If you’re looking to make the switch between gaming on your TV to gaming on a screen that's far bigger (and maybe watch some movies on it, too), You'll find today's projectors offer high brightness and a sharp image at an easy to justify price, then these are some of the projectors you will want to consider!

HD (1080p)

For gaming, 4K is not a necessity and can be an impediment to achieving high frame rates. These HD projectors put out a bright image that's plenty sharp and can overcome some ambient lighting. The main thing is you'll enjoy high frame rates from consoles and PCs and the sense of immersion you get from a big picture.

1. Optoma HD142X

  • The Optoma HD142X features 1920 x 1080 full HD resolution, 3,000 lumens of brightness, and a 23,000:1 contrast ratio.
  • With an extended lamp life of an impressive 8,000 hours, even if you watch a two-hour movie every day, your projector's lamp should last over 10 years.
  • Turn your projector into a smart display by connecting a smartphone or tablet with a single cable using MHL to play games, stream videos and share photos on the big screen.
CNET said "The Optoma HD142X, at $550, is one of the least-expensive true high-definition projectors available, but the picture looks better than you might expect for the price. This little black box filled the massive 120-inch screen in CNET's test lab with no problem, throwing up an image as detailed and accurate as any midrange TV. Except ginormous, and infinitely more impressive as a result ... it beats many TVs and should satisfy all but the twitchiest of gamers.

2. BenQ HT2150ST

  • The BenQ HT2150ST features native 1080p full HD image quality with 2,200 lumens, and a 15,000:1 contrast ratio.
  • Enjoy picture up to 300” picture. Short-throw technology allows the projector to be positioned in small spaces with hassle free installation.
  • The specialized low input lag and unique game modes ensure gamers an ultra-smooth and comprehensive gaming experience.
Projector Central said "The BenQ HT2150ST Gaming Projector is as perfect a projector for serious gaming as we have yet seen. It combines a rapid 16 ms input lag with low fan noise, ample light output, fully saturated and balanced color, a short throw lens, and some very decent onboard audio in the event you don't have an external audio system handy."

3. Epson Home Cinema 2045

  • The Epson Home Cinema 2045 features full HD 1080p quality images, 35,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and 2,200 lumens of color brightness.
  • Wirelessly stream content from your smartphone, tablet or Windows 8.1 laptop to your projector.
  • Enjoy HD movies, games and more with two HDMI ports and three MHL.
CNET said "The 2045 has a very good picture and some nice features ... [it] lacks a "Game" picture mode but its input lag was still as good as most of the competing DLP projectors I've tested, and better than the step-down Epson 640, in any of the standard picture modes."

4K (2160p)

4K projectors cost more and tent to be less bright than their 1080p counterparts but they make up for it with imaage quality that can rival a movie theater when in a dark room when using a screen. Simply put, a projector can present an image that's big enough to really appreciate the detail 4K offers. Perfect for today's consoles and PCs that can output highly photorealistic graphics.

1. Optoma UHD60

  • The Optoma UHD60 features 3840 x 2160 4K UHD resolution and an impressive 8.3 Million distinct addressable on-screen pixels.
  • 1.6x zoom and 1.39 to 2.22 throw ratio with vertical lens shift allows for flexible and easy installation for various spaces and screen sizes 140” and up.
  • The UHD60 makes use of HDR10 image technology which is capable of displaying everything in the REC2020 colors. 
Projector Central said "When it comes to the Optoma UHD60, its strengths are contrast, color balance, solid natural HDR, zoom range, lens shift, and exceptionally quiet fan noise. In each of these aspects it surpasses the 4K competition and thus offers a unique value proposition. It is much easier to get an engaging and pleasing picture from the UHD60 than from some of the competing models. If buyers were able to see all of the sub-$2000 4K projectors lined up side by side, we suspect that the UHD60 would be chosen a good share of the time on the strength of its overall subjective picture quality."

2. BenQ TK800M

  • The BenQ TK800M features 3,000 lumens and 8.3 million pixels of true 4K UHD HDR resolution.
  • Auto keystone correction & 1.1x zoom makes it simple to project ideally aligned images from a variety of locations, excellent for gaming.
  • The BenQ TK800M features a glass 4K-optimized lens array with greater light penetration to increase image clarity and sharpness.
Projector Reviews said "Weighing in at 9.2 pounds, the TK800M is fairly portable, allowing you to easily set it up wherever the game-day party happens to be. And speaking of games, the new model is well-suited for video gaming as well. Art measured the TK800’s input lag at 48ms, and we assume the TK800M has the same input lag as its predecessor, which is good news for gamers."

3. Sony VPL-VW695ES

  • The Sony VPL-VW695ES features 4096 x 2160 resolution,1,800 lumens ofbrightness, and 350,000:1 dynamic contrast.
  • Picture Position Memories store your settings for ease of use, while three SXRD imagers give you full color brightness.
  • HDR brings a wider contrast range for improved realism and Sony’s Motionflow provides smooth motion for 4K & HD.
Home Theater Review said "My personal take is that the RS2000 is better suited for movies and TV shows due its advantage in contrast and color. The VW695 is better suited for sports and video games due to better motion and input lag performance. The lead each has in these areas are relatively small, but noticeable. Both are excellent choices, and choosing which to buy ultimately comes down to the type of content you watch more."

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