Comparing All of the Best Video Projectors Under $500
If you’re wondering which video projector will meet your needs without costing an arm and a leg, well we’ve compiled this list of 23 of the best video projectors under $500 to make your search a lot simpler.
The following list is based on manufacturers’ notes, reviews from Amazon users, and the opinions of other buyers and reviewers. We hope this extensive article will tell you everything you need to know to find the best video projector under $500 for your specific needs and budget and make an informed purchase you’ll be fully satisfied with.
1. ViewSonic 3600 Lumens SVGA High Brightness Projector
A 3300 lumens SVGA projector with a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, the viewsonic 3600 is good for all kinds of use, business and home theatre, being very high performing in both brightness and contrast.
The manufacturer recommends it for business and education, and boasts that it is 3d-ready Blu-ray HDMI input can display 3d images directly from 3d Blu-ray players.
The standard format is 4:3, with a resolution of 800×600. It offers digital key stoning, which will save you a lot of trouble especially if you’re in a business situation where maximum time efficiency is expected. It offers HDMI connectivity but also includes VGA, S-Video, Composite Video and Audio in/out connectivity.
It offers the Dynamic Eco energy-saving feature, that reduces power consumption significantly and makes up for seriously extended battery life (up to 10,000 hours).
2. Epson VS240 SVGA 3LCD Projector
A 3LCD video projector, the Epson VS240 has the perfect balance of price and performance, sold on Amazon at around $500 with its LCD chips that display a three times wider color gamut than single-chip DLP projectors in the same price range.
The brightness is decent at 3000 lumens, and the resolution is your typical 800×600 (SVGA). It features an e-zoom button on the remote control and Epson’s trademark ease of setup. Like all projectors in its class it supports HDMI. The contrast ratio is 15,000:1.The keystone correction is done manually, and the native format of projection is 4:3.
Overall,this projector is good for both business and home theater environments, including 3D, and could be the most balanced model of its kind and a serious contender for the title of best video projector under $500.
3. ELEPHAS LED Movie Portable Mini Projector
With a price around $80 on Amazon and a native resolution of 800 x 480, which is a 5:3 format, the ELEPHAS LED Mini Video Projector is an extremely tempting choice. It has HDMI, VGA and USB connectivity, a contrast ratio of 1000:1 – decent for its price but pretty low for an LCD / LED projector – and a brightness of 1200 lumens. This makes it fit for dark conditions, home theatre use and not so much for business.
It offers most connectivity options but not all – HDMI, USB, AV as well as SD card and audio output. The keystone function is a manual +- 15 degrees correction, as is the case with many others on this list.
It is a contender for the best projector under $500 at least for being the second cheapest on the list yet offering above-average performance in its niche, which is a mainly business presentation.
4. WOWOTO H8 3500 Lumens Mini Projector
The WOWOTO H8 is a DLP-based projector with 1280×800 native resolutions.
The brightness is 3500 lumens and the contrast ratio is 2000:1. Like a few others on this list, it is a device that comes with pre-installed Android. Given its specs, it is obviously designed for home theatre and not for business use.
It supports both 16:9 and 4:3 formats and has a keystone function, both auto and manual +_ 40 degrees, which is pretty rare.
The connectivity options are HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0, AV, RJ45, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AV and audio. It supports SD cards as well as a mouse and a keyboard.
It supports multiple screens and is sold on Amazon at price around $300.
5. Optoma S341 3500 Lumens SVGA 3D DLP Projector
With 3500 lumens and a 22,000:1 contrast ratio this SVGA DLP projector is, performance-wise, one of the highest rated products of its type. The Amazon price is under $300 – not cheap but decent – and it has a native 800×600 resolution. It has no auto keystone function, which can be pretty inconvenient compared to its competing devices in the same price range.
It offers wireless, HDMI and USB connectivity. The lamp is advertised to be especially durable, guaranteed to function for 10,000 hours. It is a business & education projector, but its high contrast ratio makes it suitable for movies also. It has a native 4:3 format but also supports 16:9.
6. GooDee HD Video Projector 3800L Outdoor Movie Projector
Cheap but not extremely so, the GoDee is priced under $200 on Amazon. Like other projectors on this list, it has a resolution of 1080p which means a native 16:9 format.
The contrast ratio is 3000:1 and the projection tech is LCD. With 3200 lumens, it is yet another home movie projector that could also be used in daylight conditions.
It has a +- 15 degrees vertical keystone ring. Its connectivity options are the standard VGA, HDMI and USB with SD card support and 3-in-1 AV.
7. Meyoung TC80 LED Mini Projector
The Meyoung TFT LCD Projector is very cheap, below $100 on Amazon (actually around $80).
It has a maximum resolution of 1080p, which means a native 16:9 format, like most others in its class – then again, most others in this resolution class are at least 2 or 3 times more expensive, which makes us look to the Meyoung with particular interest.
Like most projectors on this list, it connects to any device via HDMI, VGA, USB or AV and it supports SD cards for direct playback. It projects 1200 lumen and has a contrast ratio of 1000:1, being designed as a home cinema device. It has an optical keystone function.
Given its specs it could be a contender for best video projector under $500 at least because of its especially low price.
8. AAXA Technologies P300 Pico Projector
Yet another very small portable DLP projector, the AAXA Technologies P300 LED Pico Projector has a 16:9 format of 1080p. It has a brightness of 400 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 2000:1 – fit for business presentations,also good for home theatre use.
However, with a battery life of 60 minutes and an Amazon price around $300, it is clearly designed for business and personal media sharing rather than watching movies on the go.
It fits easily into a laptop case; offers HDMI, VGA, Composite A/V connections, digital keystone correction, an image size of up to 120 inch and are a good choice for your portable business needs.
9. RIF6 Cube Full LED Mini Projector
This super small 2″ x 2″ x 1.9″ portable Pico projector, like most others, includes a tripod in it’s roughly a good price. It is the first projector created purely for smartphone and tablet use – still, it is a strong competitor for the other projectors on this list, being in the same price range and offering comparable performance irrespective of the device it is used with.
According to the info available on-line, including the manufacturer’s website, it does not seem to support digital key stoning. It operates on a 90-minute battery, comes with a remote control – like most if not all video projectors, includes a HDMI cable for the iPhone as well as MHL cables for Samsung and for other Android phones. It even has its own built-in speaker and SD card reader.
The light source is 50 lumens and boasts a 20.000 hour life time. It is a DLP-based projector, and its native 16:9 resolution is 854×480. It clearly is not a business projector because of its very low brightness capabilities, but the 1000:1 contrast ratio makes it also not fit for 3d home theatre. It is a classic, 2d home theatre device.
With its SD card reader, you can use the Pico Projector by itself. There is no need for a phone or other device to play whatever video you have on your card on a wall at any time.
It is a product that definitely stands out, and, while others on this list may exhibit certain higher performance traits, this one is to be taken into account as being in a different category – that of portable, mini or Pico video projectors.
10. BenQ DLP HD 1080p Projector
An energy efficient projector, normally priced around $600 because of its well-known, reliable brand, the TH670 could be the best choice if you are looking for a home cinema solution.
On Amazon it can be found under $500, which is why we included it on the list. The resolution is 1080p, native 16:9, and it has an automatic keystone function.
It is a DLP projector with 300 ANSI lumens and a contrast range of 10000:1, thus a purely home-theater one. It is also recommended for 3D entertainment by its manufacturers, and generally appears to belong to a higher class of quality than other such devices.
11. CiBest Video Portable Projector
What seriously sets this one apart from the previous projectors is its true native 1024×768 4:3 resolution, much higher than the average projector in its price range. It has the option to be mounted on the ceiling, and other peculiarities, with a good at amazon making it a seriously attractive choice.
The brightness is 3200 lumen; the contrast ratio is 3000:1 static and 10000:1 dynamic on an LCD chip. It has manual keystone correction.
Being high in both brightness in contrast makes it fit for both business and home theatre use, including 3D – although it is advertised as being primarily suited for home theatre movie and gaming use. It supports the full range of connectivity options, like all projectors on this list: 2xHDMI, 2xUSB, 1xVGA.
12. iCODIS G1 Mini Projector
Another DLP-based Pico projector with an especially portable design, the iCODIS G1 costs under $300 on Amazon and offers many competitive features.
At 200 grams it is an extremely lightweight projector, being about the same size and weight as a smartphone.
Despite its extremely attractive and efficient design and its many features, the one big, hard to overlook problem of this device – which most other projectors of any sort do not have – is that it has absolutely no keystoning function, digital or manual. This will force the user to physically adjust the projector itself and/or have to always find the right surface, so that the angle is perfect.
With its 2000 Lumens (100 ANSI) it is brighter than a HD LCD projector, being in this respect above most other mini projectors on the market when it comes to brightness. This, coupled with its 1000:1 (static) to 2000:1 (dynamic) contrast ratio makes it suitable for business – which is rare for a mini projector – but also for 2d and perhaps even 3d home theatre use.
It is also attractive because of its native 1080p 16:9 support and wireless connectivity for iPhone and Android smartphones. Other than this, only some of the standard connectivity options apply: HDMI, USB and of course micro USB for smart devices.
13. Croyale PJ-58 Video Projector
The Croyale HD projects 3200 lumens with a contrast ratio of 3000:1 and is priced under $200 on Amazon.
It is an LCD TFT projector, and it has a native resolution of 1280×800. It operates in both 4:3 and 16:9 modes. Keys toning is done manually with a vertical +- 15 degree rotation.
It is advertised as a home theatre projector, although its specs could also allow it to be used for projecting things in daytime conditions. It offers standard connectivity, which means it supports VGA, HDMI, USB, AV and TV.
14. AEHR mini projector
A DLP-based projector priced under $300 on Amazon; the AEHR is an Android device.
Like the others it has support for external Bluetooth speakers, it contains all the apps & features that come naturally with Android OS, and can connect to Mac or PC via HDMI as well as to other devices. It has USB support also, as well as the obviously included wireless connectivity. I offers hotspot mode and supports TF cards.
It projects 100 lumens at a 2000:1 contrast ratio, making it fit purely for home theatre use. Given its price, the brightness might be a little low – on the other hand, it compensates with all the features of being an Android smart device in itself.
From Internet-available information it is not clear whether there is a keystone function, and if it is manual, digital or both. It is a native 16:9, 1080p projector and, given its medium price, a good one in this category.
15. Hausbell Mini Projector Portable Video LED Projector
This Hausbell projector projects 1500 ANSI Lumens, making it perfect for dark environments but not recommended for business or for bright rooms in general.
It is a portable, LED-based home video projector with an 800×600 (thus 4:3) native resolution that can upscale to 1920×1080. The static contrast ratio is 600:1 with a dynamic one of 10000:1.
It connects via HDMI,VGA, USB and AV and supports SD cards. It has a manual keystone function that tilts the lens. The Amazon price is around $100, making it a very attractive portable projector.
16. DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector
The DBPOWER T20 also has native 1080p 16:9 support on an LED + LCD display. At price under $100, it is clearly much cheaper than all the above products. It operates at 1500 lumens and has a contrast ratio of 1000:1, making it a worthwhile choice for business environments and fit but not excellent in the home theatre department.
The manufacturer advertises it as having 50% greater brightness than most LED projectors, an especially silent fan and other perks. The keystone function is manual. The connectivity options are standard: HDMI, USB, AV, VGA and SD card support.
Priced under $100, it is definitely one of the choices to consider. Not only for being relatively cheap but for being a competitive product in its class.
17. TOUMEI Portable Video Home Theater Rechargeable Projector
Priced under $300 on Amazon, the TOUMEI Portable is a rechargeable, energy saving projector DLP that’s also wireless.
According to reviews and specs on the Internet, it does not seem to have a keystone function at all, which is a downside to any projector. Then again the information available is quite fragmented and we would advise you to research this personally.
It is a DLP-based projector with a native resolution of 1080p and 100 ANSI lumens. It has a contrast ratio of 2000:1 which, coupled with its brightness, makes it fit for home theatre use rather than business.
It supports both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth HD wireless connectivity.It is a purely wireless projector, with no support for HDMI or other cables – this means you will need an adapter to use it with cables, which can be a downside or not, depending on how you intend to use it.
Being a home theatre product, it supports both 4:3 and 16:9 and is a contender for best projector under 500 dollars if you’re looking for a reliable product within this very specific niche.
18. ERISAN Multimedia Mini Pro Portable
The ERISAN Multimedia Mini Pro Portable is one of those products on this list which stand out by being smart devices in themselves.
It comes with pre-installed Android 4.4, making it possible to use it for complex home theatre tasks like playing videos from YouTube, Netflix and other such services without the need for a computer, phone, tablet or other device.
We have absolutely no idea if it has a keystone function at all, whether digital or manual, since like most of its specs this kind of information seems to be nowhere on the Internet.
The specs seem difficult if not impossible to find on-line, including the basic information of whether this is a DLP or an LCD projector – so this review will be based on the information provided by the manufacturer and various reviewers.
It is brighter than most projectors, yet designed and advertised for pure home video use. Its native resolution is 800×480, but it supports 1080p. It boasts a lamp life of 20,000 hours and its own Android CPU and memory.
As a small, portable projector, It ismeantto be connected wireless to both Android devices and iPhones/iPads – if need be – but it includes VGA, HDMI, USB, ATV connectivity and SD card support so one can safely use it the way one would use any home video projector.
It is said by some Amazon reviewers to have very loud built-in speakers and by others to have very bad sound quality and a bad remote control. There is no way to establish this from what is available on-line.
It might or might not be a good choice, we cannot say – it certainly looks promising and is especially cheap, but on the other hand the absolute lack of on-line resources regarding its exact specs makes it difficult to formulate a verdict – or to trust the manufacturer’s reliability, for that matter.
19. Ohderii Mini Home Projector
The Ohderii projector is on the cheaper side of the spectrum, at around $100 on Amazon, and it has very high performance, with 1800 lumen and a 2,200:1 contrast ratio.
It is an LCD/LED projector created for home theatre use, suitable for 3d and 2d movies and games. Like most on this list, it has a +- 15 degrees manual keystone correction function.
Its connectivity is HDMI, VGA, AV, USB and audio and the native resolution is 800×480, that peculiar 5:3 format certain projectors natively display. It is advertised to be 30% brighter than the average LCD projector, which makes it, stand out given its low price range.
It has built in stereo speakers and is a possible top choice for those looking for a home theatre type video projector because of its especially good price.
20. FIXEOVER GP100 Video Projector
It is an LCD/LED projector supports native 1080p, putting it on the high end of the spectrum given its medium price.
Like many others, it only has vertical manual 15 degree keystone correction, which is decent compared to what is available on this list but is not, in itself, full and true keystoning.
One less common feature is that it can be used with a car’s cigarette socket. This makes it suitable for camping, adding a degree of portable to an otherwise non-portable projector.
It is 16:9 native but supports 4:3 also, with a contrast ratio of 3000:1 static and 10,000:1 dynamic. This plus the 3500 ANSI lumens of brightness would make it suitable for both business and movie-watching use. However, this product is being advertised as a digital home theater projector.
It has 2xHDMI, 2xUSB and 1xVGA connectivity, 380 lux peak brightness, and is a good choice if you’re not looking for a small, portable projector but you do own a car and may plan on using the projector outside. The number of ways you can use it is of course infinite and limited by your imagination.
21. Dihome 1200 Lumens HD Projector
The 2017 Dihome HD projector is a serious competitor for the title of Best Projector under 500, at least given its extremely low price: below $70 on Amazon, making it the cheapest on the list.
It is a TFT (LCD) based projector. It only has manual keystone, but with 1200 lumen and a static contrast ratio of 1000:1 it is performance-wise on par with much more expensive home-theatre type projectors.
It supports 16:9 and 4:3, a resolution of 800 x 480 native with support for up to 1080p and full connectivity via the usual cables –HDMI, VGA, USB, and AV – as well asSD cards.
22. Abdtech Outdoor Movie Portable Projector
Based a 2600 lumens (300 ANSI lumens) LCD system, this 1080p portable projector offers the standard HDMI, VGA, USB and AV connections and a contrast ratio of 3000:1. The keystone function is optical, not digital.
It is designed as a low-brightness, purely home-theatre oriented device. The resolution is a peculiar, non-square 854 x 540. It is fairly small and stable, being a good choice for those who need a portable video projector to watch movies or play video games on.