Best Projectors for Streaming: 3 Types and Top Picks

There are projectors on the market that are ideal for streaming. Some of them already have most popular services like Netflix and YouTube pre installed, while others offer full device compatibility with iOS or Android casting – meaning you can cast from your phone or tablet without any wires! Which one would be best suited to meet your needs?

In addition, there are a number of features to consider, as well as different budget options, all of which are listed below. As a result, please continue reading.

Streaming Projectors: Options

  • Projectors with built in streaming apps: Usually thanks to built-in Android TV, Amazon Fire TV or Linux support (such as Raspberry) you can connect your projector directly to the internet and access streaming services like Netflix.

Recommended in this category:

Artlii Play Smart Projector Android TV 9.0

Artlii Play Smart Projector Android TV 9.0 Portable WiFi Bluetooth Projector Full HD 1080p Support 4D ±45° Keystone Correction Outdoor Home Movie Projector with Netflix YouTube
  • Projectors with iOS/Android Casting: Some of them come ready for casting from mobile devices without wires, which means that you don’t need any additional tools to project content onto a wall screen. You simply cast it right away!

Recommended in this category:

Bonsaii Native 1080P WiFi Projector

Native 1080P WiFi Projector, Full HD Outdoor Movie Projector with Bluetooth Support Mirroring/Miracast for iOS/Android, 5500L Home Theater Video Projector Compatible with TV Stick/HDMI/VGA/USB/PS5
  • Projectors compatible with iOS/Android casting: These projectors come equipped with an HDMI input meaning you can cast from any device wirelessly using WiFi direct or by connecting a Chromecast (assuming both devices run on the same network). This gives you complete control over what content appears on screen so you don’t have to shell out for expensive pre installed miracast functionality.

Recommended in this category:

ELEPHAS 2021 WiFi Mini Projector with Synchronize Smartphone Screen

WiFi Projector, ELEPHAS 2021 WiFi Mini Projector with Synchronize Smartphone Screen, 1080P HD Portable Projector with 6500 Lux and 200" Display, Compatible with Android/iOS

Note: with this option you will need to buy a separate Chromecast, Firestick or Miracast dongle.

What to look for when buying a Streaming Projector

It’s now possible to watch Netflix or other services on a projector, which is one of today’s most popular uses for them. You won’t be displaying PowerPoint slides on it, will you? Joke aside, let’s have a look at the features you’ll want to search for when purchasing one of these for indoor usage or outside use.

What resolution will I need?

With a budget projector, you won’t be able to view HDR or Dolby Vision material because Netflix, Disney+, and YouTube all offer these features. On the other hand, your projector won’t support Dolby Vision.

However…

HD projectors supporting 1080p are widely available and they’re perfect for streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube and Disney+. If you want to save money or if your projector isn’t capable of producing HDR content, then a 1080p projector will be what you need.

What about the throw distance?

You’ll also need to consider whether your room is bright enough during day time hours for viewing projections without requiring additional lights on in the room too (such as lamps). What’s more, some projectors are brighter than others with ANSI lumens ratings varying from 800 all the way up to 5000 or even 10000 depending on how much ambient light there is in the room where it’s going to be used.

How many lumens will you need?

This will depend on the size of your room. A brighter projector will always be more expensive, but if you’re planning on projecting in a large space then that might not really matter to you!

We recommend anything over 2000 lumens for mid sized rooms and above 3000 lumens for larger spaces up to 100 square meters.

What connections are available?

Ideally, look for an HDMI input so it can match with any device (especially since newer projectors use the latest HDMI standard). This means no cables between devices – just cast away! If there is only one type of connection available then make sure that all your devices fit into this category too. There’s nothing worse than finding out that some or most of your equipment doesn’t work with the projector when you get it home.

What is the lamp life?

This depends on how much you want to spend and also what conditions your projector will be used in. If you’re planning to use it regularly then consider a higher end option, but if you only need occasional projection (such as for parties or family gatherings) then there’s no point paying more than necessary – just ensure that replacement lamps are available at an affordable price when the time comes.

So, what Netflix projector should you go for?

With the growing trend of streaming services, it’s no wonder that people are looking for a projector to stream with. However, there is more than one type out there and you need to be sure what you want before buying! Luckily, we have broken down all the various types into categories so that your decision becomes an easy one: Streaming Projectors vs Non-Streaming Projectors. =>If you’re specifically looking for a projector designed just for streaming content then our top recommendation would be Artlii Play Smart Projector Android TV 9.0 – which also comes preinstalled with Netflix and Youtube apps (as well as other popular channels).

About S. Santos

👋 I'm a technology columnist and tech blogger, with a love for video games, gadgets, home entertainment and personal technology. I've been writing about the industry now for over 10 years - first as an editor of various magazines before branching out to work on my own blog. I like to keep up with the ever-evolving world of gadgets, home entertainment, and personal technology. If not fiddling with AV cables at home or in front of the computer, I can be found playing tennis or padel. This blog is my space to explore new topics related to these hobbies; as well as share some thoughts about life in general (sometimes you need a break from electronics!). 😎

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