woman using a projector

There are a lot of reasons why someone would choose a projector instead a TV, but in my opinion, there are a few common reasons people decide to bring home a projector. You would choose a projector instead of a TV if you’d like to create a gaming space in your home, if you want to create a multimedia room within an existing living room, or if you’d like a portable way to watch videos outside when you’re hanging out or camping.

Create a gaming space with a projector

media room epson projectors

If you’ve only used your PC or console via a TV or monitor, you might be surprised to find out that a projector can be even better than a TV for gaming. With a gaming projector, you can create a gaming space that can be part of your bedroom, recreation room, or living room.

One of the best reasons to choose a projector vs a TV for gaming is screen size. With a TV you’re limited to 55 inches, 65 inches, or larger if you decide you have the space and budget to accommodate a very big screen TV. But with a projector, you can project up to 100 inches on a screen, and you can place that screen anywhere in your room. The screen can also be rolled up and stored when not in use, so you can have your gaming area when you need it and store everything when you don’t.

Gaming projectors are lightweight too so you don’t have to worry about mounting a heavy TV to create a gaming space. And, they are portable so you can take your projector along to a friend’s house to game with them.

What to look for in a gaming projector

To get the most out of your gaming console, the display it’s connected to needs to have low input lag, high refresh rate, and realistic colour reproduction. A projector can outperform a TV in all of these areas, and you can find projectors that are much easier on your budget than TVs or gaming monitors.

Take BenQ projectors for example, some of their 4K UHD HDR projectors offer 60Hz refresh rate and input lag of 16ms. Some projectors are also bright enough to use in daylight so your gaming won’t have to be restricted to the evening hours, and many have gaming modes you can choose so all of your favourite gaming settings are ready with just a touch on the projector.

Projectors have built-in speakers for the best sound quality possible, but they also have HDMI ports you can use to amplify your projector’s sound. As long as the projector you choose has built-in Wi-Fi or Bluetooth you can opt to add a wireless home theatre speaker, soundbar, or Bluetooth speaker.

When you’re looking for a gaming projector, keep an eye out from models from brands like BenQ, Sony, Epson, and Optoma.

Use a projector to create a multimedia space

sony projector for home theatre

One of the most popular floor plans for homes is open concept. When you have an open floor plan, you don’t have any defining walls that show what room is what, so the living room can flow into the dining room and kitchen. The lack of established sections can make creating a multimedia space or home theatre space a little challenging, but that challenge is exactly why you’d choose a projector instead of a TV in this type of area.

A multimedia space is an area within your living room where you can kick back, watch videos, game, or stream music. It’s the perfect spot for a projector because it’s portable, letting you use the room for other purposes without needing a dedicated area for a TV.

What’s more, projectors have speakers that let you stream clear audio so you can stream your favourite playlists, and unlike a TV, you have the added benefit of using the projector to turn on a light show for ambience when you’re just listening to music.

What to look for in a projector for a multimedia space

When your multimedia area is small, a projector is a great choice over a TV because they can project a crystal clear image from a very short distance. There are short-throw and ultra-short throw projectors that let you place the projector right under where you have your screen or on a table right across from it, and you can pick it up and put it away when you don’t need it.

Ultra short throw and short throw projectors offer 1080p or 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD 4K resolution with HDR10, an average of 2,500 ANSI Lumens brightness, and have superior colour and contrast. You can use this type of projector for everyday TV watching during the day, and you’ll get a superior picture if you opt for a grey-tone projector screen that enhances contrast.

Just like smart TVs, projectors offer you Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built-in. Some models of Epson, Samsung, or Optoma projectors have smart operating systems built-in so you can add apps or use your projector just like you would a smart TV. You may even opt for a projector with built-in voice control so you can use it with your Google Assistant or Alexa.

Use a projector outside

can i use my projector during the day?

You might like to watch movies and TV shows when you’re travelling, but the idea of taking along a heavy TV means it’s not an option. This is an area where you really see the benefits of having a projector, and their features and portability stand out head and shoulders over a TV when you’re using them outside.

Portability is one of the most important reasons to choose a projector instead of a TV, and you can find portable projectors that are small and compact enough to toss in a bag or pack along with your other gear. Pocket projectors can be placed anywhere you’d like to project an image, and most have a resolution of 1080p Full HD so the images it provides are clear and crisp. The projector itself might be small in size, but you can show videos on screens up to 100 inches.

What to look for in a portable projector

Being able to show videos outside or watch a movie under the stars is one of the best reasons to choose a projector over a TV, and a projector is the perfect device for outdoor movie nights with friends and family. Projectors have added benefits like having an SD or MicroSD card slot, letting you take your projector into remote areas without Wi-Fi and still giving you the option to watch saved content. If you are in an area with Wi-Fi, you can connect to all of your streaming services and stream content just like you would at home. If you want to take along gaming consoles or other devices like Blu-ray players, all you’ll need is an HDMI cable and you’ll feel like you’re back in the living room.

Mini projectors can project on a wall or the side of a camper, but you can also use an outdoor screen if you want the big screen experience. You can find weatherproof outdoor screens in white or grey to enhance colour and contrast, and they are easy to fold up and pack away.samsung projectors

Projectors are a great choice for every space

These are just three of the most common reasons why people choose projectors over TVs for gaming, movies, and outdoor movie viewing. What would you use your projector for? You can find projectors to fit every room at Best Buy.

Editor TV & Home Theatre
I'm a Vancouver freelancer and tech enthusiast. When I'm not writing you'll find me on my farm with my alpacas, chickens, and honeybees. Visit my website Survivemag