The following review list was put together in 2016, prices can and do change but our goal is to provide the best projector choices in the under $400 price range. There will also probably be at least a couple models that exceed $400. To provide the best possible choices we thought it would be silly to excluded a very good model only because it may cost $425. You get the drift.

Here, you will find top suggestions in 2016 in the areas of home movies and entertainment, business and classroom presentation, mini and pico projectors etc, etc.

The models that are included here were decided on by our own personal use, customer reviews, reviews and conversations we have read on online forums and lastly, the different qualities and ratings such as resolution, brightness, colors, contrast and input ports and connectivity such as HDMI, all of which can be learned from the specifications of each model.

Home movie and entertainment projectors in the $400 price range

The common theme of our list will be to start with the most expensive model in each category and work our way down in price.

ViewSonic PJD5555W WXGA DLP 

As we said at the start, this list will probably also include models just over $400. The PJD5555W is an example of being just over this price. This is a fairly newer model, hitting the market in the Winter/Spring of 2015. For the price range this model does a very good job in the areas of colors and contrast levels.


Best home movie projector in the $400 price range

ViewSonic PJD5555W WXGA DLP Projector

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Our experience with it? We do not own this model but over the summer in 2015 we did experience watching more than one movie with this model. These movies were shown outdoors at my neighbors place on the lake. Overall, the brightness of this projector (3200 lumen) is very good.

BenQ MW256 WXGA 3200 Lumens with 3D

This BenQ model is very similar to the ViewSonic PJD5555W both in price and in picture quality and capabilities. They are both DLP projectors with 3200 lumens of brightness. There are minor difference but in comparing the overall picture quality to select a clear winner.

Inexpensive BenQ home movie projector

BenQ MW526 – 3D Ready

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Since the ViewSonic model is listed first this may indicate we think its the better projector. Well, sort of. The reason we listed it first is because we spent more time watching movies with that this model. As for the BenQ MW526 are only hands-on experience with it was in a short in-store demonstration.

The one advantage we will give the BenQ is the lamp life provides 10,000 hours. Having seen the image quality of both models it’s very hard to declare a clear cut winner.
 Acer H5380BD 720p Home Theater Projector

This is an entry-level 720p resolution model that can be used to view movies in either 2D or 3D and is a little lower in price compared to the models listed above. It also includes HDMI and mobile link connectivity so you will be able to connect with just about any external device.

Although not a huge deal, one negative we can say is it does not come with 3D glasses so you will need to buy these separately.

Acer H5380BD 720p Home Theater Projector

Acer for Home Cinema

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While we are not going to claim this model provides an absolutely amazing image quality but for the price we do recommend it and if you look further into this model you will find it has received some overall good ratings and reviews from current owners.

Read our full review of this Acer model.

Epson Home Cinema 640

OK the Epson 640 is our 4th selection in this price range, compared to the 3 models already listed above this is the cheapest option. There’s no doubt, Epson produces high quality and they are one of the very best companies to buy from. If you have already checked out the price tags on the models listed above and need something cheaper in price this Epson model is one you might want to consider in 2016.

Epson Home Cinema 640 under $400

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If you are looking to buy a home theater projector in the $400 price range the truth is there’s an enormous number of choices Narrowing the choices down, especially if this is the first time you have bought a projector can be difficult.

Some might disagree with our recommendations above. Mainly because an enormous number of choices in home theater exist in this price range so you there’s opportunity for many different opinions.

And the truth is we agree, there are many different choices that are very comparable in quality to the four we listed above. But we are also quite confident the models we listed here provide equal to superior quality compared to other models that are similarly priced.

Classroom and Business Presentation models – $400 and under price range

Epson VS230 SVGA 3LCD Projector

Without a doubt Epson is the overall leader in presentation projectors for business and classroom educational purposes. One thing they do exceptionally well and this can be seen in their VS230 is produce models that include essential features for people on a budget.

Featuring: Portable design, fast and easy setup, three times brighter colors than the competition (2800 lumens) of brightness.


Presentation projector under 300

Epson VS230 presentation projector

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In our opinion, the Epson VS230 is one of, if not the very top presentation projector you can buy in 2016 in the 400 dollar price range. Opinions will very but that’s our opinion. If you research this and read other sources before you buy, we are confident you will find many others who agree with our opinion.

What it lacks? Resolution. The level of resolution is SVGA. So we would not recommend this if your main and primary purpose was viewing home movies and/or gaming. But let’s be real. When making a presentation, much of it will consist of text, graphs and a coupe pictures.  High definition is not needed for this.

If you have spent time in college, conference rooms or worked at a company where projectors are used to give presentations you will not find they use high definition 1080p projectors.

If you are unsure about the resolution level you need, we want to put out a friendly challenge. The next time you are near the projector that is used to make a presentation at your school or the business that employees you, write down the name of the model and Google it. We are confident you will find it’s not a high resolution model.

If you want a little bit higher definition, Epson also produces this same model in XGA resolution, the Epson VS330 XGA.


 Comparison of Wireless Over-Ear Headphones

Here we compare and review two very popular sets of wireless headphones the Bose QC35 vs Beats Studio. Whether you are purchasing for yourself or gift, there are few qualities to consider: style, battery life, range for wireless (bluetooth)/noise cancellation.

To people in older generations, the word Bose is automatically associated with superior sound quality with a large price tag. This company has been around for decades and has earned an outstanding reputation.

Bose QC35 vs Studio beats wireless

Bose QC 35 Wireless

On the other hand, “Beats” is a fairly new company, by no fault of their own, just being new and unfamiliar to the consumer their reputation for quality isn’t as strong.

Why compare: Bose QC35 vs Beats Studio

One reason for the comparison, both are currently very popular buys in the wireless over-ear headphones category and for those stuck we want to give our opinion on which is the best buy for the money.

Another reason, the marketing strategy of Beats Studio which uses many different famous people in their advertisements. A long time ago in a college marketing class a professor warned us about companies using celebrities and athletes to market their products. This influential approach creates a buzz or much hype around the product but says little about the quality.

Wireless headphones beats vs bose

Beats Studio Wireless Headphones

Bose has always taken a far more conservative approach in advertisements, never using these people of influence.

Comparing the quality

Below we rate each model on a 1 to 10 scale (10 being the highest score) in areas of style, battery life and Bluetooth Range/Noise Cancellation.


10 Beats – 7 Bose QC35

Battery life is always a factor when looking into not being connect to a digital component. Beats touts 12 hours of wireless connection and includes a aux cable with 20 hours of battery connected to given device. Bose QC35 records a 20 hours of wireless audio enjoyment with a Lithium ion battery and if you just so happen to bring the audio cable and stay connected with up to 40 hours.

Battery Life

8 Beats – 10 Bose QC35

Wireless Range or Bluetooth range is the distance in which you can have the headset away from the device in which you are connected. Though they are both comparable the Beats being 30 feet and the QC35 being 33 Feet, more important determinate is noise cancellation. Beats sup bar at best and mutely being compared to lower quality bluetooth headsets with same features. The Bose QC35 takes the slate with a top notch Best-in-class Noise Cancellation system to provide better sounding music and the quite sounds quite.

Bluetooth Range/Noise Cancellation

7 Beats – 10 Bose QC35

Totals : Beats 25 Bose QC35 27

That is my assessment but remember to consider the buying purpose first and for most. Though you may want the superior sound quality and light weight options with the Bose QC35 or your recipient may prefer the color Red or Blue!


Learn the differences: Epson 2040 vs the 2045 projectors

December 26, 2016

When comparing the Epson 2040 projector vs the 2045 model, many similar specifications exist between these two home cinema projectors. Actually, you will see many of the same (equal) specifications. For instance, both models are 1080p high definition resolution, both provide 2200 lumens of white and color brightness, both run on 3LCD technology and both have […]

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Review of the LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector

December 6, 2016

If you are interested in buying the LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector this model does provide more than a few powerful features which we will review here. Overall, we really do like this model but it is definitely not perfect so we will also be mentioning a few areas where the performance could be better. What […]

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CO-Z 3D LED Multimedia Projector – is it 1080p and best for the money

November 28, 2016

Read this before buying the CO-Z 3D LED/LCD 1080P Multimedia Projector! We don’t own this model so we haven’t tested it ourselves but from glancing over this model’s specifications we can tell you something very important about the level of resolution provided. We decided to discuss this after watch a review of the CO-Z LED […]

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BenQ HT4050 projector -great lens flexibility, 1080p and great colors

October 28, 2016

Besides being HD 1080p resolution, another attribute making the BenQ HT4050 projector a great choice for home movie viewing is the color output of this model is top notch, fantastic. Yeah, yeah you probably heard this one before! Another empty promise about a product’s performance? But we will tell you what makes the colors so great! If […]

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Review of the AMAZ-PLAY mobile pico projector

October 17, 2016

If you are thinking of buying the AMAZ-PLAY mobile pico projector here we will review the specifications and performance as well as answer some of the most common questions asked about this model. Comparable in size and performance to: AAXA P450 and P300 LED Pico Projectors, Rif6 Cube, NeoJDX Vista HDMI LED, Philips PPX3614 Pocket Projector, […]

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200 inch image, too big? – iRulu BL20 1080P HD 3D Projector

October 14, 2016

The iRulu BL20 1080P HD 3D Projector has become a popular inexpensive home movie projector choice in late 2016-2017. One of the major reason people are buy this model is the affordable price and because they want a larger screen image for movies and gaming compared what their current HDTV provides. We have reviewed this model […]

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iRulu BL20 1080P HD 3D Projector Review

October 3, 2016

Interested in maybe buying the iRulu BL20 1080P HD 3D Projector? But unsure how to judge the quality? Is it worth the money? Is this the best option After putting it through a series of tests, we will cover what we learned about the model in the following review. For people buying a projector for […]

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Brightness in a well lit room – Epson 1040 Home Cinema Projector

September 18, 2016

Why Epson projectors have brighter colors If you want a bright projector then you need to compare the Lumens ratings of your different options. For example, reading the product description or specifications for the Epson 1040 Home Cinema projector you will find a rating of 3000 Lumens for white brightness and 3000 Lumens for color […]

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3LCD vs single chip DLP – colors and Epson 1040 Home cinema projector

September 17, 2016

We write complete reviews but we also receive questions pertaining to individual attributes of specific projector models. Today, we will response to a question asked on the color display of the Epson 1040 home cinema projector and provide you with our thoughts on how it compares in color display with other projectors at its current price […]

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