Home cinema & gaming

Home cinema and gaming projectors are designed to deliver highly-detailed video to rival even the most expensive TVs. You can choose the exact screen size to suit your space and can connect everything you would to a TV, like games consoles, a Blu-ray player and surround sound system.

Read more about the key things to think about when choosing your perfect home cinema projector.

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Things to consider before buying a projector

Brightness (lumens)

The brighter the room, the brighter the projector should be. If you’re replacing a TV, you should look for a projector with at least 2500 lumens so that you don’t need to shut the curtains when you want to watch.

If you plan on only using your projector to watch films or game in the dark, 4000 lumens may be too bright, so think about when you’re most likely to watch and choose one to suit - 3000 lumens is an ideal compromise.

Contrast Ratio

Contrast ratio is the difference between the lightest and darkest colours on screen. A contrast ratio of 1000:1 means that the lightest colours on screen are one thousand times brighter than the darkest.

A higher contrast ratio gives a clearer image, with deep blacks and bright highlights - great for gaming or HD films. Look out for projectors with a contract ratio over 10000:1 to really make the most of HD films and games.


Projector resolution is measured the same way as TVs - the first number is horizontal pixels, the second vertical. Most home cinema projectors have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 or more (known as 1080p, or Full HD). If you want a screen size over 100”, a higher resolution is vital to avoid pixilation or a loss of quality.

Screen size

We list the minimum and maximum sizes that a projector can display. You can select any size in between these values to get the perfect size for your wall or screen.

Rather than just choosing the biggest size possible, there are a number of online distance calculators that can help you set the right size for your room. Most projectors are capable of displaying a picture from around 30” to 300”, but it’s worth checking the minimum value will suit your everyday viewing, as some start around 50” which may be too large for your space.


Some projectors are capable of producing 3D images. Just like watching a 3D film at the cinema, you need glasses to see the 3D effect. All 3D projectors are compatible with the same devices you'd plug into a TV, so 3D Blu-ray players and compatible games consoles are all capable of giving you a truly immersive 3D experience at home.

Short throw

If you want large-screen cinema entertainment at home but don't have the room for a full setup, a short throw projector is perfect. They work much closer to the wall than other projectors, so can be used in smaller rooms, or can be put on a table or TV stand when your friends are round for a film night.

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