Best projectors in Australia

Want to watch movies or sport on the big screen at home? We’ve chosen the best projectors in Australia that let you do exactly that.

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The best projectors in Australia

How did we pick this list?

Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on independent reviews as well as actual customer reviews on sites such as Amazon, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman, eBay, Digital Cinema and more. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the projectors with the highest review score within those parameters.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Epson EH-TW7100

Best overall projector

Epson EH-TW7100
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Lots of connectivity options
  • Great picture quality

Cons

  • Price tag won't suit all buyers
  • Not native 4K

Why we chose it

The Epson EH-TW7100 is the best overall projector for most people for a number of reasons. It offers a quality 4K viewing experience alongside an impressive list of specs, and it delivers all this with a reasonable price tag. It's no stranger to positive reviews either, with plenty of glowing feedback from independent tech reviewers and an average rating of 4.8/5 on Google reviews. As a result, it's worth checking out if you're in the market for a home theatre projector.

The first thing you'll notice about the EH-TW7100 is that its native resolution is full HD, but it uses 4K enhancement technology to shift each pixel diagonally and double the native resolution. And with Epson's 3LCD technology, it delivers colour and white brightness of 3,000 lumens.

The contrast ratio of up to 100,000:1 ensures that you can enjoy a wide range of detail no matter how dark or bright the scene may be, while 10-bit HDR colour processing means that it delivers an impressive level of visual quality. In terms of screen size, it's suitable for screens ranging from 40 to 500 inches.

Image quality aside, the Epson is also packed with a huge range of other useful features. It includes 2 built-in 10W speakers, Bluetooth connectivity for audio streaming and HDMI and USB ports, so it's easy to hook your projector up to a wide range of other devices.

Set-up is easy via the remote, and the Epson is backed by a 2-year warranty. Delivering high-level performance at a reasonable price, the Epson EH-TW7100 has a lot to offer for any home cinema enthusiast.


Anker Nebula Apollo

Best projector under $1,000

Anker Nebula Apollo
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Easy to control
  • Highly portable

Cons

  • Built-in speaker won't deliver enough sound for some tastes
  • 480p resolution won't be enough for those who want maximum picture quality

Why we chose it

Shopping for a projector and don't have more than $1,000 to spend? We recommend checking out the Anker Nebula Apollo. Not only is it 1 of the best mini projectors going around, it's also highly portable, easy to use and offers up to 4 hours of playtime.

It's been well received by consumers too, with an average 5/5 rating from 16 Amazon customers. That's why it's our number 1 choice as the best projector under $1,000.

Featuring a 200 ANSI lumen DLP lamp, the Nebula Apollo offers a 16:9 aspect ratio, a contrast ratio of 2,000:1 and pictures for screens of up to 100 inches. A built-in speaker takes care of your audio requirements, but you can pair your projector with your own Bluetooth speaker if you want to take sound quality to the next level.

This Anker projector also shines bright on ease of use. Running on the Android 7.1 operating system, it offers HDMI and USB connectivity alongside Bluetooth, AirPlay and Miracast. The interactive touch panel makes controlling your device easy. You can also control it from your phone via the Nebula Connect app.

As a mini projector, the Nebula Apollo is highly portable. It can be mounted on a tripod if needed, and it delivers up to 4 hours of video playtime — enough to get through a Lord of the Rings epic with plenty of time to spare.

All things considered, it's easy to see why the Apollo is worth a look for projector buyers with a $1,000 budget.


Vamvo L6200

Best projector under $500

Vamvo L6200
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Full HD
  • Good sound

Cons

  • Some complain that the fan is a little loud
  • Some buyers question longevity

Why we chose it

Searching for a quality projector for less than $500? Be sure to add the Vamvo L6200 to your shopping shortlist.

This projector is worth a look if you're putting together a home cinema on a tight budget. It offers full HD resolution, plenty of connectivity options and an affordable price tag. And with an average rating of 4.5/5 from over 700 Amazon customer ratings and plenty of positive feedback from Aussie buyers, it's our pick as the best projector under $500.

This 1080p projector features a high contrast ratio of 8000:1 and a brightness of 5,000 lux. Capable of displays up to 300 inches in size, it has everything you need for your ideal home cinema set-up.

In terms of connectivity, the Vamvo L6200 features dual HDMI and USB ports and also supports micro SD card, VGA, 3.5mm audio connection and other options. There's also an energy-saving feature to keep your power bills down and prolong the life of the lamp, plus a built-in speaker for added convenience.

Several reviewers express surprise at the quality of HD images the Vamvo can deliver at such an affordable price point, while others report that the sound quality from its built-in speaker is also much better than expected.

Best of all, with a budget of $500, you'll have around $140 left after buying a Vamvo L6200 — money that can be put towards sorting out audio for your home theatre room (or maybe just stocking up on popcorn).


Elephas GC333 Mini Portable Projector

Best projector under $200

Elephas GC333 Mini Portable Projector
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Value for money

Cons

  • Loud fan noise
  • Disappointing keystone correction

Why we chose it

If you're on a really tight budget, there are a lot of good reasons to check out this mini projector from Elephas. It's compact, easy to use and comes with built-in speakers too.

It comes highly rated by customers around the world, with an average score of 4.5/5 from over 290 global Amazon customer ratings. That's why it takes the win here as the best projector under $200.

Delivering a 1080p picture at a very affordable price point, the Elephas GC333 packs plenty of punch. It can provide a display of up to 180 inches and is viewable through 170°, making it an excellent choice for family movie nights on a budget.

Its LED lamp has a life of up to 50,000 hours and connectivity options include HDMI, VGA, USB, Micro SD and RCA AV. You can also set up screen mirroring from your smartphone (HDMI adapter not included).

Reviewers praise the Elephas GC333 mini projector for delivering an impressive picture for such an affordable price, as well as for its ease of set-up and use. It lacks advanced adjustability and the sound quality could be better, but most reviewers were pleased with the value for money on this projector.

You'll also have plenty of change left over from your $200 budget if you buy 1 of these projectors, which is why the Elephas GC333 is worth considering for budget buyers.


Epson EH-TW9400

Best home theatre projector

Epson EH-TW9400
Image: Supplied/Finder

Not yet rated

Pros

  • Excellent picture quality
  • Motorised lens

Cons

  • Price tag could put some people off
  • Not true 4K

Why we chose it

Searching for a high-quality projector for your home theatre set-up? The Epson EH-TW9400 is our top pick.

This highly rated Epson projector delivers excellent bang for your buck, providing impressive picture quality, easy set-up and use, plus flexibility in installation options. And while it doesn't boast as many customer reviews as some other projectors on the market, the fact that it has been showered with praise and 5-star reviews by independent experts means it's a clear winner in this category.

It's worth pointing out that this isn't actually a native 4K projector. But it can display 4K content thanks to Epson's pixel-shifting resolution-enhancement technology and it delivers big-screen images with excellent clarity, colour and depth.

This model uses Epson's 3LCD technology, providing a contrast ratio of up to 1,200,000:1 along with 2,600 lumens colour brightness and 2,600 lumens white brightness. A dedicated HDR processor is also included. This projector can deliver images to screens up to 300 inches in size.

Connectivity options include HDMI, USB, ethernet and optional wireless, so it's easy to connect to a wide range of devices. The EH-TW9400 also features a motorised lens that can shift ±96.3% vertically and ±47.1% horizontally, providing ample flexibility when choosing the most suitable installation point in your media room. And with the lens also capable of remembering up to 10 pre-set positions based on your viewing needs, this is an impressive overall package for any home cinema space.


XGIMI Halo

Best portable projector

XGIMI Halo
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Full HD and highly portable
  • Easy set-up and use

Cons

  • No storage/carry bag
  • Some report that they would like louder sound

Why we chose it

If you're in the market for a highly rated portable projector, there's a lot to like about the XGIMI Halo. This pint-sized product is 1 of the best mini projectors on the market, offering true full HD and 3D projection, quality Harman Kardon sound and easy portability. And with the Halo having earned an average score of 4.5/5 from over 190 Google reviews, we think it's the best portable projector you can buy right now.

Before going any further, let's take a closer look at just how portable the XGIMI Halo is. It weighs in at 1.6kg and measures 113.5x145x171.5mm, so it's compact enough to take just about anywhere. And with up to 4 hours of playtime before the battery needs recharging, you don't need to be near a power point to sit down to a movie or sport on the big screen.

Offering 600–800 ANSI lumens of brightness, the Halo provides a native full HD resolution of 1920×1080 pixels and can support resolutions of up to 4K. HDR decoding delivers rich and detailed images and you can enjoy watching movies, sport and more on screens of up to 300 inches.

In terms of sound, the Halo features 2 5W Harman Kardon speakers. Because it also features Bluetooth, you can use it as a portable set of Bluetooth speakers when needed. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, HDMI and USB. The Halo is powered by Android TV 9.0.

With handy features like a remote, voice control (there's a mic button on the remote) and 4-point keystone correction, there are a lot of good reasons to check out the XGIMI Halo portable projector.


BenQ TK800M

Best outdoor projector

BenQ TK800M
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • 4K
  • Bright and clear pictures

Cons

  • Some buyers may prefer a portable projector
  • Some complain that it's a little noisy

Why we chose it

Searching for a high-quality projector to use in your outdoor area? The BenQ TK800M is our top pick. It earned a 4.9/5 rating from JB Hi-Fi customers and has an average rating of 4.5/5 from over 30 Google reviews.

If you're just looking for something that maximises portability and practicality for outdoor family movie nights, you might want to save yourself some money and consider the Anker Nebula Apollo (our pick as the best projector under $1,000) or the XGIMI Halo (the best portable projector). But if you want high-quality images in an outdoor environment and if you have easy access to a power point, the BenQ is our top pick.

We chose the TK800M because it's specifically designed for use in bright environments. It's marketed by BenQ as a sports projector and features special football and sport picture modes. So if you're looking for a projector you can use to watch the footy or cricket at a backyard BBQ, the TK800M is well worth checking out.

With a native resolution of 4K UHD 3840x2160, the TK800M offers a high level of clarity and detail. It can deliver images to screens of up to 300 inches, with 5W sound provided by BenQ CinemaMaster Audio+ 2 technology. Other features include a slim and compact design, auto keystone correction to allow for simple set-up and a range of connectivity options, including HDMI and USB.

Check it out if you're searching for a quality projector for any bright space.


Samsung The Premiere SP-LSP9T

Best 4K projector

Samsung The Premiere SP-LSP9T
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Smart projector
  • Crystal-clear images

Cons

  • Definitely won't suit everyone's budget
  • Seriously, this thing is not cheap

Why we chose it

Searching for the best 4K projector for your home cinema? We recommend checking out Samsung's The Premiere SP-LSP9T.

This ultra short throw projector offers wonderful picture quality, powerful speakers and a host of smart features. It also picked up its fair share of positive reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/5 from over 170 Google reviews. As a result, it takes the win here as the best 4K projector.

The Premiere uses triple laser technology to deliver 130-inch pictures on your wall. Designed to let you create a big-screen cinematic experience at home, it can be placed just 24cm away from the wall for crystal-clear images with 2,800 ANSI lumens of brightness.

The 40W built-in sound system provides 4.2ch audio, and this model features acoustic beam technology with 22 holes to help distribute sound around your room.

Connectivity options include 3 HDMI ports and USB and RF inputs, while the fact that the Premiere can connect to your Wi-Fi network is another big plus. This model gets the same operating system as Samsung smart TVs, ensuring easy access to apps and other services. An included TV tuner means you can access free-to-air programming too.

Of course, if you're going to add 1 of these Samsung projectors to your home theatre space, you'll need to be willing to stump up a whole lot of cash. And while the $11,000 RRP might be enough to give some people heart palpitations, we saw it selling for under $9,000 from multiple retailers at the time of writing. That's why it's always a good idea to shop around to find the best deal.

There's also a cheaper option in the Premiere range that offers a smaller picture and needs to be placed slightly further away from the wall. You can check this out if you're on a tighter budget.


BenQ TH671ST

Best projector for gaming

BenQ TH671ST
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Not yet rated

Pros

  • Ultra-low input lag
  • Easy to set up and use

Cons

  • Some buyers will want external speakers
  • Some complain that the fan is a little loud

Why we chose it

The BenQ TH671ST is the best gaming projector for a number of reasons. This short throw projector is designed especially for gaming use, pairing low input lag with high resolution and brightness. It put smiles on the faces of plenty of users too, with positive reviews from Amazon customers and an average of 4.5/5 from over 25 Google reviews.

The TH671ST can deliver your gameplay to a 100-inch screen from a distance of just 1.5m. Perhaps the headline feature for gamers is this model's 16.67ms low input lag and fast DMD response time, ensuring that motion blur or slow image response don't hamper your gaming experience.

The BenQ TH671ST offers full HD 1080p resolution, with sharp and detailed images so you don't miss any of the action. It also provides 3,000 lumens of brightness to help ensure functionality in brighter rooms, while vertical keystone correction allows you to get your image alignment just right.

Connectivity options for this DLP projector include PC, 2 HDMI ports, USB and 3.5mm audio. Audio is provided by a built-in 5W speaker, though some users suggest connecting an external speaker system for optimum sound performance. The TH671ST also offers special audio modes for game, cinema, music and sports, cranking up the bass and delivering sharper highs for a more immersive experience.

So if you're searching for a projector that can provide a smooth, fast and trouble-free gaming set-up, the BenQ TH671ST ticks a lot of important boxes.


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Methodology

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Best projectors chosen
  • We considered projectors from over 25 leading brands.
  • We chose our top picks based on key product features, independent expert reviews and customer reviews.
  • The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.

Projector resolution

One way to distinguish between the many different options is to check each projector's native resolution (the number of pixels it displays). The following are the two most popular options for HD viewing:

  • 1080p (HD) projectors: 1920 x 1080 pixels. Capable of displaying 1080p Full HD content, these projectors are widely available and a more affordable choice.
  • 4K (Ultra HD projectors): 4096 x 2160 pixels. There are an increasing number of 4K projectors offering top-shelf picture quality, but they do come with a price premium.

While projectors can show signals that are higher or lower than their native resolution, they'll have to either compress the picture or scale it up to do so.

Types of home theatre projectors

The other main factor you can consider is the projection technology used:

  • DLP projectors. Digital light processing projectors work by shining light onto microscopic mirrors on a chip. Higher-end models have multiple chips since the greater the number of mirrors, the higher the resolution. DLP projectors produce smooth images and high contrast ratios. They’re also the most affordable option. However, single-chip projectors can produce something known as the “rainbow effect”, which results in brief flashes of colour and can be distracting to some viewers.
  • LCD projectors. Most LCD projectors pass light through three LCD panels for red, green and blue colours. The pixels can either be open or closed to allow light through and to make up the picture. They offer impressive brightness and good image quality, but they are generally slightly more expensive than DLP projectors.< li>
  • LCoS projectors. The third and most expensive option is LCoS (liquid crystal on silicone). It combines some of the features of DLP and LCD projectors to offer superior image quality, but you'll need a big budget to buy one. Take note that different manufacturers have their own names for LCoS technology, such as Sony's SXRD or JVC's D-ILA.

How to compare projectors

As well as image resolution and the projection technology used, there are a number of other factors you'll need to weigh up before buying an HD home theatre projector. Cost is always an important consideration, while specs such as brightness levels and contrast ratios will help determine the image quality a projector can provide.

Here's what you'll need to take into account when comparing your options:

Contrast ratio

This measures the difference between the blackest black and the whitest white a projector can display. A higher contrast ratio means better depth and definition of images.

Brightness

The brightness of projectors is measured in ANSI lumens and most models fall in the 700 - 5,000 lumens range. Brightness is an important factor that determines image and contrast quality, so it is particularly important if your viewing room isn't perfectly dark.

Screen size

Check what screen size you can pair with the projector. This is typically listed as a broad range and could be anywhere from 30 to 300 inches.

Lamp life

Check how long the manufacturer claims the lamp will last before you need to replace it. Most range from 2,000 to 8,000 hours, but this figure is as much as 30,000 on some models with LED bulbs. Consider how much use you'll get out of a projector before you need to replace the lamp as well as how much that lamp will cost.

Additional features

  • Remote control. Is the projector's remote easy to use? Is it well laid out and simple to understand?
  • HDMI Check how many HDMI ports the projector has so you have enough slots to connect your Blu-ray player, game console and other devices.< li>
  • 3D If you want to watch movies in three dimensions, check that the projector has 3D compatibility.
  • HDR If choosing a 4K projector, check whether it has High Dynamic Range (HDR) compatibility so you can watch the highest quality content, for example Ultra HD Blu-rays.
  • Noise A noisy fan on a projector can disrupt your viewing experience, so look for a model with a quiet
    and non-intrusive cooling system.
  • Lens shift This feature lets you move the projected image side to side or up or down without having to move the projector itself. It allows you to put the projector wherever you want and then adjust the lens to make the projected images fit your screen.

Installation

You'll also need to consider where you plan to place the projector in your living room. For example, will it be projecting directly onto the screen, placed to one side or mounted from the ceiling? Ceiling mounting is often the neatest option and also means you don't have to worry about anyone walking in front of the projection.

Check the manufacturer's specs to find out how far the projector needs to be from the screen to produce the best results – this is commonly referred to as the throw ratio or throw difference. Some models are "short throw" projectors that can be situated just a few inches back from the screen.

Finally, when choosing where to place your projector, remember to consider where its infrared sensors are located to make sure you'll be able to use its remote from wherever you are sitting.

Choosing a projector screen

While you can use your HD projector to project images onto a plain white wall, this will lead to a reduction in picture quality and a less immersive overall viewing experience. For the best results, you'll also need to invest in a special projector screen.

Typically available in sizes ranging from 90 to 140 inches (but you can go much bigger if you wish), these screens are coated to improve their reflective characteristics and commonly feature a black frame to help focus your attention on the image.

There are fixed-frame and retractable options available, and prices start at around $300 but go well past the $1,000 mark for larger models. Make sure you think of an HD projector itself as a two-piece set – the projector and the screen – and factor the cost of a screen into your budget.

Pros and cons

If you're still deciding, check out some reasons why you may or may not want to buy an HD home theatre projector.

Pros

  • Cinema experience at home. Love watching movies but prefer to do it in the comfort of your own home? An HD home theatre projector lets you recreate the cinema experience in your living room or media room.
  • Bigger is better. A bigger screen means more immersive viewing, and home theatre projectors allow you to watch much larger images than even the largest of TVs. A 60-inch TV is great, sure – but 4K images on a 120-inch screen are even better.
  • Not just for movies. You can use a modern home theatre projector for a wide range of content, such as video games and photos as well as films and TV shows.
  • Easy to set up and use. here's a widespread misconception that projectors are a hassle to use, but this is not the case. The set-up process is quick and easy, and most models are straightforward to use.

Cons

  • Bright conditions. For the best viewing results from a home theatre projector, you'll need to make the room as dark as possible. If your living room is quite bright or you just want the best picture quality in all light conditions, a TV may be a better choice.
  • Lamps need to be replaced. Projector bulbs dim over time and you will eventually need to replace them. If you plan on using your projector regularly (and more often than just for the occasional movie night), you'll need to look into the cost of buying a replacement lamp.

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