Published on July 12th, 2019 | by Bibhuranjan


4 Tips To Find The Best Projector For Your House

All modern projectors that have an HDMI input can be used for gaming. However, this does not mean that all modern projectors are gaming projectors. Gaming projectors have been designed to meet some of the demanding requirements that gamers have. Obviously, the more you are willing to spend on a projector, the higher quality product you will get. Different individuals will look for different characteristics in their gaming projectors.

At the end of the day, aiming for the highest quality projector on the market is the best way to ensure that you won’t have to deal with laggy games or videos. If you are limited on space, check out different styles of short throw projectors that can be used in smaller spaces.

What a novice who is simply looking to play videogames in their living room or den wants from their projector is going to be completely different than what an individual who plays their games on a professional level is going to require. In order to find the right projector for your circumstances, you will need to do your due diligence and a little bit of research. This guide is designed to help give you a boost. Here you will find four tips to consider when looking for a gaming projector.

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Tip: 1 Getting the Best Resolution for Gaming

First, we want to say that resolution is not the be all and end all when comes to selecting your gaming projector. However, it will play a role in determining how good the final image will look. The resolution of your gaming projector is going to be only as good as your distance from the display surface. We are not saying that resolution is not important, because it is, but there are other factors to consider.

From our perspective, your projector should at least be 1080P HD. Even if the games that you are playing are not in 1080P, this resolution is quickly becoming the dominant resolution. If you buy a projector now that at least works with 1080P content, you know that your projector will be viable for the next few years.

Remember, 1080P is no longer considered high-end resolution. It sits somewhere in the middle. In a few years it’s going to be what SD is for most people today. There are a number of televisions that offer 8K. There are a plethora of televisions and some projectors that offer 4K resolution. In less than a decade, 4K and 8K content will be considered the run-of-the-mill.

Tip: 2 Get Optimal Brightness

If you go on forums, you will see that gamers go back and forth when it comes to the subject of brightness. It is easy to measure how bright your projector is since most of them come with a lumens rating. For modern gaming projectors, 1500 lm is considered to be on the low end. Three thousand lm is considered to be on the high end of the spectrum.

That being said, what you are concerned about is not how bright your gaming projector image is supposed to be but instead how bright the image will appear to be. This is determined by a number of factors in addition to the lumens level of your projector. For example, if you are playing games in a room that has a lot of ambient light, even a 3000 lm projector is going to appear dull. When shopping for projectors, compare the price of getting a higher lumen level with that of taking simple steps to make the area that you are playing in darker, such as putting up heavy curtains.

Again, you don’t want to skimp on brightness. Many people enjoy playing FPS games that have a lot of dark gloomy shadows. If you cannot see what is going on in the shadows, you are going to find yourself dying a lot. So having a projector with a higher lumens level may be beneficial.

Tip: 3 Determine Optimal Input Lag

When playing certain video games, the difference between success and defeat can be measured by milliseconds. It is the difference between reacting now and reacting a split-second later. The difference between when you hit a button on your controller and when you see reaction on the screen is called input lag.

Research has shown that lag becomes noticeably detrimental when it is at 166 ms. When total lag exceeds 166 ms, you as a gamer are going to notice the difference and it is going to be a hindrance to your performance. Thankfully, there are a number of gaming projectors that have been created to have a short input lag. It is easy to find a DLP projector that has around 33 ms of input lag.

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Tip: 4 Finding the Best Contrast Ratio for Gaming

This is an area where a lot of people get confused. However, this is a performance measure that any one purchasing a gaming projector should care about. At its most basic, contrast ratio is the difference between the blackest black your projector can display and the whitest white. It is surprising how big of a difference contrast ratio can make in the way your games look on the wall or on the projector screen. If your contrast ratio is not high enough, even the newest and nicest games will not look good at all. On one side of the spectrum, the shadows may lack of the darkness that they need. On the other side of the spectrum, oversaturated lighting effects lose some of their luster.

A projector on the low end is going to give you a 5000 to 1 contrast ratio. On the higher end, you will get a 1000 to 1 contrast ratio. If you are purchasing a decent projector that has decent resolution and brightness, a contrast ratio of 40,000 to 1 is the sweet spot for gaming.

Regardless of the projector that you use, there are some things that you can do to get the most out of your projector. For example, if you are using a console or computer, connect it directly to your projector. Some A/V receivers may increase lag time. Also, make sure that the console or computer that you are using is set to the projector’s native resolution. For example, if your projector is 1080P, then you should be feeding your projector a 1080P signal.

We hope you have enjoyed these brief tips on what to look for in a gaming projector. If you have any other tips or suggestions you would like to offer, we would love to hear from you. Please leave us a message in the comments section below.

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