Games on a phone are fine when there isn’t anything else available, but the bigger the viewing area, the better the gaming experience tends to be. It’s the same reason people go to the movies. A bigger screen with top of the line resolution, authentic colors, and a high refresh rate produce a level of immersion that is simply not possible on small screens. This is why the market for the best gaming projector exists.
Reasons To Purchase A Gaming Projector
Today’s game systems and PCs pack tremendous graphics power. Limiting game play to a small screen is almost a waste of resources. Given the ability of a gaming projector to create enormous yet still precisely detailed images, it is a perfect match for the gamer looking to squeeze every inch of graphics beauty and gaming excitement out of a gaming machine. To purchase a gaming monitor that would allow the same richness of features and the same screen size would come with an astronomical price tag.
Gaming projectors are also far more portable than a TV or gaming monitor. Not only are they smaller in size, they are more versatile in terms of placement. Any free wall can become a screen, regardless of the size.
Best Gaming Projector Reviews
BenQ, long considered one of the top names in the PC monitor world, is definitely no slouch when it comes to projectors. The HT2150ST is one of their best offerings and excels in almost every area.
For starters, this is what is known as a “short throw” projector, meaning it does not have to be placed very far back from the wall or screen to create an enormous image. In the case of the HT2150ST, it needs only be about five feet back to produce an image of 100 inches in size.
Next, the HT2150ST tackles that bane of gamers everywhere: lag. It processes images quickly enough to prevent motion blur and slow input response. This ensures fast-paced games will never be outpaced by a player’s reflexes.
Perhaps the area where this projector shines the most, though, is in color reproduction. While some projectors can produce colors that look somewhat washed out, the HT2150ST produces strikingly bright and vivid colors. Even with the massive viewing area, the colors don’t lose any crispness.
Finally, the two 10W speakers in the unit produce deep and rich sound that would make many monitor speakers jealous. Of particular note are the bass tones, which feel natural while still maintaining the “thump” quality.
The H2-Smart Projector is perhaps the most ’80’s Swedish’ looking projector on this list, but it’s looks definitely do not mean soft performance. Instead, quite the opposite. The XGIMI H2-Smart Projector starts off with stunning 1080p Full HD resolution at 300 inches that has to be seen to be believed. It also, however, supports 4K! It could literally match or better many flat screen TVs on the market that are less than a quarter of the size. Tie projector also sports rich color accuracy.
The H2-Smart Projector also possesses serious gaming functionality, due in part to the Mstar 838 CPU with Cortex-A53 structure. The processor, coupled with a dedicated , high performance Mali T820MP3 GPU, 2GB RAM and 16G internal storage, allows gaming at a steady 60 frames per second with no lag or blur.
While a lot of gamers prefer headsets so that they can communicate with fellow players during a game, the Harmon/Kardon speakers inside the H2-Smart Projector will undoubtedly tempt many to go headset-free. That’s because the stereo system is a finely-tuned, sensitive, and accurate sound system that will reproduce any gaming audios with perfect clarity.
The XGIMI H2-Smart Projector is an Android device, utilizing the Android 6.1 OS, so it will be easy for smartphone users to control and configure it using any Android phone or tablet. It also comes stacked with a ton of Smart apps for when you need to take a break from gaming!
Electronics giant Sony easily makes this list with the VPLHW45ES due mainly to the unmatched picture quality. While this projector probably shines the best for those looking for a great 3D theater-like experience for watching movies, the image quality still translates well for gaming.
While it might seem hard to maintain the ultra-lifelike image reproduction of this projector when processing gaming images, Sony pulls it off effortlessly. The gaming mode cuts input lag, allowing for stable 60 frames per second gaming.
Notable in this projector is the powerful brightness. It projects at 1,800 lumens, which is quite powerful and ensures clear visibility even in very bright rooms. It is also perfect for playing games that have a lot of darkness or shading that require the gamer to be able to see subtle contrasts in landscape.
With a lot of projectors that have a lumens rating of 1,500 or above, the fan needed to cool such a powerful light can be pretty noisy. Sony does a stellar job of keeping the peace in the form of 28 decibel sound at full power.
While this projector was not really designed to be a gaming projector, the pure image rendering power makes it a device to be reckoned with. Like the Sony model detailed above, the Epson Home Cinema 5040Ube shines in games that have dark environments. The ability for this projector to differentiate between various shades of black and gray is unreal.
That’s not to say that the Epson Home Cinema 5040Ube is somehow deficient when it comes to brightly colored games. The powerful 2,500 lumens light produces a dazzling array of colors with no “rainbow” effect.
The fact that the unit is wireless is a big convenience when it comes to having to cycle various cords from different devices in and out. It is much easier to simply connect the projector wirelessly to whatever gaming machine is to be used. This also frees up the projector with regards to space, as well. There is no need to have it sitting near a central hub that connects multiple devices.
Of note, this is a very high-end projector and does not really focus a lot on sound reproduction. It is generally expected that this unit will be coupled with a top-notch sound system to match the magnificent visuals.
This mega-bright HD 1080p projector from Optoma offers some stunning features for a mid-range unit. First, the lamp life is exceptional. While some of the top end projectors boast lamp lifetimes of around 2,000 to 3,000 hours, the HD142X lamp has a projected lifetime of 8,000 hours. Depending on usage, the lamp could go about ten years before needing replacement.
Next, there is the 1080p resolution picture quality itself. This projector offers highly accurate, extremely precise image quality, which is heightened when in gaming mode. The gaming mode also cuts lag to reduce motion blur.
As is the case with many of the projectors on this list, the HD142X excels at both color brightness and subtle dark hue differentiation. With a whopping 3,000 lumens of brightness, the colors are almost more dazzling than real life.
While the speakers on this projector are certainly not built to be used for high end stereo sound reproduction, they are sufficiently loud and clear to serve perfectly for gaming.
This projector was designed with gaming in mind and includes several features that some of the other units on this list don’t have. The most obvious is the unique gaming mode of the predator, which analyzes image input in real time and maximizes not only input lag, but image quality as well.
This results in superb contrast regardless of lighting, allowing the player to differentiate between even the most minute hues of color or black and gray shades. The Predator gaming mode is easily the most all-encompassing and advanced one of any of the projectors on this list.
A lot of gamers love to capture in-game screens and use them as wallpaper. While most game systems and computers can captures these images, most projectors cannot. The Predator, however, does enable in-game screen capture and allows the player to use the image as a kind of wallpaper that will appear whenever the device is turned on.
This projector is also wireless, enabling the free placement as mentioned in the Epson Powerlite review. The Predator also has two 10W stereo speakers that are good enough to serve as speakers for a mid-range stereo system. The audio processing is excellent even if headphones are being used instead of the speakers, and the sound can be transmitted wirelessly to compatible headphones using Bluetooth.
Optoma GT1080HDR Short Throw Gaming Projector | 4K HDR Input | 120Hz Refresh Rate | Fast 8.4ms Response Time | Bright 3800 lumens for Day and Night Gaming
Last year the Optoma GT1080Darbee sat proudly on this list. And while that truly is a magnificent short throw projector for gaming, the Optoma GT1080Darbee now has a new brother, the high-quality Optima GT1080HDR which brings a bit more to the table. As such, the Optima GT1080HDR has earned it’s spot above the previous fan favourite. Here’s why.
To begin, the The Full HD 1080p Optima GT1080HDR brings both 4K UHD and High Dynamic Range (HDR10) to the table through the 4K input. The HDR feature brings great depth to the black levels and bright whites. That is a bit step up from it’s predecessor, the GT1080 Darbee. It also has low input lag, and about half the response time, coming down from 16ms to 8.4ms, great for gaming! The GT1080HDR also projects with an incredibly bright 3800 lumens and a high contrast ratio of 50,000:1. You can also watch Full 3D 1080p content through this projector.
The GT1080HDR also offers great lamp life (up to 15,000 hours) and connectivity. The ports and connection options include:
- 4K Compatible HDMI 2.0
- HDMI 1.4 a
- USB – Power/Out
- VGA In and Out
- RCA 3.5 mm Audio In and out
- 9-Pin RS232 port
This is an incredibly versatile, current and feature rich gaming projector with lots of value for your buck. With the HDMI 2.0 4K compatibility, you could play your XBox One x, or Playstation with awesome 4K content. It will also be ready to handle the next gen of consoles and immersive video games as they come out in 2020.