Pick up a fantastic projector for home or for the office. We have reviewed and rated the 6 best projectors under $400, to help you make an informed choice. You can use your new projector to stream movies and video games, or for meetings and sales pitches. Choose something with plenty of brightness – check out the lumens rating – and make sure it has the right ports and connections for the devices you own.
If widescreen TVs are not quite big enough for you, a projector should certainly do the trick. Get hundreds of inches in screen space and turn an entire wall into a TV screen. For best results, projectors should be used with dedicated LCD screens – but you can also use an old sheet or plain wall. The projectors below have been chosen for their power and their versatility, and they should suit buyers who have a budget to consider.
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.8 x 6.2 inches
Epson projectors are voted number 1 for image quality and this projector is no exception.
The lightweight and compact design makes this projector very versatile. The sharp lense and LED give out 3000 lumens of brightness. This makes it a perfect projector for home use or in an office environment. This projector also has HDMI input and UBS ports which also makes it great for gaming consoles and laptops – makes for the ultimate gaming experience. It has a SVGA resolution of 800 x 600 this Epson model is great for presentations and pitches giving you a crisp clear image. The lamp on this projector gives up to 10,000 hours of display minimizing costs for the owner.
- Size: 8.7 x 3.7 x 11.1 inches; 4.2 pounds
- Specifications: 3300 lumens; 3D-ready; 13,000:1 contrast ratio
The brightest projector we reviewed, this BenQ model puts out an impressive 3300 ANSI lumens and has a remarkably sharp contrast ratio too. The neat little case looks sleek and modern in hard white plastic, and the simple touch controls are clear and easy to use. A front facing fan provides cooling and while there is a little noise during operation, it should not interrupt your movies and shows. Picture quality is extremely high – colors look great and the HD resolution is sharp and bold. It works best with a screen, but you can also get a pretty decent picture directly onto a wall or sheet using this model.
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 12.4 x 4.2 inches
ViewSonic projector Super Color technology provides you with a wider color range than the conventional projectors. Providing you with a greater visual experience and true to life colors compared to other projectors. The lense provides 3,300 lumens of brightness and SVGA resolution of 800 x 600. It offers this high performance of visual display in bright and dark environments. The ViewSonic projector is fitted with a 20Hz amplifier offering great sound for gaming and home cinema experience. This project has both HDMI input and USB ports. The projector is also Blu-ray ready meaning it can project 3D images directly from a Blu-ray player. It also has some smart design features such as a hood to mask cables being visible and easy access lamp door to makes changing lamps simple for the owner. The ViewSonic is also fitted with energy saving technology that reduces power consumption by 70%. The lamp offers 10,000 hours of incredible visual display.
- Size: 8.7 x 10.5 x 3.3 inches; 4.6 pounds
- Specifications: 3000 lumens; 3D-ready; 15,000:1 contrast ratio; 1.1x optical zoom
They no longer make this ViewSonic projector, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your hands on it online. It may be a little older than some of the other projectors on our list, but it is still one of the best for performance and power. Pick yourself up some 3D glasses to get fully immersed in the movies you watch or to enjoy the full impact of your video games. The integrated speaker provides audio and the 3000 lumens of brightness match up to the specs of newer models. It is also great for showing video clips and slides in the office: set up your work laptop or desktop and stream your stream directly.
- Size: 16.5 x 14.5 x 13.2 inches; 2 pounds
- Specifications: 2000 lumens; 800 x 600 native HD resolution; portable
When budget matters and you want a no-frills projector for home or office use, Canon have you covered. The name behind leading cameras and printers have produced a top home projector that is lightweight enough to be portable, but still powerful and capable. You get 2000 lumens of brightness and 800 x 600 pixel resolution – ideal for displaying work slides, or for watching TV shows and video clips. Connect to a cell phone, tablet or laptop and enjoy your content on the big screen. The projector comes with infrared remote, as well as controls on the unit which are clear and easy to use.
- Size: 9.2 x 12.8 x 3.8 inches; 4 pounds
- Specifications: 3000 lumens; 2D/3D auto-switch; 3000:1 contrast ratio; 1080p HD
This Optoma projector is a great choice for those on a tight budget who want to create a home theater with plenty of power. Bright and clear, the image projected is of good quality and it offers a high contrast ratio too. The 10-watt speaker is sufficient for watching TV and playing games in a small space, although you may prefer to connect a set of speakers for big presentations and for movies. It can display 3D content and switches automatically between the two. You can adjust the focus manually, and it puts out full HD 1080 pixel resolution. This is one of the best all-round choices: use it for home and for work. Mount it to the ceiling or wall, and turn your living room into a movie theater.
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Product details correct at the time of writing; all taken from Amazon.com