作者：Rob Sabin｜Jan 7, 2021
Our post-year, aerial view of the 2020 projector industry is well-encapsulated in the 20 products selected below for our annual Best of the Year Awards, as culled from the nearly 40 projectors reviewed last year. In most ways, what you’ll see on the list is a clear extension of our 2019 award winners, with ever-brighter laser projectors at ever-lower cost trickling further down into the commercial market and even into the consumer home theater space; more UST projectors designed to replace those “puny” 75-inch flat-panel TVs with a 100-inch or larger screen; and some “lifestyle” projectors designed to appeal to first-time projector buyers—many of whom came out of the woodwork last year to bolster their family-room entertainment and backyard movie nights following the emergence of the Covid bug.
And we expect to see more of the same in 2021, with some key differences: even lower prices and smaller footprints in the commercial projectors at nearly every lumen size, hotter competition and more consumer awareness for the UST TV category, and a bigger push on lifestyle models that sacrifice a bit of that videophile color accuracy and uber-deep black level that hobbyists crave in return for something you can watch in a lit room and directly stream Netflix on. But I think we’ll be reviewing some great new theater-room projectors too, hopefully with laser and LED light engines that meet or approach the performance level we’ve come to expect from our favorite lamp models. Whatever comes our way, you’ll read about it right here in ProjectorCentral. And if you’re brand new to the joys of front projection, well, we’ll keep the lights on for ya. —Rob Sabin, editor-in-chief.
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BenQ GS2 Smart Wireless LED Portable Projector
The clever BenQ GS2 is representative of a new kind of affordable, friendly lifestyle projector that came just in time for cooped up families facing Covid lockdowns. A cuddly and durable cube-like form factor, with its rubberized splash-proof and drop-proof case, combined here with thoughtful features like built-in wireless connectivity, an integrated camera, and a magnetically-attached charging port that detaches to keep the projector from going airborne when someone inevitably walks through the power cord. The 720p image quality from the LED light engine was respectable as well. (Read the full review).
BenQ TK850 4K Projector
After the successful introduction of its HT3550 budget dark-room theater projector in 2019, BenQ followed up with a brighter, family-room friendly edition that trades a bit of color accuracy and contrast for brightness that stands up to moderate light. A more recent “smart” version, the TK850i, adds wireless capabilities and the excellent Android TV streaming platform that uses apps from the Google Play store. (Read the full review).
BenQ LH710 Laser Projector
There’s been a huge rollout of affordable 4,000-5,000 lumen laser projectors in the last couple of years that boast long 20,000-hour life and low maintenance, but relatively few can actually claim a truly maintenance-free design with no required filter replacements or periodic cleaning. With its fully-sealed, dustproof light engine with IPX5 rating, the 4,000-lumen, 1080p-resolution LH710 is among the first we’ve tested that can be mounted in a hard-to-reach location and never require another dangerous ladder climb or trip on a tall personnel lift. That can also save significant cost over the life of the projector. (Read the full review).