Thu. Dec 1st, 2022
What are the best short throw projectors in 2022

Do you want an image several meters wide but do not dare to drill the ceiling to install a video projector? Short shot models are there for you. We have chosen for you the best models of short-range projectors of the moment.

The best short throw projectors

While projectors are far from new, they’ve long been a niche area, reserved for home theater enthusiasts. In fact, we must admit that the classic models have annoying flaws, are bulky, complicated to install and are not ideal for everyday use.

In recent years there has been a real revolution with the democratization of (ultra) short throw projectors. The latter only require a few centimeters of setback to display a large image on the wall. Most of them also include a smart TV part and speakers, allowing them to be used independently, without having to invest in an amplifier and 5.1 kit.

Most of this progress has been driven by the most innovative Chinese brands, with products with an incredible price/quality ratio. Only concern: many of the most interesting products are not officially marketed in Europe. And while it’s still possible to go through the gray market and AliExpress resellers, it’s generally a pretty bad bet.

In addition to the fact that we have to give up technical support and that, very often, the operating system is not translated into French (or even English…). However, things seem to be improving as Xiaomi is already officially marketing part of its range in our region.

If you’re interested in projectors in general, head over to our dedicated guide. And if you want to improve the sound part, read our sound bar comparison and our home theater guide. And to have (legal) content to stream, the easiest way is to go through a streaming service.

8 /10

Samsung Premiere LSP7

  • good image quality
  • software TizenOS
  • his customary silence

Available in €3,499 in Darty

If it is the leader in TV or smartphones, Samsung is not exactly known for its video projectors. With its laser illumination, this ultra-short focal length model deserves to be better known. If its design is relatively classic, it has the merit of being versatile and will be forgotten in a living room.

What are the best ultra short throw projectors of 2022?
The soundbar hides behind this Kvadrat fabric

On the image side, we will have a diagonal of 120 inches at 60 cm from the wall. The result is more than convincing, with a high brightness that doesn’t require you to be in complete darkness to truly enjoy it. On the other hand, colorimetry disappoints with its lack of precision. The image is far from unpleasant to look at, but at this price we expected at least a well-calibrated cinema mode.

On the source side, in addition to HDMI and an antenna socket, we find Tizen, the operating system used in the manufacturer’s televisions. The latter is still as rich in applications, but we regret, however, a small lack of general fluidity. Having said that, we have here a completely autonomous device, in particular thanks to a very correct 30W sound system. The video projector can be associated with a projection screen, but can also be used alone.

Despite some imperfections and a high price, this projector will delight those who do not want to be ahead. To go into more details, you can read our full test.

Samsung The Premiere LSP9T: The Best Short Throw Projector

Is your budget more or less unlimited? So fall in love with the LSP9T, still at Samsung. If it looks a lot like its little brother from an aesthetic point of view, things are very different on the inside, starting with the adoption of a mono-DLP laser array.

What are the best ultra short throw projectors of 2022?

Once again, we get a great picture, with about 60 cm setback for 120 inches. It’s far from ridiculous when placed closer to the screen as you get 100 inches at 15cm away! The step to the laser provides a much better luminosity, which reaches 2800 lumens. Therefore, use in broad daylight is perfectly possible.

Another improvement compared to the LSP7: simply impressive sharpness. It is by far the best device on the market at this point. And if we had to object a bit, we will notice a default colorimetry that would have deserved a little more care and a somewhat mediocre contrast.

For the software part, there is a very complete Tizen, which offers all the main streaming applications. An aerial shot completes everything on the content side. If the Samsung LSP9T is the best short-throw projector on the market, its price nevertheless reflects this excellence: it is generally available around €5,500

The Samsung LSP9T in a nutshell

  • The best short throw projector on the market
  • incredible sharpness
  • Tizen very complete

  • The compact format
  • an excellent mark
  • Android-TV

Available in €2,090 in Baker

Xiaomi is currently the only major Chinese manufacturer to offer its projectors in France. Unfortunately, the latest models like the Laser Cinema 2 4K are not available yet and so we have to be satisfied with this 2019 Mi 4K laser projector.

What are the best ultra short throw projectors of 2022?
Xiaomi Mi 4K 150 Laser Projector // Source: Xiaomi

Despite its age, this model is not without its strengths: we greatly appreciate its small size as well as the little distance it requires. You will get a 90 inch image with a 20 cm back. The device is also relatively quiet despite the good brightness (1600 lumens). Good point also for the very solid contrast.

Too bad, however, that the colorimetry has not been the subject of more attention, by default the image is too cool and we would have liked more adjustment possibilities. The image also lacks a bit of sharpness.

For the software part, Xiaomi has chosen Android TV in its version 9 here, so we will find all our favorite apps. Note that in the absence of an antenna socket, you will have to go through the applications to watch TV.

Despite certain qualities, this Xiaomi Mi 4K laser projector is beginning to show its age. However, it could be interesting if you find it on sale.

Epson EH-LS300: Full HD still has beautiful remnants

Known for its classic projectors, Epson also has a growing range of short throw projectors. The brand is also one of the few to design its own devices and produce its own lamps.

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The EH-LS3000 is one of the mid-range models of the brand, which promises good performance, but contains Full HD to control prices. Dominance, however, all relative since the device is offered at a list price of €2,900.

However, at this price it offers top-tier performance, starting with a brightness of 3600 lumens. However, we recommend that you lower the brightness a bit. Pushed to the max, it actually heats up the projector and makes it noisy, forcing the fan to run at full speed. We recommend that you turn on dynamic contrast to compensate for a slightly weak native contrast.

If the screen is limited to Full HD, the rendering is particularly clean, with a very pleasant image in cinema mode. The integrated sound part also surprises with its quality. Among the device’s weaknesses, we note a relatively large necessary decrease, of the order of about thirty cm for a 110-inch diagonal.

If you are ready to skip 4K, this EG-LS300W is undoubtedly one of the best options at the moment.

The Epson EH-LS300 at a glance

  • Very good image despite Full HD
  • unbelievably bright
  • sound quality

Choosing the Right Short Throw Projector

What sources for my content?

Most projectors have at least a basic media player, and a growing number have connected features similar to a TV. If you want something more advanced you will have to opt for a high-end media player such as Nvidia Shield TV or Apple TV 4K, a next-generation console will also be a good option. For TV, everything will depend on your projector, some equipped with an antenna socket.

How to enjoy a good sound?

The vast majority of short-range models have an integrated sound section. However, if they are usually enough for a TV show, we recommend using dedicated speakers to really enjoy your movies. Therefore, there are two solutions available to you. The easiest way is to go through a sound bar that will be connected via HDMI to the projector. However, for maximum quality, we won’t do better than a complete amp and home theater kit.

Is one wall enough to project your image?

The quality of the image will obviously depend on the support on which you are going to project the image. For many of you this will be a wall. If that can do the trick, it is preferable that the latter be very smooth and very white, irregularities being particularly visible. At a minimum, wash your wall, but we recommend applying a coat of special matt white projector paint. It will only cost you about thirty euros. The ideal is obviously a projection screen. Fixed or retractable, motorized or not, there is something for everyone and for every budget. It is with them that you will get the best image quality.

What is the distance between the wall and the projector?

For short throw projectors, the question is quickly answered: against the wall. Depending on the model, between 15 and 50 cm will be needed to have a large image.

How long does a short throw projector lamp last?

Historically, projectors used very powerful lamps that needed to be replaced relatively regularly. If its useful life was counted in hundreds of hours ten years ago, the latter is generally around 3000 hours. It will cost you a few hundred euros to replace it. For LED or laser projectors, the lamp is not replaceable, but the lifespan is much longer, about 20,000 hours.

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This article was translated from this source written by François Arias

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