For a gamer looking to enhance game playing experience , the option of playing video games on a Projector is a cost effective and attractive alternative to a Television. Gaming projectors provide for a more immersive gaming experience. The large scaled displays make even the biggest TV screens appear small.

This article takes a detailed look at important metrics required to help you make the best projector choice for your gaming needs. You should know that these projectors are equally good for use as Home Cinema Theater, watching TV, live stream of sporting events etc. 

BEST GAMING PROJECTORS

Let’s take a sneak peek at the ranking order before we do a detailed comparative analysis.

ProjectorsPriceContrastBrightnessLagLamp Life
Optoma GT1080 Check Price25000:12800 Lumens33ms6500 Hours
BenQ DLP (HT2050)Check Price15000:12200 Lumens33ms7000 Hours
Optoma HD142X Check Price23000:13000 Lumens34ms8000 Hours
Epson Home Cinema 2040 Check Price35000 : 12200 Lumend29ms7000 Hours
Acer H6502BD Check Price20000:13400 Lumens33ms6500 Hours
BenQ HT2150ST Check Price15000:12200 Lumens30ms7000 Hours
ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
Check Price22000:12200 Lumens33ms10000 Hours

 

Wonder why we have ranked Projectors in this order? 

Go through our section on comparative analysis to find out why.

COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

In this section we focus on some important metrics to explain the performance of our projectors.

WHITE BRIGHTNESS

White Brightness Rating Of  Gaming Projectors
White Brightness Ratings (Hint:Taller Bars are better)

Brighter definitely means better.

But how much white brightness do you really need?

The amount of white brightness you need is determined by the room you project in. 

Smaller rooms and rooms with controlled ambient lighting require less lumens..For home cinema projectors with ambient light kept to a minimum, 1500 lumens is a pretty decent rating. However rooms where ambient lighting can’t be controlled or large rooms require a projector with lumen rating in excess of 2500

Outdoor usage requires a projector with much higher lumens.

Our selection of video gaming projectors have more than good white brightness ratings for indoor use. 


3400 lumens

3000 lumens

2800 lumens

3200 lumens

2200 lumens

2200 lumens

2200 lumens

However white brightness cannot be the only metric in determining the choice of a projector. 

COLOR BRIGHTNESS

Color Brightness Rating Of Gaming Projectors
Color Brightness Ratings (Hint:Taller Bars are better)

 

Color Brightness is also measured in lumens. More color brightness means better colors.

Do all the projectors mention the color brightness ratings in their specifications?

You might not find this rating listed in the specifications of a majority of the projectors. But this is one very important metric that cannot be ignored. It is misleading to believe that white brightness is the same as color brightness. 

In our testing of these projectors Epson 2040 was the clear winner , with brighter sharper colors and a color brightness rating of 2200. Both the BenQ projectors came in 2nd with a fairly decent color quality as compared to other projectors in our ranking list.ViewSonic and both the Optoma projectors do not have as superior color sharpness as the Epson or the BenQ projectors.

Once again color brightness alone cannot be used to determine your choice of projector. 

CONTRAST

Contrast Ratio Of Gaming Projectors
Contrast Rating Of Projectors(Hint:Taller Bars are better)

Contrast ratio is the difference between light and dark on a screen, expressed by a number. If you take the brightest white on a screen and the darkest black and compare the luminosity, you get the contrast ratio.

The contrast is where the Optoma Projectors outshined the others. 

The black on the Optoma projectors appeared to be proper black.The Epson 2040 projector was however found wanting in the dark scenes. Because the dark in the scene appeared washed out and had more of a dark grayish tone instead of black. The BenQ projectors had a fairly good black also.

INPUT LAG

Input lag of a projector is the amount of processing time a projector takes to display a received video input signal onto the screen. The lesser the input lag the better.

So what is an acceptable input lag ? 

Ideally the input lag should be 0 ms. Regardless of whether you are using a Television or Projector for gaming , some amount of input lag will be incurred. So we have to think now in terms of acceptable input lag for gaming purposes. An input lag value of less than 40ms is fairly good and provides for a smooth gaming experience. Input lag of our projectors was measured using the Leo Bodnar lag tester.

BEST GAMING PROJECTOR – OPTOMA GT1080

 

The Optoma GT1080 is one of the best in the business when it comes to  gaming. Its amazing short throw capability allows it to deliver stunning high-definition images from just a few feet away. You can achieve over 100 inches of display by simply placing this powerful projector one meter away. With a brightness rating of 3000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma GT1080 is one of the brightest projectors on the market. This ensures that the display is bright enough for you to enjoy your games. Such a brightness rating ensures that the images on display are clear, sharp, and the details are more visible. The projector is also suitable for rooms with ambient lighting.

It comes with adequate connections at the back for effective communication to your various gaming consoles or from your PC. The resolution of this projector is rated 1080p, thereby guaranteeing you the best picture quality as you play your games. The images are sharper and detailed and the transitions smooth and seamless. Optoma projectors are known for their impressive color qualities and its 5-year color guarantee ensures that you will be able to enjoy amazing colors as you play your games for at least 5 years.

Another great feature supported by the Optoma GT1080 is its Gaming Mode feature that optimizes the projector for gaming. In this mode, the projector’s response time is reduced with its contrast ratio enhanced for the best picture quality. The colors are also vivid in this mode allowing you a better view and display of the game.

With an input lag of just 15ms, the Optoma GT1080 displays gaming content as soon as it is transmitted from the gaming console. You can, therefore, use it for offline and online games to great effect. It has a contrast ratio of 25000:1 for the best picture quality and contrast as you enjoy your games.

It features built-in speakers that are powerful enough for your gaming needs. The sound the speakers produce is of the highest quality and as such, you will not need to invest in external speakers for your gaming needs. You get to save that cash and use it for other purposes such as buying replacement lamps for your projector.

This projector weighs slightly under 2.65 kilograms and as such, you can easily take it with you as you travel. You also you get a carry bag when you buy the Optoma GT1080 and this makes it easy for you to carry it to your friend’s place for an all-nighter. It is also 3D compatible and you can use it to display 3D content from your gaming console or PC. It seems like there is nothing the Optoma GT1080 cannot do and those looking for the ultimate gaming experience should definitely get it for their gaming pleasures.

 

BENQ HT2150ST

 

If you are looking for great color performance and seamless transition as you play your favorite video games then you should definitely get the BenQ HT2150ST for your gaming needs. With an input lag of just 16ms, this projector ensures optimum responsiveness for the best gaming experience. Designed to be used in small rooms, this powerful project delivers clear images from just a short distance away. It can produce over 100 inches of display from a separation distance of just one meter.

Its brightness level is rated at 2200 ANSI lumens which is bright enough to ensure that the images on display are sharp, clear, and detailed. It also ensures that the images on display are bright even when the ambient lighting is high. You can, therefore, play your favorite games without having to dim the lights too much to the detriment of your sight and vision. You can also play your games outdoors without the natural lighting outdoors interfering with the quality of the images on display.

The BenQ HT2150ST is built in a compact design that is easy on the eye. It is also light in weight and this makes transporting and installing it very easy. It has several ports for effective connection to the various gaming consoles or a PC. They include two HDMI ports, two USB ports and an audio jack for connecting to external sound sources. You may even not need to use the audio jack pin as the BenQ HT2150ST has two internal speakers that deliver amazing sound effects as you play your favorite games. The sound the speakers produce is measured and smooth without the loud booms that characterize other projectors for gaming. You are, therefore, able to concentrate on your game and play to win.

Serious gamers desire excellent picture quality and seamless transitions even in high action games and BenQ’s HT2150ST high contrast ratio of 15000:1 ensures just that. You are, therefore, assured of steady pictures without any blurred moments for a totally immersive gaming experience.

It has a resolution of 1080p and this ensures the clarity and sharpness of the images on display. It also ensures that the colors are lifelike for a superb gaming experience. The projector allows you to switch to its cinematic mode for a movie-like experience when playing high action games. This mode, however, introduces a bit of lag in the display and you should avoid this mode if your desire absolute responsiveness as in your games.

All these features contribute to make the BenQ HT2150ST one of the better projectors available for gamers. Get one of these monsters today for the best gaming experience.

OPTOMA HD142X

The Optoma HD142X has an excellent picture quality. The product is moderately priced at just over 500$.  Ask any gamer and he or she will tell you that nothing is as important as excellent picture quality when it comes to playing video games. Poor picture quality has the effect of making games less desirable, boring, and dull. To prevent this from happening, Optoma developed the Optoma HD142X so as to ensure that gamers enjoy clear pictures and amazing graphics as they play their favorite games. With a brightness level of 3000 ANSI lumens, this HD 1080p projector ensures that there is enough brightness to clearly display the images in your games. Such a brightness rating also supports lights on viewing and as such, you can play your favorite games during the day without having to draw the curtains. Those who choose to buy this projector will enjoy amazing color technology and the projector’s REC.709 color scheme ensures just that.

Its 1080p full HD resolution guarantees clear and sharp images for your gaming obsession. You can use the various HDMI ports on the projector to connect to your PC or gaming console. The Optoma HD142X boasts of a powerful internal speaker that eliminates the need for external speakers for your sound needs. It is also light and portable and as such, you can easily take it with you in your travels.

It has a small input lag of only 17ms. Gamers are, therefore, able to enjoy faster response times when playing games online and offline. Its contrast ratio is rated at 23000:1 and this ensures that you achieve the best color contrast when playing your games. The colors are much more vivid and detailed as a result of the high contrast ratio and this goes a long way to enhance your gaming experience.

The lamp on the projector has a lamp life of 8000 hours. This translates to years of use without having to replace the lamp. The projectors robust built protects it against falls and other shocks. You are, therefore, assured of excellent performance despite the falls during operation. This helps you avoid costly replacements and repairs every time the projector falls or is mishandled.

If you enjoy playing your games in 3D, then is also the projector for you. This projector supports 3D content from 3D sources such as the latest gaming consoles and 3D converter boxes. Just make you have your 3D glasses on for the best viewing and gaming needs. Its auto power off feature shuts the projector off whenever it is not in use and this helps in saving energy.

BEST COLORS :EPSON POWERLITE HOME CINEMA 2040

This is another projector that is ideal for gaming. Its compact and lightweight design makes it easy to carry it around in your travels or as you head to a friend’s place for your gaming sessions. It delivers vibrant images that take your gaming experience a notch higher. With 1080p full HD resolution, the PowerLite Home Cinema 1080p guarantees optimum image enhancement for the best picture quality. It uses the innovative 3LCD technology for projection and this ensures that the images and content on display are bright, sharp and clear.

This projector boasts a high contrast ratio at 35000:1. This ensures that the colors contrast perfectly for the best picture quality. It also eliminates the shadowy moments in the game for a totally immersive gaming experience. You can, therefore, play your high action games whether offline or offline without missing a beat. When you buy this projector for your gaming experience, you get to enjoy amazing brightness levels that take your gaming experience to a whole new level. Its brightness rating of 2200 lumens ensures optimum brightness and picture quality even when the screen display is increased. With this projector, you can achieve up to 300 inches of display for your gaming pleasures. Such a display is not possible with an ordinary flat screen TV and this makes getting the PowerLite Home Cinema 1080p the best way to achieve bigger, better, and brighter pictures when gaming.

The projector has several ports at the back for connection to the various gaming consoles. It has a built-in speaker that delivers amazing sound quality as you play your games. Sounds effects contribute to the overall gaming experience and the built-in speakers ensure just that without being too loud and disruptive.

If you prefer playing your games in 3D, then this is the best projector for you as well. The PowerLite Home Cinema 1080p supports 3D content from the latest gaming consoles and converter boxes. Get this powerful projector today and experience gaming like never before.

ACER H6502

 

This projector is very affordable and ranks at number 1 in our review of The Best Projectors Under 500.

The Acer H6502BD projector takes your favorite games or movies and displays them on the big screen with rich details, bright, natural colors and amazing contrast. Acer’s eColor Boost 3D technology and wall-color compensation allows you to project on just about any surface, including painted walls. ColorSafe II helps prevent color decay, which means longer use of your projector and better quality over the lifetime of your projector. No fear of strange color tints after a couple of months. The Acer projector includes special installation utilities that make setup super simple and also gives you power-management solutions for added energy savings.

 

Price: $495.00 

Projection System:  DLP

Contrast Ratio:  20,000:1

Brightness :  3400 ANSI Lumens (Standard)

Resolution :  Native 1080p 1920 x 1080 / Maximum WUXGA 1920 x 1200

Input / Output Ports :  DMI/MHL Connectivity

Lamp Life:  3500 Hours (Standard), 5000 Hours (ECO), 6500 Hours (ExtremeECO)

Connectivity:  HDMI, MHL

 

 Pros: 

If color and size are king for your gaming or movie viewing experience, the Acer H6502BD might be the projector for you.

  • It is a full HD projector.
  • With an input lag of only 33ms the Acer H6502BD is great for use as a gaming projector.
  • It comes with auto ceiling mount feature which automatically flips the image if the projector is turned upside down.
  • It supports 3D videos.

 

Cons: 

One of the biggest drawbacks for anyone looking for a budget projector is the higher end of the $500 price point. Some users have noted that in some circumstances their projector lamp burned out after just 2,000 – 3,000 hours of use, despite the company’s claims of 3,500 – 6,500 hours. This seems to be the exception and not the rule, but should still be taken into consideration given the price point.  

BenQ W1210ST

Gaming is better and much more thrilling when the screen display is bigger and wider. Flat screen televisions can only deliver a wide screen of view up to a certain point but if you are looking for the biggest display, projectors are your best bet. The projector that you should get for your gaming needs should have a high resolution so as to ensure the best picture quality. It should also have a high brightness rating to ensure proper illumination of the images on display. If these are the properties that you are looking for in your projector, then you should definitely get the BenQ W1210ST projector. With a resolution of 1080p, this projector ensures excellent picture quality and vivid images. Its brightness rating of 2200 lumens ensures optimum brightness for the best visuals. If you play your games in a small room, you will appreciate the short throw capabilities of this powerful projector. By placing it a meter or so before the surface of display, you can achieve over 100 inches of display.

To ensure that gamers experience nothing other than the best pictures even when there is too much ambient lighting, this projector has a Gaming mode that ensures breathtaking picture quality in HD mode. It has a 6X RGBRGB color wheel that guarantees life-like pictures and visuals every time you play your games. The projector has a contrast ratio of 15000:1 and this further enhances the quality of the images on display.

This projector is also very responsive with its low-input lag eliminating delays in display. This allows for seamless transitions even in high action games. There are various ports at the back of the projector for connection to gaming consoles and PCs. The projector has two 10W internal speakers with excellent sound effects as you play your favorite games.

Lamp life is another key factor that you should consider when buying your projector. With this projector, you are assured of at least 7000 hours of use before you replace the lamp.

VIEWSONIC PJD7828HDL

It is one of the best short throw projectors you can buy at this price. It supports full HD 1080p resolution. The images produced are of high quality and the input lag is well within range for it to be considered a very good choice for a gaming projector.
Just like I said earlier for small sized rooms a short-throw projector proves to be the ideal choice. You can get super-sized image projection from only a couple of feet away from the screen.
This projector packs 3200 lumens of brightness for bright images, with clear details and is also suitable for rooms with ambient light.

 

CONCLUSION

When it comes to gaming, the bigger the display the better. Flat screen TVs are limited in this regard and gamers looking for the ultimate gaming experience can definitely opt for projectors as an excellent alternative for their gaming needs. Projectors were guilty of delivering poor picture quality sometime back but the advancement of technology has improved projector picture quality by leaps and bounds. We hope this guide will help you pick the best projector for your video gaming needs.