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Every UST Projector Compared

Compare every 2022 ultra-short throw (UST) 4K projector to decide which one is right for you.

Viewsonic X2000B-4K UST Projector with 100-inch Screen

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. 

BenQ V7050i UST Projector Screen Size Comparison

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.

Samsung The Premiere LSP9T Ultra-short Throw Projector
Samsung The Premiere LSP9T Ultra-short Throw Projector

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.

ProjectorMSRPLight EngineLumens (ANSI)SoundOSSize
BenQ V7050i$3,499Laser / Phosphor2,5005 watts x 2Android90-100″
Epson LS500$3,999Laser 3LCD4,00010 watts x 2Android70-130″
Hisense L5G$3,999*Laser / Phosphor2,70040 watts totalAndroid100/120″
Hisense L9G$5,499*TriChroma Laser3,00040 watts totalAndroid100/120″
Hisense PX-1 Pro$3,449TriChroma Laser2,20030 watts totalAndroid90-130″
JMGO U2$2,999Triple Laser2,40050 watts totalLuna OS100″
LG HU715QW$2,999Laser / Phosphor2,50020 watts x 2WebOS80-120″
LG HU915QB$6,4963-Channel Laser3,0002.2 channels,
40 watts total
LG HU915QE$5,9963-Channel Laser3,7002.2 channels,
40 watts total
Optoma CinemaX P2$3,299Single Laser
w/ 6-Segment
Color Wheel
3,00040 watts totalAndroid85-120″
Samsung LSP7T$3,499Single Laser2,2002.2 Channels,
30 watts total 
Samsung LSP9T$6,499Triple Laser2,8004.2 Channels,
40 watts total
Vava Chroma$3,499Laser / Phosphor1,80030 watts x2Android80-150″
Viewsonic X2000B-4K$2,900Laser / Phosphor2,00025 watts x2Android65-150″
XGIMI Aura$2,999Laser / Phosphor2,40015 watts x 4Android80-120″

*Includes screen.

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Note: As new projector models are released, we’ll attempt to keep this list up-to-date, while also removing models that become discontinued.

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