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Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every projector on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
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Last updated 21 November 2017
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#1

90

Home Cinema 1040

Epson Home Cinema 1040

456 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$499.99

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Jan 2016
The highest rated projector under $500, with very good features and very low running costs
#2

90

X341

Optoma X341

4 Reviews
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$339.00

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$38
Over 5 years
May 2016
A very popular and low cost quiet XGA projector, with remarkably low running costs and one of the highest contrast ratios available
#3

89

PowerLite 97H

Epson PowerLite 97H

4 Reviews + 1 Award
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$507.13

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$42
Over 5 years
Jan 2015
The highest scoring data projector under $1,000, with great features and an industry award
#4

89

740HD

Epson 740HD

131 Reviews
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$399.99

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$37
Over 5 years
Feb 2016
A best selling and bargain price moderate noise level 720p projector, with exceptional user reviews and amazingly low running costs
#5

89

IN112

Infocus IN112

13 Reviews
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$250.99

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$44
Over 5 years
Apr 2015
A top-rated and breathtakingly cheap moderate noise level SVGA data projector, with great features and very low running costs
#6

89

MS504

Benq MS504

13 Reviews
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$308.99

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$44
Over 5 years
Jan 2014
A classic and top-value moderate noise level SVGA multimedia projector, with great features and very low running costs
#7

89

PowerLite W29

Epson PowerLite W29

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$567.99

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$40
Over 5 years
Jan 2015
An excellent value for money and very economical to run moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution projector, with great features
#8

89

MS527

Benq MS527

3 Reviews
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$556.61

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Over 5 years
Jan 2016
A highly rated and staggeringly cheap moderate noise level SVGA multimedia projector, with great features and very low running costs
#9

88

3100

Epson 3100

8 Reviews + 1 Award
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$1,099.99

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$51
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
An award winning and amazingly high contrast ratio moderate noise level 1080p data projector, with very low running costs and a remarkably cheap price
#10

88

X1240

Acer X1240

8 Reviews
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$549.99

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$51
Over 5 years
Sep 2013
An affordable and classic quiet XGA projector, with very low running costs and very good features
#11

88

ML550

Optoma ML550

20 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$494.31

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$15
Over 5 years
Jun 2013
An astonishingly economical to run and top-value quiet 1280 x 800 resolution data projector, with very good features and multiple awards
#12

88

PJD5555

Viewsonic PJD5555

20 Reviews
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$436.94

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Over 5 years
May 2015
A bargain price and astonishingly highly rated moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution multimedia projector, with very low running costs and great features
#13

88

PJD5353LS

Viewsonic PJD5353LS

21 Reviews
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$397.21

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$52
Over 5 years
Jun 2015
A remarkably high contrast ratio and top-value moderate noise level XGA data projector, with very low running costs and very good features
#14

88

PH550

LG PH550

13 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$396.99

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$14
Over 5 years
May 2016
A best selling and astonishingly high contrast ratio 720p 3D projector, with multiple awards and one of the quietest noise levels available
#15

88

S321

Optoma S321

100 Reviews
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$218.49

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$38
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
A staggeringly high contrast ratio and bargain price moderate noise level SVGA data projector, with phenomenally low running costs and great features
#16

88

IN1146

Infocus IN1146

8 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$729.00

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Over 5 years
Dec 2013
An award winning and stunningly economical to run moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution projector, with great features and a breathtakingly fair price
#17

87

P1287

Acer P1287

10 Reviews
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$606.00

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$55
Over 5 years
Jan 2015
A positively reviewed and astoundingly cheap moderate noise level XGA projector, with very low running costs and very good features
#18

87

PJD5153

Viewsonic PJD5153

22 Reviews
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$265.99

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$52
Over 5 years
Dec 2014
A breathtakingly highly rated and low cost moderate noise level SVGA projector, with very low running costs and very good features
#19

87

Home Cinema 2045

Epson Home Cinema 2045

42 Reviews + 1 Award
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$549.99

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$44
Over 5 years
Sep 2016
An amazingly high contrast ratio and best selling moderate noise level 1080p projector, with great features and an industry award
#20

87

W316

Optoma W316

9 Reviews
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$679.00

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$39
Over 5 years
Jan 2014
An affordable and top-rated quiet 1280 x 800 resolution data projector, with great features and very low running costs

87

W303ST

Optoma W303ST

7 Reviews
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$599.00

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$41
Over 5 years
May 2016
A top-rated and spectacularly cheap quiet 1280 x 800 resolution projector, with very low running costs and very good features

87

VS345

Epson VS345

33 Reviews
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$419.27

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$40
Over 5 years
Jul 2015
A positively reviewed and bargain price moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution data projector, with very low running costs and very good features

87

HD142X

Optoma HD142X

41 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$444.99

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$40
Over 5 years
Jul 2016
A breathtakingly high contrast ratio and extremely quiet 1080p 3D data projector, with very good features and an astoundingly good price

86

H183X

Optoma H183X

10 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$449.00

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$38
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
A very economical to run and top-value quiet 720p multimedia projector, with two industry awards and one of the highest contrast ratios on the market

86

MW632ST

Benq MW632ST

7 Reviews
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$579.00

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$60
Over 5 years
Jul 2015
An extremely highly rated and top-value moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution multimedia projector, with great features and very low running costs

86

PJD5553LWS

Viewsonic PJD5553LWS

50 Reviews
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$395.99

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$49
Over 5 years
Jun 2015
A top-value and very popular moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution projector, with very low running costs and terrific user reviews

86

PF1500

LG PF1500

59 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$896.99

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$20
Over 5 years
Mar 2015
A remarkably economical to run and award winning moderate noise level 1080p data projector, with very good features and an amazingly high 150000:1 contrast ratio

86

P1283

Acer P1283

59 Reviews
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$562.95

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$47
Over 5 years
Jan 2014
A classic and staggeringly good value for money moderate noise level XGA multimedia projector, with very low running costs and very good features

86

M900HD

DELL M900HD

13 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$415.00

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Over 5 years
Sep 2016
A bargain price and spectacularly economical to run moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution projector, with good features and two industry awards

85

P1500

Acer P1500

16 Reviews
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$543.99

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$54
Over 5 years
Feb 2016
A low cost and stunningly highly rated moderate noise level 1080p multimedia projector, with very low running costs and good features

85

Qumi Q6

Vivitek Qumi Q6

12 Reviews + 1 Award
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$399.00

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Over 5 years
Nov 2015
A best selling and astonishingly high contrast ratio moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution data projector, with phenomenally low running costs and a remarkably fair price

85

IN119HD

Infocus IN119HD

5 Reviews + 1 Award
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$495.00

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$38
Over 5 years
May 2015
An extremely cheap and very economical to run moderate noise level 1080p projector, with good features and an industry award

85

PJD7720HD

Viewsonic PJD7720HD

58 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$529.97

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Over 5 years
Apr 2016
A bargain price and best selling moderate noise level 1080p data projector, with two industry awards and good features

85

ML750ST

Optoma ML750ST

80 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$524.00

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$17
Over 5 years
Dec 2015
A stunningly economical to run and stunningly cheap 720p 20000:1 contrast ratio projector, with two industry awards and one of the quietest noise levels around

85

HD27

Optoma HD27

26 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$578.42

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$39
Over 5 years
Aug 2016
A staggeringly quiet and sensationally high contrast ratio 1080p 3D projector, with very low running costs and multiple awards

85

MH741

Benq MH741

11 Reviews
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$499.99

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$53
Over 5 years
Sep 2015
A phenomenally good value for money and critically acclaimed moderate noise level 1080p projector, with very low running costs and good features

85

MH530

Benq MH530

6 Reviews + 1 Award
projectorcentral.com - Highly Rated
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$498.50

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$44
Over 5 years
Mar 2016
An award winning and top-value moderate noise level 1080p data projector, with good features and very low running costs

85

PH450UG

LG PH450UG

12 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$1,049.97

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Over 5 years
Aug 2016
A low cost and remarkably high contrast ratio quiet 720p projector, with staggeringly low running costs and multiple awards

85

Home Cinema 3000

Epson Home Cinema 3000

18 Reviews
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$691.79

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$57
Over 5 years
Sep 2014
A low cost and classic moderate noise level 1080p multimedia projector, with very low running costs and an astoundingly high 60000:1 contrast ratio

85

VS240

Epson VS240

36 Reviews
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$268.99

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Over 5 years
Jul 2015
A very economical to run and bargain price moderate noise level SVGA multimedia projector, with good features and excellent user reviews

85

P300 Pico

AAXA Technologies P300 Pico

15 Reviews
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$294.00

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Over 5 years
Oct 2012
A cheap and phenomenally economical to run 1280 x 800 resolution 2000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector, with good features

84

S1

Asus S1

81 Reviews + 12 Awards
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$239.99

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Over 5 years
Jul 2016
An affordable and amazingly economical to run moderate noise level WVGA projector, with good features and multiple awards

84

2040

Epson 2040

58 Reviews + 1 Award
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$549.99

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Over 5 years
Dec 2016
An amazingly cheap and award winning moderate noise level 1080p projector, with alright running costs and good features

84

Home Cinema 640

Epson Home Cinema 640

9 Reviews
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$329.99

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Over 5 years
Jan 2016
A very economical to run and cheap moderate noise level SVGA projector, with brilliant user reviews and good features

84

IN116A

Infocus IN116A

5 Reviews
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$381.19

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Over 5 years
Dec 2013
An affordable and classic quiet 1280 x 800 resolution projector, with very low running costs and good features

84

K335

Acer K335

11 Reviews
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$524.99

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Jul 2017
An astoundingly economical to run and breathtakingly cheap moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution multimedia projector, with excellent user reviews and a recent release date

84

PJD5255

Viewsonic PJD5255

40 Reviews + 1 Award
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$388.47

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Dec 2015
An award winning and affordable moderate noise level XGA data projector, with very low running costs and good features

84

IN124

Infocus IN124

11 Reviews + 1 Award
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$385.99

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May 2014
An affordable and award winning moderate noise level XGA projector, with good features and very low running costs

84

HD141X

Optoma HD141X

386 Reviews + 3 Awards
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$799.00

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Aug 2014
An affordable and award winning moderate noise level 1080p projector, with good features and a breathtakingly high 23000:1 contrast ratio

84

1284

Epson 1284

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Find out how projector brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their projectors. Click on a link to compare all projectors made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Projectors Price Range Average Rating
Epson logo Epson Projectors 133 $269 - $13,299 81%
Optoma logo Optoma Projectors 99 $201 - $4,471 81%
Sony logo Sony Projectors 95 $157 - $22,899 82%
Benq logo Benq Projectors 82 $250 - $4,995 73%
Viewsonic logo Viewsonic Projectors 54 $266 - $3,468 82%
NEC logo NEC Projectors 52 $363 - $19,899 69%
Acer logo Acer Projectors 45 $157 - $2,859 77%
Panasonic logo Panasonic Projectors 40 $595 - $19,999 77%
Infocus logo Infocus Projectors 35 $251 - $2,719 77%
Ricoh logo Ricoh Projectors 24 $250 - $2,029 58%
DELL logo DELL Projectors 20 $137 - $1,620 68%
Hitachi logo Hitachi Projectors 20 $220 - $11,497
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is projector brightness measured in?
AThe brightness of a projector is measured in 'ANSI lumens'. Most projectors means for use in the dark have a rating of around 2,500-3,000 lumens. A higher rating than that means it will work better in brighter conditions, such as classrooms or in public.
QWhat does 'throw distance' mean for a projector?
AThrow distance is how far the projector can be placed away from the screen or projecting surface. The lower the throw distance, the closer the projector will have to be placed to get a good picture.
QWhat does 'contrast ratio' mean?
AThe contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.
QWhat is the average noise level for a projector?
AProjectors typically give off about 35-40Db of noise, making them very quiet - the noise of the projector definitely won't interfere with your movie!
QWhat is a 3D-enabled projector?
AA 3D projector has the capacity to project 3D movies and TV onto a surface - providing more immersion and depth than 2D movies. Use of a 3D projector requires extra gear - specifically 3D glasses and an emitter to sync the glasses to the projector.

Projectors Buying Guide

Projectors vs Large Screen TVs

Projectors a great option if you want to watch movies and TV shows on a large screen, very similar to a cinema. Projector technology is moving forward at a steady pace with 3D projectors and high resolution 4K projectors now available at affordable prices.

But is a projector a better choice than a large screen TV?

This depends on a number of factors, including where and how often you want to watch TV or movies. If you are after a huge picture at an decent price and have a room that can be blacked out almost completely, then a home cinema projector is a great choice. Multimedia projectors are very portable and can easily be taken to meetings and events.

If, however, screen size and mobility are not as important and you want to watch your favourite shows without having to dim the lights, then an large screen TV will be the more convenient option and deliver an better picture.

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Projectors

Huge picture
Immersive experience similar to a cinema
Much cheaper than the same size TV
Mobility - most pocket and multimedia projectors can be taken with you
Room needs to be dark
Lamps need to be replaced periodically
Some models can be noisy
Additional screen may be required
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Large Screen TVs

Easy to set up
Great picture even in bright rooms
Speakers are usually built-in
Less maintenance
Cheaper to run - no replacement bulbs required
Better for shorter and more frequent use
Screen sizes are limited
Large screen sizes are very expensive

Projector Types

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Pocket Projectors

These ultra-portable projectors are ideal to take with you when you travel a lot and have to give presentations in different locations. Pocket projectors and also sometimes referred to as ‘pico projectors’ and are the smallest projector type.

Still regarded as somewhat of a novelty, these small projectors have made quite and impact on the projector market due to their portability and practicality. Pocket projectors use LED lamps which are less bright (20-1,000 lumens compared to 2,500-4,000 lumens for multimedia projectors), limiting the size of the image.

They also don’t have a zoom lens, so the only way to control the size of the image is to adjust the distance between the projector and the screen.

If you are looking for an ultra-portable way to show your presentations to smaller group of people and don’t want to carry a monitor, a pocket projectors could just what you have been looking for.

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Multimedia Projectors

True all-rounders, multimedia projectors can handle ant type of presentation - slide shows at wedding and parties, business PowerPoint presentations and video clips. They are the most popular type of projector. Their brightness typically lies between 2,500-4,000 lumens, allowing them to be used in rooms with some ambient light.

Multimedia projectors usually have a zoom range between 1.2x and 1.5x, so it is important to check the projector is compatible with your screen size and throw distance. Home cinema projectors tend to have a larger zoom range (around 2.0x) and might be a better choice depending on your set-up.

Almost all multimedia projectors are considered portable and can be taken to meetings and presentations. While pocket projectors are lighter, multimedia projectors are heavier, weighing in at 3 pounds for a light model. They strike a good balance between portability and brightness to allow for a large and vibrant image.

Short Throw Projectors

A sub-category of multimedia projectors, short throw projectors are designed to be very close to the screen, making them ideal for classrooms and pairing with digital whiteboards. Their throw ratio is usually less than 1:1 with 0.5 being most common and going down to an ultra-short-throw ration of just 0.3:1.

Short throw projectors don’t have a zoom lens and it need to be placed within the recommended distance from the screen, which is usually 1.5-2 feet away. Placing a short throw projectors further back than their recommended throw distance in order to project a larger image usually results in severe keystoning of the image.

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Home Cinema Projectors

Multimedia projectors are designed to give you the best image possible. They tend to use DLP or LCOS imaging technology and their brightness usually tops out at around 2,500 lumens. They zoom ratio tends to be larger than that of multimedia projectors, usually 2.0x or more.

Most home cinema projectors feature Full HD resolution with an increasing number of 4K models with a native resolution of 4096x2160 pixels becoming available, making them the most expensive type of projector.

To achieve the best picture quality, you need to be able to control the ambient light in your room, a room that is completely dark would be ideal. Home cinema projectors work well for screen sizes up to around 100 inches.

Projector noise can be very disturbing and home cinema projectors usually have more sophisticated cooling systems and quieter fans than their multimedia counterparts.

Throw Ratio

Understanding Screen Size and Throw Distance

One of the most important things to consider when buying a projector is the screen size and distance between the projector and the screen. If your projector set-up is flexible it is usually best to mount the projector as close to the screen as possible.The image will loose brightness the further back you move the projector and being closer to the screen will ensure the picture looks crisp and vibrant. If your set-up is more constrained it is important to work out the throw ratio as this will limit your choice of projector.

Working out the throw ratio:

  • Measure the distance between the projector and the screen. As an example, let’s assume a throw distance of 12 feet.
  • Now, measure the width of your screen. Let’s assume your screen is 8 feet wide.
  • Your throw ratio is therefore 12 feet / 8 feet = 1.5.

A projector with a throw ratio of 1.5:1, which is common for most multimedia projectors would meet your requirements perfectly.

If you have the flexibility the move the projector further back to 16 feet, you could also choose a home cinema projector with a throw ratio of 2:1. If you are unable to position the projector further back and your projector has a throw ration of 1.5:1, then the resulting image would be narrower and only be 6 feet wide.

If you don’t know what your throw ratio will be - maybe you are using the projector in a variety of settings to give business presentations, it is usually wise to go for a projector with a shorter throw, around the 1.3:1 or 1.5:1 mark. It is usually easier to place the projector closer to the screen than is is to place it further away.

Installation

Most home cinema and multimedia projectors can be ceiling-mounted or placed on a table or shelf. Ceiling mounting is the best option for a fixed installation. It will keep the projector out of the way and also give you the best picture quality.

Some home cinema projectors are quite bulky and cannot be installed inverted. Check the installation options and accessories that are available for your chosen projector as they differ between models.

Brightness

Making sure you pick a projector with sufficient brightness is essential to ensure the image is clear with deep and vibrant colours. Ambient light plays an important factor here. The more ambient light you have in the room, the brighter the projector needs to be. You can always turn down the brightness if you are using a projector capable of producing 5,000 lumens in a completely blacked out room but there is no easy solution if you discover the conference room you are about to present in does not even have blinds and your projector only outputs 2,000 lumen. The image will simply look flat and washed out.

For the best results use a projector in a completely dark room. Even small amounts of ambient light will affect the darker tones and reduce their intensity.

Brightness is measured in ANSI lumens. The ideal projector brightness you need depends on the amount of ambient light in the room, the throw distance as well as the screen size. The easiest way to work it out is to use a projection calculator.

For completely dark rooms, a projector brightness of 1,300-2,000 lumens will be sufficient. Most home cinema projectors have a brightness of up to 2,500 lumens. For partially darkened rooms, such as classrooms, a brightness of around 3,000 lumens is required as the projector has to deal with a fair amount of ambient light.

Larger screens around 10 feet wide such as used in meetings or at weddings would require a brightness of around 5,000 lumens.

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Connectivity

Make sure the projector you are looking to buy can be connected directly to your computer, set-top box or Blu-ray player. This should not be a problem for newer devices and projectors, but you might need an adaptor for older models. Here are the most common connection options:

HDMI

The current standard for connecting high definition devices. HDMI also transmits digital audio through the same cable.

Wireless

If your projector has a wireless connection, you can transmit images easily without needing a cable. There are different ways to connect a computer to a projector wirelessly including software, wireless USB keys as well as iOS and Android apps for smart phones and tablets.

You can also connect using Display Port or USB. A USB port also allows you to plug a digital camera or USB stick directly into the projector to show photos and videos to friends instantly.

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Screen

Do you need a screen? That depends…

You can beam the image directly on to a flat, white wall. The picture quality will depend on the smoothness of the wall and you could consider using reflective paint to achieve a good picture quality.

If you don’t have a flat surface available you are buy a projection screen, which will give you the best picture quality. There are different types available - some have tripods while others are wall mounted.

Electric screens automatically open and close with a click on the remote control. Mobile projection screens are compact and lighter and ideal if you are planning to take your projector to meetings.

Replacement Bulbs

Projector bulbs (‘lamps’) have an average lifetime of around 1,500 hours. Although this may sound a lot, the average projector lamp will only last for about a year when used for 4 hours a day. You will notice when the projector bulb needs replacing as the picture will become significantly dimmer.

A replacement bulb can be rather expensive so it is worth checking the cost of lamps before buying a projector and factoring the addition maintenance cost into your decision.

There are ways to increase the life of projector lamps: allowing the projector to cool down after use, changing dust filters regularly and using special operating (economy) modes aimed at prolonging bulb life. Eventually, though, a new lamp is the only way to ensure a high image quality.

Noise

Powerful projector lamps generate a lot of heat. A built-in fan is constantly running while the projector is switched on in order to maintain a safe temperature. It is also important the make sure the projector is set up correctly to allow plenty of air flowing around the projector.

Projector fans can be noisy, particularly on cheaper models, so it is important the check a projector’s noise level and compare it to other models before buying.

The adverse effect of projector noise will be particularly important in a home cinema setting. A slightly higher noise level might be acceptable in meetings where there will be more ambient sound in general.

The Rainbow Effect

Some people can experience the rainbow effect when using certain types of DLP projectors. DPL projectors break each fame down into its red, green and blue parts. Light is shone through a fast spinning colour wheel inside the projector, displaying each colour in turn.

In older projectors, the colour wheel sometimes did not spinning fast enough to keep up with fast moving scenes and bright objects appeared to have a tail consisting of multiple colours following them. The colour wheel in newer projectors spins so fast that each colour is displayed up to 10 times per frame to avoid the rainbow effect.

Resolution

Similar to TVs, projectors tend to use the HDTV standard, with 720p HD-ready or 1080p Full HD resolutions being most common. Older and business projector models tend to refer to pixel resolutions similar to computer monitors, for example VGA and WXGA. Simply put, higher resolution projectors will produce a more detailed picture but they are also more expensive.

4K projectors have become increasingly popular and more widely available. Ultra high definition projectors the highest resolution available and can produce a stunningly detailed picture.

Home Theater Projector Resolutions

  • 720p HD ready (1280x720 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 1080p Full HD (1920x1080 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio)
  • 4K Ultra HD (4096x2160 pixels, 16:9 aspect ratio)

Multimedia / Business Projector Resolutions

  • SVGA (800x600 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • XGA (1024x768 pixels, 4:3 aspect ratio)
  • WXGA (1280x800 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)
  • WUXGA (1920x1200 pixels, 16:10 aspect ratio)

Keystone Correction & Lens Shift

Keystoning occurs when the central axis of the projector is not positioned directly perpendicular to the wall. In vertical keystoning, the top and bottom edges of the pictures need to be aligned, while in horizontal keystoning the left and right edges appear distorted. Most projectors can detect keystoning and correct it automatically.

In projectors with lens shift, the lens can physically move inside the projector to correct distortions and ensure a consistent focus of the image. Lens shift has the advantage that the image does not need to be altered and highest possible image quality is retained. This allows for more flexibility in the installation of the projector and guarantees a perfectly straight-edged image.

Zoom

An optical zoom allows you to enlarge the image without having to move the projector closer of further away from the screen. An optical zoom maintains the quality of the image and avoids unwanted distortion.

A digital zoom enlarges a portion of the image without changing the overall image displayed.

Lamp Technologies

LED Projectors

Mostly used in pocket and pico projectors, LED lamps usually produce no more than 1,000 lumens. This is not a lot but sufficient for a small image. The advantage is that projectors with LED lamps are relatively cheap and the lamps do not need to be replaced.

DLP Projectors

Great picture quality
Sharpest and most detailed picture during fast moving scenes
Often larger than other projector types
Tend to be noisier
Expensive bulbs have a shorter lifespan
Single chip DLP projectors can suffer from the rainbow effect
High-end DLP projectors are more expensive but avoid the rainbow effect buy using three separate chips, one for each colour

LCD Projectors

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) technology tended to be used for cheaper projector models but has improved significantly in the last few years and picture quality is now similar to DLP projectors.

Cheap
Compact
High picture quality
Handles ambient light well
Colour saturation is better than DLP projectors
Replacement lamps cheaper than DLP lamps
Short lifespan of lamps
Not great at displaying black areas
Pixel structure visible in picture

LCOS Projectors

LCOS is a hybrid between DLP and LCD projectors and most LCOS projectors are made by Sony, JVC and Hitachi. Here is how they compare to both DLP and LCD projectors:

Higher resolution
Better contrast ratio
Deeper black levels
Not as bright
Very expensive

Projector Retailers, Prices and Features

Projector Prices

Data projectors range in price from $134 to $22,899 and in total we found prices for 800 data projectors. A new projector costs on average $1,555 and 80% of data projectors are priced between $371 and $3,000. The most expensive projector that we found is the Sony VPL-VZ1000 at $22,899, and the cheapest is the DELL 1430x at only $135.

Data Projector Brands - Price Range

The highest average data projector price out of all brands is Christie multimedia projectors with an average price of $7,740. Christie multimedia projectors range in price from $5,481 to $9,999.

The second highest average multimedia projector price out of all brands is Aiptek multimedia projectors with an average price of $4,682. Aiptek multimedia projectors range in price from $316 to $9,047.

JVC projectors start at $4,000 and the most expensive JVC data projector costs $4,000. The average price of JVC projectors is $4,000 which is the third highest average price of all data projector brands.

Data Projector Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 1,848 expert reviews and 13,555 user reviews for multimedia projectors written online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of multimedia projector. Epson is the top rated multimedia projector brand with an average rating of 90%. Sony is the second best brand with 89% and Optoma is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest Data Projector Retailers

The biggest multimedia projector retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon US. We found 651 current multimedia projector offers from Amazon US. The second biggest multimedia projector retailer is eBay with 553 offers. That means Amazon US is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to projectors. Factory Outlet Store is the third biggest retailer with 101 current offers.

When Are Most New Multimedia Projectors Released?

May to July is the most common period for new projectors to be released in. If you wait until May 2018 then you might be able to get better features on your projector. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current projectors tend to drop off when the next models are released. May was the biggest month in 2016 for new multimedia projectors, with 77 new multimedia projectors released that month. In September 2015 71 new projectors were released making it the biggest month that year for new projector releases. 75 new projectors were released in July 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new projector releases.

How Fast Do Projector Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, projectors drop in price by 8%. That means a saving of $129 on a typical $1,555 new multimedia projector if you wait 6 months before buying.

Noise Levels

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

Comparing all data projectors, the noise levels range from 20dB to 93dB. The noise levels of the majority of data projectors range from 31dB to 34dB. The projector with the loudest noise level is the EpsonV11H794120, which is a 93dB multimedia projector and currently retails for $649.99. The EpsonV11H794120, which is priced at $2,000.00, has the quietest noise level and is a 21dB multimedia projector.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running.

Projector Native Resolutions

The projector native resolution is the resolution of image that the projector is able to produce. The resolution is expressed as the number of horizontal pixels by the number of vertical pixels.

The most popular projector native resolution amongst new projectors is 1280 x 800. We found 688 projectors that are projectors that have a resolution of 1280 x 800. The second most frequently found projector native resolution amongst new data projectors is 1024 x 768 (XGA). We found 534 data projectors that are projectors that have a resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA).

A projector with a higher native resolution will be able to display more detailed images such as HD content.

Contrast Ratios

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

We found 366 projectors that are projectors that have a 10000:1 contrast ratio, which makes 10000:1 the most common contrast ratio amongst new projectors. We found 188 data projectors that are projectors that have a 15000:1 contrast ratio, making this the second most common contrast ratio amongst new data projectors.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

3D

3D compatible projectors are able to display 3D content. Most projectors will require you to wear special glasses in order to view the 3D effect.

Most new projectors are projectors which do not support 3D. 1,266 out of 2,119 on Kagoo are projectors which do not support 3D and 846 projectors out of 2,119 are data projectors which support 3D.

A 3D projector allows you to view the huge range of 3D films and content that is now available.

Biggest Projector Retailers

We found 651 current offers for multimedia projectors from Amazon US making it the biggest multimedia projector retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 553 current offers for multimedia projectors. The third biggest retailer is Factory Outlet Store with 101 current multimedia projector offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Data Projectors?

The cheapest store by number of data projector for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 434 projectors.

Proportion of Projectors for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on multimedia projectors is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 78.5% of its multimedia projectors.

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