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5 Best 3D Projectors in the US - April 2020

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Updated 05 March 2020
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5 best 3D projectors 2020

What 3D Projector to Buy in March 2020?

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Optoma HD143X Viewsonic PS501W Epson Home Cinema 3100 LG PH550 Benq HT2150ST
Optoma HD143X Viewsonic PS501W Epson Home Cinema 3100 LG PH550 Benq HT2150ST
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1080P
RESOLUTION
25dB
3,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,400 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1080P
RESOLUTION
35dB
2,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1080P
RESOLUTION
29dB
2,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
97
Reviews
50 Reviews + 1 Award
85
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
91
Running Costs
$58 Over 5 Years
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
4 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$52 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
19 Reviews + 1 Award
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
95
Running Costs
$52 Over 5 Years
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
93
Reviews
165 Reviews + 4 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good
97
Reviews
111 Reviews + 1 Award
84
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Popularity
Quite Popular
81
Value for Money
Very Good
91
Running Costs
$58 Over 5 Years
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
Multiple reviews mentioned that this multimedia projector has very good picture quality and features, and it's very easy to use. It's The top rated multimedia projector under $500, with a very good spec and a fair price. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and supports 3D and full HD. The highest scoring 3D projector around, with a very good spec and an affordable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a service life of lamp of 5,000h and supports 3D. Our review analysis indicates that it has good picture quality. An award winning and economical to run 1080p average noise level multimedia projector, with a fair price and a very good spec. It supports 3D and full HD, has a handheld remote control and is ceiling mountable. Customers report that it has excellent picture quality and it's really good-looking, and easy to setup. Our review analysis indicates that this data projector has superb picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around. It's a multi award winning and astonishingly quiet 720p very high contrast ratio data projector, with a good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Customers report that this projector has brilliant picture quality, a good display and it's very good-looking. It's a very economical to run and award winning 1080p quiet projector, with a fair price and a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D and full HD.
12 Reasons For
1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution
Full HD
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
A Little Better Expert Reviews
A Little Better Overall Reviews
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
Easier to Use
Has Better Technical Features
Has a Better Picture Quality
7 Reasons For
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
Better Kagoo Score
Cheaper by $29
More Shops Are Selling it
Newer by Two Months
Marginally Better User Reviews
8 Reasons For
1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution
50W Bigger Bulb Power
Full HD
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
$7 Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
Better Brand
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
8 Reasons For
A Lot Quieter Noise Level
Very High (100000:1) Contrast Ratio
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
Four More Awards
More Customers Recommend it
Has a Better Price
9 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
Full HD
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
User Reviews Are Moderately Better
Overall Reviews Are Moderately Better
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
More Nicely Designed
Has Better Sound Quality
15 Reasons Against
4% Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
Marginally Smaller Bulb Power
26,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $29
Less Retailers
Older by Two Months
$7 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years
Three Less Awards
User Review Rating is Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Less Carefully Designed
7 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
50W Smaller Bulb Power
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $0
Worse Brand
12 Reasons Against
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $300
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
Three Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is Worse
User Review Rating is Slightly Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
15 Reasons Against
Half As High Resolution
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Over Two Years Older
A Lot Lower Expert Review Score
Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score
Less Nicely Designed
Harder to Use
Worse Nice Technical Features
Has a Worse Picture Quality
Worse At Producing High Quality Sound
17 Reasons Against
15% Louder Noise Level
Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
4% Smaller Bulb Power
26,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$399 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
12% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years
Fewer Awards
Moderately Lower Expert Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Has a Worse Price
Worse Nice Technical Features
Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture
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Optoma HD143X

$429.00
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Optoma HD143X

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Optoma HD143X
1080P
RESOLUTION
25dB
3,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
240W
LAMP POWER
$58
OVER 5 YEARS

The Optoma HD143X has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $429.00 this projector is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma HD143X or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
Dynamic Black Technology
Enhanced Gaming Mode
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (25dB)
High contrast ratio (23000:1)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this multimedia projector has very good picture quality and features, and it's very easy to use. It's The top rated multimedia projector under $500, with a very good spec and a fair price. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and supports 3D and full HD.

97
Reviews
50 Reviews + 1 Award
85
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
91
Running Costs
$58 Over 5 Years
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Optoma HD143X has excellent expert reviews and great user reviews with 90% of buyers recommending this projector to others.

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12 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma HD143X

1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution

The Optoma HD143X has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) (as are the Benq HT2150ST and the Epson Home Cinema 3100), but the LG PH550 only has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) and the Viewsonic PS501W only has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA). More ...

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.

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

Full HD

The Optoma HD143X supports full HD (as do the Benq HT2150ST and the Epson Home Cinema 3100), whereas the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W do not support this feature. More ...

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The Optoma HD143X has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), and so do the Benq HT2150ST and the LG PH550, whereas the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Viewsonic PS501W do not. More ...

MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) is a protocol for streaming high-def video and images from a phone to the projector.

Built-in Speaker

The Optoma HD143X has a built-in speaker, and so do the Benq HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W, whereas the Epson Home Cinema 3100 does not. More ...

A projector with built in speakers is able to play sound as well as display images.

Built in speakers mean that you don't need a separate amplifier to play sound with the projector image.

Ceiling Mountable

The Optoma HD143X is ceiling mountable, and so is the Epson Home Cinema 3100, whereas the Benq HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W are not. More ...

'Ceiling Mountable' indicates whether the projector is capable of being mounted to the ceiling or not.

Ceiling mounting is the best way of assuring the projector always has a clear line of sight to the projecting surface.

Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma HD143X has a handheld remote control (as do the Epson Home Cinema 3100, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W), however the Benq HT2150ST does not have this feature. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

A Little Better Expert Reviews

The Optoma HD143X has an average expert review score of 100% based on 4 reviews, however the Benq HT2150ST has an average rating of 99% (based on 8 reviews), the Epson Home Cinema 3100 has an average rating of 94% (based on 2 reviews) and the LG PH550 has an average rating of 84% (based on 14 reviews).

A Little Better Overall Reviews

The Optoma HD143X has an average overall review score of 96% based on 50 reviews, however the Epson Home Cinema 3100 has an average rating of 94% (based on 19 reviews), the LG PH550 has an average rating of 88% (based on 165 reviews) and the Viewsonic PS501W has an average rating of 93% (based on 4 reviews).

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Projectorcentral.com gave the Optoma HD143X a review score of 100%, whereas the LG PH550 only has a rating of 90% from the same site.

Easier to Use

On average reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X was easier to use. More than 10 people thought that it was very easy to use.

Has Better Technical Features

On average reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X has better technical features. Over 10 people thought that it had superb features and four people thought that it also had a good display.

Has a Better Picture Quality

On average reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X has a better picture quality. Over 30 people thought that it had outstanding picture quality and two people thought that it also had good colour saturation.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma HD143X

4% Louder Noise Level

The Optoma HD143X is a 25 projector. That's 4dB quieter than the Benq HT2150ST (29dB), 10dB quieter than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 (35dB), 1dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 7dB quieter than the Viewsonic PS501W (32dB). More ...

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.

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. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Lower Contrast Ratio

The Optoma HD143X has a high (23000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Benq HT2150ST, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Viewsonic PS501W, whereas the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The 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.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Optoma HD143X has a projector brightness of 3, however the Benq HT2150ST is a 2,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (800 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is a 2,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (400 ANSI lumens dimmer), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,450 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 3,400 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (400 ANSI lumens brighter). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Marginally Smaller Bulb Power

Optoma HD143X is only 240 lamp power (as does the Benq HT2150ST), but the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is a 250W lamp power projector (10W bigger) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 200W lamp power projector (40W smaller). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

26,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Optoma HD143X is a 3 lamp service life projector (as do the Benq HT2150ST and the Epson Home Cinema 3100), whereas the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (26,500h longer) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 5,000h lamp service life projector (1,500h longer). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Optoma HD143X has received a Kagoo Score of 86, however the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

More Expensive by $29

The Optoma HD143X is $29 more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W.

Less Retailers

The Optoma HD143X is only stocked by 3 retailers, whereas the Viewsonic PS501W is stocked by 8 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this projector remaining in stock.
Older by Two Months

The Optoma HD143X is two months older than the Viewsonic PS501W.

$7 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the running costs of the Optoma HD143X are $58 which is $1 more than the Benq HT2150ST, $7 more than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and $7 more than the Viewsonic PS501W. Show assumptions.

Three Less Awards

The Optoma HD143X has only received 1 award, whereas the LG PH550 has received 4 awards.

User Review Rating is Worse

The Optoma HD143X's average user score is 90%, however the Benq HT2150ST's is 95% (based on 103 reviews), the Epson Home Cinema 3100's is 92% (based on 17 reviews) and the Viewsonic PS501W's is 95% (based on 4 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 44.2% of 77 customers recommend the Optoma HD143X, whereas 55.1% of 198 customers recommend the LG PH550 and 50% of 4 customers recommend the Viewsonic PS501W.

Worse Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of only 94%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 95%.

Less Carefully Designed

The Optoma HD143X reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X was less carefully designed.

The Optoma HD143X is 316mm wide, 108mm tall, 244mm deep and weighs 2.9kg.

Optoma HD143X front view
Optoma HD143X top view

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Viewsonic PS501W

$399.99
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Viewsonic PS501W

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Viewsonic PS501W
WXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,400 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
200W
LAMP POWER
0.6:1
THROW RATIO
$52
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PS501W has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $399.99 this projector is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Viewsonic PS501W or read our article on whether you should buy a Viewsonic projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (22000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (32dB)
Supports 3D
Long service life of lamp (5,000h)
Built-in speaker

The highest scoring 3D projector around, with a very good spec and an affordable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a service life of lamp of 5,000h and supports 3D. Our review analysis indicates that it has good picture quality.

97
Reviews
4 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$52 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Viewsonic PS501W has superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this projector to others.

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PS501W

Built-in Speaker

The Viewsonic PS501W has a built-in speaker, and so do the Benq HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Optoma HD143X, however the Epson Home Cinema 3100 does not. More ...

A projector with built in speakers is able to play sound as well as display images.

Built in speakers mean that you don't need a separate amplifier to play sound with the projector image.

Handheld Remote Control

The Viewsonic PS501W has a handheld remote control (as do the Epson Home Cinema 3100, the LG PH550 and the Optoma HD143X), but the Benq HT2150ST does not have this feature. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

Better Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PS501W has received a Kagoo Score of 88, but the Benq HT2150ST scored 85, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 scored 83, the LG PH550 scored only 73 and the Optoma HD143X scored 86.

Cheaper by $29

The Viewsonic PS501W costs $399.99, whereas the Benq HT2150ST is $799.00, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is $699.99 and the Optoma HD143X is $429.00.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this projector.

Newer by Two Months

The Viewsonic PS501W was released two years ago, but the Benq HT2150ST was released four years ago, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 was released four years ago, the LG PH550 was released four years ago and the Optoma HD143X was released two years ago

Marginally Better User Reviews

Based on 4 reviews, the Viewsonic PS501W has an average user review score of 95%, but the Epson Home Cinema 3100 has an average rating of 92% (based on 17 reviews), the LG PH550 has an average rating of 90% (based on 151 reviews) and the Optoma HD143X has an average rating of 90% (based on 46 reviews).

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PS501W

Lower Resolution

The Viewsonic PS501W has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), whereas the Benq HT2150ST, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Optoma HD143X have a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p). More ...

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.

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

Louder Noise Level

The Viewsonic PS501W is a 32 projector. That's 3dB louder than the Benq HT2150ST (29dB), 3dB quieter than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 (35dB), 8dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 7dB louder than the Optoma HD143X (25dB). More ...

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.

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. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Lower Contrast Ratio

The Viewsonic PS501W has a high (22000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Benq HT2150ST, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Optoma HD143X, however the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The 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.

50W Smaller Bulb Power

The Viewsonic PS501W is a 200 lamp power projector, whereas the Benq HT2150ST and the Optoma HD143X are both 240W lamp power projectors (40W bigger) and the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is a 250W lamp power projector (50W bigger). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Viewsonic PS501W has a service life of lamp of 5, however the Benq HT2150ST, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Optoma HD143X are all 3,500h lamp service life projectors (1,500h shorter) and the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (25,000h longer). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $0

The running costs of the Viewsonic PS501W are $52 which is $0 more than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 over five years. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 90.3%, however Benq has an average rating of 91.3%, Epson has an average rating of 95% and Optoma has an average rating of 94%.

The Viewsonic PS501W is 292mm wide, 115mm tall, 236mm deep and weighs 2.6kg.

Viewsonic PS501W front view
Viewsonic PS501W top view

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Epson Home Cinema 3100

$699.99
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Epson Home Cinema 3100

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Epson Home Cinema 3100
1080P
RESOLUTION
35dB
2,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
250W
LAMP POWER
$51
OVER 5 YEARS

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has a Kagoo Score of 83. However with a price tag of $699.99 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Epson Home Cinema 3100 or read our article on whether you should buy a Epson projector.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
High contrast ratio (60000:1)
Supports 3D
Handheld remote control
Supports full HD

An award winning and economical to run 1080p average noise level multimedia projector, with a fair price and a very good spec. It supports 3D and full HD, has a handheld remote control and is ceiling mountable. Customers report that it has excellent picture quality and it's really good-looking, and easy to setup.

96
Reviews
19 Reviews + 1 Award
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
95
Running Costs
$52 Over 5 Years
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Epson Home Cinema 3100 has fantastic expert reviews and fantastic user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this projector to others.

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8 Reasons For for Choosing the Epson Home Cinema 3100

1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) (as are the Benq HT2150ST and the Optoma HD143X), whereas the LG PH550 only has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) and the Viewsonic PS501W only has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA). More ...

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.

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

50W Bigger Bulb Power

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is a 250 lamp power projector, whereas the Benq HT2150ST and the Optoma HD143X are both only 240W lamp power projectors (10W smaller) and the Viewsonic PS501W is only a 200W lamp power projector (50W smaller). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Full HD

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 supports full HD (as do the Benq HT2150ST and the Optoma HD143X), however the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W do not support this feature. More ...

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Ceiling Mountable

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is ceiling mountable, and so is the Optoma HD143X, however the Benq HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W are not. More ...

'Ceiling Mountable' indicates whether the projector is capable of being mounted to the ceiling or not.

Ceiling mounting is the best way of assuring the projector always has a clear line of sight to the projecting surface.

Handheld Remote Control

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has a handheld remote control (as do the LG PH550, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W), but the Benq HT2150ST does not have this feature. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

$7 Cheaper to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the Epson Home Cinema 3100 only costs $51 to run whereas the Benq HT2150ST costs $58 to run (12% more), the Optoma HD143X costs $58 to run (13% more) and the Viewsonic PS501W costs $52 to run (1% more). More ...

Better Brand

Epson projectors have an average rating of 95%, however Benq only has an average rating of 91.3%, LG only has an average rating of 80.5%, Optoma only has an average rating of 94% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 90.3%.

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Projectorcentral.com gave the Epson Home Cinema 3100 a review score of 100%, however the rating of the LG PH550 was only 90% from the same site.

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the Epson Home Cinema 3100

Louder Noise Level

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is a 35 projector. That's 6dB louder than the Benq HT2150ST (29dB), 11dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB), 10dB louder than the Optoma HD143X (25dB) and 3dB louder than the Viewsonic PS501W (32dB). More ...

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.

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. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Lower Contrast Ratio

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has a high (60000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Benq HT2150ST, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W, however the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The 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.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Epson Home Cinema 3100 is only 2 brightness, but the Benq HT2150ST is a 2,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (400 ANSI lumens dimmer), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,050 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma HD143X is a 3,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (400 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 3,400 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (800 ANSI lumens brighter). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has a service life of lamp of 3 (as do the Benq HT2150ST and the Optoma HD143X), however the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (26,500h longer) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 5,000h lamp service life projector (1,500h longer). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has received a Kagoo Score of 83, but the Benq HT2150ST scored 85, the Optoma HD143X scored 86 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

More Expensive by $300

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is $271 more expensive than the Optoma HD143X and $300 more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W.

Not As Many Stockists

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is only stocked by 1 retailer, however the Benq HT2150ST is stocked by 3 shops, the Optoma HD143X is stocked by 3 sellers and the Viewsonic PS501W is stocked by 8 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this projector.
Older by Over One Year

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 is 16 months older than the Optoma HD143X and 18 months older than the Viewsonic PS501W.

Three Less Awards

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has only received 1 award, however the LG PH550 has received 4 awards.

Expert Review Rating is Worse

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has an average expert score of 94%, but the Benq HT2150ST has an average expert rating of 99% (based on 8 reviews) and the Optoma HD143X has an average expert rating of 100% (based on 4 reviews).

User Review Rating is Slightly Worse

The Epson Home Cinema 3100 has an average user score of 92%, but the Benq HT2150ST has an average user rating of 95% (based on 103 reviews) and the Viewsonic PS501W has an average user rating of 95% (based on 4 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 8% of 25 customers recommend the Epson Home Cinema 3100, however 8.7% of 127 customers recommend the Benq HT2150ST, 55.1% of 198 customers recommend the LG PH550, 44.2% of 77 customers recommend the Optoma HD143X and 50% of 4 customers recommend the Viewsonic PS501W.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Home Cinema 3100 in the US is $699.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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LG PH550

LG PH550

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LG PH550
720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

The LG PH550 has a Kagoo Score of 73. With a price tag of $0.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the LG PH550 or read our article on whether you should buy a LG projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (24dB)
Very high contrast ratio (100000:1)
Built-in speaker
Very long service life of lamp (30,000h)
Supports 3D

Our review analysis indicates that this data projector has superb picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around. It's a multi award winning and astonishingly quiet 720p very high contrast ratio data projector, with a good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D.

93
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165 Reviews + 4 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
73
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that LG PH550 has great expert reviews and great user reviews with 93% of buyers recommending this multimedia projector to others.

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8 Reasons For for Choosing the LG PH550

A Lot Quieter Noise Level

The LG PH550 has a noise level of 24, whereas the Benq HT2150ST is a 29dB projector (5dB louder), the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is a 35dB projector (11dB louder), the Optoma HD143X is a 25dB projector (1dB louder) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 32dB projector (8dB louder). More ...

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.

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. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Very High (100000:1) Contrast Ratio

The LG PH550 has a very high (100000:1) contrast ratio, but the Benq HT2150ST, the Epson Home Cinema 3100, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W have a high contrast ratio. More ...

The 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.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The LG PH550 has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) (as do the Benq HT2150ST and the Optoma HD143X), but the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Viewsonic PS501W do not have this feature. More ...

MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) is a protocol for streaming high-def video and images from a phone to the projector.

Built-in Speaker

The LG PH550 has a built-in speaker (as do the Benq HT2150ST, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W), but the Epson Home Cinema 3100 does not have this feature. More ...

A projector with built in speakers is able to play sound as well as display images.

Built in speakers mean that you don't need a separate amplifier to play sound with the projector image.

Handheld Remote Control

The LG PH550 has a handheld remote control, and so do the Epson Home Cinema 3100, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W, whereas the Benq HT2150ST does not. More ...

'Handheld Remote Control' indicates whether the projector comes with a handheld remote to control the device or not.

Handheld remotes are very helpful, since they mean you don't have to get up from your comfy seat to tweak the settings on the projector mid-film!

Four More Awards

The LG PH550 has received 4 awards, but the Benq HT2150ST has received 1 award, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 has received 1 award, the Optoma HD143X has received 1 award and the Viewsonic PS501W has received no awards.

More Customers Recommend it

55.1% of 198 customers recommend the LG PH550, but only 8.7% of 127 customers recommend the Benq HT2150ST, only 8% of 25 customers recommend the Epson Home Cinema 3100, only 44.2% of 77 customers recommend the Optoma HD143X and only 50% of 4 customers recommend the Viewsonic PS501W.

Has a Better Price

On average reviewers thought the LG PH550 has a better price.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG PH550

Half As High Resolution

The LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), which is half as high resolution as the Benq HT2150ST, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Optoma HD143X (1920 x 1080 (1080p)). More ...

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.

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

Dimmer Projector Brightness

The LG PH550 is a 550 brightness projector. That's 1,650 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq HT2150ST (2,200 ANSI Lumens), 2,050 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 (2,600 ANSI Lumens), 2,450 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma HD143X (3,000 ANSI Lumens) and 2,850 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Viewsonic PS501W (3,400 ANSI Lumens). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Does Not Support Full HD

The LG PH550 does not support full HD, whereas the Benq HT2150ST, the Epson Home Cinema 3100, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W support this feature. More ...

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Worse Kagoo Score

The LG PH550 has only received a Kagoo Score of 73, whereas the Benq HT2150ST scored 85, the Epson Home Cinema 3100 scored 83, the Optoma HD143X scored 86 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

Not Currently Available

This projector does not seem to be currently available. More ...

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Over Two Years Older

The LG PH550 is older than the Benq HT2150ST by four months, older than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 by six months, older than the Optoma HD143X by 22 months and older than the Viewsonic PS501W by two years.

A Lot Lower Expert Review Score

The average expert rating of the LG PH550 is 84%, whereas the average expert rating of the Benq HT2150ST is 99% (based on 8 reviews), the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is 94% (based on 2 reviews) and the Optoma HD143X is 100% (based on 4 reviews).

Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the LG PH550 is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the Benq HT2150ST is 95% (based on 103 reviews), the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is 92% (based on 17 reviews) and the Viewsonic PS501W is 95% (based on 4 reviews).

Worse Brand

LG projectors have an average rating of only 80.5%, but Benq has an average rating of 91.3%, Epson has an average rating of 95%, Optoma has an average rating of 94% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 90.3%.

Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Projectorcentral.com's review score for the LG PH550 was only 90%, but the Benq HT2150ST's rating was 100%, the Epson Home Cinema 3100's rating was 100% and the Optoma HD143X's rating was 100%.

Less Nicely Designed

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 was less nicely designed.

Harder to Use

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG PH550 was harder to use.

Worse Nice Technical Features

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG PH550 was worse nice technical features.

Has a Worse Picture Quality

On average reviewers thought the LG PH550 has a worse picture quality.

Worse At Producing High Quality Sound

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG PH550 was worse at producing high quality sound.

Benq HT2150ST

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Benq HT2150ST

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1080P
RESOLUTION
29dB
2,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
240W
LAMP POWER
$58
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq HT2150ST has a Kagoo Score of 85. However with a price tag of $799.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Benq HT2150ST or read our article on whether you should buy a Benq projector.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
High contrast ratio (15000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (29dB)
Supports 3D
Built-in speaker

Customers report that this projector has brilliant picture quality, a good display and it's very good-looking. It's a very economical to run and award winning 1080p quiet projector, with a fair price and a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D and full HD.

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Reviews
111 Reviews + 1 Award
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Features
Fully-Featured
81
Popularity
Quite Popular
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Value for Money
Very Good
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Running Costs
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Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Benq HT2150ST has brilliant expert reviews and superb user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this multimedia projector to others.

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9 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq HT2150ST

Higher Resolution

The Benq HT2150ST has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p), and so are the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Optoma HD143X, which is twice as high resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)) and twice as high resolution as the Viewsonic PS501W (1280 x 800 (WXGA)). More ...

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.

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

Full HD

The Benq HT2150ST supports full HD, and so do the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Optoma HD143X, whereas the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W do not. More ...

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The Benq HT2150ST has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) (as do the LG PH550 and the Optoma HD143X), whereas the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Viewsonic PS501W do not have this feature. More ...

MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) is a protocol for streaming high-def video and images from a phone to the projector.

Built-in Speaker

The Benq HT2150ST has a built-in speaker (as do the LG PH550, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W), whereas the Epson Home Cinema 3100 does not have this feature. More ...

A projector with built in speakers is able to play sound as well as display images.

Built in speakers mean that you don't need a separate amplifier to play sound with the projector image.

User Reviews Are Moderately Better

Based on 103 user reviews, the average review score of the Benq HT2150ST is 95%, however the average rating of the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is 92% (based on 17 reviews), the average rating of the LG PH550 is 90% (based on 151 reviews) and the average rating of the Optoma HD143X is 90% (based on 46 reviews).

Overall Reviews Are Moderately Better

Based on 111 reviews, the average review score of the Benq HT2150ST is 96%, however the average rating of the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is 94% (based on 19 reviews), the average rating of the LG PH550 is 88% (based on 165 reviews) and the average rating of the Viewsonic PS501W is 93% (based on 4 reviews).

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

The Benq HT2150ST has a review score of 100% from Projectorcentral.com, whereas the LG PH550 only has a rating of 90% from the same site.

More Nicely Designed

The Benq HT2150ST reviewers thought the Benq HT2150ST was more nicely designed. More than 10 people thought that it was very good-looking.

Has Better Sound Quality

On average reviewers thought the Benq HT2150ST has better sound quality. More than 10 people thought that it had good sound quality.

17 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq HT2150ST

15% Louder Noise Level

The Benq HT2150ST has a noise level of 29, however the Epson Home Cinema 3100 is a 35dB projector (6dB louder), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (5dB quieter), the Optoma HD143X is a 25dB projector (4dB quieter) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 32dB projector (3dB louder). More ...

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.

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. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Benq HT2150ST has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Epson Home Cinema 3100, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PS501W), whereas the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The 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.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Benq HT2150ST has a projector brightness of 2. That's 400 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 (2,600 ANSI Lumens), 1,650 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens), 800 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma HD143X (3,000 ANSI Lumens) and 1,200 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Viewsonic PS501W (3,400 ANSI Lumens). More ...

'Projector Brightness' is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

4% Smaller Bulb Power

Benq HT2150ST is only 240 lamp power, and so does the Optoma HD143X. That's 10W smaller than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 (250W) and 40W bigger than the Viewsonic PS501W (200W). More ...

'Bulb Power' denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

26,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Benq HT2150ST is a 3 lamp service life projector, and so do the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and the Optoma HD143X. That's 26,500h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h) and 1,500h shorter than the Viewsonic PS501W (5,000h). More ...

'Service Life' indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Benq HT2150ST has received a Kagoo Score of 85, however the Optoma HD143X scored 86 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

$399 More Expensive

The Benq HT2150ST is more expensive than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 by $99, more expensive than the Optoma HD143X by $370 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W by $399.

Less Retailers

Only 3 sellers sells the Benq HT2150ST, whereas 8 sellers sell the Viewsonic PS501W. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this projector and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over One Year Older

The Benq HT2150ST is older than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 by two months, older than the Optoma HD143X by 18 months and older than the Viewsonic PS501W by 20 months.

12% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years

The Benq HT2150ST costs $58 to run which is $6 more than the Epson Home Cinema 3100 and $6 more than the Viewsonic PS501W over five years. Show assumptions.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Benq HT2150ST has received 1 award, the LG PH550 has received 4 awards.

Moderately Lower Expert Review Score

The Benq HT2150ST's average expert rating is 99%, however the Optoma HD143X's is 100% (based on 4 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 8.7% of 127 customers recommend the Benq HT2150ST, whereas 55.1% of 198 customers recommend the LG PH550, 44.2% of 77 customers recommend the Optoma HD143X and 50% of 4 customers recommend the Viewsonic PS501W.

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 91.3%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 95% and Optoma has an average rating of 94%.

Has a Worse Price

On average reviewers thought the Benq HT2150ST has a worse price.

Worse Nice Technical Features

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Benq HT2150ST was worse nice technical features.

Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Benq HT2150ST was worse at producing a high quality picture.

The cheapest price that we could find for the HT2150ST in the US is $799.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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