Best Short Throw Projector [2020]


The LG HF65LA Ultra Short Throw LED projector was originally designed for use as a home theater projector. Though it could just as easily be used for gaming or for presenting visually rich professional presentations.

Of course, the biggest feature in its cap is the wireless connectivity. This comes in the form of a WiFi wireless screen share supported by Android and Windows devices, as well as Bluetooth audio out for connecting to a secondary sound system.

It has a 1,000 lumen LED ultra-short throw ratio as part of LG’s proprietary CineBeam Projector, with Tru Motion Smooth Display. This gives it an impressive 30,000-hour lamp life, which outstretches nearly all the competitors in this price range.

The ASUS S1 answers the growing need for a lightweight, portable short throw projector for mobile professionals. It features versatile connectivity for Apple and Samsung Android devices via accessory cables as a separate purchase.

This 200 Lumen Short-Throw LED Pocket Projector weighs in at .75 pounds and runs off a 6,000 mAh built-in rechargeable battery. If necessary, you can also use it as a power bank for recharging USB devices.

The LED lamp life is rated for an impressive 30,000 hours and a short-throw ratio of 1:1. This gives it the ability to produce a 41-to 100-inch diagonal screen size at a base resolution of 854 X 480.

It comes with a single HDMI port but can also connect with Apple and Samsung Android devices. This requires an additional purchase of the LG HF65LA Ultra Short Throw LED Home Theater,
Lightning Digital AV Adapter for Apple. For Samsung Android devices, you will need to purchase a Samsung specific MHL cable with a 5 pin to 11 pins for video output.

The LG HU85LA is a cutting edge 4K/UHD Ultra-Short Throw projector capable of producing up to a 120-image screen from just 7.2-inches away. This represents the next natural step in the evolution of image resolution.

It also comes with LG’s ThinQ AI platform and Google Assistant which allows the device to react to commands, as well as track important user data. It also means that in certain applications you can essentially engage in two-way conversations with it!

The LG HU85LA has 3Ch laser technology which adds a small amount of red light for superior color coverage. Not to mention that it’s also HDR10 compatible for “Dynamic Tone Mapping” and optimum picture quality in every frame.

It also boasts Bluetooth and Miracast wireless connectivity which gives you the ability to project images from other smart devices. You can also use it with any Bluetooth audio product or link it with iOS devices if you want more enhanced audio than what’s provided by the built-in speakers.

How We Picked

Most short and ultra-short throw projectors are used for business presentations, home theaters or as part of a gaming system. Most manufacturers are aware of these demands and design units with special features that appeal to each. Though most try to make sure that they aren’t limiting their market presence.

Throw ration is, of course, the appealing component of these projectors. A short-throw projector can typically produce an image greater than 60-inches on the diagonal in a span of just a few feet. Whereas an “Ultra-Short Throw” projector can produce a large image in a matter of inches. This tends to make ultra-short-throw projectors more popular for gamers and home theaters where the user doesn’t want to risk someone accidentally walking through the beam.

The image resolution is also a factor to consider with short throw projectors. Especially for gaming consoles and home theaters where 4K and 1080p images are increasingly becoming the benchmark. So, we tried to keep that in mind while looking at projectors that cater to these interests.

In the case of a short-throw projector meant for professional use, image resolution isn’t necessarily as high as a priority. Yet other features like keystone adjustability and multiple connectivities become more important. Especially for units that may need to travel with sales staff or to client sites. Keystone adjustment lets you offset the projector or to compensate for a slanted viewing surface, to prevent an unsightly trapezoid effect.

Lamp life was also something to keep in mind while we reviewed these short and ultra-short-throw projectors. In a business application where the projector might only be used 4 to 6 hours a week, lamp life wasn’t such a big factor. With this degree of use, even a 10,000-hour lamp life can last over a decade if not two.

It’s when you move into the home theater and gaming projectors that lamp life starts to become a more important priority. The frequency of use that these projectors are likely to endure means that you want a lamp life of at least 15,000 hours or more.

Connectivity was also something we kept on the radar. Currently, HDMI is the most common way to connect short throw and ultra-short throw projectors to computers of other devices. Though USB and other connectivity options are also something that was kept on the radar.

Yet wireless connectivity and things like Bluetooth audio out appear to be on the near horizon with these devices. One could argue that the entire electronic device industry as a whole is trending toward total wireless connectivity. So, we tried to keep an eye out for features like this, which represent the next natural step in technological evolution.

VAVA 4K UHD Laser TV Home Theatre Projector With Sound Bar


  • Ultra-Short Throw
  • 0.233:1 Throw Ratio
  • 6,000 Lumen Light Source
  • 2,500 Lumen Brightness
  • Harman Kardon Sound Bar
  • HDR10
  • 4K Image Resolution
  • Android 7.1 Operating System
  • 9 Ports For Connecting Peripheral Devices
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Projection Size: up to 150-inches

This “Ultra-Short Throw” projector by VAVA is designed to appeal to home theatres and professional spaces that rely on high-quality imagery in their presentations. It has a 0.233:1 throw ratio with a maximum projection size of up to 150-inches. It’s also capable of producing HDR10 4K image resolution.

VAVA 4K UHD Laser TV Home Theatre Projector

This projector also comes with a 60-Watt Harman Kardon soundbar and it runs on the Android 7.1 operating system. It also has 9 ports to connect to peripheral devices like gaming systems and surround sound.

VAVA 4K UHD Laser TV Home Theatre Projector

The lamp life is rated for 25,000 hours. It has a 6,000-lumen light source with 2,500-lumen brightness. With the 0.233:1 throw ratio it can cast a 100-inch diagonal image from only 7. 2-inches away. Though you can adjust the projection between 80-inches to 150-inches.