HomePc HardwareBest Projectors for Gaming Nikolas Nikolaou May 8, 2013 Pc Hardware The craze seems to have moved on for gaming and movies to projectors rather than conventional tvs and monitors. The traditional home entertainment scene has been tremendously transformed in the last few years. Notably, bulky box-like TV sets have been replaced by slim HDTVs.The underlying force appears to be, bigger images and higher resolutions leading to a better entertainment experience. As a result of this demand, manufacturers have strived to produce various products catering for different users – business presentations, Ps3-Xbox360 and pc game playing, home theater, and specialized imaging. For those looking for projectors specifically for gaming and movie watching, there are important factors they should consider. As a general rule, projectors are judged based on two features – brightness and resolution. Resolution is measured in pixels while brightness is measured in lumens. A higher pixel count refers to more resolution, and a higher lumen count refers to more brightness. In addition, for games and videos you will certainly require a widescreen format. Below are some of the best and cost effective projectors ideally suited for gaming and movies. 3D Ready 120hz Projector This is a high performance projector with a SVGA 800 by 600 pi native resolution, brightness of 2700 ANSI lumens, and contrast of 3000:1. This projector supports HD video and PC signals, and projects clear images even in poor lighting conditions. It features the BrilliantColor technology that delivers exceptional display quality, brightness, high contrast, and true color images suited for viewing movies and gaming. In addition it supports up to a maximum of 120 Hz frame rates and 3D DLP technology. This projector model comes with a variety of software and hardware features including multiple video options, auto-vertical keystone correction, 120Hz/3D-Ready, 1.1x optical zoom, support for HD video signals, and integrated speakers. For gamers, the PIN lock feature would be a plus as it restricts unauthorized use. Optoma PT110 PlayTime LED Gaming Projector Designed specifically for home entertainment, the PT110 combines various breakthrough technology features that result in a compact and affordable projector. With brightness of 100 LED lumens, it delivers rich beautiful images without the need of adjusting the lamp. The LED is very cost effective compared to lamp based units, since users of lamp based projectors have to routinely replace the lamp in the projectors. At 1.9 pounds, it’s very lightweight and portable so it can be moved from one room to another easily. It features widescreen images that extend the movie or gaming experience. Furthermore it comes with various ports that allow users to connect to multiple devices including smartphones, PCs, video cameras, game consoles, Blu-ray players and more. Lastly it’s easy to operate and connect to external devices, and it has built-in speakers that produce loud and clear sound. FAVI Entertainment RioHD-LED-3 The RioHD-LED-3 offers the perfect balance in affordability and performance for home entertainment enthusiasts, gamers, educators and business professionals. Its innovative LED technology provides 20,000 hours (equivalent of 14 years of lamp life if the consumption rate is pegged at 4 hours per day) while still delivering five times the brightness of a standard LED projector. It boasts a 1080p/1080i resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The built-in media player is ideal for HD video and gaming. Weighing just 3 pounds, it’s easy to transport to work for presentations and still bring home for family movie nights. It can be hooked to a cable receiver or PC via the HDMI port, RCA cable, VGA cable or S-video cable. Finally, it features built-in speakers that guarantee users the ultimate home theater experience. LCD Movie Projector This is an affordable entry-level high definition port-ready LCD projector that delivers great performance. It boasts an 800 by 600 pixels native resolution that is compatible with 1080i for HDMI. It’s also compatible with 490i/p, 576i/p, 720i/p, 1080i/p, well suited for games and home theater. In addition, it features a peak brightness of 2500 lumens, contrast ration of 800:1, and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. It produces a diagonal image size between 50-inch and 150-inch. The best viewership distance is 6 to 12 feet for a diagonal screen size of 60 to 120 inches. It supports the following interface inputs: VGA, audio, S-video, HDMI, Y/Pb/Pr, AV power cable, composite video cable and TV. The LED technology has a life of 5,000 hours. All in all, this projector delivers a great experience for Wii games, game consoles such PS2, PS3, Xbox etc., and movie watching. Pyle Home PRJG42 480i The Pyle Home PRJG42 480i is an awesome projector specifically designed for use with video games. The projector has a screen image range of 17 to 67 inches, ideal for a bedroom or dorm room. The LED system projects brilliant images courtesy of its native resolution of 320 by 240 pixels, contrast ratio of 300:1, and aspect ratios of 4:3 and 16:9. It’s also equipped with superb features, including picture slide, lantern slide, 360 degree image rotation, segmental play, and SRS audio and image effects. It comes with built-in speakers and headphone jacks in case you want to keep the sound down. Users can connect their video game consoles or DVD players via the composite RCA ports, or plug in an SD card or USB stick. It supports MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, JPEG, GIF, TIF, PNG, APE, and TXT file types. This would be a could choice for console gaming. Acer X1161P 3D-DLP Armed with a brightness of 2500 ANSI lumens, native SVGA 800 by 600 pixels resolution-maximum wide 1920×1080, and a 4000:1 contrast ratio, the 3D-DLP provides highly detailed monitor resolution images and text. The color performance is superb on any surface, including colored walls, courtesy of Acer’s Color-Boost Plus technology. Other software and hardware resources that give this projector an edge include the ColorSafe technology that helps to prevent image decay as a result of extended use of the projector, and Acer EcoProjection technology that cuts power consumption by up to 80 percent. The DLP-ready feature allows 3D viewing of videos as it supports 3D glasses, 3D content and PCs equipped to display 3D images. It allows users to enjoy four projection modes: front, rear, rear ceiling and front ceiling. This high performance projector delivers crisp images and clear video even at 60 inches, making it highly recommended for home theater use and when playing video games. It is in my opinion the best of the budget projectors for gaming and movies listed.