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The 5 Best Selling Projectors in the US - September 2021

Matthew
Updated 30 August 2021
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5 best selling projectors Sep 2021

What Are the Best Selling Projectors in September 2021?

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Panasonic PTEX16KU Optoma PK301 Sony VPL-CX235 DELL S500WI Acer Portable LED C120
Panasonic PTEX16KU Optoma PK301 Sony VPL-CX235 DELL S500WI Acer Portable LED C120
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XGA
RESOLUTION
51dB
16,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WVGA
RESOLUTION
29dB
100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
XGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
4,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WXGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
WVGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
77
Features
Good Features
55
Value for Money
Average
59
Running Costs
$510 Over 5 Years
60
Kagoo Score
Good
90
Reviews
31 Reviews + 3 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
77
Brand Rating
Very Good Brand
82
Features
Fully-Featured
68
Value for Money
Good
84
Running Costs
$75 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
85
Reviews
6 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Running Costs
$140 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
88
Reviews
115 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A good spec but only moderate value for money XGA very noisy projector, with moderate running costs. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable. An award winning and fully featured WVGA quiet projector, with a low price. Customers report that it has good picture quality, it's compact but expensive. A fully featured and very economical to run XGA average noise level projector. A fully featured and award winning WXGA average noise level projector, with low running costs and a low price. It supports 3D and Wi-Fi and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good display, good picture quality but it's a bad size. A fully featured and classic WVGA average noise level projector, with a cheap price. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good picture quality, it's very easy to carry around and an outstanding size.
6 Reasons For
135W Bigger Bulb Power
Full HD
Ethernet LAN
Ceiling Mountable
Handheld Remote Control
Newer by Five Months
11 Reasons For
44% Quieter Noise Level
Card Reader Integrated
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
Better Kagoo Score
Three More Awards
Better User Reviews
Better Overall Reviews
Better Brand
1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score
Produces Better Picture Quality
5 Reasons For
Higher Contrast Ratio
Ethernet LAN
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
85% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
8 Reasons For
Higher Resolution
3D
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Built-in Speaker
Handheld Remote Control
Expert Reviews Are Appreciably Better
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
2 Reasons For
Built-in Display
More Shops Are Selling It
10 Reasons Against
Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution
Louder Noise Level
Lower Contrast Ratio
18,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $5,340
Less Retailers
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $437
Worse Brand
8 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Half As High Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
Expert Review Rating is Much Worse
1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Lower Review Score
11 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
15% Louder Noise Level
Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness
Smaller Bulb Power
17,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
$1,045 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over One Year Older
Worse Brand
14 Reasons Against
7dB Louder Noise Level
Only Low (2300:1) Contrast Ratio
12,800 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness
27% Smaller Bulb Power
Shorter Service Life of Lamp
Does Not Support Full HD
Worse Kagoo Score
$290 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Five Months Older
88% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years
Fewer Awards
Significantly Lower User Review Score
Worse Brand
14 Reasons Against
Lower Resolution
Louder Noise Level
3 Times Lower Contrast Ratio
Dimmer Projector Brightness
Does Not Support Full HD
Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker
Does Not Have a Handheld Remote Control
Worse Kagoo Score
Older by Over One Year
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
User Review Rating is Worse
Worse Brand
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture
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Panasonic PTEX16KU

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Panasonic PTEX16KU
XGA
RESOLUTION
51dB
16,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
380W
LAMP POWER
$512
OVER 5 YEARS

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a Kagoo Score of 60. However with a price tag of $5,495.00 this projector is very expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Panasonic PTEX16KU or read our article on whether you should buy a Panasonic projector.

Features We Love:
Bright projector brightness (16,000 ANSI lumens)
Handheld remote control
Supports full HD
Big bulb power (380W)
Ethernet LAN

A good spec but only moderate value for money XGA very noisy projector, with moderate running costs. It has a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN, supports full HD and is ceiling mountable.

77
Features
Good Features
55
Value for Money
Average
59
Running Costs
$510 Over 5 Years
60
Kagoo Score
Good

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Panasonic PTEX16KU

135W Bigger Bulb Power

Panasonic PTEX16KU is 380W lamp power, but the DELL S500WI is only a 280W lamp power projector (100W smaller) and the Sony VPL-CX235 is only a 245W lamp power projector (135W 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.

Full HD

The Panasonic PTEX16KU supports full HD, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120, the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235 do not support this feature. More ...

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

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

Ethernet LAN

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has an Ethernet LAN, and so do the DELL S500WI and the Sony VPL-CX235, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 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 Panasonic PTEX16KU is ceiling mountable, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120, the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235 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 Panasonic PTEX16KU has a handheld remote control (as do the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235), however the Acer Portable LED C120 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!

Newer by Five Months

The Panasonic PTEX16KU was released 19 months after the Acer Portable LED C120, released five months after the DELL S500WI, released 15 months after the Optoma PK301 and released 21 months after the Sony VPL-CX235

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Panasonic PTEX16KU

Only 1024 X 768 (XGA) Resolution

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA) (as is the Sony VPL-CX235), but the DELL S500WI 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.

Louder Noise Level

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 51dB projector. That's 16dB louder than the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Sony VPL-CX235 (35dB), 15dB louder than the DELL S500WI (36dB) and 22dB louder than the Optoma PK301 (29dB). 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 Panasonic PTEX16KU has a low (2500:1) contrast ratio, and so are the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Sony VPL-CX235 (medium). 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.

18,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 2h lamp service life projector, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 are both 20,000h lamp service life projectors (18,000h longer), the DELL S500WI is a 2,500h lamp service life projector (500h longer) and the Sony VPL-CX235 is a 3,000h lamp service life projector (1,000h 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 Built-in Speaker

The Panasonic PTEX16KU does not have a built-in speaker (As does the the Acer Portable LED C120), however the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Panasonic PTEX16KU has only received a Kagoo Score of 60, however the Acer Portable LED C120 scored 79, the DELL S500WI scored 76, the Optoma PK301 scored 80 and the Sony VPL-CX235 scored 76.

More Expensive by $5,340

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is $5,340 more expensive than the Acer Portable LED C120, $5,050 more expensive than the DELL S500WI and $4,295 more expensive than the Sony VPL-CX235.

Less Retailers

The Panasonic PTEX16KU is only stocked by 1 seller, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 is stocked by 2 sellers. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the price competition amongst retailers for the product and also reduces the chances of this projector remaining in stock.
Higher Running Costs Over Five Years by $437

Over five years the running costs of the Panasonic PTEX16KU are $512 which is $371 more than the DELL S500WI and $437 more than the Sony VPL-CX235. Show assumptions.

Worse Brand

Panasonic projectors have an average rating of only 66.6%, whereas Acer has an average rating of 86.2%, DELL has an average rating of 78.5%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.4% and Sony has an average rating of 90.8%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the PTEX16KU in the US is $5,495.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Optoma PK301

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Optoma PK301

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Optoma PK301
WVGA
RESOLUTION
29dB
100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

The Optoma PK301 has a Kagoo Score of 80. With a price tag of $0.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Optoma PK301 or read our article on whether you should buy a Optoma projector.

Features We Love:
854 x 480 (WVGA) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (29dB)
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control

An award winning and fully featured WVGA quiet projector, with a low price. Customers report that it has good picture quality, it's compact but expensive.

90
Reviews
31 Reviews + 3 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Optoma PK301 has good user reviews but ok expert reviews with an average overall rating of 74%, based on 31 reviews.

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11 Reasons For for Choosing the Optoma PK301

44% Quieter Noise Level

The Optoma PK301 is a 29dB projector. That's 6dB quieter than the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Sony VPL-CX235 (35dB), 7dB quieter than the DELL S500WI (36dB) and 22dB quieter than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (51dB). 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.

Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma PK301 has a card reader integrated, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120, the DELL S500WI, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235 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.

Built-in Speaker

The Optoma PK301 has a built-in speaker, and so do the DELL S500WI and the Sony VPL-CX235, however the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU do not. More ...

A projector with built in speakers is able to play sound as well as display images.

Built in speakers mean that you don't need a separate amplifier to play sound with the projector image.

Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma PK301 has a handheld remote control (as do the DELL S500WI, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235), but the Acer Portable LED C120 does not have this feature. More ...

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

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

Better Kagoo Score

The Optoma PK301 has received a Kagoo Score of 80, but the Acer Portable LED C120 scored 79, the DELL S500WI scored 76, the Panasonic PTEX16KU scored only 60 and the Sony VPL-CX235 scored 76.

Three More Awards

The Optoma PK301 has received 3 awards from expert review sites, however the Acer Portable LED C120 has received no awards, the DELL S500WI has received 1 award, the Panasonic PTEX16KU has received no awards and the Sony VPL-CX235 has received no awards.

Better User Reviews

Based on 15 reviews, the Optoma PK301 has an average user review score of 77%, but the Acer Portable LED C120 has an average rating of 68% (based on 57 reviews) and the DELL S500WI has an average rating of 20% (based on 1 review).

Better Overall Reviews

Based on 31 reviews, the Optoma PK301 has an average overall review score of 74%, but the Acer Portable LED C120 has an average rating of 68% (based on 62 reviews) and the DELL S500WI has an average rating of 61% (based on 6 reviews).

Better Brand

Optoma projectors have an average rating of 93.4%, however Acer only has an average rating of 86.2%, DELL only has an average rating of 78.5%, Panasonic only has an average rating of 66.6% and Sony only has an average rating of 90.8%.

1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score

PC Mag all gave the Optoma PK301 a better review score. More ...

PC Mag: Optoma PK301 = 80% vs Acer Portable LED C120 = 70%
Produces Better Picture Quality

The Optoma PK301 reviewers thought the Optoma PK301 produces better picture quality. Several people thought that it had good picture quality, video quality and was good for watching movies.

8 Reasons Against for Choosing the Optoma PK301

Lower Resolution

The Optoma PK301 has a projector native resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA) (as is the Acer Portable LED C120), whereas the DELL S500WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235 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.

Half As High Contrast Ratio

The Optoma PK301 has a low (3000:1) contrast ratio, and so are the DELL S500WI and the Panasonic PTEX16KU, which is half as high contrast ratio as the Sony VPL-CX235 (medium). 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

Optoma PK301 is only 100 ANSI lumens brightness (as does the Acer Portable LED C120), but the DELL S500WI is a 3,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (3,100 ANSI lumens brighter), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 16,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (15,900 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Sony VPL-CX235 is a 4,100 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (4,000 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 Optoma PK301 does not support full HD (As do the the Acer Portable LED C120, the DELL S500WI and the Sony VPL-CX235), but the Panasonic PTEX16KU 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.

Not As Many Stockists

The Optoma PK301 is only stocked by 1 store, however the Acer Portable LED C120 is stocked by 2 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 One Year

The Optoma PK301 is 10 months older than the DELL S500WI and 15 months older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU.

Expert Review Rating is Much Worse

The Optoma PK301 only has an average expert score of 69%, but the DELL S500WI has an average expert rating of 80% (based on 5 reviews).

1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Lower Review Score

Projectorcentral.com all gave the Optoma PK301 a lower review score. More ...

Projectorcentral.com: Optoma PK301 = 85% vs DELL S500WI = 93%

The cheapest price that we could find for the PK301 in the US is $0.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Sony VPL-CX235

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Sony VPL-CX235
XGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
4,100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
245W
LAMP POWER
$75
OVER 5 YEARS

The Sony VPL-CX235 has a Kagoo Score of 76. However with a price tag of $1,199.95 this projector is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Sony VPL-CX235 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony projector.

Features We Love:
Bright projector brightness (4,100 ANSI lumens)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control
Ethernet LAN
HD-Ready

A fully featured and very economical to run XGA average noise level projector.

82
Features
Fully-Featured
68
Value for Money
Good
84
Running Costs
$75 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

5 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony VPL-CX235

Higher Contrast Ratio

The Sony VPL-CX235 has a medium (3100:1) contrast ratio, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 only has a very low contrast ratio and the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU have 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.

Ethernet LAN

The Sony VPL-CX235 has an Ethernet LAN (as do the DELL S500WI and the Panasonic PTEX16KU), whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 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.

Built-in Speaker

The Sony VPL-CX235 has a built-in speaker (as do the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301), whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU do not have this feature. More ...

A projector with built in speakers is able to play sound as well as display images.

Built in speakers mean that you don't need a separate amplifier to play sound with the projector image.

Handheld Remote Control

The Sony VPL-CX235 has a handheld remote control, and so do the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU, however the Acer Portable LED C120 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!

85% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years

The Sony VPL-CX235 only costs $75 to run over five years but the DELL S500WI costs $141 to run (88% more) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU costs $512 to run (584% more). More ...

11 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony VPL-CX235

Lower Resolution

The Sony VPL-CX235 has a projector native resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA), and so is the Panasonic PTEX16KU, but the DELL S500WI 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.

15% Louder Noise Level

The Sony VPL-CX235 has a noise level of 35dB (as does the Acer Portable LED C120), however the DELL S500WI is a 36dB projector (1dB louder), the Optoma PK301 is a 29dB projector (6dB quieter) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 51dB projector (16dB louder). More ...

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

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

Vastly Dimmer Projector Brightness

The Sony VPL-CX235 has a projector brightness of 4 ANSI lumens. That's 4,000 ANSI lumens brighter than the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 (100 ANSI Lumens), 900 ANSI lumens brighter than the DELL S500WI (3,200 ANSI Lumens) and 11,900 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (16,000 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.

Smaller Bulb Power

Sony VPL-CX235 is only 245W lamp power. That's 35W smaller than the DELL S500WI (280W) and 135W smaller than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (380W). 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.

17,000h Shorter Service Life of Lamp

The Sony VPL-CX235 is a 3h lamp service life projector. That's 17,000h shorter than the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 (20,000h), 500h longer than the DELL S500WI (2,500h) and 1,000h longer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (2,000h). More ...

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

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

Does Not Support Full HD

The Sony VPL-CX235 does not support full HD (As do the the Acer Portable LED C120, the DELL S500WI and the Optoma PK301), however the Panasonic PTEX16KU 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony VPL-CX235 has received a Kagoo Score of 76, however the Acer Portable LED C120 scored 79 and the Optoma PK301 scored 80.

$1,045 More Expensive

The Sony VPL-CX235 is more expensive than the Acer Portable LED C120 by $1,045 and more expensive than the DELL S500WI by $755.

Less Retailers

Only 1 retailer sell the Sony VPL-CX235, whereas 2 sellers sell the Acer Portable LED C120. 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.
Over One Year Older

The Sony VPL-CX235 is older than the Acer Portable LED C120 by two months, older than the DELL S500WI by 16 months, older than the Optoma PK301 by six months and older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU by 21 months.

Worse Brand

Sony projectors have an average rating of only 90.8%, whereas Optoma has an average rating of 93.4%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the VPL-CX235 in the US is $1,199.95 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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DELL S500WI

$445.00
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DELL S500WI

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DELL S500WI
WXGA
RESOLUTION
36dB
3,200 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
2,500h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
280W
LAMP POWER
$141
OVER 5 YEARS

The DELL S500WI has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of $445.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the DELL S500WI or read our article on whether you should buy a DELL projector.

Features We Love:
Supports 3D
Handheld remote control
Built-in speaker
Supports Wi-Fi
Big bulb power (280W)

A fully featured and award winning WXGA average noise level projector, with low running costs and a low price. It supports 3D and Wi-Fi and has a built-in speaker and a handheld remote control. Our review analysis indicates that it has a good display, good picture quality but it's a bad size.

85
Reviews
6 Reviews + 1 Award
81
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Value for Money
Very Good
71
Running Costs
$140 Over 5 Years
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that DELL S500WI has good expert reviews but below average user reviews with an average overall rating of 61%.

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8 Reasons For for Choosing the DELL S500WI

Higher Resolution

The DELL S500WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), which is twice as high resolution as the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 (854 x 480 (WVGA)). 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.

3D

The DELL S500WI supports 3D, however the Acer Portable LED C120, the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235 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.

Wi-Fi

The DELL S500WI supports Wi-Fi, but the Acer Portable LED C120, the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235 do not support this feature. More ...

Wi-Fi projectors can connect to your local WiFi network which means that you display content from other devices connected to the same network.

Wi-Fi projectors allow you display content from other devices connected to the same network without the need to use a cable.

Ethernet LAN

The DELL S500WI has an Ethernet LAN (as do the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235), but the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 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.

Built-in Speaker

The DELL S500WI has a built-in speaker (as do the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235), but the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU do not have this feature. More ...

A projector with built in speakers is able to play sound as well as display images.

Built in speakers mean that you don't need a separate amplifier to play sound with the projector image.

Handheld Remote Control

The DELL S500WI has a handheld remote control, and so do the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 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!

Expert Reviews Are Appreciably Better

Based on 5 reviews, the average expert review score of the DELL S500WI is 80%, whereas the average rating of the Acer Portable LED C120 is 66% (based on 5 reviews) and the average rating of the Optoma PK301 is 69% (based on 16 reviews).

2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score

PC Mag and Projectorcentral.com both gave the DELL S500WI a better review score. More ...

PC Mag: DELL S500WI = 80% vs Acer Portable LED C120 = 70%

Projectorcentral.com: DELL S500WI = 93% vs Optoma PK301 = 85%

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the DELL S500WI

7dB Louder Noise Level

The DELL S500WI has a noise level of 36dB, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Sony VPL-CX235 are both 35dB projectors (1dB quieter), the Optoma PK301 is a 29dB projector (7dB quieter) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 51dB projector (15dB louder). More ...

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

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

Only Low (2300:1) Contrast Ratio

The DELL S500WI has a low (2300:1) contrast ratio (as are the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the Sony VPL-CX235 has a medium contrast ratio. More ...

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

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

12,800 ANSI Lumens Dimmer Projector Brightness

The DELL S500WI is a 3 ANSI lumens brightness projector. That's 3,100 ANSI lumens brighter than the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 (100 ANSI Lumens), 12,800 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (16,000 ANSI Lumens) and 900 ANSI lumens dimmer than the Sony VPL-CX235 (4,100 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.

27% Smaller Bulb Power

The DELL S500WI has a bulb power of 280W. That's 100W smaller than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (380W) and 35W bigger than the Sony VPL-CX235 (245W). 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

DELL S500WI is only 2h lamp service life. That's 17,500h shorter than the Acer Portable LED C120 and the Optoma PK301 (20,000h), 500h longer than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (2,000h) and 500h shorter than the Sony VPL-CX235 (3,000h). More ...

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

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

Does Not Support Full HD

The DELL S500WI does not support full HD (As do the the Acer Portable LED C120, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235), whereas the Panasonic PTEX16KU 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The DELL S500WI has received a Kagoo Score of 76, whereas the Acer Portable LED C120 scored 79 and the Optoma PK301 scored 80.

$290 More Expensive

The DELL S500WI is more expensive than the Acer Portable LED C120 by $290.

Fewer Sellers

Only 1 retailer sell the DELL S500WI, but 2 retailers sell the Acer Portable LED C120. More ...

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

The DELL S500WI is older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU by five months.

88% Higher Running Costs Over Five Years

Over five years the DELL S500WI costs $141 to run which is $66 more than the Sony VPL-CX235. Show assumptions.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the DELL S500WI has received 1 award, the Optoma PK301 has received 3 awards.

Significantly Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the DELL S500WI is only 20%, whereas the average user rating of the Acer Portable LED C120 is 68% (based on 57 reviews) and the Optoma PK301 is 77% (based on 15 reviews).

Worse Brand

DELL projectors have an average rating of only 78.5%, but Acer has an average rating of 86.2%, Optoma has an average rating of 93.4% and Sony has an average rating of 90.8%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the S500WI in the US is $445.00 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Acer Portable LED C120

$155.00
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Acer Portable LED C120

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Acer Portable LED C120
WVGA
RESOLUTION
35dB
100 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
1.65:1
THROW RATIO

The Acer Portable LED C120 has a Kagoo Score of 79. With a price tag of $155.00 this projector is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Acer Portable LED C120 or read our article on whether you should buy a Acer projector.

Features We Love:
854 x 480 (WVGA) resolution
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)
Built-in display
Carrying case

A fully featured and classic WVGA average noise level projector, with a cheap price. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good picture quality, it's very easy to carry around and an outstanding size.

88
Reviews
115 Reviews
82
Features
Fully-Featured
82
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Our review analysis indicates that Acer Portable LED C120 has good user reviews but average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 68%, based on 115 reviews.

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2 Reasons For for Choosing the Acer Portable LED C120

Built-in Display

The Acer Portable LED C120 has a built-in display, whereas the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235 do not have this feature. More ...

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

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

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.

14 Reasons Against for Choosing the Acer Portable LED C120

Lower Resolution

The Acer Portable LED C120 has a projector native resolution of 854 x 480 (WVGA) (as is the Optoma PK301), whereas the DELL S500WI has a projector native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235 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.

Louder Noise Level

The Acer Portable LED C120 is a 35dB projector, and so does the Sony VPL-CX235. That's 1dB quieter than the DELL S500WI (36dB), 6dB louder than the Optoma PK301 (29dB) and 16dB quieter than the Panasonic PTEX16KU (51dB). 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.

3 Times Lower Contrast Ratio

The Acer Portable LED C120 has a very low (1000:1) contrast ratio, which is half as high contrast ratio as the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Panasonic PTEX16KU (low) and 3 times lower contrast ratio as the Sony VPL-CX235 (medium). 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

Acer Portable LED C120 is only 100 ANSI lumens brightness (as does the Optoma PK301), but the DELL S500WI is a 3,200 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (3,100 ANSI lumens brighter), the Panasonic PTEX16KU is a 16,000 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (15,900 ANSI lumens brighter) and the Sony VPL-CX235 is a 4,100 ANSI Lumens brightness projector (4,000 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 Acer Portable LED C120 does not support full HD (As do the the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235), but the Panasonic PTEX16KU 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Speaker

The Acer Portable LED C120 does not have a built-in speaker (As does the the Panasonic PTEX16KU), but the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301 and the Sony VPL-CX235 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.

Does Not Have a Handheld Remote Control

The Acer Portable LED C120 does not have a handheld remote control, whereas the DELL S500WI, the Optoma PK301, the Panasonic PTEX16KU and the Sony VPL-CX235 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 Acer Portable LED C120 has received a Kagoo Score of 79, but the Optoma PK301 scored 80.

Older by Over One Year

The Acer Portable LED C120 is 14 months older than the DELL S500WI, four months older than the Optoma PK301 and 19 months older than the Panasonic PTEX16KU.

Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Acer Portable LED C120 only has an average expert score of 66%, but the DELL S500WI has an average expert rating of 80% (based on 5 reviews) and the Optoma PK301 has an average expert rating of 69% (based on 16 reviews).

User Review Rating is Worse

The Acer Portable LED C120 only has an average user score of 68%, but the Optoma PK301 has an average user rating of 77% (based on 15 reviews).

Worse Brand

Acer projectors have an average rating of only 86.2%, however Optoma has an average rating of 93.4% and Sony has an average rating of 90.8%.

2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score

PC Mag and Projectorcentral.com both gave the Acer Portable LED C120 a lower review score. More ...

PC Mag: Acer Portable LED C120 = 70% vs Optoma PK301 = 80%

Projectorcentral.com: Acer Portable LED C120 = 75% vs Optoma PK301 = 85%
Worse At Producing a High Quality Picture

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Acer Portable LED C120 was worse at producing a high quality picture.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Portable LED C120 in the US is $155.00 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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