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The top 10 coolest projectors

The 10 most interesting projectors available.

  • InFocus Play Big IN78



    Like the Toshiba ET20, the Play Big IN78 is a home theatre projector that looks awesome. It supports 720p resolution and has 1000 lumens of brightness — well suited to watching high-definition content.
  • Optoma Pico



    DLP Pico technology allows the Pico to create a 60-inch picture with a 1000:1 contrast ratio while only weighing 114 grams. Is this the future of projection? We hope so.
  • Dell M209x



    It’s small and bright — what more could you ask for in a presentation projector. This solid little unit is great for businesses that want good image quality on the move.
  • Epson EH-TW5000



    The newest projector in our line-up, the EH-TW5000 has the groundbreaking feature of an integrated 100Hz mode to smooth fast motion video. It isn’t perfect, but as an indication of the future we think it is promising.
  • Honourable Mention: DIY Projectors



    What do you get when you rip apart a high-resolution LCD monitor, slot it into a home-made box and hook up an ultra-bright horticulture lamp? A DIY projector. There’s a whole online community dedicated to these large, ungainly boxes — understandable since they offer the possibility for superb image quality at a low price.
  • More iPhone Projector



    It’s just a proof-of-concept but we love it nonetheless. Plug your iPhone into the top, hit a few buttons and watch video with a maximum screen size of 27in. Two 2W speakers mean you can also get some half-decent audio.
  • Panasonic PT-AE3000E



    It’s blocky and architectural, has the lens smack bang in the middle and is matte black. Some people might find the PT-AE3000E boring but we think it adds an element of style and class to an otherwise too-slick-and-shiny projector market. Plus it has great image specifications, too.
  • Mitsubishi Electric HC7000



    The HC7000 isn’t particularly new, nor does it have overly impressive specifications. It looks great, though — a mix of the curved styling of the InFocus IN78 and the edges of the Panasonic PT-AE3000E. DLP Pico technology allows the Pico to create a 60-inch picture with a 1000:1 contrast ratio while only weighing 114 grams. Is this the future of projection? We hope so.
  • Toshiba ET20



    The Toshiba ET20 has an integrated DVD player, 5.1 speaker system on-board and a design that looks like HAL9000’s younger brother. It takes out top honours in our projector coolness showdown.
  • Epson EH-DM2



    This budget unit may be a little blocky and boring but it includes a built-in DVD player and a simple interface. For someone who just wants to watch their DVDs without masses of cables it’s a good option.
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