top 10 Best projector under 1000$ – review and buying guide

It can be difficult to find the best projector under 1000$, especially if you’re not sure what to look for.

There are a lot of different projectors on the market, and it can be tough to determine which one is right for you. Not only do you need to consider your budget, but you also need to think about the features that are important to you.

In this blog post, we will provide you with a buying guide to help you make your decision. We will also be reviewing some of the best projectors under 1000$. So whether you’re looking for a home theater projector or something for your business, we have got you covered.

Optoma GT1080HDR Short Throw Gaming Projector

However, you can’t use a generic multi-media projector for gaming, you can, but they don’t provide a good gaming experience. Generic ones are usually limited to 30 FPS and have 30 ms response time, which is the worst for gaming.

However, Optoma is offering GT1080 which is a dedicated gaming projector. The projector comes with a 120 Hz refresh rate, which isn’t only good for consoles, but lets you utilize the full performance of your computer’s high-end GPU.

You can display 120 FPS video games, which is a beast thing in a projector. However, 8.4 ms response time is still not good for a gaming display, but 4K, HDR10, and 120 Hz refresh rate make it balanced.

The projectors come with 4K UHD and HDR support, so you’ll have deep blacks and brighter whites, due to the HDR10.

Moreover, the machine comes with 10-watts integrated speakers and a cooling fan with 30 decibels of extra quiet sound (in peak performance) which is located at the left side of the projector.

Overall, the projector is ideal for use with PS5, PS4 Pro, and a high-end gaming PC. Not just that, you can also use it for regular media connecting devices.

What did we like

  • Dolby Atmos 2.1 and 5.1 for external system
  • Vertically adjustable legs (3 cm)
  • 120 Hz refresh rate

What we did not like

  • 8.4 ms response time is still not good for a gaming display

Anker Nebula Capsule

This projector is one of the lowest-cost projectors that offer 1080P native resolution in this price range. The projector comes with all the essential features that you can expect from a low-cost 1080P projector.

Anker is already a leading flagship brand in smartphone and computer accessories. The best and most unique thing about this projector is its design. The R&D of Anker has done a really great job in the design of this projector. A round cylindrical projector with multimedia controls on the top, perfect!

The machine comes with 4.0 and Android TV 7.0, so you can say it’s a smart projector. Therefore, you can stream all video streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube directly from the projector.

The machine doesn’t offer any kind of HDR and built-in speakers, but according to the price, you can’t complain.  It offers everything that can take your viewing experience to the next level if we look at its features over the price tag.

Moreover, what we like about it in this price range is the contrast ratio: 16,000:1. It means that there are 16,000 sub-colors available for every color, which is excellent.

What did we like

  • Attractive and out-of-the-box design
  • Built-in Android TV in this price range
  • Media controls on the top for ease

What we did not like

  • No built-in speakers

BenQ HT2050A 1080P Home Theater Projector

Gaming on a big screen is immersive and offers a great gaming experience.  For a budget-friendly large screen experience, you might consider going with HT2050A.

The projector can display 1920×1080 resolution and can throw the image up to 90″, which is relatively more minor as compared to other projectors in this price range. 

We said it’s a big screen and it is, with a maximum throwing size of 100 inches, it will give you the most immersive multimedia and casual gaming experience.

The vertically adjustable legs allow you to change the vertical keystone of the projector according to your needs, so you don’t need to buy an external adapter.

Moreover, on the top, the projector has built-in media controls and basic operational buttons, which makes it easy to use.

However, one thing we don’t like about it is its gaming gimmick. It has no feature that can make it a gaming projector, such as no HDR, no high refresh rate, and no low response rate. Still, it’s good for casual console gaming and intermediate PC gaming.

What did we like

  • Easy and good quality media controls
  • Adjustable legs
  • 1080p native resolution

What we did not like

  • The gaming thing in this projector is a gimmick

Optoma EH200ST Projector

The projector uses IPS-based pixels capable of producing 16,780,000 colors with the reproducing ratio of  10,000:1, acceptable for average media consumption such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.

With a powerful Xenon LED lamp, it’s capable of producing 3,000 lumens of light in 1920×1080 resolution. In addition to that, it comes with two speakers, but won’t if they are stereo or mono, because they didn’t clarify it in the website and Amazon listing.

Due to high-beam LED, it can throw up to 100-inches of an image which is a great size, and we’re sure you never need to extend the idea to that size in-home or office.

Optoma has also provided LAN-based screen mirroring by which you can mirror your screen over your local WiFi network without dropping the signals or quality.

One thing that we don’t like is that the projector doesn’t offer 4K and the design isn’t too great, it looks like a decade-old projector.

What did we like

  • Low latency refresh rate
  • Xenon LED lamp
  • 3,00 lumens of brightness which is great

What we did not like

  • The design of the projector isn’t good

LG HU80KA 4K UHD Smart Projector

LG is already one of the leading brands in display technologies. Whether it’s a TV, monitor, smartphone, or projector, LG produces one of the finest, premium, and perfect display technologies.

The same signature style applies with their HU80KA, a 4K smart laser projector that offers everything you can expect from a full-fledged projector. The projector does cost extra money, but it’s worth buying and not overpriced if you look at its features.

It’s one of the few premium projectors that offer 4K 3840 x 2160 and UHD. Moreover, it also provides HDR10 with backward compatibility of HDR9. With HDR 10, you will have deeper blacks and bright whites compared to regular displays.

On the audio side, it offers two 7-watts Dolby atmos 2.1 woofers with an 80 decibels bass boat. However, one thing that might not be good is its screen size. It can only throw up to a 150-inches display which is enough for most users but still not so large as other projectors in this price range.

What did we like

  • 4K and UHD ready
  • HDR 10 and HDR 9 are compatible
  • Smart TV built-in
  • Dolby atmos 2.1 is ready

What we did not like

  • 150″ is relatively more minor as compared to other projectors in this price range

BenQ TK850 True 4K Smart Projector

Here comes another 4K premium category 4K bright projector for your premium needs. TK850 is an all-rounder premium projector that focuses on media consumption such as movies, series, and other viewable media.

The machine comes with dedicated gaming and movie modes. The gaming mode increases the display’s refresh rate to 75 Hz and increases the contrast.

Similarly, the movie mode limits the refresh rate to 30 Hz because all movies, series, and videos on the internet and local cable are made on 25-28 FPS.

Moreover, it also turns the colors more vivid and enables all the display features to improve the viewing experience.

With 3,000 lumens of brightness, you can view all your media clearly, even in the direct sunlight. However, make sure to reduce the brightness in dark surroundings to protect your eyes.

Note: You can’t view Netflix natively from the projector. Don’t purchase if you only want the projector for Netflix.

What did we like

  • True 4K ready
  • 3,000 lumens extra bright
  • HDR10 compatible
  • Dedicated game and movie mode

What we did not like

  • You can’t view Netflix natively from the projector

Optoma ML750 projector

If you’re doing a projectors search on the internet, you might have seen the Optoma brand on almost every popular e-commerce store. It’s because Optoma is one of the most selling online brands of projectors.

The ML750 WXGA is one of them, and it’s one of their most grossing projectors. The projectors cost you about 600$, which is average for a mid-range projector.

However, in terms of features, it’s not unique in this one, but it still offers all the features you can expect from a mid-range projector.

Also, it offers a brightness of up to 700 lumens which is extremely low even for the DVD quality video.

In terms of the ANSI standard, it is about 400 lumens at a 90° angle (perpendicular to the display.

Moreover, on the resolution side, it doesn’t even offer a 1080p quality; this 600$ machine only offers HD 720p resolution. That’s not good if you’re purchasing it for media consumption, primarily gaming and media.

However, the LED lamp of the projector is impressive. With over 20,000 hours of lifespan, it’s excellent!

What did we like

  • Extra-long lifespan: 20,000 hours
  • Optoma’s signature color tuning
  • Very compact size

What we did not like

  • Only 720 P HD resolution
  • Very low brightness: 700 lumens

Epson Home Cinema 1080 3-chip 3LCD 1080p projector

If you’re into computer accessories, you may know about Epson. Epson, one of the leading brands in computer accessories, covers about 60% of shares in printers and other computer accessories.

Now, Epson comes with their premium category projector. The machine is dedicated to gaming and multi-media consumption and is ideal for using it as a home theater.

Unfortunately, the projector doesn’t offer 3840P (4K) resolution, and it’s limited to native 1080P resolution. 1080P isn’t bad in this price range, but you can get a 4K projector by paying about $40-$60 more.

The projector comes with an sRGB color reproduction standard which produces highly accurate colors (close to 98%) and gives you the space to play HDR content. Yes, it does offer HDR10 if the input supports it.

However, in terms of power consumption, it’s not so efficient. The machine consumes about 100 watts, and it’s not high power, but considering it’s not a 4K device, it doesn’t look efficient.

What did we like

  • sRGB color gamut
  • 3,400 lumens very bright LED
  • HDR10 supported

What we did not like

  • 100-watts, not energy efficient considering its resolution.

BenQ MH733 1080P Projector

For those looking for a premium category projector under 850$, this one might be ideal for them. It comes with a 1080p and 1080i supported Xenon LED lamp that can reach the brightness of about 4,000 ANSI lumens.

However, the projector doesn’t come with a 4K 3840p resolution, but still, it’s good if we look at its other features. Being a Xenon LED lamp, the brightness is excellent, but lifespan is shorter: 15,000 hours which is extremely low compared to other projectors in this price range.

The projector isn’t an intelligent projector that runs on Android, so you will need to connect external display sources such as HDMI, media storage or connect it with your local LAN network through an Ethernet port. Moreover, you can also install the QCast application on your Android, iOS, and Windows to directly cast from your system in one click.

Talking about power consumption will not add noticeable figures to your bill. The device consumes about 320-watts of power which is excellent for a 1080p projector (about 80% efficient).

One thing that we don’t like is its image size. MH733 can only display about 100-inches of display which is a minimal display size for an 850$ projector.

What did we like

  • 1080p supported
  • 320-watts power consumption, 80% efficient, which is excellent.
  • Install QCast and directly cast from your smartphone or PC.

What we did not like

  • 15,000 hours lifespan, very short
  • Not an intelligent projector which isn’t acceptable in this price range.

Epson EF-100 Smart Streaming Laser Projector

Epson EF-100 Projector got the last place on our list because it might not be suitable for some buyers.

The first thing we notice about this device is its design; the design looks like an old-school black and white boxy type project, not good compared to other projectors in this review.

One of the reasons we love this projector is that it comes with an included Android TV, Android 9.0. Therefore, you can watch all of your favorite streaming services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, ESPN, and YouTube.

You also get a 3-watts high-quality built-in stereo audio system, making this an excellent projector for all your entertainment needs.

With a brightness of 2,000 lumens, the EF-100 is viewable in artificial room lighting but not good to use sunlight.

It’s still suitable for watching a movie with friends or presenting to a group of coworkers in indoor surroundings.

The Epson EF-100 uses advanced 3-array laser technology to display 100% of the sRGB color signal for every frame.

This allows for outstanding color accuracy while maintaining excellent brightness, without any “rainbowing” or “color brightness” issues seen with other projection technologies. It doesn’t offer HDR capability, but still good if we look at its other features.

What did we like

  • Integrated 3-watts audio system
  • Android TV: 9.0
  • 3-array laser technology
  • Dedicated built-in Netflix application

What we did not like

  • Design isn’t good

4 Factors to Consider When Buying the Best Projector under 1000$

Lumens Of Projector

The brightness of a projector is measured in ANSI lumens. This number determines how bright the image on the screen will be.

A projector with a high lumen rating will be able to produce a brighter image, regardless of the amount of ambient light in the room.

If you have a room that can be darkened, you may not need a projector with a high lumen rating. However, if the room has a lot of ambient light, you will need a projector with a high lumen rating to produce an image that is not too dim.

Noise Level

You should also consider the noise level of the projector. A projector that produces a lot of noise may be disruptive if you are trying to watch a movie or play a game. The minimum acceptable noise level for a projector is 30dB.

Throw ratio

when purchasing a projector. The throw distance is the approximate distance from the projector to the wall.

Most projectors under $1000 are long throw distance projectors, which offer a screen size of up to 100 inches from 10-12 feet away. However, you can also find a number of short-throw projectors under $1000.

Resolution

The last and most important feature to consider is the resolution of the projector. A projector with a high resolution will produce a sharper and more detailed image.

Most projectors on the market today have a resolution of 1080p, which is equivalent to standard HD. However, you can find a number of projectors that support 4K input at this price range.

Final words

Now that you have read our buying guide and review of the top 10 best projectors under $1000, you should be able to make an informed decision about which one is right for you.

All of the projectors on our list are excellent choices, but depending on your specific needs, one may be a better fit than the others.

We hope that this article has helped you narrow down your search and that you are now on your way to owning the perfect projector for your needs. Thanks for reading!

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