Buying a new video projector can be a big step towards building your home cinema system. It’s a central piece that will guarantee that the content you watch will be projected with vibrant colors and accurate detail. That’s why you don’t want to make a mistake, and when you plug the product for the first time, to realize that it’s not what you needed at all.

A video projector is an affordable alternative to a massive TV that can sometimes be as expensive as a car. The technology incorporated in a modern model has improved substantially in the last decade, and because the competition has grown too, now affording a product like this is a reality for most consumers.

One thing you have to consider from the beginning is whether you’re going to use it for indoors or outdoors. If you want to use it outside, in direct sunlight, you might want to put some extra cash on the table since you will need a premium projector whose pixels won’t look washed out in abundant light. You want something with reasonable levels of brightness and a contrast capable of competing with the light rays.

Resolution and saturation are essential too, but those won’t matter as much unless you’re really fond of watching videos on huge projection screens. If you’re considering buying one for indoors, go for a silent model, as you don’t want the projector to ruin your movie night by making loud fans that are always turned on because the machine is constantly overheating.

One thing that people usually overlook when they make impulse buying decisions is the portability of a device. This aspect is not important if you want to build a home theatre, but if you want to take it with you when you go camping, or to a beach party with your friends, then make sure the item you buy is not chunky and heavy. As a bonus, look for a model that comes with rechargeable batteries.

Connectivity is also an aspect that should be taken into consideration. Most devices on the market have VGA ports, and they can prove themselves to be quite useful if you are not using the device very often. But if you want to use it for games, then make sure it comes with an HDMI port.

Or if you are someone who is always on the phone, a USB port is a must-have. It’s the thing which will allow it to play your movies straight from a flash stick or a smartphone. Wifi is not vital if it has all the connectivity possibilities mentioned above, but it is a nice bonus if it has the capability of steaming your favorite movies directly from the cloud, without needing any cables or other wires.