2022 has proven to be a watershed year for UST (Ultra Short Throw) projectors with consumers finally taking the plunge in rather significant numbers. Inflation and supply chain issues have certainly remained an obstacle for many consumer A/V categories, but the post-pandemic environment has made it rather clear that home theater has become a priority for consumers again.
USTs for the home market are getting better with each new year and there is no question that they are making consumers think twice about rather expensive 85″ 4K and 8K TVs.
Why spend over $6,000 for an 85″ TV when you can have a 120″ ALR screen and UST projector for even less money?
Although TVs get most of the hype, UST (Ultra Short Throw) video projectors are a popular solution for those seeking really big-screen entertainment even with limited space.
What is an Ultra Short Throw (UST) Projector?
An Ultra Throw Projector (aka UST) has a specially constructed lens assembly that allows images to be displayed from a very short distance, generally less than a foot away from the screen. This means instead of placing the projector far way behind the seating position, it sits close up below a screen without sacrificing image size. UST projectors can project very large images without taking much more space than a large TV. They are also great for those that have small rooms.
The key advantage to a UST projector with a screen is the substantial cost savings when compared to purchasing a flat panel TV sized above 85-inches. The next big advantage is the elimination of glare that plagues every glass panel.
Tip: All 2022 UST projectors offer 4K resolution. There are no 8K models yet.
However, there are drawbacks to 4K UST projectors. Their main enemy is light in the room. Specialized ambient light-reflecting (ALR) screens can mitigate the problem, but as with any projector, they still look best in a darkened room.
Having reviewed The Premiere by Samsung LSP9T 4K UST Projector, we can attest that watching movies on a 103-inch screen is even more enjoyable than a near pixel-perfect 65-inch Sony OLED 4K TV. Bigger is just better.
Tip: UST Projectors are sometimes referred to as Laser TVs (such as Hisense models).
Although the Samsung LSP9T is one of the best, it’s also the most expensive, which opens the door to a lot of competition.
One very affordable competitor that was chosen as the best Triple Laser UST at the 2022 Laser TV Showdown held by Projector Central and ProjectionScreen.com was the Formovie Theater T1 which has a surprisingly low $2,999 price tag.
The Samsung LSP9T and Formovie T1 are just two possible choices as there are now well over a dozen models to choose from, which can be quite overwhelming.
4K UST Projector Comparison Chart
Since we have reported on many USTs, we thought it would be great to provide a guide that lists the brands and models, some of the key features, plus a link back to our more detailed articles on each brand and model reported.
Click the brand/model of each projector for more details in our original article or click the price to check current pricing and availability.
Pricing as of November 2022
|Projector||MSRP||Light Engine||Lumens (ANSI)||Sound||OS||Size|
|BenQ V7050i||$2,999||Laser / Phosphor||2,500||5 watts x 2||Android||90-100″|
|Epson LS500||$2,799||Laser 3LCD||4,000||10 watts x 2||Android||70-130″|
|Epson LS800||$3,499||Laser 3LCD||4,000||20 watts total||Android||80-150”|
|Formovie Theater T1||$2,999||Triple Laser||2800||15W x 2||Android||80-150”|
|Hisense L5G||$2,999*||Laser / Phosphor||2,700||40 watts total||Android||100/120″|
|Hisense L9G||$4,999*||TriChroma Laser||3,000||40 watts total||Android||100/120″|
|Hisense PX1||$2,498||TriChroma Laser||2,000||30 watts total||Android||100 – 120”|
|Hisense PX1-Pro||$2,999||TriChroma Laser||2,200||30 watts total||Android||90-130″|
|JMGO U2||$2,899||Triple Laser||2,400||50 watts total||Luna OS||100″|
|LG HU715QW||$2,499||Laser / Phosphor||2,500||20 watts x 2||WebOS||80-120″|
|LG HU915QB||$5,696||3-Channel Laser||3,000||2.2 channels, 40 watts total||WebOS||90-100″|
|LG HU915QE||$5,196||3-Channel Laser||3,700||2.2 channels, 40 watts total||WebOS||90-120″|
|Optoma Cinema X D2||$2,499||Dual Core Laser||3,000||10 watts x 2||None||85 -120”|
|Optoma Cinema X D2 Smart||$2,699||Dual Core Laser||3,000||10 watts x 2||Android (via included plug-in dongle)||85 -120”|
|Optoma CinemaX P2||$3,299||Single Laser w/ 6-SegmentColor Wheel||3,000||40 watts total||Android||85-120″|
|Samsung LSP7T||$2,499||Single Laser||2,200||2.2 Channels, 30 watts total||Tizen||90-120″|
|Samsung LSP9T||$4,999||Triple Laser||2,800||4.2 Channels, 40 watts total||Tizen||100-130|
|Vava Chroma||$2,499||Laser / Phosphor||1,800||30 watts x2||Android||80-150″|
|Viewsonic X2000B-4K||$2,900||Laser / Phosphor||2,000||25 watts x2||Android||65-150″|
|XGIMI Aura||$2,499||Laser / Phosphor||2,400||15 watts x 4||Android||80-120″|
Note: As new projector models are released, we’ll attempt to keep this list up-to-date, while also removing models that become discontinued. Pricing noted as of November 2022, but may very due to promotion or market conditions.