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5 Best Projectors Under $300 in the US - July 2020

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5 best projectors under $300

What Projector Under $300 to Buy in June 2020?

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LG PH550 Benq MS535A Viewsonic PA503S Optoma S343 Epson VS250
LG PH550 Benq MS535A Viewsonic PA503S Optoma S343 Epson VS250
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720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
SVGA
RESOLUTION
27dB
3,800 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
SVGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
96
Reviews
165 Reviews + 4 Awards
87
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
93
Reviews
10 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent
90
Reviews
11 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Running Costs
$57 Over 5 Years
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
83
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
74
Running Costs
$110 Over 5 Years
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
85
Reviews
160 Reviews
80
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Value for Money
Very Good
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has excellent picture quality, good sound quality and it's really easy to carry around. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 720p very high contrast ratio projector, with an spectacularly quiet 24dB noise level and a reasonable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Owners report that this projector has good picture quality but has bad sound quality. It's a fully featured and top-rated average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a fair price and projector native resolution. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and is ceiling mountable. A classic and very economical to run average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a very good spec and projector native resolution. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and supports full HD. Owners report that this projector has excellent picture quality and clear images. A fully featured and projector native resolution high contrast ratio data projector, with one of the quietest noise levels on the market and low running costs. It supports 3D and full HD and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control. A highly rated and fully featured average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a low price and projector native resolution. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has outstanding picture quality, it's quick to charge and really easy to use.
13 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
36% Quieter Noise Level
Higher Contrast Ratio
3D
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Handheld Remote Control
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling It
Four More Awards
Hugely Better Expert Reviews
Better Overall Reviews
A Better Size
Easier to Use
3 Reasons For
Bigger Bulb Power
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
5 Reasons For
Full HD
Handheld Remote Control
$55 Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
A Little Better User Reviews
Better Techgearlab.com Review Score
8 Reasons For
3D
Full HD
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Ceiling Mountable
Built-in Display
Handheld Remote Control
$22 Cheaper
Two Months Newer
7 Reasons For
Bigger Bulb Power
More Customers Recommend It
Better Brand
Has a Better Price
Has Useful Technical Features
Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level
Has a Better Picture Quality
11 Reasons Against
Hugely Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
More Expensive by $59
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Worse
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
Less Reasonably Priced
Worse Well Designed Technical Features
Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level
Produces Inferior Quality Picture
11 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$69 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Two Months Older
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
14 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
200 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
20W Smaller Bulb Power
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $69
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
Expert Review Rating is Hugely Worse
Overall Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
9 Reasons Against
Only 800 X 600 (SVGA) Resolution
3dB Louder Noise Level
Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
4% Smaller Bulb Power
24,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
Less Retailers
96% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years
Worse Brand
15 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
A Lot Louder Noise Level
Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Handheld Remote Control
Worse Kagoo Score
$22 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over One Year Older
Hugely Lower Expert Review Score
Slightly Lower User Review Score
Worse Techgearlab.com Review Score
A Worse Size
Harder to Use
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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 88. However with a price tag of $279.00 this projector is a bit expensive. 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

Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has excellent picture quality, good sound quality and it's really easy to carry around. It's a fully featured and multi award winning 720p very high contrast ratio projector, with an spectacularly quiet 24dB noise level and a reasonable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D.

96
Reviews
165 Reviews + 4 Awards
87
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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

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13 Reasons For for Choosing the LG PH550

Higher Resolution

The LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), whereas the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S have a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA). 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.

36% Quieter Noise Level

The LG PH550 is a 24 projector. That's 8dB quieter than the Benq MS535A and the Viewsonic PA503S (32dB), 13dB quieter than the Epson VS250 (37dB) and 3dB quieter than the Optoma S343 (27dB). More ...

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

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

Higher Contrast Ratio

The LG PH550 has a very high (100000:1) contrast ratio, however the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S have a high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

3D

The LG PH550 supports 3D (as does the Optoma S343), whereas the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PA503S 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.

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The LG PH550 has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), and so does the Optoma S343, however the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PA503S do not. More ...

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

Handheld Remote Control

The LG PH550 has a handheld remote control (as do the Benq MS535A, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S), but the Epson VS250 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 LG PH550 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, but the Benq MS535A scored 83, the Epson VS250 scored only 76, the Optoma S343 scored 80 and the Viewsonic PA503S scored 85.

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.

Four More Awards

The LG PH550 has received 4 awards from expert review sites, however the Benq MS535A has received no awards, the Epson VS250 has received no awards, the Optoma S343 has received no awards and the Viewsonic PA503S has received no awards.

Hugely Better Expert Reviews

Based on 14 reviews, the LG PH550 has an average expert review score of 84%, but the Epson VS250 has an average rating of 50% (based on 1 review) and the Viewsonic PA503S has an average rating of 58% (based on 1 review).

Better Overall Reviews

Based on 165 reviews, the LG PH550 has an average overall review score of 88%, but the Benq MS535A has an average rating of 82% (based on 10 reviews), the Epson VS250 has an average rating of 64% (based on 160 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA503S has an average rating of 71% (based on 11 reviews).

A Better Size

The LG PH550 reviewers thought the LG PH550 was a better size. Over 10 people thought that it was very easy to carry around and several people thought that it was also compact, was a good size and was lightweight.

Easier to Use

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG PH550 was easier to use. Several people thought that it was very easy to use, to setup and had good controls.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG PH550

Hugely Dimmer Projector Brightness

LG PH550 is only 550 brightness, but the Benq MS535A and the Viewsonic PA503S are both 3,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projectors (3,050 ANSI lumens brighter), the Epson VS250 is a 3,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,650 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Optoma S343 is a 3,800 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (3,250 ANSI lumens brighter). More ...

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

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

Does Not Support Full HD

The LG PH550 does not support full HD, but the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S 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.

More Expensive by $59

The LG PH550 is $37 more expensive than the Epson VS250 and $59 more expensive than the Optoma S343.

Older by Over Two Years

The LG PH550 is two years older than the Benq MS535A, 17 months older than the Epson VS250, three years older than the Optoma S343 and 15 months older than the Viewsonic PA503S.

User Review Rating is Worse

The LG PH550 has an average user score of 90%, but the Epson VS250 has an average user rating of 92% (based on 159 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA503S has an average user rating of 96% (based on 10 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 54.5% of 200 customers recommend the LG PH550, however 75.3% of 170 customers recommend the Epson VS250.

Worse Brand

LG projectors have an average rating of only 82.2%, however Benq has an average rating of 93.9%, Epson has an average rating of 95%, Optoma has an average rating of 94.1% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 90.6%.

Less Reasonably Priced

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

Worse Well Designed Technical Features

The LG PH550 reviewers thought the LG PH550 was worse well designed technical features.

Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level

The LG PH550 reviewers thought the LG PH550 has a worse acceptable noise level.

Produces Inferior Quality Picture

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 produces inferior quality picture.

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Benq MS535A

$289.00
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Benq MS535A

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Benq MS535A
SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
210W
LAMP POWER

The Benq MS535A has a Kagoo Score of 83. However with a price tag of $289.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Benq MS535A or read our article on whether you should buy a Benq projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (15000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (32dB)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Ceiling mountable

Owners report that this projector has good picture quality but has bad sound quality. It's a fully featured and top-rated average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a fair price and projector native resolution. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and is ceiling mountable.

93
Reviews
10 Reviews
83
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Benq MS535A has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 82%.

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq MS535A

Bigger Bulb Power

The Benq MS535A is a 210 lamp power projector, and so does the Epson VS250. That's 7W bigger than the Optoma S343 (203W) and 20W bigger than the Viewsonic PA503S (190W). 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq MS535A is a ceiling mountable projector (as is the Optoma S343), however the Epson VS250, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA503S 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 Benq MS535A has a handheld remote control, and so do the LG PH550, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S, but the Epson VS250 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!

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq MS535A

Lower Resolution

The Benq MS535A has a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA), and so are the Epson VS250, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S, which is half as high resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)). 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 MS535A has a noise level of 32 (as does the Viewsonic PA503S), but the Epson VS250 is a 37dB projector (5dB louder), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (8dB quieter) and the Optoma S343 is a 27dB projector (5dB 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.

Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Benq MS535A has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Epson VS250, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S), however the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Benq MS535A is only 3 brightness, and so does the Viewsonic PA503S. That's 400 ANSI lumens brighter than the Epson VS250 (3,200 ANSI Lumens), 3,050 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens) and 200 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma S343 (3,800 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.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Benq MS535A has a service life of lamp of 5, and so does the Viewsonic PA503S. That's 1,000h shorter than the Epson VS250 and the Optoma S343 (6,000h) and 25,000h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h). 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 MS535A has received a Kagoo Score of 83, but the LG PH550 scored 88 and the Viewsonic PA503S scored 85.

$69 More Expensive

The Benq MS535A is more expensive than the Epson VS250 by $47, more expensive than the LG PH550 by $10 and more expensive than the Optoma S343 by $69.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 5 stores sells the Benq MS535A, however 13 stores sell the LG PH550 and 9 sellers sell the Viewsonic PA503S. 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.
Two Months Older

The Benq MS535A is older than the Optoma S343 by two months.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The Benq MS535A has an average user rating of 82%, but the Epson VS250 has an average user rating of 92% (based on 159 reviews), the LG PH550 has an average user rating of 90% (based on 151 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA503S has an average user rating of 96% (based on 10 reviews).

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 93.9%, however Epson has an average rating of 95% and Optoma has an average rating of 94.1%.

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Viewsonic PA503S

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SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
190W
LAMP POWER
$57
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PA503S has a Kagoo Score of 85. However with a price tag of $289.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Viewsonic PA503S 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)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Supports full HD

A classic and very economical to run average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a very good spec and projector native resolution. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and supports full HD. Owners report that this projector has excellent picture quality and clear images.

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Reviews
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Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Running Costs
$57 Over 5 Years
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Viewsonic PA503S has superb user reviews but below average expert reviews. 100% of buyers recommended this projector to others.

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5 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PA503S

Full HD

The Viewsonic PA503S supports full HD (as does the Optoma S343), however the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the LG PH550 do not support this feature. More ...

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

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

Handheld Remote Control

The Viewsonic PA503S has a handheld remote control (as do the Benq MS535A, the LG PH550 and the Optoma S343), but the Epson VS250 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!

$55 Cheaper to Run Over Five Years

Over five years the Viewsonic PA503S is $55 cheaper to run than the Optoma S343. More ...

A Little Better User Reviews

Based on 10 reviews, the Viewsonic PA503S has an average user review score of 96%, but the Benq MS535A has an average rating of 82% (based on 10 reviews), the Epson VS250 has an average rating of 92% (based on 159 reviews) and the LG PH550 has an average rating of 90% (based on 151 reviews).

Better Techgearlab.com Review Score

Techgearlab.com's Viewsonic PA503S review gave it a score of 58%, however the Epson VS250's rating was only 50% from the same site.

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PA503S

Lower Resolution

The Viewsonic PA503S has a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA) (as are the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Optoma S343), whereas the LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p). More ...

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

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

Louder Noise Level

The Viewsonic PA503S is a 32 projector, and so does the Benq MS535A. That's 5dB quieter than the Epson VS250 (37dB), 8dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 5dB louder than the Optoma S343 (27dB). 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 PA503S has a high (22000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Optoma S343, however the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

200 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

Viewsonic PA503S is only 3 brightness (as does the Benq MS535A), but the Epson VS250 is a 3,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (400 ANSI lumens dimmer), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (3,050 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Optoma S343 is a 3,800 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (200 ANSI lumens brighter). More ...

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

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

20W Smaller Bulb Power

The Viewsonic PA503S is a 190 lamp power projector, whereas the Benq MS535A and the Epson VS250 are both 210W lamp power projectors (20W bigger) and the Optoma S343 is a 203W lamp power projector (13W bigger). More ...

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

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

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Viewsonic PA503S has a service life of lamp of 5 (as does the Benq MS535A), however the Epson VS250 and the Optoma S343 are both 6,000h lamp service life projectors (1,000h longer) and the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (25,000h longer). More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PA503S has received a Kagoo Score of 85, but the LG PH550 scored 88.

More Expensive by $69

The Viewsonic PA503S is $47 more expensive than the Epson VS250, $10 more expensive than the LG PH550 and $69 more expensive than the Optoma S343.

Not As Many Stockists

The Viewsonic PA503S is only stocked by 9 retailers, however the LG PH550 is stocked by 13 sellers. 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 One Year

The Viewsonic PA503S is 13 months older than the Benq MS535A, two months older than the Epson VS250 and 15 months older than the Optoma S343.

Expert Review Rating is Hugely Worse

The Viewsonic PA503S only has an average expert score of 58%, but the LG PH550 has an average expert rating of 84% (based on 14 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Viewsonic PA503S only has an average overall score of 71%, but the Benq MS535A has an average overall rating of 82% (based on 10 reviews) and the LG PH550 has an average overall rating of 88% (based on 165 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 16% of 25 customers recommend the Viewsonic PA503S, however 75.3% of 170 customers recommend the Epson VS250 and 54.5% of 200 customers recommend the LG PH550.

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 90.6%, however Benq has an average rating of 93.9%, Epson has an average rating of 95% and Optoma has an average rating of 94.1%.

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Optoma S343

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Optoma S343
SVGA
RESOLUTION
27dB
3,800 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
203W
LAMP POWER
$112
OVER 5 YEARS

The Optoma S343 has a Kagoo Score of 80. With a price tag of $219.99 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma S343 or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (27dB)
High contrast ratio (15000:1)
Bright projector brightness (3,800 ANSI lumens)
Long service life of lamp (6,000h)
Supports 3D

A fully featured and projector native resolution high contrast ratio data projector, with one of the quietest noise levels on the market and low running costs. It supports 3D and full HD and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
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Value for Money
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Running Costs
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8 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma S343

3D

The Optoma S343 supports 3D, and so does the LG PH550, but the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PA503S 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.

Full HD

The Optoma S343 supports full HD, and so does the Viewsonic PA503S, whereas the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the LG PH550 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 Optoma S343 has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) (as does the LG PH550), whereas the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PA503S 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Optoma S343 is a ceiling mountable projector (as is the Benq MS535A), whereas the Epson VS250, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA503S 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.

Built-in Display

The Optoma S343 has a built-in display, but the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA503S do not. More ...

'Built-In Display' indicates whether the projector has a display on the side, showing the current status of the projector, important info, etc.

A built-in display allows you to easily assess the status of the projector at a glance, and see if anything has gone wrong.

Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma S343 has a handheld remote control, and so do the Benq MS535A, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA503S, however the Epson VS250 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!

$22 Cheaper

The Optoma S343 costs $69.01 less than the Benq MS535A, costs $22.01 less than the Epson VS250, costs $59.01 less than the LG PH550 and costs $69.01 less than the Viewsonic PA503S.

Two Months Newer

The Optoma S343 was released two months later than the Benq MS535A, released 13 months later than the Epson VS250, released three years later than the LG PH550 and released 15 months later than the Viewsonic PA503S

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma S343

Only 800 X 600 (SVGA) Resolution

The Optoma S343 has a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA), and so are the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PA503S, which is half as high resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)). 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.

3dB Louder Noise Level

The Optoma S343 has a noise level of 27, however the Benq MS535A and the Viewsonic PA503S are both 32dB projectors (5dB louder), the Epson VS250 is a 37dB projector (10dB louder) and the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (3dB 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.

Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Optoma S343 has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Benq MS535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PA503S), whereas the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

4% Smaller Bulb Power

Optoma S343 is only 203 lamp power. That's 7W smaller than the Benq MS535A and the Epson VS250 (210W) and 13W bigger than the Viewsonic PA503S (190W). 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.

24,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Optoma S343 is a 6 lamp service life projector, and so does the Epson VS250. That's 1,000h longer than the Benq MS535A and the Viewsonic PA503S (5,000h) and 24,000h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h). 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 Optoma S343 has received a Kagoo Score of 80, however the Benq MS535A scored 83, the LG PH550 scored 88 and the Viewsonic PA503S scored 85.

Less Retailers

Only 4 shops sells the Optoma S343, whereas 5 shops sell the Benq MS535A, 13 sellers sell the LG PH550 and 9 retailers sell the Viewsonic PA503S. 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.
96% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years

The running costs over five years of the Optoma S343 are $112 which is $55 more than the Viewsonic PA503S. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of only 94.1%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the S343 in the US is $219.99 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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Epson VS250

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SVGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
210W
LAMP POWER

The Epson VS250 has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of $242.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Epson VS250 or read our article on whether you should buy a Epson projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (15000:1)
Long service life of lamp (6,000h)
Built-in speaker
Supports password protection

A highly rated and fully featured average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a low price and projector native resolution. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has outstanding picture quality, it's quick to charge and really easy to use.

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79
Value for Money
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Kagoo Score
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Multiple reviews mentioned that Epson VS250 has brilliant user reviews but below average expert reviews. 97% of buyers recommended this data projector to others.

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7 Reasons For for Choosing the Epson VS250

Bigger Bulb Power

The Epson VS250 is a 210 lamp power projector, and so does the Benq MS535A. That's 7W bigger than the Optoma S343 (203W) and 20W bigger than the Viewsonic PA503S (190W). 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.

More Customers Recommend It

75.3% of 170 customers recommend the Epson VS250, however only 54.5% of 200 customers recommend the LG PH550 and only 16% of 25 customers recommend the Viewsonic PA503S.

Better Brand

Epson projectors have an average rating of 95%, however Benq only has an average rating of 93.9%, LG only has an average rating of 82.2%, Optoma only has an average rating of 94.1% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 90.6%.

Has a Better Price

The Epson VS250 reviewers thought the Epson VS250 has a better price.

Has Useful Technical Features

Our analysis of the Epson VS250 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Epson VS250 has useful technical features. Several people thought that it had a good display and had superb features.

Has a Better Acceptable Noise Level

Our analysis of the Epson VS250 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Epson VS250 has a better acceptable noise level. Several people thought that it was noisy and was very quiet.

Has a Better Picture Quality

On average reviewers thought the Epson VS250 has a better picture quality. More than 40 people thought that it had superb picture quality and several people thought that it also had excellent colour saturation, had good video quality and was good for watching movies.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the Epson VS250

Lower Resolution

The Epson VS250 has a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA), and so are the Benq MS535A, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S, which is half as high resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)). More ...

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

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

A Lot Louder Noise Level

The Epson VS250 has a noise level of 37, but the Benq MS535A and the Viewsonic PA503S are both 32dB projectors (5dB quieter), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (13dB quieter) and the Optoma S343 is a 27dB projector (10dB 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.

Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Epson VS250 has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Benq MS535A, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S), however the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

The contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest white and the brightness of darkest black that the projector can produce.

A higher contrast ratio means that the projector can produce images with greater contrast so that they will appear more vivid.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Epson VS250 is only 3 brightness. That's 400 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq MS535A and the Viewsonic PA503S (3,600 ANSI Lumens), 2,650 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens) and 600 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma S343 (3,800 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.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Epson VS250 has a service life of lamp of 6, and so does the Optoma S343. That's 1,000h longer than the Benq MS535A and the Viewsonic PA503S (5,000h) and 24,000h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h). 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 Handheld Remote Control

The Epson VS250 does not have a handheld remote control, whereas the Benq MS535A, the LG PH550, the Optoma S343 and the Viewsonic PA503S 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!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Epson VS250 has only received a Kagoo Score of 76, but the Benq MS535A scored 83, the LG PH550 scored 88, the Optoma S343 scored 80 and the Viewsonic PA503S scored 85.

$22 More Expensive

The Epson VS250 is more expensive than the Optoma S343 by $22.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 4 shops sells the Epson VS250, however 5 shops sell the Benq MS535A, 13 stores sell the LG PH550 and 9 shops sell the Viewsonic PA503S. 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 One Year Older

The Epson VS250 is older than the Benq MS535A by 11 months and older than the Optoma S343 by 13 months.

Hugely Lower Expert Review Score

The Epson VS250 only has an average expert rating of 50%, but the LG PH550 has an average expert rating of 84% (based on 14 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA503S has an average expert rating of 58% (based on 1 review).

Slightly Lower User Review Score

The Epson VS250 has an average user rating of 92%, but the Viewsonic PA503S has an average user rating of 96% (based on 10 reviews).

Worse Techgearlab.com Review Score

Whilst the Epson VS250 has received a review score of 50% from Techgearlab.com, the Viewsonic PA503S's rating was 58%.

A Worse Size

On average reviewers thought the Epson VS250 was a worse size.

Harder to Use

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Epson VS250 was harder to use.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VS250 in the US is $242.00 and in total we found 4 prices for it.

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