CES 2020 has just concluded and, as the last few years, there were quite a few new projectors introduced by their manufacturers. The event provides companies a great platform to showcase their new and upcoming products to the public. While a few companies like Sony and JVC had nothing new to show in the projector segment, a large section of manufacturers did bring something to the event.
Best Projectors CES 2020
Most manufacturers of projection devices exhibited their new and upcoming projectors at CES 2020. Here are some of the best projectors that were displayed at CES 2020.
Epson EF-100 Projector
The main attraction from Epson at CES 2020 was its EF-100 projector. It is a 3LCD projector that uses a laser light engine with a brightness rating of up to 2,000 ANSI lumens. The device has a small form-factor and weighs less as compared to standard-sized projectors. It features Android TV and comes with Google Assistant support and a built-in speaker. Despite being a laser projector, the Epson EF-100 will cost $899. It makes the device a lucrative offering for home theatres and for the buyers who want a portable option.
Hisense UST Laser TVs
Hisense has established itself as a reputable manufacturer of laser TVs. The company has regularly introduced UST laser projectors for the last few years. At CES 2020, Hisense showed off various UST laser TV models as well. It launched the L5 UST 4K laser TV for home theatres. The device can project up to 100” imagery with 4K resolution and supports a wide color range. It uses a blue laser as a light source with a brightness rating of up to 2600 lumens. L5 is a smart projector based on the Android OS. It will be cheaper as compared to Hisense’s L10 laser TV and comes with a price tag of $5,999. Another product that garnered attention at Hisense’s booth was the 100-inch TriChroma Laser TV model. It is a high-end model with dedicated red, green, and blue lasers. The device meets the Rec.2020 color gamut specifications. A 100W Harman Kardon sound system is built into the device. Hisense also showed a few other projectors in its lineup.
Hisense 1009L TriChroma Laser TV UST projector
Acer B250i 1080p DLP Projector
Acer showed off its B250i projector at CES 2020. It is a lightweight (1.45kg/3.2lbs) and portable DLP projector with a small footprint. The device uses an LED light engine with a brightness rating of 1,000 ANSI lumens. Its brightness may be lower as compared to the other models on the market, but the B250i projector is primarily designed for portability. It can also deliver the full Rec.709 color gamut and is equipped with a pair of 5W speakers. Acer B250i projector also supports wireless connectivity for screen mirroring in addition to the wired options. Acer is targeting entertainment, education, and professional consumers who need a portable option for this projector. The B250i projector will cost $699 (US) and will be available for purchase in April 2020.
Elite Projector MosicGo UST Projector
Elite Screens, a company that is famous for its high-quality projector screens, has expanded into the projector market under the Elite Projector brand. It demonstrated its MosicGo UST projection systems at CES 2020. They are designed for outdoor use, such as in a backyard or open-air establishments. The package includes a DLP projector with an Ultra-Short Throw ratio (UST) and a Yard Master 2 outdoor screen. Buyers also get a foldable frame and a tripod. The projector uses an LED light source and has built-in speakers. It is available in two versions – the standard MosicGo Lite ($999) and the MosicGo Sports ($1299) that comes with an integrated battery with a video playback time of up to three hours.
Elite MosicGo Lite
Hachi Infinite Tabletop Projector
The world of tabletop projectors enlisted a new member – the Hachi Infinite. It is a compact tabletop projector that allows the users to use any flat surface as an interactive touchscreen. The device comes with two integrated cameras for detecting the touch of the users. The interactive touchscreen functions in a similar way as the display of a smartphone. Hachi Infinite can also be used as a standard projector for projecting up to a 100” imagery on a wall. It comes with an Android OS and supports the installation of different apps and games. A wide range of educational and lifestyle apps will also be available from Hachi. Hachi Infinite tabletop projector will cost $999 and will be available in March.
VAVA 4K UST Projector
VAVA introduced an affordable UST projector for home theaters. It has 4K UHD resolution and can projector 150” imagery at a distance of 7” from the screen. The device uses a laser light engine and has a brightness rating of 2,500 ANSI lumens. Its built-in Harman Kardon sound system produces great quality audio. With a price tag of $2,799, the VAVA UST projector will become one of the most affordable 4K UHD laser projectors in the market. It will entice buyers who want a premium home theatre experience on a budget.
VAVA 4K UST Projector
XGIMI MoGo Projectors
XGIMI is a brand well-known for its portable projectors. The manufacturer showed off three tabletop projector models. These were the 540p and 210 ANSI lumens MoGo model, the 1080p and 300 ANSI lumens MoGo Pro model, and the Halo projector having a brightness rating of up to 800 ANSI lumens with a 1080p resolution. All three of them use DLP image projection technology and an LED light source. They come with built-in high-capacity rechargeable batteries, auto-focus capability, and Harman Kardon speakers. XGIMI MoGo, MoGo Pro, and Halo portable projectors cost $399, $549, and $799, respectively.
ViewSonic X100-4K Projector
The prominent member of ViewSonic’s CES 2020 lineup was its X100-4K projector. It is a 4K UHD projector that employs DLP XPR projection technology. The device uses an RGBB LED light engine with a brightness rating of 1,200 ANSI lumens (2,900 LED lumens). It has a standard throw ratio with a throw range of 3.3 to 10.4-foot. ViewSonic X100-4K projector is equipped with a pair of Harman Kardon stereo speakers, streaming capabilities, and Alexa/Google Assistant voice control. It will be priced at $1,699 and will become available in late Q1 or early Q2 of 2020.
ViewSonic X100-4K Projector
The Future Development of Home Projectors
The projectors and other display devices exhibited at the recently concluded CES 2020 provide foresight into the future development of home projectors. Laser TVs or UST projectors are one of the biggest takeaways from CES2020. More and more manufacturers are introducing new models of laser TVs while trying to reduce their prices. Hisense, which is one of the first companies to introduce a laser TV, showcased its relatively cheaper L5 model. VAVA also exhibited its 4K UST projector, which is the most affordable ($2,799) 4K UHD laser projector to date. Consumers who want a large display device for their homes are considering UST laser projectors over conventional TVs due to the lower cost of the former. We are going to see an increasing number of companies introduce laser TVs in the future.
Projector manufacturers have been focusing on portability as well. They are trying to make home projectors portable. Epson, Acer, and XGIMI are some of the companies that showcased compact and lightweight home projectors at CES 2020. These projectors allow people to move their projectors from one room to another easily or even take it into the backyard. Future projectors are going to get compact and lightweight.
A small but noteworthy point is the decline in the number of new projectors that use lamps as a light source. Most new projectors are either using LEDs or lasers, both of which have numerous advantages. They save energy and last longer. Technological developments have also narrowed the gap between the brightness of lamps and LEDs/lasers.
To summarize, UST laser TVs, portable projectors, and energy-efficient light sources were the main trends of CES 2020, and they will continue for the foreseeable future.