Can A Projector Replace Your TV?

As we are a constantly developing society, technology is always improving. These constant changes give rise to more questions than ever before. Questions about moving from more traditional technologies to newer ones – such as whether a projector can replace your TV. This article will hopefully help you make that decision. If you want to stay up to date, feel free to join my mailing list.

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Why would you want a projector?

Screen Size

A projector enables you to have a much large screen size (that is also adjustable usually). Many of these projectors can easily go over 100 inches, which would be far cheaper than a TV with an equivalent screen size. Having this screen size means that you will be able to project onto large walls, or use it outside for movies at night in the garden.

This large screen size also makes it easier for larger groups of people to watch something at the same time, but for a fraction of the cost. Connecting your laptop or PC will enable you to enjoy far more content like photos, movies and youtube videos all on the large screen.

Not to mention, you can also buy 3D and 4K projectors too, which enables you to get either higher quality or extra functionality from your projector.

Luckily, due to developments in technology, we now have projectors that don’t also need to be positioned so far away from the wall to get the screen-size. Some projectors nowadays are known as ultra short throw projectors. This means that they can produce large screen sizes without having to be ceiling mounted (instead they only need to be about 1m away from the wall).


Now TVs are typically quite expensive if you want one that can handle something like 4K, or if you want a TV that can reach a screen size of over 100 inches (that are still currently very expensive to obtain). However, most projectors can accomplish the screen size issue with ease.

Don’t get me wrong, you can definitely buy expensive projectors too – costing multiple thousands, although these will likely be higher quality laser projectors (for example this laser projector is far more expensive).

The Experience

Many people want to use a projector, since using the device itself is a unique experience. Being able to watch tv, as if it were like the cinema – offers a great, immersive experience. Some people also prefer the fact that the projector isn’t too bright, as some TVs nowadays can be almost blinding!

Why a projector may NOT replace your TV


With a projector, you unfortunately have the extra cost of having to occasionally replace the lamp in your projector. This is definitely something you don’t have to worry about with a TV. These lamps lives range from 700-3000 hours (which isn’t as much as you think, so do the maths!). One of these lamps can also cost around $250 which could be a large expense for a lot of people. This is something that you should definitely bear in mind if you are considering a projector. However, there are ways to prolong the lamp life, such as using something like ‘Economy Mode’, which some projectors have installed, as well as letting the lamp cool down after use.


This will be something that will continually annoy you with a projector – unless you get blackout blinds. Extra ambient light is what can heavily impact the viewing experience with a projector.


With a projector, many of them need to be away from the wall (throw distance), which makes positioning them, sometimes rather tricky. If the room that you are planning to use it in doesn’t have the space, either get a more expensive projector that can sit close to the wall, or find a bigger room…


Now when you think about the sound in a projector, there will be two types of sound that you will hear:

  • Speaker sound
  • Fan noise

The speakers on a projector are usually quite ‘tinny’ and don’t provide anywhere near the sound quality of a TV. It would be highly recommended that you get a good high-end cinema audio set to go with any projector that you buy.

The other type of noise is fan noise, which can be quite noticeable especially on the cheaper projectors. A projector effectively generates heat that needs to be dispersed. The projector needs to be positioned such that it has good airflow around it, to ensure optimal cooling.


So the real question is can a projector replace your TV? And I think the answer is yes, IF:

  • You have a really dark room
  • You want the screen size
  • You get an expensive one that doesn’t produce awful fan noise
  • You get a home cinema audio setup

Projectors are great, and if you really want the screen size and are budget restricted, then a projector is the only way to get those kind of screen sizes while still on a budget. However, the projectors can also get very expensive too, especially the ultra short throw projectors (costing over $2500 usually).

Due to the different price points, the two projectors at different price points that I would recommend are:

Lower Budget: Xiaomi Mijia Portable Projector



  • 30,000 Hours Of Lamp Life
  • Only 1.3kg (2.86lbs)
  • Screen Size projection: 40″-200″
  • Bluetooth
  • 1080p full HD
  • Supports HDR10 (better colour contrasts)
  • 1*HDMI
  • 1*Headphone Jack
  • 1*USB 3.0

Higher Budget: WEMAX A300 4K Short-Throw Projector 3D with Speaker

  • Short-throw Projector
  • 3D Support
  • 4K
  • USB 3.0
  • Ethernet
  • Audio input
  • 20,000 hours+ lifespan (6 hours a day for 9 years)
  • Built-in Stereo Speaker
  • Screen Size: 80″-150″
  • Numerous Apps (like Netflix)
  • Bluetooth
  • Good Video on the product page

Hopefully this has enabled you to make the right decision – whether that be can a projector replace my TV? or which projector should I buy?

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