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Cheapest 4k Projector In 2021 (July Reviews)

As the industrial revolutions go, there’s a pattern of new technology innovations that they all come out very expensive, then they lose the price in the next few years. 4K projectors are not an exception. A 4K projector used to cost buyers over 10,000 dollars but since Texas instruments introduced their newest 4K DLP chip, the price has significantly dropped. As a consequence, cheap 4K projectors are being seen everywhere.

One of the reasons for the price drop might be called a trick. A projector is defined as 4K when it has the capability of projecting more than 8.3 million pixels in a frame. With this definition, a projector can be defined as 4K even if it doesn’t feature a real 4K chip.

We have walked ourselves through online stores and tried to find the cheapest 4K projectors. After that, we have put all of them into a test for image quality, performance, and specifications. Here are all the details.

Maria Lebsack By, Maria Lebsack
  • SUPERSIZED MOVIES AND GAMES: Immersive theater-like colors in True 4K UHD Resolution on a screen up to 300 inches
  • LONG LAMP LIFE: Reduce power consumption and extend lamp life with SuperEco mode and enjoy up to 20,000 hours of brightness. With an average viewing time of 5 hours a day, that adds up to over 10 years
  • TRUE 4K ULTRA HD: Experience high-quality home cinema feel with 4K Ultra HD with 8.3 million distinct addressable on-screen pixels
  • LAG-FREE GAMING: Ultra-fast 240Hz gaming for blur-free visuals and unparalleled smoothness––combined with Enhanced Gaming Mode to produce a 4.2ms response time at 1080p, 16ms at 4K UHD, for the lowest input lag on a 4K projector
  • CINEMATIC COLOR TECHNOLOGY: our out-of-the-box factory calibrated color accurate projector with dci-p3 color space is one of the latest forms of technology When it comes to colors available and gives you larger visible spectrum than you can get with Rec. 709
  • AWARD WINNING PROJECTOR: Highly Recommended - Projector Central June 2019 - Best of Awards - HometheaterHiFI 2019
  • INDUSTRY LEADING WARRANTY: BenQ's 3-year warranty vs. top competitor's 1-year warranty provides a greater peace of mind with coverage that makes you rest easy that our US-based customer service team is here when you need it.
  • 1080p 4K HDR READY: 3500 ANSI lumen brightness; 1080p HDR-enabled w/4K compatibility; 100-inch images from 8.2 feet (2.5m) away; stunning color 95% Rec. 709.
  • True Cinema Experience: Watch your favorite movies, sports events, games, and more in astonishing quality with Cosmos Max’s 4K UHD image.
  • Endless Entertainment: Whether you want to indulge in an ice-cream-fueled Prime Video binge or watch the big game via the ESPN app, Cosmos has you covered. Choose from over 5000 apps including Hulu, Disney+, HBO, and many more with Android TV.
  • Alexa Built-In
  • LG webOS lite. Use the included Magic Remote on this LG CineBeam projector to access LG’s webOS smart TV operating system for all your favorite content streaming apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and VUDU.
  • MOVIES, GAMING & MORE: Connect to media players and gaming consoles for big screen movies and gaming; connect a 4K UHD HDMI dongle such as the Fire TV, Google Chromecast, or Apple TV to play games, stream videos and share photos
  • FULL 3D: The GT1090HDR displays true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray Disc players, 3D broadcasting, and the latest-generation game consoles. Support for 120Hz rapid-refresh rate provides ultra-smooth flicker-free images; 3D glasses required, sold separately
  • [Quality Assurance]: XGIMI smart projector comes with 12 months warranty and lifetime professional technique support. Buy with confidence!
  • [Support Native APP]: Run Streaming and media apps flawlessly. Seamlessly display content from Netflix, Youtube, and more for endless entertainment. Just download apps from Aptoide Store and install them on this projector. Please use Amazon FireStick together with H2 for Amazon Prime Video.
  • LAG-FREE GAMING: Ultra-fast 240Hz gaming for blur-free visuals and unparalleled smoothness––combined with Enhanced Gaming Mode to produce a 4.2ms response time at 1080p, 16ms at 4K UHD, for the lowest input lag on a 4K projector
  • LONG LAMP LIFE: Enjoy up to 15,000 hours of lamp life, enabling an average of two 2-hour movies every day 10+ years
  • QUIET OPERATION: The low 32dB noise level in eco-mode ensures movies can be viewed without interference from the projector's operation sounds
  • HOME CINEMA PICTURE QUALITY: 1080p (1920×1080) resolution (with 4K input) and 300, 000: 1 contrast ratio renders sharp and detailed images from high definition content without downscaling or compression
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Buying Guide

This guide is intended to provide the most important features of 4K projectors. Therefore, be sure to refer this information in this guide before deciding to buy your products and while looking around for details.


Resolution

While HD resolution (1280x720) used to be enough for us, 4K is the next big thing. 4K features a projecting lense with at least 2160 x 3840 (8.3M) pixels for the height and the width, so the images should look roughly 9 times as detailed as they do on HD projectors.

There are also some variants of 4K resolution, in the aim of changing the aspect ratio. A popular resolution called 4K x 2K offers the number of pixels to be 3800 x 2200.

Ease of Use

In the old times, projectors used to only be used for big companies, conferences, etc. and they were not easy to install, set up, and operate in everyday life. Over time, the projectors are now easier to work with and often come with a very detailed instruction book. 

Hence, make sure that you know how to set up and use the projector before really buying it. Not knowing these things can lead to frustrations, damaging the product, or not being able to take full advantage of the device.

Price

Of course, no one wants to buy a premium projector with a sky-high price tag made for professional cinema to install at home. If you don’t have enough research and understanding about the items, you might find yourselves in a situation when you spend lots of money on something you don’t need or don’t want.

A typical budget choice of premium 4K projector should cost over $2500 to under $6000. Under that price range, the products might be refurbished, low-quality finished, or easy to break; over that price range, you might be looking at professional industrial projectors, which you’re not likely to need.

Overall, the purpose is to find the projector with all the features you want and the money you have.

Durability

Most projectors aren’t meant to be moved around like your phones, or your laptops. However, it might come to situations when you have to carry your projector to your office for a presentation, to a friend’s house for a movie or game night. In those cases, you need durability.

Projectors’ durability depends on the materials that made the projectors’ shells and how the lenses are manufactured. To ensure your projector’s durability, you might want to look for a projector made of non-rust metals and hard plastics. Next, you should choose products from a respected brand because respected brands have more resources to focus on stabilizing and protecting the lenses from unexpected using activities.

Lifespan

The lifespan of a projector is nothing more than the lifespan of the lamp. When the lamp goes bad, the projector won’t be lasting; while the lamp is still good, the projector will work. The lamps are the most important part in a projector; therefore, they are difficult and expensive to replace.

An average lamp should be able to last more than 1500 hours to over 2000 hours. However, the best projector can last up to 5000 hours or even 10000 hours to professional ones.

FAQs

1. What is a 4K projector?

The most widely known definition about 4K projectors is the capability of producing 3840x2160 resolution, which is roughly 8.3 million pixels per image. The number of pixels is 4 times as high as the number of pixels a 1080p projector is capable of, and 9 times as high as the number produced by an HD projector. The 4K projectors allow you to play 4K content, of course, but also support you to upscale any content from a lower resolution to native 4K.

2. What is a 4K projector screen?

The screen is unlike a computer’s screen; it is a thin sheet made of fabric or paper to reflect the lights coming off the projectors. The screens can be premium, and the more money you spend on the screen, the better reflection you’re gonna get. The projector screen is usually purchased separately, but some brands are generous enough to include a projector screen within the projector’s box.

3. Is a 4K projector worth the money?

Yes. Think about a new phone, a new laptop, or new TV. The higher resolution guarantees you a whole new experience in watching movies, playing games, and short latency. 4K content is becoming more popular and more popular every day and the future of content creators. Therefore, purchasing a 4K projector at the time is a smart move for movie lovers.

4. Why are 4K projectors so expensive?

4K projectors’ prices are being so high at the moment, because of the equipment that are hard to make, maintain, and repair. However, you can expect the price to go lower in the future, when many brands are jumping into the market for widening the supply and technological advances to ease the making process.

5. What are the best projectors for home theaters?

A projector with at least Full HD native resolution should be good for home theaters. However, a good contrast ratio, brightness, HDR and other color options or even 3D capability should be preferred.

6. What type of content do 4K projectors take?

A 4K projector would only work with 4K content. However, due to the lack of native 4K content in the world, the brands are including in every 4K projector a combination of hardware and software called the upscaler, to enhance the image from a 480p or HD resolution to native 4K, so as to work with 4K projectors.


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Maria Lebsack By, Maria Lebsack
Maria Lebsack is a Content Manager at BeFirstOne, as well as a freelance Social Media Campaign Manager. Since finishing her MA in Creative Writing, she has gone on to gain experience in Laptop, digital marketing and content creation. She enjoys writing about all-things literature, nature, design, and the arts and culture sector.