A home projector turns your living room into a theater, makes your video games more immersive and allows you to share your work with colleagues and employees more effectively. There are some great projectors on the market today, and they cost much less than you might expect. If you are on a tight budget but you want a high quality projector that is built to last, check out our reviews below. We have selected the 7 best projectors under $200 so you can make savings while still enjoying movies on a big screen.
Selecting a projector on a budget
The good news is, you can still get a quality HD projector so you don’t need to put up with fuzzy, blurred pictures. Today’s projectors have come a long way and the images they show are crisp and clear, with great color clarity. You can adjust the settings and the distance yourself to make sure the display fits your screen well. Use with an LCD projector screen or simply use a plain wall or sheet, and turn any room or outdoor space into a pop-up theater.
Some of the models we have picked are designed for home or office use, and can be fixed in place by wall or ceiling mounting, or by using a dedicated projector stand or unit. Others are compact and portable, designed for screening movies and looking at images from your mobile or laptop while you are on the go. Whichever style of projector you go for, look for a decent picture output, a long lamp life and a bright, clear image result.
7 of the best projectors on the market today
- Size: 12.6 x 10 x 4.5 inches; 8.4 pounds
- Performance: 1280 x 800 pixel HD resolution; 3000 lumens; 4:3/16:9 aspect ratio
This 3D-compatible projector is great for watching movies and playing games at home. Use the accompanying 3D glasses and enjoy viewing so vivid, you feel like you are actually there! The great high-res output and 3000 lumens of brightness give a really clear picture on most surfaces, so you won’t need a special screen. Of course, the screen does add even more to the quality and is a welcome investment, but this model works fine without one.
- Size: 13 x 11.2 x 8.2 inches; 7.7 pounds
- Performance: 800 x 480 pixel resolution; 2600 lumens; 4:3/16:9 aspect ratio
Kuman have combined LED and LCD technology to create a super-bright HD projector that delivers 3D video for the home. This mini-projector can travel wherever you do: set up a pop-up cinema anywhere with your projector, a plain wall and your cell phone. Lightweight and stylish, this is a great piece of tech and it won’t break the bank either. Connect everything from TV boxes and consoles to laptops and tablets. Give flawless presentations at work – just connect to your computer and you can quickly show your screen.
- Size: 8.7 x 10.4 x 3.8 inches; 5.1 pounds
- Performance: 800 x 600 pixel resolution; 2700 lumens; 120Hz refresh rate
A retro design with a modern twist, this ViewSonic projector is one of the best budget choices out there. Preset modes include whiteboard, presentation and movie settings, so you can switch easily to any function without complicated focusing and resizing. There is also a manual focus feature in case you do need to adjust your display for a certain purpose. The 2500 lumens of brightness mean you can use this in rooms even if a little light is present, and the image is still clear and bold.
Epson PowerLite S5 Business Projector
- Size: 16.9 x 14.9 x 7.5 inches; 5.7 pounds
- Performance: 800 x 600 pixel resolution; 2000 lumens; 4000 hour lamp life
As experts in optics and visual imaging, Epson’s projector series was always going to be of premium quality. This compact PowerLite model is no exception. It is better suited for office use and presentations than it is for home theater use, although it does a great job of screening movies and games. As a piece of business kit, this projector is affordable, stylish and practical. It can be easily moved from room to room for meetings and pitches, or fixed in your conference center or office for regular use.
Amaz-Play Mini Video DLP Projector
- Size: 5 x 2.6 x 0.7 inches; 5.3 ounces
- Performance: 120 inch projected display; 3.5mm headphone jack; 1080p max resolution
The smallest projector in our Top 7 line-up, this incredible pocket-sized device is roughly the same size as your cell phone. However, it delivers a staggering 120 inches of screen space, and manages a 1080p HD resolution as well. You get close to two hours of battery life with this on-the-go projector: perfect for garden parties, BBQs and nights out. Why not connect with friends on your favorite cell phone game, and screen the action for all to see?
Aodin Mini Smart Android Projector
- Size: 5.8 x 3.2 x 0.7 inches; 8.2 ounces
- Performance: 1080p resolution; mini projector; Android 4.4; wireless connectivity
Another pocket projector but one with a little more power, this Aodin model is one of the top picks under $200 thanks to its versatility and ease of operation. Just plug in and start projecting, whether you are watching movies, playing on your games console or showing family your holiday snaps. You can also stream apps and video content straight through the projector, which has full wireless capability and an SDD card input.
Collee 1280 x 768 Resolution HD Projector
- Size: 16.2 x 12.5 x 7.4 inches; 7.9 pounds
- Performance: 1280 x 768 pixel resolution; 60-120 inch screen display; 1000:1 contrast
If you want up to 120 inches of screen space and full HD resolution, this Collee model could be for you. The smart, simple design can be easily mounted to your ceiling at home to create a full movie theater, or to give you a much clearer view of your favorite video games. The inner Microcast technology supports streaming from wireless devices such as smart phones and tablets, or you can hook up a video player of any kind using the HDMI port. It is a great choice for classrooms and offices, as well as for use at home.
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Product details correct at the time of writing, as found on Amazon.com