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Home Projectors 5 Best Award Winning Projectors in the US - October 2019

5 Best Award Winning Projectors in the US - October 2019

Updated 11 October 2019 by Matthew
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5 best award winning projectors

Which Are the Best Award Winning Projectors?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best award winning projectors? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best award winning projectors are:


What Award Winning Projector to Buy in October 2019?

Let's take a look at the top 5 award winning projectors currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

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Panasonic PTEX16KU Sony VPLHW30ES Optoma PK301 DELL S500WI Benq MX711
Panasonic PTEX16KU Sony VPLHW30ES Optoma PK301 DELL S500WI Benq MX711
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$995.00 Buy Now
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XGA
RESOLUTION
51dB
16,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1080P
RESOLUTION
22dB
1,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WVGA
RESOLUTION
29dB
100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
77
Features
Good Features
55
Value for Money
Average
59
Running Costs
$500 Over 5 Years
60
Kagoo Score
Good
95
Reviews
29 Reviews + 8 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
88
Running Costs
$64 Over 5 Years
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
88
Reviews
41 Reviews + 3 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
63
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good
84
Reviews
5 Reviews + 1 Award
80
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Running Costs
$68 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
89
Reviews
4 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
80
Running Costs
$72 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A good spec but only ok value for money XGA very noisy projector, with reasonable running costs. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable. A very economical to run and multi award winning 1080p high contrast ratio data projector, with a sensationally quiet 22dB noise level and a good price. It supports 3D and full HD and has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has very good picture quality, it's good-looking but it has a bad 3D picture quality. An award winning and good spec WVGA quiet data projector. Customers report that this data projector has good picture quality, a good display but it's expensive. An award winning and very economical to run WXGA average noise level multimedia projector, with a reasonable price and a very good spec. It supports 3D and Wi-Fi and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good display, good picture quality but it's a bad size. A classic and very economical to run XGA average noise level multimedia projector, with a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D.
4 Reasons For
A Lot Bigger Bulb Power
Full HD
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling Mountable
14 Reasons For
Twice As High Resolution
Quieter Noise Level
Higher Contrast Ratio
3D
Full HD
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling Mountable
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling it
Cheaper to Run by $430 Over Five Years
Eight More Awards
A Little Better Expert Reviews
Considerably Better Overall Reviews
Better Trusted Reviews Review Score
4 Reasons For
Card Reader Integrated
Built-in Speaker
A Little Better User Reviews
Better Brand
6 Reasons For
3D
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Built-in Speaker
$436 Cheaper
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
3 Reasons For
3D
Ethernet LAN
Built-in Speaker
11 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
37% Louder Noise Level
Half As High Contrast Ratio
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $7,400
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Seven Months
$432 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years
Worse Brand
7 Reasons Against
14,700 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
180W Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
More Expensive by $700
Older by Over Two Years
Worse Brand
Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score
13 Reasons Against
5 Times Lower Resolution
7dB Louder Noise Level
Only Low (3000:1) Contrast Ratio
15,900 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $882
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over One Year
Five Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Overall Review Rating is Considerably Worse
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
15 Reasons Against
Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution
A Lot Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
17,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
One Year Older
More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 6%
Fewer Awards
Slightly Lower Expert Review Score
Vastly Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
13 Reasons Against
Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution
24% Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
150W Smaller Bulb Power
16,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $436
Less Retailers
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $7
User Review Rating is Moderately Worse
Worse Brand
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Panasonic PTEX16KU

$7,695.00
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Panasonic PTEX16KU

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Panasonic PTEX16KU
XGA
RESOLUTION
51dB
16,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
380W
LAMP POWER
$496
OVER 5 YEARS

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a Kagoo Score of 60. However with a price tag of $7,695.00 this projector is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic PTEX16KU or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic projector.

Features We Love:
Bright projector brightness (16,000 ANSI lumens)
Handheld remote control
Supports full HD
Ceiling mountable
Big bulb power (380W)

A good spec but only ok value for money XGA very noisy projector, with reasonable running costs. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable.

77
Features
Good Features
55
Value for Money
Average
59
Running Costs
$500 Over 5 Years
60
Kagoo Score
Good

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic PTEX16KU

A Lot Bigger Bulb Power

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 380 lamp power projector, whereas the Benq MX711 is only a 230W lamp power projector (150W smaller), the DELL S500WI is only a 280W lamp power projector (100W smaller) and the Sony VPLHW30ES is only a 200W lamp power projector (180W 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 Panasonic PTEX16KU supports full HD (as does the Sony VPLHW30ES), however the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301 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.

Ethernet LAN

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has an Ethernet LAN, and so do the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI and the Sony VPLHW30ES, however the Optoma PK301 does not. More ...

'Ethernet LAN' denotes whether the projector has the native capability to connect to the local network, in order to receive movie files and the like from your computer.

Ceiling Mountable

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is ceiling mountable, and so is the Sony VPLHW30ES, however the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301 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.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic PTEX16KU

Lower Resolution

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) (as is the Benq MX711), whereas the DELL S500WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Sony VPLHW30ES has 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.

37% Louder Noise Level

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 51 projector. That's 19dB louder than the Benq MX711 (32dB), 15dB louder than the DELL S500WI (36dB), 22dB louder than the Optoma PK301 (29dB) and 29dB louder than the Sony VPLHW30ES (22dB). 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.

Half As High Contrast Ratio

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a low (2500:1) contrast ratio, and so are the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Benq MX711 (medium) and half as high contrast ratio as the Sony VPLHW30ES (high). 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.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a service life of lamp of 2 (as does the Sony VPLHW30ES), however the Benq MX711 is a 3,500h lamp service life projector (1,500h longer), the DELL S500WI is a 2,500h lamp service life projector (500h longer) and the Optoma PK301 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (18,000h 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker

The Panasonic PTEX16KU does not have a built-in speaker, but the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLHW30ES 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has only received a Kagoo Score of 60, but the Benq MX711 scored 75, the DELL S500WI scored 76, the Optoma PK301 scored 72 and the Sony VPLHW30ES scored 80.

More Expensive by $7,400

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is $6,964 more expensive than the Benq MX711, $7,400 more expensive than the DELL S500WI, $6,518 more expensive than the Optoma PK301 and $6,700 more expensive than the Sony VPLHW30ES.

Not As Many Stockists

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is only stocked by 1 shop, however the Sony VPLHW30ES is stocked by 3 sellers. 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 Seven Months

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is seven months older than the Benq MX711.

$432 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the running costs of the Panasonic PTEX16KU are $496 which is $424 more than the Benq MX711, $428 more than the DELL S500WI and $432 more than the Sony VPLHW30ES. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Panasonic projectors have an average rating of only 67.8%, however Benq has an average rating of 92.3%, DELL has an average rating of 78.8%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.3% and Sony has an average rating of 90.7%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PTEX16KU in the US is $7,695.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Sony VPLHW30ES

$995.00
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Sony VPLHW30ES

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Sony VPLHW30ES
1080P
RESOLUTION
22dB
1,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
200W
LAMP POWER
$64
OVER 5 YEARS

The Sony VPLHW30ES has a Kagoo Score of 80. With a price tag of $995.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony VPLHW30ES or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony projector.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (22dB)
High contrast ratio (70000:1)
Supports 3D
Handheld remote control

A very economical to run and multi award winning 1080p high contrast ratio data projector, with a sensationally quiet 22dB noise level and a good price. It supports 3D and full HD and has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has very good picture quality, it's good-looking but it has a bad 3D picture quality.

95
Reviews
29 Reviews + 8 Awards
82
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Popularity
Quite Popular
70
Value for Money
Good
88
Running Costs
$64 Over 5 Years
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony VPLHW30ES has very good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 83%, based on 29 reviews.

Trusted Reviews Recommended
Expert Reviews Ultimate
soundandvision.com Top Pick
projectorreviews.com Hot Product
avforums.com Recommended
theregister.co.uk Recommended
M3.idg.se Recommended
pcmagazine.ru 5 Star
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14 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPLHW30ES

Twice As High Resolution

The Sony VPLHW30ES has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p), however the Benq MX711 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU have a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), the DELL S500WI only has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Optoma PK301 only has a projector native resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA). 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.

Quieter Noise Level

The Sony VPLHW30ES is a 22 projector. That's 10dB quieter than the Benq MX711 (32dB), 14dB quieter than the DELL S500WI (36dB), 7dB quieter than the Optoma PK301 (29dB) and 29dB quieter than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (51dB). 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.

Higher Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPLHW30ES has a high (70000:1) contrast ratio, which is twice as high contrast ratio as the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU (low). 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.

3D

The Sony VPLHW30ES supports 3D (as do the Benq MX711 and the DELL S500WI), however the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU do not support this feature. More ...

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.

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

Full HD

The Sony VPLHW30ES supports full HD (as does the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301 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.

Ethernet LAN

The Sony VPLHW30ES has an Ethernet LAN, and so do the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI and the Panasonic PTEX16KU, but the Optoma PK301 does not. More ...

'Ethernet LAN' denotes whether the projector has the native capability to connect to the local network, in order to receive movie files and the like from your computer.

Ceiling Mountable

The Sony VPLHW30ES is ceiling mountable, and so is the Panasonic PTEX16KU, but the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Sony VPLHW30ES has received a Kagoo Score of 80, whereas the Benq MX711 scored 75, the DELL S500WI scored 76, the Optoma PK301 scored 72 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU scored only 60.

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.

Cheaper to Run by $430 Over Five Years

Over five years the Sony VPLHW30ES is $7 cheaper to run than the Benq MX711, $4 cheaper to run than the DELL S500WI and $432 cheaper to run than the Panasonic PTEX16KU. More ...

Eight More Awards

The Sony VPLHW30ES has received 8 awards from expert review sites, but the Benq MX711 has received no awards, the DELL S500WI has received 1 award, the Optoma PK301 has received 3 awards and the Panasonic PTEX16KU has received no awards.

A Little Better Expert Reviews

Based on 29 expert reviews, the Sony VPLHW30ES has an average review score of 83%, whereas the DELL S500WI has an average rating of 80% (based on 4 reviews) and the Optoma PK301 has an average rating of 69% (based on 16 reviews).

Considerably Better Overall Reviews

Based on 29 reviews, the Sony VPLHW30ES has an average review score of 86%, whereas the Benq MX711 has an average rating of 75% (based on 4 reviews), the DELL S500WI has an average rating of 61% (based on 5 reviews) and the Optoma PK301 has an average rating of 74% (based on 41 reviews).

Better Trusted Reviews Review Score

Trusted Reviews's Sony VPLHW30ES review gave it a score of 90%, but the Optoma PK301 only has a rating of 80% from the same site.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPLHW30ES

14,700 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Sony VPLHW30ES is a 1 brightness projector, whereas the Benq MX711 and the DELL S500WI are both 3,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projectors (1,900 ANSI lumens brighter), the Optoma PK301 is a 100 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,200 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 16,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (14,700 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.

180W Smaller Bulb Power

The Sony VPLHW30ES has a bulb power of 200, however the Benq MX711 is a 230W lamp power projector (30W bigger), the DELL S500WI is a 280W lamp power projector (80W bigger) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 380W lamp power projector (180W 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.

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Sony VPLHW30ES is only 2 lamp service life (as does the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the Benq MX711 is a 3,500h lamp service life projector (1,500h longer), the DELL S500WI is a 2,500h lamp service life projector (500h longer) and the Optoma PK301 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (18,000h 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.

More Expensive by $700

The Sony VPLHW30ES is $264 more expensive than the Benq MX711 and $700 more expensive than the DELL S500WI.

Older by Over Two Years

The Sony VPLHW30ES is three years older than the Benq MX711, 19 months older than the DELL S500WI, nine months older than the Optoma PK301 and two years older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU.

Worse Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of only 90.7%, but Benq has an average rating of 92.3% and Optoma has an average rating of 93.3%.

Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Whilst the Sony VPLHW30ES has received a review score of 78% from Projectorcentral.com, the DELL S500WI's rating was 93% and the Optoma PK301's rating was 85%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLHW30ES in the US is $995.00 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Optoma PK301

$1,177.00
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Optoma PK301

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Optoma PK301
WVGA
RESOLUTION
29dB
100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

The Optoma PK301 has a Kagoo Score of 72. However with a price tag of $1,177.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma PK301 or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
854 x 480 (WVGA) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (29dB)
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control

An award winning and good spec WVGA quiet data projector. Customers report that this data projector has good picture quality, a good display but it's expensive.

88
Reviews
41 Reviews + 3 Awards
79
Features
Good Features
63
Value for Money
Good
72
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Optoma PK301 has good user reviews but average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 74%, based on 41 reviews.

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4 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma PK301

Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma PK301 has a card reader integrated, however the Benq MX711, the DELL S500WI, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES do not. More ...

'Card Reader Integrated' denotes whether the projector comes with an inbuilt reader for memory cards or not.

A memory card is a good way to easily load a film into the projector to watch, without having to hook it up to a computer first.

Built-in Speaker

The Optoma PK301 has a built-in speaker, and so do the Benq MX711 and the DELL S500WI, but the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES do 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.

A Little Better User Reviews

Based on 25 user reviews, the Optoma PK301 has an average review score of 78%, whereas the Benq MX711 has an average rating of 75% (based on 4 reviews) and the DELL S500WI has an average rating of 20% (based on 1 review).

Better Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of 93.3%, but Benq only has an average rating of 92.3%, DELL only has an average rating of 78.8%, Panasonic only has an average rating of 67.8% and Sony only has an average rating of 90.7%.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma PK301

5 Times Lower Resolution

The Optoma PK301 has a projector native resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA), however the Benq MX711 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU have a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), the DELL S500WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Sony VPLHW30ES has 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.

7dB Louder Noise Level

The Optoma PK301 is a 29 projector. That's 3dB quieter than the Benq MX711 (32dB), 7dB quieter than the DELL S500WI (36dB), 22dB quieter than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (51dB) and 7dB louder than the Sony VPLHW30ES (22dB). 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 Low (3000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Optoma PK301 has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the DELL S500WI and the Panasonic PTEX16KU, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Benq MX711 (medium) and half as high contrast ratio as the Sony VPLHW30ES (high). 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.

15,900 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Optoma PK301 is a 100 brightness projector, whereas the Benq MX711 and the DELL S500WI are both 3,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projectors (3,100 ANSI lumens brighter), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 16,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (15,900 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Sony VPLHW30ES is a 1,300 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,200 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.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma PK301 does not support full HD (As do the the Benq MX711 and the DELL S500WI), whereas the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES do. 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 Optoma PK301 has received a Kagoo Score of 72, whereas the Benq MX711 scored 75, the DELL S500WI scored 76 and the Sony VPLHW30ES scored 80.

More Expensive by $882

The Optoma PK301 is $446 more expensive than the Benq MX711, $882 more expensive than the DELL S500WI and $182 more expensive than the Sony VPLHW30ES.

Fewer Sellers

The Optoma PK301 is only stocked by 1 store, but the Sony VPLHW30ES is stocked by 3 shops. More ...

The fewer the number of shops that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst shops to keep prices low.
Older by Over One Year

The Optoma PK301 is 22 months older than the Benq MX711, 10 months older than the DELL S500WI and 15 months older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU.

Five Less Awards

The Optoma PK301 has only received 3 awards, but the Sony VPLHW30ES has received 8 awards.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The average expert rating of the Optoma PK301 is only 69%, whereas the average expert rating of the DELL S500WI is 80% (based on 4 reviews) and the Sony VPLHW30ES is 83% (based on 29 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The average overall rating of the Optoma PK301 is only 74%, whereas the average overall rating of the Benq MX711 is 75% (based on 4 reviews) and the Sony VPLHW30ES is 86% (based on 29 reviews).

2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

Trusted Reviews and Projectorcentral.com both gave the Optoma PK301 a lower review score. More ...

Trusted Reviews: Optoma PK301 = 80% vs Sony VPLHW30ES = 90%

Projectorcentral.com: Optoma PK301 = 85% vs DELL S500WI = 93%

The cheapest price that we could find for the PK301 in the US is $1,177.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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DELL S500WI

$294.95
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DELL S500WI

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DELL S500WI
WXGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
280W
LAMP POWER
$68
OVER 5 YEARS

The DELL S500WI has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of $294.95 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the DELL S500WI or read our article on whether you should buy a DELL projector.

Features We Love:
Supports 3D
Handheld remote control
Built-in speaker
Supports Wi-Fi
Big bulb power (280W)

An award winning and very economical to run WXGA average noise level multimedia projector, with a reasonable price and a very good spec. It supports 3D and Wi-Fi and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good display, good picture quality but it's a bad size.

84
Reviews
5 Reviews + 1 Award
80
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Running Costs
$68 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that DELL S500WI has good expert reviews but below average user reviews with an average overall rating of 61%.

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL S500WI

3D

The DELL S500WI supports 3D, and so do the Benq MX711 and the Sony VPLHW30ES, but the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU do not. More ...

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.

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

Wi-Fi

The DELL S500WI supports Wi-Fi, whereas the Benq MX711, the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES do not support this feature. More ...

Wi-Fi projectors can connect to your local WiFi network which means that you display content from other devices connected to the same network.

Wi-Fi projectors allow you display content from other devices connected to the same network without the need to use a cable.

Ethernet LAN

The DELL S500WI has an Ethernet LAN (as do the Benq MX711, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES), whereas the Optoma PK301 does not have this feature. More ...

'Ethernet LAN' denotes whether the projector has the native capability to connect to the local network, in order to receive movie files and the like from your computer.

Built-in Speaker

The DELL S500WI has a built-in speaker (as do the Benq MX711 and the Optoma PK301), whereas the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES do 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.

$436 Cheaper

The DELL S500WI costs $436.05 less than the Benq MX711, costs $882.05 less than the Optoma PK301, costs $7,400.05 less than the Panasonic PTEX16KU and costs $700.05 less than the Sony VPLHW30ES.

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Projectorcentral.com's DELL S500WI review gave it a score of 93%, whereas the Optoma PK301 only has a rating of 85% and the Sony VPLHW30ES only has a rating of 78% from the same site.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL S500WI

Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution

The DELL S500WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), which is half as high resolution as the Sony VPLHW30ES (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.

A Lot Louder Noise Level

The DELL S500WI has a noise level of 36, however the Benq MX711 is a 32dB projector (4dB quieter), the Optoma PK301 is a 29dB projector (7dB quieter), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 51dB projector (15dB louder) and the Sony VPLHW30ES is a 22dB projector (14dB quieter). 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 DELL S500WI has a low (2300:1) contrast ratio (as are the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU), whereas the Benq MX711 has a medium contrast ratio and the Sony VPLHW30ES has 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.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The DELL S500WI has a projector brightness of 3, and so does the Benq MX711. That's 3,100 ANSI lumens brighter than the Optoma PK301 (100 ANSI Lumens), 12,800 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (16,000 ANSI Lumens) and 1,900 ANSI lumens brighter than the Sony VPLHW30ES (1,300 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.

Smaller Bulb Power

DELL S500WI is only 280 lamp power. That's 50W bigger than the Benq MX711 (230W), 100W smaller than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (380W) and 80W bigger than the Sony VPLHW30ES (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.

17,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The DELL S500WI is a 2 lamp service life projector. That's 1,000h shorter than the Benq MX711 (3,500h), 17,500h shorter than the Optoma PK301 (20,000h) and 500h longer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES (2,000h). 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.

Does Not Support Full HD

The DELL S500WI does not support full HD (As do the the Benq MX711 and the Optoma PK301), however the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES 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 DELL S500WI has received a Kagoo Score of 76, however the Sony VPLHW30ES scored 80.

Less Retailers

Only 1 shop sell the DELL S500WI, whereas 3 stores sell the Sony VPLHW30ES. More ...

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

The DELL S500WI is older than the Benq MX711 by one year and older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU by five months.

More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 6%

Over five years the DELL S500WI costs $68 to run which is $4 more than the Sony VPLHW30ES. Show assumptions.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the DELL S500WI has received 1 award, the Optoma PK301 has received 3 awards and the Sony VPLHW30ES has received 8 awards.

Slightly Lower Expert Review Score

The DELL S500WI's average expert rating is 80%, however the Sony VPLHW30ES's is 83% (based on 29 reviews).

Vastly Lower User Review Score

The DELL S500WI's average user rating is only 20%, however the Benq MX711's is 75% (based on 4 reviews) and the Optoma PK301's is 78% (based on 25 reviews).

Worse Brand

DELL projectors have an average rating of only 78.8%, whereas Benq has an average rating of 92.3%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.3% and Sony has an average rating of 90.7%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the S500WI in the US is $294.95 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Benq MX711

$731.00
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Benq MX711

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Benq MX711
XGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
230W
LAMP POWER
$72
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq MX711 has a Kagoo Score of 75. With a price tag of $731.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Benq MX711 or read our article on whether you should buy a Benq projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (32dB)
Handheld remote control
Built-in speaker
Supports 3D
Ethernet LAN

A classic and very economical to run XGA average noise level multimedia projector, with a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D.

89
Reviews
4 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Value for Money
Good
80
Running Costs
$72 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Benq MX711 has good user reviews with an average user rating of 75%.

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq MX711

3D

The Benq MX711 supports 3D (as do the DELL S500WI and the Sony VPLHW30ES), but the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU do not support this feature. More ...

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.

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

Ethernet LAN

The Benq MX711 has an Ethernet LAN, and so do the DELL S500WI, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES, whereas the Optoma PK301 does not. More ...

'Ethernet LAN' denotes whether the projector has the native capability to connect to the local network, in order to receive movie files and the like from your computer.

Built-in Speaker

The Benq MX711 has a built-in speaker, and so do the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301, whereas the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES do 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.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq MX711

Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The Benq MX711 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) (as is the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the DELL S500WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Sony VPLHW30ES has 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.

24% Louder Noise Level

The Benq MX711 is a 32 projector. That's 4dB quieter than the DELL S500WI (36dB), 3dB louder than the Optoma PK301 (29dB), 19dB quieter than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (51dB) and 10dB louder than the Sony VPLHW30ES (22dB). 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 Benq MX711 has a medium (5300:1) contrast ratio, whereas the Sony VPLHW30ES has 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.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Benq MX711 has a projector brightness of 3 (as does the DELL S500WI), however the Optoma PK301 is a 100 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (3,100 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 16,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (12,800 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Sony VPLHW30ES is a 1,300 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,900 ANSI lumens dimmer). 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.

150W Smaller Bulb Power

Benq MX711 is only 230 lamp power, but the DELL S500WI is a 280W lamp power projector (50W bigger), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 380W lamp power projector (150W bigger) and the Sony VPLHW30ES is a 200W lamp power projector (30W 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.

16,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Benq MX711 is a 3 lamp service life projector, whereas the DELL S500WI is a 2,500h lamp service life projector (1,000h shorter), the Optoma PK301 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (16,500h longer) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES are both 2,000h lamp service life projectors (1,500h shorter). 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.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq MX711 does not support full HD (As do the the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301), however the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLHW30ES do. 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 Benq MX711 has received a Kagoo Score of 75, however the DELL S500WI scored 76 and the Sony VPLHW30ES scored 80.

More Expensive by $436

The Benq MX711 is $436 more expensive than the DELL S500WI.

Less Retailers

The Benq MX711 is only stocked by 1 retailer, whereas the Sony VPLHW30ES is stocked by 3 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this projector remaining in stock.
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $7

The Benq MX711 costs $72 to run which is $3 more than the DELL S500WI and $7 more than the Sony VPLHW30ES over five years. Show assumptions.

User Review Rating is Moderately Worse

The Benq MX711's average user score is only 75%, however the Optoma PK301's is 78% (based on 25 reviews).

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 92.3%, whereas Optoma has an average rating of 93.3%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the MX711 in the US is $731.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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