The Advantages of Laser Projectors

If you’re looking at home projectors, there are many things to consider, and laser projectors are becoming more and more affordable every year.  While still expensive, what you spend can last you several years and maybe even up to a decade.

There are a few different types of laser projectors to choose from.  There are standard laser projectors, and 4K laser projectors, and phosphor projectors and even hybrid laser/lamp projectors.  While the cost of the laser projector is likely to be higher than the lamp projector, the laser projector has a longer life.

Most laser projectors don’t directly output laser light through the lens.  Rather they use the lasers to, through one way or another, create a white light, which then enters the engine.  That light is then manipulated to create the image you see on the screen. The brighter the light, the clearer the image.

One of the big advantages of a laser projector is the life of your light source.  Most lamp projectors claim to last 3000 to 6000 hours, but 5000 to 8000 is becoming more common.  A laser life tends to start at 16,000 to 20,000 hours with that number improving each year. These numbers truly don’t refer to the actual life of the lamp or laser, but are actually referring to how long until the brightness of the light engine drops to 50% of it’s original brightness.  This is not something that is generally pointed out when buying a projector. Looking at the laser projector, that time line of 20,000 hours works out to roughly running the laser projector 40 hours per week for a decade.

The lack of lamps in the laser projectors can be a major cost benefit to places like school districts or universities who may have several projectors.  Due to the longer life of the laser projector plus the lack of cost in buying lamps, the higher price paid for the laser projectors may be offset in just a few years.

A laser projector runs with much less heat leading to two benefits, 1.  The cooling fan is not as big and makes much less noise, which 2. then lends itself to more flexibility in the placement of your projector.  The phosphor laser’s solid-state light engine also lends itself to unusual positions, like what may be needed in museums or even in your own home.

Another benefit to laser projectors is the lack of a lamp.  As I said before lamps must be replaced much more often than a laser, which equates to more cost.  Another point is that the lamps contain mercury, you can’t just throw these in the trash. Disposal becomes a problem.  

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A laser projector can cost upwards of $4,000 to $8,000 and even more depending on the model you wish to buy.  Where a lamp-based projector can cost $1,500 to $2,500 less. However, a laser projector is the epitome of consistency, consistency in color and consistency in brightness.  And that will make for a better picture for a much longer time. Ensuring you of long years of great movie watching time with your family and friends.

Things to consider when buying a 4k projector

Picture it, you hurriedly corral all the snacks and other items you might need for watching that cool movie your sister Helen has been raving about for days, you sit down beside your friends and family only to find out that your viewing pleasure is slightly less than stellar.

Gone are the days of sitting before a simple television and watching that new movie snuggled in with some popcorn and a drink.  Todays movie technology brings to life the theater experience right in your own home.

When looking to set up that amazing home theater for your family and friends to enjoy in your home here are a few things to consider before purchasing equipment.  4K technology, which basically refers to 4000 pixels resolution on a horizontal display screen.

First released in 2012 by Sony these home theater options were very pricey.  A few years later prices began to gradually drop, with each passing year widening the home theater option as a more affordable price for in home use.

A 4k projector can offer you a home theater experience at its best with top of the line picture quality.  Let’s face it, who wants to sit down in front of the big screen for an awesome showing that is anything less than WOW.

If the picture quality is so-so you may find yourself or your family or friends losing interest and wandering away for snacks more than usual.  Clarity and detail are wonderfully good, and your will still have the perks of being able game consoles and such items that further expand your entertainment experience.

If you have finally ventured into the territory of buying a 4k projector you might wonder where to put it in your house for the best viewing pleasure.

To start with you will want to remember that lighting does affect the quality.  A darker room is the best setting for you viewing pleasure when using a 4k projector.  The darker the better. Simply put, the better room selection you have, the better the picture quality and detail of what you are looking at.

Resolution does not matter but where you display what your viewing does.  A wall can be used but will contain less than stellar quality. The quality of your projector is equally important as is the size of the room and basically as with everything else, you get what you pay for.

While there are many things to consider when deciding to install a personal home theater within your home, the 4K projection offers viewing pleasure at a more affordable price than a few years ago.

It may be hard to decide where to put it for the best quality you can receive and deciding what to watch on it is a big consideration.  Whatever route you choose to go, a 4K projector provides details, and picture quality that are sure to bring enjoyment to your home theater experience.  The quality is in the details, and 4K has got it covered.

HD Laser Projector Review


The Generic Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector


About: The Epson LS100 Laser 3LCD Projector is an ultra-short throw digital laser display for home cinema projection. Epson is one of the biggest brands in the area of home projection and the LS100 represents one of the higher-end models.

Generic Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector



 What’s interesting about the LS100 is the extremely high brightness output, which allows you to use it in spaces that you would normally use a TV, instead of just in a light-controlled environment like a home theatre. That being said, the LS100 does come in at a fairly high price point, so it’s important to really take a look at what sets it apart from the competition.

Key Features

The Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector comes standard with bluetooth connectivity, a brightness rating of up to 5000 lumens, built-in speakers, a native 1080p aspect resolution, and runs on an android 6.0 operating system. Some other key features are:


  • Ultra-short throw projection 
  • Supports roof-mounted and back projection setting
  • 4K ultra media capability
  • 3D video support
  • Miracast and Airplay screen sharing
  • IR sensors to cutoff projection and protect eyesightIR sensors
  • Wi-fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Dual ventilation ports
  • Multiple connectivity ports (HDMI x3, ARC port, USB, audio in/out, ethernet)
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Pros

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    High quality projection output with vibrant colours and exceptional brightness
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    Sleek and minimalist design 
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    Support for different output formats is rare in other projectors 
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    Various options for mounting and different input methods take the headache out of setup and installation 
  • Built-in soundbar is more than adequate for small-to-medium spaces 
  • ​​​IR sensors​​​ for video cutoff and eyesight protection are an excellent touch 

Cons

  • The interface so far is exclusively in Mandarin, making it hard for those who only know English
  • To get the best results out of the high quality projection, a good screen is required which can be an additional investment 

  • High price point 

VERDICT: Overall, the Generic Xiaomi Mi Laser Projector is one of the best projection products on the market right now. The upfront investment can be quite high, especially if you get a high quality screen to match, but the overwhelming amount of features more than make up for it. Besides offering high quality projection, the Mi Laser Projector is easy to set up and install, and gives the user a lot of options when it comes to input formats and streaming. Finally, the actual build quality of the device is great - it’s functional, aesthetic, and built to last. We highly recommend this product for those looking for a high quality video projector.


The Epson LS100 Laser 3LCD Projector


About: The Epson LS100 Laser 3LCD Projector is an ultra-short throw digital laser display for home cinema projection. Epson is one of the biggest brands in the area of home projection and the LS100 represents one of the higher-end models. 

Epson Home Cinema LS100 3LCD Ultra Short-throw Projector



 What’s interesting about the LS100 is the extremely high brightness output, which allows you to use it in spaces that you would normally use a TV, instead of just in a light-controlled environment like a home theatre. That being said, the LS100 does come in at a fairly high price point, so it’s important to really take a look at what sets it apart from the competition.

Key Features

The Epson LS100 Laser 3LCD Projector presents as a black, rectangular unit that is fairly large and heavy. Although it’s not the most aesthetic design on the market, it is equipped with Epson’s proprietary laser technology, as well as several other features which are very attractive:


  • Ultra-short throw projection 
  • 4000 Lumen output allows it to be installed in brighter spaces 
  • Laser technology projection, leading to a longer lifespan that bulb projectors 
  • Built in speaker for native audio 
  • Deep Black contrast ratio up to 2,500,000:1 
  • High quality HD streaming support 
  • Multiple connectivity ports (HDMI x3, A-D Monitor output, USB x3, LAN) 
  • Four preset picture modes (dynamic, bright cinema, cinema, and game) 
  • Small IR remote allows direct access to important adjustments 
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    High quality projection output including exceptional brightness
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    Can be installed close to walls without compromising functionality 
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    Designed for versatility and has application in business use as well as personal use. 
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    Various options for mounting and different input methods take the headache out of setup and installation 
  • Quiet mode is a great feature and keeps ambient noise to a minimum 
  • Laser-based projection allows for instant on/off, similar to a television 

Cons

  • Very high price point, especially consider the LS100 doesn’t particularly excel in any category
  • No 4K support or 3D playback 

  • Setup process can be a challenge, especially when trying to adapt to an existing screen setup 

VERDICT: Overall, the Epson LS100 Laser 3LCD Projector does a lot of things quite well, but doesn’t excel in any particular area. What really sets it apart is Epsom’s laser-based projection technology, which may make this projector have some longevity that other projectors will not. It also has some versatility in applications which can be attractive depending on your needs. On the other hand, the limited playback options, and difficulty in setup might make you hesitant if you are looking for a more casual and straightforward home cinema setup.

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