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Laser TV vs Smart Projector: How To Choose The Right Product

Though many consumers are thinking about purchasing big screen and high-price TV sets, technology puts laser TVs and smart projectors in front of the public. But this makes them more entangled rather than helps them to make the right decision. Of course, it’s easy to choose a TV or a projector. But when it comes to laser projectors, seems nothing can be more complicated than this. So how to choose the right laser projector? To answer this, we are going to understand the main differences between the laser TVs and smart projectors.

First: The Product Form is Different

Although technically, the laser TVs have many similarities with smart projectors, in essence, the former belongs to the home audio and video entertainment center, while the latter belongs to only one component of the entire video system.

Xiaomi Wemax One

WEMAX One Laser TV

In this sense, the projector may only contain one body and the attached screen, but the laser TV also contains the speakers and the screen. This is the difference between the two. In other words, in addition to the functions of the projection display, the laser TV integrates many functions into one. It does not require other equipment to allow users to construct a small world of audio and video entertainment, while the smart projector needs to be equipped with a projection screen and an AV amplifier. However, the home theater speaker system and a variety of signal source devices can truly form a complete large-screen multi-channel audio and video entertainment system.

Second: Different Ways of Delivery

The projector, generally, provides a telephoto projection, which requires a long-distance projection to present the image. The laser TV uses a reflective ultra-short-focus projection technique to synthesize a color ray into a projection head through a fiber optic cable and finally projects it onto the screen.

Laser TV uses continuous lasers of R, G, and B wavelengths as the light source. It is different from most projectors using xenon lamps or LED + color wheels to obtain R, G, and B colors. This also determines the advantages of laser TV in color and lifespan. It does not have the problem of the lamp life. So it does not need to be replaced after one or two years of use.

Third: The Installation Distance

Home projectors have higher requirements for space, as the larger screen needs to ensure a certain projection distance. In general, the 90-inch screens can be obtained in more than 3 meters, the 100-inch screens can be obtained in 3.5 meters or more, and the 120-inch screens can be obtained in 4.2 meters while leaving a distance of about half a meter.

Xiaomi MI Laser Projector

Xiaomi Mi Laser TV

The laser TV can solve this problem. Although the size of the laser TV may not be as small as that of the smart projector, it is better than the projection principle of reflective short-focus. It can project 100-inch images at a half-meter distance, which is more suitable for small-sized rooms.

Fourth: The Light Resistance

The conventional projectors require a long installation distance. Also, a good screen takes into account the comfort of people’s viewing and vision. Most of them use the principle of diffuse reflection to avoid direct reflection of the projected strong light. So the light resistance is weak.

The laser TV adopts the principle of reflective short-focus projection, which shortens the projection distance and has strong anti-light performance. However, since most laser TVs adopt high-brightness laser light source + ultra-short-focus projection distance, they will still be affected to some extent by light interference.

Five: The Price is Different

An 85-inch 4K TV is worth more than 100,000 yuan ($14500). In contrast, a non-short-focus projector is available at only a few thousand dollars, and a high-end model can be purchased for tens of thousands. The price of a currently available 100-inch laser TV is generally about 60,000 yuan ($8700). This price also includes curtains and speakers.

Mijia Projector

For laser TVs, getting a large picture doesn’t add as much to the cost as a TV.


In the above comparison, we can see that both laser TV and projector products have their own advantages and disadvantages. Among them, the biggest shortcoming of the projector is that the display effect is not ideal, but it is cheaper to buy. So it is a good choice for users who like large viewing area but limited economic budget.

For laser TVs, its biggest selling point is that the display effect is better than that on the projector. Although it is definitely worse than the LCD TV, it is way cheaper than the LCD TV price of the same size. The maintenance cost is lower than the projector. So it is suitable for those who are looking for a more economical budget for the picture quality.

Xiaomi has launched three laser TVs. You can get acquainted with the principles of their work below.


Suzie K.

Having 9 years of experience in IT industry, Suzie has managed to work as an SEO Specialist, Social Media Marketing Specialist and Content Writer for different companies. She does her best to be a great Mom and balance work and family.

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