Projectors that turn your home into a cinema

Turn the lights down and the sound up.

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Your TV doesn't need to be a focal point in the room.Chirayu Trivedi via Unsplash

What if the whole world was your theater? If you’ve snoozed through a Powerpoint presentation at the office and gawked at a B-movie classic at a garden party, it already is. With sufficient darkness and a good projector, anyone can harness the power of light to cast images onto a surface, in any location. Here are four top-notch choices.

Acer H5382BD 720P 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

Acer H5382BD 720P 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

Watch tear-jerkers without having to hold in your sobs.Amazon

If you’re looking for a reliable and mid-priced projector as part of a home entertainment system, consider installing this model on your living room ceiling. With an image brightness of 3300 lumens and 720 pixel native resolution, you’ll experience excellent picture quality at a 16:9 aspect ratio, which supports widescreen movies. With two HDMI ports and one MHL/HDMI port, you can connect multiple devices from smartphones to laptops as your picture source, and customize your audio with a soundbar.

Artlii Portable DLP Mini Projector

Artlii Portable DLP Mini Projector

Get creative.Amazon

It’s midnight at the campsite, and the fire is down to a few embers. With a few clothespins, a sheet, and this mini projector you can launch an impromptu outdoor cinema. At just two pounds and not much larger than a deck of cards, this projector has a 480 pixel native resolution and can create an image up to 120 inches. It works wirelessly to project the screen of your smart device using Miracast, AirPlay, or DLNA technology. This is not a home theater solution, but it’s an awesome tool for art installations, road trips, and portable presentations. The rechargeable battery allows for 2-3 hours of use on a full charge, and you can purchase a power bank to extend viewing time.

ViewSonic PS501X 3400 Lumens XGA HDMI Short Throw Projector

ViewSonic PS501X 3400 Lumens XGA HDMI Short Throw Projector

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Short throw projectors work at a much smaller distance between the projector and your screen. This makes them great for projecting a large image onto a wall in a tiny room, or in spaces where putting the projector on the floor or at the front of the room is the only way to keep people and shadow puppets out of the light. Entrepreneurs and salespeople will find the XGA native resolution is good for projecting computer screens, and you can achieve an image size up to 120 inches with a brightness of 3400 lumens from a distance of a little less than five feet.

BenQ TK800M 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

BenQ TK800M 4K UHD Home Theater Projector

Everyone will want to watch the game at your house.Amazon

Watch Megan Rapinoe dominate at the World Cup and start picking your brackets for the next Superbowl in 4K ultra high definition with this high-end projector designed especially for sports fans (but also great for movies and games). That’s more than 8 million pixels of bright detail and excellent contrast to illuminate every triumph—and examine every questionable call on the replay. Vertical keystone correction automatically squares your image, and the 1.1X Zoom feature gives you more options for projector placement, from your den to the backyard.