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5 Best Projectors Under $500 in the US - January 2020

Updated 24 December 2019 by Matthew
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5 best projectors under $500

Which Are the Best Projectors Under $500?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best projectors under $500? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best projectors under $500 are:

  • 1) Viewsonic PA502S - $316.12 eBay
  • 2) Optoma HD143X - $404.10 eBay
  • 3) LG PH550 - $249.00 eBay
  • 4) Epson VS355 - $459.99 Adorama
  • 5) Benq MW535A - $399.00 Adorama

What Projector Under $500 to Buy in January 2020?

Let's take a look at the top 5 projectors under $500 currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

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Viewsonic PA502S Optoma HD143X LG PH550 Epson VS355 Benq MW535A
Viewsonic PA502S Optoma HD143X LG PH550 Epson VS355 Benq MW535A
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SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,500 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1080P
RESOLUTION
25dB
3,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
98
Reviews
3 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
98
Running Costs
$52 Over 5 Years
89
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
50 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
92
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
165 Reviews + 4 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
47 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
19 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$55 Over 5 Years
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
An astoundingly economical to run and positively reviewed average noise level high contrast ratio multimedia projector, with a reasonable price and projector native resolution. Multiple reviews mentioned that this multimedia projector has very good picture quality and features, and it's very easy to use. It's the highest scoring 3D projector around, with a cheap price and very low running costs. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and supports 3D and full HD. A multi award winning and fully featured 720p very high contrast ratio data projector, with a phenomenally quiet 24dB noise level and an affordable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this data projector has superb picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around. A positively reviewed and fully featured WXGA average noise level projector, with a low price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that this projector has superb picture quality, good colour saturation and it's quick to charge. A top-rated and amazingly economical to run WXGA average noise level data projector, with a very good spec and a fair price. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control, supports 3D and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that this data projector has good picture quality, a good display but has bad sound quality.
3 Reasons For
Better Kagoo Score
$11 Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
User Reviews Are Better
14 Reasons For
1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution
Bigger Bulb Power
3D
Full HD
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
Ceiling Mountable
Expert Reviews Are a Lot Better
Overall Reviews Are Slightly Better
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
More Well Designed
Easier to Use
Has Better Technical Features
Has a Better Picture Quality
10 Reasons For
Quieter Noise Level
Higher Contrast Ratio
3D
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Built-in Speaker
Cheaper by $67
More Shops Are Selling it
Four More Awards
A Better Size
Has Better Sound Quality
6 Reasons For
Built-in Speaker
Ceiling Mountable
More Customers Recommend it
Better Brand
More Fairly Priced
Has a Better OK Noise Level
4 Reasons For
3D
Built-in Speaker
Ceiling Mountable
Newer by Eight Months
11 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Only High (22000:1) Contrast Ratio
98% Dimmer Projector Brightness
50W Smaller Bulb Power
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
$67 More Expensive
Not As Many Stockists
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
13 Reasons Against
Marginally Louder Noise Level
Only High (23000:1) Contrast Ratio
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
26,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$155 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Eight Months Older
More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 21%
Fewer Awards
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
16 Reasons Against
Half As High Resolution
3,050 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
Older by Over Two Years
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score
Less Fairly Priced
Less Well Designed
Harder to Use
Worse Well Designed Technical Features
Has a Worse OK Noise Level
Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture
19 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
30W Smaller Bulb Power
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $211
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
User Review Rating is Worse
Overall Review Rating is Marginally Worse
Worse in Terms of Size
Less Carefully Designed
Harder to Use
Worse Well Executed Technical Features
Produces Inferior Picture Quality
Has Worse Sound Quality
12 Reasons Against
Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution
20% Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Smaller Bulb Power
25,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $150
Less Retailers
$2 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years
User Review Rating is Much Worse
Overall Review Rating is Worse
Worse Brand
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Viewsonic PA502S

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Viewsonic PA502S

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Viewsonic PA502S
SVGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,500 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
190W
LAMP POWER
$52
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PA502S has a Kagoo Score of 89. With a price tag of $316.12 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Viewsonic PA502S or read our article on whether you should buy a Viewsonic projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (32dB)
High contrast ratio (22000:1)
Handheld remote control

An astoundingly economical to run and positively reviewed average noise level high contrast ratio multimedia projector, with a reasonable price and projector native resolution.

98
Reviews
3 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
98
Running Costs
$52 Over 5 Years
89
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Viewsonic PA502S has terrific user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this multimedia projector to others.

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3 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PA502S

Better Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PA502S has received a Kagoo Score of 89, but the Benq MW535A scored 84, the Epson VS355 scored 85, the LG PH550 scored 87 and the Optoma HD143X scored 88.

$11 Cheaper to Run Over Five Years

The Viewsonic PA502S is $2 cheaper to run than the Benq MW535A and $11 cheaper to run than the Optoma HD143X over five years. More ...

User Reviews Are Better

The average user review score of the Viewsonic PA502S is 100% based on 3 reviews, but the average rating of the Benq MW535A is 88% (based on 18 reviews), the average rating of the Epson VS355 is 94% (based on 47 reviews), the average rating of the LG PH550 is 90% (based on 151 reviews) and the average rating of the Optoma HD143X is 90% (based on 46 reviews).

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PA502S

Lower Resolution

The Viewsonic PA502S has a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA), which is half as high resolution as the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS355 (1280 x 800 (WXGA)), half as high resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)) and 4 times lower resolution as the Optoma HD143X (1920 x 1080 (1080p)). 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 PA502S has a noise level of 32 (as does the Benq MW535A), but the Epson VS355 is a 37dB projector (5dB louder), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (8dB quieter) and the Optoma HD143X is a 25dB projector (7dB 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 PA502S has a high (22000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355 and the Optoma HD143X), 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.

98% Dimmer Projector Brightness

Viewsonic PA502S is only 3 brightness. That's 100 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq MW535A (3,600 ANSI Lumens), 200 ANSI lumens brighter than the Epson VS355 (3,300 ANSI Lumens), 2,950 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens) and 500 ANSI lumens brighter than the Optoma HD143X (3,000 ANSI Lumens). More ...

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

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

50W Smaller Bulb Power

The Viewsonic PA502S is a 190 lamp power projector. That's 20W smaller than the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS355 (210W) and 50W smaller than the Optoma HD143X (240W). 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 PA502S has a service life of lamp of 5, and so does the Benq MW535A. That's 1,000h shorter than the Epson VS355 (6,000h), 25,000h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h) and 1,500h longer than the Optoma HD143X (3,500h). 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 Viewsonic PA502S does not have a built-in speaker, but the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355, the LG PH550 and the Optoma HD143X 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.

$67 More Expensive

The Viewsonic PA502S is more expensive than the LG PH550 by $67.

Not As Many Stockists

Only 8 retailers sells the Viewsonic PA502S, however 11 shops sell the LG PH550 and 9 stores sell the Optoma HD143X. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers 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 Viewsonic PA502S is older than the Benq MW535A by 15 months, older than the Epson VS355 by one month and older than the Optoma HD143X by seven months.

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 90.8%, however Benq has an average rating of 92.5%, Epson has an average rating of 95% and Optoma has an average rating of 94.4%.

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Optoma HD143X

$404.10
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Optoma HD143X

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Optoma HD143X
1080P
RESOLUTION
25dB
3,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
240W
LAMP POWER
$63
OVER 5 YEARS

The Optoma HD143X has a Kagoo Score of 88. However with a price tag of $404.10 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma HD143X or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
Dynamic Black Technology
Enhanced Gaming Mode
1920 x 1080 (Full HD) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (25dB)
High contrast ratio (23000:1)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this multimedia projector has very good picture quality and features, and it's very easy to use. It's the highest scoring 3D projector around, with a cheap price and very low running costs. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control and supports 3D and full HD.

97
Reviews
50 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
92
Running Costs
$63 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Owners report that Optoma HD143X has superb expert reviews and great user reviews with 90% of buyers recommending this data projector to others.

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14 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma HD143X

1920 X 1080 (1080p) Resolution

The Optoma HD143X has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p), which is twice as high resolution as the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS355 (1280 x 800 (WXGA)), twice as high resolution as the LG PH550 (1280 x 720 (720p)) and 4 times higher resolution as the Viewsonic PA502S (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.

Bigger Bulb Power

Optoma HD143X is 240 lamp power. That's 30W bigger than the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS355 (210W) and 50W bigger than the Viewsonic PA502S (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.

3D

The Optoma HD143X supports 3D, and so do the Benq MW535A and the LG PH550, but the Epson VS355 and the Viewsonic PA502S 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 HD143X supports full HD, whereas the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA502S 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 HD143X has a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) (as does the LG PH550), whereas the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355 and the Viewsonic PA502S 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 Optoma HD143X has a built-in speaker (as do the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355 and the LG PH550), whereas the Viewsonic PA502S 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Optoma HD143X is a ceiling mountable projector (as are the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS355), whereas the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA502S 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.

Expert Reviews Are a Lot Better

Based on 4 expert reviews, the average review score of the Optoma HD143X is 100%, however the average rating of the LG PH550 is 84% (based on 14 reviews).

Overall Reviews Are Slightly Better

Based on 50 reviews, the average review score of the Optoma HD143X is 96%, however the average rating of the Benq MW535A is 88% (based on 19 reviews), the average rating of the Epson VS355 is 93% (based on 47 reviews), the average rating of the LG PH550 is 88% (based on 165 reviews) and the average rating of the Viewsonic PA502S is 93% (based on 3 reviews).

Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Projectorcentral.com's Optoma HD143X review gave it a score of 100%, whereas the LG PH550 only has a rating of 90% from the same site.

More Well Designed

On average reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X was more well designed. Several people thought that it was really well designed and was good-looking.

Easier to Use

On average reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X was easier to use. More than 10 people thought that it was very easy to use.

Has Better Technical Features

On average reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X has better technical features. More than 10 people thought that it had very good features and four people thought that it also had a good display.

Has a Better Picture Quality

On average reviewers thought the Optoma HD143X has a better picture quality. Over 30 people thought that it had very good picture quality and two people thought that it also had good colour saturation.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma HD143X

Marginally Louder Noise Level

The Optoma HD143X has a noise level of 25, however the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PA502S are both 32dB projectors (7dB louder), the Epson VS355 is a 37dB projector (12dB louder) and the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (1dB 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 (23000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Optoma HD143X has a high (23000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355 and the Viewsonic PA502S), 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.

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Optoma HD143X has a projector brightness of 3. That's 600 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq MW535A (3,600 ANSI Lumens), 300 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Epson VS355 (3,300 ANSI Lumens), 2,450 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PH550 (550 ANSI Lumens) and 500 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Viewsonic PA502S (3,500 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.

26,500h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Optoma HD143X is a 3 lamp service life projector. That's 1,500h shorter than the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PA502S (5,000h), 2,500h shorter than the Epson VS355 (6,000h) and 26,500h 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 HD143X has received a Kagoo Score of 88, however the Viewsonic PA502S scored 89.

$155 More Expensive

The Optoma HD143X is more expensive than the Benq MW535A by $5, more expensive than the LG PH550 by $155 and more expensive than the Viewsonic PA502S by $88.

Less Retailers

Only 9 shops sells the Optoma HD143X, whereas 11 shops sell the LG PH550. More ...

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

The Optoma HD143X is older than the Benq MW535A by eight months.

More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 21%

Over five years the Optoma HD143X costs $63 to run which is $9 more than the Benq MW535A and $11 more than the Viewsonic PA502S. Show assumptions.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the Optoma HD143X has received 1 award, the LG PH550 has received 4 awards.

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The Optoma HD143X's average user rating is 90%, however the Epson VS355's is 94% (based on 47 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA502S's is 100% (based on 3 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 38.6% of 88 customers recommend the Optoma HD143X, whereas 67.3% of 49 customers recommend the Epson VS355, 53.2% of 205 customers recommend the LG PH550 and 50% of 6 customers recommend the Viewsonic PA502S.

Worse Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of only 94.4%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 95%.

The Optoma HD143X is 316mm wide, 108mm tall, 244mm deep and weighs 2.9kg.

Optoma HD143X front 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 87. With a price tag of $249.00 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 data projector, with a phenomenally quiet 24dB noise level and an affordable price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that this data projector has superb picture quality, good sound quality and it's very easy to carry around.

96
Reviews
165 Reviews + 4 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

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

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10 Reasons For for Choosing the LG PH550

Quieter Noise Level

The LG PH550 is a 24 projector. That's 8dB quieter than the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PA502S (32dB), 13dB quieter than the Epson VS355 (37dB) and 1dB quieter than the Optoma HD143X (25dB). 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, but the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PA502S 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 do the Benq MW535A and the Optoma HD143X), however the Epson VS355 and the Viewsonic PA502S 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 HD143X, but the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355 and the Viewsonic PA502S do not. More ...

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

Built-in Speaker

The LG PH550 has a built-in speaker, and so do the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS355 and the Optoma HD143X, but the Viewsonic PA502S 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.

Cheaper by $67

The LG PH550 is $150 cheaper than the Benq MW535A, $210.99 cheaper than the Epson VS355, $155.10 cheaper than the Optoma HD143X and $67.12 cheaper than the Viewsonic PA502S.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of shops 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, but the Benq MW535A has received no awards, the Epson VS355 has received no awards, the Optoma HD143X has received 1 award and the Viewsonic PA502S has received no awards.

A Better Size

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

Has Better Sound Quality

The LG PH550 reviewers thought the LG PH550 has better sound quality. More than 10 people thought that it had good sound quality.

16 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG PH550

Half As High Resolution

The LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), however the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS355 have a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Optoma HD143X has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p). 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.

3,050 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The LG PH550 is a 550 brightness projector, whereas the Benq MW535A is a 3,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (3,050 ANSI lumens brighter), the Epson VS355 is a 3,300 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,750 ANSI lumens brighter), the Optoma HD143X is a 3,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,450 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Viewsonic PA502S is a 3,500 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,950 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 (As does the the Epson VS355), whereas the Benq MW535A, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PA502S 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 LG PH550 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, whereas the Optoma HD143X scored 88 and the Viewsonic PA502S scored 89.

Older by Over Two Years

The LG PH550 is three years older than the Benq MW535A, 17 months older than the Epson VS355, 23 months older than the Optoma HD143X and 16 months older than the Viewsonic PA502S.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The average expert rating of the LG PH550 is 84%, whereas the average expert rating of the Optoma HD143X is 100% (based on 4 reviews).

User Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The average user rating of the LG PH550 is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the Epson VS355 is 94% (based on 47 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA502S is 100% (based on 3 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 53.2% of 205 customers recommend the LG PH550, but 67.3% of 49 customers recommend the Epson VS355.

Worse Brand

LG projectors have an average rating of only 82.2%, but Benq has an average rating of 92.5%, Epson has an average rating of 95%, Optoma has an average rating of 94.4% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 90.8%.

Worse Projectorcentral.com Review Score

Whilst the LG PH550 has received a review score of 90% from Projectorcentral.com, the Optoma HD143X's rating was 100%.

Less Fairly Priced

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

Less Well Designed

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

Harder to Use

The LG PH550 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 OK Noise Level

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

Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the LG PH550 was worse at producing a high quality picture.

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Epson VS355

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Epson VS355

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Epson VS355
WXGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
210W
LAMP POWER

The Epson VS355 has a Kagoo Score of 85. However with a price tag of $459.99 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Epson VS355 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
Handheld remote control
Ceiling mountable

A positively reviewed and fully featured WXGA average noise level projector, with a low price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a high contrast ratio and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that this projector has superb picture quality, good colour saturation and it's quick to charge.

97
Reviews
47 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Popularity
Quite Popular
84
Value for Money
Very Good
85
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Epson VS355 has brilliant user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this data projector to others.

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the Epson VS355

Built-in Speaker

The Epson VS355 has a built-in speaker, and so do the Benq MW535A, the LG PH550 and the Optoma HD143X, however the Viewsonic PA502S 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Epson VS355 is ceiling mountable, and so are the Benq MW535A and the Optoma HD143X, however the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA502S are not. More ...

'Ceiling Mountable' indicates whether the projector is capable of being mounted to the ceiling or not.

Ceiling mounting is the best way of assuring the projector always has a clear line of sight to the projecting surface.

More Customers Recommend it

67.3% of 49 customers recommend the Epson VS355, however only 53.2% of 205 customers recommend the LG PH550, only 38.6% of 88 customers recommend the Optoma HD143X and only 50% of 6 customers recommend the Viewsonic PA502S.

Better Brand

Epson projectors have an average rating of 95%, however Benq only has an average rating of 92.5%, LG only has an average rating of 82.2%, Optoma only has an average rating of 94.4% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 90.8%.

More Fairly Priced

Our analysis of the Epson VS355 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Epson VS355 was more fairly priced.

Has a Better OK Noise Level

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Epson VS355 has a better OK noise level. Nine people thought that it was very quiet.

19 Reasons Against for Choosing the Epson VS355

Lower Resolution

The Epson VS355 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) (as is the Benq MW535A), whereas the Optoma HD143X has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p). 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 Epson VS355 is a 37 projector. That's 5dB louder than the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PA502S (32dB), 13dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 12dB louder than the Optoma HD143X (25dB). 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 Epson VS355 has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Benq MW535A, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PA502S, 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 VS355 is only 3 brightness, but the Benq MW535A is a 3,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (300 ANSI lumens brighter), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,750 ANSI lumens dimmer), the Optoma HD143X is a 3,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (300 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Viewsonic PA502S is a 3,500 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.

30W Smaller Bulb Power

The Epson VS355 is a 210 lamp power projector (as does the Benq MW535A), whereas the Optoma HD143X is a 240W lamp power projector (30W bigger) and the Viewsonic PA502S is a 190W lamp power projector (20W smaller). More ...

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

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

Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Epson VS355 has a service life of lamp of 6, however the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PA502S are both 5,000h lamp service life projectors (1,000h shorter), the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (24,000h longer) and the Optoma HD143X is a 3,500h lamp service life projector (2,500h 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 Epson VS355 does not support full HD (As does the the LG PH550), but the Benq MW535A, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PA502S 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 Epson VS355 has received a Kagoo Score of 85, but the LG PH550 scored 87, the Optoma HD143X scored 88 and the Viewsonic PA502S scored 89.

More Expensive by $211

The Epson VS355 is $61 more expensive than the Benq MW535A, $211 more expensive than the LG PH550, $56 more expensive than the Optoma HD143X and $144 more expensive than the Viewsonic PA502S.

Not As Many Stockists

The Epson VS355 is only stocked by 4 retailers, however the LG PH550 is stocked by 11 shops, the Optoma HD143X is stocked by 9 retailers and the Viewsonic PA502S is stocked by 8 shops. More ...

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

The Epson VS355 is 14 months older than the Benq MW535A and six months older than the Optoma HD143X.

User Review Rating is Worse

The Epson VS355 has an average user score of 94%, but the Viewsonic PA502S has an average user rating of 100% (based on 3 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Marginally Worse

The Epson VS355 has an average overall score of 93%, but the Optoma HD143X has an average overall rating of 96% (based on 50 reviews).

Worse in Terms of Size

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Epson VS355 was worse in terms of size.

Less Carefully Designed

Our analysis of the Epson VS355 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Epson VS355 was less carefully designed.

Harder to Use

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Epson VS355 was harder to use.

Worse Well Executed Technical Features

The Epson VS355 reviewers thought the Epson VS355 was worse well executed technical features.

Produces Inferior Picture Quality

The Epson VS355 reviewers thought the Epson VS355 produces inferior picture quality.

Has Worse Sound Quality

The Epson VS355 reviewers thought the Epson VS355 has worse sound quality.

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Benq MW535A

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Benq MW535A

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Benq MW535A
WXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
210W
LAMP POWER
$55
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq MW535A has a Kagoo Score of 84. However with a price tag of $399.00 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Benq MW535A 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)
Long service life of lamp (5,000h)
Supports 3D
Built-in speaker

A top-rated and amazingly economical to run WXGA average noise level data projector, with a very good spec and a fair price. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control, supports 3D and is ceiling mountable. Our review analysis indicates that this data projector has good picture quality, a good display but has bad sound quality.

95
Reviews
19 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Popularity
Quite Popular
83
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$55 Over 5 Years
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Benq MW535A has very good user reviews with an average user rating of 88%, based on 18 reviews.

4 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq MW535A

3D

The Benq MW535A supports 3D (as do the LG PH550 and the Optoma HD143X), but the Epson VS355 and the Viewsonic PA502S do not support this feature. More ...

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

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

Built-in Speaker

The Benq MW535A has a built-in speaker, and so do the Epson VS355, the LG PH550 and the Optoma HD143X, whereas the Viewsonic PA502S 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq MW535A is ceiling mountable, and so are the Epson VS355 and the Optoma HD143X, whereas the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PA502S 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.

Newer by Eight Months

The Benq MW535A was released 14 months after the Epson VS355, released three years after the LG PH550, released eight months after the Optoma HD143X and released 15 months after the Viewsonic PA502S

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq MW535A

Only 1280 X 800 (WXGA) Resolution

The Benq MW535A has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) (as is the Epson VS355), but the Optoma HD143X has a projector native resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p). 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 Benq MW535A is a 32 projector, and so does the Viewsonic PA502S. That's 5dB quieter than the Epson VS355 (37dB), 8dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 7dB louder than the Optoma HD143X (25dB). 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 MW535A has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Epson VS355, the Optoma HD143X and the Viewsonic PA502S, 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.

Smaller Bulb Power

Benq MW535A is only 210 lamp power (as does the Epson VS355), but the Optoma HD143X is a 240W lamp power projector (30W bigger) and the Viewsonic PA502S is a 190W lamp power projector (20W 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.

25,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Benq MW535A is a 5 lamp service life projector (as does the Viewsonic PA502S), whereas the Epson VS355 is a 6,000h lamp service life projector (1,000h longer), the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (25,000h longer) and the Optoma HD143X is a 3,500h lamp service life projector (1,500h 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Benq MW535A has received a Kagoo Score of 84, however the Epson VS355 scored 85, the LG PH550 scored 87, the Optoma HD143X scored 88 and the Viewsonic PA502S scored 89.

More Expensive by $150

The Benq MW535A is $150 more expensive than the LG PH550 and $83 more expensive than the Viewsonic PA502S.

Less Retailers

The Benq MW535A is only stocked by 3 retailers, whereas the Epson VS355 is stocked by 4 retailers, the LG PH550 is stocked by 11 retailers, the Optoma HD143X is stocked by 9 sellers and the Viewsonic PA502S is stocked by 8 sellers. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this projector remaining in stock.
$2 More Expensive to Run Over Five Years

The running costs over five years of the Benq MW535A are $55 which is $2 more than the Viewsonic PA502S. Show assumptions.

User Review Rating is Much Worse

The Benq MW535A's average user score is 88%, however the Epson VS355's is 94% (based on 47 reviews), the LG PH550's is 90% (based on 151 reviews), the Optoma HD143X's is 90% (based on 46 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA502S's is 100% (based on 3 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

The Benq MW535A's average overall score is 88%, however the Epson VS355's is 93% (based on 47 reviews), the Optoma HD143X's is 96% (based on 50 reviews) and the Viewsonic PA502S's is 93% (based on 3 reviews).

Worse Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of only 92.5%, whereas Epson has an average rating of 95% and Optoma has an average rating of 94.4%.

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