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Best active 3d glasses 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated September 1, 2023

Arnold SimmonsMy name is Arnold Simmons. I spent 34 hours researching and testing 13 different types of active 3d glasses and found that material, variety of sizes, and style were most important.

In fact, it was the first time I had been in this situation and what I thought was going to be a very quick and easy task turned out to be a good many weeks of research. Without further-a-do, let’s take a look at the Top 3 list in 2018 which are available in the market.

Best active 3d glasses of 2018

Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs. Come with me.

I make the search easier for you, by reviewing the best active 3d glasses on the market. The rating is based on multiple factors: The 3 metrics ‐ Design, Materials, Performance, and other indicators such as: Popularity, Opinions, Brand, Reputation and more.

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№1 – DLP Link 3D Glasses

DLP Link 3D Glasses

No Emitter required! Works with all DLP Link 3D projectors.
Built-in rechargeable battery and micro USB port, the 3D glasses can be recharged with micro USB cable. 3 hours recharging provides 50 hours operation, and 180 days under Sleep Mode.
With most advanced 144Hz technology, it perfectly match the 144Hz DLP-Link projectors with the logo of 3D DLP Ready , offering more lifelike and amazing 3D viewing effect.
Absolutely no frills

Why did this active 3d glasses win the first place?

The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing! I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I also liked the delivery service that was fast and quick to react. It was delivered on the third day.
















№2 – eD ELITE ELECTRIC YELLOW QUAD STORAGE CASE for your active 3-D Glasses with 4 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths for 3D glasses with foldable arms by eDimensional Elite Series

eD ELITE ELECTRIC YELLOW QUAD STORAGE CASE for your active 3-D Glasses with 4 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths for 3D glasses with foldable arms by eDimensional Elite Series

GREAT VALUE – Much Better Quality than Similar Cases at a Better Price!
PROTECTION – Superior Protection for Four Pairs of 3D Glasses
EXTRAS – Comes with 4 Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Bad customer service for warranty.
A little bit shallow.

Why did this active 3d glasses come in second place?

Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I like this product. For such a low price, I didn’t even hope it to be any better. It’s decently made. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. The design quality is top notch and the color is nice.
















№3 – DLP Link 3D Glasses

DLP Link 3D Glasses

Next generation super fast 144Hz refresh rate, ahead of other 120Hz or 96Hz product’s level.
Fashion desigh, beautiful color stands out among other dull black ones. Lightweight and portable to take, comfortable for long time wearing.
178° wide viewing angle enables you to watch large screen movies without distortion, providing you a superior 3D visual experience.
May be a little heavy for some users.
Not the most affordable on the market.

Why did this active 3d glasses take third place?

We are very pleased with the purchase — the product is great! It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. It doesn’t squeaks nor bents. Looks great in my apartment. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
















active 3d glasses Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy active 3d glasses, right? No!

Compare TVs

A 3D TV uses either active or passive 3D. Most people prefer passive 3D over active 3D, even though the resolution is cut by half, because the glasses are cheaper and there is less crosstalk.

All 3D images, including the ones we see with our eyes, work on one principle: each of our eyes sees a different picture. By perceiving a slightly different picture from each perspective, the brain automatically constructs the third dimension.

Active Shutter 3D

What it is: Active 3D TVs alternate between displaying frames meant for the right eye and the left eye. The glasses are syncronized to the TV and shutters darken the individual lenses in tandem with the image on screen. This causes each individual eye to only see the image made for that perspective and vice versa (right is closed when left image is shown, left is closed when right image is shown).

Passive 3D

What it is: Passive 3D TVs blend two frames in one, alternating between horizontal lines of the frame meant for the left eye and the one for the right eye. Passive 3D glasses have different polarization on each lens that fits with their respective lines (right polarized for even lines, left for odd).

Active 3D vs. Passive 3D

With LG, Vizio and Toshiba going with passive 3D glasses and Samsung, Sony, and Panasonic producing active 3D glasses and TVs, this battle is really heating up. Consumers are asking the questions, “when will I be able to watch 3D without glasses,” and “what’s the best way to watch 3D TV now?” Read on to find out.

Active vs. Passive debate is going to be a hot debate amonst television manufacturers and consumers in 201and beyond.

Passive 3D glasses are any 3D glasses that don’t require a power source to view 3D content. The two major types of passive glasses are anaglyph and polarized 3D glasses. One of the main benefits to passive 3D glasses is cost. Since they do not require a power source or powered lenses, passive 3D glasses can be very inexpensive. Anaglyph glasses, commonly seen with one red and one cyan lens, are often seen made out of cardboard with cellophane lenses. Though anaglyph glasses do show the viewer a 3D image it is the least advanced of all methods of delivering 3D and because they use color to separate the images some or all color information is lost to the viewer.

Polarized 3D glasses come in two forms, linear polarized and circular polarized. Linear polarized glasses require the use to maintain a vertical head position, tilting your head left or right can break the 3D effect because the content relies on one eye seeing the vertically polarized image and the second eye seeing the horizontally polarized image. When the head is tilted the polarized lenses no longer line with the polarized double image on the screen. Circular polarization does away with this problem but it requires a special projector and filter and will not be used on 3D televisions.

Another benefit to passive 3D glasses is that since the viewer is being shown both images at once it does not half the frame rate of the content like active glasses do.

Active 3D Glasses

The major disadvantage to active 3D glasses is that the separate images for each eye are not delivered at the same time. The content will alternate the images shown to each eye at whatever the frame rate of the content and refresh rate of the display offers. For example, with 60 frame per second content each eye is being shown only 30 images per second effectively halfing the frame rate seen by the viewer. This is most noticeable during slow camera pans or during fast motion. The higher the frame rate the smoother each of these actions will appear so active 3D glasses can show slight to noticeable judder effects during these scenes.

Samsung’s Plasma and LCD/LED televisions use active shutter glasses to display 3D.

Direct LED Backlighting

The full array LED backlighting does make an impact on the picture quality, but it may not necessarily be the answer the typical LED problems like side angle viewing and screen uniformity. From what we have seen in edge-lit LED TVs this year, they are dealing with those problems in a good way. A full array LED TV like the FH6030 is going to be plenty bright though. That is one major plus. Keeping the setting of the backlight in check is important and I’ll go into more detail in the Color section further on.

Active 3D Performance

The quality of Samsung’s active 3D has always been good in the past, and it is no different on the UN40FH6030. 3D content produces a lot of depth without losing picture quality. Side angle viewing for 3D content is where some marks are lost. Color and contrast begin to degrade much worse than some of the passive 3D examples we have tested out this year. Make sure you try out different picture modes once 3D is enabled because the preset picture modes change a good bit from their 2D settings.


The appearance of the UN40FH6030 is very similar to the EH6000 from last year. The bezels and square stand are the typical shiny black plastic, but thin bezels of 0.inches really make this one a looker. There is some more depth thanks to the direct LED backlighting as well. The FH6030 has a depth of 3.inches versus the thinner ‘F’ models with inches in depth.

For Active 3D Glasses

If Active 3D Glasses are supplied with your TV, use them. If no glasses are supplied, purchase a pair of Active 3D Glasses, model TDG-BT500A. Before using the Active 3D Glasses for the first time, you need to register them to your TV. Follow the steps below.

Remove the battery’s insulation sheet.

Press and hold the (Power) button/indicator on the glasses for seconds.

The Active 3D Glasses turn on and registration starts (the (Power) button/indicator blinks green and yellow). When registration is finished, a message appears in the TV screen for seconds, and the indicator lights up in green for seconds.

If registration fails, the Active 3D Glasses will turn off automatically. In this case, repeat the procedure above.

From the next time, you can use the Active 3D Glasses by just turning them on. To turn them off, press and hold the (Power) button/indicator on the glasses for seconds. To turn them on again, press the (Power) button/indicator.

Get Active!

Last year, we gave you a bit of a 3D history lesson. Now, there’s an entirely new tutorial to master. We need to dissect the differences between active and passive 3D TVs. At January 2011’s Consumer Electronic Show, 3D was once again the buzzword. However, this time, we got to see the active 3D TVs and the passive 3D TVs.

If you decide on a 3D TV this year, you need to choose between active 3D (left) or passive (right).

Currently, only VIZIO, Toshiba and LG are producing passive 3D TVs. Those newer sets promise less flicker, brighter images, and a less expensive overall 3D experience vs. active 3D TVs. However, our own Chris Boylan gave us an overview of Passive vs. Active 3D TV, and highlighted the fact that passive 3D TVs don’t pack the same punch when it comes to image detail.  Current passive 3D TVs split the set’s resolution between left and right eyes when in 3D mode, and this can produce artifacts that will annot those who are looking for the highest picture quality.

For the purposes of this Buyer’s Guide, we will focus on active 3D, which has been the focus of 3D TV since it first launch into homes last year. This technology promises a full 1080p HD experience to each eye, using alternate frame sequencing technology and active 3D glasses.

Full HD 3D Plasma HDTVs

With a total of six screen sizes, the ST30 series has the Infinite Black Panel, fast switching phosphors, the 600Hz Sub-field Drive, VIERA Image Viewer, DLNA support, VIERA Link, three HDMI connections and two USB ports.

The four models in the VIERA GT30 series have all of the same features that were mentioned above in the ST30 series, including VIERA Connect, Skype support and THX certification. Each of these models does add a few new connection options, with a total of four HDMI inputs and three USB ports on each as well as picture quality enhancements for enhanced black levels and contrast.  These models also include automatic grey scale calibration with SpectraCal’s CalMAN software.

At the top of the heap, Panasonic has two models in the VT30 series. What really sets these units apart from Panasonic’s other 201offerings is that these have a one sheet glass design and an Infinite Black Pro panel with a special glass treatment that further accentuates the panel’s black level performance. The new panel promises more subtle, delicate blacks, in both dark and bright environments. Another nice bonus is that each model comes with one pair of active 3D glasses, for 3D viewing right out of the box.


Toshiba has one active 3D line for 201However, the UL6Cinema Series does come in three different sizes. All three models feature the company’s full HD 1080p Quantum Black LED Panel with Fine Local Dimming and CrystalCoat, which boasts deep blacks and dramatic contrast. Other features include CEVO-powered 480Hz ClearScan technology, built-in Wi-Fi, Net TV with Yahoo Widgets, and a built-in subwoofer speaker.

Active Shutter

Active shutter is newer than passive technology. Here, the glasses you use aren’t simple plastic filters; they’re battery-powered devices that are sensitively honed. What happens is your display alternates images from each of the two perspectives, and your glasses synchronize with the refresh rate. When the image for your right eye is displayed, the glasses use a shutter over your left eye. When the image for your left eye is displayed, the glasses move the shutter on your right eye. In this way, each eye is getting an image, and the it’s coming to each eye one-at-a-time in rapid alternation.


Autostereoscopic displays, also known as “glasses-free” displays, are very new on the market. There are a few different ways these TVs and monitors work.

Lenticular arrays use lenses to focus each eye on a different portion of the image. Both of these types rely on proper positioning by the viewer. You’d have to sit in a good place for the 3D effect to work, and if you move too much, you’ll lose it.

A third type uses a camera to actively track where viewers are in the room, and can adjust the picture accordingly. Surprisingly, there are some TV’s that can do this for up to three people, but these models are expensive and not mainstream yet.

LG D2342P

We got a chance to spend some real quality time with this monitor, courtesy of LG (as a reminder, they did sponsor us at BlizzCon 2011). This seems like a standard 23” 1080p 3D monitor, but there a few key things that really set it apart. This particular display (among others that are planned for release) uses passive 3D technology. But, instead of the usual linear polarization, this display uses circular polarization. The effect is supposed to dramatically reduce the dimness that’s typical of passive 3D technology. In practice, video was about 50% brighter, at least to our eyes, and the LED-backlighting in the display also helped with that. This is actually how 3D using the RealD Cinema system does it in theaters, so those glasses would be compatible.

LG’s touting its conversion process that would work automagically with everything. We actually played the new Starcraft expansion for over an hour at BlizzCon. The conversion process was actually pretty good with it. Obviously, some things work better than others – for example, text is horrendous in combination with the 3D effect – but the overall experience was at the low-end of the top tier. And, there’s no computer software for adjustment; everything is done on the monitor through the settings menu.

As far as native 3D goes, things looked great, and were pretty solid. The display also allows for three different kinds of 3D depending on what format you’re using, so you know there’s at least some compatibility.

The drawbacks are few, but prominent. Ghosting definitely occurs, and while subtle at times, it’s more frequent than we’d like. Secondly, we’d still worry about how well this would work with games on the whole, and specifically with online games on the PSand Xbox 360. There’s a small delay while converting the video, and small delays can translate into instant deaths with games like FPSs. On the whole, it’s not perfect, but it is a nice package, and it’s very attractive because of the comparatively low price.

LG’s Dual Play

One very interesting feature that LG has made possible with its passive 3D tech is “Dual Play.” Using modified glasses, two people can play a multiplayer game without using a split-screen setup. Instead of each pair of glasses having one lens for the left eye image and one lens for the right eye image, one pair has both lenses that can see the left eye image, and the other pair for the right eye image. (Now you know how to make your own, if you don’t want to buy them!) Each player gets a full-screen 2D image, and neither player sees the other’s screen. Many of LG’s Cinema 3D TVs are capable of this, and games will work with this automatically by just activating the proper setting on the TV. Of course, they can take better advantage of the feature by offering built-in support.

In terms of the experience, you do get some ghosting of the other person’s screen. At the same time, playing Halo CE with another person in full-screen is still awesome. It’ll be interesting to see if this kind of technology can become a wide standard.

Sony’s HMZTPersonal 3D Viewer

In any case, The Verge has yet another great review for these, but here’s a summary. The integrated headphones aren’t great, and there’s no aux input so you can’t swap them out. The unit’s front-heavy, so it can get uncomfortable after a few hours of use. The lenses in front of the tiny 720P screens are a real pain to get positioned just right. But, the picture is fantastic, natural, and completely personal. And, there’s a DIY virtual reality hack already out there for it.

It’s not really practical and there’s plenty of things that need to be changed, but Sony’s shown that it’s definitely possible. In an iteration or two, this could really be something stupendous.

In this article

In case you didn’t know, 3D glasses are available in either passive or active designs. The most straightforward difference between these is that the latter is powered while the former doesn’t require any powering. They also offer varying levels of experience with the active pieces taking the lead. However, note that different TV models and Projectors are designed specifically for either of the 2.


A good pair of 3D glasses will only be useful if it allows you to concentrate on the cinema rather than regular adjustments and scratches caused by its handles. As such, go for a pair that fits well. Most preferably, consider choosing a piece with adjustable handles for different users.

On this note too, if you use prescription glasses, opt for a pair that goes snugly over them. While these are difficult to find, we’ve aligned several with universal fitting on this list.

Active 3D glasses are pricier than their passive competitors. While a pack of passive glasses may come at below ten bucks, several Active 3D glasses ask for up to 40 dollars for a single unit.

Side angle viewing is perfect as expected

Color Reproduction

We always say that a good calibration yields the best picture quality that a TV is capable of. That is no different here. After calibration, colors on the 64F5500 are very natural and true to life. There aren’t any problems of over-saturation or colors being too bright. The Color Tone setting is perhaps one of the most important settings to get right when it comes to color. A setting of Warmis going to muster up the best color performance. Best means most balanced in this case. The Warmsetting,which we normally use, really pushes green into the picture. Warmreally looks the best on this plasma TV.

Web Browser

Initially opening the Browser and loading pages is fast. That is the biggest improvement over previous years. The Touch Pad remote comes in handy for controlling the cursor as well. Hint: To scroll up and down pages faster, slide your thumb on the extreme right or left side of the touch pad. LG’s Magic Remote is by far the best way to browse the web on a smart TV to date, but Samsung is taking steps in the right direction. The web browser on the F8500 is not a bad option if you want to see online content on the big screen.

Design and Appearance

There’s nothing standout about the looks of the TV and design is certainly not going to be the selling point. The PN64F5500 has a black bezel and cabinet with a silver stand. It receives the familiar Samsung quadra-pod stand seen on most of their mid-level TVs. We’re happy is isn’t the flashy chrome color we have seen in years past. It is certainly nowhere near the futuristic design of the F8500, but it’s a modest design that works well. The TV has a thin profile of 2.inches in depth.

Epson Home Cinema 640

Epson Home Cinema 640 is the best option for those who want a bigger picture for the lesser price. Although it will take any HD source like your cable box, Roku or game console, it does not throw native HD image on your screen. Since the resolution is low, the image is less detailed and blockier and shows issues like jagged lines. However, the image still looks very good so if you are really tight on budget, this is a great choice.

The Epson 640 is a bright little projector that makes it a good choice for both larger screens and for a situation where you can’t completely darken your viewing environment. Since it is small in size, it is highly portable. Its placement is not as versatile as some other projectors because it has no zoom or lens shift. Hence, you need to physically move the projector to size it to your screen properly. But if you are using any makeshift projection surface or a white wall, then it is not a big issue.

The connectivity features that Epson 640 includes are HDMI input, AV input with S-video, analog RGB PC input, USB ports and built-in speaker. It has a basic back panel and so is its remote. Though it has USB ports, it is not compatible with phones that use MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link). This projector features long-lasting lamps that last up to 10,000 hours.

It can easily fill big reference screen (300-inch) with a bright image in the dark as well as dim light. At such low price for a projector, Epson 640 is one of the least expensive home theater projectors. It is extremely bright and is able to fill larger screens and compete better against ambient light. However, it has just one HDMI port, and cannot deliver full HD resolution like other expensive units. But considering its rock-bottom price, Epson Home Cinema 640 is affordable home theater projector that offers overall impressive image quality.

Viewsonic PJD7828HDL

The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is one of the low-priced short-throw projectors with full-HD resolution. The image quality it delivers is quite impressive for the money. It features some unusual conveniences like a ‘hidden’ HDMI input perfect for wireless dongles and a cable management cover to improve its looks. The Viewsonic’s lumens’ rating is legit, which makes it work great even if there is ambient light in the room. Its short-throw lens allows you to place it closer to the displaying screen, which is great if you have a small room.

It supports 3D contents but you will need to buy 3D glasses. Since the projector uses DLP link, it should be compatible with numerous third-party glasses or Viewsonic’s own 3D glasses. Though it has a mode that dims the bulb and extends its lifespan, the lamp is likely to burn out faster, and replacement cost is pretty high.

The connectivity features that Viewsonic PJD7828HDL offers are HDMI inputs, AV inputs (composite and S-video), Analog RGB PC input, USB port, MHL, and built-in speaker. It also features a full complement of analog jacks and a ‘hidden’ HDMI port behind a hatch on top. You can discreetly stream multimedia content from an optional wireless dongle with the second port and it even includes a micro-USB cable for power. The HDMI port is compatible with MHL as well. The USB port is only for power or using the projector’s remote as a makeshift mouse, and you cannot directly connect a USB drive for a photo or video viewing.

The picture quality this unit delivers is outstanding with 1080p resolution. The details appear sharp; edges are smooth and no visible pixel structure or the screen door effect. With 3200 lumens of brightness, it produces bright images in any environment including rooms with high ambient light. Hence, this is worth a consideration if you want a projector that delivers high-quality image in a shorter distance and an affordable price.

Optoma HD142X

The Optoma HD142X is one of the best projectors with an 8,000-hour lamp life and 3,000 lumens of brightness. It delivers serious performance and has all required features for a great home theater projector. And it comes at an affordable price. The HD142X is perfect for those who want to set up their home theater in a place where there is the abundant amount of ambient light. It is one of the small projectors, which makes it portable and you can carry it around from room to room.

This is a great projector for 3D fans. The Optoma HD142X is a great 2D projector as well as it can excellently handle 3D contents. You need to buy 3D glasses if you are intending to use 3D. Since it uses DLP Link, numerous third-party glasses other than Optoma’s own are compatible. The 1080p resolution, a screen-size range of 66” to 107” and a brightness of 3000 lumens make it able to work in a wide variety of rooms and settings. Like most budget projectors, there is no lens shift but it has a manual zoom to make positioning easier though its range is relatively narrow.

The connectivity features that Optoma HD142X includes are HDMI inputs, USB port, MHL, and built-in speaker. Unlike most projectors, it does not have any analog AV input and PC input. The USB port is only for power or using the projector’s remote as a makeshift mouse. You cannot directly connect a USB drive to view photo or video. It has backlit remote with built-in test patterns. The menus show a solid selection of picture modes and adjustments.

The lamp offers 5,000 hours when used in normal mode and can last up to 8,000 hours when different lamp modes are used. The Optoma HD142X delivers good image quality with full-HD resolution, solid contrast, and accurate color. It is one of the least priced projectors available for the quality it offers. This Optoma HD142X is of great value for the money.

Epson Home Cinema 2040

The Epson Home Cinema 2040 is LCD-based and is one of the less expensive 1080p, 3D projector on the market. It is one of the low-priced models that are built around a three-chip LCD engine that guarantees that it won’t show rainbow effects. It delivers great image quality, a short lag time that gamers will appreciate, and some video processing features that until now were available only on more expensive models.

The brightness of this projector is 2,200 lumens, which is quite bright. The main advantage of this projector is that it is guaranteed to be rainbow effect free. The overall image quality is good with excellent color quality. It maintains shadow detail well and avoids posterization. The Epson HC 2040 is a great 2D projector as well as it can excellently handle 3D contents. You need to buy 3D glasses if you are intending to use 3D.

Its setup is typical with a manual focus and a 1.2x manual zoom, which gives you some flexibility with the placement of the projector from the screen for a given size. The connectivity features it includes are HDMI ports, a composite video port, and a VGA port for a computer or component video. The USB port allows you to view images and video directly from a USB drive. Both HDMI ports support all HDMI 1.4a 3D formats for connection to a Blu-ray player or other 3D video device, with one MHL enabled as well.

The Epson 2040 is an excellent choice even if you don’t have problems with a rainbow effect. The low price, portability, sound system, and great image quality of this projector is undeniable. It is small enough, light enough, and built-in speaker allows you to take it anywhere you want. This is ideal for any consumer who wants great projector but doesn’t want to spend a lot of energy.

Optoma HD29Darbee

The Optoma HD29Darbee is the successor to the world’s first home cinema projector featuring Vision, the HD28DSE. This projector is designed to deliver an immersive experience in Xbox One and PSgames, Blu-ray movies, HDTV programming, home videos and even vacation photos. It features integrated Vision image enhancement technology that utilizes neuro-biologic algorithms to achieve unprecedented detail in skin tones, textures, and reflective surfaces while delivering superior depth, object separation and automatic removal of unsightly residuals.

The brightness of this Optoma projector is 3,200 lumens and has amazing 30,000:contrast ratio. Hence, it delivers bright images with deep black levels. Its reference display mode enables accurate color via REC.70HDTV color space for rich vibrant colors in Blu-ray movies, HDTV programming, home videos, and photos. It requires very little maintenance and offers 10,000 hours of lamp life that allows hours of gaming and extended viewing of favorite movie and series.

The Optoma HD29Darbee features latest and greatest digital media interface that supports MHL v1.It has HDMI ports that support MHL devices such as Optima’s Cast Pro, Roku Streaming Stick and Smart Phones to connect directly to the projector to playback music and video and other digital contents. The HD29Darbee supports all HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, enabling display of true 3D content from almost any 3D source. With the amazing picture quality, this is an amazing projector.

Optoma HD26

The Optoma HD2is a strikingly affordable single-chip DLP projector designed for consumer use. Its main features include a very high 3200 ANSI lumens light output and MHL playback support via one of its HDMI. It is quite a looker for such a cheap projector. Since it is a home theater projector, it is meant primarily for theater-dark lighting. However, it’s at least as much a home entertainment projector, with a bright enough image to stand up to ambient light in a family room or living room.

It delivers a high quality, reasonably bright image, support for 3D, and even a notably short lag time (for a projector) that makes it a reasonable choice for gaming. The Optoma HD2is DLP-based and offers full HD 1080p resolution, along with 3D support for video sources like Blu-ray players and FiOS boxes. It also features built-in speaker comparable to what you’d expect from a good-quality TV.

This unit features HDMI ports, one of which is MHL enabled. Having two ports makes it easy to install the projector permanently with both a cable box and Blu-ray player connected, so you can switch between them easily. The MHL support makes it more convenient to connect to and play content from, a compatible phone or tablet, as well as Roku. The HD2offers the brightness rating at 3,200 lumens. It is bright enough to give you a large image that can stand up to the ambient light, and also offer settings appropriate for lower lighting conditions.

If you don’t have a place to set it up permanently, the small size and light weight make it easy to store away when you’re not using it and set it up quickly as needed. The Optoma HD2home theater projector suffers from some image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode but delivers superb quality with other modes. It is an excellent low-cost big-screen option for movie fans and gamers.

Epson Home Cinema 3000

The Epson Home Cinema 3000 is an upgrade to its predecessor in just about every measurable way. It delivers bold and bright image making it fit for bright living rooms and extra-large screen sizes. This projector is easy to install with its 1.6:zoom lens and extensive lens shift. It offers the excellent balance between performance, features, and price. This Home Cinema 3000 is ideal for those who want big picture size but do not want blacked-out theater environment.

This is one of the examples that show how thin is the line between home theater projectors and home entertainment projectors. The brightness it delivers, and reasonably high-quality image makes it ideal for both roles. It offers 1080p HD resolution in both 2D and 3D and is built around three-chip LCD-engines. The three-chip LCD design gives two advantages over DLP-based projectors. It guarantees that the projector can’t show the rainbow artifacts that DLP models tend to show, and it ensures that the projector’s white brightness and color brightness match.

Its vertical and horizontal lens shift is less common but greatly helpful; it lets you move the image without moving the projector and without tilting or swiveling it, which would turn the rectangular image into a trapezoid. Setup is standard with manual focus and zoom. The connectivity features include two HDMI ports, VGA and composite video ports, a component video port with three RCA connectors, and a USB Type A port for reading files from USB devices or connecting an optional Wi-Fi dongle. Both HDMI ports support video sources like a Blu-ray player or a cable or FiOS, which use 3D.

The Epson Home Cinema 3000 is a great home theater projector with the awesome brightness that can be used in ambient light or extra large home theater screens. It lacks an audio system that is more common for home theater than home entertainment projectors but it delivers a high-quality image. This is not for gaming as the lag time is really disappointing. The Home Cinema 3000 gives you great quality image at a substantially reasonable price.

Optoma HD25-LV

The Optoma HD25-LV is a great choice for home theater starters. This home theater projector delivers a massive picture, which is perfect for larger audiences. It offers a bright picture with 3,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 20,000:One of the great features it has got is the PureMotion image processing that keeps everything smooth and prevents jitteriness. Also, it works great for gaming.

It is a single chip DLP projector that can tackle most family rooms and living rooms. Many get confused with HD25-LV and the standard Optoma HD2They are almost similar but there’s big difference in both price and power. The HD25-LV is rated over 50% brighter and sells for more price hat HD2It delivers outstanding high-definition 1080p video and graphics with unsurpassed color accuracy and incredibly sharp detail. The brightness rating is 3,200 lumens.

The connectivity features that Optoma HD25-LV includes are two V1.4a HDMI ports, a composite video port, 3D VESA port, and a VGA port for a computer or component video. It offers full 3D compatibility for seamless integration with Blu-ray 3D player, Xbox, PSand other gaming consoles. The HD25-LV also has USB Type B, which is only for power or using the projector’s remote as a makeshift mouse.

It is designed for maximum performance and reliability. It features industry-leading energy saving features and whisper quiet operation that allows you to create the most magnificent home theater. The HD25-LV has a 16W stereo system, that enables it to be capable of greater volume without causing audible distortion. This makes it useful for portable use where there is no alternative sound system is available. With excellent color balance, sharpness and clarity, Optoma HD25-LV is great home theater projector.

ViewSonic PX800HD

The Viewsonic PX800HD is a new addition to Viewsonic’s award-winning line of digital projectors. Designed for home entertainment applications, it is a bright, fully loaded, ultra-short throw projector priced at slightly above thousand. It features 2000 lumens of brightness and Rec.70color accuracy, as well as Supercolor technology for true-to-life color performance. With a sleek design, it is ideal for media rooms, family and living rooms.

The connectivity features of PX800HD include RGB, HDMI, Video, S-Video, Component, USB, and 12V trigger. It can easily share content from a number of video sources. Its 1080p full HD resolution and two built-in speakers provide an all-in-one solution for video-based entertainment in just about any room in a house. The ultra-short throw lens eliminated issues like placement difficulties and shadows.

The PX800HD paired with ViewSonic’s BrilliantColorPanel projection screens provides LED TV-like picture quality. BCP screens are specifically designed for ultra-short throw projectors while enhancing contrast and diffusing high ambient light. It is easy to install and dedicated home theater, and its very quick 1ms input lag makes it highly desirable for serious video gamers as well. With a contrast ratio of 100000:and a brightness rating of 2000 lumens, it is better suited to a high-quality home theater as it is designed to optimize black levels, shadow detail, color saturation and overall dynamic range instead of lumen output.

The PX800HD comes ready to work with DLP-Link glasses and has a Sync port for third-party emitters to let it work with Vesa RF glasses as well. Its lamp is rated at 3000 hours in normal mode and 6000 hours in SuperEco mode. It is a highly unique projector for home theater that can also be used for casual home entertainment or serious video gaming. The solid contrast, rich color saturation, almost zero rainbow artifacts, and a surprisingly sharp image across the entire screen making it an outstanding value for the price and highly recommendable.


The Sony VPLHW45ES is the successor to a classic full HD projector, the VPLHW40ES. It is just great for movies and its low input latency makes it great for gamers too. This projector vents hot air from its front edge, making it easier to mount in a recess or against a rear wall. It also makes the viewing experience more comfortable in setups where the projector sits in front of the viewers.

The connectivity features it has are two HDMIs, an RS-23‘remote’ port, an IR input, and a USB port. The USB port is only for service updates; hence, you cannot play multimedia from USB memory sticks through it. It lacks 12V trigger output and PC port. The projector system is based on Sony’s own SXRD technology. It delivers a full HD resolution and standard dynamic range images rather than 4K and HDR.

This projector is redesigned to deliver improved color performance and reduced noise levels. Furthermore, the development of a new alignment layer element within Sony’s SXRD chipset is supposed to improve contrast and black-level depth by retaining greater light focus and efficiency. The VPLHW45ES offers 3D support with the necessary 3D transmitter built into the projector’s chassis. You need to buy 3D glasses separate if you are intending to watch 3D content.

The VPLHW45ES is exceptionally friendly to set up. Its large 1.6x optical zoom and simple horizontal and vertical image-shifting wheels make it easier to get your image in the right place on your wall or screen regardless of the shape of your room. With dynamic and finely detailed images, this is a top class full HD projector that looks gloriously cinematic. It is crisp and flattering to a wide variety of HD sources. It is definitely a projector for home theater fans and serious gamers.

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB

The Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is one of the new, pixel shifting, 4K capable ‘Ultra Black’ projectors from Epson. They are far more advanced than their predecessors in many ways. It has new 2.1:zoom lenses and Lens Memory. The lenses are motorized – focus, zoom and lens shift, and Lens Memory makes it easy for ‘movie first’ people to choose to go with a ‘Cinemascope type’ widescreen instead of a 16:screen (HDTV). You can toggle back and forth correctly between different aspect ratio content with a remote.

Another major feature is that it can handle 4K content, and they support it with pixel shifting to produce megapixels on the screen. Not just 4K but it works with HDR (High Definition Range), P3, REC2020, etc. in other words, this Epson projector works with the higher performance 4K formats that the movie theaters work with, which is a cut above what we’ve been settling for with 1080p and 1080i content.

This projector uses 3-LCD chip technology with full HD resolution, a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:and ANSI lumens rating of 2500. However, the connectivity features are somehow not enough for such a great projector. It has HDMI ports, USB ports, one mini-USB, and LAN jack. One of the HDMI ports is MHL enabled; the MHL support makes it more convenient to connect to and play content from mobile devices and streaming sticks.

The Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is one of the best-looking projectors on the market at present day. It can provide you near-4K quality at a fraction of the cost of standard 4K projectors. The short lag time (for a projector) makes it a great choice for gaming. It is worth the price, producing some of the most luxuriously deep and nuanced colors.


The DLA-X550R is one of the best 4k projectors with latest and greatest HDMI connections (HDMI 2.0a), 265-watt high-power lamp and new D-ILA (JVC’s moniker for LCOS) imaging devices that let the projector beam 30% brighter images than its predecessor, DLA-X500R. Though these D-ILA chips are technically specified as having 1080p resolution, JVC’s e-shifttechnology enables the projector to deliver ‘4K precision’ images.

The projector can actually accept a true 4K source and upconverts lesser sources to 4K. The DLA-X550R is compatible with HDRhigh dynamic range content. It also supports 3D contents. But you need to have is JVC’s optional RF active-shutter 3D glasses and RF 3D emitter. It features an intelligent Lens Aperture setting to dynamically adjust contrast ratio. The projector has motorized zoom, focus, and lens-shift controls but it lacks the motorized lens cover.

The connectivity features this projector has are two HDMI ports, LAN and RS-232C ports for hooking up to control systems, a trigger output, and a 3D sync jack for the optional RF 3D emitter. Its remote control is compact and has a fully backlit keypad with a well-placed light button. You can easily switch between the focus, zoom, and lens-shift modes pressing the Lens Control button on the remote.

The DLA-X550R lacks the THX picture modes but the image quality is mostly accurate with the Cinema mode selected. Though it’s the entry-level model of JVC’s new projector lineup, it is thoroughly impressive. The sufficient brightness makes pictures look good in both dim and dark rooms. Its ability to accept and display 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range content makes it a great projector at this price.


The connectivity features this projector includes are two HDMI ports, RJ-4for network connectivity, USB, HD 9/RS-232C remote connector, IR input, and two 12-volt triggers. HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.do not support the full 18-Gbps bandwidth needed to pass 4K/60p at higher bit depths. The projector has motorized lens shift, zoom, and focus controls. It is capable of 3D with a built-in RF transmitter for the (optional) active 3D glasses.

Projection Technology

Most projectors are either LCD-based or use a Texas Instruments DLP (Digital Light Projection) chip along with a laser, LED, or LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) light source. The projectors using single-chip DLP projectors are subject to the rainbow effect, however, the effect is minimal. On the other hand, LCD projectors resist this effect. If you or any of your family members are sensitive to the rainbow effect, LCD projectors are the best choice.


The Pico projectors have less than 100 lumens while video and home entertainment models have several thousand lumens. The brightness of your projector depends greatly on lighting and image size. Projector with lower brightness is okay for displaying small images and projects in darker rooms. But you need to look for around 2,000 lumens or more if you are looking for home entertainment projector. Since the brightness is measured logarithmically, it takes a lot more than doubling the number of lumens for an image to appear twice as bright. For example, there will be very little differences in the brightness of 2,000 and 2,300 lumens.

Throw Distance

It is imperative to measure the throw distance before buying a projector. Usually, a standard HD projector without a ‘short-throw’ lens will need at least about feet of distance to display a picture larger than 80” wide. However, it depends on the model of a projector you need.

Fan Noise

With all these factors to consider while buying a projector, there is still one more factor that is missed by most buyers. It is important to check the amount of noise you can expect the unit’s fan to make. A projector needs a hefty cooling system to prevent the bulbs in the projector from frying out, as they run very hot. The fan noise in all projectors is measured in decibels (db.). If you are buying a projector, make sure that fan’s db. rating is quiet enough that your stereo system will be able to effectively obscure it out.

Connection Systems

Most of the home projectors support multiple connection methods. Almost all new models offer HDMI connectivity that supports resolutions of 1080p. Larger projectors have standard HDMI ports whereas smaller models like palmtop, pico, and other smaller models mostly have mini or micro HDMI ports that require different cables. Many home theater and home entertainment models have HDMI 1.4a compatible ports, which enable projection from a Blu-ray player or set-top box, even computer.

Some have HDMI ports that support MHL providing a wired connection to compatible phones and tablets. Some can connect via Wi-Fi and support media streaming via Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) and/or Miracast while some offer a direct connection to a computer via USB cable. Most projectors have VGA ports and Wi-Fi adapters for wireless streaming of content as a standard or optional feature.

Need of 3D

With the popularity of 3D for video and game content, many new projectors are marketed with 3D compatibility. Most projectors use TI’s DLP-Link technology that requires a computer with a compatible graphic card and active-shutter 3D glasses for each user. They are not necessarily compatible with all 3D content. You need to be extra careful before buying the projector that is labeled 3D compatible. Also, you need to add the extra cost of 3D glasses if you are buying such projectors.

Land’s End

Though not as soft as that of the Daydream View, the Gear VR’s padding feels high-quality. The straps are less stretchy than the Daydream View’s, which makes them feel more adjustable and secure. There’s a lens adjustment dial to accommodate different pupil distances, which the Daydream View doesn’t have. However, none of our testers complained about the lack of adjustment options while using the Daydream View.

Drop Dead, the controller transforms into a gun complete with trigger. But in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, you can’t actually reach out and manipulate the bomb with your hand like you can in an Oculus Rift. Still, its touchpad and trigger buttons are familiar inputs that feel natural to use. The extra two buttons and volume key, however, might be more confusing to a beginner than the Daydream View’s ultra-simple controller.

Flaws but not dealbreakers

The Daydream View is comfy to wear but has fewer apps and games.

Pull Quote

The Daydream View has a slight sense of tunnel vision compared with the Gear VR, even when you’re using phones of the same screen size and resolution.

The Daydream View’s compact size comes at a cost. The field of view is noticeably smaller, giving a slight sense of tunnel vision compared with the Gear VR, even when you’re using phones of the same screen size and resolution.

The Daydream controller is a nearly oval device that fits in the palm of your hand. It has two buttons and a clickable touchpad, and like the Gear VR’s controller, it also tracks the approximate location of your hand, bringing it into virtual reality. In Mekorama (a puzzle game where you walk a robot through shifting buildings), you can reach out and manipulate the world as if it were made of building blocks. In Wonderglade, you can play miniature golf by swinging the controller like a golf club.


Sony’s PlayStation VR is our current Editors’ Choice for virtual reality, offering the most polished and easy-to-use tethered VR experience with a relatively reasonable price tag. You can only play proprietary titles on it, like Resident Evil 7: Biohazard, but a theater mode lets you play any PSgame as if you were sitting in front of a large screen, and the VR games we’ve tried have impressed us.

Product Features

Latest 144Hz Technology – It perfectly matches the 144Hz 3D DLP-Link projectors, also compatible with previous generation 96Hz 120Hz projection technology.

Seamlessly Transmission- Data is sent in millisecond response time with no flickering. No emitter is required and the receiving distance is long with the maximum distance of METER.

Portable and Lightweight – The stable high quality LCD lenses will protect you from eyestrain, makes it very comfortable to wear even for a long time.

Rechargeable Battery – It can be recharged with micro USB cable included. hours recharging provides 50 hours operation, and 180 days under Sleep Mode. You need to recharge it every or months to prevent over discharge issue.


Because real sunglasses cost upwards of £and you’ve already paid for these ones, there’s no reason your 3D glasses can’t multitask and be sunglasses too. My motto has always been ‘Why do one thing well when you can do several things at a sub-standard level?’ I’ve even got a wooden plaque proudly displaying this motto hanging above my desk as I write this. I made it myself, using a piece of old door and a biro. It looks dreadful.

Catastrophe is inevitable because: They offer almost no protection against bright light. Aside from potentially damaging your eyes by putting these glasses on and staring directly at the sun, you might also find yourself temporarily blinded by brightness while driving. Or maybe you use them to protect your vision-balls from the sun whilst on an exotic holiday to a mountainous area. I’ve seen people lose their balance on cinema steps while wearing these glasses. So, on the edge of a cliff or some such would prove problematic and ‘splatty’.

Potential fatalities: Lots. Should the car crash scenario come to be, a high death count can be expected. And should you take a tumble from a great height, there’s no telling who you might land on or who might slip on your liquidy corpse-jam.


To adapt your 3D glasses into a shiv, you’re going to need to go a bit Blue Peter. I’ll include a handy step-by-step guide, so it’s as simple for you as possible.

Step 1: Snap the arms off of the glasses and put them somewhere safe. Take the section of the glasses with the lenses on, the front bit, and forcibly insert it into your anus. Alternatively, you can dispose of it in any other way you see fit. Just be sure to keep it out of reach of children, as there will be some sharp edges.

Step 2: Take a knife, and whittle one end of each arm into sharp point.

Congratulations. You’ve just created your very own shiv. Perfect for recreating some of your favourite prison movie moments.

Catastrophe is inevitable because: It’s a flimsy weapon and once you bring stabbing into an equation, you really are going to want something sturdy. If nothing else, because you’re probably going to get stabbed back. This is another one that also carries serious jail time and is, I’d probably concede, morally wrong. I’m actually going to go right on ahead here and say that of all of the ideas on this list, this one is probably the worst. Also, if you’re using a knife to create the shiv, you’re absolutely wasting your time.

Impersonating Kanye West

There’s no way that the giant-skulled rap-warbler has never worn cinema 3D glasses as a fashion accessory. It’s simply impossible that it hasn’t happened.

Catastrophe is inevitable because: You end up looking like Kanye West, a man with a figuratively and literally giant head, who might be, even though nothing factually suggests it, a toilet nuisance. Once you’ve started to look like Kanye West, it’s only a matter of time before you start to act like him. Your relationship self-awareness will immediately strain and then shatter, the pieces frothing into nothing and disappearing forever. Then you’ll start singing like a robot.

Potential fatalities: 0. Consider this to be harmless, although be warned that you’re reaching Uwe Boll-ian levels of hatefulness if you do it.

Home cinema projectors

Cheaper home cinema projectors tend to have a 720p resolution (1280 x 720), which is quite usable, but you’ll notice the extra detail produced by a full-HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) model if you’re watching Blu-ray films on a big (100in+) screen.

If you can’t place your projector square-on to your screen, look for a model with lens shift. This is where the lens can be physically moved to shift the image horizontally and/or vertically, allowing you to place the projector off-centre.

Keystone correction is the poor man’s lens shift, altering the image digitally to correct the aspect, but potenially degrading image quality in the process.

Most projectors also have a zoom, which gives you more flexibility to mount the unit closer – or further away – from your screen. If you have a very small room, look for a short-throw model which can produce a very large image from a short distance.

Motion smoothing is another feature to look for. Virtually all films run at 2frames per second (fps), and TV broadcasts at 25fps in the UK. When objects move across the screen, or the camera pans left or right, this can appear jerky – especially on huge screens. Motion smoothing intelligently adds extra frames (guessing where objects would appear between the original frames) to produce a far less jerky result.

Office projectors

When choosing a projector for business use, you’ll typically opt for either a portable model or a permanent installation. Regardless of the type, make sure the lamp is bright enough. Under normal fluorescent lighting, you’ll need at least 2000 ANSI lumens, but increase this if you’ll also be competing with sunlight. Plus, don’t forget that the brightness drops as you increase the size of the image.

Optoma HD141X Full HD 3D 1080p Projector

This is a more expensive projector, but its capabilities warrant the asking price. It’s capable of 3D projection. With a decent screen to project on or black cloth backing, this machine will throw excellent 3D images onto your wall – just remember you’ll need 3D glasses if you want to take advantage of it.

We recommend making sure that you check you have the room for the correct distance between wall and projector, otherwise you aren’t guaranteed correct correlation of image. The Optoma can handle full HD resolution and several different video modes and even has a built in 10W speaker, but you’ll probably want to hook it up to some louder ones for mass viewings.

Upgrade Reluctance

This is in synch with the results of a recent study conducted by consultancy firm Deloitte, which found that 83% of consumers wouldn’t buy a television simply because it can support 3D content. Equally interesting is that over 60% are not even willing to pay extra for a television with 3D capabilities; only 21% of the respondents said they would pay just 10% extra for a 3D television over a 2D set.

By the end of 2009, many consumers had just purchase their first LCD or plasma HDTV to meet the Digital TV transition end-date. Many others who had already bought a flat panel TV a few years ago, has just purchased their second bigger screen HDTV to take advantage of the latest reduced pricing and improved feature specs such as Internet connectivity and LED backlighting.

Even if you were to take the millions still ‘stuck’ with their old CRT TV, these are definitely the ones that at the instant they opt to upgrade to a new TV, they will most probable go for a budget class HDTV rather than the more expensive 3D HDTVs.





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Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your active 3d glasses wisely! Good luck!

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