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New and Upcoming Projectors for Summer 2021


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 Electronics Unveils Two New Native 4K Home Cinema Projectors

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 Professional PROBEAM Laser Projectors

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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).

 Optoma’s 240Hz, UHD35/UHD38 4K UHD Gaming and Home Entertainment Projectors

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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 announces the release of the M7 Pico Projector

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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. 

Connect Amazon Fire Stick to Your Projectors

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).

Video Instructions on setting up Fire TV Stick with AAXA P6X Pico Projector: 4K – I Made My Projector “Smart” With Amazon Fire Stick

Some Issues to keep note of when setting up your Fire TV Stick

1-Audio issues connecting with multiple speakers or wireless speakers. Using HDMI Audio Extractor will help with audio sync. 

2-Projectors without HDMI ports should be wary of third party accessories that are incompatible when trying to go from VGA->HDMI or USB-C to HDMI. 

Creative Photography using Projectors

There are many different ways to express creativity when dealing with photography. One popular style of photography is Projector Photograph. With the right equipment and setup, you can turn your normal photoshoot into an “Art of Projection”. The main thing to focus on for projector photography is your shooting environment, your camera, and the projector that you will use. 

It is important to find the right projector for you. For projector photography, you will need at least 1080p resolution with at least 1200 lumen brightness. It is also important to know your filming location since a more portable projector might be advantageous. One recommended projector would be the AAXA 4K1 Projector with 4K native support. Modern projectors are nice with different ways to connect and mirror directly from your phone, giving you the option to create unique backdrops and lighting that are unique to you. 

Some things to bear in mind is the colour temperature of the image you are projecting.  Select  an image that’s nice and bright, with large sections of white, and just project that as your background. It will take a couple of trials to get the best shots and exposure to the projector settings, so you should keep practicing and trying different camera settings. .

According to Projector Photography – How to Use a Projector for a Creative Shoot, some techniques you should try are Try Long Exposures for Creative Effects, Movie Magic, and Use Unique backdrops. 

Living Room Setup with 4K Projectors

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 Speakers with options to connect using HDMI or optical audio. For wireless Bluetooth connection, the Sonos One  is 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.

History of Projector Screen

The history of the projector and the projection screen began as early as the 17th century, with a slow progression until modern times. Today, technology has advanced at an unprecedented pace, leading to more development and innovation of all kind of projectors.

Opaque Projectors

The opaque projectors are the earliest form of projectors that allow users to project materials or small objects  by shining a bright lamp on the materials. The image is displayed by directing the reflected light through the projection lens and displayed. Opaque projectors have a maximum image size of approximately 20X magnification, a minimum distance of 18 ft.

Overhead Projectors

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The overhead projector was used since the 1960’s with many purposes. A transparency is needed and can be placed on the overhead projector to project into a wall or screen.The main benefit of the overhead projector is the option to annotate the projected image while presenting, very commonly used in the classroom. 

Computer Data Projectors

In the early 1990’s, computer data projectors became popular as they combined the overhead projector and the digital projection panel into one device, making it smaller and more portable compared to other models. The earlier models of the computer projectors were big, heavy, and expensive compared to later models that got lighter and better image quality. 

Home Theater Projectors

The rise of the home theater projector became very popular as it became possible to experience the home theater movie experience with very minimal cost. For anyone that wants to set up their own home entertainment, the home theater projector can achieve a 100+ inch image for a fraction of the cost of an 80-100+ inch 4K TV. These home theater systems now compete with Cinema to play high resolution videos. To remain competitive, many cinema companies are replacing their film projectors with high-end digital projectors, which are much higher in resolution and quality. 

The 4k Projectors

The first 4K home theater projector was released by Sony in 2012 a small and portable projector that fits into the palm of your hands. These 4k home theater projectors use clusters of LEDs as the light source and are powered by battery or wall outlet. The future of pocket projectors is very promising as new technology has allowed these projectors to project a smaller pixel size, allowing for a crispier picture than ever before.



The History Of The Projector

Reflective technology was well established during China’s Han Dynasty more than 2000 years ago. Intricate brass “light penetration mirrors,” also known as Chinese Magic Mirrors in the west, were created by skilled metalworkers. The complex designs and motifs on one hand contrasted with the smooth metal surface on the back, which was riddled with tiny flaws. The decorative design on the opposite side appears out of nowhere as light bounces off the slightly concave mirror side.

Shadow Play theater presentations were invented in Asia at the same period in the first millennium BCE. On a backlit cloth set, performers told stories by projecting shadows. Ethereal cloth and leather puppets appeared on set.

Over the course of many decades, the projector has changed in size and technology. Today we see the projector as a daily tool used in office settings, classrooms, and homes! Here’s a quick history lesson on how the projectors became what they are today!

The Creation of The Magic Lantern

Back in 1659, there was an inventor named Christiaan Huygens. Renowned for creating the wave light theory and the true shape of the rings of Saturn, Christiaan created the device known as the Magic Lantern. Similar to a projector, the Magic Lantern used a concave mirror to shine light from a lamp through a glass slide with an image to project onto a wall. The Magic Lantern was used for educational and entertainment purposes.

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Following in the 1750s, the Swiss physicist Leonhard Euler developed the first projector, Opaque Projector, better known as the episcope. This device worked similar to the Magic Lantern in terms of technology, however instead of a concave mirror with direct light being shined from a lamp, prisms and mirrors were used to project an object inside the projector to reveal an image on a screen.

The Golden Age of Projectors

During the mid-1900s, computers were finally being developed and technology had advanced immensely. The first-ever slide projector was made using the same concept as the Magic Lamp. Using transparent photographic slides, light from an incandescent light would pass through each slight and focused through a lens to project a large image onto a screen. Typically used for family pictures and slide shows, the slide projector was made for the people at home and presentations.

Following the Slide Projector was the Overhead projector. This projector uses light and transparencies to shine through a reverse mirror overhead of the projector to emit an image on a screen. An easier example of this would be shadow puppets! The Overhead projector was seen throughout the 1950s all the way up until the early 2000s, as they were typically used at schools for educational purposes.

The Digital Age of Projectors

Fast forward now to the present time, there are now multiple variants of projectors! Some of these variants consist of DLP Projectors, LCD Projectors, LCoS Projectors, 4K Projectors, Pico Projectors, and Smart Projectors. It was fairly easy to decide on what type of projector you wanted to buy back then. With these different variants, you can focus on the aspects and features you are specifically looking for!

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Top 5 Gaming Projector For All Types of Users

Gaming has come a long way over the last few decades. From old school Nintendo 64 to the latest PlayStation 5, there are many ways to game with the right kind of equipment. Gaming has become more portable with more games coming out on iPhone and Android, allowing gamers to experience gaming anywhere they go. With the increase in Cloud Streaming services like Google Stadia, gamers are able to stream games online through a Cloud server. Big projector companies like Optima, Epson, BenQ, etc.. have improved the specifications of projectors, allowing for faster connection, smoother gameplay, and more importantly, the best overall experience. Here is a list of the Top 5 gaming projectors available for different types of needs and budget. 

1. Optoma UHD38 – Best Gaming Projector($1399)

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The Optoma UHD38 is the best overall 4K gaming projector, capable of delivering lightning-fast input lag as low as 4.2ms and a high refresh rate of 240Hz. High refresh and low input lag is the best combination for gamers that are looking for competitive games while still enjoying the overall experience of a Home Entertainment System. For those with the newest consoles like the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, the projector is perfect for 1080p 120Hz or 4K UHD 60Hz game play with the blur-free visuals and outstanding smoothness. This 4K projector also has High Dynamic Range (HDR), HLG compatibility, and an 8-segment color wheel to produce vivid color depth, crystal clear detail, and brilliant contrast for TV and movie fans. 

2. BenQ HT2050A – Best Budget Gaming Projector ($749)

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If you are looking for a budget gaming projector, The BenQ HT2050A is a good projector to look at. At the price of $750, the HT2050A can get as low as 16ms of input lag, which is impressive for any display that’s not also offering a high refresh rate. The projector also has 2200 Lumens brightness, offers excellent color accuracy, contrast, a solid black level, and three-dimensionality for 2D video. 

3. BenQ X1300i – Best Gaming Projector for PS5 and Xbox Series X ($1299)

The BenQ X1300i is 1080P and  4K HDR READY with 3000 ANSI lumen brightness. For the gamers, the BenQ X1300i presents Game Mode FPS, RPG, and SPG, which fine-tunes audio and images at the same time. Game mode allows for Low latency of 8.3ms@1080p/120Hz with huge, bright, sharp images and equalized audio. This powerful projector is compatible with major consoles like Sony PlayStation 4/5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox Series X, Google stadia, and many more. The BenQ X1300i is a smart projector that comes with Google-certified Android TV and Google Play store, allowing users up to 5,000+ of the latest Android apps, movies, shows, live sports, games, and music.

4. Epson EF-100 – Best Smart Projector($899)

For gamers that like to play games from the App Store or Google Play Store, the Epson EF-100 is powered by Google’s Android TV, so  all your favorite streaming apps such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, WatchESPN, and games are all available to play directly from your projector. You can connect your smartphone easily with the smart features that the Epson EF-100 offers. The Epson EF-100 projector also offers true, 3-Chip Projector Design, an advanced 3LCD technology  that displays 100 percent of the RGB color signal for every frame without any “rainbowing” or “color brightness” issues, according to Epson’s website. 

5. Anker Nebula Capsule II – Best Portable Gaming Projector($579)

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This projector is ideal for use in low-light environments.using cutting-edge DLP technology that creates a stunning 720p 200-ANSI-lumen image. Powered by Android TV 9.0, the Anker Nebula easily connects with your smart devices to provide over 5,000 streaming apps and games. The Premium speakers produce pulse-pounding clarity for all to hear, perfect for casual and light gaming. 

Top 5 High-end Home Theater Projectors

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.

  1. Optoma CinemaX P2 Projector $3299

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. 


2.Sony VPL-VW295ES Projector– $4,999

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. 

3. LG CineBeam AU810PB Projector$3,999

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).


4. Samsung Premiere LSP7T Projector$3,498

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.

5.Epson Home Cinema 5050UBe Projector$3099

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.