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Best Outdoor Projector 2024: The best picks tested and reviewed

If you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity as the evenings get warmer, you may want to consider picking up an outdoor projector. Setting up a projector in your garden is an easy way to enjoy movies and sports without feeling cramped up indoors, but that doesn’t mean you can use any projector. 

The most important aspect to using a projector outdoors is its brightness. You want to be able to see all the detail on the screen as ambient light can wash the picture out if the projector isn’t bright enough. We’d say the minimum criteria is to look for a projector that can produce around 2000 lumens of brightness. 

Picture and sound quality are also important aspects we consider when judging the best outdoor projectors. Ideally you’ll want a projector that delivers a sharp image with vibrant colours, and enough power to give the audio some oomph. After all, you won’t want to lug a soundbar every time you watch a movie in the garden. 

Some of the projectors in this list we reviewed outside, while others were used indoors. However, our rigorous testing criteria remains the same, ensuring every projector in this list is the best of the best. 

If you prefer to have your home cinema inside your home then check out our guide to the best projectors. For compact projectors to take to a friend’s house for a movie night, our guide to the best portable projectors is for you. 

Scroll down to discover our favourite outdoor projectors currently available and don’t forget to check back regularly as we’ll be updating this list on a frequent basis.

Best outdoor projectors at a glance

  • Best outdoor projector for daytime use: BenQ W2700 – check price
  • Best outdoor projector for sports: ViewSonic X-10 4K – check price
  • Best outdoor Android projector: XGIMI Horizon Pro – check price

How we test

How we test projectors

We test projectors by, well, watching lots of movies on them. But not just movies: we watch sports and TV programmes to get a sense of how they work in terms of motion, sharpness, detail and overall image fidelity.

Depending on the projector, we’ll test them in a bespoke home cinema room or in our own rooms and gardens to see if they live up to the manufacturer’s claims about their performance.

If it’s an HDR projector, we’ll watch plenty of HDR content to determine if colours are correct and whether the projector can do a decent approximation of HDR. If it’s a gaming projector we’ll test the latency to determine how responsive it is.

We’ll also assess the projector in terms of its size and whether it needs a dedicated installation, as well as how much noise it makes during operation and whether that can be a hindrance to watching content. Are they easy to use? And do they require more expert knowledge to operate are considerations we also take into account.

With our reviewers knowledge of previous projectors tested, they’ll be considered to what’s come before to determine whether they offer good value, regardless of how much or how little they cost.

BenQ W2700

Best outdoor projector for outdoors use
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  • Great value for what’s on offer
  • Easily the best HDR picture we’ve seen at this price point
  • Crisp, clean 4K playback


  • Slightly high input lag for gaming
  • Black levels only fair to middling for SDR playback
  • Minor rainbow effect

Although typically a projector for indoor use, the BenQ W2700’s 2000 lumens means it is bright enough to be comfortably used outdoors too. No larger than usual living room projectors, the W2700 can be transported around without much hassle. 

For under £1500, the BenQ W2700 is an impressively feature-packed budget 4K and HDR projector. Sporting an all-glass lens as opposed to a plastic one that’s typically favoured with budget projectors, the W2700 is able to unlock more resolution from 4K content. 

The BenQ W2700 is surprisingly clever with its approach to HDR playback. Its HDR tone-mapping algorithms are designed to optimise playback according to the projector’s capabilities, which results in far superior picture quality. 

There’s also a Dynamic Iris that works alongside the HDR tone-mapping which constantly adjusts the light output to deliver the optimum light level depending on what you’re watching. 

You can fine-tune the image brightness to best suit your preferences and your viewing environment with the HDR Brightness setting. This makes it ideal for both outdoor and indoor viewing when you can’t guarantee total darkness for example. 

One of the biggest triumphs of the W2700 is its colour reproduction which delivers a wide range of rich colours. In addition the DCI-P3 colour range helps colours in HDR look natural and balanced too.

It’s worth noting that although picture quality is good, the W2700’s audio system isn’t the best we’ve tested, especially for outdoors. We found the 10W audio system doesn’t project very far, which results in sound that isn’t aligned with what’s on the screen. If used outdoors then we’d suggest adding a sound system.

Even so, if you’re looking for an all-round projector that can support indoor and outdoor viewing for under £1500 then the BenQ W2700 is an ideal choice. Expect spectacular colours and picture quality at a reasonable price.

Reviewer: John Archer
Full Review: BenQ W2700

ViewSonic X-10 4K

Best outdoor projector for sports
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  • Bright and punchy images
  • Effective HDR performance
  • Excellent motion handling
  • Sound system surprisingly good
  • Long-lasting LED light source
  • Portable and easy to install
  • Extensive smart features Stylish and well made


  • Weak black levels and shadow detail
  • Resolution isn’t native 4K

During testing, we found the ViewSonic X-10 4K offered bright and punchy images with natural looking colours and a great level of detail. With its motion processing, images were rendered in smooth making this a good projector to use for sport events. Images looked great in both HDR or SDR, and in 4K resolution images are clear and very detailed. Our reviewer also found the Harman Kardon audio system to be a revelation (for a projector), producing good size and depth to fill a decently large space.

The X10-4K is also a stylish and elegant-looking projector, with the handle covered in leather for that luxury touch when the projector is being moved about. There’s a good range of connectivity with HDMI, USB-C, an SD Card reader and 3.5mm jack offering plenty of choice for media playback in an outdoor setting, while optical out handles audio connectivity for connecting an external sound system.

As long as the Wi-Fi can reach into a garden there’s the option of voice assistance with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant include. Our reviewer did find that controlling the projector in this method was frustrating at times.
The ViewSonic is compatible with Android OS but uses the fairly limited offering of Aptoide app store for access to apps such as BBC iPlayer and Netflix. The ViewSonic is quick and easy to set-up projector, and along with its impressive big-screen images and integrated sound system, makes it a all-in-one projector worth considering for movie nights in the garden.

Reviewer: Steve Withers
Full review: ViewSonic X10-4K

XGIMI Horizon Pro

Best outdoor Android projector
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  • 4K resolution
  • Runs Android TV
  • Auto focus and auto keystone
  • Loud and powerful speakers


  • Netflix has to be side-loaded
  • Blacks are a little grey

The XGIMI Horizon Pro builds on the brand’s Horizon model, adding 4K support to its list of skills. In terms of build quality, the Horizon Pro is similar enough to the original Horizon, a projector that’s not small enough to be portable but also not big enough to be the centre of a dedicated home cinema set-up. Our reviewer still felt it was easy enough to cart around the house and take outdoors, even using the Horizon Pro on a camping trip.

It isn’t battery-powered projector and requires being plugged into the mains. It runs on Android TV 10 and set-up is easy with an Android device. Access to the Google Play Store comes with apps such as Disney+, Paramount+ and Amazon Prime Video; but the lack of BBC iPlayer and Netflix is inconvenient, which may require plugging in a streaming stick and running apps from there. The interface is, at least, easy to navigate; and features such as the auto-setup for focusing, keystone correction and image size help take some of the complications away from setting it up.

Connectivity is decent port with dual HDMI ports in 2.0 and ARC with optical audio out to connect to an external speaker. We found the Horizon Pro’s images looked sharp and detailed, although it’s not a native 4K image, which means content has to be upscaled to hit the ‘4K’ resolution.

We’d rate 2200 lumens of brightness as more than enough for use in a garden, with the brightness good enough for 60-inches during daytime use and bigger at night. Colours are punchy and bold, although the contrast isn’t the best if watched in a bright environment. The Horizon Pro’s audio system provides plenty volume and decent bass but you will get better audio from an external system.

Reviewer: David Ludlow
Full review: XGIMI Horizon Pro


What should I be looking for in an outdoor projector?

The most pressing need for an outdoor projector is brightness. A projector with a brightness of 2000 lumens so the image isn’t washed out by ambient light when projected on a screen.

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