Short throw laser projectors have gained popularity in recent years and are becoming a popular choice for people who want a projector for small to medium rooms. One of the main disadvantages with traditional projectors is the long throw distance meaning you need a fair amount of space between the projector’s lens and the screen. Thankfully, some new generation projectors can deliver what’s known as a short throw, and even an ultra-short throw, allowing you to have the same big-screen viewing experience in smaller and confined spaces.
What is a short-throw projector?
Basically, any projector that can show you a 100” image from less than 9ft is considered short-throw, and any that can show you it from less than 3ft is considered an ultra-short throw projector. Some key advantages of short-throw projectors are they don’t require installation (i.e. being mounted to the ceiling) and only occupy a small amount of space where a TV would normally sit. This offers a tonne of diversity and flexibility when it comes to finding a room or space for your projector. With a shorter distance between the screen, light doesn’t need to travel through as much medium also offering more consistent image quality.
In the past, short-throw projectors were characterized by coarse-grained images with pale contrast, but technology manufacturers are now creating projectors that offer great image quality at a short throw distance. VAVA’s 4K Laser Projector and Samsung’s The Premiere are amongst those that boast good contrast and excellent sharpness, offering a movie theatre experience in the comfort of your home. If you’re looking to adopt a short-throw projector for your space, here are some options to consider!
VAVA 4K Short Throw Laser Projector
The Vava 4K UHD Ultra-Short Throw Laser Projector is capable of delivering a massive picture (up to 150 inches) while only needing to be just a few inches away from your wall or screen. This projector will set you up for a whole new home cinema experience as the 120-inch wide screen immerses you like no other, while crystal 4K resolution provides incredibly crisp images and optimised colour expression to reveal all the subtleties in every scene. For larger images, you just need to move the projector back, it’s as simple as that.
Samsung LSP7T The Premiere Laser 4K Smart Projector
Samsung’s The Premiere 4K Laser Smart Projector has proven to be a true rival for the king-sized 4K TV, delivering outstanding pictures and a top-notch viewing experience. The LSP7T is the smallest in the Premiere series and can project an image of up to 120 inches, a super-wide colour gamut, and exceptional brightness as it uses a laser light source to offer a dramatic home cinema experience that will make you feel like you’re in a theatre.
The Premiere has been designed to bring you a big-picture experience – without the need for a screen. It can sit just 41.5cm away from the wall to give you a massive screen area up to 120 inches - the perfect size for an epic movie night. Move the projector closer for a smaller picture. Being a smart projector, you get the same experience as Samsung Smart TVs and can access and navigate your favourite apps, services and connected devices. It’s ready to go so you can stream what you like from YouTube to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and more!
Xiaomi Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector
If you are after a slightly more affordable option, Xiaomi's Ultra Short Throw 4K Laser Projector is a fantastic option! This projector is capable of producing an image of up to 150 inches, with a throw ratio of just 0.233:1. This means you could create a 120-inch display from just 30cm away! You also won't have to worry about sound, this projector has 2x 15W speakers that have a great sound quality and supports Dolby and DTS codecs. It also comes with Android TV 9.0 for access to all of your favourite apps.