LED Projectors Buyers Guide

Choosing the right LED projector for you.

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Benefits of an LED Projector

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Long Life - LED projectors offer a longer lifespan than the lamp based counterparts. While an average lamp life is up to 3,000-10,000 hours, LED projectors feature a light source life up to 30,000 hours. The catch? Once the LED has failed you generally cannot replace it like with a lamp, however, the led light life span is normally longer than the average life of a projector anyway.

Portability - LED Projectors tend to be much smaller and more portable than their lamp based counterparts though generally significantly less bright.

Media Players - Many LED based projectors can operate without a PC or other player connected and can read many file types from a memory stick. Perfect for 'on the road' presentations to small groups.

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What brightness level do I require?

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Brightness with all the major projector brands is universally measured in ANSI Lumens. Traditionally the brightness level for LED projectors ranges from 50 to 2000 ANSI Lumens. While some of the Laser & LED Hybrid projectors are a much more powerful at up to 4000 lumens.

Your viewing environment and audience size will be a major factor in determining how bright your projector must be. Below is a basic recommendation of required brightness level:
Personal presentations to 2-4 people = 250 Lumens
Small Group of 6-12 People = 500-750 Lumens
Class/Meeting Room up to 20 people = 1000 Lumens
Room lighting conditions will also play a factor. In a standard sized meeting room (ie approx 20 people with lights on), a brightness level of 2500 Lumens or more is recommended. A lower brightness can still be used, however the ambient light in the room may have to be lowered to ensure a clear image. For large rooms you will be best to consider a lamp or laser based projector rather than LED.

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What Resolution is right for me?

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A resolution is essentially a measurement for the number of pixels being projected. Usually this is represented in a number of pixels width to height e.g. 1920 pixels width and 1080 pixels high. Projectors may accept signals higher and lower of the native resolution but will have to convert or compress the signal to display in the native resolution.

The most common measurements in led projectors are

  • SVGA - 800x600 - For basic PowerPoint presentations with large font sizes. Is slowly being phased out.
  • XGA - 1024x768 - Great for basic Powerpoint and video presentations. Also being phased out.
  • FWVGA - 854 x 480 (SD)- Being widescreen this is great for SD Video's, It is common in the entry level led projectors.
  • WXGA - 1280x800 (HD) - Enough detail to handle smaller text or HD video e.g. Excel Spread Sheets
  • WUXGA - 1920 x 1080 or 1920 x 1200 (FULL HD) - Great detail, perfect for all presentations and high quality video's

The WXGA or FULL HD resolutions are always to the recommended resolutions within the LED category. Many very small LED projectors tend to use a low resolution so always check the advertised 'native resolution' before purchasing.

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Are the pocket projectors any good?

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With advancing technology, LED projectors are now smaller and more portable than ever before. Many new projectors weigh in at only 300grams and are palm sized. The small the projector is, however, normally means less power... the slightly larger and heavier units usually will give a brighter image. Always compare both the native resolution and the brightness when selecting your projector. Also keep in mind some brands do not use ANSI Lumens, they may use 'LED Lumens' or simply 'Lumens', which can make it difficult to compare 'Apples with Apples'. As with most things you get what you pay for so keep that in mind if you see a really cheap projector being advertised on the Socials or an online Marketplace.

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What does the PC Free and Wireless features mean?

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PC Free and Wireless functions are 2 relatively new technologies to be found on LED projectors. PC Free allows the unit to project a presentation, image or some video files without the need to connect a computer or any other AV device. Compatible files can be loaded onto a USB flash drive, or SD Card, which is then connected directly to the projector. The projectors can only read some file types so if you need to project a particular file type always check the projector specifications prior to purchase or ask one of our staff. PC Free is a great option for professionals that have many meetings or presentations a day and do not wish to carry around both a projector and a notebook computer.

Wireless connectivity allows the projector to connect to a computer without the need for cabling. A wireless connection can be a little slower than a cable so whilst it's great for pictures and powerpoints, video may not appear very smooth.

Is there anything else to look for?

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Before you begin your search for a projector, it is important to know exactly what you wish to use your projector for. Are you planning on using it solely for presentations? Or will you be taking it home in the evenings for some home movies? This can become a factor especially as some projectors will offer better inbuilt speakers or media players if you intend for it to be a home entertainment unit as well. Sometimes going for that slightly more expensive unit will give you far more usability and allow you to enjoy your projector more often.

Unfortunately the projector industry has been flooded with cheap no-name projectors, mainly sold through online marketplaces and social media. Many of these items do not meet Australian electrical safety standards and tend to significantly overstate the specifications of the unit. Always purchase your projector from a reputable store and purchase a well known brand. Remember reviews and positive comments on social media can be faked so do your research.
LED stands for 'Light Emitting Diode' but there are some no name brands popping up selling very low quality lamp projectors labelled as LED that they define as 'Light Emitting Device'. So how do you identify these? If it looks to good to be true it probably is. Stick with real brands that have parts, service centres, and above all, Australian warranties. It is simply not worth the risk.

What LED 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 LED based projectors we recommend you consider. As always if you have any queries feel free to get in contact with us.

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LED Projector Recommendations

BenQ TH690ST Full HD Short Throw LED Gaming Projector
BenQ TH690ST
  • 1080p Full HD
  • 2300 ANSI Lumens
  • LED Light Source
  • Short Throw
  • 98% Rec. 709 Colour
  • Fast Gaming Modes
Viewsonic X1 1080P LED Home Theatre & Gaming Projector
Viewsonic X1
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 3100 Lumens
  • 3,000,000:1 Contrast
  • 125% REC.709 Colour
  • LED Light Source
  • Fast Gaming Mode
Viewsonic X2 1080P Short Throw LED Home Theatre & Gaming Projector
Viewsonic X2
  • 1080p FULL HD
  • 3100 Lumens
  • 3,000,000:1 Contrast
  • 125% REC.709 Colour
  • LED Light Source
  • Fast Gaming Mode
Viewsonic X2-4K 4K UHD Short Throw LED Home Theatre & Gaming Projector
Viewsonic X2-4K
  • UHD 4K
  • 2900 Lumens
  • 3,000,000:1 Contrast
  • 125% REC.709 Colour
  • LED Light Source
  • Fast Gaming Mode
Optoma L1+ DLP 4K Ultra Short throw Smart Home Theatre LED Projector
optoma L1+
  • UHD 4K
  • LED Light Source
  • 1,800,000:1 Contrast
  • Ultra Short Throw
  • 121% REC709 Colour
  • Hako Smart TV
BenQ X500i 4K UHD LED Home Theatre & Gaming Projector
benq x500i
  • UHD 4K
  • 2200 ANSI Lumens
  • 600,000:1 Contrast
  • Fast Gaming Mode
  • LED Light Source
  • Android 11 Inbuilt
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
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

CAMPING AND MINI PROJECTOR RECOMMENDATIONS

XGIMI Mogo 2 Pro Full HD Portable LED Entertainment Projector
xgimi mogo 2 pro
  • 1080P Full HD Resolution
  • 400 ISO Lumens
  • 1.1kg Weight
  • Android 11.0 Inbuilt
  • Wireless Streaming
  • Bluetooth Audio 5.0
  • 2x 8W Speakers
XGIMI Halo+ Full HD Portable LED Entertainment Projector
xgimi Halo+
  • 1080P Full HD Resolution
  • 700 ISO Lumens
  • 1.6kg Weight
  • Inbuilt Battery (Up to 2hr)
  • Android 10.0 Inbuilt
  • Wireless Streaming
  • Bluetooth Audio 5.0
  • 2x 5W Speakers

Also have a look at our Laser Projectors Guide for more recommendations