Buying a 1080p Home Movie Projector for under $500 in 2015

by Jane on July 19, 2015

We had several inquiries from people in 2015 who are having trouble finding a true native 1080p (1920 x 1080) high definition (HD) resolution home movie projector for under $500.

The say, Google only returns results for projectors claiming to be high definition but after looking more closely, they find out these models may be compatible with 1080p devices but they do not display, native 1080p (1920 x 1080) high definition (HD) resolution.

Others say, they visit Amazon to search, even using the Amazon option to sort by price, they still do not find what they are looking for.

Do these exist for under $500?

Maybe, the reason these people are having trouble finding what they want, for the price they want, is because they simply don’t exist in 2015? We wanted to find out so we did much research into this.

Research Result: While prices for 1080p high definition projectors have drastically decreased over the past few years, we were unable to find a projector at this high resolution level for $500 or less. 

But we would like to make some recommendations which are close in price.

Inexpensive 1080p projectors 2015

The following list isn’t in any specific order

Epson 2000 (Price: $599)

Worth taking a good look at for $599. Great colors and brightness. If you want a huge screen, this model is capable of producing a 300 inch image in high-definition. 

The Epson 2000 has a lot of capabilities: 2D/3D, two HDMI ports, built in speakers and an audio-out port, MHL connectivity, supports 16:9 widescreen.

Epson 2000 1080p price

Full HD 1080p; up to 300″ on any wall or screen

Read the review of the Epson 2000.

ViewSonic PJD7820HD (Price: $573.13)

Since we are a big fan of ViewSonic this may be a little bias but we believe their PJD7820HD native 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution model is one of the top choices on this list.

Besides the high definition, we are also thoroughly impressed by the high levels of brightness and contrast. We may be bias in liking ViewSonic projectors but the PJD7820HD has also received very high ratings from other customers as well.

Cheap ViewSonic 1080p projectors

High Contrast for Razor-Sharp Images

Read our review of this ViewSonic model.

Optoma DH1009 (Price: $613.59)

One of the most expensive models on our list. Technically a multi-media projector, making it a great all-around choice for business and classroom presentation, as well as, for home movies and gaming.

Looking at AMAZON, The Optoma DH1009 has received very high ratings from those who have bought it over 75% of the people have given it a 5-star rating and and 15% gave it 4-stars.

Potentially a great choice for those in need of both a presentation and home entertainment projector.

Ceap Optoma 1080p projectors

Digital Clarity for Home and Office

Read our review of the DH1009.

Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector (Price: $557)

An exceptional projector for the price. The Acer H6510BD brings excellent high definition into your home with true native 1080p widescreen resolution

Inexpensive 1080p home movie projectors

Amazingly Lifelike Home Movie Experience

Read our detailed review on this Acer model.

Optoma HD141X 1080p Home Movie Projector (Price: $555)

Not perfect but a nice possible addition to your home for movies, TV, sports, game play. 2D to 3D capable, provides two HDMI ports, one having a Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) making video streaming possible.

There have been some complaints about the picture quality in the highest brightness setting. Make sure you read customer’s rating and reviews before making your final decision.


Optoma HD141X Full 3D 1080p

1080p All Digital Home Entertainment

Read our review on the Optoma HD141X.

The Bottom Line

For those who are wanting to find a good 1080p home movie projector for under $500. The bad news is that currently in 2015 you will not find one at this high definition resolution for this price.

The good news is above we have listed the best models which are closest to this price point. The most expensive model we have listed here is the Optoma DH1009 with a price tag of $613.

All of the other models on our list are around $50 – 75 above the $500 price point.

Watch out: In case you’re not experience with projector technology and reading product descriptions. This is very important.

Many low definition projector models will mention 1080p in their description. They will use terms such as 1080p compatible, ready or accepts. This is not their true resolution.

What “compatible or ready” means, these projectors will accept input and display content from 1080p devices, such as a Blu-Ray player. However, the content will not be displayed on screen at the high definition resolution of the Blu-Ray player but rather the lesser resolution of these cheaper projectors.

So to be sure that you are buying a true high definition 1080p resolution projector you will want to see the words, “Native 1080p resolution” in the models description. We can’t stress this enough!


{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Luke Yancey August 3, 2016 at 4:02 pm

Thank you for mentioning that just because a projector is compatible with an HD device doesn’t mean it projects the same quality. I have been interested in finding a projector that can do so and am thankful for the examples you posted. Yes, they may be over $500, but I feel like one would be worth every penny.


Jane August 3, 2016 at 8:53 pm

Luke are you the owner of If so, I often use the site to cross reference information before writing it has provided me with a lot of help.


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