 3 luni
    • Many people don’t necessarily have the funds to add a sound system to their projector, so including speakers is actually pretty good. I recently moved and got a new projector (a Optoma 184X) and currently, I can’t also add a speaker set to the projector and I‘m not even sure if I will/can do so in the future, as our living room would make the positioning of speakers quite complicated.

      Marvin XoxMarvin XoxAcum 3 luni
  • I agree with you on the Epson having the best picture. My advice though for a super quiet Epson operation is to get a high lumens one (e.g. 3400 lumens) and set it to ECO mode (produces around 2,110 lumens on ECO) That way, you'll hopefully get to enjoy a super quiet operation + bright and colorful image of the Epson 3-LCD tech.

    h7 7h7 7Acum 3 luni
  • I'd love to see the true short throw projectors from LG, they have a couple of 1080p ones and a 4k Model. Also the Xiami 4k laser one is a bit cheaper than that one. There is also the BenQ 4K short throw one.

    daviddinisphotodaviddinisphotoAcum 3 luni