These days, I spend most of my time in my bedroom, which doubles as a home office. I also spent a lot of time (and money) improving my space to make it as efficient (and relaxing) as possible. This of course includes home entertainment upgrades. At the end of each working day, I like to relax with tea and a good movie, so I wanted to invest in some technology that made my viewing experience enjoyable.
I used to think of projectors as only for movie theaters, but after some research it was hard to see why I was still using a TV. For one thing, projectors produce a much larger “screen” than the average TV – the one I’m using now creates a 100 inch picture. For this reason, a typical projector is much more affordable than a television in terms of screen size per dollar.
I live in an apartment in New York where space is a luxury. Projectors are much more compact, making them easy to move in and out of an apartment, and even take with you if you want to look elsewhere. There are also no cords or mounting issues to solve. After weighing these benefits, I decided to throw my TV on the sidewalk and get a projector.
This projector produces some of the highest quality images I have ever seen, and its speaker is omnidirectional, so it looks like I have a surround speaker setup in my bedroom. Image quality maintains well even in bright light.
One of my favorite features of this projector is that it connects to Wi-Fi, which means you won’t need to use an HDMI cord to plug in your laptop. When I have used an HDMI cord with my TV in the past, streaming movies and TV shows was a challenge – buffering sometimes takes forever. Because this projector connects wirelessly, I can stream with less hassle.
The projector itself is extremely compact and lightweight. To avoid accidentally jostling it while watching, I installed a floating shelf above my bed and placed the projector on top. This projector comes with popular streaming apps already installed, so I just had to enter my passwords to start watching. I was even able to download an app on my smartphone that doubles as a remote control for the projector.
Other projectors to consider
Before purchasing a projector, make sure you have the correct wall space. Not all projectors come with their own screens, which means you will need to have a preferably white, non-textured wall (this may affect the image quality).
Epson home theater
This projector is ideal for a large home theater – it can project an image up to 300 inches, diagonally, without sacrificing image quality. I saw this projector in action and I feel like I’m sitting in a real movie theater. It has speakers and even comes with manual controls to adjust image features like focus and zoom. You will need to plug in your laptop or device via an HDMI cord to stream content.
Mini projector QKK
My roommate uses this compact and affordable projector. It produces a sharp image and comes with its own screen, measuring 100 inches diagonally. This model also comes with the cords needed to connect your smartphone or computer, as well as a remote control. Keep in mind that this is not a smart projector and you will need to plug in your device and stream from there.
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