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.

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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 Projector on the Mind Seed TV YouTube channel.

In the review and in the title of the video this reviewer refers to the CO-Z as a high definition 1080p resolution projector. But is this true? Another claim made is this is the best projector for under $300. Is this true?

See our explanations to these two questions below the video:

About the level of resolution

Is this a 1080p high definition multimedia projector? Definitely not. A common problem we run into with reviews of inexpensive projectors like the CO-Z LED is very often the term 1080p high definition will be included in both the product title and also throughout the product description.

This can be very misleading to the consumer.

And many of the people reviewing (Mind See TV) these cheaper models will mistakenly lead the consumer to believe these cheap model are 1080p high definition.

However, in the case of the CO-Z LED projector the 1080p in the product title and description actually means compatible with 1080p content.

This means when you connect a 1080p device (DVD, Blu-ray, iPhone) the projector will be able to play this higher resolution content but the content will be played down to the native resolution of the projector.

What is the native resolution of the CO-Z projector? 

800 x 480 which is a step lower than 1080p.

If you are a person looking to buy a quality but lower price true 1080p projector there are three different models that are worth checking out. Granted these models are more expensive than the CO-Z but in 2016-2017 these are probably the least expensive 1080p choices on the market. See the suggestions.

Best projector under $300

Are you on a budget and can not afford to spend more? As we said, in the Mind Seed TV review video it is claimed that this is the best projector in the $300 and under price range.

Admittedly we have not tested this model ourselves. However, since this is sort of a generic brand we have our doubts about it being the best. We have a page of suggested brand name models in this price range to choose from.

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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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Image quality and resolution of Epson Home Cinema 1040 projector

September 17, 2016

We receive many individual questions about projectors. The following is our answer to a question we received about the image resolution on the Epson Home Cinema 1040 projector. Is it high definition resolution and how would you rate the image quality? Image resolution is a very important property but there are also other attributes which […]

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Optoma HD142X movie projector – bright enough for the daytime

September 11, 2016

Just want to pass along the answer to a question we were asked about the Optoma HD142X home theater projector. A person was wondering how bright this model was and if it would be a good choice to use during the daytime. How much the sunlight coming in from the windows and room lights would […]

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Picture quality and resolution – Optoma HD142X projector reviewed

September 10, 2016

We have been asked more than a few times for our opinion on the picture quality and resolution of the Optoma HD142X Home Movie Projector. To answer this question we will begin with the level of resolution provided. This refers to the number of pixels used to produce the image. The more pixels, the more […]

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