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5 Best Ultra Short Throw Projectors in the US - August 2020

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Updated 29 July 2020
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5 best ultra short throw projectors 2020

What Ultra Short Throw Projector to Buy in August 2020?

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Viewsonic PJD8653WS NEC NP-UM330W Optoma W307 Epson PowerLite 585WI Sony VPL-SW630C
Viewsonic PJD8653WS NEC NP-UM330W Optoma W307 Epson PowerLite 585WI Sony VPL-SW630C
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WXGA
RESOLUTION
34dB
2,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,500 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
33dB
3,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
81
Reviews
3 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Value for Money
Good
88
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
62
Brand Rating
Good Brand
80
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
71
Kagoo Score
Very Good
83
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
92
Reviews
7 Reviews + 2 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
78
Running Costs
$84 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
78
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
97
Running Costs
$53 Over 5 Years
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
A very economical to run and classic WXGA average noise level projector, with a low price and a very good spec. Our review analysis indicates that this projector isbad at displaying high definition TV. A fully featured but only ok value for money XGA average noise level multimedia projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports Wi-Fi. A fully featured but only ok value for money WXGA average noise level multimedia projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D. A fully featured and award winning WXGA average noise level projector, with low running costs. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that it has good picture quality but has a bad display and bad 3D picture quality. A fully featured and spectacularly economical to run WXGA average noise level projector, with a reasonable price. It has a built-in speaker and an Ethernet LAN, supports Wi-Fi and is ceiling mountable.
4 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
Handheld Remote Control
$500 Cheaper
3 Reasons For
Wi-Fi
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
6 Reasons For
1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution
Higher Contrast Ratio
17% Bigger Bulb Power
3D
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
6 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
Two More Awards
Expert Reviews Are Hugely Better
Better Brand
7 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
Slightly Quieter Noise Level
Wi-Fi
Ceiling Mountable
Better Kagoo Score
Two Months Newer
36% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
9 Reasons Against
Moderately Louder Noise Level
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
2,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
Over One Year Older
More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 18%
Vastly Lower Expert Review Score
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Marginally Louder Noise Level
Half As High Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$1,290 More Expensive
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
Louder Noise Level
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $500
Older by Nine Months
Worse Brand
8 Reasons Against
2dB Louder Noise Level
Only Medium (10000:1) Contrast Ratio
99% Dimmer Projector Brightness
35W Smaller Bulb Power
Worse Kagoo Score
$1,749 More Expensive
Two Months Older
57% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years
7 Reasons Against
Lower Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
1,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Handheld Remote Control
$740 More Expensive
Worse Brand
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Viewsonic PJD8653WS

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Viewsonic PJD8653WS
WXGA
RESOLUTION
34dB
2,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
240W
LAMP POWER
$63
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a 0.35:1 throw ratio and a Kagoo Score of 75. With a price tag of $450.38 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Viewsonic PJD8653WS or read our article on whether you should buy a Viewsonic projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (15000:1)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Ethernet LAN

A very economical to run and classic WXGA average noise level projector, with a low price and a very good spec. Our review analysis indicates that this projector isbad at displaying high definition TV.

81
Reviews
3 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Value for Money
Good
88
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Viewsonic PJD8653WS has below average expert reviews with an average expert rating of 60%.

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4 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PJD8653WS

Higher Resolution

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), and so are the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPL-SW630C, but the NEC NP-UM330W only has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). More ...

The projector native resolution is the resolution of image that the projector is able to produce. The resolution is expressed as the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.

A projector with a higher native resolution will be able to display more detailed images such as HD content.

High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as is the Optoma W307), whereas the Epson PowerLite 585WI only has a medium contrast ratio and the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPL-SW630C have a low contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

Handheld Remote Control

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a handheld remote control, and so do the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307, however the Sony VPL-SW630C does not. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

$500 Cheaper

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS costs $1,748.62 less than the Epson PowerLite 585WI, costs $1,289.57 less than the NEC NP-UM330W, costs $499.62 less than the Optoma W307 and costs $739.57 less than the Sony VPL-SW630C.

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PJD8653WS

Moderately Louder Noise Level

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a noise level of 34, however the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307 are all 35dB projectors (1dB louder) and the Sony VPL-SW630C is a 33dB projector (1dB quieter). More ...

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a projector brightness of 2. That's 700 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Epson PowerLite 585WI and the NEC NP-UM330W (3,300 ANSI Lumens), 900 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma W307 (3,500 ANSI Lumens) and 500 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Sony VPL-SW630C (3,100 ANSI Lumens). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Smaller Bulb Power

Viewsonic PJD8653WS is only 240 lamp power. That's 5W smaller than the Epson PowerLite 585WI (245W), 25W smaller than the NEC NP-UM330W (265W), 40W smaller than the Optoma W307 (280W) and 15W bigger than the Sony VPL-SW630C (225W). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

2,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 3 lamp service life projector. That's 2,500h shorter than the Epson PowerLite 585WI (6,000h), 500h longer than the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307 (3,000h) and 1,500h shorter than the Sony VPL-SW630C (5,000h). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has received a Kagoo Score of 75, however the Epson PowerLite 585WI scored 76 and the Sony VPL-SW630C scored 81.

Over One Year Older

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS is older than the Epson PowerLite 585WI by 13 months, older than the Optoma W307 by six months and older than the Sony VPL-SW630C by 15 months. The Viewsonic PJD8653WS is the same age as the NEC NP-UM330W.

More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 18%

The running costs of the Viewsonic PJD8653WS are $63 which is $10 more than the Sony VPL-SW630C over five years. Show assumptions.

Vastly Lower Expert Review Score

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS's average expert rating is only 60%, however the Epson PowerLite 585WI's is 80% (based on 4 reviews).

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 90.8%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 95%, Optoma has an average rating of 94.2% and Sony has an average rating of 93.8%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PJD8653WS in the US is $450.38 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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NEC NP-UM330W

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NEC NP-UM330W

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NEC NP-UM330W
XGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
265W
LAMP POWER

The NEC NP-UM330W has a 0.36:1 throw ratio and a Kagoo Score of 71. However with a price tag of $1,739.95 this projector is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the NEC NP-UM330W or read our article on whether you should buy a NEC projector.

Features We Love:
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Supports Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling mountable

A fully featured but only ok value for money XGA average noise level multimedia projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports Wi-Fi.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
65
Value for Money
Good
71
Kagoo Score
Very Good

3 Reasons For for Choosing the NEC NP-UM330W

Wi-Fi

The NEC NP-UM330W supports Wi-Fi (as does the Sony VPL-SW630C), however the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS do not support this feature. More ...

Wi-Fi projectors can connect to your local WiFi network which means that you display content from other devices connected to the same network.

Wi-Fi projectors allow you display content from other devices connected to the same network without the need to use a cable.

Ceiling Mountable

The NEC NP-UM330W is a ceiling mountable projector (as are the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPL-SW630C), however the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is not. More ...

'Ceiling Mountable' indicates whether the projector is capable of being mounted to the ceiling or not.

Ceiling mounting is the best way of assuring the projector always has a clear line of sight to the projecting surface.

Handheld Remote Control

The NEC NP-UM330W has a handheld remote control, and so do the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS, but the Sony VPL-SW630C does not. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the NEC NP-UM330W

Lower Resolution

The NEC NP-UM330W has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), whereas the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Optoma W307, the Sony VPL-SW630C and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS have a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA). More ...

The projector native resolution is the resolution of image that the projector is able to produce. The resolution is expressed as the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.

A projector with a higher native resolution will be able to display more detailed images such as HD content.

Marginally Louder Noise Level

The NEC NP-UM330W has a noise level of 35 (as do the Epson PowerLite 585WI and the Optoma W307), but the Sony VPL-SW630C is a 33dB projector (2dB quieter) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 34dB projector (1dB quieter). More ...

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Half As High Contrast Ratio

The NEC NP-UM330W has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio (as is the Sony VPL-SW630C), however the Epson PowerLite 585WI has a medium contrast ratio and the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS have a high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

NEC NP-UM330W is only 3 brightness, and so does the Epson PowerLite 585WI. That's 200 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma W307 (3,500 ANSI Lumens), 200 ANSI lumens brighter than the Sony VPL-SW630C (3,100 ANSI Lumens) and 700 ANSI lumens brighter than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (2,600 ANSI Lumens). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Smaller Bulb Power

The NEC NP-UM330W is a 265 lamp power projector. That's 20W bigger than the Epson PowerLite 585WI (245W), 15W smaller than the Optoma W307 (280W), 40W bigger than the Sony VPL-SW630C (225W) and 25W bigger than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (240W). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The NEC NP-UM330W has a service life of lamp of 3, and so does the Optoma W307. That's 3,000h shorter than the Epson PowerLite 585WI (6,000h), 2,000h shorter than the Sony VPL-SW630C (5,000h) and 500h shorter than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (3,500h). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Worse Kagoo Score

The NEC NP-UM330W has only received a Kagoo Score of 71, but the Epson PowerLite 585WI scored 76, the Optoma W307 scored 75, the Sony VPL-SW630C scored 81 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS scored 75.

$1,290 More Expensive

The NEC NP-UM330W is more expensive than the Optoma W307 by $790, more expensive than the Sony VPL-SW630C by $550 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS by $1,290.

Over One Year Older

The NEC NP-UM330W is older than the Epson PowerLite 585WI by 13 months, older than the Optoma W307 by six months and older than the Sony VPL-SW630C by 15 months. The NEC NP-UM330W is the same age as the Viewsonic PJD8653WS.

Worse Brand

NEC projectors have an average rating of only 87.1%, however Epson has an average rating of 95%, Optoma has an average rating of 94.2%, Sony has an average rating of 93.8% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 90.8%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the NP-UM330W in the US is $1,739.95 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Optoma W307

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Optoma W307

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Optoma W307
WXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,500 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
280W
LAMP POWER

The Optoma W307 has a 0.35:1 throw ratio and a Kagoo Score of 75. With a price tag of $950.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma W307 or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (15000:1)
Supports 3D
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Ceiling mountable

A fully featured but only ok value for money WXGA average noise level multimedia projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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6 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma W307

1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution

The Optoma W307 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) (as are the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Sony VPL-SW630C and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS), however the NEC NP-UM330W only has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). More ...

The projector native resolution is the resolution of image that the projector is able to produce. The resolution is expressed as the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.

A projector with a higher native resolution will be able to display more detailed images such as HD content.

Higher Contrast Ratio

The Optoma W307 has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio, and so is the Viewsonic PJD8653WS, which is twice as high contrast ratio as the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPL-SW630C (low). More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

17% Bigger Bulb Power

The Optoma W307 has a bulb power of 280, however the Epson PowerLite 585WI is only a 245W lamp power projector (35W smaller), the NEC NP-UM330W is only a 265W lamp power projector (15W smaller), the Sony VPL-SW630C is only a 225W lamp power projector (55W smaller) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is only a 240W lamp power projector (40W smaller). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

3D

The Optoma W307 supports 3D, however the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W, the Sony VPL-SW630C and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS do not support this feature. More ...

3D compatible projectors are able to display 3D content. Most projectors will require you to wear special glasses in order to view the 3D effect.

A 3D projector allows you to view the huge range of 3D films and content that is now available.

Ceiling Mountable

The Optoma W307 is ceiling mountable, and so are the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPL-SW630C, but the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is not. More ...

'Ceiling Mountable' indicates whether the projector is capable of being mounted to the ceiling or not.

Ceiling mounting is the best way of assuring the projector always has a clear line of sight to the projecting surface.

Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma W307 has a handheld remote control (as do the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS), whereas the Sony VPL-SW630C does not have this feature. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma W307

Louder Noise Level

The Optoma W307 is a 35 projector, and so do the Epson PowerLite 585WI and the NEC NP-UM330W. That's 2dB louder than the Sony VPL-SW630C (33dB) and 1dB louder than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (34dB). More ...

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Optoma W307 is only 3 lamp service life (as does the NEC NP-UM330W), but the Epson PowerLite 585WI is a 6,000h lamp service life projector (3,000h longer), the Sony VPL-SW630C is a 5,000h lamp service life projector (2,000h longer) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 3,500h lamp service life projector (500h longer). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Optoma W307 has received a Kagoo Score of 75, whereas the Epson PowerLite 585WI scored 76 and the Sony VPL-SW630C scored 81.

More Expensive by $500

The Optoma W307 is $500 more expensive than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS.

Older by Nine Months

The Optoma W307 is seven months older than the Epson PowerLite 585WI and nine months older than the Sony VPL-SW630C.

Worse Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of only 94.2%, but Epson has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the W307 in the US is $950.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Epson PowerLite 585WI

$2,199.00
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Epson PowerLite 585WI

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Epson PowerLite 585WI
WXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
245W
LAMP POWER
$84
OVER 5 YEARS

The Epson PowerLite 585WI has a 0.27 - 0.37:1 throw ratio and a Kagoo Score of 76. However with a price tag of $2,199.00 this projector is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Epson PowerLite 585WI or read our article on whether you should buy a Epson projector.

Features We Love:
Built-in speaker
Long service life of lamp (6,000h)
Handheld remote control
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling mountable

A fully featured and award winning WXGA average noise level projector, with low running costs. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that it has good picture quality but has a bad display and bad 3D picture quality.

92
Reviews
7 Reviews + 2 Awards
81
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
78
Running Costs
$84 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Epson PowerLite 585WI has good expert reviews and great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this multimedia projector to others.

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the Epson PowerLite 585WI

Higher Resolution

The Epson PowerLite 585WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), and so are the Optoma W307, the Sony VPL-SW630C and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS, whereas the NEC NP-UM330W only has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). More ...

The projector native resolution is the resolution of image that the projector is able to produce. The resolution is expressed as the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.

A projector with a higher native resolution will be able to display more detailed images such as HD content.

Ceiling Mountable

The Epson PowerLite 585WI is a ceiling mountable projector (as are the NEC NP-UM330W, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPL-SW630C), however the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is not. More ...

'Ceiling Mountable' indicates whether the projector is capable of being mounted to the ceiling or not.

Ceiling mounting is the best way of assuring the projector always has a clear line of sight to the projecting surface.

Handheld Remote Control

The Epson PowerLite 585WI has a handheld remote control, and so do the NEC NP-UM330W, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS, but the Sony VPL-SW630C does not. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

Two More Awards

The Epson PowerLite 585WI has received 2 awards, however the NEC NP-UM330W has received no awards, the Optoma W307 has received no awards, the Sony VPL-SW630C has received no awards and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS has received no awards.

Expert Reviews Are Hugely Better

The average expert review score of the Epson PowerLite 585WI is 80% based on 4 reviews, but the average rating of the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is 60% (based on 3 reviews).

Better Brand

Epson projectors have an average rating of 95%, however NEC only has an average rating of 87.1%, Optoma only has an average rating of 94.2%, Sony only has an average rating of 93.8% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 90.8%.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Epson PowerLite 585WI

2dB Louder Noise Level

The Epson PowerLite 585WI has a noise level of 35 (as do the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307), but the Sony VPL-SW630C is a 33dB projector (2dB quieter) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 34dB projector (1dB quieter). More ...

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Only Medium (10000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Epson PowerLite 585WI has a medium (10000:1) contrast ratio, however the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS have a high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

99% Dimmer Projector Brightness

Epson PowerLite 585WI is only 3 brightness, and so does the NEC NP-UM330W. That's 200 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma W307 (3,500 ANSI Lumens), 200 ANSI lumens brighter than the Sony VPL-SW630C (3,100 ANSI Lumens) and 700 ANSI lumens brighter than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (2,600 ANSI Lumens). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

35W Smaller Bulb Power

The Epson PowerLite 585WI is a 245 lamp power projector. That's 20W smaller than the NEC NP-UM330W (265W), 35W smaller than the Optoma W307 (280W), 20W bigger than the Sony VPL-SW630C (225W) and 5W bigger than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (240W). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Epson PowerLite 585WI has received a Kagoo Score of 76, but the Sony VPL-SW630C scored 81.

$1,749 More Expensive

The Epson PowerLite 585WI is more expensive than the NEC NP-UM330W by $459, more expensive than the Optoma W307 by $1,249, more expensive than the Sony VPL-SW630C by $1,009 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS by $1,749.

Two Months Older

The Epson PowerLite 585WI is older than the Sony VPL-SW630C by two months.

57% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years

The running costs of the Epson PowerLite 585WI are $84 which is $31 more than the Sony VPL-SW630C and $21 more than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS over five years. Show assumptions.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PowerLite 585WI in the US is $2,199.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Sony VPL-SW630C

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Sony VPL-SW630C
WXGA
RESOLUTION
33dB
3,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
225W
LAMP POWER
$53
OVER 5 YEARS

The Sony VPL-SW630C has a 0.267 - 0.274:1 throw ratio and a Kagoo Score of 81. However with a price tag of $1,189.95 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Sony VPL-SW630C or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony projector.

Features We Love:
Built-in speaker
Long service life of lamp (5,000h)
Supports Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling mountable

A fully featured and spectacularly economical to run WXGA average noise level projector, with a reasonable price. It has a built-in speaker and an Ethernet LAN, supports Wi-Fi and is ceiling mountable.

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Features
Fully-Featured
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Value for Money
Very Good
97
Running Costs
$53 Over 5 Years
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPL-SW630C

Higher Resolution

The Sony VPL-SW630C has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), and so are the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS, but the NEC NP-UM330W only has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). More ...

The projector native resolution is the resolution of image that the projector is able to produce. The resolution is expressed as the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.

A projector with a higher native resolution will be able to display more detailed images such as HD content.

Slightly Quieter Noise Level

The Sony VPL-SW630C has a noise level of 33, however the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307 are all 35dB projectors (2dB louder) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 34dB projector (1dB louder). More ...

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Wi-Fi

The Sony VPL-SW630C supports Wi-Fi (as does the NEC NP-UM330W), whereas the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS do not support this feature. More ...

Wi-Fi projectors can connect to your local WiFi network which means that you display content from other devices connected to the same network.

Wi-Fi projectors allow you display content from other devices connected to the same network without the need to use a cable.

Ceiling Mountable

The Sony VPL-SW630C is a ceiling mountable projector (as are the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307), whereas the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is not. More ...

'Ceiling Mountable' indicates whether the projector is capable of being mounted to the ceiling or not.

Ceiling mounting is the best way of assuring the projector always has a clear line of sight to the projecting surface.

Better Kagoo Score

The Sony VPL-SW630C has received a Kagoo Score of 81, however the Epson PowerLite 585WI scored 76, the NEC NP-UM330W scored only 71, the Optoma W307 scored 75 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS scored 75.

Two Months Newer

The Sony VPL-SW630C was released two months later than the Epson PowerLite 585WI, released 15 months later than the NEC NP-UM330W, released nine months later than the Optoma W307 and released 15 months later than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS

36% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years

The Sony VPL-SW630C only costs $53 to run over five years but the Epson PowerLite 585WI costs $84 to run (57% more) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS costs $63 to run (18% more). More ...

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPL-SW630C

Lower Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPL-SW630C has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio (as is the NEC NP-UM330W), whereas the Epson PowerLite 585WI has a medium contrast ratio and the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS have a high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Sony VPL-SW630C has a projector brightness of 3. That's 200 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Epson PowerLite 585WI and the NEC NP-UM330W (3,300 ANSI Lumens), 400 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma W307 (3,500 ANSI Lumens) and 500 ANSI lumens brighter than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (2,600 ANSI Lumens). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Smaller Bulb Power

Sony VPL-SW630C is only 225 lamp power. That's 20W smaller than the Epson PowerLite 585WI (245W), 40W smaller than the NEC NP-UM330W (265W), 55W smaller than the Optoma W307 (280W) and 15W smaller than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (240W). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

1,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Sony VPL-SW630C is a 5 lamp service life projector. That's 1,000h shorter than the Epson PowerLite 585WI (6,000h), 2,000h longer than the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307 (3,000h) and 1,500h longer than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (3,500h). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Does Not Have a Handheld Remote Control

The Sony VPL-SW630C does not have a handheld remote control, but the Epson PowerLite 585WI, the NEC NP-UM330W, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS have this feature. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

$740 More Expensive

The Sony VPL-SW630C is more expensive than the Optoma W307 by $240 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS by $740.

Worse Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of only 93.8%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 95% and Optoma has an average rating of 94.2%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPL-SW630C in the US is $1,189.95 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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