A good projector can make all the difference. If you and your friends or family like to watch TV and movies at home, having a projector can create an entirely different experience. When the quality is good, then so is your enjoyment. In 2020, projectors can exceed your expectations with quality, interface, smart apps, connections, versatility, and durability.
In no particular order, here is the list of what I think are the eight best projectors for your money’s worth in 2020.
1. Vava 4K Projector
If you’re looking for a 4K picture projector with an HDR display, the Vava 4K Projector is the right one for you. With a short-throw — the distance between the lens and the projection — from just 7.2 inches away, you’ll get up to a 150-inch display. A throw this short lets you place the projector close to the wall while still getting the vibrant images that come with the Vava.
At 2,500 lumens for brightness, the Vava projector is one of the best out there. You’ll want to connect a Roku or Chromecast device to it for smart app integrations, though, since its interface is not the most efficient. You can purchase this projector for $2,799.
Ultra short throw, ultra large display, and a 25,000-hour lamp life. All your projector dreams, now in black. pic.twitter.com/XTwEn4NvVZ
— VAVA (@letsvava) August 7, 2020
2. Anker Nebula Capsule II
For travelers, portability is one of the most important features. People who are on-the-go all the time, or even just for a night, can’t bring a big projector with them. That’s why the Anker Nebula Capsule II is so powerful. It offers 720p HD resolution with strong audio capabilities.
Its HDMI, USB, and USB-C ports make it accessible for all your devices. That way, you can watch anything you like. Plus, with Android TV, you’ll get thousands of apps that you can choose from. Take it with you wherever you need to go — it will keep you entertained no matter your location. The Nebula Capsule II is available for $580.
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— Anker (@AnkerOfficial) May 20, 2019
3. Epson PowerLite
Projectors tend to be pricey because of their TV- and theater-like capabilities and quality. However, with the Epson PowerLite 1781W Wireless WXGA 3LCD Projector, you’ll get all that and more. Slim, lightweight, and powerful, this Epson projector gives you widescreen imaging at 3,200 lumens for both color and white brightness.
The PowerLite 1781W has connectivity options for your tablets and smartphones while still being able to connect your Roku or Chromecast. Since it’s wireless, setup is a breeze. It has been a while since its first release, but it’s not every day that you come across a projector that has all the features you could ever need and at a reasonable price. This projector is a steal with its price at $800.
4. LG CineBeam Laser 4K
Smart TV integrations are huge in 2020. People want their apps, like Netflix and YouTube, on every platform for easy use. With the LG CineBeam Laser 4K, you can access those apps right away. With a cool shape and a modern design, this projector provides a 150-inch display.
Connect any device with Wi-Fi or through the HDMI ports easily. The 2,500 lumens offer cinematic viewing pleasure, all with 4K resolutions and clean images. The CineBeam Laser 4K can also stand on its own. For $2,700, this projector gives you everything you need.
5. BenQ TK850
BenQ is a popular company for all types of projectors. You can find an array of options for you and your whole family or circle of friends. With the TK850, you’ll get excellent brightness at 3,000 lumens and a DLP 4K HDR resolution.
For this projector, consider whether a DLP resolution is right for you. The alternative LCD version is popular as well, and consumers have varying opinions on both. For the TK850, though, the DLP shines through alongside the vivid colors and details. Whether it’s night or day, the contrast will keep you engaged without outside light distracting you or interfering. This projector comes in at $1,700.
6. Kodak Luma 150
Similar to the Nebula Capsule II, the Kodak Luma 150 is a portable projector that you can take anywhere you go. Slip it into your pocket for an outdoor camping night or bring it with you when you visit some friends across the country — it works for every situation. It weighs less than half a pound and gives you a display area of up to 120 inches.
With Wi-Fi integration and connectivity for Airplay and Miracast, you can watch a range of content. HDMI and USB ports also accompany the projector, which means you can connect your Chromecast, Roku, and any other entertainment hub as well. The Kodak Luma 150 is available for $250.
Make cinema magic all summer with this truly portable projector. Ready to go, wherever you are.
— Kodak (@Kodak) July 5, 2018
7. LG CineBeam Projector
The LG Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector is an all-in-one package. The vibrancy, visual quality, and smart integration features are among its marquee features. Owing to its sleek design, this elegant projector will add a nice touch to any room in your home. If you’re a fan of all the best features, this projector is the one for you.
Set it right up against the wall, and you’re ready to start watching all your content. At 7.2 inches away from the wall, too, you’ll get a massive 120-inch screen. Plus, the Laser Smart Home Theater CineBeam Projector integrates with your Google Assistant or Alexa devices. This projector will set you back $6,000.
8. Optoma UHD51A
The Optoma UHD51A shows how far projectors have come. The rich, sharp visual quality with 2,4000 lumens is just the beginning of what this projector can do. With Alexa integrations, you can use your voice as the remote. Just tell it what you’d like it to do, sit back, and relax.
You can even enjoy its 3D option. This exciting feature is one-of-a-kind and ready for purchase today, starting at around $1,700. It works well in any living space and is a great price for everything it includes.
Each of these projectors brings its unique features to 2020. Before jumping the gun on any one of these choices, make sure to consider your needs and wants in purchasing a projector. Will you mount it to the ceiling? Would you prefer one that stands on its own? Do smart integrations stand out to you? Whichever one you choose, any of these will give you the best experience for you to enjoy.
Photo credit: The feature image is owned by LG which was taken during the IFA 2019 and was provided for press usage.