Reviews of DLP Projectors

The DLP projectors category covers the latest projector technology used in home theater projectors, portable projectors, and video projectors. See below for a list of DLP projector reviews and information pages.

Millions of tiny mirrors create “Hollywood Cinema” picture quality offering a true 1080p experience. The DLP chip minimizes gaps between pixels creating a seamless picture. Yes, the DLP chip works very differently from LCoS and 3LCD technologies.

A DLP chip works by having two states – essentially on and off – thus digital. Basically it’s million or more mirrors (roughly 2 mirrors at 1080p which is 1920×1080), one where light is reflected off any given mirror, and ultimately out the lens, or the mirror is at a different angle, and no light. Regardless of the workings of the chip itself, DLP projectors have several tendencies due to the chip. Pixel structure is noticeably less visible than LCD projectors.

The latest rage in DLP projectors are those sporting one of TI’s two newest chips – both claiming 4K UHD resolution. It’s not “true” 4K with 3840×2160 non-overlapping pixels, rather either 2716×1528 x 2 or 1920×1080 x 4. The last number is the number of times each pixel fires partially overlapping adjacent pixels, so that in both cases, a total of 8 million pixels hit the screen. Still the lower native resolution, the larger the pixels, the less able to approach the sharpness of any equally well done true 4K projector. That’s fair, because, as of early 2018, commercial true 4K projectors really start around $15K, while 4K UHD projectors can be as low as $1499.

DLP projectors use millions of tiny mirrors to create their crisp picture.

Almost all under $10,000 DLP projectors use a single chip design. More expensive ones use a 3 chip design (more like 3LCD and LCoS). With a single chip DLP, a spinning color filter wheel is used.

DLP technology generally provides extremely high native contrast (for great black level performance in home theater projectors), DLP chips also operate faster than LCD or LCoS can, which is advantageous. For many users, though, a key advantage of DLP projectors is that in general, they are smaller and lighter than their 3LCD counterparts (there are few portable LCoS projectors). DLP technology can be found in high-end home theater systems,office projectors, large auditorium, and digital movie theaters as well as, of course, portable projectors.

An advancement in DLP technology is the DLP three chip system which is used for large venues, stage productions, awards ceremonies, and even on Broadway. 3 chip DLP is the industry standard for super high-performance large screen projection. The additional reflective surface area from this 3 chip system tremendously increases brightness output and stunning picture quality.

A few DLP projector brands: InFocus, Optoma, BenQ, Viewsonic, and Dell

Helpful Resource discussing DLP vs LCD projectors

DLP projectors Reviews

Samsung Premiere LSP9T Laser TV Review
February 14, 2022

The Premiere LSP9T is one of Samsung's first Laser TVs The Premiere LSP9T and its little brother, the Premiere LSP7T is Samsung's first 4K ultra-short-throw smart projectors. Each year Flat-panel TVs get bigger and bigger. For example, Samsung offers s ...

LG CineBeam HU710PW Hybrid LED Laser 4K Projector Review
February 13, 2022

  2022 LG HU710PW   The LG HU710PW is one of two newly announced CineBeam projectors. We were excited to get our hands on the HU710PW ($2,499.99 SRP) because it is the first LG projector to utilize a hybrid light source system. This new LG system uses ...

LG PF610P CineBeam Portable LED DLP Projector Review
December 7, 2021

Portable LED Projector The LG PF610P, which retails for $849 MSRP is a DLP LED home entertainment projector, and it is small enough to be considered transportable. This LG projector utilizes a single DLP chip to deliver Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,08 ...

JMGO U2 Laser TV Review
November 13, 2021

The JMGO U2 is a RGB Laser DLP Ultra-Short-Throw projector offering an amazing range of features and performance at a great price.

Hisense L9G TriChroma Laser TV 4K Review
November 2, 2021

  Hisense TriChroma Laser TV 4K   The Hisense L9G is a Tricolor laser-equipped smart ultra-short-throw projector with a brightness rated at 3,000 ANSI lumens. These types of projectors are commonly referred to as "Laser TVs". They are called Laser TV b ...

XGIMI Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser Projector Review
October 28, 2021

The Aura is XGIMI’s First Ultra Short Throw Smart Laser Projector. We are taking a look at XGIMI’s new Aura 4K Ultra Short Throw (UST) Smart Laser Projector which retails for just $2499. The Aura is XGMI’s first UST projector. XGIMI made sure their fir ...

BenQ GV30 Portable LED Smart Projector Review
September 22, 2021

  BenQ GV30 Portable Projector The second generation of BenQ GV and GS projectors has been announced. The BenQ GV30 and GS50 were recently launched at the end of Aug 2021. With the GV30 being the second generation of GV projectors, I had high expectati ...

AAXA M7 Portable LED Projector Review
September 7, 2021

AAXA M7 LED DLP Pico Projector In this article, I will give you a detailed look at the AAXA M7 portable LED projector. This new addition to the AAXA line is a Quad Cast LED-powered, full 1080p projector rated to deliver up to 1200 LED lumens. It retail ...

XGIMI Elfin Smart 1080P LED Projector Review
August 19, 2021

The XGIMI Elfin Smart LED projector is a Smart LED 1080P projector rated to deliver up to 800 ANSI lumens, and it retails for $649.

LG PROBEAM BU60PST LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW
July 19, 2021

LG BU60PST ProBeam laser business projector is a 6000 Lumen 4K Smart business projector which retails for $4499,

OPTOMA CINEMAX P2 LASER TV REVIEW
July 15, 2021

Optoma CinemaX P2 ultra-short-throw smart 4K laser home theater projector also known as a laser TV review.

BENQ TK700STI 4K SMART GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW
July 7, 2021

Our review of the BenQ TK700STi, the “World’s First 4K HDR Gaming Projector; 4K @ 60Hz”.

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Smart LED Projector Review
May 27, 2021

The XGIMI Horizon Pro is the flagship 2200 lumen 4K home theater focused projector in their lineup.

PANASONIC PT-FRZ60 LASER DLP INSTALLATION PROJECTOR REVIEW
May 15, 2021

Review of the Panasonic PT-FRZ60 an installation class DLP laser projector with WUXGA resolution and rated brightness of 6,000 lumens.

XGIMI Introduces the Horizon and Horizon Pro Home Entertainment Projectors First Look Review
May 10, 2021

XGIMI Introduces the Horizon and Horizon Pro home entertainment projectors XGIMI has recently released its most powerful series of home projectors, the Horizon Series, the flagship projectors in the XGIMI projector lineup. The XGIMI Horizon Series incl ...

XGIMI Halo Portable 1080P Android TV Projector Review
May 5, 2021

The XGIMI Halo is a smart 1080P portable DLP projector with a compact design that is super portable, awarded the Projector Reviews Best in Class Award.

BENQ X1300i GAMING PROJECTOR REVIEW
February 17, 2021

Overview Today I get to talk to you about a cool looking performance projector that BenQ is releasing. I'm talking about the BenQ X1300i Smart Entertainment Home projector. The X1300i is a gaming optimized home entertainment projector packing a ton of ...

LG AU810PB CINEBEAM 4K LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW
February 15, 2021

As we have mentioned in a few reviews this year, we have been very impressed by some television manufacturers who have released new projectors such as LG and Samsung. These television manufacturers are doing incredibly well incorporating the technologi ...

NEC P506QL 4K LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW
February 8, 2021

The NEC P506QL is a laser light engine equipped installation class DLP projector capable of displaying 4K resolution with a current street price of $4,299. Its laser/phosphor wheel light engine can deliver 5,000 ANSI lumens and has a rated life of 20,0 ...

LG HU85LS 4K UST SMART BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW
January 12, 2021

The LG HU85LS is a 4K Ultra-Short Throw Laser Smart Projector designed to replace traditional flat panel TVs.

Elite MosicGO 360 Portable Cinema System Review
December 15, 2020

The Elite Projector offers multiple MosicGO systems, which are a portable home theater system designed for outdoor and indoor entertainment.

LG BU50NST 4K LASER BUSINESS PROJECTOR REVIEW
November 11, 2020

The LG ProBeam BU50NST is a compact projector designed for various ProAV applications, including enterprise, education, hospitals, and museums. It provides UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and is rated to deliver 5,000 ANSI lumens of light output.

Philips PicoPix Max Projector Review
November 6, 2020

The Philips PicoPix Max is a Full HD (1,920x1,080) DLP projector capable of producing up to a 120’ image, with built in speakers, and up to a 3-hour battery life.

BenQ HT5550 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5050UB Comparison Review
September 9, 2019

Comparing Benq’s HT5550 with Epson’s Home Cinema 5050UB is a project I have long been looking forward to. For the first time in years, we have a reasonably priced DLP projector in the $2,000+ range that is a worthy challenger to the latest of Epson’s U ...

LG HU85LA CineBeam ThinQ 4K Projector Review – UST Design Brings Quality Home Theater To Your Living Room
August 13, 2019

The LG HU85LA is a Laser TV, also known as Ultra-Short Throw projectors, with a list price of $4999.

ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review
November 20, 2018

The ViewSonic LS620X is a 3,200 lumen DLP projector with XGA (1024x768) resolution, intended for applications in business and education such as K-12 classrooms, retail settings and conference rooms. 

ViewSonic PX747-4K First Look Review – Now for $999!
November 13, 2018

The ViewSonic PX747-4K is a 4K UHD projector. ViewSonic has long been a leader in some of the lowest-cost home theater projectors, and they’ve done it again!

Acer S1386WHN Short Throw Business and Education Projector Review
November 9, 2018

The Acer S1386WHN is a WXGA (1280x800) short throw projector intended for business and education environments such as conference rooms, K-12 classrooms, and retail settings.

ViewSonic M1 Pocket Projector Review – Sleek Pocket Projector with Impressive Sound
November 6, 2018

The ViewSonic M1 is a stylish pocket gaming projector featuring dual 3.0 watt Harman Kardon speakers for impressive audio on-the-go.

BenQ LU950 Installation Laser Projector Review
November 1, 2018

The BenQ LU950 is a WUXGA (1920x1200) laser projector claiming 5,000 lumens – enough to shine through the ambient light found in many museums, conference rooms, retail spaces, and classrooms.

BenQ TK800 4K UHD Home Entertainment Projector Review
July 9, 2018

Full review of the BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector.

Acer VL7860 4K UHD Laser Projector Review
June 22, 2018

The VL7860 projector is the first 4K UHD with respectable black levels that we've seen, and that makes it a strong, 4K capable home theater projector.

Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector
June 11, 2018

Review of the ViewSonic PX727 4K UHD ome theater projector at an affordable price.

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Home Theater Projector Review
January 7, 2018

The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is an entry level priced 1080p resolution DLP projector, one that provides a lot of value.

Acer K138ST Projector Review – A Pocket Sized Gaming Machine
December 15, 2017

The Acer K138ST is a pocket projector designed for big screen gaming on the go.

Acer V7850 4K UHD DLP Projector Review
November 11, 2017

The Acer V7850 is one of three new 4K/UHD projectors that Acer has introduced this year.

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review
April 14, 2017

The Acer H7550ST is a powerful little short throw, single chip DLP home entertainment projector claiming 3000 lumens.

About DLP projectors

What is a DLP projector? Let’s start with DLP itself. It stands for Digital Light Processor, and that’s the type of “chip” used in almost half of the world’s projectors. DLP, as in DLP projectors is the marketing term. The actual technical term for the “DLP” chips themselves is DMD, which Texas Instruments (creator of the technology, and manufacturer of the chips) called DMD, or digital micro device.

You’ve probably already heard about those million or so tiny mirrors. Probably you heard about them on those DLP commercials TI likes to run on major TV events. I’ve seen their ads on the Oscars, key sporting events, and other programming. (You know, the cute little curly headed girl the box, the elephant and the beam of light!)

DLP projectors have often been the ones pushing the industry forward. Due to their design strengths, they led the charge to smaller, lighter projectors. Even today, (let’s forget those tiny pico projectors for a moment – which are mostly DLP), the smallest regular projectors are definitely DLPs. Their single chip design makes it easier to build a smaller, lighter projector than one using three chips, such as LCD projectors, LCoS projectors, and even the big expensive 3 chip DLP projectors (which are in a whole other world in terms of price).

DLP projectors were the first under 10 pound projectors, then later, the first under 7, under 4, under 3 and under 2 pound projectors. Today, there are many lightweight DLP projectors found under 4 pounds although they are almost all at least 2.5 pounds. By comparison, there are few LCD projectors under 4 pounds, and overall they get neither as small or light.

More recently, DLP projectors have been the first to hit the market 3D ready. Oh, it’s early, the first models aren’t 3D compatible with, for example, 3D Blu-ray players. The point though, is that the DLP folks are pushing the technologies. DLP projectors were also the first fixed panel projectors to sport really good black levels for home theater, although other technologies and new enhancements like dynamic irises have leveled that playing filed to a large degree.

Today, the bulk of the lowest cost entry-level home theater projectors, as well as the most expensive ones, are DLP technology, with LCD and LCoS projectors (ie. SXRD), starting for a few hundred more. On the business side, DLP projectors start from less than $500.

For your consideration, some very popular business/education suitable DLP projectors and some home theater DLP projectors. In both cases, I’ve listed popular models that vary in price and performance to provide some idea of the variety.

DLP Home Theater projectors

Vivitek H1080FD – Least expensive 1080p projector at $899, and brightest under $1000

Mitsubishi HC4000 – Outstanding home theater projector for under $1500

InFocus SP8602 – With an MSRP under $5K, one of the best under $10K projectors

DLP Office Projectors and DLP Classroom projectors

Optoma TX542 – A low cost, small, mountable, feature laden DLP projector

Dell S300W – An ultra short throw projector that impresses, can wall mount

Sharp XG-P560W projector – Bright, 3 chip DLP with awesome color – $15,000

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