These days I spend most of my time in my bedroom, which also serves as the home office. I have also now spent a lot of time (and money) upgrading my space to make it as efficient (and relaxing) as possible. This of course includes upgrades to home entertainment. At the end of each workday, I like to relax with tea and a good movie, so I wanted to invest in technology that made my viewing experience comfortable.
Before, I thought that projectors were reserved for cinemas, but after some research it was difficult to understand why I still used a TV. First, projectors produce a “screen” that is much larger than the average TV ̵
I live in an apartment in New York City, 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 see somewhere else. There are also no wires or mounting problems to handle. After weighing these pros, I decided to kick my TV to the sidewalk and get a projector.
This projector produces some of the best images I’ve ever seen, and the speaker is directional, so it sounds like I have a surround speaker setup in my room. The image quality holds up well even in bright light.
One of the favorite features of this projector is that it connects to Wi-Fi, which means you do not need to use an HDMI cable to connect your laptop. When I have previously used an HDMI cable with my TV, movies and TV series is a challenge – buffering sometimes seems to take forever. Because this projector connects wirelessly, I can stream with fewer errors.
The projector itself is extremely compact and lightweight. To avoid accidentally sticking it, I installed a floating shelf over my bed and placed the projector on top. This projector comes with popular streaming apps already installed, so all I had to do was enter my passwords to start watching. I even managed to download an app on my smartphone that also acts as a remote control for the projector.
Other projectors to consider
Before buying a projector, make sure you have the right wall space. Not all projectors have their own screens, which means you must have a wall that is preferably white and unstructured (this may affect the image quality).
Epson Home Theater
This projector is ideal for a large home theater system – it can project an image up to 300 inches, diagonally, without sacrificing image quality. I’ve seen this projector in action and it feels like I’m sitting in a real cinema. It has speakers and even comes with manual controls to adjust image functions such as focus and zoom. You need to connect your laptop or device via the HDMI cable to stream content.
QKK Mini Projector
My roommate uses this affordable, compact projector. It gives a strong image and comes with its own screen, which measures 100 inches diagonally. This model also comes with the necessary wires to connect your smartphone or computer, plus a remote control. Keep in mind that this is not a smart projector and you need to connect the device and stream from there.
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