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

Matthew
Updated 21 September 2020
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5 best ultra short throw projectors 2020

What Ultra Short Throw Projector to Buy in October 2020?

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Epson BrightLink 485Wi Sony VPLSW536CM Viewsonic PJD8653WS NEC NP-UM330W Optoma W307
Epson BrightLink 485Wi Sony VPLSW536CM Viewsonic PJD8653WS NEC NP-UM330W Optoma W307
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WXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
UXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
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
86
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Running Costs
$110 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
85
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Value for Money
Good
94
Running Costs
$58 Over 5 Years
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good
82
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
79
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
83
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
An economical to run and fully featured WXGA average noise level multimedia projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and is ceiling mountable. A fully featured and very economical to run UXGA average noise level data projector. A fully featured and very economical to run WXGA average noise level projector, with an affordable price. A fully featured and cheap XGA average noise level data projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports Wi-Fi. A cheap and fully featured WXGA average noise level data projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D.
1 Reason For
Ceiling Mountable
4 Reasons For
Twice As High Resolution
Eight Months Newer
Cheaper to Run by $53 Over Five Years
Better Brand
4 Reasons For
3% Quieter Noise Level
Higher Contrast Ratio
Better Kagoo Score
Cheaper by $500
2 Reasons For
Wi-Fi
Ceiling Mountable
4 Reasons For
High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
Bigger Bulb Power
3D
Ceiling Mountable
11 Reasons Against
Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Older by Over One Year
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $53
Worse Brand
7 Reasons Against
A Bit Louder Noise Level
Only Low (2500:1) Contrast Ratio
400 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
25% Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$1,549 More Expensive
6 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Dimmer Projector Brightness
40W Smaller Bulb Power
Older by Over One Year
$5 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
Half As High Resolution
3% Louder Noise Level
Only Low (3000:1) Contrast Ratio
Significantly Dimmer Projector Brightness
Marginally Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $1,290
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
7 Reasons Against
Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution
Slightly Louder Noise Level
500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$500 More Expensive
Eight Months Older
Worse Brand
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Epson BrightLink 485Wi

Epson BrightLink 485Wi

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Epson BrightLink 485Wi
WXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
215W
LAMP POWER
$111
OVER 5 YEARS

The Epson BrightLink 485Wi has a 0.27 - 0.37:1 throw ratio and a Kagoo Score of 75. With a price tag of $0.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Epson BrightLink 485Wi or read our article on whether you should buy a Epson projector.

Features We Love:
Handheld remote control
Built-in speaker
Ceiling mountable
Ethernet LAN
Features noise reduction

An economical to run and fully featured WXGA average noise level multimedia projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and is ceiling mountable.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Running Costs
$110 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

1 Reason For for Choosing the Epson BrightLink 485Wi

Ceiling Mountable

The Epson BrightLink 485Wi is ceiling mountable, and so are the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307, whereas the Sony VPLSW536CM and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS are 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.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Epson BrightLink 485Wi

Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution

The Epson BrightLink 485Wi has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) (as are the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS), but the Sony VPLSW536CM has a projector native resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). 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.

Louder Noise Level

The Epson BrightLink 485Wi is a 35dB projector, and so do the NEC NP-UM330W, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPLSW536CM. That's 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.

Lower Contrast Ratio

The Epson BrightLink 485Wi has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPLSW536CM, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (high). 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 Epson BrightLink 485Wi has a projector brightness of 3 ANSI lumens (as does the Sony VPLSW536CM), however the NEC NP-UM330W is a 3,300 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (200 ANSI lumens brighter), the Optoma W307 is a 3,500 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (400 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 2,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (500 ANSI lumens dimmer). 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

Epson BrightLink 485Wi is only 215W lamp power, but the NEC NP-UM330W is a 265W lamp power projector (50W bigger), the Optoma W307 is a 280W lamp power projector (65W bigger), the Sony VPLSW536CM is a 210W lamp power projector (5W smaller) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 240W lamp power projector (25W bigger). 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.

500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Epson BrightLink 485Wi is a 3h lamp service life projector (as do the NEC NP-UM330W, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPLSW536CM), whereas 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 Epson BrightLink 485Wi has received a Kagoo Score of 75, however the NEC NP-UM330W scored 77, the Optoma W307 scored 77, the Sony VPLSW536CM scored 78 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS scored 81.

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Older by Over One Year

The Epson BrightLink 485Wi is five months older than the NEC NP-UM330W, 11 months older than the Optoma W307, 19 months older than the Sony VPLSW536CM and five months older than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS.

Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $53

The running costs of the Epson BrightLink 485Wi are $111 which is $53 more than the Sony VPLSW536CM and $48 more than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS over five years. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Epson projectors have an average rating of only 94.4%, whereas Sony has an average rating of 95%.

Sony VPLSW536CM

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Sony VPLSW536CM

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Sony VPLSW536CM
UXGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
3,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
210W
LAMP POWER
$58
OVER 5 YEARS

The Sony VPLSW536CM has a 0.27 - 0.29:1 throw ratio and a Kagoo Score of 78. However with a price tag of $1,999.00 this projector is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Sony VPLSW536CM or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony projector.

Features We Love:
1600 x 1200 resolution
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Ethernet LAN
HD-Ready

A fully featured and very economical to run UXGA average noise level data projector.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
67
Value for Money
Good
94
Running Costs
$58 Over 5 Years
78
Kagoo Score
Very Good

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPLSW536CM

Twice As High Resolution

The Sony VPLSW536CM has a projector native resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), which is twice as high resolution as the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (1280 x 800 (WXGA)) and twice as high resolution as the NEC NP-UM330W (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.

Eight Months Newer

The Sony VPLSW536CM is 19 months newer than the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, 14 months newer than the NEC NP-UM330W, eight months newer than the Optoma W307 and 14 months newer than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS

Cheaper to Run by $53 Over Five Years

The Sony VPLSW536CM only costs $58 to run over five years however the Epson BrightLink 485Wi costs $111 to run (92% more) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS costs $63 to run (9% more). More ...

Better Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of 95%, but Epson only has an average rating of 94.4%, NEC only has an average rating of 90.8%, Optoma only has an average rating of 93.3% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 92%.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPLSW536CM

A Bit Louder Noise Level

The Sony VPLSW536CM has a noise level of 35dB (as do the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307), whereas 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 Low (2500:1) Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPLSW536CM has a low (2500:1) contrast ratio (as are the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the NEC NP-UM330W), but 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.

400 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Sony VPLSW536CM is a 3 ANSI lumens brightness projector, and so does the Epson BrightLink 485Wi. That's 200 ANSI lumens dimmer than 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.

25% Smaller Bulb Power

The Sony VPLSW536CM has a bulb power of 210W. That's 5W smaller than the Epson BrightLink 485Wi (215W), 55W smaller than the NEC NP-UM330W (265W), 70W smaller than the Optoma W307 (280W) and 30W 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.

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Sony VPLSW536CM is only 3h lamp service life, and so do the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Optoma W307. That's 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 Sony VPLSW536CM has received a Kagoo Score of 78, whereas the Viewsonic PJD8653WS scored 81.

$1,549 More Expensive

The Sony VPLSW536CM is more expensive than the NEC NP-UM330W by $259, more expensive than the Optoma W307 by $1,049 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PJD8653WS by $1,549.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLSW536CM in the US is $1,999.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Viewsonic PJD8653WS

$449.68
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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 81. With a price tag of $449.68 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 fully featured and very economical to run WXGA average noise level projector, with an affordable price.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PJD8653WS

3% Quieter Noise Level

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 34dB projector. That's 1dB quieter than the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPLSW536CM (35dB). 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.

Higher Contrast Ratio

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio, and so is the Optoma W307, which is twice as high contrast ratio as the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPLSW536CM (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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has received a Kagoo Score of 81, but the Epson BrightLink 485Wi scored 75, the NEC NP-UM330W scored 77, the Optoma W307 scored 77 and the Sony VPLSW536CM scored 78.

Cheaper by $500

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS costs $449.68, whereas the NEC NP-UM330W is $1,739.95, the Optoma W307 is $950.00 and the Sony VPLSW536CM is $1,999.00.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PJD8653WS

Lower Resolution

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) (as are the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the Optoma W307), whereas the Sony VPLSW536CM has a projector native resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). 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.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Viewsonic PJD8653WS is only 2 ANSI lumens brightness, but the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the Sony VPLSW536CM are both 3,100 ANSI Lumens brightness projectors (500 ANSI lumens brighter), the NEC NP-UM330W is a 3,300 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (700 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Optoma W307 is a 3,500 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (900 ANSI lumens brighter). 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.

40W Smaller Bulb Power

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 240W lamp power projector, whereas the Epson BrightLink 485Wi is a 215W lamp power projector (25W smaller), the NEC NP-UM330W is a 265W lamp power projector (25W bigger), the Optoma W307 is a 280W lamp power projector (40W bigger) and the Sony VPLSW536CM is a 210W lamp power projector (30W 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.

Older by Over One Year

The Viewsonic PJD8653WS is six months older than the Optoma W307 and 14 months older than the Sony VPLSW536CM. The Viewsonic PJD8653WS is the same age as the NEC NP-UM330W.

$5 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the Viewsonic PJD8653WS costs $63 to run which is $5 more than the Sony VPLSW536CM. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 92%, however Epson has an average rating of 94.4%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.3% and Sony has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PJD8653WS in the US is $449.68 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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NEC NP-UM330W

$1,739.95
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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 77. 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 and cheap XGA average noise level data projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports Wi-Fi.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

2 Reasons For for Choosing the NEC NP-UM330W

Wi-Fi

The NEC NP-UM330W supports Wi-Fi, but the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the Optoma W307, the Sony VPLSW536CM and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS do not. 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 ceiling mountable, and so are the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the Optoma W307, but the Sony VPLSW536CM and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS are 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.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the NEC NP-UM330W

Half As High Resolution

The NEC NP-UM330W has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), however the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS have a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Sony VPLSW536CM has a projector native resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). 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.

3% Louder Noise Level

The NEC NP-UM330W is a 35dB projector, and so do the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPLSW536CM. That's 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.

Only Low (3000:1) Contrast Ratio

The NEC NP-UM330W has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the Sony VPLSW536CM, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Optoma W307 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS (high). 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.

Significantly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The NEC NP-UM330W is a 3 ANSI lumens brightness projector, whereas the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the Sony VPLSW536CM are both 3,100 ANSI Lumens brightness projectors (200 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma W307 is a 3,500 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (200 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 2,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (700 ANSI lumens dimmer). 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.

Marginally Smaller Bulb Power

The NEC NP-UM330W has a bulb power of 265W, however the Epson BrightLink 485Wi is a 215W lamp power projector (50W smaller), the Optoma W307 is a 280W lamp power projector (15W bigger), the Sony VPLSW536CM is a 210W lamp power projector (55W smaller) and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS is a 240W lamp power projector (25W 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.

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

NEC NP-UM330W is only 3h lamp service life (as do the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the Optoma W307 and the Sony VPLSW536CM), but 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 NEC NP-UM330W has received a Kagoo Score of 77, whereas the Sony VPLSW536CM scored 78 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS scored 81.

More Expensive by $1,290

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

Older by Over One Year

The NEC NP-UM330W is six months older than the Optoma W307 and 14 months older than the Sony VPLSW536CM. The NEC NP-UM330W is the same age as the Viewsonic PJD8653WS.

Worse Brand

NEC projectors have an average rating of only 90.8%, but Epson has an average rating of 94.4%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.3%, Sony has an average rating of 95% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 92%.

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
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 77. With a price tag of $950.00 this projector is fair 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 cheap and fully featured WXGA average noise level data projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Value for Money
Good
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma W307

High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Optoma W307 has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as is the Viewsonic PJD8653WS), whereas the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPLSW536CM 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.

Bigger Bulb Power

Optoma W307 is 280W lamp power. That's 65W bigger than the Epson BrightLink 485Wi (215W), 15W bigger than the NEC NP-UM330W (265W), 70W bigger than the Sony VPLSW536CM (210W) and 40W 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.

3D

The Optoma W307 supports 3D, but the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W, the Sony VPLSW536CM and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS do not. 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 a ceiling mountable projector (as are the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the NEC NP-UM330W), whereas the Sony VPLSW536CM and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS are 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.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma W307

Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution

The Optoma W307 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), and so are the Epson BrightLink 485Wi and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS, which is half as high resolution as the Sony VPLSW536CM (1600 x 1200 (UXGA)). 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 Louder Noise Level

The Optoma W307 has a noise level of 35dB (as do the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPLSW536CM), however 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.

500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Optoma W307 is a 3h lamp service life projector, and so do the Epson BrightLink 485Wi, the NEC NP-UM330W and the Sony VPLSW536CM. That's 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 Optoma W307 has received a Kagoo Score of 77, however the Sony VPLSW536CM scored 78 and the Viewsonic PJD8653WS scored 81.

$500 More Expensive

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

Eight Months Older

The Optoma W307 is older than the Sony VPLSW536CM by eight months.

Worse Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of only 93.3%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 94.4% and Sony 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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