Do I Need A Video Projector?
A video projector can completely change the sense of space in your home. A video projector will make your TV big. It will take your living room from a small box to something that feels much bigger, more immersive, and often more engaging.
If you want to go all out with an exceptional experience, then yes, absolutely get one. That’s what they’re there for. If you want something simple, just to have a huge TV, then no.
Let’s look at some practicalities in order to give us an idea of why they are essential for some situations but not worth it for others.
TV size is the single biggest factor affecting your experience
Imagine two TVs that are exactly the same, except one of them is 32,” and the other is 92″, which one would you rather have? Obviously, it’s the bigger one. Now imagine they both cost exactly the same – which would be more expensive to produce? Again, the big TV.
With a video projector, simply putting up a wall is no issue – your living room can now be as big as you want. With TVs, you are limited to size by how far away from the wall you can put it without it looking weird or just putting it on an arm that makes it stick out.
This usually leaves us with a 32″ max, which is fine but not as good as a projector.
The size of the wall is the only limitation for a video projector
A projector can be made as big as you want, and because it doesn’t depend on having to deal with any borders (black or otherwise) around your screen, all you need is a flat white wall, and you’re set.
You can get one big enough to fill a wall across your entire house if you really want, and because it’s so much larger than any TV screen, it can feel filmic in its presentation – very much like watching a cinema.
With TVs, the size of the viewing surface is limited by borders (black borders on all sides), and you can’t make it any bigger without buying a second, third, or even fourth TV.
A projector is often going to be better value for money
The cost of a video projector that’s comparable in picture quality with an equally good TV will usually be lower because TVs have more electronics in them and need to be much more solidly constructed.
A video projector has a very bright bulb in it, which throws out a lot of heat. They come with vents on the side because they get very hot, and that’s without one running for hours at a time. A TV can’t cope with that – if you play your PS4 for hours on end, or leave your Xbox on all day, then you’re going to burn out the bulb in your TV.
You can use a video projector for years without having to replace anything (except basic wear and tear like cleaning the lens). Many people buy TVs every year because they are so fragile – some even break down within weeks!