In a world where entertainment is vast and TVs are plenty, most people do not look at anywhere else. Although TVs do a really good job of providing you with a good display, people never really thought of using a projector. Read our guide on the best gaming chairs.
Why is that?
Well, projectors are just too damn expensive and they are not really that good when it comes to entertainment. Well, the price part is still true today but the thing about the projector not being good for entertainment is a myth. Projectors have evolved so much in recent years that it is actually quite a good thing to have for gaming. If you frequent LAN events, you would always enjoy looking at the bigger display of the projector rather than the TV.
|Name||Aspect Ratio||Contrast Ratio||Brightness|
|Acer Predator Z650||16:9||20,000:1||2200 lbs.|
|Acer Predator Z850||24:9||100,000:1||3000 Lumens|
|BenQ TH670||16:9||10,000:1||3000 Lumens|
|Sony VPL-VW300ES||N/A||100,000:1||2500 Lumens|
|Epson EH-LS10000||16:9||10,000:1||1500 Lumens|
|Optoma HD36||16:9||20,000:1||2600 Lumens|
|LG PF1000U Mini Projector||16:9||150,000:1||1400 Lumens|
So in this article, I will talk about the best projectors for gaming that you can find on the market. They are priced differently and they offer quite a number of features that you may want. Above you can see the entry list of the following projectors that we will discuss.
Projectors that are Great for Gaming
Acer Predator Z650
Acer has become quite adept at making displays and they’ve ventured into creating projectors that are solely for gaming and entertainment purposes. The Acer Predator Z650 is the much cheaper variant but do not let that fool you; this projector has loads of features.
Some of the features include:
-20,000:1 Contrast Ratio
-16:9 Native Aspect Ratio with an option to set it to 4:3
-Throw Ratio of 0.69 ([email protected])
-Lamp Life 3000 hours for Normal Mode and 4000 Hours for Eco mode
-Brightness of 2200 Lumens
-Full HD Resolution (1920×1080)
-Game Settings Mode (Dark and Bright FPS)
-Game Auto Mode
-Custom Splash Screen
-Bluetooth Audio compatibility
-The Z650 is actually pretty good. It has a nice contrast ratio of 20,000:1 and it has a native Aspect Ratio of 16:9.
One of the best features of the Predator Z650 is its short-throw distance. For those of you who do not know, what this feature means is that even at a short distance, it can present you with a 100-inch display. Not only that but the projector also has a native resolution of 1080p which gives you unparalleled clarity.
Acer knows that the gamer needs absolute visual clarity and fidelity when it comes to the display and the projector comes with the company’s “ColorPurity” feature. This feature boosts the projector’s color balance to give you more accurate colors. There are certain instances in a game where there are poorly-lit environments and there are also some cases where the lighting is too much. Fortunately, the Z650 comes with the Dark and Bright FPS modes that fix those problems. The Dark FPS mode is perfect for dark areas where enemies are most likely lurking. The Light FPS mode is perfect for whenever the area is too bright for your tastes. Both of them are pretty good and enabling them is just a few clicks away.
If you do not want to tinker much with regards to the accuracy of the display, the Game Auto setting will do that for you. This preset mode will automatically change the color settings for you that will best suit the environment you’re in. It is nice of Acer to include such a feature because not a lot of people want to fiddle with the settings of the projector.
This projector also comes with 2x 10-watt DTS speakers which are pretty respectable. They are loud enough to fill a small room and even a small conference room at that. In terms of sound quality, it is pretty good. DTS knows their sound very well and it is nice for Acer to incorporate DTS speakers in their projector. This alleviates the need to get a discrete speaker system.
This ‘gaming’ projector also supports Nvidia 3D as well which is a huge plus. If you prefer using a headset, the Z650 also allows you to use its Bluetooth functionality for some Bluetooth Audio. In terms of portability, the projector only weighs 3.40 kilograms so you can bring it with you for some intense gaming sessions.
If you want a projector that is able to output a 1080p display with impressive color accuracy and loads of other features, the Acer Z650 is definitely something that you should consider.
Acer Predator Z850
If you want an ultra-wide projector for gaming, then the newest Acer Predator Z850 is something you may want to buy.
The Z850 also has a nice set of features including:
-Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1
-24:9 Aspect Ratio
-Lamp Life: 20,000 for Normal Mode; 30,000 for Eco Mode
-Brightness: 3000 Lumens
-Weight: 12 lbs
-The Acer Predator Z850 is perfect for people who want an ultra-wide display. Because of its aspect ratio of 24:9, this is possible.
Since this is mostly for gaming, the Z850 ensures minimal input lag. Input lag is the delay between your peripheral’s inputs and the time it takes for it to register on screen. I am not saying that there is no input lag but it is reduced quite a lot for a gaming projector.
Gamers do not want to play their favorite titles only at night. That is why some of them play during broad daylight or just about any time of the day. Unfortunately, if you do play during times when the sun is up, it might be problematic for you since you will not be able to see a lot of things. That is where the Z850 shines. It has a high enough brightness level of 3000 lumens to ensure that you can see the display no matter how bright the ambient light is.
It also has an ultra-short throw. All you really need to do is place the projector about 18.5 inches away from the wall and you will have a 120-inch display. If you have a huge display, chances are, the colors might be a bit washed out. That is where the Acer Colorboost 3D comes into play. This feature improves the color accuracy and performance of the display. You don’t even have to tinker with it; just enable the feature and you’re good to go.
Color Decay is also quite common in projectors. To protect the display, the Z850 comes with its “ColorSafe 2” feature which basically makes the projector immune to color decay. It does this by making use of its dynamic RGB gain control. Some people say that the brightness level is a bit on the brighter side, that is why the Z850 also comes with the company’s Eco Mode which will not only save the projector’s lamp but it will also tone down the brightness to more respectable levels.
If you don’t want to be using a speaker system, the Acer Predator Z850 comes with a built-in 10-watt speaker that provides a good enough job of delivering high-quality sound. The bass might not be too punchy, but for the most part, the audio is quite good.
If you want an ultra-wide display, some gamer-centric features, and a whole lot more, the Acer Z850 is an enticing choice.
If you want a rather inexpensive projector for gaming, the BenQ TH670 is something that you might fancy.
This is a 1080p projector that is not only good for gaming but also great for home media entertainment. It’s notable specs are its Brightness, low input lag, and a low standby power. It has a native aspect ratio of 16:9 and a native resolution of 1080p. 720p projectors are good, but there is no doubt that the 1080p resolution is the current standard for media and gaming.
For its inputs, it has an HDMI 1.4a port, a USB Type A port, an IR Receiver, Composite Video (RCA), and audio in and out ports for a discrete speaker system. For people who do not want to use another set of speakers, though, the TH670 comes with a built-in 10-watt speaker that does a pretty good job in its own right. Though it is not a DTS speaker, it is still pretty good.
There are some minor drawbacks with this projector. One, it has a very low contrast ratio of only 10000:1. Although it might not be noticeable for those who do not have a keen eye, it can be noticeable in games.
The TH670 also comes with preset picture modes but there is something you need to be aware of. In instances where you plug in a blue-ray player, the picture mode always defaults to the Bright preset. You can change it to other presets but it always seems to go back to the Bright mode, which indicates that this is a “feature” rather than anything else. Do not get me wrong; the bright preset is actually good. But, if you prefer any other preset mode, you will be a bit disappointed that you will not be able to change this when you use a blue-ray player.
If you’re into gaming, the BenQ TH670 is one of the best and most inexpensive projectors out there. It only has a 33ms input lag which is pretty low for a projector. One feature that might not impress everyone is the “BrilliantColor” mode. This mode adds yellow, Cyan, and Magenta to the RGB spectrum. Its intention is to make the colors “pop out” more. Although it is true in some cases, there are certain instances where the colors are off, mainly because of the inclusion of the three colors. If you do not want this feature, thankfully, this mode can be turned off. Despite its subpar contrast ratio, the BenQ TH670 is still quite good because of its low input lag and other features.
Most media entertainment and games are slowly venturing into the 4K space. It’s vivid detail and clarity also means that you need to have a pretty nice equipment. Although there are 4K televisions on the market, there are still some people who want a much bigger space; one that the projector can do.
The Sony VPL-VW300ES is one of the best 4K resolution projectors on the market. And, because it is one of the only few, it is also one of the priciest at $9000-$10000.
Despite its heavy asking price, the VW300ES is still something worth looking into. Sony seems to be getting things right when it comes to picture clarity because whether the movie or games you play are upscaled to 4k or downscaled to, say, 1080p, the picture quality remains superb at all times.
Setup is also a breeze because it remains to be plug-and-play. It also comes with a handy instruction manual which has all of the information you need to have this baby up and running in no time.
There are also two standout processing features: the Reality Creation and the MotionFlow. The former improves the sharpness of the image to make it crisp and clear while the latter ensures that there is minimal shakiness or judder when you’re watching movies or playing games. The VW300ES is something that you may want to set up in one location only. That is because this projector is quite heavy at 14 kilos. For the preset mode, you’re going to want to use the Reference mode as it provides the best color accuracy. If you’re watching in a room with too much ambient lighting, you may want to use either the Bright Cinema or Bright TV presets. They work well but find the one that you like the most.
It also has a wealth of inputs such as two HDMI 2.0 ports (one with HDCP 2.2), an RS-232C, an Ethernet LAN port, some 12v slots, and a USB port if you want to plug in your devices like an external HDD, perhaps. In terms of gaming performance, nothing compares to the visual fidelity of the VW300ES. It has little input lag and what’s great about this projector is that it truly gives you the best visuals compared to other projectors.
If you want a really good 4K projector that is great for movies, TV series, and even games, then the Sony VPL-VW300ES is for you. Do note that this thing is very expensive, but it is worth every penny.
While the previous projector supports a native 4K resolution, this next one simulates it. The Epson EH-LS10000 is one good product from the company.
Before anything else, here are some of its notable features:
-Brightness: 1500 Lumens
-Inputs: HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2), HDMI 1.4, Composite and Component inputs, VGA, Ethernet Port
-Laser Light Beam up to 30,000 hours
-As previously mentioned, this projector doesn’t support 4K natively. However, it can emulate the image to a higher quality thanks to its “4K Enhancement” feature.
I must say that this feature is quite good but it can be dodgy at times. The picture quality is great but there are some instances where the colors are off when the feature is turned on. Nevertheless, its upscaling feature is something to be happy about. This projector is priced much lower than the Sony VPL-VW300ES above, so there are no complaints in this regard.
This projector uses a laser light beam technology that promises to last for up to 30,000 hours. This is quite impressive as it will surely last you a couple of years; maybe just in time where native 4K resolution projectors are way cheaper than they are now. For its inputs, it’s got an HDMI 2.0 port, an HDMI 1.4a port, some Component inputs, a VGA port, and an Ethernet port if you want to do some streaming.
In terms of games, I find that the EH-LS10000 is a bit lacking. That is because it only has a brightness of up to 1500 lumens only which means that there are some cases where some areas in games might not be too visible. Still, in terms of picture quality, the EH-LS10000 is pretty good. Do note that this projector’s native resolution is only 1080p but you can enjoy a much higher resolution when you enable its 4K enhancement feature. I suggest that you experiment with it because, as I’ve previously said, the feature can be hit or miss in some cases.
If you do not have the money to buy a native 4K resolution projector, the Epson EH-LS10000 is a respectable substitute.
Now, most of the projectors I’ve highlighted above come with built-in speakers and, well, they are respectable. But, what if you want a truly great listening experience from the built-in speakers?
If that is what you want, the Optoma HD36 is a good choice. When other projectors only come with 10-watt speakers, the HD36 comes with massive 30-watt speakers for a truly great listening experience. This greatly alleviates the need to use another set of speakers. It’s loud, it’s crisp, and it’s amazing.
Aside from its impressive speaker, the Optoma HD36 also has a noise reduction mechanism that reduces the judder and distortions when using the projector.
Now, the HD36 is capable of reaching 3000 ANSI of brightness. This might alarm other people because that number is just way too high. And, considering that this is a single DLP projector, there might be some cases where you think this will cause the so-called “Rainbow effect”. To my surprise, the HD36 didn’t have any issues with that at all. There are many picture preset modes that work well in any ambient lighting. For example, the Bright Lamp setting completely eliminates the rainbow effect and is perfect for whenever the ambient light is bright.
Conversely, if you are watching or playing in a dark area, its Eco Lamp mode will ensure that the image is clear without being too bright. It also has a good contrast ratio of 30000:1 and it comes with its Dynamic Black technology which makes blacks more prominent and clear.
When playing games, it is important that the projector is capable of being bright enough, especially if you’re planning to play during the mornings. As previously mentioned, the 3000 lumens brightness of this projector is plentiful and should benefit gamers no matter which time of the day you decide to play. Speaking of playing games, the Optoma HD36 also comes with a Game Mode functionality that instantly reduces input lag as well as automatically tweaking the contrast and the color to ensure high-quality display output at all times.
For its inputs, it supports HDMI 1.4a, VGA, DVI-D, Composite, and USB ports. You might be put off because this projector only has one HDMI input but its other features will really make you want one. With a resolution of 1080p, a game mode feature, an impressive brightness level, and an impressive 30-watt speaker, the Optoma HD36 is one for the gamers.
LG PF1000U Mini Projector
Projectors can be bulky, especially the ones with loads of features. But, what if you want one that is highly portable but has impressive specs to boot?
The LG PF1000U is a mini projector but don’t let its size fool you; inside it is a powerhouse capable of delivering high-definition content.
One of its strongest features is its Ultra-short throw. What this feature means is that place the projector about 14 inches away, and it is capable of delivering up to a 100-inch display. Think of that for a second: a small projector capable of putting up a hundred inch display within just 14 inches? That’s pretty amazing!
Another great feature of the PF1000U is its Smart TV functionality. You can use Smart TV Apps like VUDU and Netflix to stream content from the projector. Furthermore, the PF1000U also allows you to use a WiFI connection and it also has Bluetooth capabilities so that it can interact with your other gadgets such as smartphones and tablets as well.
For gaming, it comes with a game mode that significantly reduces input lag. Although it is not as low compared to the other projectors in this list, it is still respectable at 72ms. It has a 1080p resolution and it has an impressive contrast ratio of 150000:1. Its brightness is on the lower side at 1000 Lumens, but because of its high contrast ratio, it pretty much makes it okay to have a lower brightness capacity. This mini projector also has an impressive lamp life of 30,000 hours which is quite good and should last you for a very long time.
For its inputs, you get two HDMI 1.4a ports, WiFi Connectivity, Two USB Type A ports, and audio in and out. It does come with speakers but it is too small for it to be enjoyable.
Overall, the LG PF1000U is a great projector. Not only does it have a small form factor for maximum portability, it also has a game mode and an impressive contrast ratio. Couple that with its ability to throw a 100-inch image on the wall by distancing it just 14 inches away, the LG PF1000U is a good projector.
I know that gaming monitors and HDTVs are prominent when you’re trying to play games, but nothing compares to the experience that you get from watching those things via a projector.There are plenty of projectors out there but I’ve selected the few that definitely stands out among the rest. Do note that they might be pricey, but they last for a couple of years thanks to the lamp technologies the companies have incorporated in their products.
There might be some input lag involved because of the nature of the projectors but the products that I mentioned in the article have a minimal input lag of about less than 100ms.Furthermore, the projectors outlined in this article is not only great for gaming but they are definitely worth using for movies and other media consumption as well.
Just a tip, though, you would want to position the projector correctly and that the wall needs to be clean. Also, a white colored wall will really help.
So, if you’re out in the market to buy a projector for gaming and entertainment, choose any of the ones that I’ve mentioned in the article. I promise you won’t regret any of these.