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Steve May  |  Nov 16, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendOptoma's conventional 4K projector might lack the allure of its UST siblings, but a laser engine, flexible setup and punchy performance mean it's still a bright buy, says Steve May

We've seen projectors adopt a variety of form factors of late, from UST models to Samsung's novel portable Freestyle. Optoma's UHZ50 is a more traditional beamer, but it's no less exciting.

John Archer  |  Sep 30, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendOn the evidence of this UST PJ, John Archer feels newcomer Xgimi is ready to take on the AV big boys

Xgimi is the latest in a growing line of relatively new Chinese brands on a mission to shake up the home entertainment market – and if its new Aura ultra-short-throw projector is anything to go by, it'll soon find plenty of fans. Priced £2,399, this beamer feels like serious value for money.

Steve May  |  Sep 15, 2022  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedLG's new UST laser projector is smart, compact and bright. Steve May, who is none of those things, takes a closer look

If you invite the neighbours to watch Turning Red on your new LG 'CineBeam' HU715Q projector, will they leave an envious shade of green? I reckon so. The Korean company's take on the (slowly) evolving 'laser TV' market is delightfully impressive.

John Archer  |  Jul 13, 2022  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe brand's latest affordable 4K HDR beamer is out to show John Archer exactly what the director intended

Projectors, for better or for worse, seem to be getting more and more specialised. There are dedicated education projectors, business projectors, gaming projectors and, of course, home cinema projectors. Happily for us, BenQ very clearly describes its new W1800 model as a home cinema projector – an assertion it backs up in a number of promising ways.

John Archer  |  May 18, 2022  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedHisense's latest attempt to turn a projector into a TV is its most compelling yet, reckons John Archer

If you're reading this magazine, you probably love a bigscreen viewing experience. You might even dream of either being able to afford a monster-sized 100in TV, or having somewhere to install a projector without messing up your day-to-day living space. And thanks to Hisense's latest Laser TV, the 100L9GTUK, you might have to dream no more. The appeal of this product is wickedly simple. It combines an ultra-short-throw laser projector, built-in 40W audio system and high reflectivity, 100in ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen to give you a TV-like experience at home cinema dimensions. It does this for £4,499, just a fraction of what a 100in TV would cost.

John Archer  |  Apr 08, 2022  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedSamsung invents a whole new home entertainment category – and a young at heart John Archer is mostly here for it

Not content with unexpectedly returning to the premium projector fray last year with its The Premiere ultra-short-throw model (see HCC #318), Samsung has now decided, again out of the blue, to redefine our entire notion of what a projector even is. And it's to the Korean company's credit that, having lived with its new, out-of-left-field beamer, I'm quite smitten.

Steve Withers  |  Apr 05, 2022  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeJVC upgrades its native 4K projectors by swapping lamps for lasers. Steve Withers trips the light fantastic

It wasn't a huge surprise when JVC announced its new NZ series of laser-powered projectors last autumn, but what did surprise was the full extent of the upgrade. These new beamers include all the features found on the previous generation, but add HDMI 2.1 inputs capable of handling 8K/60p and 4K/120p, an upgraded iteration of its 8K e-Shift technology (dubbed e-ShiftX), and support for HDR10+.

John Archer  |  Feb 05, 2022  |  0 comments
BenQ's new projector treats gamers pretty well, but John Archer isn't convinced it's for movie lovers too

Video gaming is currently enjoying the sort of explosion in popularity that home cinema did in the 1980s. Sales of the latest Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles are truly mind-boggling (despite ongoing supply issues). It's no surprise, then, to see makers of traditionally AV gear suddenly falling over themselves to cater for the gaming market.

Steve May  |  Nov 11, 2021  |  0 comments
Aided by its Android smarts and in-built battery, this brilliantly styled Pico projector has a play anywhere mentality...
John Archer  |  Oct 05, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendSony's new high-end projector almost manages to persuade John Archer to part with £25,000

Thanks mainly to the 4K HDR experiences unlocked by its new X1 for Projector processing silicon, Sony has already wowed us with two of its current home cinema beamers, the mid-range VPL-VW590ES (see HCC #318) and step-up VPL-VW790ES (HCC #316). Can it complete the hat-trick with the high-end VPL-VW890ES? Or, put another way, is this £25,000 laser-powered behemoth really £12,000 'better' than the VW790ES?

John Archer  |  Jul 08, 2021  |  0 comments
Combining smart features, 4K HDR playback and a 100in screen, this 'Laser TV' appeals to John Archer

Once upon a time there were televisions and there were projectors, and never the twain shall meet. Here, though, in the shape of the 100L5FTUK-A12, we have increasingly innovative brand Hisense bringing these two disparate AV technologies together with a solution designed to give you the best of both worlds. Yes, the 'Laser TV' moniker is a bit odd, but I'm prepared to cut Hisense some slack.

Steve May  |  May 14, 2021  |  0 comments
hcchighreccomendThe beamer brand pulls out all the stops with its UST 4K model. Time for some WALL-E, suggests Steve May

It could soon be time to trade up from your trusty flatscreen to an ultra-short-throw projector, if this flagship BenQ model is anything to go by. While conventional beamers require room to project, UST models are far more versatile, and with the V6050, BenQ has produced a premium cinema solution able to turn practically any space into a jaw-dropping 4K theatre.

Steve Withers  |  Feb 16, 2021  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeSamsung joins the UST PJ party with its feature-packed LSP9T. Steve Withers bathes in the glow of its triple-laser light source

Samsung probably isn't the first name that springs to mind when thinking about projectors, but based on the company's new LSP9T 4K HDR beamer that might be about to change. Christened 'The Premiere', the brand backs the hyperbole with a seriously impressive set of specs that includes a three-colour laser light source, ultra-short-throw (UST) optics, beefy sound system, built-in tuners, and full Tizen smart platform.

Richard Stevenson  |  Jan 07, 2021  |  0 comments
Richard Stevenson explains why an initial plan to upgrade his 1080p projector to a mega-size 4K TV has instead resulted in a larger projector screen...
John Archer  |  Jan 06, 2021  |  0 comments
hccrefstatusbadgeThis high-end laser projector does things with HDR that John Archer can barely believe

No consumer-focused home cinema projector manufacturer has more experience with both native 4K resolution and laser lighting than Sony. I've known this for a while, but I still wasn't prepared for the performance prowess of its £12,000 VPL-VW790ES. This is a premium beamer that's capable of leaving your jaw on the floor.

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