Projectors used to be associated with classrooms and business meetings, but these days they are also popping up in home theaters and living rooms.

Gone are the pixelated images and bulky units – they are being replaced by slim technology marvels with functions such as Ultra HD, Bluetooth connectivity and even integrated Android TV.

They also have many advantages over the traditional television screen. Here are six reasons why you should consider installing a projector in your living room.

No chopping or drilling required

If you want a straightforward setup, a projector is the way to go.

All you need for a basic installation is a table or console to place the projector on and a blank white wall – no hacking or drilling required.

You can choose to mount your projector upside down and install a screen instead as a more permanent fixture.

Short throw projectors are a popular option these days because they can be placed right on top of a TV console.

Move it wherever you want

If your projector is free, you can put it anywhere – on the dining table for a Netflix dinner session or in the bedroom for a late night movie, without having to invest in a TV screen for every room.

Place the projector on a table with wheels or a fancy bar cart so you can move it around easily.

Much more screen space

For those who want the largest screen possible, a projector is a great option as you are only limited by the size of your wall.

While it doesn’t compare to the stunning clarity of a QLED TV screen, the images are still sharp and vivid, especially when the projector comes with full 1080p HD functionality like the Epson EH-TW5820.

No special wall required

An empty TV that takes up a wall can be an eyesore when not in use, but you won’t have this problem if you use a projector screen.

Most screens can be hidden when not in use so that the wall behind them remains free for other things such as a picture gallery or bookshelves.

The installation of the projector screen in front of a window also works in small rooms where you don’t have much space.

Pretty cheap

With most televisions, the price increases relative to the screen size – but that doesn’t happen with projectors.

The cost of projectors varies from a few hundreds to thousands, but even the top-end models rarely exceed the price of television screens.

However, when purchasing, be aware of the cost of replacing the lightbulb. Most light bulbs last 2,000 hours.

Functionality not affected

Whatever your laptop can do, so can your projector – whether it’s showing Netflix movies, streaming a soccer game, or showing a photo gallery at a family get-together.

Connecting to the projector is a breeze thanks to HDMI cables and wireless connections like Chromecast. Some projectors also have smart features like Android TV.

This article was first published in Home & Decor Singapore (