Projectors offer larger screen sizes and a more cinematic viewing experience than their TV counterparts, but that doesn’t mean they’re easier to set up. That’s why we have a complete guide on how to buy a projector to check out!
Unless you’re looking for a portable option, you’ll need to make sure you have a projector stand ($24) and audio cables routed properly to your projector location. This is because setting up full-size projectors to fit your screen, focus, etc. can be a pain, so once everything is connected, you’ll want to leave it as it is.
Make sure you get enough lumens (how bright the projector is at its peak, the higher the number the better). Over 2,000 lumens is a good starting space for any kind of lit viewing, but we recommend 3,000 or higher if you’re watching in a bright room.
Another thing to consider before you get a projector is how much space you will need to set it up properly. In most cases, you’ll need 10 to 15 feet between the screen and the projector (be sure to check the “projection distance” listed by the manufacturer in the manual) to achieve screen sizes over 100 inches.
Without a completely dark room, the image can look washed out and hard to see. If you don’t have a windowless room, consider getting blackout curtains. For more detailed information on how to set up a projector after it arrives, I highly recommend this video.