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5 Best Award Winning Projectors in the US - September 2020

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Updated 06 September 2020
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5 best award winning projectors 2020

What Award Winning Projector to Buy in September 2020?

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Panasonic PTEX16KU Optoma PK301 Benq SP870 Epson VS350 Sony VPLFX35
Panasonic PTEX16KU Optoma PK301 Benq SP870 Epson VS350 Sony VPLFX35
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XGA
RESOLUTION
51dB
16,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WVGA
RESOLUTION
29dB
100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,700 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
31dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
77
Features
Good Features
56
Value for Money
Average
59
Running Costs
$480 Over 5 Years
60
Kagoo Score
Good
90
Reviews
31 Reviews + 3 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
98
Reviews
3 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Running Costs
$89 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
89
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
84
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
78
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
71
Value for Money
Good
72
Running Costs
$140 Over 5 Years
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A good spec but only ok value for money XGA very noisy data projector, with moderate running costs. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has good picture quality, it's compact but expensive. It's an award winning and fully featured WVGA quiet projector, with a good price. A classic and fully featured XGA average noise level projector, with a good price and very low running costs. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a bulb power of 360W and is ceiling mountable. Purchasers report that it has bad video quality. A bargain price and fully featured WXGA average noise level projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that this projector has good picture quality, it's quick to charge and very easy to setup. A fully featured and economical to run XGA average noise level projector, with a fair price.
4 Reasons For
Bigger Bulb Power
Full HD
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling Mountable
4 Reasons For
A Lot Quieter Noise Level
Card Reader Integrated
Built-in Speaker
Three More Awards
5 Reasons For
Built-in Speaker
Ceiling Mountable
Better Kagoo Score
Cheaper to Run by $390 Over Five Years
Much Better User Reviews
7 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
Built-in Speaker
Ceiling Mountable
More Shops Are Selling It
Four Years Newer
Better Brand
2 Reasons For
Ethernet LAN
More Shops Are Selling It
11 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
22dB Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
18,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
Worse Kagoo Score
$6,695 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over Four Years Older
441% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Half As High Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
Not As Many Stockists
Over Five Years Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
A Lot Lower Overall Review Score
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution
7dB Louder Noise Level
Only Low (2000:1) Contrast Ratio
11,000 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
Slightly Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Six Years
Worse Brand
7 Reasons Against
8dB Louder Noise Level
12,300 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
$184 More Expensive
13 Reasons Against
Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution
7% Louder Noise Level
Half As High Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
A Lot Smaller Bulb Power
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $2,500
Older by Over Seven Years
$53 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years
Worse Brand
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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
$482
OVER 5 YEARS

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a Kagoo Score of 60. However with a price tag of $6,995.00 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
Big bulb power (380W)
Ethernet LAN

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

77
Features
Good Features
56
Value for Money
Average
59
Running Costs
$480 Over 5 Years
60
Kagoo Score
Good

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic PTEX16KU

Bigger Bulb Power

Panasonic PTEX16KU is 380W lamp power. That's 20W bigger than the Benq SP870 (360W) and 105W bigger than the Epson VS350 and the Sony VPLFX35 (275W). 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, whereas the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLFX35 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.

Ethernet LAN

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has an Ethernet LAN (as does the Sony VPLFX35), whereas the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350 and the Optoma PK301 do 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is a ceiling mountable projector (as are the Benq SP870 and the Epson VS350), whereas the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLFX35 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), and so are the Benq SP870 and the Sony VPLFX35, but the Epson VS350 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.

22dB Louder Noise Level

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a noise level of 51dB, however the Benq SP870 is a 36dB projector (15dB quieter), the Epson VS350 is a 37dB projector (14dB quieter), the Optoma PK301 is a 29dB projector (22dB quieter) and the Sony VPLFX35 is a 31dB projector (20dB 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 Panasonic PTEX16KU has a low (2500:1) contrast ratio (as are the Benq SP870, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLFX35), whereas the Epson VS350 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.

18,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 2h lamp service life projector, and so does the Benq SP870. That's 4,000h shorter than the Epson VS350 (6,000h), 18,000h shorter than the Optoma PK301 (20,000h) and 1,000h shorter than the Sony VPLFX35 (3,000h). 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 Have a Built-in Speaker

The Panasonic PTEX16KU does not have a built-in speaker (As does the the Sony VPLFX35), however the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350 and the Optoma PK301 do. 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, however the Benq SP870 scored 87, the Epson VS350 scored 81, the Optoma PK301 scored 81 and the Sony VPLFX35 scored 77.

$6,695 More Expensive

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is more expensive than the Benq SP870 by $6,695, more expensive than the Epson VS350 by $6,511 and more expensive than the Sony VPLFX35 by $4,195.

Less Retailers

Only 1 shop sell the Panasonic PTEX16KU, whereas 2 retailers sell the Epson VS350 and 2 retailers sell the Sony VPLFX35. 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 Four Years Older

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is older than the Epson VS350 by four years.

441% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years

The running costs of the Panasonic PTEX16KU are $482 which is $393 more than the Benq SP870 and $340 more than the Sony VPLFX35 over five years. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Panasonic projectors have an average rating of only 68.3%, whereas Benq has an average rating of 93.2%, Epson has an average rating of 95%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.4% and Sony has an average rating of 94.3%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PTEX16KU in the US is $6,995.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Optoma PK301

$0.00

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 81. With a price tag of $0.00 this projector is good value for money. 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

Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has good picture quality, it's compact but expensive. It's an award winning and fully featured WVGA quiet projector, with a good price.

90
Reviews
31 Reviews + 3 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Optoma PK301 has good user reviews but average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 74%, based on 31 reviews.

PC Mag Editor's Choice
toptenreviews.com Bronze
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4 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma PK301

A Lot Quieter Noise Level

The Optoma PK301 has a noise level of 29dB, but the Benq SP870 is a 36dB projector (7dB louder), the Epson VS350 is a 37dB projector (8dB louder), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 51dB projector (22dB louder) and the Sony VPLFX35 is a 31dB projector (2dB 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.

Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma PK301 has a card reader integrated, whereas the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35 do not have this feature. 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 (as do the Benq SP870 and the Epson VS350), however the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35 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.

Three More Awards

The Optoma PK301 has received 3 awards, however the Benq SP870 has received no awards, the Epson VS350 has received no awards, the Panasonic PTEX16KU has received no awards and the Sony VPLFX35 has received no awards.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma PK301

Lower Resolution

The Optoma PK301 has a projector native resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA), which is half as high resolution as the Benq SP870, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35 (1024 x 768 (XGA)) and half as high resolution as the Epson VS350 (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.

Half As High Contrast Ratio

The Optoma PK301 has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Benq SP870, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35), however the Epson VS350 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.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Optoma PK301 is only 100 ANSI lumens brightness. That's 4,900 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq SP870 and the Sony VPLFX35 (5,000 ANSI Lumens), 3,600 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Epson VS350 (3,700 ANSI Lumens) and 15,900 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (16,000 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 Optoma PK301 does not support full HD (As do the the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350 and the Sony VPLFX35), but the Panasonic PTEX16KU supports 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 Optoma PK301 has received a Kagoo Score of 81, but the Benq SP870 scored 87.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 1 retailer sell the Optoma PK301, however 2 shops sell the Epson VS350 and 2 shops sell the Sony VPLFX35. More ...

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

The Optoma PK301 is older than the Epson VS350 by five years and older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU by 15 months.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The Optoma PK301 only has an average user rating of 77%, but the Benq SP870 has an average user rating of 93% (based on 3 reviews).

A Lot Lower Overall Review Score

The Optoma PK301 only has an average overall rating of 74%, but the Benq SP870 has an average overall rating of 93% (based on 3 reviews).

Worse Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of only 93.4%, however Epson has an average rating of 95% and Sony has an average rating of 94.3%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PK301 in the US is $0.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Benq SP870

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Benq SP870
XGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
360W
LAMP POWER
$89
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq SP870 has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $299.87 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Benq SP870 or read our article on whether you should buy a Benq projector.

Features We Love:
Bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Ceiling mountable
Big bulb power (360W)

A classic and fully featured XGA average noise level projector, with a good price and very low running costs. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a bulb power of 360W and is ceiling mountable. Purchasers report that it has bad video quality.

98
Reviews
3 Reviews
88
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Running Costs
$89 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Benq SP870 has marvellous user reviews with an average user rating of 93%.

5 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq SP870

Built-in Speaker

The Benq SP870 has a built-in speaker, and so do the Epson VS350 and the Optoma PK301, but the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq SP870 is ceiling mountable, and so are the Epson VS350 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU, but the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLFX35 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 Benq SP870 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, whereas the Epson VS350 scored 81, the Optoma PK301 scored 81, the Panasonic PTEX16KU scored only 60 and the Sony VPLFX35 scored only 77.

Cheaper to Run by $390 Over Five Years

Over five years the Benq SP870 only costs $89 to run however the Panasonic PTEX16KU costs $482 to run (441% more) and the Sony VPLFX35 costs $142 to run (60% more). More ...

Much Better User Reviews

Based on 3 user reviews, the Benq SP870 has an average review score of 93%, whereas the Optoma PK301 has an average rating of 77% (based on 15 reviews).

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq SP870

Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The Benq SP870 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) (as are the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35), however the Epson VS350 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.

7dB Louder Noise Level

The Benq SP870 is a 36dB projector. That's 1dB quieter than the Epson VS350 (37dB), 7dB louder than the Optoma PK301 (29dB), 15dB quieter than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (51dB) and 5dB louder than the Sony VPLFX35 (31dB). 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 (2000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Benq SP870 has a low (2000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Epson VS350 (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.

11,000 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Benq SP870 is a 5 ANSI lumens brightness projector (as does the Sony VPLFX35), whereas the Epson VS350 is a 3,700 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,300 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma PK301 is a 100 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (4,900 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 16,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (11,000 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.

Slightly Smaller Bulb Power

The Benq SP870 has a bulb power of 360W, however the Epson VS350 and the Sony VPLFX35 are both 275W lamp power projectors (85W smaller) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 380W lamp power projector (20W 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

Benq SP870 is only 2h lamp service life (as does the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the Epson VS350 is a 6,000h lamp service life projector (4,000h longer), the Optoma PK301 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (18,000h longer) and the Sony VPLFX35 is a 3,000h lamp service life projector (1,000h 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 Support Full HD

The Benq SP870 does not support full HD (As do the the Epson VS350, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLFX35), whereas the Panasonic PTEX16KU does. 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.

Fewer Sellers

The Benq SP870 is only stocked by 1 retailer, but the Epson VS350 is stocked by 2 shops and the Sony VPLFX35 is stocked by 2 shops. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by Over Six Years

The Benq SP870 is six years older than the Epson VS350, 11 months older than the Optoma PK301 and two years older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU.

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 93.2%, but Epson has an average rating of 95%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.4% and Sony has an average rating of 94.3%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the SP870 in the US is $299.87 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Epson VS350

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Epson VS350

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Epson VS350
WXGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,700 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
275W
LAMP POWER

The Epson VS350 has a Kagoo Score of 81. With a price tag of $483.99 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Epson VS350 or read our article on whether you should buy a Epson projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (15000:1)
Handheld remote control
Built-in speaker
Long service life of lamp (6,000h)
Big bulb power (275W)

A bargain price and fully featured WXGA average noise level projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that this projector has good picture quality, it's quick to charge and very easy to setup.

84
Features
Fully-Featured
81
Value for Money
Very Good
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Epson VS350

Higher Resolution

The Epson VS350 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), which is twice as high resolution as the Optoma PK301 (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.

High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Epson VS350 has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio, but the Benq SP870, the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35 have a low 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.

Built-in Speaker

The Epson VS350 has a built-in speaker (as do the Benq SP870 and the Optoma PK301), but the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPLFX35 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Epson VS350 is a ceiling mountable projector (as are the Benq SP870 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLFX35 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.

More Shops Are Selling It

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

Four Years Newer

The Epson VS350 is six years newer than the Benq SP870, five years newer than the Optoma PK301, four years newer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU and seven years newer than the Sony VPLFX35

Better Brand

Epson projectors have an average rating of 95%, but Benq only has an average rating of 93.2%, Optoma only has an average rating of 93.4%, Panasonic only has an average rating of 68.3% and Sony only has an average rating of 94.3%.

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Epson VS350

8dB Louder Noise Level

The Epson VS350 has a noise level of 37dB, whereas the Benq SP870 is a 36dB projector (1dB quieter), the Optoma PK301 is a 29dB projector (8dB quieter), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 51dB projector (14dB louder) and the Sony VPLFX35 is a 31dB projector (6dB 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.

12,300 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Epson VS350 is a 3 ANSI lumens brightness projector. That's 1,300 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq SP870 and the Sony VPLFX35 (5,000 ANSI Lumens), 3,600 ANSI lumens brighter than the Optoma PK301 (100 ANSI Lumens) and 12,300 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (16,000 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

The Epson VS350 has a bulb power of 275W, and so does the Sony VPLFX35. That's 85W smaller than the Benq SP870 (360W) and 105W smaller than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (380W). 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

Epson VS350 is only 6h lamp service life. That's 4,000h longer than the Benq SP870 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU (2,000h), 14,000h shorter than the Optoma PK301 (20,000h) and 3,000h longer than the Sony VPLFX35 (3,000h). 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 Epson VS350 does not support full HD (As do the the Benq SP870, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPLFX35), whereas the Panasonic PTEX16KU supports 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 Epson VS350 has received a Kagoo Score of 81, whereas the Benq SP870 scored 87.

$184 More Expensive

The Epson VS350 is more expensive than the Benq SP870 by $184.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VS350 in the US is $483.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Sony VPLFX35

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Sony VPLFX35

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Sony VPLFX35
XGA
RESOLUTION
31dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
275W
LAMP POWER
$142
OVER 5 YEARS

The Sony VPLFX35 has a Kagoo Score of 77. However with a price tag of $2,799.95 this projector is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Sony VPLFX35 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (31dB)
Bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens)
Handheld remote control
Ethernet LAN
Big bulb power (275W)

A fully featured and economical to run XGA average noise level projector, with a fair price.

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Features
Fully-Featured
73
Popularity
Quite Popular
71
Value for Money
Good
72
Running Costs
$140 Over 5 Years
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPLFX35

Ethernet LAN

The Sony VPLFX35 has an Ethernet LAN, and so does the Panasonic PTEX16KU, however the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350 and the Optoma PK301 do 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.

More Shops Are Selling It

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

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPLFX35

Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The Sony VPLFX35 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) (as are the Benq SP870 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU), whereas the Epson VS350 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.

7% Louder Noise Level

The Sony VPLFX35 is a 31dB projector. That's 5dB quieter than the Benq SP870 (36dB), 6dB quieter than the Epson VS350 (37dB), 2dB louder than the Optoma PK301 (29dB) and 20dB 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.

Half As High Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPLFX35 has a low (2000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Benq SP870, the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Epson VS350 (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.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Sony VPLFX35 is only 5 ANSI lumens brightness (as does the Benq SP870), but the Epson VS350 is a 3,700 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,300 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma PK301 is a 100 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (4,900 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 16,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (11,000 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.

A Lot Smaller Bulb Power

The Sony VPLFX35 is a 275W lamp power projector (as does the Epson VS350), whereas the Benq SP870 is a 360W lamp power projector (85W bigger) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 380W lamp power projector (105W 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 Sony VPLFX35 has a service life of lamp of 3h, however the Benq SP870 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU are both 2,000h lamp service life projectors (1,000h shorter), the Epson VS350 is a 6,000h lamp service life projector (3,000h longer) and the Optoma PK301 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (17,000h 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 Support Full HD

The Sony VPLFX35 does not support full HD (As do the the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350 and the Optoma PK301), but the Panasonic PTEX16KU does. 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker

The Sony VPLFX35 does not have a built-in speaker (As does the the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the Benq SP870, the Epson VS350 and the Optoma PK301 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 Sony VPLFX35 has only received a Kagoo Score of 77, but the Benq SP870 scored 87, the Epson VS350 scored 81 and the Optoma PK301 scored 81.

More Expensive by $2,500

The Sony VPLFX35 is $2,500 more expensive than the Benq SP870 and $2,316 more expensive than the Epson VS350.

Older by Over Seven Years

The Sony VPLFX35 is 10 months older than the Benq SP870, seven years older than the Epson VS350, 21 months older than the Optoma PK301 and three years older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU.

$53 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years

The running costs over five years of the Sony VPLFX35 are $142 which is $53 more than the Benq SP870. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of only 94.3%, however Epson has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLFX35 in the US is $2,799.95 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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