best ultra short throw projector
Projectors have come a long way from the days when the most useful way to categorize them was by their weight class. Today, there are any number of more meaningful kinds of categories, including intended use (business presentations, home theater, and gameplay), technology (LCD, DLP, and LCOS), throw distance (how close to the screen you can place the projector), and more. Here are some questions to answer that will help you find a projector with the right features and performance for your needs. Whether you want to display an important business presentation or the latest blockbuster, these are the best ultra short throw projector we’ve tested.
1. LG Electronics PF1000U/PF1500/PW1500/PH450UG/PH550/PH150G
Features: LG PF1000U
Resolution: Full HD (1920 x 1080) | Short Throw Projection: Yes | Brightness (ANSI Lumens): 1000 | Bluetooth Sound Out: Yes | LG Smart TV Content: Yes | Projected Screen Size (Max): 100″ | Lamp Life (Hours): 30,000 | Battery Life: n/a | Digital TV Tuner: Yes | HDMI Inputs: 2
LG Electronics PF1000U Ultra Short Throw Smart Home Theater Projector. Full HD (1920 x 1080) can project up to 100 inches from 15 inches away. LG Smart TV compatible. Wirelessly connects (DNLA, Miracast, WiDi). Bluetooth sound out. Up to 1000 lumens. 30,000 hour lamp life (LED).
Reviews: “We picked up two hex-head screws (see image) at the hardware store to attach the projector to this mount.Easy on-off with fingers only. We don’t tighten it too tight because then it lets us fine tune
One odd thing we experienced when we were setting up the projector was that the MAC address it lists in its device/about page doesn’t seem to be the MAC of the WiFi NIC. So if you have a MAC whitelist enabled on your WAP you’ll want to just disable that temporarily, and also make sure your WAP’s SSID is visible, otherwise it’s a royal pain to get the projector to connect initially. Once you’re connected, you can then determine the MAC address of the WiFi NIC and add it to your whitelist and then stop broadcasting your SSID and re-enable your MAC whitelist in your WAP. Aside from that, setup is a piece of cake.”
2. Epson EX9200 Pro/EX7240 Pro/EX5250 Pro/EX5240/EX3240
Features: Epson EX9200 Pro
3-chip, 3LCD Technology : Yes | Color Brightness: 3200 | White Brightness: 3200 | Native Resolution : WUXGA – 4.5x more resolution than SVGA | Wireless: Yes | HDMI: 2 Ports | Vertical Keystone: Auto | Horizontal Keystone: Manual – Easy Slide Correction | QR Code Quick Connect: Yes | MHL: Yes.
Accurate color with Epson – 3lcd, 3-chip technology for 3x higher color brightness and up to 3x wider color gamut than competitive DLP projectors. Look for two numbers: 3200 lumens Color Brightness for more accurate, vivid color3200 lumens White Brightness for well-lit room. Pro-quality projector – WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) offers 4.5x more resolution than SVGA for Full HD 1080p content; Throw Ratio Range: 1.38 (Zoom:Wide), 1.68 (Zoom:Tele). Wireless – project from your laptop, tablet, or smartphone4 without plugging into the projector, so you can move freely about the room. Share HD videos directly from your smartphone, tablet or streaming device – supports MHL-enabled devices, including Chromecast and Roku Streaming Stick.
Reviews: “The EX9200 Pro is a business projector first. It’s compact, the casing has
Lamp life is announced at 10,000 hours, a very high value — and the replacement lamps are very inexpensive.
As a business projector, the EX9200 is an obvious choice and an excellent performer. For home theater applications, it’s also a very good choice thanks to its brightness and placement flexibility: while its zoom offered a range from 8’10” to 10’8″ picture width, the Optoma HD 141x at the same distance from the screen only allowed me to go between 9’10” and 10’11”. The only missing feature is 3D — something most people never end up using anyway. I’d rather have a bright projector capable of fighting ambient light than a 3D capable projector whose picture washes out completely in ambient light.
An excellent all purpose budget projector and a spectacular performer. Recommended.”
3. Optoma X600/TX779P-3D
Features: Optoma X600
Brightness: 6000 ANSI Lumens | Native Resolution: XGA (1024 x 768) |Maximum Resolution: WUXGA (1920 x 1200) | Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1 (full on/full off) | Lamp Life and Type: 3500/2500 Hours (STD/Bright), 310W UHP | Image Size (Diagonal): 23.4″-300″ (0.59-7.62 m) | Aspect Ratio: 16:10 Native, 16:9 and 4:3 compatible | Display Technology: Single 0.55″ DC3 DMD DLP Technology by Texas Instruments |I/O Connection Ports: Display port, Two HDMI, Two VGA-in, VGA-out, S-video, composite video, stereo RCA, audio-in, stereo audio-out, RS-232C, RJ45, 3D-sync, USB and 12V trigger | 3D Compatibility: Supports all HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D format, side-by-side format
“Wonderful projectors, no problems, I’m The IT and photographer for a large community center, I have a large studio, wow thrilled with it. Screen that I put together is 12′ by 19′ projector is around 25′ from screen.
I can’t find info on what 3d glasses it uses. Bought all kinds at best buy and returned them, they couldn’t find the kind either. I’m using a play station 3, and 3d blue Rays.”
4. Acer H6510BD/H5380BD/P1173
Features: Acer H6510BD
Projection System: DLP® | Display Panel: 0.65″ DarkChipTM 3 DMD | Resolution: Native 1080p (1920 x 1080), Maximum UXGA (1600 x 1200), WUXGA (1920 x 1080) | Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (native), 4:3 | Contrast Ratio: 10000:1 | Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens (Standard), 2400 ANSI Lumens (ECO) | Lamp Life: 4000 hours (Standard), 5000 hours (ECO), 7000 Hours (ExtremeECO) | Projection Lens: F = 2.59 ~ 2.87, f = 16.88mm ~ 21.88mm, 1:1.3 Manual Zoom and Manual Focus | Keystone Correction: +/-40
Reviews: “I’ll start off by saying I really wanted to love this projector. I love the build quality, compact design, reasonable bulb prices, and quiet operation. While you won’t need or want the full 3000 lumens in a dark home theater, it is very nice to have if you were to transport and use this projector in areas with higher ambient lighting. Other projectors like the Epson 2040 or BenQ W1070 are around 2000 lumens.
I knew I was in the market for a DLP projector since I’ve worked with Epson’s 3LCD business projectors and have been disappointed with 3LCD’s shortcomings, mainly poor black levels, slow LCD response times, and eventual LCD panel failure due to the bulb heat. DLP technology is superior in those areas. Problem was, I haven’t really had any experience with DLP projectors and DLP projectors are affected by the “rainbow effect.” There is no way to really tell if you are affected by it unless you sit down and watch some content displayed by a DLP projector.
I was amazed with the image quality from this projector. It is absolutely stunning. It’s just like going to the movie theater. Black levels are much better than 3LCD projectors in this price point and DLP doesn’t suffer from the “screen door effect” either. I would never go back to an LCD/LED TV because you can’t get screen sizes like you can with a projector, at least at this price point. Unfortunately, this projector has a 2x speed color wheel and is more likely to show the rainbow effect than DLP projectors with faster color wheels. With this projector, I learned that I can see rainbows and it is very distracting. It is significantly worse in scenes of fast action and when I’m tired.
Ultimately, I ended up exchanging this for the BenQ W1070. It has a 6x speed color wheel and I found the rainbow effect to very greatly reduced; I will be keeping the BenQ. I just could not live with the rainbow effect on the Acer. Acer engineers, if you’re reading: incorporate a 6x speed color wheel and perhaps a lens shift feature. That would make this the ultimate projector at this price point.
One last note: The internal speaker really sucks, but I totally expected that. You should depend on having a dedicated home audio system to use with a projector. The BenQ W1070’s speaker is definitely better, but by no means great. If you absolutely must depend on the internal speaker, the W1070 has a better one.”
5. BenQ HT2150ST/HT3050/HT2050
Features: BenQ HT2050
Native Resolution: 1080p | Brightness (Lumens): 2000 AL | Colorwheel: RGBRGB | Rec. 709 Certified : NO | Throw & Zoom Ratio: 1.15~1.5 / 1.3x | Vertical Lens Shift: Yes | Connectivity: HDMI x 2 | Built-in Speakers: 10W x 1 (MaxxAudio) | Light Source Life (Hours by Mode): 3500/5000/7000 (Lamp Based)
The BenQ HT2050 brings the true movie theater experience to your home. With stunning full HD 1080p resolution, perfectly balanced color, sharp, crystal-clear image with crisp shadow details, thanks to an all-new premium glass optical system the HT2050 delivers the finest image quality in its class.
I have 7 foot ceilings so I made my own mount to put it basically directly against the ceiling. The image is just a hair below the centerline of the lens(when mounted upside down) and can be adjusted farther down. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to put the screen as high as I wanted but it worked out well. I bought an Elite Screens Sable Frame B2 Series, 110″ screen SB110WH2($259), really nice screen by the way. I’ve added a picture so you can see roughly how high the screen is and how the projector is mounted(picture taken right after screen/projector was mounted,wires and sound system not dealt with yet) I used 1/2″ thick by 2 1/2″ wide aluminum bars, 18″ long to reach over 16″ on center floor joist’s. I did have to machine some areas because there are some plastic sections that protrude down on the bottom of the projector. I also removed the rear adjustable feet and the pad from the front foot so the 1/2 thick mount would seat against the ceiling. Honestly a good hard 1/2″ thick wood could be used for a more easily made mount…it really is light. I mounted the projector to the mounts then the mounts to the ceiling. I’m mounted about 9.5 feet from the screen and I did add about 3/32 worth of shim between the back legs of the mount and the ceiling to bring the image up just a little more. It did not affect the image squareness and helped get the screen a little closer to the ceiling. I did not use any keystone adjustment.”