LG HU80KA Review

The past couple of years have seen a rapid increase in the number of high-quality and affordable projectors available to customers. This is an exciting trend, as it means that those looking to invest in a projector for their home theatre or office boardroom no longer have to spend a small fortune to reap the benefits of modern audio-visual technology. With this being said, this rapid increase in affordable projector options has led to a subtle issue throughout the industry: Great projectors are starting to become more available to all, but almost every affordable projector available today feels like a cookie-cutter device with only minor changes or improvements.

Consider many of the projectors we’ve already reviewed on this site. Each of these options are great in their own unique way, but few of them feel like a revolutionary device, both in terms of form-factor and features. After all, if you’re going to be spending your hard-earned cash on a new projector, shouldn’t it be able to blow you away every time you use it?

Enter the LG HU80KA projector, which gives you access to cutting-edge features that are packed into a sleek housing which is both attractive and futuristic in nature. Without a doubt, this offering by LG is one of the most original and breathtaking 4K projectors to hit the market so far. In short, there just isn’t anything else like it available right now. In fact, if we are being honest with ourselves, it doesn’t even look like a projector when you take it out of the box, but once you get it set up, it will provide you some of the most beautiful images that you’ve ever seen.

So, is this revolutionary projector, which is sure to be the envy of your friends, right for your situation? We invite you to read on as we dive into what makes the LG HU80KA projector really special when compared to its peers.

Who is the LG HU80KA projector for?

We believe that the LG HU80KA projector will be an excellent choice for anyone looking to get the most out of their home theatre experience, as the innovative quality provided by this device is hard to beat, especially at its relatively affordable price point. As one of the most exciting projectors that we’ve ever had the pleasure to review, we really do feel that this could be the perfect projector for your current home or office setup.

With this being said, we realize that a projector as groundbreaking as this might not be the best option for all of our readers. For example, in order to fully enjoy the LG HU80KA projector, you must have a large enough space that will fit its 150-inch screen size. Bear in mind that this means that you will want at least ten feet of distance between the projector and surface to which it is projecting in order to get the most out of the LG HU80KA’s performance. On the other hand, for those of you who do a bit of traveling with your projector, whether it be for work or pleasure, we bet that you will be happy to hear that this unit was designed with portability in mind. The LG HU80KA’s sleek housing is not only attractive but more importantly extremely portable.

Additionally, this projector can be set up in a variety of configurations, ranging from standing on the floor to ceiling-mounted. This means that the LG HU80KA can easily be integrated into your existing setup, assuming that you have enough distance between the projector and its enormous screen size.

Overall, the LG HU80KA projector is a great option for those who are willing to spend a little bit of extra money in exchange for the opportunity to use one of the most innovative home theatre devices available today. If you have enough space for it, the LG HU80KA just might be the projector of your dreams.

What unique features does the LG HU80KA offer?

LG isn’t exactly known for its projectors, but they do have a sterling reputation when it comes to creating some of the best home appliances and digital devices available. We are happy to report that this trend holds true with the LG HU80KA projector, as it looks like the team behind this excellent device didn’t cut any corners during its development.

As this is LG’s first 4K projector, we expected them to pull out all of the stops when it came to unique features, and they certainly did not disappoint. Some of the most notable features that come standard with the innovative LG HU80KA projector include:

  • Hyper-portability: Many manufacturers claim that their projectors are built with portability in mind, but few devices have managed to deliver upon this promise as well as the LG HU80KA. Thanks to its compact form-factor and sturdy aluminum handle, you shouldn’t have any issues bringing this projector along wherever you please. As is typically the case with such user-friendly features, the key to a portable design lies in the details of a device. With the power cord of the LG HU80KA capable of being stored within the unit itself thanks to a retractable mechanism, this project can be a great choice for those who are always on-the-go with their projector.
  • Laser-driven 4K: Let’s keep it short and simple: The images provided by the LG HU80KA are some of the best we have ever seen from a consumer-grade projector. Better yet, this great resolution is accomplished by a nifty engineering trick, which uses a large mirror to aim its beam onto the screen, thus providing a superior level of brightness and contrast when compared to traditional bulb-based projection methods. This isn’t a new way to project images, in fact, it was highly popular with Polaroid projectors in the 1990s. However, this is one of the first times we have seen this technique applied to 4K-quality imagery, which makes the viewing experience provided by the LG HU80KA all the more enjoyable.
  • Smart TV features: Thanks to a built-in Smart TV platform, the LG HU80KA is capable of streaming video from popular apps like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and many others right out of the box. This is a great advantage for users, as it will allow you to get the beautiful imagery of a high-grade 4K projector while still enjoying all of the conveniences we have come to enjoy from Smart TV interfaces.
  • Fantastic onboard audio: If a projector is intended to be extremely portable, then it should probably have outstanding onboard audio, right? Thankfully, the LG HU80KA manages to check this box as well with some of the best built-in speakers that we have ever seen on a projector. This means that using the LG HU80KA is as simple as plugging it in and getting started with your movie or presentation. In short, there is no need for you to worry about bringing along great speakers, as they already come included with this wonderful projector.

As the LG HU80KA marks the company’s entry into the crowded projector market, we expected this unit to have some great features. The team at LG certainly did not disappoint us in this respect, as this projector boasts one of the best feature combinations that we have ever seen on such a device. Still, we know that no device is perfect, and this holds especially true for projectors.

With this reality in mind, we want to make sure that our readers walk away from this review with a strong understanding of the pros and cons associated with this unique projector. As such, let’s take a moment to highlight some of the benefits and potential drawbacks associated with the LG HU80KA projector.

Benefits and drawbacks associated with the LG HU80KA projector

Even the best projectors available today are far from perfect. This may seem like an exaggeration to some of our readers, but consider this: Even if a company had all the time and money in the world to develop the world’s best projector, they likely wouldn’t be able to do so at a price that customers could readily afford. This means that there will always be some tradeoffs that consumers must come to terms with when shopping for any device, regardless of whether or not is it a projector.

Considering this reality, our main goal is to ensure that you have a strong understanding of the tradeoffs that might have been made when developing the LG HU80KA projector. While the tradeoffs that we were able to find aren’t major deal breakers, it is still good for you to know what you are getting into, especially when one considers just home much of an investment a 4K projector can be for many of our readers. Without further delay, let’s start off on a positive note and detail some of the great benefits provided by this device:

  • Unbelievably long lamp life: Since the LG HU80KA makes use of the neat mirror-reflecting-a-beam trick that we discussed above, the lamp life provided by this projector is truly impressive. The LG HU80KA is driven by a laser phosphor light engine that helps to improve the darkness of black pixels, which in turn helps to ensure fantastic image contrast. All of these engineering feats combine to allow for a promised 20,000 hours of lamp life, which means that you won’t need to worry about a replacement lamp for years and years to come.
  • Plenty of screen size: When you compare the price of the LG HU80KA projector to a similarly priced 4K television, you end up with more than twice the overall screen size for the money. If you can get 150-inches of 4K projector goodness for the same price that an 80-inch 4K television might cost, who would ever go with the television?! In other words, if you’ve got enough space to accommodate the 150-inch screen size, you simply can’t go wrong with investing in the LG HU80KA projector.
  • Impressive brightness: With a rating of 2500 lumens, the LG HU80KA projector is capable of performing beautifully regardless of where one might mount it within their home or office. Such great brightness means that the LG HU80KA projector is even capable of performing well in rooms with ambient lighting, which means that there is no need to darken your shades in order to enjoy the fantastic video quality provided by this device. Best of all, LG’s proprietary TruMotion Technology automatically increases the LG HU80KA projector’s refresh rate when required by fast-action movies or live sports. In other words, dim and blurry images will be a thing of the past if you adopt the LG HU80KA projector for your current setup.

Clearly, these benefits (in addition to the amazing features listed above) are more than enough to separate the LG HU80KA projector from almost every other budget-friendly 4K projector on the market today. If your space has enough room to make a 150-inch screen size look good, then this might just be the right choice for you. However, before jumping to conclusions, we want to make sure that we also touch on some potential drawbacks associated with the LG HU80KA projector. While these aren’t game-changing issues in and of themselves, they are still worth noting, as outlined below:

  • No 3D compatibility: As we mentioned briefly above, it is nearly impossible for projector manufacturers to deliver products to customers that include every great modern feature at a price point that we can afford. A great example of this tradeoff at work is the lack of 3D image capabilities for the LG HU80KA projector. We understand that many of our readers value the ability to enjoy their favourite content in 3D so this omission might be a deal breaker for some of you. On the other hand, if you are willing to trade 3D capabilities for one of the most enjoyable (not to mention portable) projector experiences available today, the LG HU80KA projector could make for a great choice.
  • Difficult and confusing menu: Unfortunately, the most glaring drawback associated with the LG HU80KA projector is the terrible user interface that it relies on. While the control panel built into the projector housing (no wireless remote control here) is minimalistic and easy to understand, the digital menus associated with it can be downright confusing when you are getting started with this device. This is likely just to be viewed as a minor inconvenience for most readers, although some will probably feel that the poor user interface used by the LG HU80KA project is enough to drive them to look elsewhere.

As we have seen, the good generally outweighs the bad when it comes to the LG HU80KA projector. A strong list of features and some pretty great benefits are balanced with some frustrating issues, but overall we still believe that this is one of the best projectors available on the market today. However, in an effort to give our readers another option, we would like to highlight a device that may serve as a good alternative to the LG HU80KA projector.

What is a good alternative to the LG HU80KA projector?

For those readers who might not be completely satisfied with the LG HU80KA projector, there are a couple of other strong options out there. Unfortunately, these alternatives don’t boast the same features or specifications as the LG HU80KA projector, but this generally means that they can be purchased at a comparatively low price.

Starting off, our first suggestion as an alternative to the LG HU80KA projector is the Optoma UHD51A 4K UHD Smart Home Theatre Projector. This is a fantastic device that we have actually reviewed before, so we suggest you check out that article for a detailed overview of this great projector. Additionally, we suggest looking into the ViewSonic PX747-4K projector. ViewSonic is well renowned for their high-quality 4K projectors that carry very reasonable price tags, especially when one considers the great features that are offered by these projectors.

If you’re not sure what factors you should consider before deciding on a 4K projector, we have written this detailed guide to help you out.

Verdict

The LG HU80KA projector is one of the most innovative projectors we have ever seen, boasting laser-driven 4K projection with wireless Smart TV functionalities built right in. While it does carry a higher price than many other projectors available today, we are confident that this small up-charge is well worth it, especially considering all of the cutting-edge features that owners of this great device will get to access.

Furthermore, if you are looking for a projector that can be portable for presentations or vacations, with the opportunity to occasionally set up this device in more adventurous locations like outdoors for a backyard movie, there are simply no other options currently available that can match the versatility of the LG HU80KA projector. In short, if you believe that this projector is right for you, we suggest that you dive right in and start enjoying the impressive features offered by the LG HU80KA projector today.

Optoma HD27 Review

If a stringent budget is hampering your ability to have a big screen entertainment system in your home, then the Optoma HD27 is what you need. It is a budget-friendly alternative to the high end projectors that will cost you an arm and leg to own one. This 1080p single-chip DLP projector produces bright crystal clear images like the highly rated projectors and at a fraction of their price. The fact that the HD27 is very simple to use makes it the perfect entry level projector when you are making the transition from TV to the cinematic experience of a projector.

The Optoma HD27 is designed primarily to cater to the home entertainment market niche. So, if you are into large screen 3D gaming, movies, and sports, then this projector will provide the home entertainment experience you seek. You can also connect it to your smartphone and use the large screen to stream videos, play games or share digital media content with family and friends. It is worth noting however that it is a long throw projector, which means that it can only work in large rooms. Therefore, if you have a small room, then this projector is not the right choice for you.

Specifications

  • Resolution: 1080p, Full HD – 1920 x 1080
  • Brightness: 3200 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast: 25,000: 1
  • Maximum Lamp Life: 8000 Hours
  • Throw Ratio: 1.48 – 1.62: 1
  • Speaker: 10 Watts
  • Weight: 2.38kg
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9, Native, 4:3, Auto
  • Screen Size Projection: 27.88”- 305.3” (0.71 – 7.75)
  • Displayable Colours: 1073.4 Million
  • Noise Level: 26dB
  • Maximum Projection Distance: 10m
  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 3.7 x 9 inches

Key features

Small, compact alluring design

Measuring just 11.7 by 3.7 by 9 inches and weighing around 5.2 pounds, the HD27 is a relatively small projector. Owing to its lightweight and compact design, it can be easily carried to any destination without a fuss. Have a night out with friends? Why not carry the HD27 for a perfect night of large screen entertainment?

It is also very easy to store, since it can basically fit in any cupboard or socks drawer. In addition, it has a white glossy finish with grated plastic at the front that gives it an alluring appearance, which will blend in well with any type of décor in your living room.

Crystal clear visuals

This projector utilizes the single DMD-Chip DLP, which displays images at full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080. The Full HD 1080p produces very sharp, detailed and crystal clear images, without the need to downscale or compress the screen size.

Although it does not support 4K signals, it still has a relatively high contrast ratio of 25,000:1 and a maximum screen size projection of up to 305.3”. Therefore, this DLP projector is still perfect when it comes to watching movies, playing games, viewing photos and even perusing through documents.

This is very rare for projectors within this price range, which makes the HD27 far above its peers. It can also work at a safe distance of up to 32 feet, which makes it very convenient in a large room as you can just place it at the back and not worry about interferences or accidents.

Multiple connection ports

With this projector, you can kiss all analog connections goodbye. The digital connection ports include two HDMI input ports, one supports MHL connectivity that allows you to connect to a compatible smartphone or streaming stick. Another connection is a 3.5mm audio output that allows you to connect an external audio device to capture all the great sound effects in movies and games for the ultimate experience.

Then, there is a 3D sync VESA port that allows you to use 3D glasses. It also includes a USB port that supplies power to a wireless WHD200 HDMI receiver, which takes away the need of purchasing long cables. With the WHD200 receiver, you can basically connect digital set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, AV receivers and game consoles without the extra cables, which is both cost efficient and convenient. Lastly, the HD27 comes with the 12-volt trigger that allows you to control a motorized screen.

REC.709 Colour Spectrum

Now this is definitely the highlight of this projector. Utilizing a 6 speed colour wheel, it produces a wide range of stunning colours, which is almost identical to the REC.709 colour spectrum. REC.709 is basically the international standard for HDTV viewing. Most of the projectors in this price range do not even come close to the REC.709 colour spectrum.

Therefore, with the HD27 you will enjoy virtual reality broadcasting, which is as close to real images as possible. In addition, this projector also offers a wide range of colour settings to help you get the best output. They include: 4 colour temperature settings- warm, cool, cold and standard; RGB gain or bias settings; 7 level colour management system for saturation, hue and gain adjustments for all colours, including white; 7 gamma controls; Dynamic Black, which is turned either on or off; and lastly, Optoma’s 10-step Brilliant Colour adjustment.

Long throw ratio

The Optoma HD27 is a long throw projector with a throw ratio of 1.48 – 1.62: 1, which works perfectly in a large room. In addition, it has Focus and Zoom functions, which are adjusted manually via easily accessible knobs on top of the lens for more clarity. The maximum zoom level is only 1.1x, which is a bit low. However, it also includes various aspect-ratio options that will fit well with your screen size. You may opt for either Auto, Native, 16:9, 4:3 or LBX (letterbox zoom). The lens is also cleverly inserted inside the chassis to prevent it from getting damaged during transportation.

There is a catch to this however, the lens cannot be shifted vertically or horizontally, which can pose a problem when trying to find the right angle to project on to the screen. To rectify this drawback, it comes with three adjustable feet that you can manually adjust with a screw to raise the height of the projector. It also includes vertical keystone correction at +/- 40 degrees, which helps eliminate the trapezoidal shape that occurs when the projector is either kept too low or high in relation to the screen.

3200 ANSI lumens of brightness

At 3200 ANSI lumens, this projector produces a good amount of brightness. It boasts of six picture modes that work hand in hand with the high level of brightness: Cinema, Game, Reference, User, Vivid and Bright. There isn’t much difference between them and they all work well with the right colour settings. For instance, the Bright mode works exceptionally well in darkness; while the Vivid mode is the best mode for brightly lit rooms.

With the Vivid mode, you can still watch your favourite show even when there is some light in the room. In fact, the HD27 will still produce bright and highly saturated images during the day with window blinds open, without exaggerating the colour schemes. It is also an ISF certified projector, which means that it can be set up to ISF Day or ISF Night picture modes for the perfect picture output.

Remote controlled operation

The HD27 comes with a well-designed remote controller with a lightweight ergonomic design that fits well in the hand and is very easy to handle. It also has an aesthetic design with backlit bright blue lit buttons, which illuminate in the dark to prevent you from straining. The projector is fully operated by the remote controller and you can easily toggle from one mode to the other without the need to go to the projector itself.

For instance, you may switch from the Blu-Ray to the gaming console with just a simple press of a button. This is very convenient and stress-free, especially during movie marathons when you are too lazy to get up from your warm and comfy seat. What happens however when you misplace the remote controller? Don’t worry, the Optoma HD27 has got you covered. Nicely placed on top of the machine are access controls that you may use instead of the remote control.

3D performance

This projector also supports 3D playback from any 3D source, including new generation game consoles and 3D Blu-ray players. The 3D function works well and you will be able to reap the benefits of watching movies and playing games through the 3D playback. However, you have to invest in DLP Link and VESA glasses, as they are not included in the packaging. It also features the 144Hz rapid fresh rate that provides smooth and flicker-free images, which is very convenient when watching 3D movies for a long time.

Extended lamp life

The Optoma HD27 is among the few projectors in that price range with a long lamp life. It is estimated to be around 8,000 hours, which according to the manufacturer’s estimation will last you at least 10 years if you watch one 2-hour movie every single day. It is worth noting however that the lamp life is just an estimation and the lamp may outlive or fail to reach the postulated period.

The HD27 lamp supports two lamp modes, Eco and Bright. With the Eco mode, you are more likely to increase the lifespan of the lamp than with the Bright mode. Even with the Bright mode, the HD27 lamp will still outlive most of its peers. This is very convenient and economical, as you will be able to cut down on replacement costs.

Built-in 10W mono speaker

You can also enjoy the convenience of a built-in 10W Mono Speaker. The sound is loud enough to fill the room, but unfortunately it is not of the best quality. You may want to purchase a better audio output device to full enjoy your home theatre experience. However, it is all a matter of preference. Some people can work with the 10W speaker without the need for an external speaker.

Personally, I found the speaker a bit irritating and could not sit through it. The speaker is definitely the biggest drawback of this projector, but it does not in any way affect how I feel about it. It still is a great projector, but definitely needs improvement in that area. Fortunately, it also includes a 3.5mm audio port for an external speaker, which I very much encourage you to fully take advantage of.

MHL v1.2 connectivity

One of the best features of the Optoma HD27 is that it supports both android and apple smartphones and tablets. With just a single cable, you can convert the HD27 into a smart display for your smartphone. You can therefore stream videos, play games and even share photos on the large screen. How cool and convenient is that?

Pros

  • High quality pictures with high contrast and rich colours
  • Bright enough for illuminated rooms and daylight viewing
  • Vertical keystone correction
  • Full HD
  • 3D capabilities, supports DLP-Link and VESA glasses
  • 8,000 hours of lamp life
  • Smartphone connectivity
  • Great for movie watching and playing games

Cons

  • Limited zoom capability at 1.1x
  • Lacks lens shifting
  • Low quality built-in speaker
  • The fan can be noisy
  • Limited black level
  • Remote control has to be pointed at the projector (no bounce back effect from the screen), making it hard to configure

Alternatives

BenQ HT2050A

This projector will set you back an extra $100, but the BenQ HT2050A projector performs at equal footing as the Optoma HD27. Apart from the fact that this projector is a short throw projector, it is very similar to the HD27 in all aspects. It also includes a 6 speed RGBRGB colour wheel with REC.709 colour accuracy, 2 HDMI ports, built-in 10W MaxxAudio speakers, 1.3x zoom, 2D keystone correction and 3D capabilities. When it comes to picture output, the HD27 pales in comparison, despite the fact that the HT2050A registers lower brightness level at just 2200 lumens. With Full HD resolution of 1080p, it produces superior colour calibration with very accurate skin tones.

The HT2050 does not suffer from washing out effect or over reddening, which is very common in HD27. Where the HT2050 excels most above the HD27 (and most of its peers) is its black levels. It produces the darkest and truest blacks, which makes its images more vibrant with brilliant colours. The Optoma HD27 has poor black levels and even with Dynamic Black features, its blacks are not as visible as HT2050A’s blacks. The BenQ HT2050A is also among the few projectors in this price range with a lens shift feature that allows you to move the image up and down, without image distortion. It can also project up to 100” from just 8 feet away.

Check out our full BenQ HT2050A Review here

Optoma HD142X

The HD27 is modelled in the same fashion as the HD142X. Aside from minor differences, the two projectors are basically one and the same. The HD142X also features a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 with a maximum throw distance of 32 feet and maximum screen size projection of 305.3”. However, it has a lower contrast ratio of 23,000: 1 compared to HD27’s 25,000: 1. Its brightness level is also a bit lower at 3000 lumens compared to HD27’s 3200 lumens.

It should be noted however that these differences are quite negligible and you may not be able to tell the difference between the two. Although the HD27 is slightly priced higher, there is no added value you will be getting from it, as opposed to the HD142X. The Optoma HD26 is also similar to the HD27 in all aspects. The only difference is that it has a slightly lower lamp life at 6,500 hours compared to HD27’s 8,000 hours.

Verdict

The Optoma HD27 is a great projector that you should definitely check out. It performs beyond expectations and you will be surprised by how cheap it is priced, due to its high performance. So, instead of going for the overpriced high-end projectors, we would recommend you go for the HD27. You will still enjoy the same level of brightness, high resolution and a wide range of colours for a fraction of the price.

It also has its own weaknesses, but if I were you I wouldn’t delve much on the negatives. They are not ‘fatal’ to warrant so much attention from you. In fact, you can easily rectify the problems. For instance, to rectify its inability to render perfect blacks, you can use a high quality grey projector screen. This will fix most of its deep black rendering problems.

It is a budget friendly choice that we highly recommend. Trust us, you will get more than you pay for.

If you’ve purchased a flat-screen television in recent years, you’ve probably noticed that picture quality and ease of installation have vastly improved over the years, and that they’ve become more affordable.

Well, the same can be said for colour projectors. A product that was once reserved for professional presentations or the most advanced of home theatres has quickly become a viable option for anyone that has the space to accommodate a projection screen.

Gone are the days when having a projector meant rewiring your entire home or office and fiddling with difficult-to-understand parts and directions. Projectors can be installed easily and obtained for reasonable prices, making them far more common than they used to be in both business and personal settings.

There are many quality projectors available, but we are currently focusing on the BenQ MH535A DLP Colour Projector – suitable for home and office use. This versatile projector packs quite a punch and should impress anybody who is looking for a crisp, clear picture with great resolution and brightness.

With HDMI and USB connectivity, this projector provides quick, easy set up, and should be and running in no time for even the most inexperienced installers. The reward after your minimal-fuss installation, of course, is a brilliant, full HD 1080p picture that will stay bright for a long time to come.

Whether you’re using this to watch blockbuster action films with your family or to give stunning presentations to clients, you will likely find that this is one remarkable piece of hardware.

Who should buy the BenQ MH535A?

While this projector boasts plenty of versatility and creates an image that is great for both home and office use, there are certain people who will stand to benefit more than others.

Ultimately, this is a fantastic presentation projector that will provide plenty of functionality for businesses who rely on digital presentations for client-facing and training purposes. The sharp pictures will impress customers and co-workers alike, and the ease of use, as well as multiple ports, will keep presentations flowing smoothly and looking pleasant from start to finish.

The BenQ MH535A may be optimized for an office environment, but that doesn’t make that it can’t be part of a fantastic home theatre system in the right setting. Because it projects a 120-inch image from 11 feet, 11 inches, it is ideally suited for a large room with a clear, undisrupted viewing surface. In other words, if you live in a small apartment, this is probably not the home entertainment system for you. The picture looks best when the projector can use its full potential and forcing it into a small room will only cause clutter and degradation of picture quality.

Features and Specifications

The BenQ MH535A is the second brightest of BenQ’s HD projectors, boasting 3600 lumens of brightness and offering plenty of other features and specifications that are sure to keep any videophile more than satisfied. First, we’ll take a look at the specs and then explain what they might mean for you.

Specifications

Dimensions

  • Height: 3.9 inches
  • Width: 13.1 inches
  • Depth: 8.4 inches
  • Weight: 5.24 pounds

The MH535A comes in a pretty standard size as far as projectors are concerned. At just over 5 pounds in weight, it is easily manageable from the beginning to end of the setup process. It also offers the advantage of being relatively portable, meaning you can transfer between offices or between the office and home with ease.

3600-Lumen Brightness

As we mentioned before, this is the second brightest of BenQ’s offerings, and at 3600 lumens, you will enjoy more than enough brightness for presentations in any atmosphere. Whether you have a windowless conference room in the centre of a building or floor-to-ceiling windows bringing hours of natural sunlight into a corner office, this projector is going to look great! Taking notes and collaborating with fellow employees will be a breeze, but this machine will also project a beautiful image in a perfectly dimmed home theatre.

15,000:1 High Native Contrast

Using DLP technology, the BenQ MH535A provides a striking 15,000:1 contrast ratio. This leads to superior clarity and seemingly impossible crispness, allowing you to read any text cleanly and clearly without straining your eyes. Graphs and charts will exhibit the deepest, brightest colours and some of the truest blacks that you can get from a projector. All of these means that your presenters and viewers alike will enjoy top-of-the-line picture quality throughout the life of any meeting.

1080p Resolution

While not quite pushing the limits that 4k can bring to picture quality, the 1080p ability still makes for a tremendous picture at an affordable price. This is Full HD 1080p with two-megapixel high resolution, so you won’t be missing on brightness, clarity, and reliability. You’ll definitely notice the quality when you zoom in on pictures or graphs in presentation, as there will be little to no degradation of quality in the picture.

Displays 1.07 Billion Colours

The ability to display over one billion colours really helps your pictures to pop and your videos to stand out above the rest. The true-to-life colour ability of the projector will wow most viewers for years to come. Rich, effervescent colours will adorn the entire screen, letting your slide shows and movies alike draw in your audience.

210-Watt Power

This is pretty standard for a projector and means that you’ll be able to use it with any standard power source without having to worry about converting outlets.

Multiple Options to Save Power

  • Normal: 5,000 hours
  • Eco: 10,000 hours
  • SmartEco: 15,000 hours

The BenQ MH535A provides you with 3 options for power saving, and you can see that you’ll get plenty of life out of this little machine even if you don’t choose to maximize your efficiency. But why wouldn’t you? In SmartEco Mode, the projector analyzes your image and video content before automatically choosing a brightness level that will specify performance levels for the highest quality picture available. This saves up to 70% of your lamp power, giving you a far longer life than a projector without power-saving modes.

The machine will also save energy by activating the Eco Blank Mode after 3 minutes of inactivity with no content. So, in case you forget to turn it off or if you’re taking a break from a presentation, the machine will take care of power economy on its own. It will also shut off automatically after 20 minutes of inactivity. This is a life saver if you get called into a different last-minute meeting and completely forget that you had the projector on!

Connectivity

  • 2 HDMI Ports
  • 2 VGA Ports
  • Audio In/Out

This is an often overlooked but highly valuable feature of the MH535A. Say you have a meeting that is going to require multiple presentations from different people, all of whom have different machines and connections. You can plug them all in at the same time, eliminating the need for the fuss of switching around between presentations. This makes your entire meeting more streamlined and convenient for everyone involved. Simply click a button to switch between displays, so you can even bring up parts of another presentation without any hassle. Desktops, laptops, and even mobile devices with USB connectivity are all supported.

Other Features

On top of its basic specifications, the MH535A offers a variety of other features that make it intuitive and easy to use, even for beginners.

Vertical Keystone

Many projectors suffer from a trapezoidal effect when projecting from a less-than-ideal setup. This can happen when it must be placed off-centre, on top of a platform, or even if it’s just being used in a room that is considered too small or large for optimal viewing. BenQ’s Vertical Keystone feature automatically counters this effect and creates an image that is perfectly square and correctly aligned, preventing any distortion to your images and videos.

3 Adjustment Fleet

There are three adjustable feet placed around the bottom outside of the projector, allowing you full control over the angle and placement of the machine. While many other projectors only come equipped with one foot, the MH535A provides a customizable experience and superior ease of use when compared to competitors.

Accessible Top Lamp Door

You won’t have to spend time unscrewing and replacing the lamp door, because this one flips off easily, letting you get to the lamp for any sort of maintenance or replacement that may be required. Even if your projector is mounted to a platform, you won’t have to waste hours uninstalling it just to get to the lamp – you can get there quickly thanks to the sleek design of this machine.

Quick Install

The wireless remote offers a quick install button so that you can access functions and install them immediately. You won’t have to deal with the hassle of going through multiple menus just to install a display function – you can get it with the simple click of a button.

Pros and Cons

As with any high-tech machines, there are going to be some advantages and disadvantages when compared to its competition. Overall, we find that the MH535A is an excellent projector with many benefits, but we advise you to consider the upsides and shortcomings to determine if it is the right machine for you.

Pros

  • 3600 Lumen High Brightness – This is a major advantage, whether you are giving presentations during a bright, sunny day, or screening an adventure film in your home theatre at night. You’ll have no trouble seeing what you need to see thanks to the 3600-lumen capability of this machine, making for effervescent, detailed images and videos.
  • 15,000:1 High Native Contrast – There’s just no beating this quality, which makes text readable, graphs crisp and clear, and images easy to see. Preventing strain on the eyes is a huge benefit for anybody who happens to be viewing your presentation.
  • HDMI and VGA Connectivity ­– Let’s face it, nobody wants to waste time when they are going through presentations, and this feature, while easily implemented, saves a whole lot of time. Connect up to four devices and easily switch between laptops, desktops, and even mobile phones as your meetings run smoothly and without hassle.
  • Plethora of Media Capabilities – You’ll be able to show videos, pictures, and full-length movies from a variety of media players, including Macs and PCs as well as digital cameras, iPods, and cell phones (provided that you have the proper connections).
  • Highly Versatile – As mentioned, the brightness capability and customizability of this projector make it a versatile machine that can be used in both the home and the office. Crisp, readable graphs and charts provide for great presentation material, but it also handles 1080p video with grace and clarity, making your viewing experience exceptional in either atmosphere.
  • Easy to Use – Because of its many additional features, this is an easy-to-use device that won’t require much tinkering or maintenance. From Vertical Keystone which automatically squares up the image to an easily accessible lamp for quick replacements, you won’t have to worry about spending valuable time getting this projector to work. You’ll basically just have to turn it on, and it will be ready to show whatever content you provide it with.

Cons

  • No 4k Capability – 4k is the wave of the future, and unfortunately the MH535A doesn’t reach that high. Still, you’ll be spending a lot more on any 4k projector, meaning that this is still an excellent value.
  • Speaker – The built-in speaker leaves a lot to be desired for cinema viewing. It is only 2W and will not provide a strong viewing experience if you are relying on it for home use. It is quiet, tinny, and overall just a low-quality speaker. It might work just fine for a short presentation, but if you are relying on sound and music for videos, you will need to utilize an external audio source to have an exceptional viewing experience.
  • Darkness Required for Home Use – if you don’t have blackout curtains or a windowless theatre, you may notice some degradation in quality of the picture. The projector will perform best for cinematic video when you minimize any sort of natural or ambient light.

What is an alternative to the BenQ MH535A?

While we give the BenQ MH535A our stamp of approval, you may find that it is not quite the right projector for you. If you want to a solid alternative to this projector, we recommend the Optoma HD27 Home Theatre projector.

While this projector doesn’t provide as many lumens of brightness (3400 vs 3600), it beats out the BenQ when it comes to contrast ratio (25,000:1 vs 15,000:1). This makes for excellent crispness and clarity that may be more noticeable for the home theatre user than someone using it for office presentations. However, it will still make for a great conference room projector.

Other than the brightness and contrast ratio, the specs and price are very similar between the two. We prefer the BenQ MH535A, but the Optoma HD27 is still an impressive machine and may work better for some people with different preferences.

BenQ MH535A Conclusion: Perfect Addition to Home Theatre or Conference Room

As the price of projectors continues to come down and the quality gets better and better, many people are opting to use them over standard flat-screen televisions. If you are considering going this route for your home theatre or conference room, it is hard to beat the BenQ MH535A when it comes to brightness, clarity, picture quality, and value. This easy-to-install and highly versatile machine would make a great addition for any home or office. Whether showcasing graphs and images of new products for customers or entertaining your friends with the latest popcorn flick, the MH535A is going to get the job done in a wonderful way.

The machine isn’t without its shortcomings, but we find that the advantages of the machine far outweigh the negative aspects that come along with it. It is also a highly efficient machine that maximizes its use of energy, so you’ll be getting a projector that will last for years and will continually deliver gorgeous pictures and video. It may not offer 4k video, but the 1080p powered by 3600 lumens and a 15,000:1 contrast ratio means that you’ll still be getting some of the highest-quality images that money can buy.

Overall, this is a machine that will be a perfect addition to a home theatre or an office conference room, and we believe that satisfaction levels will be high for everyone that uses it.

As many of our readers understand, it has been a while since a remarkable technological breakthrough has been seen in the world of home projectors. Notwithstanding the introduction of 4K resolutions in March of 2016, it has been a very long time since technology has enabled a new set of features that fundamentally changes the way that consumer-grade projectors are viewed. Believe it or not, Optoma, a relatively small yet well-known Taiwan-based electronics company for the production of affordable audiovisual solutions for the better part of two decades, may have just changed the projector game for good.

As the first projector to support voice assistant technology with the introduction of Amazon Alexa as a standard feature, the Optoma UHD51A projector could very well set a new bar for what we expect from the home theatre experience. While the addition of voice-activated controls for a home theatre projector may seem to be overkill to some at first pass, we assure you that this addition will provide a vastly improved viewing experience for our readers.

For a moment, consider the situations in which an average projector viewing session, whether it be a professional slideshow or a casual movie screening, takes place in. In this context, the addition of a voice assistant starts to make a bit more sense. After all, who wants to be stumbling around for a specific button or two in a dark room when you can just say, “Alexa, play the movie” or “Alexa, dim the projector’s brightness.” Furthermore, the convenience of voice interactions can be especially beneficial for those of you who typically like to hang your projector from the ceiling or place the unit in a similarly hard-to-reach spot.

For those who have been patiently waiting for the next generation of smart home devices, the Optoma UHD51A projector is a great place to start, and while it has yet to offer a perfect experience, it is hard to argue against the inclusion of such an innovative feature, especially when one considers that the vast majority of today’s manufacturers tend to play it safe when selecting features for their projectors.

Who is the Optoma UHD51A projector for?

Thanks to a very reasonable price point, it could be argued that the Optoma UHD51A is an excellent projector for anyone, whether they be a seasoned home theatre veteran or a new enthusiast looking to create their first setup. From our research, we have found this to be true. However, this doesn’t mean that the UHD51A is right for everyone.

We feel that the Optoma UHD51A is a great option for first-time projector buyers who may not be as knowledgeable when it comes to these devices, and for those who are looking to integrate a projector within their existing smart home setup seamlessly. Our reasoning for this verdict is mostly based on the user-friendly features and Amazon Alexa integration offered by this projector.

Furthermore, this projector can serve as a great tool in professional environments, thanks in large part to its sleek, modern design and long-term durability. When investing in a projector for the office or board room, factors like design tend to play more of a role, as using ugly and outdated equipment can sometimes be off-putting for clients and collaborators.

Overall, the Optoma UHD51A is an extremely versatile projector that can satisfy the needs of first-time projector users, smart home enthusiasts, and driven professionals alike. If you happen to fall into any one of these categories, we strongly encourage you to read on. Even seasoned projector users might find this unique device to be an attractive option, especially when one considers the numerous cutting-edge features that are packed into this affordable sub-$2,000 projector.

Enjoy those Cutting-Edge Features Today!

What unique features does the Optoma UHD51A offer?

When it comes to features, we have come to expect the best from the team at Optoma. We have had the opportunity to review some of their offerings on this site, and these projectors never fail to disappoint even the pickiest of our readers. Unless you are just not starting to shop for a projector, you are likely aware of the fact that almost no devices available on the market today can be easily integrated within a smart home setup via a digital assistant like Amazon Alexa. This is indeed a notable addition to the Optoma UHD51A that helps to set it apart, but it is far from the only significant feature available. Some of the best features that we have come across throughout our review process include:

  • Seamless integration of Amazon Alexa: Bear with us on this one, as we must admit that we are huge geeks when it comes to smart home technology. As we have already said a couple of times before (and will likely mention again – we can’t help but nerd out, after all), the inclusion of Amazon Alexa support is what sets this projector apart from the pack. While there are many solid projectors at this price point, both in terms of functionality and usability, we are aware of few other projectors (if any, at the time of writing) that offer an artificial intelligence-powered digital assistant as a standard feature. While some may feel that Alexa is just included as a feature of the Optoma UHD51A for the sake of a marketing gimmick, we strongly disagree with this viewpoint. While it is important to note that there is not a microphone onboard the projector, after linking the UHD51A to your existing smart home setup you can fire up the projector, dim the lights, switch input sources, and ever adjust the volume with just your voice.
  • Support for full 3D content: With everything else this projector has to offer, the inclusion of 3D capabilities just makes sense. After all, what good is a futuristic, voice-activated projector if it can’t play your favourite content in stunning 3D formats? Access to this feature is easy enough to set up from the Settings menu and can be paired with a couple of other setting modifications to provide specialized viewing experiences. Just fire up your Optoma UHD51A projector, turn on the 3D settings to your liking, throw on your DLP Link glasses, and then you’re ready to go!
  • Stunning visuals thanks to 4K resolutions: Okay, so at this point in time, we can all agree that 4K resolution support should probably just be considered as a standard feature across most projectors. Unfortunately, too many of today’s manufacturers choose to cheap out on 4K, either utilizing buggy chips to mimic the effect or not even including near 4K resolutions at all. Thankfully, the team at Optoma has done its best to source quality components for this projector, and we feel that the Optoma UHD51A provides one of the best 4K viewing experiences available at this extremely affordable sub-$2,000 price point.

Enhance your Viewing Experience with this 4K Projector

What are some benefits and drawbacks for this projector?

As the saying goes, love can be blinding. While we absolutely love the fact that the Optoma UHD51A can be seamlessly integrated into our existing smart home setups, we realize that such features don’t make or break a projector. At the end of the day, projector enthusiasts are all about video resolution, performance, and the overall viewing quality that a particular device is able to provide. We understand this fact, so we wanted to take the time to note some benefits and drawbacks provided by the Optoma UHD51A.

To give our readers the best possible understanding of just what this projector has to offer, let’s cover some pros and cons associated with the Optoma UHD51A. To keep our spirits high, let’s first cover some of the benefits associated with this device:

  • Excellent 4K UHD HDR pictures and video: As we said earlier, when it comes to projectors, the major facet that many of our readers care about the most is the viewing quality provided by their device. When it comes to stunning 4K UHD HDR resolutions, the Optoma UHD51A both meets and exceeds our expectations. With crisp, vivid whites and deep, dark blacks, this projector affords users some of the best pictures and video that can be found from a unit within this price range.
  • Super quiet while running: There is nothing worse than having to blare the volume of your favourite show or movie just to drown out that annoying whirring sound created by an internal projector fan. Thankfully, Optoma kept this in mind during the design and development of the UHD51A, and boy does it show. Even after running for extended periods at the highest brightness settings, the fan noise emitted from this unit is barely noticeable. Surely we can all agree that less fan noise means a better overall user experience.
  • Amazon Alexa support: Okay, this is the last time we will mention this awesome feature (we promise). But really, what is not to love about the fact that we can now talk to our projectors and tell these devices to adjust their own settings? If you haven’t tried experienced such convenience yet, we highly suggest it. It’s pretty great!
  • Quick switching between source inputs: This is something that we have yet to see on some many otherwise great projectors on the market today. When the Optoma UHD51A recognized the fact that a video signal is being inputted from a particular source, it will automatically switch over to the correct source. Needless to say, this is a great feature to have at your disposal.
  • Amazing value for the price: We really cannot overstate this fact enough. The Optoma UHD51A packs a nearly unbelievable amount of cutting-edge and convenient features into a sleek and stylish housing. Did we mention that this all comes included for a price that is well below $2,000? Save money and enjoy better content with this great device.

As we have seen, there are numerous great benefits provided by this great little projector. Whether it be for home use or a professional setting, it appears that the Optoma UHD51A could make for a great purchase. However, we believe that it is essential for our readers to have a clear, strong understanding of everything a projector has to offer before rushing into a decision. With this in mind, let’s take some time to highlight some of the negatives that we found to be associated with this otherwise strong projector offering:

  • Low brightness uniformity: Strangely one of the areas where the Optoma UHD51A falls a bit short is in the area of brightness uniformity. In simple terms, this is a way to measure how bright a video or picture is projected throughout the entire screen. While the issues that are associated with this aren’t too distracting, this flaw is still somewhat disappointing from a projector of this quality.
  • No support for Hybrid Log Gamma: The term “Hybrid Log Gamma” probably sounds like meaningless nonsense, but we assure you there is meaning behind the phrase. In short, Hybrid Log Gamma is the emerging HDR standard for broadcast television. No support for this quickly growing standard could limit the lifetime of the Optoma UHD51A projector for many of our readers. After all, what good is a 4K UHD projector if it is not able to receive your favourite shows in UHD format?
  • Very noticeable input lag: Dedicated gamers are likely not the target audience for the Optoma UHD51A, as this projector carries with it an input lag of 68 milliseconds, which is very high even for an affordable projector. Unless you are looking to use your projector for competitive gaming, this flaw shouldn’t really be a cause of much concern. However, it is worth noting for those of our readers who list gaming performance near the top of their priority list.
  • Requires external Wi-Fi dongle: Once again, when one considers all of the great features offered by this projector, the lack of internal Wi-Fi capabilities isn’t that big of a drawback. Still, it is worth noting, as it could be a cause of inconvenience for those who are unaware of this fact.

All in all, the downsides associated with the Optoma UHD51A are manageable when compared to the vast number of benefits and impressive features included as a part of this innovative yet affordable unit. Regardless of the high value offered by this projector, we understand that many of our readers might want to look elsewhere for their next projector. Knowing this, we would like to take the time to suggest some alternatives to the Optoma UHD51A that may prove to be better options for some of our readers.

Imperfect, yet Impressive!

What is a good alternative to the Optoma UHD51A?

After numerous in-depth reviews, we have come to trust the quality provided by Optoma. Regardless of the price point of a given device, there always seems to be a great deal of value packed into relatively attractive packaging.

With this in mind, we are keeping our suggestions for alternative projectors in the Optoma family. More specifically, we would like to suggest either the Optoma UHD60 or the Optoma UHD50 to our readers who might not be sold on the Optoma UHD51A. Both the UHD50 and the UHD60 offer features and functionalities that are different than those seen within the UHD51A. Furthermore, both of these projectors come in at vastly different price points, with the UHD60 being the more expensive of the two.

If you are looking for a new projector and are not satisfied with either the UHD51A or these alternative products from Optoma, we strongly encourage you to branch out and explore some of the other great 4K options. When making a significant investment in a projector, it is important to know that you will look forward to using it for years to come. We encourage our readers to take their time, keep an open mind, and keep looking until you come across the projector of your dreams.

The Optoma UHD51A Projector: Cutting edge features at an affordable price

The addition of Amazon Alexa may seem like an unneeded addition to those who are unfamiliar with smart home technology, but everything else about the Optoma UHD51A appears to have been crafted with the preferences of projector enthusiasts in mind. Boasting many innovative features, including support for 3D content formats and great 4K resolution visuals, the UHD51A offers more than enough to satisfy even the pickiest of consumers. Overall, the Optoma UHD51A represents a notable shift in the world of projectors.

From the improvement of 4K projection quality to the addition of novel features like digital assistants, there are a ton of great things packed into this affordable device. Thanks to one of the more affordable price points found throughout today’s high-end projector market, the stunning and beautiful imagery of 4K video can now be had on almost any budget. Furthermore, with a compact form factor, the Optoma UHD51A represents an especially attractive option for those who may live in smaller spaces (think dorm rooms or studio apartments) but still want to get a taste of the high life offered by a great home cinema setup.

For years, the main factor that has been keeping quality 4K resolution projectors out of the hands of all consumers has been the price. While cutting-edge technology will always carry a hefty price tag, the fact of the matter is that 4K is almost three years only at this point. Yes, it is still the highest resolution that is available to most consumers, but still – prices will have to decrease eventually, right?

Thankfully, the ViewSonic PX747-4K projector represents the most affordable 4K projector ever created, with a price point that is just north of $1,000. Technically, there are two versions of the ViewSonic PX747-4K family available, with the other option formally known as the ViewSonic PX727-4K. The differences between these two units are minimal,  with the ViewSonic PX727-4K sporting an RGBRGB wheel and ViewSonic PX747-4K outfitted with an RGBW wheel.

This brings up the question: What difference do these different colour wheels make? In short, not much, as these two colour wheels present a small trade-off when it comes to the overall colour brightness seen by each unit. Other small differences between the two models exist in areas such as lumens (rated 2200 lumens for the ViewSonic PX727-4K versus 3500 lumens from the ViewSonic PX747-4K ), but only a well-trained eye will be able to really spot these minute changes. Since the difference between these two models is minimal, we will solely focus on the ViewSonic PX747-4K throughout this review.

However, readers should note that many of the benefits (and critiques) associated with the ViewSonic PX747-4K can be applied to the ViewSonic PX727-4K. So, if you want to avoid researching another projector option, feel free to consider these two models as projector “cousins” from the ViewSonic line of products. Everything discussed within this review that applies to one model applies to the other – including the price.

Who is the ViewSonic PX747-4K For?

As the ViewSonic PX747-4K is a standard throw projector intended for use cases where there is quite a bit of distance between where the projector is placed and the screen, this unit can only be put to real use in larger settings. This limits the application of the ViewSonic PX747-4K to large home theatres, spacious offices or boardrooms, and other such environments, such as lecture halls.

With such realities in mind, the ViewSonic PX747-4K is really for whoever has enough space to put it to good use. Representing one of the most affordable 4K projector options on the market today, the good outweighs the bad for those who can accommodate a standard throw-style projector such as the PX747-4K. 

However, we urge our readers to consider the fact that this projector does not output true 4K resolutions. Instead, it utilizes a technology called XPR, which basically uses lots of tiny mirrors to improve an image’s apparent resolution. To the untrained eye, the resolution output by the ViewSonic PX747-4K is the same as any high-end projector. On the other hand, if you have grown accustomed to true 4K resolution, there may be some minor complaints to be had. Generally, the ViewSonic PX747-4K is a fantastic option for those who have enough space, are looking to purchase an extremely affordable unit, and are willing to sacrifice true 4K resolution for the next best thing.

If you think that the PX747-4K isn’t the right projector for you, no worries! We suggest you either check out some of our suggestion for an alternative to the ViewSonic PX747-4K (see below) or check out our list of the best 4K projectors available in the marketplace today.

Sale
ViewSonic 4K Projector with 3500 Lumens HDR Support and Dual HDMI for Home Theater Day and Night (PX747-4K)
97 Reviews
ViewSonic 4K Projector with 3500 Lumens HDR Support and Dual HDMI for Home Theater Day and Night (PX747-4K)
  • BIG SCREEN HOME THEATER: Immersive cinema-like experience in 4K UHD (3840x2160p), 4X the clarity of Full HD, on a screen up to 300 inches in 3500 lumens
  • HIGH BRIGHTNESS: This home theater projector delivers stunning home entertainment around the clock, day and night, in bright or dark rooms. Throw Distance- 0.97m-11.69m (100 Inch @3.26m)
  • HDR CONTENT SUPPORT: With the ability to decode HDR video signals, this projector delivers incredibly detailed video playback

What Unique Features Does The ViewSonic PX747-4K Offer?

ViewSonic is known for making extremely affordable and functional projectors, but they do not have the best reputation when it comes to including cutting-edge features within their products. This makes sense, as many products like the ViewSonic PX747-4K are intended to be budget projectors that help these great devices to become more accessible to everyone, regardless of their budget.

With this being said, the features that are included with most ViewSonic projectors are often more than enough to satisfy the needs of customers. A powerful projector doesn’t have to offer revolutionary features, and in this sense, the ViewSonic PX747-4K perfectly fits the bill. While not exactly unique, some of the most notable features found with this projector include:

  • HDR10 support through a full-bandwidth: In other words, the ViewSonic PX747-4K is capable of playing all HDR content flawlessly, and can sometimes even improve the quality of non-HDR content, as many users have noted as a result of their own personal use of this projector.
  • Built-in 10 Watt Speaker: Sometimes, it is the small and simple details that can help a projector to really stand out from among the crowd. With a powerful 10 Watt speaker onboard the ViewSonic PX747-4K, the output of audio should never be an issue. Many users prefer to hook up their projector with a hi-fi audio system (which is an approach we highly suggest if your budget allows for it!), but rest assured that the speakers within the ViewSonic PX747-4K are more than capable of handling your basic audio needs.
  • Form factor and build quality: Features like a small form factor and excellent build quality are not groundbreaking by any stretch of the imagination. However, we have seen far too many affordable projectors that lend themselves to cheap design and manufacturing. When you are investing in a piece of equipment as expensive as a projector, you want to know that it will be durable for years to come. With the PX747-4K, you are getting the always strong build quality of ViewSonic at a price that doesn’t break the bank. In our eyes, this is a great combination.
  • Backlit remote: Once again, ViewSonic is able to make their affordable products feel premium by paying attention to the littlest of details. Backlight for remote control is by no means innovative, but we must say, it can come in handy, especially when using a projector like the ViewSonic PX747-4K in a dimly lit room. After all, how many times have you gone searching for your remote while enjoying your favorite content? We know we have fallen victim to this common annoyance, and are glad to see the inclusion of a backlit remote with this device.

Since rising to the top of the affordable projector market, ViewSonic has done a great job of offering strong products by getting the basics right. While none of the features highlighted above are winning any awards for innovation or inventiveness, such details can make-or-break a projector at this price point. Thankfully, we are happy to report that by and large, the ViewSonic PX747-4K is a very reasonable projector for its price. Yet, like any budget projector, it has some quirks and flaws that are worth noting. To give our readers a full understanding of what the ViewSonic PX747-4K has to offer, we will be focusing the following section on some of the pros and cons provided by this projector.

Sale
ViewSonic 4K Projector with 3500 Lumens HDR Support and Dual HDMI for Home Theater Day and Night (PX747-4K)
97 Reviews
ViewSonic 4K Projector with 3500 Lumens HDR Support and Dual HDMI for Home Theater Day and Night (PX747-4K)
  • BIG SCREEN HOME THEATER: Immersive cinema-like experience in 4K UHD (3840x2160p), 4X the clarity of Full HD, on a screen up to 300 inches in 3500 lumens
  • HIGH BRIGHTNESS: This home theater projector delivers stunning home entertainment around the clock, day and night, in bright or dark rooms. Throw Distance- 0.97m-11.69m (100 Inch @3.26m)
  • HDR CONTENT SUPPORT: With the ability to decode HDR video signals, this projector delivers incredibly detailed video playback

What Are Some Benefits And Downsides For The ViewSonic PX747-4K Projector?

When shopping for a budget product, customers typically understand that some tradeoffs must be made, whether in the quality of the product or its included features, in order to ensure a rock-bottom price. Shopping for an affordable projector is no different, with each device in the $1,000 price range having its own unique set of flaws and downsides associated with it. This isn’t to say that affordable projectors must present customers with a lose-lose scenario.

Every once in a while a product like the ViewSonic PX747-4K, which manages to balance price and quality effectively, is released. In order to give our readers a complete picture of what the ViewSonic PX747-4K has to offer, let’s first cover some of the most significant benefits provided by this projector:

  • Very user-friendly: From a straightforward installation process to an accessible and easy-to-understand Settings menu, the ViewSonic PX747-4K provides users with an approachable experience. It is clear that ViewSonic dedicated a lot of time and attention to the user experience, which is apparent with the addition of things like a backlit projector remote.
  • Ultra-long lamp life: Rated for up to 15,000 hours of use, there is little-to-no need to worry about replacing the projector lamp bulb for a very long time. While lamp life can vary significantly depending on factors like usage time, brightness, and other settings, most users will not have to worry about lamp life for the life of their projector. Even those who use their projectors for hours a day are in good shape, as extra lamp bulbs are very affordable and the installation process is quick and convenient.
  • Impressive brightness: Throwing out an output of a 3500 lumens rating, the ViewSonic PX747-4K is a great projector for those who will be using their unit in dark-to-moderately bright settings. The image appears bright and crisp in low-light environments, and can still be seen pretty well in brighter rooms with ambient light. However, if you are looking to use your projector in direct sunlight or a brightly lit space, you may want to look elsewhere. While the brightness level is impressive for a budget projector, it is not enough to deal with use cases such as these.
  • Impressive use of pixel-shifting technology: In reality, the ViewSonic PX747-4K only outputs 1080p resolution. To bump this up to near-4K, pixel-shifting technology developed by the team at Texas Instruments is utilized. This is accomplished by having the projector’s mirrors, which only amount to one-quarter of 4K resolution, display four different pixels worth of resolution in rapid succession. As it is done extremely quickly, our brains are unable to perceive this nifty trick actively, so we end up interpreting the overall image as 4K resolution. In other words, this novel approach allows for 4K quality resolutions to be made available at 1080p prices.

These benefits help to separate the ViewSonic PX747-4K from its other budget-friendly counterparts. If you’ve got the room to accommodate this standard throw projector, then it could be a great addition to your current home theatre, board room, or lecture hall-sized setup. Yet, it is essential for you to understand both the good and the bad associated with the ViewSonic PX747-4K. With this in mind, let’s look at some of the downsides that this projector presents to users:

  • Lack of HDMI ports: With only two HDMI port onboard, users will either be forced to invest in an HDMI hub/receiver or manually change which source is connected to their ViewSonic PX747-4K by hand when using more than 2 HDMI sources. Either way, this is a pain and quite honestly seems to be an unnecessary flaw that could have easily been fixed.
  • Black frame around images: This is a common issue with near 4K projectors at this price point, as it is a product of the pixel shifting technology utilized by these devices. If you are projecting onto the right surface, the thin black frame that forms around images isn’t as noticeable. However, when combined with just the right shade of white or black, projecting on certain surfaces can turn into a distorting mess.
  • Unimpressive colour range: This is more of a concern for videophiles, but some users have reported that the colour range of the ViewSonic PX747-4K feels a bit washed out when compared to other projectors. With this being said, the units in which the PX747-4K are compared to in these situations tend to cost much more, so such issues might just come with the budget projector territory.
  • Confusing button layout on remote: A backlit remote is a great addition, but it is somewhat undermined by a weird button layout. The on button is coloured red, while the off button is coloured green… need we say more?

A closer look at the ViewSonic PX747-4K can make it feel like a mixed bag of a projector. For those who are dead-set on getting near 4K resolution on the tightest budget possible, this projector is still a great option. On the other side of things, those who are able to spend a bit more money on a projector might want to look elsewhere. With this in mind, we have prescribed some alternatives to the ViewSonic PX747-4K projector below.

Sale
ViewSonic 4K Projector with 3500 Lumens HDR Support and Dual HDMI for Home Theater Day and Night (PX747-4K)
97 Reviews
ViewSonic 4K Projector with 3500 Lumens HDR Support and Dual HDMI for Home Theater Day and Night (PX747-4K)
  • BIG SCREEN HOME THEATER: Immersive cinema-like experience in 4K UHD (3840x2160p), 4X the clarity of Full HD, on a screen up to 300 inches in 3500 lumens
  • HIGH BRIGHTNESS: This home theater projector delivers stunning home entertainment around the clock, day and night, in bright or dark rooms. Throw Distance- 0.97m-11.69m (100 Inch @3.26m)
  • HDR CONTENT SUPPORT: With the ability to decode HDR video signals, this projector delivers incredibly detailed video playback

What Is A Good Alternative To The ViewSonic PX747-4K?

For starters, those who are still hoping for a budget projector but haven’t been able to fall in love with the ViewSonic PX747-4K may want to give the ViewSonic PX727-4K a passing glance. While it offers many of the same specs, it is just different enough to warrant a second look for those who are serious about keeping to a budget of approximately $1,000.

If you are wanting to look at projectors from another manufacturer, we suggest starting with the BenQ TK800 4K projector. This unit is another budget-friendly offering that showcases many of the benefits that affordable projectors can offer while avoiding many of the silly downsides associated with the ViewSonic PX747-4K model. Better yet, the BenQ TK800 4K projector offers 3D content capabilities, which is not provided with the ViewSonic PX747-4K.

Those shopping for a new projector should ensure that they are 100% satisfied with their selection before making a significant investment in such a product. With so many different projectors from dozens of manufacturers, we are confident that you will find the right option that aligns with your personal taste and budget. We encourage you to take your time, keep an open mind, and continue to search until you find the perfect projector for your needs.

The ViewSonic PX747-4K: A Mixed Bag Of An Affordable Projector

The ViewSonic PX747-4K is an excellent option for those who want to stick with a shoestring projector budget. However, the weird quirks and annoying omissions by the team at ViewSonic make us hesitate to suggest this product to anyone outside of that category. The price of near 4K and true 4K projectors is continuing to drop steadily, which means that great deals can be had on far more capable projectors if you are patient and do some research on what is out there.

Outside of the quirky nature of the ViewSonic PX747-4K, it is essential to consider the fact that this is a standard throw projector, which means you’re going to need a lot of space between the projector and its associated screen to get it to function as intended. This fact further narrows the category of consumers that will get the best use out of the ViewSonic PX747-4K significantly. Overall, it is a great budget projector for a very specific section of potential customers, but outside of that, it is not much to consider, especially when far better projectors can be had at a similar price when they go on sale.