Black Friday might have passed, but this weekend is still a great time to treat yourself to a big-ticket electronics item, with killer Black Friday deals still going on on everything from TVs to kitchen appliances. And if there’s one area you shouldn’t overlook this season, it’s your home theater. Whether you’re building a new home theater system from scratch or upgrading your current setup with great deals, you can pick up some essential items to build a fabulous theater experience in your living room or your yard. With so many of us staying home and movie theaters around the world closing due to the pandemic, cinema lovers are having to get creative to enjoy their movie-watching experience. And purchasing a projector is a great way to enjoy the latest blockbusters or the old classics safely and comfortably in your home.
While you’re shopping, you might want to check out the best Best Friday soundbar sales still available as well to give you that great cinematic experience at home. Not sure a projector is the best option for you? There are hundreds of fantastic Black Friday TVs still on sale, and one of them could just be a better fit for what you’re trying to achieve — especially if you don’t have pockets deep enough for a pricey 4K projector.
Best Black Friday projector deals
One of the hottest sales today is an Epson Home Cinema 2250 deal going on at Amazon. See more discounts below:
- Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector — $250, was $350
- BenQ TH671ST 1080p Short Throw Gaming Projector — $699, was $799
- Epson Home Cinema 2250 1080p 3LCD Projector with Android TV — $700, was $1,000
- BenQ MH733 1080P Business Projector — $799, was $849
- LG CineBeam HU70LAB 4K Wireless Smart DLP Projector — $1,450, was $1,800
- BenQ TK850 True 4K HDR-PRO Projector — $1,499, was $1,699
How to choose a projector
When it comes to choosing a projector for your home, you’ll notice a huge range in price and features, with some models costing less than $100 and some running north of $2,000. So you’ll want to do some research to find out which is the best projector you can afford. Have your heart set on a 4K model? We’ve tried the finest the retailers have to offer and have rounded up all the best 4K projectors in one place. Dreaming about a movie theater in your yard? We’ve got a guide to setting up the best outdoor movie theater. And if you’re not sure if you should opt for a projector or a TV to improve your home theater, we have a guide to projectors versus TVs for your home theater to help you decide. Don’t forget all the other home theater essentials you’ll need as well, including surround sound.
Some of the key factors to consider when selecting a projector include its brightness (which you’ll see indicated in lumens) as this will determine how well the projector will perform in brighter conditions during the day. If you’re watching at night, a lower level of brightness will be fine. But if you want to watch during the day, especially if you don’t have blackout curtains or blinds, then you’ll need a projector with a higher level of brightness to see the picture. Our guide on what to consider before buying a projector has more information on this. You might want your projector to be portable as well, in which case you should check out the best portable projectors like the LG CineBeam PH30N or the best pocket projectors.
Another big consideration is the picture size and resolution of the projector. You’ll find models with anything from 720p in cheaper products to 4K Ultra HD in products like the Optoma UHD50X or the BenQ HT2550, and what you’ll be happy with depends upon how demanding you are when it comes to picture quality. You should also take note of the throw distance, which is the optimal distance between the projector and the surface you’ll be projecting onto — whether that’s a wall or a projector screen. Measure the distance in the space you’ll be using a look for a projector which supports that throw range. If you’ve only got a limited amount of space, you’ll want to look at a short-throw projector like Samsung’s The Premiere or Optoma’s CinemaX P2.
One more aspect to look at is the connectivity options of the projector. Many modern projects now support WiFi and Bluetooth, so you can easily connect your phone to the projector and play movies from that. This is helpful for office use, when you need to present at work, for example, or at home if your friends want to share clips from their devices. You should also look for support for HDMI support so you can plug in your gaming console or Blu-Ray player.
And you might want to consider what audio connectivity is available to work with your audio setup as well. Most projectors will come with built-in speakers which will do for casual use, but if you’re looking for a high-quality cinematic experience then you’ll likely want some external speakers to give better sound.
Should you buy a projector?
You won’t find better prices on projectors than during the Black Friday sales. So if you’ve been waiting to make a new purchase, now is the time to snap up a deal. These prices will be the lowest you’ll see this year, so move fast a grab yourself a bargain while the sales are still on.
How much should you spend on a projector?
If you’re looking for a projector for the occasional home movie night or office presentation, and you’re not a big stickler for video quality, you can find affordable projectors on sale this season for below $100. However, if you want the full cinema experience, the sky is the limit on how much you can spend on a high-end projector! Do consider your other hardware such as your screen before spending a lot though, because even the best projector won’t look great if it’s projecting onto an uneven surface like a wall or wrinkled old screen.
Are any projector deals too good to be true?
You’ll see a whole range of projector deals on sites across the internet for the Black Friday season, but you need to be careful about where you buy from. With so many different projectors available at different prices, you’ll find everything from high-end, high-quality projectors from well-known brands to cheap, low-quality projectors that may not give you the experience you’re looking for.
That’s why our deals only recommend projectors from reputable retailers with good returns policies, so if you do have any issues with your new projector you know that you can get it sorted out with the retailer. We advise that you do your research before making a purchase, and don’t let retailer gimmicks like countdown clocks push you into making a decision before you’re ready.
Where to find the best projector sales
With Black Friday being such a big event, you’ll find discounts on projectors from retailers across the internet. However, you want to make sure you’re buying from a reputable retailer so you can be confident in your purchase. We’ve rounded up a few suggestions for the best places to find projector deals this Black Friday:
- Amazon Black Friday: Amazon is one of the best locations to shop for discounted projectors, with an absolutely massive range of products to fit every budget and requirement.
- Best Buy Black Friday: Best Buy has a smaller but well-curated selection of projectors, focusing more on the mid- and high-end products. If there’s a particular model you’ve been waiting to purchase, you should check if it’s on sale here as there are some discounts on great projectors to be found.
- Target Black Friday: Target has a range of affordable projectors for under $200, as well as some more expensive options for cinephiles.
- Walmart Black Friday: Walmart also has a wide range of projectors available, with deals on everything from cheaper models to pricier options. You’ll find brands like Epsom, LG, Panasonic, and more.
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