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

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Updated 16 September 2020
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5 best projectors under $500

What Projector Under $500 to Buy in October 2020?

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Viewsonic PG603X Benq MW535A LG PH550 Epson VS250 Sony VPLSX236
Viewsonic PG603X Benq MW535A LG PH550 Epson VS250 Sony VPLSX236
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XGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
720P
RESOLUTION
24dB
550 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
30,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
SVGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
30dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
82
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
87
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
95
Running Costs
$57 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
86
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$54 Over 5 Years
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
73
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
87
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
87
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
86
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
87
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
85
Brand Rating
Excellent Brand
83
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Running Costs
$94 Over 5 Years
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent
An amazingly economical to run and fully featured XGA average noise level projector, with a good price. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and a card reader integrated and supports full HD. An spectacularly economical to run and fully featured WXGA average noise level multimedia projector, with a reasonable price. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control, supports 3D and is ceiling mountable. A fully featured and cheap 720p very high contrast ratio projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D. A projector native resolution and fully featured average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a good price. A good value for money and fully featured XGA quiet multimedia projector, with low running costs. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and is ceiling mountable.
5 Reasons For
Full HD
Ethernet LAN
Card Reader Integrated
Handheld Remote Control
Better Kagoo Score
7 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
Bigger Bulb Power
3D
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
Cheaper to Run by $40 Over Five Years
Better Brand
7 Reasons For
13dB Quieter Noise Level
Very High (100000:1) Contrast Ratio
3D
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Handheld Remote Control
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling It
2 Reasons For
A Bit Bigger Bulb Power
Cheaper by $70
5 Reasons For
10W Bigger Bulb Power
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
Better Brand
10 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
20% Louder Noise Level
Only High (22000:1) Contrast Ratio
Smaller Bulb Power
25,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
$308 More Expensive
Less Retailers
11 Months Older
More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 7%
Worse Brand
6 Reasons Against
8dB Louder Noise Level
Only High (15000:1) Contrast Ratio
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Worse Kagoo Score
$70 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
6 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
85% Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
$152 More Expensive
Over Two Years Older
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
26% Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Significantly Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Handheld Remote Control
Worse Kagoo Score
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
11 Reasons Against
Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution
6dB Louder Noise Level
Only Low (3000:1) Contrast Ratio
300 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $185
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Three Years
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $40
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Viewsonic PG603X

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Viewsonic PG603X
XGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,600 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
200W
LAMP POWER
$57
OVER 5 YEARS

The Viewsonic PG603X has a Kagoo Score of 87. However with a price tag of $557.93 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Viewsonic PG603X or read our article on whether you should buy a Viewsonic projector.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (22000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (32dB)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Card reader integrated

An amazingly economical to run and fully featured XGA average noise level projector, with a good price. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and a card reader integrated and supports full HD.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
95
Running Costs
$57 Over 5 Years
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

5 Reasons For for Choosing the Viewsonic PG603X

Full HD

The Viewsonic PG603X supports full HD, whereas the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250, the LG PH550 and the Sony VPLSX236 do not. More ...

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

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

Ethernet LAN

The Viewsonic PG603X has an Ethernet LAN (as does the Sony VPLSX236), whereas the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250 and the LG PH550 do not have this feature. More ...

'Ethernet LAN' denotes whether the projector has the native capability to connect to the local network, in order to receive movie files and the like from your computer.

Card Reader Integrated

The Viewsonic PG603X has a card reader integrated, but the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250, the LG PH550 and the Sony VPLSX236 do not have this feature. 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.

Handheld Remote Control

The Viewsonic PG603X has a handheld remote control, and so do the Benq MW535A, the LG PH550 and the Sony VPLSX236, however the Epson VS250 does not. More ...

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

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

Better Kagoo Score

The Viewsonic PG603X has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the Benq MW535A scored 86, the Epson VS250 scored 86 and the Sony VPLSX236 scored 81.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Viewsonic PG603X

Lower Resolution

The Viewsonic PG603X has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), and so is the Sony VPLSX236, but the Benq MW535A has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p). More ...

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

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

20% Louder Noise Level

The Viewsonic PG603X has a noise level of 32dB (as does the Benq MW535A), however the Epson VS250 is a 37dB projector (5dB louder), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (8dB quieter) and the Sony VPLSX236 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 PG603X has a high (22000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS250), 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

Viewsonic PG603X is only 200W lamp power. That's 10W smaller than the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250 and the Sony VPLSX236 (210W). More ...

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

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

25,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Viewsonic PG603X is a 5h lamp service life projector, and so does the Benq MW535A. That's 1,000h shorter than the Epson VS250 and the Sony VPLSX236 (6,000h) and 25,000h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h). More ...

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

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

$308 More Expensive

The Viewsonic PG603X is more expensive than the Benq MW535A by $238, more expensive than the Epson VS250 by $308, more expensive than the LG PH550 by $156 and more expensive than the Sony VPLSX236 by $123.

Less Retailers

Only 6 retailers sells the Viewsonic PG603X, whereas 8 stores 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.
11 Months Older

The Viewsonic PG603X is older than the Benq MW535A by 11 months.

More Expensive to Run Over Five Years by 7%

Over five years the Viewsonic PG603X costs $57 to run which is $4 more than the Benq MW535A. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Viewsonic projectors have an average rating of only 92%, whereas Benq has an average rating of 95%, Epson has an average rating of 94.4% and Sony has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PG603X in the US is $557.93 and in total we found 6 prices for it.

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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
$53
OVER 5 YEARS

The Benq MW535A has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $320.00 this projector is good value for money. 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)
Supports 3D
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control

An spectacularly economical to run and fully featured WXGA average noise level multimedia projector, with a reasonable price. It has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control, supports 3D and is ceiling mountable.

86
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Popularity
Quite Popular
86
Value for Money
Very Good
96
Running Costs
$54 Over 5 Years
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

7 Reasons For for Choosing the Benq MW535A

Higher Resolution

The Benq MW535A has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), which is twice as high resolution as the Epson VS250 (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

The Benq MW535A has a bulb power of 210W, and so do the Epson VS250 and the Sony VPLSX236. That's 10W bigger than the Viewsonic PG603X (200W). More ...

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

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

3D

The Benq MW535A supports 3D, and so does the LG PH550, however the Epson VS250, the Sony VPLSX236 and the Viewsonic PG603X 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.

Ceiling Mountable

The Benq MW535A is a ceiling mountable projector (as is the Sony VPLSX236), but the Epson VS250, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PG603X are not. More ...

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

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

Handheld Remote Control

The Benq MW535A has a handheld remote control, and so do the LG PH550, the Sony VPLSX236 and the Viewsonic PG603X, whereas the Epson VS250 does not. More ...

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

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

Cheaper to Run by $40 Over Five Years

The Benq MW535A only costs $53 to run over five years however the Sony VPLSX236 costs $93 to run (75% more) and the Viewsonic PG603X costs $57 to run (7% more). More ...

Better Brand

Benq projectors have an average rating of 95%, but Epson only has an average rating of 94.4%, LG only has an average rating of 80.9% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 92%.

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the Benq MW535A

8dB Louder Noise Level

The Benq MW535A has a noise level of 32dB (as does the Viewsonic PG603X), whereas the Epson VS250 is a 37dB projector (5dB louder), the LG PH550 is a 24dB projector (8dB quieter) and the Sony VPLSX236 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 (15000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Benq MW535A has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio (as are the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PG603X), 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.

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Benq MW535A is only 5h lamp service life, and so does the Viewsonic PG603X. That's 1,000h shorter than the Epson VS250 and the Sony VPLSX236 (6,000h) and 25,000h shorter than the LG PH550 (30,000h). More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The Benq MW535A has received a Kagoo Score of 86, whereas the LG PH550 scored 87 and the Viewsonic PG603X scored 87.

$70 More Expensive

The Benq MW535A is more expensive than the Epson VS250 by $70.

Fewer Sellers

Only 2 retailers sells the Benq MW535A, but 8 sellers sell the LG PH550 and 6 sellers sell the Viewsonic PG603X. More ...

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

The cheapest price that we could find for the MW535A in the US is $320.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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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 $402.13 this projector is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the LG PH550 or read our article on whether you should buy a LG projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (24dB)
Very high contrast ratio (100000:1)
Built-in speaker
Very long service life of lamp (30,000h)
Supports 3D

A fully featured and cheap 720p very high contrast ratio projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) and supports 3D.

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

7 Reasons For for Choosing the LG PH550

13dB Quieter Noise Level

The LG PH550 has a noise level of 24dB, but the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X are both 32dB projectors (8dB louder), the Epson VS250 is a 37dB projector (13dB louder) and the Sony VPLSX236 is a 30dB projector (6dB 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, however the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PG603X have a high contrast ratio and the Sony VPLSX236 only has a low 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 does the Benq MW535A, whereas the Epson VS250, the Sony VPLSX236 and the Viewsonic PG603X 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), however the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250, the Sony VPLSX236 and the Viewsonic PG603X 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.

Handheld Remote Control

The LG PH550 has a handheld remote control, and so do the Benq MW535A, the Sony VPLSX236 and the Viewsonic PG603X, but the Epson VS250 does not. More ...

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

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

Better Kagoo Score

The LG PH550 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, but the Benq MW535A scored 86, the Epson VS250 scored 86 and the Sony VPLSX236 scored 81.

More Shops Are Selling It

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

6 Reasons Against for Choosing the LG PH550

Lower Resolution

The LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p), whereas the Benq MW535A has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA). More ...

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

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

85% Dimmer Projector Brightness

LG PH550 is only 550 ANSI lumens brightness. That's 3,050 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X (3,600 ANSI Lumens), 2,650 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Epson VS250 (3,200 ANSI Lumens) and 2,750 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Sony VPLSX236 (3,300 ANSI Lumens). More ...

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

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

Does Not Support Full HD

The LG PH550 does not support full HD (As does the the Sony VPLSX236), but the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PG603X support this feature. More ...

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

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

$152 More Expensive

The LG PH550 is more expensive than the Benq MW535A by $82 and more expensive than the Epson VS250 by $152.

Over Two Years Older

The LG PH550 is older than the Benq MW535A by three years, older than the Epson VS250 by 17 months and older than the Viewsonic PG603X by 19 months.

Worse Brand

LG projectors have an average rating of only 80.9%, however Benq has an average rating of 95%, Epson has an average rating of 94.4%, Sony has an average rating of 95% and Viewsonic has an average rating of 92%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PH550 in the US is $402.13 and in total we found 8 prices for it.

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Epson VS250

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Epson VS250

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Epson VS250
SVGA
RESOLUTION
37dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
210W
LAMP POWER

The Epson VS250 has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $250.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Epson VS250 or read our article on whether you should buy a Epson projector.

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

A projector native resolution and fully featured average noise level high contrast ratio projector, with a good price.

87
Features
Fully-Featured
85
Popularity
Quite Popular
87
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
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2 Reasons For for Choosing the Epson VS250

A Bit Bigger Bulb Power

The Epson VS250 is a 210W lamp power projector (as do the Benq MW535A and the Sony VPLSX236), whereas the Viewsonic PG603X is only a 200W lamp power projector (10W 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.

Cheaper by $70

The Epson VS250 costs $250.00, whereas the Benq MW535A is $320.00, the LG PH550 is $402.13, the Sony VPLSX236 is $435.00 and the Viewsonic PG603X is $557.93.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Epson VS250

Lower Resolution

The Epson VS250 has a projector native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA), whereas the Benq MW535A has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), the LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p) and the Sony VPLSX236 and the Viewsonic PG603X have a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA). More ...

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

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

26% Louder Noise Level

The Epson VS250 is a 37dB projector. That's 5dB louder than the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X (32dB), 13dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB) and 7dB louder than the Sony VPLSX236 (30dB). 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 VS250 has a high (15000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X, however the LG PH550 has a very high contrast ratio. More ...

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

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

Dimmer Projector Brightness

Epson VS250 is only 3 ANSI lumens brightness, but the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X are both 3,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projectors (400 ANSI lumens brighter), the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,650 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the Sony VPLSX236 is a 3,300 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (100 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 Epson VS250 has a service life of lamp of 6h (as does the Sony VPLSX236), however the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X are both 5,000h lamp service life projectors (1,000h shorter) and the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (24,000h 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 Have a Handheld Remote Control

The Epson VS250 does not have a handheld remote control, whereas the Benq MW535A, the LG PH550, the Sony VPLSX236 and the Viewsonic PG603X do. More ...

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

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

Worse Kagoo Score

The Epson VS250 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, but the LG PH550 scored 87 and the Viewsonic PG603X scored 87.

Not As Many Stockists

The Epson VS250 is only stocked by 2 shops, however the LG PH550 is stocked by 8 shops and the Viewsonic PG603X is stocked by 6 stores. 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 One Year

The Epson VS250 is 13 months older than the Benq MW535A and two months older than the Viewsonic PG603X.

Worse Brand

Epson projectors have an average rating of only 94.4%, however Benq has an average rating of 95% and Sony has an average rating of 95%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VS250 in the US is $250.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Sony VPLSX236

$435.00
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Sony VPLSX236

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Sony VPLSX236
XGA
RESOLUTION
30dB
3,300 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
6,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
210W
LAMP POWER
$93
OVER 5 YEARS

The Sony VPLSX236 has a Kagoo Score of 81. With a price tag of $435.00 this projector is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony VPLSX236 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony projector.

Features We Love:
Quieter than average noise level (30dB)
Built-in speaker
Long service life of lamp (6,000h)
Handheld remote control
Ethernet LAN

A good value for money and fully featured XGA quiet multimedia projector, with low running costs. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and is ceiling mountable.

83
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Running Costs
$94 Over 5 Years
81
Kagoo Score
Excellent

5 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPLSX236

10W Bigger Bulb Power

The Sony VPLSX236 has a bulb power of 210W (as do the Benq MW535A and the Epson VS250), however the Viewsonic PG603X is only a 200W lamp power projector (10W 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.

Ethernet LAN

The Sony VPLSX236 has an Ethernet LAN, and so does the Viewsonic PG603X, but the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250 and the LG PH550 do not. More ...

'Ethernet LAN' denotes whether the projector has the native capability to connect to the local network, in order to receive movie files and the like from your computer.

Ceiling Mountable

The Sony VPLSX236 is ceiling mountable, and so is the Benq MW535A, but the Epson VS250, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PG603X are not. More ...

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

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

Handheld Remote Control

The Sony VPLSX236 has a handheld remote control (as do the Benq MW535A, the LG PH550 and the Viewsonic PG603X), whereas the Epson VS250 does not have this feature. More ...

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

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

Better Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of 95%, but Epson only has an average rating of 94.4%, LG only has an average rating of 80.9% and Viewsonic only has an average rating of 92%.

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPLSX236

Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The Sony VPLSX236 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) (as is the Viewsonic PG603X), however the Benq MW535A has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the LG PH550 has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 720 (720p). More ...

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

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

6dB Louder Noise Level

The Sony VPLSX236 is a 30dB projector. That's 2dB quieter than the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X (32dB), 7dB quieter than the Epson VS250 (37dB) and 6dB louder than the LG PH550 (24dB). 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 Low (3000:1) Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPLSX236 has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PG603X (high) and 3 times lower 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.

300 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Sony VPLSX236 is a 3 ANSI lumens brightness projector, whereas the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X are both 3,600 ANSI Lumens brightness projectors (300 ANSI lumens brighter), the Epson VS250 is a 3,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (100 ANSI lumens dimmer) and the LG PH550 is a 550 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (2,750 ANSI lumens dimmer). More ...

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

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

Shorter Service Life of Lamp

Sony VPLSX236 is only 6h lamp service life (as does the Epson VS250), but the Benq MW535A and the Viewsonic PG603X are both 5,000h lamp service life projectors (1,000h shorter) and the LG PH550 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector (24,000h 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 Sony VPLSX236 does not support full HD (As does the the LG PH550), whereas the Benq MW535A, the Epson VS250 and the Viewsonic PG603X 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 Sony VPLSX236 has received a Kagoo Score of 81, whereas the Benq MW535A scored 86, the Epson VS250 scored 86, the LG PH550 scored 87 and the Viewsonic PG603X scored 87.

More Expensive by $185

The Sony VPLSX236 is $115 more expensive than the Benq MW535A, $185 more expensive than the Epson VS250 and $33 more expensive than the LG PH550.

Fewer Sellers

The Sony VPLSX236 is only stocked by 2 shops, but the LG PH550 is stocked by 8 shops and the Viewsonic PG603X is stocked by 6 shops. More ...

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

The Sony VPLSX236 is three years older than the Benq MW535A, two years older than the Epson VS250, nine months older than the LG PH550 and two years older than the Viewsonic PG603X.

Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $40

Over five years the Sony VPLSX236 costs $93 to run which is $40 more than the Benq MW535A and $36 more than the Viewsonic PG603X. Show assumptions.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPLSX236 in the US is $435.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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