David is looking for a tablet that he'd like to have a projector and can "cast." Leo says that Lenovo had one running Android 6 in 2015, and there were the mini pico projectors. Everyone thought it was the next big thing, but it really hasn't taken off and it drifted away. Even Google gave up on a Chrome tablet moving forward. The last one that they still sell is the Google Pixel Slate. But it's not cheap.
This week was the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and there was a lot of 8K TVs being showed off. Samsung also showed off a new microLED 75" TV. The price is $50,000! Short throw Projector TVs were also popular at CES. LG's Optima is under $2,000.
There were also self driving cars using artificial intelligence and LIDAR. There was also an electric helicopter and self-driving flying cars. There were also Amazon Dash Buttons, which are designed to instantly order a product at the touch of a button.
With summer coming, it's a great time to think about having an outdoor cinema experience with a projector. Projectors give you that immersive, cinematic experience, but everything needs to be dark in order to enjoy it like you do at a movie. Nighttime screenings in the backyard are great for that. But indoors, that's where things get different. Ambient light can really affect projectors. Also, you need a "short throw" projector in most rooms in order to get a large enough image on the wall. A good ambient light rejecting screen is also important.
Ed is going to be building a video wall for a home theater room in his house. What screen size should he get? Scott Wilkinson says that 14' away with a 60-degree field of vision, it's going to need to be pretty large. Scott says that Samsung's "The Wall" is a great option if money is no option. It'll be available later this year and has micro LEDs. It's 146". Can Ed daisy chain LED TVs? Scott says the bezels will be very distracting. The only real solution here is projection and he'll also want an ambient light rejecting screen if he can't darken the room completely.
Tom is interested in a pico projector. Leo says they're not very bright and have low resolution. The idea of having a projector in your pocket that can connect to a mobile phone is pretty cool, though. Will they last? It's anyone's guess, but brightness may be the biggest issue.
Shown above: AAXA P300 Pico Projector (Amazon)
JC wants to know if there are HDR projectors available. Scott says there are, but they're lagging behind TVs. That'll change over time.
JC wants to put a projector and screen in his attic. Scott says he doesn't need anything really fancy, and Epson has a great home cinema projector. The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is $1300 and projects in 1080p really nicely. There's also the 3700 and 3900 for a few hundred more. Other brands include BenQ and Optima.
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Diego is going to transform one of his bedrooms into a home theater. He's budgeting about $30,000 to $40,000. Leo says his first decision is between direct view or projection. Projection can go bigger by just moving it back. If he can darken the room, it's the ideal option. He will want a projector that can handle the distance (called 'throw') to get it as large as he wants. Then he'll want to get a screen. One option is to paint his wall with special paint that reflects.
Max wants to use his dorm's projector to watch the Super Bowl, but it doesn't support HDMI. Can he route it through his home theater system? Leo says that S-Video is probably the best option for that old system. Many older cable boxes support S-Video as well.
The best option is to get an analog to digital converter, though. Max may also need an analog TV Tuner, and they're pretty cheap. Scott Wilkinson agrees, and says that even going with a VCR connection to daisy chain it will solve the issue. He doesn't need it to record, but he can use it for the Tuner.
Abraham is looking for an affordable 4K Projector. His budget is $3,000 to $4,000. Leo says that Sony makes several 4K projectors in that price range, but Epson is Leo's favorite. Their Cinema line is the best out there. But he should remember that 4K is more expensive because of the higher resolution. Look at native resolution, not enhanced. Leo says there's very little 4K content and what is out there is usually streamed online and is heavily compressed. It's not quite time yet for 4K and he would advise going 1080p for now.
Scott got an email from a viewer that wants to hold viewing parties. He wants to create a 150' screen, but the problem is that the room he uses has windows. How can he black them out? Leo suggests curtains. Scott agrees and says that Black Out shades are even better. Fixed and custom made inserts that will black out those windows when you insert them into the Window frame. That's the best idea. Scott also recommends the Epson 5030UB projector $2300, and there's Elite Screen's 150" with Cinegrade 5D screen material. Leo also recommends screens from MonoPrice.com. They're very affordable.