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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Google Home vs Amazon Echo

by Jane on February 20, 2017

Here we compare the Google Home vs Amazon Echo. Whether this is staying in your own home or as a gift there are a few qualities to consider style, performance in terms of usability and information, and features.

Today’s day and age consumers want answers or information instantly and with minimal energy. The creation of AI powered virtual assistants, this is accomplished with a touch of a button but in this case a tone of voice. Long standing Amazon Echo the first player in the industry and growing rival Google Home are presented to you today with a comparison and overall score.

Style: Amazon Echo collection 10 – Google Home 8

Being in the game for 2 years now, Amazon Echo has developed a sense of style with the use of 3 different options to choose from. Amazon Echo Dot (base model), Amazon Echo Tap (mid grade model), and the Amazon Echo (High end)) all in which give you a an ultimate benefit for each.

The Amazon Echo Dot is the most portable of the 3 models. Amazon Echo Tap performs more of a high end speaker with AI capabilities when connected to Wifi. The Amazon Echo encompasses them all into one mega machine that will fit into almost any setting with its sleek stylish design.

Google Home has only come out with one model but has interchangeable bases that include colors of carbon, copper, slate, snow, mango, marine, and violet. Creates optimal color in each setting being that the you can connect multiple google homes together but may not have the same color scheme in every room.

Performance: Amazon Echo 10 – Google Home 9

Performance is another key initiative when deciding which device best suites your habits and current devices. Amazon Echo has a voice detection system that continuously records picking up on key tones even when listening to music. Voice Activation is equipped with the call of “Alexa” which can be changed to “Echo” if you choose.

First in the market, they have proven to work with a number of third party applications such as Uber and Domino’s Pizza along with smart home apps like WeMo and Hue by Phillips. Controlling your energy cost with a hail of a voice. The always-listening device makes it easier for the entire family to control the smart home. Not far behind, Google Home has also equipped their device with a call phrase of “Ok Google” or “Hey Google” which enables a number of commands for music, sports scores, weather, traffic, nutrition and location of local businesses.

Google Home has become compatible with other products you may have at home or on the wish list like Samsung televisions, Nest thermostat/products or Chromecast. Being new into the market place, the Google Home product only has the ability to go up.

Features: Amazon Echo 9 – Google Home 10

The Amazon Echo features the ability to connect to Prime Music and Spotify as primary music players and is also equipped with its own built in speakers.

The limitations to the music catalog, the Amazon Echo offers fewer of its own services makes it more compatible to working with other third party applications. The Google Home uses its own music playing service of Google Play music to provide its music source.

Not stopping there, the Google Home also uses integration of Google Cast ecosystem which includes a catalog of Spotify, Pandora, iHeart Radio and thousands of other apps.

The winner

With that being said, the Amazon Echo seems to claim the throne at this stage in the game. There are plenty more battles to be tested especially when other AI-powered components are coming to the market by names such as Apple.

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