Amazing Outdoor Projectors for Home Cinema, Games and AV

Here’s our recommendations of the best multi-use outdoor projectors currently hotting up the market.
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Our #1 Rated

The vibrancy of the RGB colors and fullness of the blacks blew us away in this projector, and the ability to adjust the lens remotely was probably the biggest perk for us.

Apart from batteries and a remote, this projector contains everything needed to produce exceptional bright images in true 1080p.

There are tons of adjustments you can make to this projector, so it will be a great fit on large walls regardless of the ceiling shape.

This projector produces a true home theatre and gaming experience. The brightness is simply incredible, even in daylight.

It’s safe to say we weren’t disappointed when it came to the exceptional brightness and color clarity that this model offers.

After upgrading from the MW526AE, this model proves to be equally as durable and high quality, only with a notably better contrast, color fidelity and brightness.

A small and nifty projector which has been designed for easy portability. We were using it for parties, so weight and transport was especially important for us.

There are multiple reasons to have an outdoor projector in your life. Not only are they useful in business meetings and seminars, they’re also great for adding visual effects at parties, and work incredibly well with home theatre systems.

If a projector is something you’ve been thinking about purchasing, we’ll presume it’s for at least one of the above uses. So, we decided to put together a detailed roundup of some of the best outdoor projectors we’ve tried out in the last 6 months.

They range in price, functionality and size – which are all important things to consider when you’re thinking about buying!

How Should You Choose

These are some other qualities you might want to think about before investing in your outdoor projector:

  • Lumens (lm) – This is the light output in your projector which determines how vibrant the brightness and colors are. You’ll need a minimum of 1500 ANSI Lumens for a 100” screen.
  • Brightness – You’re going to want something crisp with a good degree of brightness and color.
  • Resolution – If you want to watch your new projector in 4k or HD, pixels are important. 3840 X 2160 is probably the best, but 800 x 480 will easily do the trick if you don’t want to spend too much.  
  • Throw Range – These babies can get pretty big, so make sure it’s an appropriate fit and distance away for wherever you plan to have it projected the most.
  • Weight – If you’re going to be carting this thing around a lot, you’ll probably want something that’s easy to handle and not too heavy to transport.
  • Sound – If you’re using your projector for a party you will probably use an external sound system.

Our Recommendation:

Smart Choice

Epson’s wireless 4K projector features a 3-chip design and 3LCD technology for optimal color and brightness. It also sports advanced pixel-shifting technology to give an incomparable 4k visual experience, complete with realtime 12-bit digital image processing. The 5050UBe displays up to 2,600 lumens for outstanding HDR performance, and comes with a fully-adjustable, motor-driven precision lens to prevent light leakage and focus uniformity.  

Quality
5/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
5/5
PROS
  • Impeccable picture quality
  • Bright and vivid colors
  • Auto detects 4k and switches to HDR colors
  • Fully-adjustable motorized lens with memory
CONS
  • Not cheap

Why We Recommend: The vibrancy of the RGB colors and fullness of the blacks blew us away in this projector. The ability to adjust the lens remotely was probably the biggest perk for us. We’re lazy as hell, so the fact that we could get the focus exactly where we wanted without needing to move from the couch was ideal! It’s not a cheap projector by any means, but you’ll hardly need to visit the cinema anymore, and having this baby at your disposal will easily make up the costs over time.

Budget

The Yaber Native 6200 lumen HD projector features 1080p native resolution with a contrast ratio of 8000:1. It has built-in 3w dual speakers with an advanced fan cooling system, as well as 4D keystone correction and zoom functionality. The Yaber Native sports a projection size up to 200” with a throw distance of up to 5.5 meters. In addition, it comes with 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB ports, as well as VGA and AG to connect with multiple media devices and players.

Quality
4/5
Price
5/5
Our Rating
5/5
PROS
  • Amazingly bright
  • Crisp 1080p picture quality
  • Easy to set up
  • Great built-in sound
  • Multiple ports and device connections
CONS
  • None

Why We Recommend: Apart from batteries and a remote, this projector contains everything needed to produce exceptional bright images in true 1080p. Of course it works best in a dark room, however, we had it running in various environments and even in a largely lit room, we were highly impressed with how it kept it’s quality. The sound is very cinematic, and we didn’t find any need for an external hifi system or soundbar. It’s also highly affordable and very lightweight, which makes portability a breeze.

Beginners

Also on the list is ViewSonic’s highly-affordable PG800HD projector; featuring 1080p resolution and 5k lumens for brightness, which makes it ideal for large walls and venues. The lens works with both vertical and horizontal shift focus, complete with SuperColor technology and dynamic lamp control capabilities. A PortAll function is also included to support multimedia content from wireless devices and other devices via HDMI.

Quality
5/5
Price
4.5/5
Our Rating
5/5
PROS
  • Wonderful brightness
  • Super-sharp picture quality
  • Easy to assemble
  • Wireless streaming
CONS
  • Heavy and bulky

Why We Recommend: Not only is the PG800W packed extremely well and easy to put together, the color contrasts and brightness look amazing, even against an ambiently lit wall. There are tons of adjustments you can make to this projector, so it will be a great fit on large walls regardless of the ceiling shape. Just bare in mind that if you want to transport it – it’s f***kin’ heavy! That’s also why it’s better suited for large events and conference rooms.

Optoma’s HD143X is a 3,000 lumen projector with 1080p resolution and a high contrast ratio of 23,000:1 to deliver a clear and sharp picture quality. Vertical keystone correction allows you to adjust the zoom focus easily, and it also features a unique game mode which automatically brightens the screen. There are multiple HDMI ports along with with a single USB port for power.

Quality
5/5
Price
4/5
Our Rating
5/5
PROS
  • Beautifully vivid colors
  • Amazing overall picture quality
  • Good built-in sound
  • Quiet fan and eco mode
  • Remote control
CONS
  • No USB drive

Why We Recommend: This projector produces a true home theatre and gaming experience. The brightness is simply incredible, even in daylight. The colors are extra vivid and the blacks are deep; no loss of image quality whatsoever when projected onto large walls. 3D media and movies look insane! We’d recommend purchasing glasses for this kind of viewing, as they are not included.

With full 1080p HD resolution and its SuperColor IPSMatch technology, the PJD7828HDL projector from ViewSonic allows for a full-throttle cinema experience. It homes 3,200 lumens of brightness, and features built-in 10w speakers for immersive viewing. All operating systems and smart device inputs are supported, as well as HDMI which can be projected direct from any 3D or Blu-ray players.

Quality
5/5
Price
4/5
Our Rating
4/5
PROS
  • Fantastic brightness even in daytime
  • Plenty of input options
  • Good throw distance
  • Well-priced for the quality
  • 3-year warranty included
CONS
  • Built-in sound not the best

Why We Recommend: We heard that ViewSonic make some of the best projectors on the market, so had high hopes for the PJD7828HDL. It’s safe to say we weren’t disappointed when it came to the exceptional brightness and color clarity that this model offers. The onboard sound isn’t the best, but once hooked up to a soundbar you’ve got yourself a panoramic all-in-one theatre house!

The MW526AE is a 3,300 ANSI lumen projector complete with state-of-the-art DLP technology to create razor-sharp 1280 x 800 resolution focus and vibrant color transitions. It comes with dual HDMI inputs as well as VGA inputs to accommodate laptops, smartphones and other devices. It’s also been built with a 15,000: 1 High Native contrast ratio to deliver clear readability with every use.

Quality
5/5
Price
4/5
Our Rating
5/5
PROS
  • Nice and bright even in daytime
  • Auto adjusts for keystone
  • Fantastic resolution
  • Blu-ray movies look amazingly sharp
  • Quiet in comparison to many projectors
CONS
  • Not the best built-in sound

Why We Recommend: We owned a BenQ MX511 before upgrading to the MW526AE. This one proves to be equally as durable and high quality, only with a notably better contrast, color fidelity and brightness. Even during daylight hours! We decided to connect it to a hifi system because it was a bit too quiet for our liking, but this is expected when you’re trying to fill 30ft a conference room. For most standard size lounges, the projector’s own soundboard should do just fine.

Praised for its built-in dual 10w speaker sound and easy portability, the Nebula Mars II Pro mini projector packs 500 ANSI lumens and uses auto focus technology to produce clear and crisp HD images with every use. Instead of a remote control, the Nebula is controlled entirely through a smartphone and the Nebula Connect app. HDMI or bus-powered devices can also be connected to mirror content directly via Miracast.

Quality
4/5
Price
4/5
Our Rating
4.5/5
PROS
  • Extremely light and portable
  • Built-in on/off lens shutter
  • Auto focus and great throw distance
  • Handles for easy transport
  • Battery or cord powered
CONS
  • Mounting was a bit tricky
  • Room needs to be dark for best lighting

Why We Recommend:  The Mars II Pro ticked a lot of boxes for us in terms of colors, contract and brightness. It’s not the best for resolution, but that’s expected for such a small and nifty projector which has been designed for easy portability. We were using it for parties, so weight and transport was especially important for us. That’s also why we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this model to anyone looking to use their projector for business meetings or events, on top of home movies.

Conclusion

When it comes to home theatre systems and visual audio, outdoor projectors open up a wide range of creative possibilities. They’re fantastic for games, 3D movies and viewing anything in HD, and after testing out the above – it’s easy to see why projectors are becoming the favored preference.

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