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Every UST Projector Compared: 2022 Buying Guide [Updated]

Compare every 2022 ultra-short throw (UST) 4K projector to decide which one is right for you.

Viewsonic X2000B-4K UST Projector with 100-inch Screen

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. 

BenQ V7050i UST Projector Screen Size Comparison

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.

Samsung The Premiere LSP9T Ultra-short Throw Projector
Samsung The Premiere LSP9T Ultra-short Throw Projector

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.

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One very affordable competitor that was chosen as the best Triple Laser UST at the 2022 Laser TV Showdown held by Projector Central and was the Formovie Theater T1 which has a surprisingly low $2,999 price tag.

Formovie T1 Theater Laser UST Projector

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

ProjectorMSRPLight EngineLumens (ANSI)SoundOSSize
BenQ V7050i$2,999Laser / Phosphor2,5005 watts x 2Android90-100″
Epson LS500$2,799Laser 3LCD4,00010 watts x 2Android70-130″
Epson LS800$3,499Laser 3LCD4,00020 watts totalAndroid80-150”
Formovie Theater  T1 $2,999Triple Laser280015W x 2Android80-150”
Hisense L5G$2,999*Laser / Phosphor2,70040 watts totalAndroid100/120″
Hisense L9G$4,999*TriChroma Laser3,00040 watts totalAndroid100/120″
Hisense PX1$2,498TriChroma Laser2,00030 watts totalAndroid100 – 120”
Hisense PX1-Pro$2,999TriChroma Laser2,20030 watts totalAndroid90-130″
JMGO U2$2,899Triple Laser2,40050 watts totalLuna OS100″
LG HU715QW$2,499Laser / Phosphor2,50020 watts x 2WebOS80-120″
LG HU915QB$5,6963-Channel Laser3,0002.2 channels, 40 watts totalWebOS90-100″
LG HU915QE$5,1963-Channel Laser3,7002.2 channels, 40 watts totalWebOS90-120″
Optoma Cinema X D2 $2,499Dual Core Laser3,000 10 watts x 2None85 -120”
Optoma Cinema X D2 Smart$2,699Dual Core Laser3,000 10 watts x 2Android  (via included plug-in dongle)85 -120”
Optoma CinemaX P2$3,299Single Laser w/ 6-SegmentColor Wheel3,00040 watts totalAndroid85-120″
Samsung LSP7T$2,499Single Laser2,2002.2 Channels, 30 watts totalTizen90-120″
Samsung LSP9T$4,999Triple Laser2,8004.2 Channels, 40 watts totalTizen100-130
Vava Chroma$2,499Laser / Phosphor1,80030 watts x2Android80-150″
Viewsonic X2000B-4K$2,900Laser / Phosphor2,00025 watts x2Android65-150″
XGIMI Aura$2,499Laser / Phosphor2,40015 watts x 4Android80-120″

*Includes screen.

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.

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