Perhaps one of the most underrated technological appliances, a projector can serve many purposes. It can help to improve the showing of a movie or create a great slideshow for showing off pictures of a vacation. It can also serve more practical purposes, such as a variety of classroom uses or for professional or religious reasons. Regardless of the reason you are hoping to invest in a high quality projector, here is a list of 10 of the best home theater projectors for less than $500 in 2018.
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10. ZTE Spro 2 Smart Projector WiFi Only
The portability of this projector is unparalleled. Even though it is small enough to easily take it with you, the image quality that it projects does not suffer. It provides a 4000 to 1 resolution, along with high quality speakers. The touch screen gives you interactive capabilities to adjust the settings in order to make your presentation with this projector as customized as possible.
9. Portable Pico Video projector Android WiFi Bluetooth Office Projector Outdoor/Indoor Home Projector Support 1080P, LED Projector For Home Theater Movie Video Games up to 120 inches
One of the cheaper portable projector options on the market, the projection quality is still superb. Projecting an image of sizes between 18 and 120 inches, this cheaper counterpart to many of the other projectors on this list is a great value. It has all of the connectivity options that are commonly offered, including HDMI, VGA, AV input, and more.
8. iDGLAX iDG-787 LCD LED Video Multi-media Mini Portable Projector 300 Lumens
This projector features an LED light, which is good for about 20,000 of projection, which could easily last over a decade. The energy is also efficiently used, so the movie that you are projecting can be enjoyed for hours without having to turn off the projector every couple of hours to allow it to cool down. The image can be projected over 10 feet away, and the maximum image size is a generous 100 inches.
7. Vivitek D837 3D-Ready XGA Education DLP Projector with 3500 ANSI Lumens
With a 2500 to 1 resolution ratio, the images produced by this projector are great. Specially designed to ensure that all projected images are presented in a crisp way, you will not be disappointed if you purchase this projector from Vivitek, which has the option to purchase a warranty to help ensure the longevity of your technological investment.
6. Excelvan 2600 Lumens Mini LED Multimedia LCD Home Cinema Theater Projector Support 3D Effect
This projector from Excelvan offers many features that have helped it to earn its way onto this list. Its LED light is good for up to 20,000 hours of projection, and it is designed for optimal energy efficiency. Additionally, it come with 3D capabilities. With a simple pair of 3D glasses and 3D video, you can enjoy dozens of 3D movies at home.
5. ViewSonic PJD5555W 3300 Lumens WXGA HDMI Projector
Featuring 15,000 to 1 image resolution, this projector is practically unparalleled in image quality when its size is accounted for. It also includes built-in speaker, so that there is no need to transport external speakers when using this projector. It also features an interactive interface, which makes changing the variety of settings very easy.
4. Projector (Warranty Included) Xinda LCD 1200 Lumens
Designed to be incredibly portable, this projector from Xinda is about the size of a mini iPad. It uses an advanced version of LED bulb, so it can be used for up to 50,000 hours of projection, as opposed to a mere 20,000 hours offered by traditional LED bulbs. Additionally, it has multiple features that help to ensure an unprecedented quality of color in the projected images.
3. iDGLAX iDG-787W LCD LED Video Multimedia Mini Portable Projector with Free HDMI cable
Weighing in at a mere two pounds, the portability of this projector is incredible. It is designed to be incredibly versatile, so it features all of the common connectivity options. It also has the capability to project an image as large as 130 inches, along with built-in speakers, which work together to create the perfect projector for home movies.
2. BenQ DLP Video Projector – SVGA Display, 3300 Lumens, HDMI, 13,000:1 Contrast, 3D-Ready Projector (MS524A)
This projector is great for using in offices. It is designed for professional who is always on the go. You will appreciate the long lasting life of up to 10 000 hours uses. It features 3300 ANSI lumens of brightness. It also provides SVGA resolution and remarkable 13,000:1 contrast ratio. Moreover, it is good for use in medium size room.
BenQ is a reliable brand worldwide. It offers a 1-year warranty for parts and labor.
1. Epson VS240 SVGA 3LCD Projector 3000 Lumens Color Brightness
Ranking number one on this top ten list, this projector from Epson has certainly earned its spot. It features 3000 lumens brightness for color and white lights. It has built-in sound, and can project images of up to 300 inches, so it is perfect for virtually any projector use.
Whether you are wanting a projector to create memories through home movie nights or if you want one to help with business presentations, there is a projector on this top ten list for nearly any need.