Laser Projectors Buyers Guide

Choosing a Laser Projector

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What is a Laser Projector?

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Laser projectors are an exciting new breed of projector that utilise a Laser to create the light rather than a traditional Lamp. Just like with a normal lamp projector they come in both DLP and LCD variants. The laser light tends to be brighter so is primarily used in large venue business projectors however there are also some new home entertainment projectors that use a laser light too.

As with the diagram below they still use a DLP chip or LCD panels. They still shine out through a lens. The major change is the traditional lamp has been replaced by a laser module. LED based projectors perform a similar role but are limited to the amount of brightness they can produce so are mostly used in smaller portable projectors. Laser projectors’ brightness is still measured in ANSI lumens at the screen so you can compare apples with apples. There is a common myth that a laser projector always equals brighter, but this is not the case. A projector with a higher lumen rating will be brighter than a projector with a lower lumen rating.

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What are the benefits of a laser projector?

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The resounding benefit of a laser projector is the life of the light source. Though lamps have made improvements boasting a 10,000 and even 15,000 hour lamp life, the numbers are only achievable on the darkest economic mode where you lose a lot of projector brightness. In many cases the actual lamp life, if you are using the projector on normal mode, is only up to 5,000 hours. Most Laser projectors offer a 20,000 hour life with some coming out with economic mode settings to extend this to 30,000 hours and beyond. This saves you money on lamps, downtime and, in tricky installations, hiring scaffolds or scissor lifts. Laser projectors tend to use less electricity than a lamp projector plus most are also Mercury free so much better for the environment.

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Are there any down sides of laser projectors?

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Downsides of laser projection are very few. They still use most of the same 'tried and tested' components fitted to projectors over the decades with a laser light module replacing the typical lamp. Laser projectors can be larger than a typical lamp model so are mainly recommended for installations rather than for portable use. As laser projectors tend to be quite bright the bulk of them are primarily designed for business use, at time of writing laser projectors for home are very rare. A laser projector will cost more up front than most lamp models.

Are Laser Projectors Safe?

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The term 'Laser' often makes people think of laser pointers and we all know you should never point them at someone's eyes. The Laser used in a Laser projector is perfectly safe though as the laser light passes through a diffuser wheel and complies with the Class 2 safety standard. There is no risk of eye damage unless the user were to intentionally stare directly into the projectors lens for an extended period (which would be bad for you even with a lamp projector). According to Christie, "high-powered laser projectors are no more dangerous than other lamp-based, high-brightness projection systems." Some projector models also come with the added safety feature that turns off the light if it is detected that someone is near the front of the lens.

What laser projectors do you recommend?

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The team at Just Projectors are constantly testing new releases to determine the best projectors available for the money. Below we list a range of Laser projectors we recommend you consider. As always if you have any queries feel free to get in contact with us.

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Laser Projector Recommendations

MEDIUM-LARGE VENUE LASER PROJECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Optoma ZH350 DLP Full HD Laser Projector
optoma ZH350
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 3600 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • Dust Resistant
Optoma AZH430 DLP High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
optoma AZH430
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 4500 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • Dust Resistant
Viewsonic LS740HD DLP High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
Viewsonic LS740HD
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 5000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • Dust Resistant
Epson EB-L260F Large Venue Full HD Laser Projector
epson EB-L260F
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 4600 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • Miracast Wireless
NEC PE506ULG High Brightness Full HD Laser Projector
NEC PE506ULG
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 5200 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • 360° Installation
  • Long 5yr Warranty
Epson EB-L630U High Brightness Large Venue Laser Projector
epson EB-l630u
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 6200 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
  • Miracast Wireless
BenQ LK952 DLP High Brightness 4K UHD Laser Projector
benq lk952
  • UHD 4K
  • 5000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • Lens Shift
  • 3x HDMI Connections
Epson EB-L730U High Brightness Large Venue Laser Projector
epson EB-l730u
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 7000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.6x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
  • Miracast Wireless
Panasonic PT-MZ880W Laser Large Venue Full HD Projector
panasonic ptmz880w
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 8000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1.7x Big Zoom
  • HDBaseT Connection
  • Long 5yr Warranty
  • Powered Zoom/Focus
  • Optional Lenses

SHORT-THROW LASER PROJECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Optoma CinemaX D2 DLP 4K Ultra Short throw Home Theatre Laser Projector
optoma d2
  • UHD 4K
  • LASER Light Source
  • 1,800,000:1 Contrast
  • Ultra Short Throw
  • 120% REC709 Colour
  • Bonus Firestick 4K
Epson EH-LS800B 4K Ultra Short throw Home Theatre Laser Projector
Epson EH-LS800B
  • UHD 4K
  • 4000 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • 2,500,000:1 Contrast
  • Ultra Short Throw
  • Android TV Inbuilt
BenQ LU960UST High Brightness Laser Ultra Short Throw Projector
benq lu960ust
  • WUXGA FULL HD
  • 5200 ANSI Lumens
  • LASER Light Source
  • Ultra Short Throw
  • HDBaseT Connection

HOME THEATRE LASER & LED PROJECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS

Viewsonic LX700-4K 4K Ultra HD Laser Theatre & Gaming Projector
Viewsonic LX700-4K
  • UHD 4K
  • 3500 ANSI Lumens
  • 3,000,000:1 Contrast
  • Fast Gaming Mode
  • LASER Light Source
  • 5 Year Warranty
BenQ X3000i 4K UHD LED Home Theatre & Gaming Projector
benq x3000i
  • UHD 4K
  • 3000 ANSI Lumens
  • 500,000:1 Contrast
  • 100% DCI-P3 Colour
  • Fast Gaming Mode
  • LED Light Source
  • Android 10 Inbuilt
Optoma UHZ45 DLP 4K Ultra HD Laser Home Theatre Projector
optoma uhz45
  • UHD 4K
  • 3800 ANSI Lumens
  • 2,000,000:1 Contrast
  • 97% DCI-P3 Colour
  • Fast Gaming Mode
  • LASER Light Source
  • Bonus Firestick 4K
BenQ X3100i 4K UHD LED Home Theatre & Gaming Projector
benq x3100i
  • UHD 4K
  • 3300 ANSI Lumens
  • 600,000:1 Contrast
  • 100% DCI-P3 Colour
  • Fast Gaming Mode
  • LED Light Source
  • Android 11 Inbuilt
BenQ W4000i 4K UHD LED Home Cinema Projector
benq w4000i
  • UHD 4K
  • 3200 ANSI Lumens
  • 2,000,000:1 Contrast
  • 100% DCI-P3 Colour
  • Fast Gaming Mode
  • LED Light Source
  • Android 11 Inbuilt