In this article I will give my experience with a portable projector, as I purchased this to play video games on and off. Since I mainly play video games on my Nintendo Switch I play a lot in handheld mode and barely in docked mode. Most persons want a game projector to use at home instead of a TV or mainly as a portable screen. Both portable and ultra portable projectors can be readily taken to different locations to share games these games or even movies.
Some projectors can also be used outdoors or in other locations where a television is not readily available, but this depends on the quality. In a reasonable price range there are certain specs I would go for. Remember you can always go for the higher end higher quality projector, since I did not plan on using this to often I often for a projector which was under $100, however there are plenty of really good projectors above this price range.
The specs I am quoting below actually similarly represent a projector I purchased which was under $100. A lot of the time these can be a hit or miss, and if you do not want to take the risk you can purchase a higher quality more expensive one.
- Lumens: 1200
- Pixels: 1080P
- Type: LED
- Connectivity: PC, Laptop, PS3/PS4, X box, Nintendo Switch, iPhone, Android Smartphone via HDMI
- Throw screen range:30-160 inches (best size 50 -120 inches)
- Display type: 5.8″ Single LCD Panel Display Technology
- Lamp Life: 50,000 hours
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 and 4:3
- Projection Method:Front. Rear. Ceiling Mount
- Extras: built in speaker and headphone jack
Now with that in mind remember when playing video games you want to be able to see everything on screen, text, details etc. Most gamers basically very good resolution, brightness and contrast ratio and this is highly important. Integrated stereo audio capabilities give gamers the versatility to take their gaming wherever they go while maintaining gaming excitement, therefore is you do not want to spend extra on portable speakers then and built in one may suit you, however for great sound quality I totally understand the need for additional speaks. 3D capabilities will create a future proof way to take advantage of new and emerging 3D gaming titles.
This is the projector I own:
Now Let’s discuss a few tips!
Ensure it is full HD
This is important as some listings say that a projector is 1080P however this does not mean that it is native 1080P, this could mean that is 720P and can go up to 1080P but for that to happen settings have to be changed and this usually puts a strain on a projector.
So rule of thumb based on the pixel quality you prefer ensure that the projector native pixel matches. With system now being able to run at 4k or 1080P then a projector with a native resolution of 1080P is highly recommended.
Why are Lumens important
Lumens basically measure how much light you are getting from a bulb. The more Lumens means it’s a brighter light; fewer Lumens means it’s a dimmer light. Lumens let you buy the amount of light you want so If you want something dimmer, go for fewer Lumens; if you prefer brighter light, look for more Lumens. In the case of gaming striking a balance is key and if you would love to see details dimmer may not be the best option.
If playing in a dark room then 1000 to 1200 Lumens should be sufficient. However, if you plan to project a huge image you may need more Lumens. Remember that when choosing your projector consider your application whether you will be playing with firends or by yourself, the size of your room, the screen size you prefer and the amount of light in the room.
Another thing to remember is there is no one best level for brightness, and brighter isn’t always better. As metioned in a dark room 1,000 to 1,200 Lumens can easily give you a large, bright image, while a 2,000-lumen projector may be so bright that it’s hard on the eyes.
Why choose LED?
Choosing LED maybe best if you are mainly focused on portability as LED reducing power consumption, noise and heat. Most times LED lamps do not burn out before the number of hours they are touted to last. For example is a LED lamp will last 20,000 hours assuming you use this 5 hours per day then this will last a little over 10 years, more often than not this will be true. Standard lamps over that period would have to be replaced and would be very costly
However, if this will be used at home exclusively, standard lamps can currently give a higher output in terms of brightness, but remains not as environmentally friendly and is less cost effective.
Look for a Projector with a Built in Speaker
This may not be so important to many people but keep in mind if you use your projector portable, then the less moving parts required the better, but if that is not an issue for you than buying a speaker is fine. Projectors with built in speakers also come with an earphone jack or auxiliary port to connect external speakers, so this basically doubles up as a back up speaker in any case.
Although imagery and video are very important, sound is also a key part of the immersive experience and enables us to get the best out of our video games. Although we would be using these projectors for video games, the game be used for movies as well
My projector has done me well and match most of the specs above and comes with a built in speaker, which plays very clear and get be set to very loud. I have not had any need to play in at max volume. In terms of video output, I usually play this on a wall and the image plays clear even though the wall has very reflective white paint. For the best experience a sheet or dull white background would do. The game projector is small enough and easy to store and is not to loud. So far I have no complaints and I have owned it for months.
Recommended high end quality gaming projector, overall user rating are around 9/10
Notes: Very high quality checks all the boxes
Recommended reasonably priced projector, overall user rating are around 9.5/10
Notes: Checks all boxes except native 1080P, however quality is very high at price range
Recommended under $100 projector, overall user rating are around 8/10
Notes: Checks all boxes, however quality is very high at price range
Hope this article helps, look forward to everyone’s feedback