Projecting your favorite entertainment on a wall, instead of a big monitor or tv is an option that has been gaining attraction over the years as projectors got not only cheaper but better and more diverse. You can find various types of projectors ranging from the typical small only-good-for-powerpoint projector to a full-HD short-throw projector; all needs can be met.
Nevertheless, sometimes projecting your games, films, or other types of media in a sizeable ample room is not just an option, and that is why the ultra-short throw projectors exist. These projectors are a great compromise between a high resolution and small spaces, as they can “throw” or project an image within a very short distance to the wall.
Got you interested? The following are some of best ultra short throw projectors you can currently find on the market in 2018:
If your looking for the absolute best ultra short throw projector you can get for your money, then look no further than the LG ProBeam HF85JA. This Full HD, Smart TV enabled projector provides excellent image and clear picture from just 17 inches of distance away from a wall or screen. This ultra short throw projects up to 100 inches of image size, with 1500 lumens of light available and an impressive 20,000 hours of lamp life. The OS (WebOS 3.0) built into this projector is super intuitive and easy to use, a pain . with many other projectors. One tip we recommend for anyone buying this projector is that dark images are sometimes a slight struggle in a bright room, so we recommend blackout curtains to ensure you make the most out of this fantastic ultra short throw projector from LG.
An excellent and cheaper alternative to buying an absurdly expensive 100” TV, this LG can provide a similar experience if placed just 30 cm (15 inches) from the wall. It comes with Bluetooth connectivity so you can hook up earphone or home theater. Also, if you buy the version with the WebOs 3.0, you will enjoy LG’s Smart TV platform giving you access to various apps like Netflix, Vudu, and many others.
On the negative side, the 1000 lumens can compromise your image quality in bright places so that is something you should consider if you will use it in a lighted area.
Offering great portability, fantastic quality, and a built-in web service the LG PF1000UW is definitely a reliable option to consider.
The projector with WebOS 3.0 retails for just under $1250.
An indeed more versatile choice of projector, the Sony LSPX-P1 can be a good choice for more general usage, maybe it is a projection of photos on a wall or of a movie on a table. The resolution goes from 22” to 88” with 100 lumens of luminosity, which can be quite compromising if you want to use it in bright places, much more so than the LG PF1000UW.
This Ultra Short Throw Projector also provides built-in speakers, battery, and a wireless unit. The latter can be connected with HDMI to any compatible device be it your laptop or PlayStation even so you can project content from those.
The Sony LSPX-P1 costs under $1000 which compared to the LG PF1000UW may look like a weaker deal overall, but its versatility advantage over the LG is worth considering.
Looking for a projector compatible with 3d? The Optoma GT5500+ is the right option for you! Full HD 100” resolution with 3500 lumens of brightness, which definitely provide a tremendous and vivid image quality even in places with high luminosity.
The 6500-hour lamp life can be a strong deterrent when considering this projector, but the 3d functionality together with high luminosity can be functionalities to consider.
The Optoma GT5500+ costs just over $1000, a direct competitor with the LG PF1000UW.
The NEC NP-UM351W is a pretty standard ultra short throw projector, no gimmick, no add-ons just a functional quality product that serves its purpose as expected. Equipped with LCD technology, 3500 lumens and built-in 20W speakers, this projector manages to be a robust piece of tech all-around while lacking in add-ons or original functionalities.
Great option for a more professional utilisation, but pretty run-of-the-mill compared to other competitors for more personal use.
The NEC NP-UM351W has a price tag of around 1370$.
The Optoma EH320UST is very similar to the one addressed above (the GT5500+), but it focuses more on professional usage (Business, colleges, schools..). It provides an excellent 4000 lumens so you will not have problems projecting in bright places. Also, delivers a 1080p 100” resolution with 3d functionality, and built-in 16W speakers, so you will not have to worry about bringing extra gear to do your presentation (except the 3d glasses if you are doing some of those).
Like the GT5500+ the lamp life provided by the DLP technology used to project is 6,500, which compared to other competitors falls a little too short.
Nevertheless, the Optoma 3D EH320UST is a reliable solution for more professional needs, retailing for about $1500.
The LG PH450UG is the option if you are looking for a more inexpensive ultra short throw projector. Despite being more affordable than the others competitors and its cousin the LGPF1000UW, it does not lack in robust features that give it a strong price vs. value score.
Delivering an 80” HD resolution with 450 lumens it can provide satisfactory image quality, especially if you are projecting in a dark room. However, the 450 lumens will degrade the viewing experience in luminous spaces, so be wary of that reality.
As it uses LED display technology, it enjoys a long 3000-hour lamp-life, which is without a doubt an advatange over the Optoma’s 6500.
All that being said the price the LG PH450UG goes for about 650$, comparatively much more lower than the other address options.