See here the list of Top 10 best projectors under 500. Read the buying guide and other important factors before making a selection for you or any of your dear ones.

SaleBestseller No. 1
VANKYO LEISURE 3 Mini Projector, 1080P and 170'' Display Supported, 2400 Lux Portable Movie...
  • SUPERIOR WATCHING EXPERIENCE: Leisure 3 Projector is Powered by MStar Advanced Color Engine. 2019 upgraded LED lighting provides...
  • MULTIMEDIA PORTABLE PROJECTOR: VANKYO Leisure 3 projectors is fit for playing videos, TV series, photos sharing, football matches...
  • BIG SCREEN SIZE EXPERIENCE: It provides a watching size from 32" to 170" with the projection distance between 4.9ft to 16.4ft. A...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Epson VS250 SVGA 3,200 lumens color brightness (color light output) 3,200 lumens white brightness...
  • More accurate, vivid color, even in well lit rooms 3,200 lumens of equal color and white brightness (1); Fan Noise ECO mode 28...
  • SVGA resolution (800 x 600), ideal for projecting everyday presentations and graphics; Projected distance 30 inch 350 inch (0.88...
  • F number:1.44, focal length:16.7 millimeter, zoom ratio:digital zoom 1.0 ? 1.35, pixel number:480,000 dots; Fast, easy setup with...
Bestseller No. 3
DR. J Professional HI-04 1080P Supported 3600L Mini Projector - 40,000 Hours LED Full HD Video...
  • [100Inch Projector Screen Included] PORTABLE LED VIDEO PROJECTOR: To meet our customer's new needs, DR.J has improved not only the...
  • HIGHEST 1080P RESOLUTIONS SUPPORTED: Supported resolution:1920*1080, Aspect Ratio: 4:3/16:9, Contrast Ratio: 2000:1, Lamp...
  • MULTIMEDIA PORTABLE PROJECTOR: DR.J projector is compatible with TV Box, ChromeBook, PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Blue-ray DVD player,...
SaleBestseller No. 4
ViewSonic 3600 Lumens SVGA High Brightness Projector for Home and Office with HDMI Vertical Keystone...
  • VERSATILE PROJECTOR: Advanced visual features ideal for use in education and small business environments
  • BIG SCREEN PROJECTION: Projects 120 inches from 15-feet 8-inches. The image size is from 30-300 inches and the noise range is 27dB...
  • EASY SETUP: Simple setup and control; just plug & play your presentations, videos, and pictures
SaleBestseller No. 5
YABER Native 1080P Projector 5500 Lumens Full HD Video Projector (1920 x 1080), ±50° 4D Keystone...
  • ✿{Innovative 4D Keystone Correction & Zoom Function} Our hd projector is the first projector with± 50 ° 4D (vertical &...
  • ✿{1080P Native Resolution (1920*1080)} The projector with a real native resolution of 1920*1080, remarkable 5500 lumens bright...
  • ✿{HIFI Stereo Sound & Latest Advanced Cooling System} The Y30 LED projector has built-in 3W dual stereo speakers with SRS sound...
Bestseller No. 6
Mini Projector, TOPVISION Video Projector with Synchronize Smart Phone Screen, 1080P Supported, 176"...
  • 【SYNCHRONIZE SMARTPHONE SCREEN:】 You can connect TOPVISION movie projector to smartphone, or laptop by USB cable directly,...
  • 【2400Lux LED VIDEO PROJECTOR: 】This led projector has upgraded to 2400lux, brighter than other 1800lux led projectors. With...
  • 【PERFECT HOME CINEMA EXPERIENCE: 】Our portable mini projector adopts a contrast ratio of 2000:1 and 16:10 aspect ratio. In the...
SaleBestseller No. 7
VANKYO Leisure 430 Mini Movie Projector, 3600 Lux Video Projector with 50,000 Hours LED Lamp Life,...
  • 236" PORTABLE BIG SCREEN EXPERIENCE: Up to 236" projection size with an aspect ratio of 16:9/4:3. Connect smartphone to the...
  • REMARKABLE CLARITY AND BRIGHTNESS: Adopts MStar advanced color engine to provides vivid colors and great contrast for images. 3600...
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL CONNECTION: Leisure 430 mini projector is easy to operate with many ports, including HDMI, VGA, USB, Micro SD,...
SaleBestseller No. 8
Projector, YABER Native 1080P LED Projector 5500 Lux Full HD Video Projector (1920 x 1080) Support...
  • ✿{1080P Native Resolution (1920*1080), Support 4k Video} The projector with a real native resolution of 1920*1080, remarkable...
  • ✿{HIFI Stereo Sound & Latest Advanced Cooling System} The Y21 LED projector has built-in 5W dual stereo speakers with SRS sound...
  • ✿{300" Giant Screen & Wide Compatibility} The video projector offers the projection size from 50" to 300" depending on the...
Bestseller No. 9
Projector, GooDee Upgrade HD Video Projector 4200L Outdoor Movie Projector, 230" Home Theater...
  • Excellent in brightness: compared to other small projectors on the market, We have an absolute advantage in both brightness and...
  • High resolution & 1080p supported: experiencing the home Cinematic theater with GooDee new upgraded YG600 projector 1280*768p...
  • Enjoy big screen with LCD technology light source -projection size: 44-230 inches with distance 4.9-18 feet, the shortest distance...
Bestseller No. 10
smART sketcher® Projector App
  • Imagine anything! - Download any photo from your mobile device. Project it on paper with your connected smART sketcher Projector....
  • Sketch and color - Choose a preloaded picture on your smART sketcher Projector. Step-by-step instructions show you how to draw it...
  • Write and play - Learn to form letters the correct way with step-by-step instructions, curriculum-based early reading content, and...

LED projector

A projector is still the only true way for many movie fans to transfer the cinema magic into the living room. Only on the large screen can the film unfold as it otherwise only in the cinema. Projectors are also an indispensable tool for holding presentations in meetings.

Applications

Projectors are used in home theatres as well as in the office, where a large-scale presentation is required: while a home-like cinematic feeling comes up, even fine details in presentations can be recognized. The use of a beamer, however, has some requirements, so that a projector is not suitable for everyone. Use this checklist to find out if a projector is suitable for you:

Sufficient large projection screen available?

The screen diagonal makes the charm of a projector in the home cinema out: while with TVs at 75 inches diagonal the limit is reached, a Beamer can project a picture with more than 2 meters width. This corresponds to a diagonal of 90 “or more (in the usual 16: 9 format). This surface must of course also be available on the wall.

Home cinema/meeting room darkened?

Since you can see the image reflected by the screen when using a projector and thus lose brightness, the room must be darkened for a perfect projection. Especially in daylight, the contrast is otherwise too bad, because “black” is displayed in which these areas are not illuminated. A special, dark canvas can help. This requires a particularly bright projector.

Operating costs considered?

Unlike a television, a projector usually has a particularly bright lamp, which has a power consumption of about 180 watts. In addition, the lamps lose their brightness over time and need to be replaced after about 2,500 – 3,000 hours of operation. The costs incurred depend on the projector model.

Projection technology

Beamers distinguish between three basic projection techniques: LCD, DLP and LED.

LCD projector:

LCD stands for “Liquid Crystal Display”, in English: liquid crystal display. This technology is used in a variety of devices, from calculators to smartphone displays. LCD beamer convince by a good colour representation and easy handling, disadvantages such as a disturbing “rainbow effect” do not occur. With full HD projectors, the “fly screen effect” created by the light passage through the LCD is barely perceptible.

The most popular LCD projectors:

Epson EH-TW570

DLP Projectors:

“Digital Light Processing” or DLP for short is a technology developed by Texas Instruments, in which the light is brought to the projection surface by means of micromirrors. The losses are very low so that a very sharp and high-contrast image can be projected. For single-chip DLP projectors, however, the “rainbow” effect can occur, which is noticeable to varying degrees depending on the observer. An alternative is beamer with 3-chip DLP technology: here there is a separate chip for each of the three basic colours red, green and blue. Since projectors with this technique are much more expensive to manufacture, the prices for the home theatre are usually too high.

Stiftung Warentest compares 12 long-distance projectors

Just in time for the 2018 World Cup, Stiftung Warentest is picking up on projectors and wants to know which projectors are best suited for public viewing with friends. The Epson EH-TW5400 and the Epson EH-TW5650 share first place among the long-distance beamers with the result “good”, closely followed by the Acer P5530. In the last two places the Optoma HD144X and the Sony VPL-PHZ10 land. In the first case, this is due to the satisfactory image quality and satisfactory environmental properties; in the second, it is solely due to the lack of environmental properties. Image quality and handling are otherwise consistently good on all tested devices.

PC Games Hardware is testing 4 gaming projectors

With consistently good performances convinced the 4 Beamer tested by the PC Games hardware. Winner of the test was the Optoma UHD5500X, which excelled thanks to its quiet construction and thanks to the Lens-Shifts. Overall, he is home to the second-placed Beamer 4.5 out of 5 stars. In second place the Viewsonic PX747-4K positioned itself as the cheapest representative in the test field. 4 out of 5 stars received the beamer LG HF80JG and Acer Predator Z650.

Computer Bild compares six projectors

Beamer provides a real cinema feeling in your own living room. But which models can convince? Computer Bild tested six different projectors and named the Sony VPL-VW260 the test winner. The price-performance winner will be the Acer V7500. The remaining models have to be satisfied with the overall result “satisfactory”.

Audio Video Photo Image compares 6 projectors

6 projectors have to face the critical judgment of the editors of the magazine Audio Video Photo. The Sony VPL-VW260 can look forward to first place and thus the “Test Winner” award. The device offers the best image quality in the test field. In second place is the Acer V7500. The device scores the beamer with a bright picture with a good colour rendering. In addition, the device has many connections. Thus, the projector has earned the award “price-performance winner”. The third-ranked two projectors – among other things the Acer V7850.

14 long-distance projectors tested by Stiftung Warentest

If you want to bring a real home cinema atmosphere into your own four walls, you can not ignore a projector. Even football matches are on the big screen to its best advantage. Reason enough for the consumer magazine Stiftung Warentest to take a closer look at 14 long-distance projectors. The BenQ W1110 takes first place and scores points among the editors for the good picture quality. Especially in the reproduction of graphics and photos scores the projector. But also in film and sports, the device looks good. Here, however, the Epson EH-TW5300 is better in second place.

Two other devices rank second with a score of 2.2 – the BenQ W1070 + and the Epson EB-U04. The two beamer also convince by a good image quality and score points with the testers by an easy handling. Overall, the test is quite positive. The Viewsonic PJD7830HDL in last place still gets a “satisfactory” rating of 3.0. When it comes to environmental features, almost all projectors can go a long way. Only the LG PF1500G and the LG PW800G ensure a “good” grade, the rest has to be satisfied with “satisfactory” and “sufficient”.