Philips Screeneo U4, Philips Screeneo U3, and VAVA Chroma are both UST (Ultra Short Throw) projectors, which can project a big screen within a short throw distance.  What are the differences between them? Which is better?

In this post, we will compare Philips Screeneo U4, Philips Screeneo U3, and VAVA Chroma from different perspectives, helping you to make a wise decision.

Philips Screeneo U4 vs Philips Screeneo U3 vs VAVA Chroma

In this section, we will compare the three projectors in terms of image, throw ratio, light source, system, smart features, connectivity, and sound.

Overview

By comparing the parameters comparison table below, we can see that Philips Screeneo U4 has the lowest price; Philips Screeneo U3 can project the biggest screen size; VAVA Chroma is the most expensive one but it has a 4K resolution and laser light source.

Philips Screeneo U4 vs Philips Screeneo U3 vs VAVA Chroma

Image

In terms of image quality, VAVA Chroma is the best among the three projectors.

VAVA Chroma has 4K resolution while Philips Screeneo U4 and Philips Screeneo U3 have 1080P resolution. For brightness, Philips Screeneo U4 is not bright as the other two projectors. That’s because Philips Screeneo U4 adopts an LED light source.

For image size, Philips Screeneo U3 is the best. Philips Screeneo U4 projects a max screen size of 80 inches, and Philips Screeneo U3 can project a max screen size of 200 inches, while VAVA Chroma can project a max screen of 150 inches.

Philips Screeneo U4 and VAVA Chroma both support HDR, bringing sharp images with rich details.

Throw Ratio

When comparing UST projectors, the throw ratio is critical. Among the three projectors, Philips Screeneo U3 has the shortest throw.

Philips Screeneo U3 has a throw ratio of 0.21:1, followed by VAVA Chroma’s 0.233:1. Philips Screeneo U4 has a throw ratio of 0.25:1, which is the longest among the three UST projectors. That means that if the screen size is fixed, it requires the shortest distance for Philips Screeneo U3 and the longest distance for Philips Screeneo U4. In other words, if the distance is fixed, Philips Screeneo U3 can project the biggest screen size among the three projectors.

Light Source

The three UST projectors have different light sources. Philips Screeneo U3 projector uses an UHP lamp as the light source while Philips Screeneo U4 adopts LED light. Only VAVA Chroma adopts laser as the light source.

vava chroma

Light source plays an important role in brightness, lamp life, and color performance. Generally, projectors with the laser and LED as light sources have longer lamp life than projectors with lamps as light sources. Among the three projectors, Philips Screeneo U3 has the shortest lamp life as the projector adopts a UHP lamp as the light source.

System

If a projector has a smart system, you can access contents and Apps quickly and conveniently without a streaming box.

Philips Screeneo U4 has no smart system, and Philips Screeneo U3 has an Android OS, while VAVA Chroma has Android TV. Among the three projectors, VAVA Chroma has the best performance in the terms of the system as it has a built-in Android TV system and can access Netflix, YouTube, and other Apps directly.

For system memory, VAVA Chroma has 32G and Philips Screeneo U3 has 8G memory, while Philips Screeneo U4 has no built-in memory. A projector with large memory enables users to download more videos and online files to play them when there is no network.

Smart Features

A projector with smart features has a better view experience and saves effort.

Philips Screeneo U4 vs Philips Screeneo U3 vs VAVA Chroma UST projector

Among the three projectors, VAVA Chroma is the smartest in view of its 3D and voice control. You can control the projector by sending oral commands. Philips Screeneo U3 and VAVA Chroma support 3D while Philips Screeneo U4 doesn’t.

Connectivity

In terms of connectivity, Philips Screeneo U4 and VAVA Chroma are better ones. All of them supports wireless network and Bluetooth, but Philips Screeneo U4 and VAVA Chroma have newer versions. The three projectors are all equipped with HDMI interfaces and USB interfaces, which are compatible with various external devices.

VAVA Chroma has three HDMI interfaces, including HDCP 2.2 and ARC. HDMI interface compatible with HDCP 2.2 can play some videos protected by HDCP.

Sound

Sound is also an important factor for a good viewing experience. Among the three projectors, Philips Screeneo U3 has an integrated subwoofer and Dolby digital 2.1 sound system, delivering booming sound. Philips Screeneo U4 is equipped with dual 15W speakers and a 2.1 sound system. VAVA Chroma is equipped with 60W Harman Kardon speakers and Dolby-powered audio, building a cinematic audio experience.

Conclusion

Among the three UST projectors, VAVA Chroma has the best overall performance in terms of image, audio, system, and smart features, but it also has the highest cost. If you have a limited budget, you can choose Philips Screeneo U4. If you want a UST with a shorter throw ratio and larger screen, you can pick Philips Screeneo U3. If you prefer a projector with Android TV, you can choose VAVA Chroma.

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