Short Throw Projector Reviews & Comparison Chart

What’s the best short throw projector to buy? Use this chart to compare and review projectors for video and sound quality, wireless capabilities, throw ratio, noise output and unique features. **See special notes below for more information.

Short Throw Projector

Rating
1-5
Price
(approx)
ResolutionLumensContrast RatioThrow RatioSpeakers/AudioSpecial Features

BenQ TH671ST

BenQ TH671ST Short Throw Projector

4.6$799-$850FHD 1080p300010,000:10.69 – 0.83

(ie. 100″ image with projector 57″ away)

5 Watt Stereo SpeakerVibrant colors combined with bright display makes this a great gaming projector. Find out more.

LG PF1000UW

LG PF1000UW Ultra Short Throw Projector

4.1$1150-$12501080P1000150,000:10.31

(ie. 100″ image with projector 15″ away)

2 x 3 Watt Built-in SpeakersCan operate wirelessly (2.5 hour battery life), Bluetooth Sound Out and USB connectivity. Also, 3D ready. Find out more.

Optoma GT1080 Darbee

Optoma GT1080 Darbee Short Throw Projector

4.3$729-$7501080P280030,000:10.49

(ie. 92″ image with projector 39″ away)

2 x 10 Watt Built-in SpeakersFeatures advanced gaming mode with enhanced graphics. Also, MHL functionality and 3D ready. Get more information.

Viewsonic PJD5553LWS

Viewsonic PJD5553LWS Short Throw Projector

4.3$530-$5501280 x 800
WXGA
320020,000:10.49

(ie. 100″ image with projector 50″ away)

2 Watt Built-in Speaker

Features SuperColor Technology for true-to-life image color. 3D ready. More details.

Epson PowerLite 680

Epson PowerLite 680 Short Throw Projector

4.2$1075-$11101024 x 768
XGA
350014,000:10.32 – 0.43

(ie. 92″ image with projector 11″ away)

16 Watt Built-in Speaker Split Screen: display content from two inputs simultaneously, side by side, on a single screen. Also, WIFI support and MHL functionality. Package does not include wall mount ($109). Find out more about the Epson PowerLite

BenQ HT2150ST

BenQ HT2150ST Short Throw Projector

4.9$869-$910 1080P2,20015,000:10.69 – 0.83

(ie. 100″ image with projector 59″ away)

2 x 10 Watt Built-in SpeakersHigh responsiveness for better gaming experience. Also, MHL functionality and 3D ready. Read more

Optoma GT5500

Optoma GT5500 Short Throw Gaming Projector

3.7$1099-$11501080P350025,000:10.25

(ie. 100″ image with projector 13″ away)

16 Watt Built-in SpeakerIdeal for gaming and watching sports. Also, 3D ready. Plus, get the optional Optoma Wireless Transmitter to wirelessly connect tablets, laptops, consoles & more. See details.

**About Choosing a Short Throw Projector:

1. How Important are the Amount of Lumens?

Typically, you want to look for higher lumens if you want to have a brighter picture. For example, more lumens will display a clearer, more visable picture in rooms with ambient light.

That said, some short throw projectors can create a large image even when they are only inches from the wall. In this case, high lumens are not as important (as with traditional projectors) because the light source is so close.

2. How Does Contrast Ratio Affect the Video Picture?

Contrast Ratio Comparison for Projectors
courtesy of www.theprojectorexpert.com
Contrast ratio measures the difference between light and dark on the screen. Typically the higher the contrast ratio, the greater the video definition.

This factor matters more if you plan on using your projector in rooms with ambient light. In dark rooms, a higher contrast ratio won’t matter as much. Below is a comparison:

Display an Image on the Floor or Table with the Sony Portable Wireless Projector

3. Do You Want Projector Portability?

Many people choose short throw projectors because you can easily carry them, set them and move them around. For instance, you can display an image on a wall, a ceiling or a table.

In addition, you can now find a short throw projector that has wireless capabilities. This means that you can use the unit while plugged in, or run it off batteries.

This takes “portability” to a whole new level. Think backyard movie nights, presentations anywhere or even moving your home theater to different rooms in your house…

4. What is MHL – Why Would I Want It?

As explained by Techradar, MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) enables you to view the media on your phone/tablet on a big screen. In short, you plug the MHL cable into the micro USB port on your phone or tablet and connect the other end into an HDMI port on your projector.

MHL is compatible with many Android products. However, for an Apple iOS device, you will need to get a Lightning Adapter instead.

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