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5 Best Projectors Under $500 in the US - May 2021

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Updated 24 February 2021
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5 best projectors under $500

What Projector Under $500 to Buy in March 2021?

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Viewsonic PA503W Infocus IN1146 LG PH550 Optoma ML750 Benq SP870
Viewsonic PA503W Infocus IN1146 LG PH550 Optoma ML750 Benq SP870
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SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1600 X 1200
RESOLUTION
34dB
1,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
30dB
700 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
90
Reviews
553 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
8 Reviews + 2 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
374 Reviews + 4 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
143 Reviews + 3 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
3 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Running Costs
$96 Over 5 Years
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good
Our review analysis indicates that this multimedia projector has good picture quality, very good sound quality and it's good-looking. It's a classic and very economical to run average noise level high contrast ratio multimedia projector, with a good price and projector native resolution. It supports 3D and full HD and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control. A fully featured and award winning UXGA average noise level projector, with a reasonable price. Our review analysis indicates that this data projector has brilliant 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 data projector, with one of the quietest noise levels available and a cheap price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. A fully featured and award winning 720p quiet projector, with a fair price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a card reader integrated and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has superb picture quality, it's an excellent size but noisy. A fully featured and classic XGA average noise level projector, with low running costs. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a bulb power of 360W and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that it has bad video quality.
10 Reasons For
3D
Full HD
Better Kagoo Score
$150 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling It
15 Months Newer
Cheaper to Run by $33 Over Five Years
Has a Better Price
Easier to Use
More OK When it Came to Noise Level
5 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
Card Reader Integrated
Better Kagoo Score
Better Expert Reviews
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
11 Reasons For
12dB Quieter Noise Level
Very High (100000:1) Contrast Ratio
3D
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Better Kagoo Score
Four More Awards
More Customers Recommend It
Better in Terms of Size
More Nicely Designed
Produces Better Picture Quality
Has Better Sound Quality
7 Reasons For
3D
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Card Reader Integrated
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling It
Better Brand
Has Useful Technical Features
3 Reasons For
170W Bigger Bulb Power
Ceiling Mountable
A Little Better User Reviews
15 Reasons Against
4 Times Lower Resolution
8dB Louder Noise Level
Only High (22000:1) Contrast Ratio
1,400 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Significantly Lower Expert Review Score
Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
A Worse Size
Less Carefully Designed
Worse Well Executed Technical Features
Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture
Worse At Producing High Quality Sound
10 Reasons Against
Louder Noise Level
Half As High Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
More Expensive by $250
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Three Years
Two Less Awards
User Review Rating is Moderately Worse
Worse Brand
14 Reasons Against
Half As High Resolution
89% Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
$169 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Over One Year Older
Lower Expert Review Score
Marginally Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score
Less Reasonably Priced
Harder to Use
Worse Well Designed Technical Features
Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level
19 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Hugely Dimmer Projector Brightness
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
More Expensive by $150
Older by Over Three Years
One Less Award
Expert Review Rating is Much Worse
User Review Rating is Worse
Less Customers Recommend It
Less Fairly Priced
A Worse Size
Less Well Designed
Harder to Use
Less OK When it Came to Noise Level
Produces Inferior Quality Picture
Worse At Producing High Quality Sound
10 Reasons Against
Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution
25% Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
28,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Older by Over Six Years
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $33
Worse Brand
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Viewsonic PA503W

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Viewsonic PA503W
SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
190W
LAMP POWER
$63
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PA503W has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $249.99 this projector is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Viewsonic PA503W 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

Our review analysis indicates that this multimedia projector has good picture quality, very good sound quality and it's good-looking. It's a classic and very economical to run average noise level high contrast ratio multimedia projector, with a good price and projector native resolution. It supports 3D and full HD and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control.

90
Reviews
553 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
93
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that Viewsonic PA503W has very good user reviews but below average expert reviews. 100% of buyers recommended this projector to others.

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10 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PA503W

3D

The Viewsonic PA503W supports 3D, and so do the LG PH550 and the Optoma ML750, however the Benq SP870 and the Infocus IN1146 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 Viewsonic PA503W supports full HD, but the Benq SP870, the Infocus IN1146, the LG PH550 and the Optoma ML750 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PA503W has received a Kagoo Score of 86, whereas the Benq SP870 scored 77.

$150 Cheaper

The Viewsonic PA503W is $250.01 cheaper than the Infocus IN1146, $169.01 cheaper than the LG PH550 and $150.01 cheaper than the Optoma ML750.

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.

15 Months Newer

The Viewsonic PA503W is six years newer than the Benq SP870, four years newer than the Infocus IN1146, 15 months newer than the LG PH550 and four years newer than the Optoma ML750

Cheaper to Run by $33 Over Five Years

The Viewsonic PA503W only costs $63 to run over five years however the Benq SP870 costs $96 to run (52% more). More ...

Has a Better Price

The Viewsonic PA503W reviewers thought the Viewsonic PA503W has a better price.

Easier to Use

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Viewsonic PA503W was easier to use. More than 10 people thought that it was really easy to use and to setup. Looking through the reviews we also noticed that two people thought that it had good controls.

More OK When it Came to Noise Level

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Viewsonic PA503W was more OK when it came to noise level. Several people thought that it was very quiet and was noisy.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PA503W

4 Times Lower Resolution

The Viewsonic PA503W has a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA), which is half as high resolution as the Benq SP870 (1024 x 768 (XGA)), 4 times lower resolution as the Infocus IN1146 (1600 x 1200), half as high resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)) and half as high resolution as the Optoma ML750 (1280 x 720 (HD Ready)). More ...

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

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

8dB Louder Noise Level

The Viewsonic PA503W has a noise level of 32dB, whereas the Benq SP870 is a 36dB projector (4dB louder), the Infocus IN1146 is a 34dB projector (2dB louder), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (8dB quieter) and the Optoma ML750 is a 30dB projector (2dB 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 (22000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Viewsonic PA503W has a high (22000:1) contrast ratio (as is the Optoma ML750), but 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.

1,400 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Viewsonic PA503W is a 3 ANSI lumens brightness projector. That's 1,400 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq SP870 (5,000 ANSI Lumens), 2,600 ANSI lumens brighter than the Infocus IN1146 (1,000 ANSI Lumens), 3,050 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens) and 2,900 ANSI lumens brighter than the Optoma ML750 (700 ANSI Lumens). More ...

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

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

Smaller Bulb Power

The Viewsonic PA503W has a bulb power of 190W. That's 170W smaller than the Benq SP870 (360W). More ...

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

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

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Viewsonic PA503W is only 5h lamp service life. That's 3,000h longer than the Benq SP870 (2,000h), 25,000h shorter than the Infocus IN1146 and the LG PH550 (30,000h) and 15,000h shorter than the Optoma ML750 (20,000h). 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.

Significantly Lower Expert Review Score

The average expert rating of the Viewsonic PA503W is only 58%, whereas the average expert rating of the Infocus IN1146 is 90% (based on 4 reviews), the LG PH550 is 84% (based on 15 reviews) and the Optoma ML750 is 79% (based on 15 reviews).

Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the Viewsonic PA503W is 88%, whereas the average user rating of the Benq SP870 is 93% (based on 3 reviews), the Infocus IN1146 is 90% (based on 4 reviews) and the LG PH550 is 89% (based on 359 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 3% of 574 customers recommend the Viewsonic PA503W, but 37% of 427 customers recommend the LG PH550.

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 89.3%, but Benq has an average rating of 90.1% and Optoma has an average rating of 91.9%.

A Worse Size

On average reviewers thought the Viewsonic PA503W was a worse size.

Less Carefully Designed

On average reviewers thought the Viewsonic PA503W was less carefully designed.

Worse Well Executed Technical Features

The Viewsonic PA503W reviewers thought the Viewsonic PA503W was worse well executed technical features.

Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Viewsonic PA503W was worse at producing a high quality picture.

Worse At Producing High Quality Sound

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Viewsonic PA503W was worse at producing high quality sound.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PA503W in the US is $249.99 and in total we found 9 prices for it.

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Infocus IN1146

$500.00
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Infocus IN1146

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Infocus IN1146
1600 X 1200
RESOLUTION
34dB
1,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

The Infocus IN1146 has a Kagoo Score of 86. However with a price tag of $500.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Infocus IN1146 or read our article on whether you should buy a Infocus projector.

Features We Love:
1600 x 1200 resolution
Very long service life of lamp (30,000h)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Card reader integrated

A fully featured and award winning UXGA average noise level projector, with a reasonable price.

97
Reviews
8 Reviews + 2 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Infocus IN1146 has great expert reviews and very good user reviews with an average overall rating of 91%.

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5 Reasons For for Choosing the Infocus IN1146

Higher Resolution

The Infocus IN1146 has a projector native resolution of 1600 x 1200, whereas the Benq SP870 only has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), the LG PH550 only has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), the Optoma ML750 only has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD Ready) and the Viewsonic PA503W only has 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.

Card Reader Integrated

The Infocus IN1146 has a card reader integrated, and so does the Optoma ML750, whereas the Benq SP870, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA503W do not. More ...

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

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

Better Kagoo Score

The Infocus IN1146 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the Benq SP870 scored 77.

Better Expert Reviews

Based on 4 reviews, the Infocus IN1146 has an average expert review score of 90%, but the LG PH550 has an average rating of 84% (based on 15 reviews), the Optoma ML750 has an average rating of 79% (based on 15 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA503W has an average rating of 58% (based on 1 review).

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Projectorcentral.com gave the Infocus IN1146 a review score of 100%, however the rating of the LG PH550 was only 90% from the same site.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Infocus IN1146

Louder Noise Level

The Infocus IN1146 is a 34dB projector. That's 2dB quieter than the Benq SP870 (36dB), 10dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB), 4dB louder than the Optoma ML750 (30dB) and 2dB louder than the Viewsonic PA503W (32dB). More ...

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

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

Half As High Contrast Ratio

The Infocus IN1146 has a medium (10000:1) contrast ratio, which is half as high contrast ratio as the LG PH550 (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.

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Infocus IN1146 is only 1 ANSI lumens brightness, but the Benq SP870 is a 5,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (4,000 ANSI lumens brighter), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (450 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma ML750 is a 700 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (300 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Viewsonic PA503W is a 3,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,600 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.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Infocus IN1146 does not support full HD (As do the the Benq SP870, the LG PH550 and the Optoma ML750), but the Viewsonic PA503W does. More ...

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

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

More Expensive by $250

The Infocus IN1146 is $81 more expensive than the LG PH550, $100 more expensive than the Optoma ML750 and $250 more expensive than the Viewsonic PA503W.

Not As Many Stockists

The Infocus IN1146 is only stocked by 2 retailers, however the LG PH550 is stocked by 6 shops, the Optoma ML750 is stocked by 9 retailers and the Viewsonic PA503W is stocked by 9 sellers. More ...

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

The Infocus IN1146 is two years older than the LG PH550 and four years older than the Viewsonic PA503W.

Two Less Awards

The Infocus IN1146 has only received 2 awards, however the LG PH550 has received 4 awards and the Optoma ML750 has received 3 awards.

User Review Rating is Moderately Worse

The Infocus IN1146 has an average user score of 90%, but the Benq SP870 has an average user rating of 93% (based on 3 reviews).

Worse Brand

Infocus projectors have an average rating of only 83.5%, however Benq has an average rating of 90.1%, Optoma has an average rating of 91.9% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 89.3%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the IN1146 in the US is $500.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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LG PH550

$419.00
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LG PH550

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LG PH550
720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

The LG PH550 has a Kagoo Score of 86. However with a price tag of $419.00 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

Our review analysis indicates that this data projector has brilliant 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 data projector, with one of the quietest noise levels available and a cheap price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D.

95
Reviews
374 Reviews + 4 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that LG PH550 has very good expert reviews and great user reviews with 92% of buyers recommending this projector to others.

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11 Reasons For for Choosing the LG PH550

12dB Quieter Noise Level

The LG PH550 has a noise level of 24dB, whereas the Benq SP870 is a 36dB projector (12dB louder), the Infocus IN1146 is a 34dB projector (10dB louder), the Optoma ML750 is a 30dB projector (6dB louder) and the Viewsonic PA503W 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, but the Benq SP870 only has a low contrast ratio, the Infocus IN1146 only has a medium contrast ratio and the Optoma ML750 and the Viewsonic PA503W 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, and so do the Optoma ML750 and the Viewsonic PA503W, however the Benq SP870 and the Infocus IN1146 do not. More ...

3D compatible projectors are able to display 3D content. Most projectors will require you to wear special glasses in order to view the 3D effect.

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

Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)

The LG PH550 has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) (as does the Optoma ML750), but the Benq SP870, the Infocus IN1146 and the Viewsonic PA503W 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The LG PH550 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, whereas the Benq SP870 scored 77.

Four More Awards

The LG PH550 has received 4 awards, but the Benq SP870 has received no awards, the Infocus IN1146 has received 2 awards, the Optoma ML750 has received 3 awards and the Viewsonic PA503W has received no awards.

More Customers Recommend It

37% of 427 customers recommend the LG PH550, but only 2.7% of 186 customers recommend the Optoma ML750 and only 3% of 574 customers recommend the Viewsonic PA503W.

Better in Terms of Size

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 was better in terms of size. Over 20 people thought that it was very easy to carry around and over 10 people thought that it was also compact and was a good size. Three people also thought that it was lightweight.

More Nicely Designed

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 was more nicely designed. More than 10 people thought that it was very good-looking and several people thought that it also had a good case, was smooth and well designed.

Produces Better Picture Quality

The LG PH550 reviewers thought the LG PH550 produces better picture quality. Over 80 people thought that it had very good picture quality and several people thought that it also had outstanding colour saturation, was good for watching movies and had a good brightness.

Has Better Sound Quality

The LG PH550 reviewers thought the LG PH550 has better sound quality. More than 30 people thought that it had good sound quality.

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG PH550

Half As High Resolution

The LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), which is half as high resolution as the Infocus IN1146 (1600 x 1200). 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.

89% Dimmer Projector Brightness

The LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI lumens brightness projector. That's 4,450 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq SP870 (5,000 ANSI Lumens), 450 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Infocus IN1146 (1,000 ANSI Lumens), 150 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Optoma ML750 (700 ANSI Lumens) and 3,050 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Viewsonic PA503W (3,600 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 do the the Benq SP870, the Infocus IN1146 and the Optoma ML750), whereas the Viewsonic PA503W supports this feature. More ...

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

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

$169 More Expensive

The LG PH550 is more expensive than the Optoma ML750 by $19 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PA503W by $169.

Fewer Sellers

Only 6 retailers sells the LG PH550, but 9 sellers sell the Optoma ML750 and 9 retailers sell the Viewsonic PA503W. 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 LG PH550 is older than the Viewsonic PA503W by 15 months.

Lower Expert Review Score

The average expert rating of the LG PH550 is 84%, whereas the average expert rating of the Infocus IN1146 is 90% (based on 4 reviews).

Marginally Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the LG PH550 is 89%, whereas the average user rating of the Benq SP870 is 93% (based on 3 reviews) and the Infocus IN1146 is 90% (based on 4 reviews).

Worse Brand

LG projectors have an average rating of only 80.3%, but Benq has an average rating of 90.1%, Infocus has an average rating of 83.5%, Optoma has an average rating of 91.9% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 89.3%.

Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Projectorcentral.com's review score for the LG PH550 was only 90%, but the Infocus IN1146's rating was 100%.

Less Reasonably Priced

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 was less reasonably priced.

Harder to Use

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 was harder to use.

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

Our analysis of the LG PH550 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the LG PH550 has a worse acceptable noise level.

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Optoma ML750

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Optoma ML750

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Optoma ML750
30dB
700 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

The Optoma ML750 has a Kagoo Score of 86. However with a price tag of $400.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma ML750 or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (30dB)
High contrast ratio (20000:1)
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)
Handheld remote control
Supports 3D

A fully featured and award winning 720p quiet projector, with a fair price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a card reader integrated and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this projector has superb picture quality, it's an excellent size but noisy.

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Reviews
143 Reviews + 3 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Optoma ML750 has good expert reviews and great user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this projector to others.

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7 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma ML750

3D

The Optoma ML750 supports 3D (as do the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA503W), whereas the Benq SP870 and the Infocus IN1146 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 Optoma ML750 has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL), and so does the LG PH550, however the Benq SP870, the Infocus IN1146 and the Viewsonic PA503W do not. More ...

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

Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma ML750 has a card reader integrated, and so does the Infocus IN1146, whereas the Benq SP870, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA503W do not. More ...

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

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

Better Kagoo Score

The Optoma ML750 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the Benq SP870 scored 77.

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.

Better Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of 91.9%, however Benq only has an average rating of 90.1%, Infocus only has an average rating of 83.5%, LG only has an average rating of 80.3% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 89.3%.

Has Useful Technical Features

Our analysis of the Optoma ML750 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Optoma ML750 has useful technical features. More than 10 people thought that it had a superb display and several people thought that it also had a powerful motor and had good features.

19 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma ML750

Lower Resolution

The Optoma ML750 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD Ready), whereas the Infocus IN1146 has a projector native resolution of 1600 x 1200. More ...

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

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

Louder Noise Level

The Optoma ML750 is a 30dB projector. That's 6dB quieter than the Benq SP870 (36dB), 4dB quieter than the Infocus IN1146 (34dB), 6dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 2dB quieter than the Viewsonic PA503W (32dB). More ...

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

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

Lower Contrast Ratio

The Optoma ML750 has a high (20000:1) contrast ratio, and so is the Viewsonic PA503W, 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.

Hugely Dimmer Projector Brightness

Optoma ML750 is only 700 ANSI lumens brightness, but the Benq SP870 is a 5,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (4,300 ANSI lumens brighter), the Infocus IN1146 is a 1,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (300 ANSI lumens brighter), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (150 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Viewsonic PA503W is a 3,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,900 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.

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Optoma ML750 has a service life of lamp of 20h, however the Benq SP870 is a 2,000h lamp service life projector (18,000h shorter), the Infocus IN1146 and the LG PH550 are both 30,000h lamp service life projectors (10,000h longer) and the Viewsonic PA503W is a 5,000h lamp service life projector (15,000h shorter). More ...

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

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

Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma ML750 does not support full HD (As do the the Benq SP870, the Infocus IN1146 and the LG PH550), but the Viewsonic PA503W does. More ...

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

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

More Expensive by $150

The Optoma ML750 is $150 more expensive than the Viewsonic PA503W.

Older by Over Three Years

The Optoma ML750 is one month older than the Infocus IN1146, two years older than the LG PH550 and four years older than the Viewsonic PA503W.

One Less Award

The Optoma ML750 has only received 3 awards, however the LG PH550 has received 4 awards.

Expert Review Rating is Much Worse

The Optoma ML750 only has an average expert score of 79%, but the Infocus IN1146 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 4 reviews) and the LG PH550 has an average expert rating of 84% (based on 15 reviews).

User Review Rating is Worse

The Optoma ML750 has an average user score of 88%, but the Benq SP870 has an average user rating of 93% (based on 3 reviews), the Infocus IN1146 has an average user rating of 90% (based on 4 reviews) and the LG PH550 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 359 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 2.7% of 186 customers recommend the Optoma ML750, however 37% of 427 customers recommend the LG PH550 and 3% of 574 customers recommend the Viewsonic PA503W.

Less Fairly Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Optoma ML750 was less fairly priced.

A Worse Size

On average reviewers thought the Optoma ML750 was a worse size.

Less Well Designed

On average reviewers thought the Optoma ML750 was less well designed.

Harder to Use

On average reviewers thought the Optoma ML750 was harder to use.

Less OK When it Came to Noise Level

The Optoma ML750 reviewers thought the Optoma ML750 was less OK when it came to noise level.

Produces Inferior Quality Picture

Our analysis of the Optoma ML750 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Optoma ML750 produces inferior quality picture.

Worse At Producing High Quality Sound

Our analysis of the Optoma ML750 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Optoma ML750 was worse at producing high quality sound.

The cheapest price that we could find for the ML750 in the US is $400.00 and in total we found 9 prices for it.

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Benq SP870

Benq SP870

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Benq SP870
XGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
360W
LAMP POWER
$96
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq SP870 has a Kagoo Score of 77. With a price tag of $0.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Benq SP870 or read our article on whether you should buy a Benq projector.

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

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

95
Reviews
3 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
77
Running Costs
$96 Over 5 Years
77
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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

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3 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq SP870

170W Bigger Bulb Power

Benq SP870 is 360W lamp power, but the Viewsonic PA503W is only a 190W lamp power projector (170W 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq SP870 is ceiling mountable, whereas the Infocus IN1146, the LG PH550, the Optoma ML750 and the Viewsonic PA503W 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.

A Little Better User Reviews

The Benq SP870 has an average user review score of 93% based on 3 reviews, however the Infocus IN1146 has an average rating of 90% (based on 4 reviews), the LG PH550 has an average rating of 89% (based on 359 reviews), the Optoma ML750 has an average rating of 88% (based on 128 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA503W has an average rating of 88% (based on 552 reviews).

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq SP870

Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The Benq SP870 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), but the Infocus IN1146 has a projector native resolution of 1600 x 1200, the LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) and the Optoma ML750 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD Ready). 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.

25% Louder Noise Level

The Benq SP870 is a 36dB projector. That's 2dB louder than the Infocus IN1146 (34dB), 12dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB), 6dB louder than the Optoma ML750 (30dB) and 4dB louder than the Viewsonic PA503W (32dB). More ...

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

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

Lower Contrast Ratio

The Benq SP870 has a low (2000:1) contrast ratio, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Infocus IN1146 (medium), 3 times lower contrast ratio as the LG PH550 (very high) and half as high contrast ratio as the Optoma ML750 and the Viewsonic PA503W (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.

28,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Benq SP870 is a 2h lamp service life projector, whereas the Infocus IN1146 and the LG PH550 are both 30,000h lamp service life projectors (28,000h longer), the Optoma ML750 is a 20,000h lamp service life projector (18,000h longer) and the Viewsonic PA503W is a 5,000h lamp service life projector (3,000h longer). More ...

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

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

Does Not Support Full HD

The Benq SP870 does not support full HD (As do the the Infocus IN1146, the LG PH550 and the Optoma ML750), however the Viewsonic PA503W does. More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The Benq SP870 has received a Kagoo Score of 77, however the Infocus IN1146 scored 86, the LG PH550 scored 86, the Optoma ML750 scored 86 and the Viewsonic PA503W scored 86.

Not Currently Available

We couldn't find any retailers that are currently selling the product. More ...

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Older by Over Six Years

The Benq SP870 is three years older than the Infocus IN1146, five years older than the LG PH550, two years older than the Optoma ML750 and six years older than the Viewsonic PA503W.

Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $33

Over five years the running costs of the Benq SP870 are $96 which is $33 more than the Viewsonic PA503W. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 90.1%, whereas Optoma has an average rating of 91.9%.

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5 Best Projectors Under $500 in the US - May 2021
Viewsonic PA503W
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Infocus IN1146
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LG PH550
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Optoma ML750
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Benq SP870
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Benq MH740
$999
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1080P
RESOLUTION
38dB
4,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
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LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
$300 Price Drop
Optoma EH503E
$1,400
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1080P
RESOLUTION
37dB
5,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
1,500h
LAMP SERVICE
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NEC PX700W
$1,080
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43dB
7,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
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2,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
15,000h
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