2022 has proven to be a watershed year for UST (Ultra Short Throw) projectors with consumers finally taking the plunge in rather significant numbers. Inflation and supply chain issues have certainly remained an obstacle for many consumer A/V categories, but the post-pandemic environment has made it rather clear that home theater has become a priority for consumers again.

USTs for the home market are getting better with each new year and there is no question that they are making consumers think twice about rather expensive 85″ 4K and 8K TVs.

Why spend over $6,000 for an 85″ TV when you can have a 120″ ALR screen and UST projector for even less money?

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 the 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.

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One very affordable competitor that was chosen as the best Triple Laser UST at the 2022 Laser TV Showdown held by Projector Central and ProjectionScreen.com was the Formovie Theater T1 which has a surprisingly low $2,999 price tag.

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Formovie T1 Theater Laser UST Projector

The Samsung LSP9T and Formovie T1 are just two possible choices as there are now well 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.

Pricing as of November 2022

Projector MSRP Light Engine Lumens (ANSI) Sound OS Size
BenQ V7050i $2,999 Laser / Phosphor 2,500 5 watts x 2 Android 90-100″
Epson LS500 $2,799 Laser 3LCD 4,000 10 watts x 2 Android 70-130″
Epson LS800 $3,499 Laser 3LCD 4,000 20 watts total Android 80-150”
Formovie Theater  T1  $2,999 Triple Laser 2800 15W x 2 Android 80-150”
Hisense L5G $2,999* Laser / Phosphor 2,700 40 watts total Android 100/120″
Hisense L9G $4,999* TriChroma Laser 3,000 40 watts total Android 100/120″
Hisense PX1 $2,498 TriChroma Laser 2,000 30 watts total Android 100 – 120”
Hisense PX1-Pro $2,999 TriChroma Laser 2,200 30 watts total Android 90-130″
JMGO U2 $2,899 Triple Laser 2,400 50 watts total Luna OS 100″
LG HU715QW $2,499 Laser / Phosphor 2,500 20 watts x 2 WebOS 80-120″
LG HU915QB $5,696 3-Channel Laser 3,000 2.2 channels, 40 watts total WebOS 90-100″
LG HU915QE $5,196 3-Channel Laser 3,700 2.2 channels, 40 watts total WebOS 90-120″
Optoma Cinema X D2  $2,499 Dual Core Laser 3,000  10 watts x 2 None 85 -120”
Optoma Cinema X D2 Smart $2,699 Dual Core Laser 3,000  10 watts x 2 Android  (via included plug-in dongle) 85 -120”
Optoma CinemaX P2 $3,299 Single Laser w/ 6-SegmentColor Wheel 3,000 40 watts total Android 85-120″
Samsung LSP7T $2,499 Single Laser 2,200 2.2 Channels, 30 watts total Tizen 90-120″
Samsung LSP9T $4,999 Triple Laser 2,800 4.2 Channels, 40 watts total Tizen 100-130
Vava Chroma $2,499 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 $2,499 Laser / Phosphor 2,400 15 watts x 4 Android 80-120″

*Includes screen.

Note: As new projector models are released, we’ll attempt to keep this list up-to-date, while also removing models that become discontinued. Pricing noted as of November 2022, but may very due to promotion or market conditions.

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