The Quietest Model: Sony VPLHW40ES 1080p 3D SXRD Home Theater/Gaming Projector
Here you have a very compact and sleek model that surprises with its capabilities. You can place it anywhere between 8ft and 12ft from the screen to get a screen between 51” & 122”. That’s a versatile product! And it doesn’t stop at giving you 720p images; this is designed for 1080p.
The 1700 lumens is more than enough for night time use (but remember the images won’t be as clear and vivid in daytime or lit rooms). And you get all of this without the fan’s noise spoiling your viewing since it’s whisper soft and one of the quietest on the market.
Dimensions: 20” x 23.5” x 11.5”
Why We Like It
Sony designed the quietest projector with the cooling fan at the front. That gives you more options in terms of installation because it can even be positioned against a wall. Since the fan won’t be blocked, the unit won’t overheat.
- Smart design with fan at the front
- The fan is quiet at only 21dB
- Many adjustment options such as Keystone Correction
- 3-year warranty
- Embedded transmitter to sync 3D glasses with projector
- The 5000-hour lamp life isn’t impressive compared to similar products
- Large and heavy, which makes installation more difficult
- Replacement parts such as lamps are expensive
- Gets very hot
Can you use this with an Amazon Fire Stick or an external hard drive?
Yes you can use a Fire Stick, but there are limits to functionality. In that setup the projector won’t generate audio. You can’t connect a hard drive directly. You need a streaming device.
Is there an economy setting?
Yes, there is. You can switch the lamp control between high and low under Cinema Black.
How do you change the light bulb?
Changing a projector’s light bulb is much the same as changing the ones in your home.
Optoma HD25-LV DLP Low Noise Portable Projector
This projector gives you all the connectivity you need such as having not one but two HDMI ports, VGA in and out, Audio in and out as well as USB-B.
The quality of your picture comes from 90-days on a lamp that produces an impressive 3500 lumens. It’s also designed with those important functions you need such as Keystone Correction.
The fan’s noise is barely audible and one of the quietest you’ll find. But note that this unit’s maximum screen size of 101” is quite smaller than the high-end models on the market. Is this really a good way to replace your TV?
Dimensions: 9.2” x 12.7” x 3.8”
Why We Like It
A 3500 lumens rating is quite high, so you can use this portable HD projector for a bedroom or outdoor use, even if it’s not completely dark outside.
- Remote control included
- Good quiet projector: Almost silent with a quiet fan installed
- Impressive 20 000:1 contrast ratio
- 3D compatible and can work with Blu-Ray & gaming consoles
- Has energy saving features
- Compact and light makes it more portable than other models; ideal as a home theater projector
- Center may focus on changing digital settings while edges stay blurred
- A buzzing noise (not loud) can be disturbing to users with sensitive ears
- DLP results in a rainbow effect which strains some users’ eyes
Which 3D glasses can you use with this projector?
Firstly, note that your purchase of some of the best quiet projectors doesn’t always include 3D glasses. You can use either DLP-Link or VESA 3D emitters. The projector is designed to support both. Another option is using RF glasses and attaching emitters to them.
What type of mounting is ideal for this model?
You can either mount it or place it on a horizontal surface when playing your Xbox games or for classroom use, as it has mounting brackets. Mounting is actually the best option since you need to keep it very low if you want an optimal viewing experience with ceilings of a bedroom or home theater lower than 8ft.
RANDEMFY Mini Home Video Projector
It’s still possible to enjoy quality movie viewing without breaking your budget. This silent projector is quite affordable but offers you many handy features.
You get a range of ports such as HDMI, VGA and USB & it’s even compatible with SD cards. It works with both Android and Apple operating systems. Note that the USB can power Amazon’s Fire Stick.
The screen size can be anything between 30” and 100” depending on how far from the screen you place it. The contrast ratio is 2 000: 1, which is acceptable but not exceptional. The state of the art machine makes low noise.
Dimensions: 11.9” x 8” x 4.6”
Why We Like It
All ports are on the side rather than at the back. This means you can position your projector against a wall without affecting its functionality.
- Good 3 year warranty
- Ports for most popular connections and devices
- Generic power cords also work
- Super affordable price tag at under $200
- In a small room the fan may seem louder than in larger setups
- Not ideal for business PowerPoint presentations
Why should this not be used for business presentations?
The lumens rating is too low. Presentations usually take place in a bright office, classroom or conference room. In so much light you need ultra high lumens before anyone will be able to read text on a screen. Also note that the projector can’t convert data (the PPT presentation) from a USB device to an image. You’ll need your PC.
How do you connect this with an iPad?
Note that iPads usually don’t have video outputs. If you want to try this setup you’ll need an HDMI to lightning adapter.