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Ever dreamed of a movie night in with your friends and family, on a big screen? A 4K projector is a great way to entertain a large group, but it's also great for making sure all the action — be it a football game, Red Dead Redemption 2, or the newest Marvel flick — is broadcast on a screen that's so large, it's impossible to not appreciate every detail.
Nowadays, 4K digital projectors are pretty inexpensive (especially if they’re on sale) and can deliver the same Ultra HD picture quality as a TV, but on a much larger scale.
Even the most consumer-friendly 4K TVs only go as big as 85 inches in size, while you can watch movies and TV shows with a digital projector up to 300 inches. You can easily fill up an entire wall with Avengers: Endgame or episodes of The Crown on Netflix. Moreover, digital projectors are great for parties with friends and family, presentations at the office, and outdoor movie nights.
We rounded up the best digital projectors on sale for just about every kind of viewer at any budget. Keep scrolling, and you’ll find one that’s perfect for you.
Best entry level: BenQ TK800 4K
For the best performance and easy setup, the BenQ TK800 4K offers Ultra HD resolution with extra bright settings for living rooms. This projector is great for live sports and video games with a high refresh rate, while it can also project up to 300 inches against a wall or projection screen. The device comes with a wide range of ports for cable TV, Blu-ray players, and even video game consoles. It also offers over 10,000 lamp hours at 3,000 lumens, so you can watch binge your favorite show for as long as you need.
Shop it: BenQ TK800 4K, $1,099 (was $1,249), amazon.com
Best smart home: Optoma UHD51A 2400 DLP 4K
On the hunt for a projector with hands-free and smart home compatibility? Look no further than the Optoma UHD51A 2400 DLP 4K, which is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant devices.
Don’t think being able to start your projector with just your voice will come in handy? Imagine settling down into your couch, popcorn in hand, and instead of fiddling around with the remote, only needing to ask Alexa to start your show.
“Great quality!! Works awesome with Alexa,” one reviewer raved. “Connected it also to Sonos sound system and it's just like a movie theater — very happy about this purchase!”
Shop it: Optoma UHD51A 2400 DLP 4K, $1,411 with clip & redeem coupon (was $1,699), amazon.com
Best HD: Optoma HD143X
Already have a top-notch collection of DVDs and Blu-rays, or have an older TV? The Optoma HD143X is one of the best HD digital projectors out there.
It features 3,300 lumens of brightness that will keep you occupied watching movies and TV shows for years to come and upscaling features for detail and performance. Best of all, it’s inexpensive with a price point under $500.
“This projector is seriously perfect,” one reviewer noted. “I was worried when my husband bought it because it wasn’t one of the top-priced projectors and usually the higher the price, the better the product... but this proved that theory wrong! The picture is literally perfect and it’s just on my living room wall. It fits my wall at any size I would want it from small to the entire wall size and the picture isn’t affected it all. The sound from the projector is loud enough to not even need separate speakers. The sound fills my entire room without it being at max volume. It was easy to set up and I absolutely love having it.”
Shop it: Optoma HD143X, $431 (was $479), amazon.com
Best for small rooms: BenQ TH671ST
This HD projector specializes in limited spaces, so it’s great if you have a smaller room. The BenQ TH671ST is a short throw projector that can project images up to 300 inches with just 5 feet of space. This means you can place this projector near a wall and still get a large cinematic experience. Many reviewers love this for games as well, especially racing titles.
Shop it: BenQ TH671ST Short Throw Projector, $663 (was $749), amazon.com
Best 4K: ViewSonic 4K Projector
For a true 4K experience, the ViewSonic 4K Projector offers big-time clarity with a 2160p UHD resolution and up to a whopping 300 inches of projection. Equipped for 3500 lumens of brightness, this 4K projector will also last for years to come. The best part? It’s a steal at under $1,000.
Shop it: ViewSonic 4K Projector, $965 (was $1,100), amazon.com
Best budget: APEMAN Mini Portable 3500L
On a tight budget? The APEMAN Mini Portable 3500L is a very low-cost digital projector with a high-quality build and a premium presentation. At just $65 on sale, it has the ability to project video images up to 180 inches on a wall or projection screen. This projector is ideal for parties, presentations, or movie night at a friend’s apartment.
Shop it: APEMAN Mini Portable 3500L, $65 with clip & redeem coupon (was $85), amazon.com
Best for outdoor use: VANKYO Performance V600
Always wanted to stream a Halloween movie in your backyard? Tthe VANKYO Performance V600 is perfect for just that! It’s best for outdoor use with its brighter 5,000 Lux light source and up to 300 inches of projection. The device’s lamp features 600 volts of light, which makes it last longer — up to ten years. It also comes with a handy carrying case, so you can easily bring it on trips.
Shop it: VANKYO Performance V600, $220 with clip & redeem coupon (was $250), amazon.com
Best for gamers: BenQ TH671ST
Amazon reviewers rave about the BenQ TH671ST’s super low input lag, which makes it ideal for gamers who want to play in a big way with up to 300 inches of projection. It also features a wide range of ports, including HDMI and USB, for video game consoles and gaming laptops.
“Purchased and tested seven different projectors and ultimately decided on this one for its picture quality with zero latency issues for fast FPS gaming (if a projector can handle fast gaming than movies are not an issue either),” wrote a five-star Amazon reviewer.
Shop it: BenQ TH671ST, $663 (was $749), amazon.com
Best for movie lovers: Optoma UHD60 True 4K
Get all the fun of a night out at the movies with a digital projector like the Optoma UHD60 True 4K, which offers the best color performance and contrast between colors and deep black levels with a 4K UHD resolution.
This projector can deliver moving images up to 300 inches for a true cinematic experience in your living room. If you’re a cinephile who wants the most accurate moviegoing experience at home, this is the digital projector for you.
According to a five-star Amazon reviewer, “I am super excited to have a 4K projector to watch movies with my family. The image quality is fantastic. I have this set up in my basement with blackout currents (so low ambient light). The projector is super bright under those conditions. Setup took a bit to get the image right, but once I did I could not be happier.”
Shop it: Optoma UHD60 True 4K, $1,599 (was $1,799), amazon.com
Best for sports: Acer H7850 4K
If you’re looking for a digital projector for watching live sports, then the Acer H7850 4K fits the bill. This projector features Acer’s “AcuMotion” technology that reduces motion blur during fast-moving entertainment like live sports. Instead of seeing fast moving images in a jumbled blur, the Acer H7850 provides picture clarity and prevents flicker — even when the big game is projected 100 inches on a wall or projection screen.
Shop it: Acer H7850 4K, $1,447 (was $1,700), amazon.com
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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