Good projection: The Best Home Projector for a Living Room of 2023

The Best Home Projector for a Living Room of 2023

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Geoffrey Morrison


Photo: Michael Murtaugh


We tested the Dangbei Mars Pro 4K laser projector and added it to the Competition section. We also updated What to look forward to with new projectors we plan to test.

While the price of big-screen TVs has fallen, front projection is still the most cost-effective way to enjoy your favorite movies and TV shows on a huge screen (100 inches or more)—but few people have a dedicated room for a true home theater projector.

If you’re looking for a projector that will work great in your living room, the Epson Home Cinema 3800 has the best combination of brightness, picture quality, and features. It has more light output than most similarly priced projectors do, yet it still offers great contrast to deliver a punchy, beautiful image.

  • Who this is for

    These are for people who want a big-screen movie experience at home, and plan to use the projector in a brighter room.

  • Price range

  • The specs

    We focused on projectors with high brightness, a better-than-1080p resolution, and support for high dynamic range video.

  • Objective testing

    We measured each projector’s contrast, brightness, and color accuracy using color and light meters and Calman software.

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Our pick

Epson Home Cinema 3800

This projector combines high brightness with accurate color, great contrast, and good setup tools to fit in a variety of rooms.

Buying Options

$1,600* from Walmart

$1,600 from Amazon

$1,700 from Dell

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,700.

The extremely bright Epson Home Cinema 3800 projector offers a clear step up in picture quality over budget 1080p projectors, and its native contrast ratio—the difference between the darkest and brightest parts of an image—is much higher than that of most projectors around the same price. It can’t compete with the best 4K home theater projectors in overall performance, but its high brightness makes it a better choice for use in a living room or family room where you can’t block out all the light. The Home Cinema 3800 also has accurate colors, producing lifelike greens, blues, reds, and everything in between. The image isn’t technically 4K and doesn’t look quite as sharp as what you can see from some competitors, but it’s still highly detailed. And this projector’s higher zoom (1.6x) and better lens shifting give you increased placement flexibility, which may matter more in a living room than in a dedicated theater room.

The research

  • Why you should trust us
  • Who this is for
  • How we picked and tested
  • Our pick: Epson Home Cinema 3800
  • Flaws but not dealbreakers
  • Other good living-room projectors
  • What to look forward to
  • The competition

Why you should trust us

I’ve written about and reviewed projectors and TVs for 20 years for a variety of publications, including CNET, Home Theater magazine, and Sound & Vision magazine. I also wrote most of the early projector reviews for Wirecutter. I’m ISF and NIST trained, and I have my own test gear (including a spectroradiometer, luminance and illuminance meters, and test-pattern generators) to measure the accuracy of a projector. I’ve also used a projector as my main “TV” for over 15 years, so I understand what makes a good all-purpose living-room projector.

Who this is for

If you have the space and you’re looking to upgrade your entertainment system to get a more cinematic big-screen experience at home, but you don’t want to completely darken your room, a bright, living-room projector might be exactly what you need. Today’s projectors can offer significantly more light output than those from just a few years ago, which means they are no longer confined to basements or other dedicated theater rooms where you can completely control the amount of light.

The projectors in this guide deliver a step up in performance over the 1080p picks in our guide to the best budget projector for a home theater. They all have a better-than-1080p resolution (their makers call them 4K, but that’s debatable—which we’ll discuss) and support high dynamic range (HDR) video playback, just like the best TVs—and they’re often brighter than budget projectors (especially the smaller portable and pico-style models). They’re ideal for a mixed-use room, where you’ll watch, say, a movie on Saturday night and a football game on Sunday morning.

For those who want the absolute best, most theater-worthy performance—and have a fully light-controlled room—we recommend one of the options in our guide to the best 4K projector instead. High-end home theater projectors usually aren’t as bright overall, but they produce much deeper black levels and higher contrast ratios, both of which are evident in a dark room.

As bright as today’s living-room projectors can be, they still look better if you can minimize stray ambient light falling on the screen. Our picks below are bright enough that you can still see what’s going on if you have some light in the room, but the ability to lower the lights, draw curtains, or close blinds will improve the image quality. For instance, if you have a Super Bowl party, you can leave the room lights on so people aren’t tripping over one another, but you should still close the curtains. If you prefer to have more light in the room, you might consider buying a special ambient-light-rejecting (ALR) screen to mate with your living-room projector.

Other great projectors

How we picked and tested

In deciding what models to call in and test, we first compiled a list of newer projectors that could input a 4K signal, had HDR compatibility, and supported at least HDMI 2.0. We focused on the $1,000 to $3,000 price range, which covers the gap between our budget projector guide and our premium 4K projector guide. In this price range, most projectors have at least a greater-than-1080p resolution (more on this later). Since we were looking for projectors that didn’t need to be used in a dedicated home theater, we wanted at least a claimed 1,500 lumens of brightness, ideally more.

Using the above criteria, we called in contenders that had the features we wanted for a reasonable price. After adjusting their basic picture settings so that they would look their best, we checked their color and color-temperature accuracy using a spectroradiometer and Calman software, and we measured their contrast ratio using light meters. We then placed them side by side and connected them to the same source using a Monoprice video splitter. We watched a variety of 4K and HDR content on a 102-inch, 1.0-gain screen, blocking off one or two projectors at a time to see how they compared.

Arguably the most important attribute in judging picture quality is contrast ratio, which refers to how dark the darkest parts of the image are compared with how bright the brightest parts are. “Native” contrast ratio is what the projector’s image-creating chips and light source can do on their own, while “dynamic” contrast ratio is what the projector can do with the aid of an iris or lamp that automatically darkens the entire image for dark video content and brightens it for bright video content. Native is what you see at any given moment; dynamic is what’s possible across different scenes. Generally, native contrast is far more important. Dynamic contrast can, for example, help make black letterbox bars seem less noticeable during a dark scene, but the projector achieves this effect by making the entire image darker.

There’s no government-mandated way to measure contrast ratio, so manufacturers can generally make up whatever number they want on a spec sheet. This is why the measured numbers you see in our discussions below are much, much lower than what the manufacturers claim, as they would be with any projector measured in the real world.

I measured each projector in its most accurate picture mode, measuring its projection onto a 1.0-gain screen (luminance) as well as measuring directly at the lens itself (illuminance). I measured a full black image, and then with the same settings I measured a 100% white window (15% of the screen). I repeated these steps with different iris and lamp settings to get average native- and dynamic-contrast ratios.

I also tested each projector’s light output, aka brightness. I performed this test with each projector in its most accurate picture mode, since having a bright picture doesn’t mean much if it looks terrible. I also made note of how bright the projector could get for situations where maximum brightness is necessary. This typically meant using the projector’s Dynamic or Bright picture mode.

I also wanted to make sure the colors from each projector were accurate, per HDTV standards. We wanted reds looking red, greens looking green, and so on. A projector with accurate color looks far more realistic than one without. This aspect doesn’t have the top-line, headline-grabbing interest of brightness and contrast ratio, but it’s still very important. I measured each projector’s color with a spectroradiometer. All of our picks were quite good in this regard, at least in their accurate picture modes.

Additionally, I checked detail and noise using various test patterns and watching actual content. No projector in this price range is “true” 4K—as in, they don’t have imaging chips with 3840×2160 pixels. Instead, they rapidly shift the pixels they do have to produce multiple pixels on screen. This isn’t as big of a deal as it seems, and we’ll talk about it more in each pick’s discussion.

I also watched HDR content, though it’s important to note that projectors can’t display HDR as well as TVs can.

Lastly, I checked the projectors’ input lag, a test important to gamers as it determines how quickly pressing a button on a controller results in the action happening on screen. Any game that requires precise timing—be it a first-person shooter, a platformer, or a racing game—will be less annoying, and you’ll score better, on a display with low input lag.

One thing we didn’t factor into our decision was audio quality. Each projector we tested has built-in speakers, but they’re small and low powered. Since we assume these projectors are intended for a more elaborate setup than an occasional movie night, we think they’re best paired with a receiver and speakers or a soundbar.

Our pick: Epson Home Cinema 3800

Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Our pick

Epson Home Cinema 3800

This projector combines high brightness with accurate color, great contrast, and good setup tools to fit in a variety of rooms.

Buying Options

$1,600* from Walmart

$1,600 from Amazon

$1,700 from Dell

*At the time of publishing, the price was $1,700.

The Epson Home Cinema 3800’s combination of high brightness, great image quality, and good placement flexibility make it the best living-room projector for most people. Its exceptional brightness allows you to enjoy a massive image, a tremendously bright image, or some compromise between the two. Although the Home Cinema 3800 didn’t deliver the sharpest-looking picture in our tests, the image was still quite detailed. The projector offers low input lag for gaming, and it supports the HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats. The Home Cinema 3800 also has better setup tools than similarly priced competitors, as well as a built-in speaker and Bluetooth support to wirelessly send audio to an external sound system.

One of the Home Cinema 3800’s biggest strengths—and the main reason it works so well in a variety of rooms, even those without absolute light control—is its extreme brightness. In its most accurate picture mode, Cinema mode, the Home Cinema 3800 put out 57.44 foot-lamberts (196.8 nits) on a 102-inch, 1.0-gain screen. That translates to roughly 1,772 lumens. If you’re willing to forgo color and color-temperature accuracy, the Dynamic picture mode puts out a remarkable 93.4 fL (roughly 2,882 lumens). This isn’t the mode you’re likely to use most of the time, but it’ll do for watching the occasional midday sporting event in a well-lit room. For comparison, movie theaters are often 15 fL, and TVs from just a few years ago would have been considered bright if they were more than 50 fL (though modern HDR TVs are far, far brighter).

So, yeah, the Home Cinema 3800 is exceptionally bright—the brightest projector we tested in this group, and sometimes almost too bright (like, for watching movies at night in the dark). However, you can always lower the brightness. The Eco lamp mode, which is not only quieter but also better for lamp longevity, is roughly 30% darker. In this mode, the Home Cinema 3800 is the same brightness as the BenQ TK850i in its brightest mode and only slightly dimmer than the Optoma UHD35.

The Home Cinema 3800 has two HDMI inputs, plus a USB port that can power a streaming stick. You also get custom-installation-friendly connections such as an RS-232 port and a 12-volt trigger. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

Different projector manufacturers use different technologies to produce an image. Pretty much all projectors priced under $2,000 use DLP or LCD technology. The Home Cinema 3800 was the only LCD projector in our test group; the others were all single-chip DLP designs. In this price range, LCD projectors generally have better contrast ratios than DLP projectors do, and the Home Cinema 3800 is no exception. (For further detail, read more about the difference between LCD and DLP technology.) Not only was the Home Cinema 3800’s contrast ratio the best of the projectors we tested for this guide, but it was better than that of nearly all the budget 1080p projectors I’ve tested, as well. I measured an average native contrast of 1456:1. That may not seem like a lot, but most less-expensive 1080p and 4K projectors have a contrast of less than 1000:1. This means the projector can produce deeper shadows while at the same time generating bright highlights, so the image has more depth and punch. Although none of the projectors we tested for this guide looked washed out, the other models’ images did look flatter than the Home Cinema 3800’s. Even the BenQ TK850i, which had the second-best contrast ratio in our test, measured about 30% lower in contrast ratio.

The Home Cinema 3800’s out-of-the-box color accuracy in its Cinema mode was also excellent, the best of the projectors we tested for this guide. The primary colors of blue and green were spot-on accurate, with red being only very slightly orange. The secondary colors of cyan, magenta, and orange were also accurate. The result was a very natural-looking image, whether I was looking at tomatoes, grass, or cloudless skies. According to our measurements, the Home Cinema 3800 also had an accurate color temperature, which indicates how cool (bluish) or warm (reddish) the overall image looks: Darker images were right on the D6500 standard, while brighter images were very slightly cool but not enough to be noticeable when we were watching actual content.

No projector shines bright enough, nor has the dynamic range, to do HDR the way it’s meant to be done. However, the Home Cinema 3800 does a decent job of converting an HDR image to something it can display correctly, without overly clipping any highlights that are too bright. There isn’t really any performance benefit to this, but unlike many less-expensive “HDR-capable” projectors, the Home Cinema 3800 doesn’t add noticeable processing artifacts that make an HDR image difficult to watch.

Epson’s remote is backlit and offers lots of buttons to take you directly to different inputs and picture adjustments. Photo: Michael Murtaugh

The Home Cinema 3800 is small enough to set on a coffee table and light enough to move around easily (though you can also put it in a ceiling mount). Lens shift of any kind is rare in this price range, so the presence of both horizontal (±24 degrees) and vertical (±60 degrees) lens shifting makes the Home Cinema 3800 practically a unicorn. This functionality, combined with the 1.6x zoom lens, gives you a wider range of placement options in comparison with the other projectors we tested, including putting the projector on a shelf or stand behind a couch.

Unlike some competitors, the Home Cinema 3800 doesn’t have any built-in video-streaming services, but it does have two HDMI 2.0 inputs and a USB connection that can output 2 amps of power, so it can run a streaming stick if you want to connect one directly. It also includes dual 10-watt speakers, an analog audio output, and Bluetooth support (with aptX).

If you’re a gamer, note that the Home Cinema 3800 had a low input lag of 28.4 milliseconds in our measurements. This means there’s less of a delay between when you press a button on a controller and when that action appears on screen. As far as projectors go, this is one of the lowest input-lag figures you can find.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

Like most “4K” projectors in this price range, the Epson Home Cinema 3800 doesn’t have a true 3840×2160 resolution. Instead, Epson uses what it calls “4K Enhancement (1920 x 1080 x 2)” technology, which “shifts each pixel to achieve double Full HD resolution on screen.” There’s a bit of wordplay in that claim, since true 4K is actually quadruple the resolution of Full HD, not double. On the Home Cinema 3800, the result is an image that is unquestionably detailed but, when viewed side by side with images from the DLP projectors we tested, less sharp. This isn’t as big of a deal as it may seem, since the Home Cinema 3800’s improved contrast and color make for a better-looking image overall.

The lamp life isn’t as long as that of the other projectors in this guide. Epson rates it at 3,500 hours in its brightest mode and 5,000 hours in its dimmest (though still very bright) mode, Eco mode. If you watch four hours of video per night, for example, the Eco mode will give you over three years of viewing before you’d need to replace the lamp, which as of this writing costs $100. It’s less expensive than most projector lamps, so the fact that it doesn’t last as long isn’t a big concern.

Other good living-room projectors

If you want a 4K laser projector (and are willing to pay more to get it): The Optoma UHZ50 is a step up in picture quality from our pick, along with the commensurate step up in price. With two times the resolution of the Epson Home Cinema 3800, plus the inherently sharper image you get from 4K DLP technology, the detail is excellent. The laser+phosphor light engine produces a bright, colorful image. It also means you’ll never need to replace a lamp, and it allows for fast power-on and -off, more like a TV. The UHZ50 has 1.3x zoom and a small amount of vertical lens shift—but the Epson is still more flexible in these areas. Overall the UHZ50’s image quality is better, but not as much as the price implies. You can read more about it in my CNET review.

What to look forward to

There are several new living-room projectors that we plan to test:

BenQ has announced the TK860i, which is a lamp-based 4K projector with a claimed brightness of 3,300 lumens. It uses BenQ’s new HDR-PRO technology to improve contrast and HDR tone mapping, and it supports the HDR10+ format. The projector comes with an Android TV dongle and will cost $1,800 when it starts selling in June.

Epson’s Home Cinema 2350 is a smart, gaming-oriented projector with built-in Android TV, a 120 Hz refresh rate, and low input lag under 20 milliseconds. This model is a step down from our current top pick, the 3800; it uses the same PRO-UHD pixel-shifting technology for a better-than-1080p resolution but has a lower claimed light output of 2,800 lumens.

Optoma has introduced the UHD35x and short-throw UHD35STx. (The UHD35x replaces our former pick, the now-discontinued UHD35.) Both versions are 4K DLP projectors with a claimed light output of 3,600 lumens, a 240 Hz refresh rate, and low input lag of 4 milliseconds for 1080p video.

ViewSonic’s X2-4K short-throw projector is a 4K DLP model with an LED light source and a claimed brightness of 2,900 ANSI lumens. ViewSonic heralds this projector as being “designed for Xbox,” with Xbox-exclusive resolution and refresh-rate combinations, plus 4.2 ms input lag and a 240 Hz refresh rate for smoother gameplay. It is due out in July with a selling price of $1,600.

The competition

The Dangbei Mars Pro is a value-oriented 4K laser projector with built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and speakers and a supplied Android TV dongle. It’s a solid performer for the price: The image is sharp, bright, and clean; the form factor is smaller than average; and the fan noise is minimal. But in our tests, it was just average in its contrast ratio, black level, and color accuracy, and there are no advanced picture adjustments to fine-tune the image—not even color-temperature presets. While this model is highly affordable for a 4K laser projector, we’d still like to see more refinement for roughly $1,400.

We compared the LG HU70LA directly with our picks, and it was simply too dim and a little too expensive—but it’s still a very good projector. Like many other single-chip DLP projectors we’ve tested, the HU70LA has a contrast ratio that’s quite low. Its LEDs do let the HU70LA create far deeper, more vibrant colors than our picks can produce, so in our tests it almost held its own against the far brighter competition, especially with HDR content. It has streaming apps built in and even has an antenna connection (it’s the only projector we’ve seen with one). Overall, if you hate the idea of replacing a lamp or you want deeper colors than what’s possible with the other projectors we tested, you may want to check out the HU70LA.

We also tested the pricier LG HU810PW, which uses two lasers and a phosphor to create light. The result is a fairly quiet, bright projector with great color. However, the contrast ratio is well below average for a DLP projector. So with anything but fully bright scenes, the HU810PW looks washed out and flat. For a little less money, the Optoma UHZ50 4K laser projector (mentioned in the Other good living-room projectors section above) offers a better picture overall, though with slightly less zoom and lens-shift functionality. You can read more about it in my review at CNET.

The soon-to-be-discontinued BenQ TK850i was an above-average performer in our tests, but the Epson outperformed it in brightness, contrast, and color accuracy. The DLP-based TK850i looked far sharper than the Home Cinema 3800, especially with motion. The 850i is less convenient for most people, compared with the Epson, as it offers only ±30 degrees of vertical lens shift and 1.3x zoom.

The soon-to-be-discontinued BenQ HT3550i (which I tested independently from the work I did for this guide) is the home theater counterpart to the TK850i and has many similar features and specs. It offers excellent color (far deeper than that of the TK850i) but does so at the expense of light output, which makes it far dimmer. Color is great and important, but the other projectors here offer very good—and usually highly accurate—color while being much brighter for living-room use.

The Optoma UHD35 is a former pick that offered good brightness and detail, but had lower contrast and fewer setup tools than our top pick. It has been discontinued and replaced by the UHD35x, which we plan to test.

We did not test the Epson Home Cinema 3200, which is a cheaper sibling to the 3800 and has a similar design. It’s rated at 100 fewer lumens, which isn’t a big deal, but it has only 40% of the rated contrast ratio. Although manufacturer contrast-ratio numbers are never accurate, that much of a difference and the lower price imply that this projector doesn’t offer the image quality of the 3800. If you can’t afford the 3800 and don’t want a DLP projector, the 3200 is worth considering.

We also did not test the older and more expensive Epson Home Cinema 4010 because it uses HDMI 1.4 and is not as bright as the 3800 for living-room use.

We dismissed the ViewSonic X100-4K because its claimed brightness was below our minimum criterion of 1,500 ANSI lumens. Like the LG HU70LA, this DLP projector uses an LED light source instead of a traditional lamp, and it does not appear to be bright enough for living-room use. Plus, reviews we’ve seen say its overall performance is average at best.

This article was edited by Adrienne Maxwell and Grant Clauser.

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Epson Home Cinema 2350 Review: Bright 4K Projector for Less

Epson makes some of the best home theater projectors, and the Home Cinema 2350 is the least expensive 4K projector Epson has ever made. It’s bright, detailed, and has excellent color accuracy. The new design is compact and attractive. There’s even a full suite of streaming services thanks to built-in Android TV. It combines a lot of what we look for in projectors. 

$1,488 at Amazon

$1,300 at Crutchfield

$1,300 at Best Buy

Don’t like

  • Contrast is pretty mediocre
  • Loud at max brightness
  • Technically 4K but other projectors are sharper

The picture’s contrast, however, isn’t great, unlike some of the company’s better units like the 5050UB. So while the image looks good with bright scenes, it struggles a bit in darker ones, especially in demanding home theater environments. It just looks slightly more washed out than most other projectors, including its direct predecessor and some cheaper DLP projectors. 

Overall, though, the Home Cinema 2350 is still an excellent projector at the right price. For a bit more than a decent 1080p projector, you can get this bright, colorful 4K PJ. 

That’s a lot of light

  • Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • HDR-compatible: Yes
  • 4K-compatible: Yes
  • 3D-compatible: No
  • Lumens spec: 2,800
  • Zoom: Yes
  • Lens shift: Vertical, ±60%
  • Lamp life (Normal mode): 4,500 hours

The headline feature of the HC2350 is 4K, but what’s just as impressive is the claimed 2,800 lumens. That’s a lot of light from such a small package. I measured nearly 2,100, making it one of the brightest projectors we’ve ever measured at any price. In the less accurate Dynamic picture mode, it’s capable of exceeding its rated brightness. It’s an absolutely dazzling amount of light from such a tiny machine.

The controls on the HC2350.

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Like all lower-cost 4K projectors, the HC2350 uses lower-resolution imaging chips that are rapidly manipulated to create multiple pixels on screen. In this case, two, so the resolution is technically 1080×2 not “4K. ” Epson’s far more expensive LS11000 does a similar trick, but each pixel creates four on screen (so 1080×4). I talk more about how that looks below, but the short version is the HC2350 looks more detailed than its 1080p predecessor, though not quite as sharp as some other 4K projectors.

Unlike nearly all DLP projectors anywhere close to the HC2350’s price, it has lens shift. This greatly increases the placement flexibility. Ceiling, table, even shelf mounting are all doable. A reasonably generous zoom all means that you can place this projector in far more rooms, or where in a room, compared with most other projectors.

One thing to consider when you’re deciding where to place/mount the HC2350: it’s loud. In the highest brightness mode it’s like a fusion-powered Dustbuster, with tons of light, heat and noise. This is true of many small projectors, but it seems a little more so here. Don’t plan on putting it on a shelf behind the sofa, for instance, not least because it vents a stream of near-plasmic air out of the left front corner (as viewed when looking at the projector). Though I guess if you have a cat or someone who’s always cold, you could consider this a “feature.”

During my testing, after a full day of gaming at the high lamp mode, the 2350 shut itself off due to heat. After a few minutes, I could restart it and it was fine. I wasn’t able to replicate this, but it wasn’t a hot day nor was the room hot. We’ve reached out to Epson and we’ll update this review if we learn more or it happens again.

Lamp life is a little on the low side, at 4,500 hours. Using ECO mode extends that to 7,500. However, as of this writing, the lamp replacements are less than $100, so this isn’t a big deal.

Get your streaming right here

The 2350 has two HDMI inputs, one USB and one 3.5mm analog audio output. The two on the left connect to the included streaming stick.

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  • HDMI inputs: 2
  • USB port: 1 (2A)
  • Audio output: 3.5mm analog
  • Internet: 2.4 and 5 GHz
  • Remote: 2x, not backlit

Two HDMI inputs are more than enough for any projector, though in this case, one of them is occupied by the included built-in-but-removable streaming stick. Said stick, Epson’s own, runs on Android TV, which should let you stream pretty much anything you want. There’s a USB connection as well, but it’s powering the streaming stick. If you want to use your own streaming device, a small cover on the back opens easily to give access to both connections. A larger cover hides the air filter and the streaming stick itself.

The other HDMI connection has ARC, so you can send the streaming audio back down an HDMI cable to a receiver or soundbar. 

Picture quality comparisons

For my comparison, I pitted the 2350 against the HC2250, its direct predecessor, and the BenQ HT2050A, our favorite overall projector the the money. In my initial review, the 2250 was about $200 too expensive for a 1080p projector, especially one that was largely outperformed by the HT2050A. Speaking of, that BenQ is several years old at this point, an eternity in the tech world, but still manages to hold its own against newer, and now higher resolution, competitors. While its price has dropped over the years, it’s still our go-to pick for projectors around $1,000.

The 2350 is about 20% brighter than its predecessor and about 30% brighter than the BenQ. All three can certainly be considered “bright” and have plenty of light for a screen 100 inches or greater. The 2350 really draws the eye though, it’s so bright.

The 2350 has lens shift and a decent zoom.

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The contrast ratio, however, was by far the most noticeable difference and not in a good way. The older 2250 has a contrast ratio half what the BenQ can produce, with the 2350 a third of the 2250. Letterbox bars that are quite dim on the BenQ are noticeable on the 2250 and visibly lighter (not good) on the 2350. With bright content this is less obvious, but the BenQ has much more apparent depth than either Epson. There’s a reason we still recommend the BenQ after so many years, and that reason is contrast. The 2350 ends up looking somewhat flat. Not washed out, but not as punchy as either of the other two.  

Contrast is one of, if not the, most important single performance metric for a projector, but it’s not the only metric. The colors on the 2350 are more accurate and more vibrant than either of the other projectors here. This isn’t as huge a difference compared with the difference with contrast and brightness, but it is notable.

While the 2350 is 4K to the BenQ’s 1080p, the difference in sharpness wasn’t as hugely noticeable as you might think. The Epson is LCD to the BenQ’s DLP, and DLP greatest strength is its ultra-sharp images. There’s no motion blur so images with lots of motion tend to look sharper on DLP projectors. However, the Epson has twice as many pixels on screen so despite those pixels arriving via pixel shift tech and 1080p LCD panels, the 2350 is definitely sharper. Slower moving images, especially closeups of faces, look even sharper still. Shots with lots of motion the detail difference is less noticeable, though still there. With all three images adjacent, in order of detail was 2350 at the top, the the BenQ HT2050, then the 2250 looking the softest.

You can access the included streaming stick from removable panels on the top.

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So overall, the 2350 is definitely an advancement over its predecessor, despite the disappointing decrease in contrast ratio. The geriatric BenQ still surprisingly holds its own, despite being down on pixels, brightness and features. Perhaps most importantly, the BenQ currently costs about half the price of the 2350. 

I briefly compared the 2350 to the LS11000, just to check the difference between the two versions of Epson’s pixel shift technology. The 11000 is more detailed, but again, not as much as you might think. Since the 2350 does look sharper than the vanilla 1080p of the HC2250, we’ll call this a win for the price.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have the Optoma UHD35 on hand to directly compare. It’s roughly the same price as the 2350, it’s also 4K, but uses DLP instead of LCD. Even without it on hand, we can deduce a lot from its measurements and the issues I found during my review. First, the Epson is a lot brighter. The UHD35 maxed out at approximately 1,500 lumens to the Epson’s 2,000. The Optoma’s colors are good, but the Epson’s are more accurate. The Epson has significantly more zoom range and lens shift, as well as better video processing.

The remote is small and easy to use.

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The two ways the Optoma is arguably better is with contrast ratio and detail. I measured nearly double the contrast compared with that of the Epson. This will likely be noticeable, but keep in mind that the Optoma’s 649:1 still isn’t great. Both will look washed out compared with the BenQ and pretty much any modern TV. 

In terms of detail, every 4K DLP projector I’ve reviewed has looked sharper, side-by-side, compared with every 4K LCD I’ve reviewed. So it’s not a stretch to assume the UHD35 would look sharper than the 2350. That said, it would be fairly close. Plus, resolution isn’t nearly as important as other aspects of picture quality.

All said, I’m comfortable recommending the Epson over the UHD35 since for most people the extra brightness is going to outweigh the slightly better contrast ratio and detail.

Budget-ish, bright 4K

Lots of heat from the vents on the left.

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It wasn’t long ago that a “budget” 4K projector still meant more than $2,000. The Optoma UHD35 certainly moved the needle, as have a few projectors since. Last year’s 2250 was a good projector, but overpriced. Instead of correcting toward price, Epson added more features and moved slightly upmarket. It’s a strategy that has worked for countless companies in the past. The 2350 is one of the few 4K projectors around $1,000, so I’d bet this shift works well for them. 

In some ways, the performance of the 2350 is a step back, increasing brightness and resolution at the cost of contrast. At the end of the day, though, resolution and brightness are the two main things that sell projectors, even though contrast is what separates the best from the rest. At this price all projectors have one or two negatives due to their cost, so it’s all a balancing act. 

Which is a long way of saying that, despite some flaws, the HC2350 is a definite winner. If the price stretches your budget, the far cheaper HT2050A is an excellent alternative. Otherwise, it’s hard to beat super-bright and colorful 4K for a bit over $1K. 

Catch Me If You Can: Good Practice

Catch Me If You Can:
Good Practice

John Divola, Dark Star B, 2008

Catch Me If You Can: Opportunities and Challenges for Artistic Research

90 002 Part II – Good practice. Good practice

1,923 words

4 theoreticians

3 links for self-study

Material author: Alena Koroleva

0003 named after A.L. Stieglitz

The analysis is based on the essay Catch Me If You Can: Chances and Challenges of Artistic Research by Mika Hannula, first published in Art&Research in 2009.

Mika Hannula (b. 1967) – writer, curator, art critic. From 2005 to 2012 he was Professor of Art Studies at the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. From 2000 to 2005 he was the rector of the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki, Finland. Lives and works in Berlin.

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What is good practice?

The essay is devoted to the possibilities and tasks of artistic research – the field of knowledge production, which is only developing its habitus, habits and criteria. And this constant development becomes a discovery and a call to action. We will consider artistic research as a practice, with each new context absorbing new qualities and content; a practice that, according to its own internal laws, determines what is important and what is insignificant *.

*Hereinafter, bold type is an excerpt from an article by Mika Hannula

In the last article, we looked at different schools of artistic research and which approaches contribute to its development, and which block the air. We talked about the external, collaborative side of the process, the democracy of experiments and the possibility of the parallel existence of contradictions.

This time let’s turn to the “guts” of practice and, keeping in mind the conclusion of the past material (practice must be regular), through the appeal to Aristotelian ethics we will move further, answering the question: What does good practice mean and how does it differ from just practice? **

** Hereinafter, the comments of the author of the article, Alena Koroleva, are in regular type.

Starting from the studies of Aristotle’s ethics and philosophy, let’s define good practice in the context of artistic research and answer the question:
what virtues create practice?


Aristotle’s basic idea is surprisingly simple: good practice is born from good practice . Practice – whatever it may be – is seen not as something static, stable, given, but as something constantly evolving and open to challenges within the sphere and from outside opinion.

The semantic ring “good practice comes from good practice” invites you to return to the basics of practice, offering an answer to the question: What makes practice what it is and what makes it better?

Quoting Aristotle: “. .. just as with a flutist, a sculptor and every master and in general (for those who have a certain purpose and occupation (praxis), in fact goodness and perfection (to ey) are contained in their deed (ergon)… [1]”. Therefore, the main thing lies in the act of action and in the experience of this act.

What do we do and what is the meaning of what we do? Turning to self-understanding, let us formulate: a good life is a life spent in search of a good life . We are faced with a task of endless exploration, not in the point of arrival, but in our ability to travel and enjoy this terribly uneven road. The essence of the search is the ethics of the unattainable, the cherishing and respectful attitude to the absurdity of life.

In terms of research, this means that we will never get clear, comprehensive answers. All we can do is formulate contexts more clearly through the processes of practice, without searching for the true essence, without hunting for the “tangible”. So that there is nothing that could be “knocked down”. Exploration is not a John Wayne movie, but a process that must be kept open and kept open.

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Main differences and advantages.
1 simplicity and convenience of sharpening.
2. Reducing the time for sharpening the knife, as you can quickly turn the knife over with one click of the river and the angle does not change
3 you can quickly turn the knife over as many times as you need and it won’t take you much time and eliminate different adjustments.
Length: 200 mm
Width: 190 mm
Height: 60 mm

Clamping jaws for the knife are made of normalized steel 60s2a, which makes them flexible for fracture.
Frame for clamping jaws made of steel 6s2a.
Mounting on the base d16 hardened
The knot uses plain bearings that make the knot very accurate when working
Represents the Stable heavy metal design which gives good stability and accuracy when sharpening knives.
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a stainless steel shaft with a diameter of 6 mm is inserted into the articulated head, on which round clamps are placed for abrasive stones
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clamping frame allows the use of abrasives from 10 to 22 cm long
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Angle markings on post (15, 18, 20, 25, 30 degrees)
the hinge assembly is also made of metal, which makes it reliable;
in the presence of a metal stop, which can be used as a clamp for more reliable fastening of the knife;
the machine stands securely on any surface thanks to the rubber nozzles.