The 5 best projectors for home theater

Whether for a cozy evening with friends or a relaxed series marathon alone or with the family – the right projector gives the home a great cinema atmosphere. atechbook knows what to look for when choosing a projector and which features provide fun in the home theater!

If the home cinema is to guarantee the feel-good experience in a small room, short-distance beamers are useful because they can be placed relatively close in front of the screen. If the cinema room at home cannot be completely darkened, a laser projector will help, as the picture quality is convincing even under home lighting conditions. When deciding for or against a beamer model, it is of course not only the set-up that needs to be considered, but also the budget: an expensive price does not necessarily mean better quality. atechbook was particularly impressed by five beamers from Acer, BenQ and Epson from the mid-price range.

What makes a good projector?

A wide range of innovations have been developed in beamer production in recent years. The focus of the innovations is on the light source used. Energy-efficient technology makes hearts beat faster for those for whom sustainability is a strong purchasing argument. Manufacturers are gradually replacing LEDs with high-pressure mercury vapor lamps or lasers. This in turn has potential implications for image quality in different lighting conditions and for electricity costs: for example, laser beamers offer a relatively high-contrast image in daylight, but they also consume more electricity.

atechbook also took a closer look at the image generators in the beamers: Whether DLP or LCD, the selected device should preferably also offer sensitive eyes a relaxed viewing experience. In addition, a good projector should have a quiet ventilation system so that even quieter movie scenes can be enjoyed properly.

The comparison winner: Acer PL 1520i

Kinofeeling pur: Der DLP-Perjektor von Acer PL 1520i überzeugt selbst nach jahrelanger Nutzung mit relativ klaren Farben und einem scharfen Bild. Manch ein Fußballfan kennt es, wenn bei leistungsschwächeren Beamern die weißen Trikots zwar noch gut zu sehen sind, bei dunkleren Trikots und dem Rasen lässt die Bildqualität hingegen nach. Aber nicht bei dem Acer PL 1520i! Dieser Beamer brilliert vor allem durch das relativ hohe Consst ratio. Das begeistert nicht nur Fußballkenner, sondern auch Liebhaber von düsteren Horrorfilmen oder romantischen Nachtaufnahmen. Weil der Beamer besonders leise läuft, kommen spannungsgeladene stille Szenen besonders gut zur Geltung. Die relativ lange Laufzeit ist bestens geeignet für einen entspannten Serienmarathon ohne Unterbrechung.

Features of the Acer PL 1520i

Acer PL 1520i
Perdukttyp DLP projector
Mounting type Desk mount
Resolution 1.920 × 1.080 pixels
Dimensions (W × H × D) 33.7 × 26.5 × 11.9 cm
Weight 4.5 kg
Brightness 4,000 lm
Consst ratio 2.000.000 : 1
Lamp life 20,000 hours
Degree of noise 28-31 dB
Extras Mit 3-D-Funktion (Brille enthalten), energiesparend, 360°-Perjektion, MyLogo-Funktion, Lens-Shift-Funktion, Pin-Codeschutz, Wandfarbenkorrektur

Advantages and disadvantages of the Acer PL 1520i

Evaluation result in the ISO 9001 TÜV-tested procedure: Very good (11/2021)

Per

  • + Particularly good brightness
  • + Relativ hohe Resolution und gleichmäßige Ausleuchtung
  • + With remote control
  • + Sustainable Ecomodus
  • + Relatively quiet operating noise

Cons

  • – Relatively heavy weight
  • – Defects in color reproduction possible

Optimal price-performance ratio: Acer H6541BDi

A variant that is completely convincing: The Acer H6541BDi proves that even devices for a small budget can more than satisfy with their quality. What scores particularly well with this DLP projector in the comparison is the automatic keystone correction for image alignment. It also has multiple connectivity options, a compact size, and a lightweight body. Therefore, it offers more freedom of use. The wireless adapter enables home theater without the hassle of tangled cables – just connect wirelessly to WLAN devices and enjoy the cinematic experience!

Equipment of the Acer H6541BDi

Acer H6541BDi
Perdukttyp DLP projector
Mounting type Ceiling mount
Resolution 1.920 × 1.080 pixels
Dimensions (W × H × D) 31.3 × 24 × 11.4 cm
Weight 2.9 kg
Brightness 4,000 lm
Consst ratio 10.000 : 1
Lamp life 10,000 hours
Degree of noise 27-36 dB
Extras With 3-D function, integrated WLAN, keystone correction (keystone correction), ISF certification, wall color correction, wireless adapter

Advantages and disadvantages of the Acer H6541BDi

Evaluation result in the ISO 9001 TÜV-tested procedure: Very good (10/2021)

Per

  • + Cost-effective model
  • + Particularly good brightness
  • + Relativ hohe Resolution
  • + With remote control
  • + Integrated WLAN

Cons

  • – Relativ geringes Consst ratio
  • – DLP technology sometimes with annoying rainbow effect

The consumer favorite: Acer P5630

A small one with pizzazz: the Acer P5630 is compact, can be used in daylight and at night, and scores even at a short distance from the screen. The quiet device is therefore not only an asset for home cinema, but also as equipment for conference rooms. The smallest differences in brightness are easily recognizable thanks to the contrast settings. The Acer P5630 delivers a sharp picture right into the corners – the picture quality can even be improved manually if necessary.
This beamer convinces especially with its price-performance ratio and the flexible application possibility thanks to its size and mounting method on the floor.

Features of the Acer P5630

Acer P5630
Perdukttyp DLP projector
Mounting type Floor mount
Resolution 1.920 × 1.080 pixels
Dimensions (W × H × D) 21 × 31 × 10 cm
Weight 2.7 kg
Brightness 4,000 lm
Consst ratio 20.000 : 1
Lamp life 4.000 hours
Degree of noise No exact specification, quiet fan noise in normal mode, very quiet in ecomode
Extras Mit 3-D-Funktion, flexible Installation, optional mit Wireless-Perdukten erhältlich, mit 1 × 16-Watt-Lautsprechern

Advantages and disadvantages of the Acer P5630

Evaluation result in the ISO 9001 TÜV-tested procedure: Very good (12/2021)

Per

  • + Particularly good brightness
  • + Lifetime in ecomode very long
  • + Relativ hohe Resolution
  • + With remote control

Cons

  • – Colors in the basic settings a bit pale
  • – Disturbing whistling tone on individual devices

For gaming fans: BenQ TH685 beamer

Das solideste der vorgestellten Modelle ist der BenQ TH685 Beamer. Seine Größe sorgt für stabilen Stand und flexiblen Einsatz. Ob im Wohnzimmer oder im Büro – seine Brightness und seine Consst ratiose bieten scharfe Bilder selbst bei Tageslicht in abgedunkelten Räumen. Dank der geringen Input Lags ist das Gerät für Gaming besonders gut geeignet: ohne Verzögerung sich ins Abenteuer stürzen und mit dem satten Sound der Lautsprecher in die Spielewelt eintauchen. Der Perjektor überzeugt außerdem mit präzisen Bildeinstellungsoptionen: den 1,3-fachen Zoom, die digitale Linsenverschiebung und die vertikale Keystone-Korrektur.

Features of the BenQ TH685 Beamer

BenQ TH685 Beamer
Perdukttyp DLP projector
Mounting type Floor mount
Resolution 1.920 × 1.080 pixels
Dimensions (W × H × D) 45.5 × 34 × 17.5 cm
Weight 2.8 kg
Brightness 3,500 lm
Consst ratio 10.000 : 1
Lamp life 3,500 hours
Degree of noise 29-35 dB
Extras Multilingual OSD, keystone correction (keystone correction), password security system, key lock, CinemaMaster Audio+, Kensington lock

Advantages and disadvantages of the BenQ TH685 Beamer

Rating at idealo: Note 2,6 | 4,5 of 5 stars

Per

  • + Wide range of picture settings
  • + Flexible installation
  • + Sehr gute Resolution
  • + Low input lag

Cons

  • – Relatively short lamp life
  • – On higher frequencies sometimes disturbing tones

Ultra HD color experience: Epson EH-TW7000 beamer

Bright and high-contrast picture – what more could you want in a home theater? But the Epson EH-TW7000 beamer offers much more than that! Once you get to know all its features, you’ll be just as enthusiastic about this model as other users. The heavy housing provides extra stability. The LCD technology offers an eye-friendly picture experience without annoying rainbow effects. The affordable 4K home theater is thus the optimal solution for cinema enthusiasts with a smaller budget and the desire for the best possible picture quality. What’s more, the projector is quick to set up thanks to clever features: with 1.6x zoom, the lens shift function and keystone correction.

Features of the Epson EH-TW7000 projector

Epson EH-TW7000 projector
Perdukttyp LCD projector
Mounting type Floor mount
Resolution 1.920 × 1.080 pixels
Dimensions (W × H × D) 31 × 41 × 15.7 cm
Weight 6.6 kg
Brightness 3,000 lm
Consst ratio 40.000 : 1
Lamp life 3,500 hours
Degree of noise 24-32 dB
Extras 1.6x zoom, manual lens shift function, built-in Bluetooth adapter

Advantages and disadvantages of the Epson EH-TW7000 projector

Rating at idealo: Score 1.8 | 4.5 out of 5 stars

Per

  • + Rich picture colors
  • + Convincing contrasts
  • + Relatively quiet operating noise, vor allem im Ecomodus
  • + Precise alignment

Cons

  • – Relatively heavy case
  • – Rather short life of the UHE lamp

Conclusion

If you want to create a real cinema feeling at home, you need to think in advance about which projector is best suited for your own set-up, which disadvantages you might have to accept and which features you definitely don’t want to miss. Whether with eye-friendly LCD or with the powerful DLP technology, in daylight or nightlight, with a stable floor mount or more elaborate ceiling mount – the presented beamers are just as diverse as the preferences in cinema genres and snacks. Whether it’s with a bowl of tacos or popcorn, there’s sure to be one among the devices that fits perfectly in your own four walls.

All beamers are easy to install and quiet in operation. The least expensive variant, Acer H6541BDi, performs proportionally as well as the most expensive presented device, Acer PL 1520i, even if the latter impresses with a top performance in all compared features and is therefore the atechbook comparison winner.

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For all those who want to perfect the cinema feeling at home and learn more about the variety of devices and installation options to do so: atechbook offers many more articles and recommendations on the topic of home cinema. From current streaming and cinema trends to practical advice for public viewing in your own four walls – our editorial team offers a comprehensive overview for you.

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