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5 Best Projectors in the US - September 2020

Matthew
Updated 22 August 2020
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5 best projectors 2020

What Projector to Buy in September 2020?

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Viewsonic PS501W LG PH550 Optoma X600 Sony VPLPHZ10 Benq MW612
Viewsonic PS501W LG PH550 Optoma X600 Sony VPLPHZ10 Benq MW612
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WXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,400 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
28dB
6,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
28dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
34dB
4,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
4,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
71
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
88
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$55 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
67
Brand Rating
Good Brand
88
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
82
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
88
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
91
Running Costs
$66 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
78
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
86
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
80
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
79
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Running Costs
$66 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Purchasers report that this projector has good picture quality. It's a fully featured and staggeringly economical to run WXGA average noise level projector, with an affordable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and supports 3D. A fully featured and good value for money 720p very high contrast ratio projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has very good picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around. A fully featured and very economical to run XGA medium contrast ratio multimedia projector, with an spectacularly quiet 28dB noise level and a fair price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this multimedia projector has good video quality, it's easy to setup and use. A good value for money and fully featured WUXGA quiet projector. 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. A very economical to run and fully featured WXGA average noise level data projector. Purchasers report that this data projector has good picture quality.
5 Reasons For
3D
Built-in Speaker
Better Kagoo Score
Newer by Five Months
Cheaper to Run by $11 Over Five Years
7 Reasons For
10dB Quieter Noise Level
Very High (100000:1) Contrast Ratio
3D
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
$183 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling It
4 Reasons For
110W Bigger Bulb Power
3D
Ethernet LAN
Built-in Speaker
6 Reasons For
Twice As High Resolution
Very High (500000:1) Contrast Ratio
Full HD
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling Mountable
Better Brand
2 Reasons For
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
9 Reasons Against
Half As High Resolution
8dB Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
2,600 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
A Lot Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
More Expensive by $183
Fewer Sellers
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
Only 1280 X 720 (720p) Resolution
91% Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
Over Two Years Older
Worse Brand
11 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Half As High Contrast Ratio
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $709
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Four Years
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $11
Worse Brand
8 Reasons Against
4dB Louder Noise Level
1,000 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
Worse Kagoo Score
$1,050 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Over One Year Older
11 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
70W Smaller Bulb Power
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Five Months
$11 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years
Worse Brand
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Viewsonic PS501W

$533.33
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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
$55
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PS501W has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $533.33 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
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control

Purchasers report that this projector has good picture quality. It's a fully featured and staggeringly economical to run WXGA average noise level projector, with an affordable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and supports 3D.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$55 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

5 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PS501W

3D

The Viewsonic PS501W supports 3D (as do the LG PH550 and the Optoma X600), however the Benq MW612 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 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.

Built-in Speaker

The Viewsonic PS501W has a built-in speaker, and so do the Benq MW612, the LG PH550 and the Optoma X600, but the Sony VPLPHZ10 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PS501W has received a Kagoo Score of 88, whereas the Benq MW612 scored only 75, the LG PH550 scored 87, the Optoma X600 scored 87 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 scored 84.

Newer by Five Months

The Viewsonic PS501W is five months newer than the Benq MW612, two years newer than the LG PH550, four years newer than the Optoma X600 and 13 months newer than the Sony VPLPHZ10

Cheaper to Run by $11 Over Five Years

Over five years the Viewsonic PS501W only costs $55 to run however the Benq MW612 costs $66 to run (20% more) and the Optoma X600 costs $66 to run (20% more). More ...

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PS501W

Half As High Resolution

The Viewsonic PS501W has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) (as is the Benq MW612), however the Sony VPLPHZ10 has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). 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.

8dB Louder Noise Level

The Viewsonic PS501W is a 32dB projector. That's 2dB quieter than the Benq MW612 (34dB), 8dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 4dB louder than the Optoma X600 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 (28dB). 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 is the Benq MW612, but the LG PH550 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 have 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.

2,600 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Viewsonic PS501W is a 3 ANSI lumens brightness projector, whereas the Benq MW612 is a 4,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (600 ANSI lumens brighter), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,850 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma X600 is a 6,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,600 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Sony VPLPHZ10 is a 5,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,600 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 Viewsonic PS501W has a bulb power of 200W, however the Benq MW612 is a 240W lamp power projector (40W bigger) and the Optoma X600 is a 310W lamp power projector (110W 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

Viewsonic PS501W is only 5h lamp service life, but the Benq MW612 is a 4,000h lamp service life projector (1,000h shorter), the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (25,000h longer), the Optoma X600 is a 2,500h lamp service life projector (2,500h shorter) and the Sony VPLPHZ10 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (15,000h 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 $183

The Viewsonic PS501W is $183 more expensive than the LG PH550.

Fewer Sellers

The Viewsonic PS501W is only stocked by 7 stores, but the LG PH550 is stocked by 10 shops and the Sony VPLPHZ10 is stocked by 8 sellers. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 90.3%, but Benq has an average rating of 93.2%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.4% and Sony has an average rating of 94.3%.

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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LG PH550

$350.00
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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 87. With a price tag of $350.00 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

A fully featured and good value for money 720p very high contrast ratio projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has very good picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

7 Reasons For for Choosing the LG PH550

10dB Quieter Noise Level

The LG PH550 has a noise level of 24dB, however the Benq MW612 is a 34dB projector (10dB louder), the Optoma X600 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 are both 28dB projectors (4dB 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 (as is the Sony VPLPHZ10), whereas the Benq MW612 and the Viewsonic PS501W have a high contrast ratio and the Optoma X600 only has a medium 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.

3D

The LG PH550 supports 3D, and so do the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W, but the Benq MW612 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 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.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The LG PH550 has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) (as does the Benq MW612), whereas the Optoma X600, the Sony VPLPHZ10 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 MW612, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W), whereas the Sony VPLPHZ10 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.

$183 Cheaper

The LG PH550 costs $709 less than the Optoma X600, costs $1,050 less than the Sony VPLPHZ10 and costs $183.33 less than the Viewsonic PS501W.

More Shops Are Selling It

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

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG PH550

Only 1280 X 720 (720p) Resolution

The LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), which is 3 times lower resolution as the Sony VPLPHZ10 (1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)). 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.

91% Dimmer Projector Brightness

The LG PH550 has a projector brightness of 550 ANSI lumens. That's 3,450 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq MW612 (4,000 ANSI Lumens), 5,450 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma X600 (6,000 ANSI Lumens), 4,450 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Sony VPLPHZ10 (5,000 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 (As does the the Optoma X600), however the Benq MW612, the Sony VPLPHZ10 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 received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

Over Two Years Older

The LG PH550 is older than the Benq MW612 by 19 months, older than the Sony VPLPHZ10 by 11 months and older than the Viewsonic PS501W by two years.

Worse Brand

LG projectors have an average rating of only 83%, whereas Benq has an average rating of 93.2%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.4%, Sony has an average rating of 94.3% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 90.3%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PH550 in the US is $350.00 and in total we found 10 prices for it.

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Optoma X600

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Optoma X600

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Optoma X600
XGA
RESOLUTION
28dB
6,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
310W
LAMP POWER
$66
OVER 5 YEARS

The Optoma X600 has a Kagoo Score of 87. However with a price tag of $1,059.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma X600 or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (28dB)
Bright projector brightness (6,000 ANSI lumens)
Handheld remote control
Built-in speaker
Supports 3D

A fully featured and very economical to run XGA medium contrast ratio multimedia projector, with an spectacularly quiet 28dB noise level and a fair price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this multimedia projector has good video quality, it's easy to setup and use.

88
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
91
Running Costs
$66 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma X600

110W Bigger Bulb Power

The Optoma X600 is a 310W lamp power projector, whereas the Benq MW612 is only a 240W lamp power projector (70W smaller) and the Viewsonic PS501W is only a 200W lamp power projector (110W 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.

3D

The Optoma X600 supports 3D (as do the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W), whereas the Benq MW612 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 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 Optoma X600 has an Ethernet LAN, and so does the Sony VPLPHZ10, however the Benq MW612, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W 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.

Built-in Speaker

The Optoma X600 has a built-in speaker, and so do the Benq MW612, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W, however the Sony VPLPHZ10 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.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma X600

Lower Resolution

The Optoma X600 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), whereas the Benq MW612 and the Viewsonic PS501W have a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), the LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) and the Sony VPLPHZ10 has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). 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 Optoma X600 is a 28dB projector, and so does the Sony VPLPHZ10. That's 6dB quieter than the Benq MW612 (34dB), 4dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 4dB 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.

Half As High Contrast Ratio

The Optoma X600 has a medium (10000:1) contrast ratio, which is half as high contrast ratio as the LG PH550 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 (very 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 Optoma X600 has a service life of lamp of 2h, however the Benq MW612 is a 4,000h lamp service life projector (1,500h longer), the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (27,500h longer), the Sony VPLPHZ10 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (17,500h longer) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 5,000h lamp service life projector (2,500h 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.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma X600 does not support full HD (As does the the LG PH550), but the Benq MW612, the Sony VPLPHZ10 and the Viewsonic PS501W 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 X600 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, but the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

More Expensive by $709

The Optoma X600 is $709 more expensive than the LG PH550 and $526 more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W.

Not As Many Stockists

The Optoma X600 is only stocked by 4 stores, however the LG PH550 is stocked by 10 retailers, the Sony VPLPHZ10 is stocked by 8 stores and the Viewsonic PS501W is stocked by 7 shops. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this projector.
Older by Over Four Years

The Optoma X600 is four years older than the Benq MW612, two years older than the LG PH550, three years older than the Sony VPLPHZ10 and four years older than the Viewsonic PS501W.

Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $11

The Optoma X600 costs $66 to run which is $11 more than the Viewsonic PS501W over five years. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

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

The cheapest price that we could find for the X600 in the US is $1,059.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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Sony VPLPHZ10

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Sony VPLPHZ10

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Sony VPLPHZ10
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
28dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1.27 - 1.89:1
THROW RATIO

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a Kagoo Score of 84. However with a price tag of $1,400.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Sony VPLPHZ10 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony projector.

Features We Love:
1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (28dB)
Very high contrast ratio (500000:1)
Bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens)
Handheld remote control

A good value for money and fully featured WUXGA quiet projector. 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.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
80
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPLPHZ10

Twice As High Resolution

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA), which is twice as high resolution as the Benq MW612 and the Viewsonic PS501W (1280 x 800 (WXGA)), 3 times higher resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)) and 3 times higher resolution as the Optoma X600 (1024 x 768 (XGA)). 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.

Very High (500000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a very high (500000:1) contrast ratio (as is the LG PH550), but the Benq MW612 and the Viewsonic PS501W have a high contrast ratio and the Optoma X600 only has a medium 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.

Full HD

The Sony VPLPHZ10 supports full HD, but the Benq MW612, the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 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.

Ethernet LAN

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has an Ethernet LAN (as does the Optoma X600), but the Benq MW612, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W 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 Sony VPLPHZ10 is a ceiling mountable projector, but the Benq MW612, the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 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.

Better Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of 94.3%, but Benq only has an average rating of 93.2%, LG only has an average rating of 83%, Optoma only has an average rating of 93.4% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 90.3%.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPLPHZ10

4dB Louder Noise Level

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a noise level of 28dB (as does the Optoma X600), whereas the Benq MW612 is a 34dB projector (6dB louder), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (4dB quieter) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 32dB projector (4dB 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.

1,000 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Sony VPLPHZ10 is a 5 ANSI lumens brightness projector. That's 1,000 ANSI lumens brighter than the Benq MW612 (4,000 ANSI Lumens), 4,450 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens), 1,000 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma X600 (6,000 ANSI Lumens) and 1,600 ANSI lumens brighter 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.

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Sony VPLPHZ10 is only 20h lamp service life. That's 16,000h longer than the Benq MW612 (4,000h), 10,000h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h), 17,500h longer than the Optoma X600 (2,500h) and 15,000h longer 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker

The Sony VPLPHZ10 does not have a built-in speaker, whereas the Benq MW612, the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W 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 Sony VPLPHZ10 has received a Kagoo Score of 84, whereas the LG PH550 scored 87, the Optoma X600 scored 87 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

$1,050 More Expensive

The Sony VPLPHZ10 is more expensive than the LG PH550 by $1,050, more expensive than the Optoma X600 by $341 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W by $867.

Fewer Sellers

Only 8 stores sells the Sony VPLPHZ10, but 10 stores sell the LG PH550. More ...

The smaller the number of stores that stock this projector, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over One Year Older

The Sony VPLPHZ10 is older than the Benq MW612 by eight months and older than the Viewsonic PS501W by 13 months.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLPHZ10 in the US is $1,400.00 and in total we found 8 prices for it.

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Benq MW612

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Benq MW612

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Benq MW612
WXGA
RESOLUTION
34dB
4,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
4,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
240W
LAMP POWER
$66
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq MW612 has a Kagoo Score of 75. With a price tag of $0.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Benq MW612 or read our article on whether you should buy a Benq projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (20000:1)
Bright projector brightness (4,000 ANSI lumens)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

A very economical to run and fully featured WXGA average noise level data projector. Purchasers report that this data projector has good picture quality.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Running Costs
$66 Over 5 Years
75
Kagoo Score
Very Good

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq MW612

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The Benq MW612 has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), and so does the LG PH550, however the Optoma X600, the Sony VPLPHZ10 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 Benq MW612 has a built-in speaker, and so do the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W, however the Sony VPLPHZ10 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.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq MW612

Lower Resolution

The Benq MW612 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) (as is the Viewsonic PS501W), whereas the Sony VPLPHZ10 has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). 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 Benq MW612 is a 34dB projector. That's 10dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB), 6dB louder than the Optoma X600 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 (28dB) and 2dB 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 Benq MW612 has a high (20000:1) contrast ratio, and so is the Viewsonic PS501W, however the LG PH550 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 have 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

Benq MW612 is only 4 ANSI lumens brightness, but the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (3,450 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma X600 is a 6,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,000 ANSI lumens brighter), the Sony VPLPHZ10 is a 5,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,000 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 3,400 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (600 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.

70W Smaller Bulb Power

The Benq MW612 is a 240W lamp power projector, whereas the Optoma X600 is a 310W lamp power projector (70W 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.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Benq MW612 has a service life of lamp of 4h, however the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (26,000h longer), the Optoma X600 is a 2,500h lamp service life projector (1,500h shorter), the Sony VPLPHZ10 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (16,000h longer) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 5,000h 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Benq MW612 has only received a Kagoo Score of 75, but the LG PH550 scored 87, the Optoma X600 scored 87, the Sony VPLPHZ10 scored 84 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

Not As Many Stockists

The Benq MW612 is only stocked by 1 shop, however the LG PH550 is stocked by 10 retailers, the Optoma X600 is stocked by 4 shops, the Sony VPLPHZ10 is stocked by 8 sellers and the Viewsonic PS501W is stocked by 7 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 Five Months

The Benq MW612 is five months older than the Viewsonic PS501W.

$11 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the running costs of the Benq MW612 are $66 which is $11 more than the Viewsonic PS501W. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 93.2%, however 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 MW612 in the US is $0.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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