With Halloween 2021 fastly approaching, people are slowly setting up their Halloween decorations. One popular way to decorate your house is to use digital projections for decorating. A Youtuber, Toil & Trouble’s DIY, does amazing videos on Halloween decorations using brand new digital decorations consisting of silly and spooky videos as well as classic Halloween characters.
In his recent Halloween decoration video, he used AtmosFX video of the three pumpkins along with an AAXA BP1 Projector. This is a cheap setup under $200 anyone looking for an alternative way to decorate for Halloween.
Projectors have become an important part of modern homes and offices. Newer models of projectors have extensive range, with more connection settings and ports that enhance the user experience with different options to play and connect your devices. With the increase in projector’s capability, there is also an increase in accessories available for different projectors. There are a few essential accessories that help to improve the image quality while others enhance the viewers’ experience. Some projector accessories include tripods, carrying case, adapters, HDMI cables, etc…
Projector Screen: The most important accessory to have with your projector is a good projector screen since it allows for a steady, clear image. The size and quality of the screen depends on the type of projector that you have. Most modern projectors can handle projection up to about 200 inches. It is also important to know how far to position your projector screen based on the projector’s throw ratio. For rooms that have high ambient light, a light-rejecting projector screen is a must unless you can shut out the light completely.
External Speakers: Even though projectors have improved over the years, some still don’t come with built in speakers or come with very low quality speakers. Having one speaker will be enough to improve the sound quality, enough to enhance the quality of your viewing experience.
Streaming Devices: Many projectors have video input through HDMI, which allows for the use of streaming devices such as Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, and Chromecast. These devices provide more options to watch your favorite shows and movies without the need to stream videos from your laptop or phone directly to the projector.
Display Adapters: If the connector on your computer or smartphone is different from those on the projector, then you will need to include an adapter in your projector accessories list. The most popular display connectors are Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter, USB-C to HDMI adapter, and Mini HDMI to HDMI. It is important to get the right adapter accessories as you will encounter display errors when using incorrect adapters for iPhone or Samsung smartphones.
Carrying case or mounting brackets: The last accessories you should have with your projectors are the mounting brackets and carrying case. If you have a portable pico projector, you can get a carrying case that allows you to carry the projector wherever you go. A mounting bracket is nice to mount the projector into a fixed position.
As we move into mid Summer 2021, there are new releases of gaming and home entertainment projectors, perfect for those outdoor summer night movies or home theater movies. Sony, LG, Optima, and AAXA all released projectors models this summer that are big improvements over the last models.
Sony’s new 4K home cinema projectors, the VPL-VW1025ESmodel and VPL-VW325ES model, will replace the VPL-VW995ES and VPL-VW295ES respectively. The price for the VPL-VW1025ES is expensive at $39,999 while a price of $5499 for the VPL-VW325ES. These models will have the latest X1 processor for projector and bring you the best of Sony’s image processing. The projectors also have Dynamic HDR Enhancer that enhances scene by scene with striking and realistic picture quality. The VPL-VW1025ES model uses an ARC-F lens, which delivers pristine image quality across the entire screen. This optimizes the red, green, and blue primary colors at the extreme edges of the screen, for a clear and vivid image.
LG Business Solutions has launched its brightest projectors ever, the new LG ProBeam BU60PST and LG ProBeam BF60PST at a price of $4999 and $3499 respectively. These laser projectors are designed for professional signage installations in medium to large-sized spaces .The new LG ProBeam BU60PST and LG ProBeam BF60PST have 6000 ANSI lumens, a 20 percent increase over LG’s next brightest models. The main difference between the two models is the maximum resolution, with the ProBeam BU60PST offering 4K UHD (3840×2160) and the ProBeam BF60PST delivering WUXGA (1920×1200).
Optima unveiled its UHD35 and UHD38 projectors – lightning-fast, low latency 4K UHD home entertainment and gaming projectors that improve upon the popular UHD30 model. Gaming on projectors requires more specific specifications with the input responses of the UHD35 and UHD38 delivering an unparalleled ultra-low input lag of 4.2ms in Enhanced Gaming Mode. Based on resolution and refresh rate, the response times for the UHD35 and UHD38 are:
4K UHD @ 60Hz: 16.7ms; 1080P @ 60Hz: 16.7ms; 1080P @ 120Hz: 8.9ms; 1080P @ 240Hz: 4.2ms. The price for the UHD35 and UHD38 are $1299 and $1399 respectively.
AAXA Technologies recently announced the release of theM7 Pico Projector with a price of $600. A Pico projector that is portable with battery life up to 3 hours in ECO mode. Although this projector is cheaper and smaller than the projector that was also released this summer, like the Sony and Optima, it still represents the cutting edge of Pico Projector technology using Texas Instruments advanced DLP 1920×1080 (1080P) native resolution with the latest generation Osram LEDs, allowing for up to 200” of image in dark areas.
There are many ways to stream movies and shows through a projector. From your phone to an Amazon Fire TV Stick, watching your favorite shows and movies has gotten easier and better over the years. Amazon Fire TV Stick is simple and straightforward to set up and use. The vast majority of the Fire Stick models are compatible with projector use via HDMI port. Projectors without an HDMI port will require a converter, such as an A/V or VGA to HDMI converter. Adapters aren’t as good as converters in making sure that your Fire TV Stick can be recognized and read by vintage projectors.
To connect an Amazon Fire TV Stick to a projector:
1- Plug the Fire TV Stick into the projector’s HDMI port, and connect the USB cable to an USB power source.
2- Turn the system on and select the HDMI/Digital Input option.
3- Connect to Wifi and set up your Amazon account for Home Customization.
4- Connect the projector to an external speaker source like Bluetooth Speakers (if the projector supports Bluetooth), a Receiver, or another audio solution (an HDMI Audio extractor or wireless HDMI Kit).
Most homes nowadays have 4K TVs that can fulfill their basic entertainment needs. However, most people do not own a 4K Projector, mainly due to the cost of them being really expensive! Let’s dive into four of the most affordable 4K projectors we found that you can use to upgrade your entertainment system further!
Epson Home Cinema 3200
Starting with the Epson Home Cinema 3200 4K Pro. This projector uses 4K UHD technology to enhance; resolution, color, and image processing. With an impressive 2,900 Lumens, this projector will definitely light up a room! The Epson Precision Lens has a multi-element precise glass construction for exceptional picture quality, edge-to-edge focus uniformity, and precision vertical and horizontal axis lens shift adjustment. At a price point of $1,400, this is perfect for your premium home theater on a budget!
Next, we have the BenQ TK800M, sporting high contrast ratio to enhance the sharpness of image quality and black levels. Coming in with 3,000 Lumens, you will definitely have 4K quality. With BenQ’s Glass 4K-optimized Lens Array, the clarity and light penetration is unmatched. At a price point of $999, the buy is worth it!
Here we have the ViewSonic PX701-4K. Being able to project onto a screen up to 300 inches, this projector will be great for those with a dedicated wall for projectors! With an input lag of 4.2ms and a 240Hz refresh rate, you can turn this home theater into a big-screen gaming room! Having 3,200 ANSI Lumens, you will not ever worry about the brightness of the projection. At a price point of $899, why wouldn’t you buy it!
Lastly, we have the AAXA 4K1 LED Home Theater Projector. Boasting a native $K UHD Resolution, you will definitely know the difference between 1080p HD and 3840p 4K. Using LED and DLP technology, you’ll get the best of both worlds when it comes to image clarity, sharpness, and colors. With the 2W speakers installed, you’ll be immersed in your viewing experience. At a price point of only $799.99, this has got to be the most affordable 4K projector you can find!
Let us know in the comments what you think! Till next time!
For a lot of people, finding the perfect spot for TV can be tough considering the many factors like the lighting and limited space. With the increase in popularity for 4K home entertainment projectors, many people are switching to 4K projectors instead of traditional 4K televisions. The benefits of a 4K projector setup is that you can go from 50 inch to 150 inch screen without taking up any space in your living area. It is also cheaper to buy a flat 100-150 inch screen than it is to buy 100 inch televisions.
Projectors are increasing in all aspects including throw ratio, allowing users to display 100 inch screen size with the projectors only 3-4 inches away from the screen. It used to be much more expensive to get a projector with a high lumens brightness, but now it is much more affordable. The number of lumens needed for a room is determined by the amount of ambient light in the room. If there is a high amount of ambient light then the projector will need higher lumens to properly light the screen. With modern 4K projectors ranging from 2000-5000 lumens, there are many options out there that will work best with your home setup.
When setting up your projector for your home setup, there are many options to mount or place your projector. Most will mount the projector, place it on a table, or mobile projector stand. Mounting the projector is the most common because of the fixed location and the option to hide cables into the ceiling. Mobile home theater entertainment is also becoming popular with new mini portable 4K projectors like AAXA 4K1 Projector, allowing the user to not be limited to just the living room with the size and portability of the projector.
The built in sound quality of internal speakers in the 4K projectors are good, but not movie theater experience good. To add to the home theater experience, most people will include external speakers to the setup. There are many types of external speakers that you can use, like sound bars, bookshelves speakers, or Bluetooth speakers. Sound bars are popular aesthetically because of the form factor, allowing users to install under or near the screen without taking up much space. One good cheap sound bar is the Bose TV Speakerswith options to connect using HDMI or optical audio. For wireless Bluetooth connection, the Sonos Oneis a mid-priced smart speaker with the option to control audio from your phone, without the hassle of running long cables from your speakers to the projector.
People love the Fake Window Challenge! Why? The trend set by @nam__p on Tiktok opened brand new windows – literally and metaphorically – a window where you have total control over the weather, the content on your wall, and a window to creativity. To hop on the Fake Window Challenge, you need good lighting, some effort in setting up, and most importantly, a good projector. For extra fun and flexibility, portable projectors will be a good choice as you can project your fake window anywhere you want without the cable hassle. Here is the list of 5 battery-operated projectors that will create a beautiful fake window for you!
1. Portable Projector, Anker Nebula Solar Portable 1080p ($499.99)
The newest portable projector from Anker Nebula is equipped with a 3-hour battery and it has native 1080p Full HD resolution. The brightness is set to 400 ANSI lumens, which should be decent for your fake window in a dark room. With Android TV 9.0, you can easily access YouTube and load your favorite Fake Window Challenge content. If you have some budget for a projector, the Anker Nebula Solar Portable Projector is the one for you.
2. AAXA Technologies P300 Neo LED Video Projector ($279)
AAXA Tech has been one of the best brands when it comes to portable projectors and mini projectors. In comparison with the Anker Nebula Solar Portable, the AAXA P300 NEO is significantly smaller: the AAXA P300 NEO weighs 0.84lbs while the Anker Nebular Solar Portable weighs 2.8lbs. It is slightly bigger than your iPhone 12 Pro Max – about twice as thick. However, with a smaller size, the P300 NEO also comes with a lower resolution. The AAXA P300 Mini Projector has a native resolution of 720p. For a Fake Window Challenge video which should not include too many details, 720p resolution is more than enough. This mini projector by AAXA has a 150-minute rechargeable battery and 420 Lumens brightness.
Advertised as an ultra-portable LED projector, the ViewSonic M1+ Projector has a 2.5-hour battery life and 300 LED Lumens brightness. The design of the ViewSonic M1+ Portable Projector is over the top with elegant details and nice silver color. This projector might be much bulkier and heavier than the AAXA P300 NEO as it weighs 1.65 lbs but it has Aptoide UI for Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube. Keep in mind that this mini projector has VGA resolution (640x480p), which is much lower than both the Anker Nebula Solar Portable and the AAXA P300 NEO LED Projector. If you want to invest in a nice, futuristic look, the ViewSonic M1+ Portable Smart Wi-fi Projector is for you.
4. Anker Nebula Capsule ($299.99)
At the same price as the ViewSonic M1+ Portable Smart Wi-Fi Projector, the Anker Nebula Capsule is an alternative. This projector has a 360-degree speaker which should spice up any summer parties that you are planning on. This level of sound quality will upgrade your Fake Window experience with immersive music. The Anker Nebula Capsule is portable enough for a Fake Window Challenge video as it weighs just 1.04 lbs and it can achieve up to 4-hour playtime in battery mode. At a $299.99 price point, the Anker Nebula Capsule is quite expensive when it has only 100 ANSI lumen and 854×480 native resolution. This is indeed a multimedia device with good sound quality.
5. JMGO Explorer Portable Projector ($409.99)
Just like the ViewSonic M1+ Projector, the JMGO Explorer Portable Projector has a minimal and futuristic design. The JMGO Explorer Portable Projector has 380 ANSI lumens of brightness for a very bright fake window for your viral video. At 1280×720 native resolution, the JMGO Explorer Portable Projector can deliver a clear image. With over $400, you are also paying for wireless features such as Android OS for Netflix, Smart YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, and so on.
Projectors are a daily tool used in many different ways. Some use projectors for demonstration purposes and some use projectors to create designs! Are you struggling with deciding on what type of projector you want and don’t know the difference between DLP and LCD? Well, today’s your lucky day, we’re going to explain the differences between a DLP projector and an LCD projector. They both have big differences between one another and have different functions, but this should help you figure out what projector will be the best for you!
What is DLP?
DLP stands for Digital Light Processing. Most DLP projectors are standalone and are usually used in a business environment. An example of this would be a classroom projector or a projector being used for the cinema! DLP projectors are comprised of chipsets and rely on micromirrors to project the image. The DLP chip is the key component in a DLP Projector to be able to project the image files a person uses and a spinning wheel that projects red, green, and blue light to create the images that are to be projected.
What is LCD?
LCD stands for Liquid Crystal Display. This type of technology is typically seen on most modern televisions, monitors, tablets, and smartphones. LCD projectors channel light through a metal lamp then through a prism that divides the light into 3 different panel colors; red, blue, and green. A polarized light moves through each of the panels to project the desired image.
The advantages of having a DLP projector are its; portability, grayscaling, wide color range, and not requiring as much maintenance. Whereas the advantages of having an LCD projector are its; versatile projection, high light capacity, 3LCD chips that offer less energy consumption with a higher brightness than usual LCD projectors.
Which is The Best for YOU
There are a lot of factors that can come into play when deciding which projector to go for. Some of the biggest factors can be; budget, how the projector is going to be used, brightness, color contrast, portability, and special features. DLP and LCD Projectors can vary in price depending on the certain specifications you are looking for. In terms of brightness, LCD projectors triumph because of the option of having 3LCD chips in some. For true colors and portability, DLP would be the better option for you. A straightforward answer would be if you plan on purchasing a projector for office settings where the projector will always be traveling a DLP projector would be the best fit for you. An LCD projector would be best for anyone using it for still images or having it in a fixed spot.
Here’s a list of some of the best DLP projectors to buy:
If you are serious about setting up a home theater entertainment system, you should consider getting a short-throw projector. A short-throw projector typically produces a brighter, more vibrant picture than a standard projector. A short-throw projector or ultra-short-throw projector (UST) can cast a brilliant and clear image from only a few feet or inches away. Short-throw projectors have many advantages over traditional standard throw or long-throw projectors. The main advantage of a short-throw projector is the ability to cast an over 100-inch image even in a tight space. If you want a projector in your living room or bedroom, a short-throw projector/ultra-short throw projector is perfect in situations with limited space.
The Optoma X309ST Projector is the cheapest option out of the three short-throw projectors. The 0.62:1 short-throw ratio, 3,700 ANSI Lumens brightness, and 25,000:1 contrast ratio, enable 100-inch projection from several feet away. This is ideal for small conference rooms, bed rooms, living rooms, and other space-constrained environments. The speaker is a clear, powerful audio 10W speaker, which will sound great in a small room. The main downside of this short-throw projector is the 1024×768 resolution, which is somewhat offset by the amazing 3,700 ANSI Lumens brightness at a short distance.
BenQ is a major player in the monitor and projector space, and its TH671ST gaming and cinema projector is perfect for users looking for a short-throw projector at lower and more competitive prices. The BenQ TH671ST short-throw projector can easily replace a large TV in your living room, and it’s capable of equally delivering a satisfying gaming or cinema experience. The projector has a 1920×1080(FHD) resolution with a 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness and can project up to 100-inch picture at 5 feet away. In addition to the long list of premium features, this unit is lightweight and portable enough to take on the road or game with friends. Best of all, this projector’s price starts at $699 and comes with a three years warranty. However, I wished that the projector would come with USB-C, allowing for different options to connect and play movies from different USB-C devices.
The PowerLite 530 XGA 3LCD Projector from Epson starts at $949. This short-throw projector offers 3200 lumens of color brightness (color light output) and 3200 lumens of white brightness (white light output). This short-throw projector can be mounted 4 feet away from the board or wall, and the projected image can get as large as 108″ diagonal. The PowerLite 530 also features management software which allows users to wirelessly share and play movies/pictures from the computers, as well as iOS and Android devices.
If you are looking to buy the best high-end 4K projectors for your home theater setup, then these top 5 high-end home theater projectors are the way to go. Between $3,000 and $4,999, you’ll find the true native 4K projectors offering the sharpest images as well as the least expensive home theater projectors with a laser light engine instead of a lamp. The projector screen will provide the best out-of-the-box color accuracy and brightness, perfect for a dark home theater. You will surely find one projector that fits you, whether the projector ultra short-throw beamer or a more compact HD model.
The Optoma CinemaX P2 is a 4K Ultra Short Throw (UST) Projector up to 120” image with True 4K UHD resolution and HDR10 compatibility that ensures the Optoma CinemaX P2 renders vivid 4K UHD content. Enjoy smooth action-packed movements with PureMotion technology which processes videos filmed in 24fps and inserts transitional frames to compensate for motion blur and reduce motion judder, resulting in pure fluid motion, just perfect for your home theater. The Optoma also features Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar with two full range speakers, two woofers, ported chambers, and 40-watts of power. The Smart+ technology enables Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, as well as iOS and Android app support, allowing you to control your home theater from anywhere in your home.
If you are looking for a big screen high-end 4k projector, the VW295ES 4K HDR Home Theater Projector sizes up to 200″ , which bring lifelike 4K HDR resolution to any room. Enjoy crisp, sharp pictures with 1,500 lumens of brightness with 4K Motionflow and Advanced Reality Creation technologies . The VPL-VW295ES has a native 4K SXRD panel, HDCP 2.2 compatibility on both 18 Gbps HDMI inputs, and HDR capability. For gamers looking to play games on the big screen, the Input lag reduction ensures a faster refresh rate.
The Lg CineBeam is a high-end projector with incomparable precision and detail up to 300-inch screen. The 2,000,000:1 contrast ratio Black level helps express the deep black, and accurately represents colors, thanks to a wide color gamut 97% of DCI-P3. This high-end 4k projector is best designed for bright and dark environments with the use of Brightness Optimizer (Iris Mode & Adaptive contrast).
The Samsung 120” Laser Projector is a Ultra Short Throw and Compact Minimal Design High-end projector that brings the big theater screen experience home with cutting edge laser technology and 4K resolution. The Samsung Premiere LSP7T delivers cinema-like pictures and contrast with 2200 lumens, 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, and delivers dramatic home cinema viewing that’s just like being in a theater. This high-end projector features powerful Audio 2.2 Channel System and Built-in Alexa, the Google Assistant, and Bixby voice assistants let you control your projector with your voice from anywhere in your home.
The Epson Home Cinema 5050UB 4K PRO-UHD is the cheapest high-end 4k projector on this list but still delivers an amazing 4K home theater experience for the DIY enthusiast. With a display of 2,600 lumens for both color and white brightness – the Home Cinema 5050UBe produces incredible brightness, color accuracy, and image detail using True 3-Chip Projector Design, Pixel-Shift Processor, Precision HDR Adjustment, and Extreme Color Gamut. All features that make the Epson Home Cinema perfect for enthusiasts with a budget.