There’s no better way to watch a movie or play a video game than on an enormous screen. And there no better way to watch 4K than on an enormous screen. And what do you need for both? An incredible 4K projector. Ultra HD 4K projectors cost more than their, though prices have fallen across the board in recent years to make them far more affordable. The low end of the 4K projector range is now only slightly more than the high end of the 1080p range.
Resolution is just one aspect of picture quality, however, and a projector with a great contrast ratio, color and brightness can easily hold its own over a projector that only has higher resolution at the expense of everything else. Check out for more, often less expensive, options.
The best 4K projectors, though, combine great performance in all aspects of picture quality along with 4K resolution for truly incredible images. Here are the best you can get.
The Epson Home Cinema 5050UB is the best all-around 4K projector because it has the perfect balance between image quality and price. An excellent contrast ratio, paired with impressive brightness and accurate color, all with better detail than what’s possible with a 1080p projector, and you’ve got all the pieces for a fantastic image. It’s not cheap, but offers a significant step up in image quality over other 4K projectors. Extensive lens shift and a motorized zoom are the icing on the cake.
The Sony VPL-VW325ES is thoroughbred among ponies, a Porsche among Volkswagens, an absolute stunner with a price tag to match. The contrast ratio, easily the most important aspect of overall picture quality, is better than the Epson 5050 and significantly better than any projector that doesn’t cost significantly more. And that’s saying something, since the Sony itself costs significantly more than any other projector on this list. If price is no object, the picture quality is incredible.
The UHD35 packs a lot into its tiny case and low price. It can throw a ton of light, produces accurate colors and has great detail. The contrast ratio isn’t great, but is pretty average among 4K projectors in this price range. And that price really is the UHD35 biggest selling point. It offers great picture quality for only a few hundred dollars over the best 1080p projectors. It doesn’t offer lens shift or much in the way of a zoom, but if it fits in your room it’s a great way to get 4K on a budget.
The LG CineBeam HU810PW uses an entirely different, and new, technology to create light: lasers! Most other projectors, including all the others on this list, use UHP lamps instead, which are glorified lightbulbs. The 810’s two lasers, paired with a phosphor, allow it to create far deeper, richer, colors that look downright impressive with HDR content. The 810’s images are also bright and detailed. The contrast ratio isn’t great, however, which holds it back from being at the top of this list.
The BenQ HT3550i trades light output for deep colors. They’re not quite as deep as those found on the LG UH810PW, but they’re richer and more compelling than most projectors and the 3550i only costs roughly half of what the LG does. However, contrast ratio is only average for a 4K projector, and the light output is far lower than average, meaning its image doesn’t pop the way images from other projectors on this list do.