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gaming Projector Buyers Guide


Choosing a Gaming / Theatre Projector.

What sort of projector should i look at for gaming?
What is input lag?
Why isn't there a measurment for response time?

What brightness level do I require?
What are the main factors to determine image quality?
What else should I look out for when buying?
What projectors do you recommend for Gaming & home theatre?



Home theatre Projector advice
Gaming Projector

 

What sort of projector should i look at for Gaming?
For the best results in a video gaming projector you would look at very similar features that you would find in a home theatre projector; accurate colour, good contrast, and quiet operation. On top of that you would want to add in low input lag and depending on your setup more brightness or even a shorter throw distance so you can use it as more of a portable machine.

What is input lag?
Input lag is processing time. The time taken from when your projector receives frame of digital video to when it displays it on screen. This is affected by advanced features like frame interpolation, an auto iris or any other processing. This is why many projectors now come with a fast or gaming preset mode that turns off processing to give you a faster response.

For most peoples use it is not going to make a big difference if they buy a slower or faster projector but when we are looking at fast paced gaming; especially fighting games or first person shooter a delay in the image you view is critical. It is recommended to have an input lag below 66ms otherwise you will be pressing buttons and seeing a visible delay on screen.

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Why isn’t there a measurement for projector response time?
Projectors do not suffer from low response times like TV’s or monitors due to the very small size of the DLP or LCD panels they use. The panel making up the picture measures a mere centimetre or two diagonally and is then magnifed with a lens to make the big picture avoiding motion trails.

What brightness level do I require?
Brightness is a tricky one. You might be forgiven for thinking the more the better but it is more of a balancing act. Super bright projectors like you would find in a conference venue sacrifice colour accuray and contrast to acheive it. Usually it is best to find a projector that is built for home theatre that way colour accuracy is at its core. From there you would consider the room you are using 2000-2500 lumens works great is a dimmed room. But if there is a bit of extra light coming in you can get projectors that have a little more power at 3000-3500 but still offer good colour.

What are the main factors that determine image quality? [top]
For a dedicated home theatre room, there are 2 main specifications to consider before making your purchase. These are:
Native Resolution
Contrast Ratio

A Native 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 can 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 resolutions for home theatre and gaming are

WXGA - 1280x800 or 1280x720 (High Definition 720p)
WUXGA - 1920x1080 (Full High Definition 1080p)
UHD - 3840x2160 (Ultra High Definition 4K)

The recommended resolution for home theatre and gaming applications is WUXGA or UHD (1080p of 4K) though we find 1080P will be faster and more responsive to gamiing as it offers a lower input lag. The 1080P resolution will result in a widescreen high detailed image perfect for Full HD games and Bluray Movies. With a 4K projector you will be ready for the new 4K disks and gaming consoles out now.

Contrast Ratio is another important specification of a home theatre projector. Contrast defines how far the whitest whites are from the blackest blacks. If the peak white value is significantly different than the peak black value the signal is said to have high contrast resulting in well defined & detailed shading. A contrast of 1000:1 means that the blackest black on the image will be 1000 times blacker than the whitest white.

For a dedicated home theatre projector, that will be used in a darkened room, a high contrast ratio greater than or eaqual to 10,000:1 is best. For data projectors and some multi-use projectors a high contrast is not required as ambient light in the room reduces any ill-effect that a low contrast may cause. If you plan to use your projector mainly in a lit or even semi-lit room, the contrast ratio is not of vital significance.

What else should I look out for when buying? [top]
There are some cheaper projectors ($300-$500) being advertised by some retailers as being great for home theatre. These offer low resolutions and generally offer extremely poor image quality. At Just Projectors, we have declined offers from our suppliers to sell these "HD compatible" projectors as we feel they simply do not offer the quality that is required for home movies.

What projectors do you recommend for Gaming and home theatre? [top]


Gaming Projector Recommendations

Optoma HD144X DLP Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$1199
HD144X
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 3400 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 23,000:1
Weight: 2.5kg
Fan Noise: 24db (eco)
Warranty: 3 Years (+1 Year $119)
Lamp Warranty: 12months/1000hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 12,000hrs
FEATURES
- Rec. 709 Colour Calibration
- 2x HDMI Connection
- Powerful 10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
- MHL Compatible

- 12 Volt Trigger
[More Information]
RRP:
$1499
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Optoma HD152X DLP Full HD 3D Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$1499
HD142X
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: WUXGA 1920 x 1080
Brightness: 3200 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 30,000:1
Weight: 2.8kg
Fan Noise: 29db (eco)
Warranty: 3 Years (+1 Year $125)
Lamp Warranty: 12months/1000hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 15,000hrs
FEATURES
- Rec. 709 Colour Calibration
- DARBEE Visual Presence™
- 1.6x Zoom
- 2x HDMI Connection
- Powerful 10W Speaker
- 3D Capable(3D glasses required)
- MHL Compatible

- 12 Volt Trigger
[More Information]
RRP:
$1899
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BenQ TK800M DLP Ultra High Definition 4K Home Entertainment Projector
Your Price:
$1799
W1700
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: UHD 3840 x 2160 16:9
Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 10,000:1
Weight: 4.2kg
Fan Noise: 33 / 29db (eco)
Warranty: 2 Years (+1 Year $135)
Lamp Warranty: 6months/750hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 15,000hrs
FEATURES
- Rec. 709 Colour Calibration
- Flawless All Glass Optics
- 1.1x Zoom
- Vertical Keystone Correction
- 2x HDMI connections
- HDR Compatible
- 12 Volt Trigger
[More Information]
RRP:
$1999
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Optoma UHD50 DLP 4K Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$2399
UHD50
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: UHD 3840 x 2160 16:9
Brightness: 2400 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 500,000:1
Weight: 5.3kg
Fan Noise: 25db (eco)
Warranty: 3 Years (+1 Year $135)
Lamp Warranty: 12months/1000hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 15,000hrs
FEATURES
- HDR10 Compatible
- 1.3x Zoom
- 15% Vertical Lens Shift
- HDMI Connection
- HDMI 2.0 Connection
- 2x 5W Speaker
- 12 Volt Trigger

[More Information]
RRP:
$2799
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$22 Insured Australia Wide.
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Optoma UHD60 DLP 4K Home Theatre Projector
Your Price:
$3670
GT1080
Full HD Widescreen
SPECIFICATIONS
Native Resolution: UHD 3840 x 2160 16:9
Brightness: 3000 ANSI Lumens
Maximum Contrast: 1,000,000:1
Weight: 7.8kg
Fan Noise: 25db (eco)
Warranty: 3 Years (+1 Year $139)
Lamp Warranty: 12months/1000hrs
Lamp Life Up To: 15,000hrs
FEATURES
- Rec. 709 Colour Calibration
- HDR Compatible
- SDR To HDR Conversion
- 1.6x Zoom
- 15% Vertical Lens Shift
- HDMI Connection
- HDMI 2.0 Connection
- 2x 4W Speaker
[More Information]
RRP:
$4299
NEW!!! In Stock Now!
Special
$629 OFF WAS $4299
Must end 30th Sept

Flat Rate Freight!
$22 Insured Australia Wide.
Pick up Available

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