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5 Best Projectors in the US - January 2021

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Updated 08 January 2021
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5 best projectors 2021

What Projector to Buy in January 2021?

Best Buy Great Price
Benq HT2150ST Viewsonic PS501W LG PH550 Optoma X600 Sony VPLPHZ10
Benq HT2150ST Viewsonic PS501W LG PH550 Optoma X600 Sony VPLPHZ10
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$899.00 Buy Now
Adorama
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1080P
RESOLUTION
29dB
2,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
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
98
Reviews
111 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Running Costs
$64 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
4 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$57 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
165 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
4 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Running Costs
$70 Over 5 Years
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
98
Reviews
5 Reviews + 3 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
80
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
A very economical to run and award winning 1080p quiet projector, with a low price and a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D and full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has very good picture quality, a good display and it's very good-looking. The highest scoring 3D projector around, with a low price and a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good picture quality. A multi award winning and fully featured 720p very high contrast ratio projector, with one of the quietest noise levels around and a cheap price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Our review analysis indicates that this projector has superb picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around. A classic and very economical to run XGA quiet data projector, with a fair price and a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D. Customers report that this data projector has good video quality, it's easy to setup and use. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has good picture quality. It's an award winning and fully featured WUXGA quiet projector, with a good price. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable.
11 Reasons For
3D
Full HD
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
Expert Reviews Are Better
Overall Reviews Are Moderately Better
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
More Well Designed
Better Nice Technical Features
Produces Better Quality Picture
Has Better Sound Quality
6 Reasons For
3D
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
Better Kagoo Score
Newer by 13 Months
18% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
11 Reasons For
Quieter Noise Level
Very High (100000:1) Contrast Ratio
3D
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
$125 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling It
Four More Awards
More Customers Recommend It
More Reasonably Priced
5 Reasons For
A Lot Bigger Bulb Power
3D
Ethernet LAN
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
9 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
Very High (500000:1) Contrast Ratio
Full HD
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
User Reviews Are Better
Better Brand
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
16 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
5dB Louder Noise Level
Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
3,800 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
23% Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$404 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Over One Year Older
12% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years
Fewer Awards
Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
Less Fairly Priced
10 Reasons Against
Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution
20% Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
110W Smaller Bulb Power
25,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
More Expensive by $125
Less Retailers
User Review Rating is Worse
Worse Brand
13 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
Over Two Years Older
A Lot Lower Expert Review Score
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score
Less Thoughtfully Designed
Has Worse Technical Features
Has a Worse Picture Quality
Worse At Producing High Quality Sound
12 Reasons Against
3 Times Lower Resolution
4dB Louder Noise Level
Only Medium (10000:1) Contrast Ratio
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $1,134
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Four Years
$12 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years
User Review Rating is Worse
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
13% Louder Noise Level
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
10,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
Worse Kagoo Score
$574 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
Fewer Awards
Lower Expert Review Score
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Benq HT2150ST

$729.00
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Benq HT2150ST
1080P
RESOLUTION
29dB
2,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
240W
LAMP POWER
$64
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq HT2150ST has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $729.00 this projector is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Benq HT2150ST or read our article on whether you should buy a Benq projector.

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

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

98
Reviews
111 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Running Costs
$64 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Benq HT2150ST has terrific expert reviews and excellent user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this multimedia projector to others.

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11 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq HT2150ST

3D

The Benq HT2150ST supports 3D, and so do the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W, however the Sony VPLPHZ10 does 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.

Full HD

The Benq HT2150ST supports full HD, and so does the Sony VPLPHZ10, but 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.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The Benq HT2150ST has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) (as does the LG PH550), but 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 Benq HT2150ST has a built-in speaker (as do the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W), but 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.

Expert Reviews Are Better

Based on 8 reviews, the average expert review score of the Benq HT2150ST is 99%, whereas the average rating of the LG PH550 is 84% (based on 14 reviews) and the average rating of the Sony VPLPHZ10 is 90% (based on 3 reviews).

Overall Reviews Are Moderately Better

Based on 111 reviews, the average overall review score of the Benq HT2150ST is 96%, whereas the average rating of the LG PH550 is 88% (based on 165 reviews), the average rating of the Optoma X600 is 93% (based on 4 reviews), the average rating of the Sony VPLPHZ10 is 95% (based on 5 reviews) and the average rating of the Viewsonic PS501W is 93% (based on 4 reviews).

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

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

More Well Designed

The Benq HT2150ST reviewers thought the Benq HT2150ST was more well designed. Over 10 people thought that it was very good-looking.

Better Nice Technical Features

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Benq HT2150ST was better nice technical features. More than 10 people thought that it had a good display.

Produces Better Quality Picture

Our analysis of the Benq HT2150ST reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Benq HT2150ST produces better quality picture. More than 40 people thought that it had excellent picture quality and several people thought that it also had a superb contrast ratio, had brilliant colour saturation and was outstanding for playing games on.

Has Better Sound Quality

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

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq HT2150ST

Lower Resolution

The Benq HT2150ST has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p), 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.

5dB Louder Noise Level

The Benq HT2150ST has a noise level of 29dB, whereas the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (5dB quieter), the Optoma X600 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 are both 28dB projectors (1dB quieter) and the Viewsonic PS501W is a 32dB projector (3dB louder). More ...

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

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running. Most projectors have a noise level between 30 and 40Db, which rates them as 'very quiet' by Industial Noise Control - on par with low bird calls, or a quiet rural area. You can find more information here: http://www.industrialnoisecontrol.com/comparative-noise-examples.htm.

Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Benq HT2150ST has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as is the Viewsonic PS501W), 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.

3,800 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Benq HT2150ST is a 2 ANSI lumens brightness projector. That's 1,650 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens), 3,800 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma X600 (6,000 ANSI Lumens), 2,800 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Sony VPLPHZ10 (5,000 ANSI Lumens) and 1,200 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Viewsonic PS501W (3,400 ANSI Lumens). More ...

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

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

23% Smaller Bulb Power

The Benq HT2150ST has a bulb power of 240W. That's 70W smaller than the Optoma X600 (310W) and 40W bigger than the Viewsonic PS501W (200W). More ...

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

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

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Benq HT2150ST is only 3h lamp service life. That's 26,500h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h), 1,000h longer than the Optoma X600 (2,500h), 16,500h shorter than the Sony VPLPHZ10 (20,000h) and 1,500h shorter than the Viewsonic PS501W (5,000h). More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The Benq HT2150ST has received a Kagoo Score of 87, whereas the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

$404 More Expensive

The Benq HT2150ST is more expensive than the LG PH550 by $404 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W by $279.

Fewer Sellers

Only 2 shops sells the Benq HT2150ST, but 8 sellers sell the LG PH550, 3 sellers sell the Optoma X600, 7 shops sell the Sony VPLPHZ10 and 7 retailers sell the Viewsonic PS501W. More ...

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

The Benq HT2150ST is older than the Sony VPLPHZ10 by seven months and older than the Viewsonic PS501W by 20 months.

12% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years

The Benq HT2150ST costs $64 to run which is $7 more than the Viewsonic PS501W over five years. Show assumptions.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Benq HT2150ST has received 1 award, the LG PH550 has received 4 awards and the Sony VPLPHZ10 has received 3 awards.

Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the Benq HT2150ST is 95%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony VPLPHZ10 is 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 8% of 137 customers recommend the Benq HT2150ST, but 51.4% of 212 customers recommend the LG PH550 and 25% of 8 customers recommend the Viewsonic PS501W.

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 90.2%, but Optoma has an average rating of 91% and Sony has an average rating of 93.2%.

Less Fairly Priced

Our analysis of the Benq HT2150ST reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Benq HT2150ST was less fairly priced.

The cheapest price that we could find for the HT2150ST in the US is $729.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Viewsonic PS501W

$449.99
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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
$57
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PS501W has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $449.99 this projector is good 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

The highest scoring 3D projector around, with a low price and a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good picture quality.

96
Reviews
4 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$57 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Viewsonic PS501W has fantastic user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this data projector to others.

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PS501W

3D

The Viewsonic PS501W supports 3D (as do the Benq HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Optoma X600), but the Sony VPLPHZ10 does 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 HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Optoma X600, whereas 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.

Handheld Remote Control

The Viewsonic PS501W has a handheld remote control (as do the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 and the Sony VPLPHZ10), however the Benq HT2150ST does not have this feature. More ...

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

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

Better Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PS501W has received a Kagoo Score of 88, however the Benq HT2150ST scored 87, the LG PH550 scored 85, the Optoma X600 scored 85 and the Sony VPLPHZ10 scored 85.

Newer by 13 Months

The Viewsonic PS501W was released 20 months after the Benq HT2150ST, released two years after the LG PH550, released four years after the Optoma X600 and released 13 months after the Sony VPLPHZ10

18% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the Viewsonic PS501W is $7 cheaper to run than the Benq HT2150ST and $12 cheaper to run than the Optoma X600. More ...

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PS501W

Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution

The Viewsonic PS501W has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), but the Benq HT2150ST has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) 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.

20% Louder Noise Level

The Viewsonic PS501W is a 32dB projector. That's 3dB louder than the Benq HT2150ST (29dB), 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 HT2150ST, whereas 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.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Viewsonic PS501W has a projector brightness of 3 ANSI lumens, however the Benq HT2150ST is a 2,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (1,200 ANSI lumens dimmer), 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.

110W Smaller Bulb Power

Viewsonic PS501W is only 200W lamp power, but the Benq HT2150ST 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.

25,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Viewsonic PS501W is a 5h lamp service life projector, whereas the Benq HT2150ST is a 3,500h lamp service life projector (1,500h 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 $125

The Viewsonic PS501W is $125 more expensive than the LG PH550.

Less Retailers

The Viewsonic PS501W is only stocked by 7 retailers, whereas the LG PH550 is stocked by 8 stores. 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.
User Review Rating is Worse

The Viewsonic PS501W's average user score is 95%, however the Sony VPLPHZ10's is 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 89.9%, whereas Benq has an average rating of 90.2%, Optoma has an average rating of 91% and Sony has an average rating of 93.2%.

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

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Viewsonic PS501W top view

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LG PH550

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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 85. With a price tag of $325.00 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 multi award winning and fully featured 720p very high contrast ratio projector, with one of the quietest noise levels around and a cheap price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Our review analysis indicates that this projector has superb picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around.

95
Reviews
165 Reviews + 4 Awards
84
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that LG PH550 has very good expert reviews and very good user reviews with 93% of buyers recommending this projector to others.

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11 Reasons For for Choosing the LG PH550

Quieter Noise Level

The LG PH550 has a noise level of 24dB, but the Benq HT2150ST is a 29dB projector (5dB 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), however the Benq HT2150ST 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 Benq HT2150ST, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W, whereas the Sony VPLPHZ10 does 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 HT2150ST), however 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 HT2150ST, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W), however 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.

Handheld Remote Control

The LG PH550 has a handheld remote control, and so do the Optoma X600, the Sony VPLPHZ10 and the Viewsonic PS501W, but the Benq HT2150ST does not. More ...

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

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

$125 Cheaper

The LG PH550 costs $325.00, whereas the Benq HT2150ST is $729.00, the Optoma X600 is $1,458.61, the Sony VPLPHZ10 is $899.00 and the Viewsonic PS501W is $449.99.

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 More Awards

The LG PH550 has received 4 awards, however the Benq HT2150ST has received 1 award, the Optoma X600 has received no awards, the Sony VPLPHZ10 has received 3 awards and the Viewsonic PS501W has received no awards.

More Customers Recommend It

51.4% of 212 customers recommend the LG PH550, however only 8% of 137 customers recommend the Benq HT2150ST and only 25% of 8 customers recommend the Viewsonic PS501W.

More Reasonably Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG PH550 was more reasonably priced.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG PH550

Lower Resolution

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

Dimmer Projector Brightness

LG PH550 is only 550 ANSI lumens brightness. That's 1,650 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq HT2150ST (2,200 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), but the Benq HT2150ST, 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 85, but the Benq HT2150ST scored 87 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

Over Two Years Older

The LG PH550 is older than the Benq HT2150ST by four months, older than the Sony VPLPHZ10 by 11 months and older than the Viewsonic PS501W by two years.

A Lot Lower Expert Review Score

The LG PH550 has an average expert rating of 84%, but the Benq HT2150ST has an average expert rating of 99% (based on 8 reviews) and the Sony VPLPHZ10 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 3 reviews).

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The LG PH550 has an average user rating of 90%, but the Benq HT2150ST has an average user rating of 95% (based on 103 reviews), the Optoma X600 has an average user rating of 95% (based on 4 reviews), the Sony VPLPHZ10 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 2 reviews) and the Viewsonic PS501W has an average user rating of 95% (based on 4 reviews).

Worse Brand

LG projectors have an average rating of only 80.2%, however Benq has an average rating of 90.2%, Optoma has an average rating of 91%, Sony has an average rating of 93.2% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 89.9%.

Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score

The LG PH550 has only received a Projectorcentral.com review score of 90% , however the rating of the Benq HT2150ST was 100% and the rating of the Sony VPLPHZ10 was 100%.

Less Thoughtfully Designed

On average reviewers thought the LG PH550 was less thoughtfully designed.

Has Worse Technical Features

On average reviewers thought the LG PH550 has worse technical features.

Has a Worse Picture Quality

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

Worse At Producing High Quality Sound

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 was worse at producing high quality sound.

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Optoma X600

$1,458.61
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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
$70
OVER 5 YEARS

The Optoma X600 has a Kagoo Score of 85. However with a price tag of $1,458.61 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 classic and very economical to run XGA quiet data projector, with a fair price and a very good spec. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports 3D. Customers report that this data projector has good video quality, it's easy to setup and use.

97
Reviews
4 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
82
Value for Money
Very Good
89
Running Costs
$70 Over 5 Years
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Optoma X600 has exceptional user reviews with an average user rating of 95%.

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5 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma X600

A Lot Bigger Bulb Power

The Optoma X600 has a bulb power of 310W, however the Benq HT2150ST 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 Benq HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W), however the Sony VPLPHZ10 does 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, but the Benq HT2150ST, 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 HT2150ST, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PS501W, 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.

Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma X600 has a handheld remote control (as do the LG PH550, the Sony VPLPHZ10 and the Viewsonic PS501W), whereas the Benq HT2150ST does not have this feature. More ...

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

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

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma X600

3 Times Lower Resolution

The Optoma X600 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), however the Benq HT2150ST has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p), the LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), the Sony VPLPHZ10 has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the Viewsonic PS501W 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.

4dB Louder Noise Level

The Optoma X600 is a 28dB projector, and so does the Sony VPLPHZ10. That's 1dB quieter than the Benq HT2150ST (29dB), 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.

Only Medium (10000:1) 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.

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Optoma X600 is only 2h lamp service life, but the Benq HT2150ST is a 3,500h lamp service life projector (1,000h 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), whereas the Benq HT2150ST, 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 85, whereas the Benq HT2150ST scored 87 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

More Expensive by $1,134

The Optoma X600 is $730 more expensive than the Benq HT2150ST, $1,134 more expensive than the LG PH550, $560 more expensive than the Sony VPLPHZ10 and $1,009 more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W.

Fewer Sellers

The Optoma X600 is only stocked by 3 stores, but the LG PH550 is stocked by 8 sellers, the Sony VPLPHZ10 is stocked by 7 stores and the Viewsonic PS501W is stocked by 7 sellers. More ...

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

The Optoma X600 is three years older than the Benq HT2150ST, two years older than the LG PH550, three years older than the Sony VPLPHZ10 and four years older than the Viewsonic PS501W.

$12 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the Optoma X600 costs $70 to run which is $6 more than the Benq HT2150ST and $12 more than the Viewsonic PS501W. Show assumptions.

User Review Rating is Worse

The average user rating of the Optoma X600 is 95%, whereas the average user rating of the Sony VPLPHZ10 is 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Worse Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of only 91%, but Sony has an average rating of 93.2%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the X600 in the US is $1,458.61 and in total we found 3 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 85. With a price tag of $899.00 this projector is fair value for money. 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

Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has good picture quality. It's an award winning and fully featured WUXGA quiet projector, with a good price. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable.

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Reviews
5 Reviews + 3 Awards
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Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
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Value for Money
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85
Kagoo Score
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9 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPLPHZ10

Higher Resolution

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

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

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

Very High (500000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a very high (500000:1) contrast ratio (as is the LG PH550), whereas the Benq HT2150ST 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, and so does the Benq HT2150ST, whereas 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), whereas the Benq HT2150ST, 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, whereas the Benq HT2150ST, 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.

Handheld Remote Control

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a handheld remote control, and so do the LG PH550, the Optoma X600 and the Viewsonic PS501W, however the Benq HT2150ST does not. More ...

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

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

User Reviews Are Better

Based on 2 user reviews, the average review score of the Sony VPLPHZ10 is 100%, however the average rating of the Benq HT2150ST is 95% (based on 103 reviews), the average rating of the LG PH550 is 90% (based on 151 reviews), the average rating of the Optoma X600 is 95% (based on 4 reviews) and the average rating of the Viewsonic PS501W is 95% (based on 4 reviews).

Better Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of 93.2%, whereas Benq only has an average rating of 90.2%, LG only has an average rating of 80.2%, Optoma only has an average rating of 91% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 89.9%.

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a review score of 100% from Projectorcentral.com, whereas the LG PH550 only has a rating of 90% from the same site.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPLPHZ10

13% Louder Noise Level

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a noise level of 28dB (as does the Optoma X600), however the Benq HT2150ST is a 29dB projector (1dB 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.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Sony VPLPHZ10 has a projector brightness of 5 ANSI lumens. That's 2,800 ANSI lumens brighter than the Benq HT2150ST (2,200 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.

10,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Sony VPLPHZ10 is a 20h lamp service life projector. That's 16,500h longer than the Benq HT2150ST (3,500h), 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, however the Benq HT2150ST, 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 85, however the Benq HT2150ST scored 87 and the Viewsonic PS501W scored 88.

$574 More Expensive

The Sony VPLPHZ10 is more expensive than the Benq HT2150ST by $170, more expensive than the LG PH550 by $574 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PS501W by $449.

Less Retailers

Only 7 stores sells the Sony VPLPHZ10, whereas 8 sellers sell the LG PH550. More ...

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

The Sony VPLPHZ10 is older than the Viewsonic PS501W by 13 months.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Sony VPLPHZ10 has received 3 awards, the LG PH550 has received 4 awards.

Lower Expert Review Score

The Sony VPLPHZ10's average expert rating is 90%, however the Benq HT2150ST's is 99% (based on 8 reviews).

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In This Guide
5 Best Projectors in the US - January 2021
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LG PH550
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