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The technologies behind projectors are evolving with an incredible pace. Factors like space is no more a problem, if you are thinking your home theater is too small for a projector, you can now get larger-than-life movies, games and sports in your theater rooms with the best short throw projectors.
Short throw and the ultra-short throw projectors allow you create large pictures in tight spaces, without worrying about shadows obstructing the image or light shining in the presenter’s/user’s face. 
These projectors have very short throw ratios, the distance from projector to screen compared to the screen size is also shorter.

What to look out for before choosing a short throw projector to buy;

Before finally choosing the short throw projector you wish to buy, you may want to pay some attention to a few mechanical factors, let’s dive into some:

1. Throw Ratio:

This is one important factor to consider. It is simply defined as the ratio of the width of the projected image to the distance of the projector to the projected screen. Did you get that? 

In other words it is width of projected image: distance of projector to screen. 

The bigger the value of the throw ratio, the better. It’s crucial especially because of the space factor. 

When the term ‘small throw ratio’ is used, it simply means you will get a wider projected image from a projector that is closer to the screen. And small throw ratio range for quality projectors to look out for is 0.38 to 0.60.

2. Lumens:   

This basically refers to the brightness of the projected image. It is something to consider if you are planning to use the projector in a brightly-lit room. Therefore go for a higher lumen value, like 2000 to 3000 if you wish to use it in a brightly-lit environment/area/room.
For a projector you wish to use in a dark home theater room: A 1500-3600 lumens is great and would not be too harsh on the eyes over a period of time.
N/B- Some short throw projectors may not have adjustable lenses, have this in mind while searching for a short throw projector to purchase.

3. Sound Quality:

Not all short throw projectors have audio capability and this is an important factor to consider, especially if you plan to use your projector for movies or on the other end- Presentations. These are the both sides, the latter may not require the use of high sound quality projectors.

Although you could also consider a separate sound system like powered speakers.

4. Technology

There are 4 technologies that are used in modern projectors. The technologies include the DLP (Digital Light Processing), LCD (Liquid crystal Display), LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) and laser raster.

The Standard LCOS and LCD are generally taken as the best because it projects the colors of the images at once, hence avoiding the annoying “rainbow effect”; which is seen in images projected by cheap DLP and LCOS projectors.

And other factors like Bluetooth, connectivity (VGA, HDMI etc.), Resolution and other specs needed should be checked.

5. The Contrast Ratio

The contrast ratio is a property of a display system, defined as the ratio of the luminance of the brightest color (i.e. white) to that of the darkest color (i.e. black) that the projector is capable of producing. A high contrast ratio is a desired aspect of any display. The higher the ratio the higher the contrast. 

Best Short Throw Projectors 2019

So since that’s all stated, let’s check out the 15 best short throw projectors of 2019: 

1. ViewSonic PA503S:

ViewSonic-PA503S

The ViewSonic PA503S is currently the best short throw projector this year because of the many factors it packs in like portability, ease of use, resolution, and quality. It also very easy to use its 5 Preset Mode; Movie mode for darker surroundings, the standard mode for increase in color quality, the presentation mode for a high contrast ration and the photo mode as the default mode.

The projector projects an image of about 120 inches when it’s kept 8 inch away from the screen or wall.

This projector also with a surprisingly high lumens of 3600, allowing user to use this beast in places that can’t be easily darkened. Making this projector our favorite pick.

Features:-

-Resolution: 800 x 600
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 3,600 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 22,000:1
-Dimensions: 4.3 x 11.6 x 8.6 Inches
-Weight: 7.14 lbs.
-Wi-Fi Connectivity: Yes

2. LG HF85JA:

LG HF85JA

This is an ultra-short throw projector, which means you can project from a shorter distance. For example you can project a 100 inch image when the projector sits 17 inch way from the wall or screen.

The LG HF85JA has a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Also it cannot handle brightness that projectors like ViewSonic can cause of its 1500 lumens.

This projector also comes with a Bluetooth Sound option, and an impressive wireless connectivity screen share that gives users the opportunity to share media on the screen directly through either their smartphones or tablet.

Features:-

-Resolution: 1920 x 1080
-Engine type: Laser
-Brightness: 1,500 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 150,000:1
-Dimensions: 13.9 x 4.7 x 7.5 Inches
-Weight: 6.6 lbs.
-Wi-Fi Connectivity: Yes

3. Epson VS250:

Epson VS250

The Epson VS250 has both 3200 lumens of color and 3200 lumens of white brightness, for the best color quality.

This projector has 800 x 600 resolution, making it good for any room. They project a huge 350 inch image when placed 34 feet from the wall or screen.

Features:-

-Resolution: 800 x 600
-Engine type: 3LCD
-Brightness: 3,200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 15,000:1
-Dimensions: 11.9 x 3.2 x 9.2 Inches
-Weight: 5.3 lbs.

4. BenQ HT2050A:

BenQ HT2050A

If you are looking for the best short thro projector with color quality, the BenQ HT2050A might just be the best pick for you. It has a CinematicColor design with 6 times speed RGBRGB color wheel and Rec.709 for the accurate and detailed colors.

This projector isn’t the best for bright room’s cause of its 2200 lumens, but it still packs in enough power for people looking to buy a projector for a small home theater.

The BenQ HT2050A has a native resolution of 1080p which is 1920 x 1080. And this projector can project a screen size 79 inch when placed 6.5 feet away from the wall or screen.

One huge upside of this projector is the low input lag that will help gamers to prevent game buffering.

Features:-

-Resolution: 1920 x 1080
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 2,200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 15,000:1
-Dimensions: 15 x 11 x 5 Inches
-Weight: 8 lbs.
-Wi-Fi Connectivity: Yes

5. Optoma GT1080 Darbee:

Optoma GT1080 Darbee

This Projector has a 3D Compatibility that can work amazingly in variety of environments. With its Next Gen DarbeeVision processor, the projector provides crystal clear graphics card for HD viewing and also gaming. And Plus the enhanced gaming mode, gamers can enjoy no lags.

The Optoma Projector offers a full 3D support if you are interested in 3D Blu-ray or even 3D gaming.

This projector gives amazing deep black with its contrast ratio of 28,000: 1. They also have amazing color quality with its sRGB Profile. It has a 3000 lumen that creates clear image in bright room, which is great.

The Optoma GT1080 Darbee has a native resolution of 1080p which is 1920 x 1080 just like the previous projector on this list. From 4 feet away this projector can create an image size of 100 inch

Features:-

-Resolution: 1920 x 1080
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 3,000 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 28,000:1
-Dimensions: 8.8 x 12.37 x 4 Inches
-Weight: 5.5 lbs.
-Wi-Fi Connectivity: Yes

6. LG PF1000U Ultra Short Throw Projector:             

Best short throw projector: LG-PF1000U

The LG PF1000U is currently the best of short throw projectors this year because of so many factors which are: portability, compatibility, resolution and quality. This projector is a great pick for use in small rooms and tighter spaces because of the throw ratio, due to this attribute, it is able to display sharper/clearer images. 
Its ability to display better images (i.e. pictures, videos etc.) makes it good for home entertainment.
This projector projects a 100” screen at a distance of approximately 15 inches. It’s also Bluetooth enabled and its pre-loaded with Smart TV content like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon.

Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: LCD
-Brightness: 1,000 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 150,000:1
-Dimensions: 5.2 x 12.2 x 4.5 in
-Weight: 4.9 lbs.
-Wi-Fi Connectivity: Yes

7. ViewSonic 1080P Short Throw Projector:    

best short throw projector dintalks: view sonic projector

This is the top projector to consider if you plan to use a short throw projector in a bright room or space. Usually for use in presentations. Its brightness is up to 3200 lumens! It also supports HDMI and HML connectivity.

Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 3200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 22000:1
-Dimensions: 12.44 x 8.98 x 4.08 in
-Weight: 5.29 lbs.

8. Optoma GT1080 Short Throw Projector:

Optoma GT1080 Short Throw Projector

The Optoma GT1080 short throw projector is great for gaming, it has wonderful graphics and 3D specs. It’s one projector engineered specifically for gaming.
With 2800 Lumens, it creates clearer pictures in a dark and semi-dark room.

Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 2200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 25000:1
-Dimension: 12.4 x 8.8 x 4 in
-Weight: 7.27 lbs.
-Wi-Fi Connectivity: Yes

9. Optoma EH320UST Ultra Short Throw Projector:

Optoma EH320UST Ultra Short Throw Projector

The Optoma EH320UST short throw projector is one of the best short throw projectors due to its sharp, crystal display with lumen rating of 4000 lumens. Which means that it would still display sharply in a room that’s very bright. It also supports dual HDMI.

 Features:-

-Resolution: Not set
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 4000 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 20000:1
-Dimensions: 15.08 x 19.04 x 8.08 in
-Weight: 14.76 lbs.

10. BenQ HT2150ST 1080p Home Theater Projector:

BenQ HT2150ST 1080p Home Theater Projector

The BenQ HT2150ST projector is equipped with 2 speakers of 10W and displays images up to 300”. It also comes with a custom BenQ software that allows you to customize the display of colors. It is able to display images of 100” from a distance of 1.5 meters. For the special gaming feature, it’s equipped with low input lag for a great gaming experience. Supports HDMI.

 Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 2200 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 15000:1
-Dimensions: 14.98 x 4.79 x 10.91 in
-Weight: 7.93 lbs.

11. Optoma GT750ST Short Throw Projector:

Best short throw projector | Optoma GT750ST

The Optoma GT750ST is a micro projector built with the ability to display large images with precision. It is also designed for gaming, hence its sharp contrast. In fact its full name on amazon is Optoma GT750ST short throw gaming Projector. It is able to project a 50 inch diagonal image from a distance of 32 inches.  

 Features:-

-Resolution: 720p HD
-Engine type: LCD (20,000 hrs.)
-Brightness: 700 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 20000:1
-Dimensions: 4.1 x 4.4 x 1.6 inches
-Weight: 1 pounds

12. ASUS S1 Short Throw Projector:

Best Short Throw Projector | ASUS S1 Projector

This is a very exciting projector for anyone that loves streaming, watching movies, and travelling. Although a very tiny projector, it is packed with action. This projector is able to also recharge your device over USB, with its own rechargeable battery. It is extremely easy to connect with your phone or projecting device. It’s also very portable, light weight and sturdy. Supports HDMI, MHL.

Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness:  200 lumens
-Dimension: 4.3 x 4 x 1.2 inches
-Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
-Weight: 0.75 lbs.

13. BenQ DLP W1070 3D Home Theater Projector:

BenQ DLP W1070 3D Home Theater Projector

Not only that this projector is equipped with fantastic features, it is also one of the many affordable projectors in sale. The projector projects up to 200 inches.

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Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: DLP
-Brightness: 2000 lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 10000:1
-Dimensions: 12.28 x 9.6 x 4.09 in
-Weight: 6.06 lbs.

14. iRulu BL20 Projector:

iRulu Projector | Best short throw projector

The iRulu BL20 is a really cheap projector, with price currently ranging from $130 to $140. The LED light comes with a life time of about 19000 hours. It also comes with a remote and is able to project images of 200 inches (diagonal) from 6m. It is a projector of good quality, it’s quite rear to get an offer like this in the open market. 

Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p
-Engine type: LCD panel
-Brightness: Not Set
-Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
-Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.7 x 3.9 inches
-Weight: 7.0 Pounds

15. Epson Power lite Wireless LCD Projector:

The Epson Power lite wireless LCD Projector comes with an anti-glare technology, making presentations on boards sharper. It is the last on our list but certainly not the least. The price ranges from about $1,100 to $1,500.

Features:-

-Resolution: 1080p HD
-Engine type: LCD
-Brightness: 4000 Lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 10000:1
-Dimensions: 8.2 x 20.8 x 14.2 in
-Weight: 14.5lbs

CONCLUSION

Short throw projectors have great advantages like usability in smaller areas, sharper images, portability etc.

But like I also stated, there is a disadvantage with it also unlike normal projectors, some short throw projector lenses cannot be adjusted, therefore you must have this in mind to pick a better option.
Use the specifications I listed plus the list above to pick the best short throw projector for any purpose you plan: educational, recreational or business purposes, I bet you will get the best!

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