Although TVs get most of the hype, UST (Ultra Short Throw) video projectors are a popular solution for those seeking really big-screen entertainment even with limited space.
What is an Ultra Short Throw (UST) Projector?
An Ultra Throw Projector (aka UST) has a specially constructed lens assembly that allows images to be displayed from a very short distance, generally less than a foot away from the screen. This means instead of placing the projector far way behind the seating position, it sits close up below a screen without sacrificing image size. UST projectors can project very large images without taking much more space than a large TV. They are also great for those that have small rooms.
The key advantage to a UST projector with a screen is the substantial cost savings when compared to purchasing a flat panel TV sized above 85-inches. The next big advantage is elimination of glare that plagues every glass panel.
Tip: All 2022 UST projectors offer 4K resolution. There are no 8K models yet.
However, there are drawbacks to 4K UST projectors. Their main enemy is light in the room. Specialized ambient light reflecting (ALR) screens can mitigate the problem, but as with any projector they still look best in a darkened room.
Having reviewed The Premiere by Samsung LSP9T 4K UST Projector, we can attest that watching movies on a 103-inch screen is even more enjoyable than a near pixel perfect 65-inch Sony OLED 4K TV. Bigger is just better.
Tip: UST Projectors are sometimes referred to as Laser TVs (such as Hisense models).
Although the Samsung LSP9T is one of the best, it’s also the most expensive, which opens the door to a lot of competition. There are now over a dozen models to choose from, which can be quite overwhelming.
4K UST Projector Comparison Chart
Since we have reported on many USTs, we thought it would be great to provide a guide that lists the brands and models, some of the key features, plus a link back to our more detailed articles on each brand and model reported.
Click the brand/model of each projector for more details in our original article or click the price to check current pricing and availability.
Projector MSRP Light Engine Lumens (ANSI) Sound OS Size BenQ V7050i $3,499 Laser / Phosphor 2,500 5 watts x 2 Android 90-100″ Epson LS500 $3,999 Laser 3LCD 4,000 10 watts x 2 Android 70-130″ Hisense L5G $3,999* Laser / Phosphor 2,700 40 watts total Android 100/120″ Hisense L9G $5,499* TriChroma Laser 3,000 40 watts total Android 100/120″ Hisense PX-1 Pro $3,449 TriChroma Laser 2,200 30 watts total Android 90-130″ JMGO U2 $2,999 Triple Laser 2,400 50 watts total Luna OS 100″ LG HU715QW $2,999 Laser / Phosphor 2,500 20 watts x 2 WebOS 80-120″ LG HU915QB $6,496 3-Channel Laser 3,000 2.2 channels,
40 watts total
WebOS 90-100″ LG HU915QE $5,996 3-Channel Laser 3,700 2.2 channels,
40 watts total
WebOS 90-120″ Optoma CinemaX P2 $3,299 Single Laser
3,000 40 watts total Android 85-120″ Samsung LSP7T $3,499 Single Laser 2,200 2.2 Channels,
30 watts total
Tizen 90-120″ Samsung LSP9T $6,499 Triple Laser 2,800 4.2 Channels,
40 watts total
Tizen 100-130″ Vava Chroma $3,499 Laser / Phosphor 1,800 30 watts x2 Android 80-150″ Viewsonic X2000B-4K $2,900 Laser / Phosphor 2,000 25 watts x2 Android 65-150″ XGIMI Aura $2,999 Laser / Phosphor 2,400 15 watts x 4 Android 80-120″
Note: As new projector models are released, we’ll attempt to keep this list up-to-date, while also removing models that become discontinued.