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Projectors Vs. TVs: Which One is Better?


Choosing between buying a TV or a projector can be a tough decision if you look at it in detail. A TV screen is a common fixture in most households in America. People still rely on cable TV for the bulk of their entertainment. On the other hand, most people only encounter a projector when they go to watch a movie in a local theatre. It may surprise you to know that projectors are actually quite affordable, and offer a lot more entertainment value outside the movie theatre as well.

This blog compares modern projectors with televisions and looks at which one may be better for you.

The Cost Factor

Modern consumers have one very important question when shopping for any significant products – the cost. This is a common concern whether you’re subscribing to a Spectrum TV plan for the first time or buying a pizza-oven. And it certainly is a valid concern when you’re about to make a specific expenditure on a TV or a projector.

In terms of cost, TV projectors offer a larger screen size for significantly less money than a TV. A good HD projector should cost you less than $1,000 and offer you a screen of around 100 inches. An 80-inch television screen will cost you upwards of $1,500.

Care and Maintenance

Of course, another factor that should affect your buying decision is how much maintenance the product requires. In terms of maintenance, modern TVs require little to no attention. The LEDs that power your screen are very long-lasting, meaning you’ll probably have replaced the entire TV before you have to worry about the backlight failing.

Projectors are a bit different. They function using a high-powered lamp to project images onto a screen. This lamp will eventually burn out and need replacing. Dust clouding the lens of the projector is another problem you might face, requiring you to clean it regularly.

Picture Quality

The highest image resolution possible with current technology is 4K, and both projectors and TVs offer this resolution. However, just being able to watch in 4K is not the only point to consider. The size of the screen will impact your viewing experience. The 4K experience is best felt on a larger screen since on a smaller screen the pixels are crammed too closely together to notice the difference. HD projectors normally have a large enough screen to fully capture the 4K effect, making projectors the winner in terms of image resolution quality.

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Screen Size

The largest TV screens on the market right now go up to 80-inches, while projectors can easily offer you 100 inches. However, there are certain TVs that also have a 100-inch screen, so the gap in screen size is rapidly closing. Unfortunately, the largest TVs are also usually the most expensive. This means a projector might offer better value for money.

Screen Brightness

Screen brightness is something to consider carefully when buying a TV or a projector. Remember that dimmer screens require darker rooms for the image to be crisp. This is where projectors lose out to TVs. They simply can’t put out enough brightness to compete with the light in an open sunny living room. Since TVs have LEDs inside the screen, they can easily put out abundant brightness in virtually any setting. For a projector, you would need a dedicated media room that is darker than the rest of your home.

Space Occupied

Projectors are usually compact and don’t take up much space. When you’re not using the screen, it can be stowed away. But for better viewing, there needs to be enough space between the screen and the viewer. In a room that’s too small, you’ll be forced too close to the screen, missing out details that you could easily see from further away. TVs don’t occupy much space either and don’t require you to take pains to sit far away. This is one reason why they remain a more popular choice.

Contrast Ratios

Modern projectors offer very high contrast ratios, but the image washes out if the room is too bright. You can only experience it fully in a darkened room. On the other hand, modern OLED TVs offer virtually infinite contrast ratios and aren’t affected by external light in the room. This makes them a better option if you aren’t going to be watching content in a dark home theatre.


Projectors and TVs both have their pros and cons. But projectors require you to set up a special room as a dedicated home theatre. On the other hand, TVs are more convenient to use, and can even connect with your home network via Wi-Fi protected setup to let you access things like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. On the other hand, projectors offer better value for money in terms of cost and screen size. Ultimately it’s a close race, and the best option for you depends on your specific viewing habits and needs. If you have any questions, sound off in the comments below.

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