9 Best Projectors Under $400

Whether you are getting a projector for home or office use, there are questions you need to answer and facts you need to straighten out before investing in one of these units.

First of all, are you purchasing one for your office, or something to stay at home, or both?

There are projectors within this price range that will definitely cater to each of those scenarios. Projectors of this range would normally be smaller, compact and portable.

If you are to fix this in the office, does it let you mount it to the ceiling, or do you need to find a place to set it up on from a table somewhere?

If you needed this for home entertainment, does it support 3D? Gaming?

You don’t have to worry about determining if the projector is Mac or Windows compatible, as that is a given. They will work on either systems.

Another thing you may want to consider is the luminosity, or how bright it can light up the screen. The better ones do not need an entirely dark room for you to see anything on the screen. Dimmed lights will be enough. This will allow people to still take down notes while you present your case over the projector.

There are vast possibilities that can only be resolved by the way you want it to work for you.

  1. AAXA P300 Pico/Micro LED Projector with 60 minute battery

Very portable and as the name claims it, it tiny. This portable unit can even fit inside your laptop case, along with your laptop. Enjoy 15000 hours of lamp life and built in speakers. The unit will project both in 4:3 and 16:9 modes, with inputs for HDMI, VGA, Composite A/V. Connect this unit to any source of video, whether your Mac, Windows or USB reader, it will do the job. This tiny projector, despite its size can project an image up to 120 inches.

8.Celluon PicoPro Ultra-portable Laser HD Projector

This is even tinier than the previous model of the same brand. This compact little projector is focus free, thanks to Sony’s Laser Beam Scanning engine. Always enjoy vivid images with this unit in HD. Because it is meant to be portable, the PicoPro also has a battery that can last you up to 3 hours if connected via HDMI source and 2 hours on wifi. The lumens on the unit however may fall a bit behind, so make sure you dim the lights at least for you to be able to enjoy the full HD imagery on this unit. Travel friendly; comes with its own carrying pouch.

  1. Dell M115HD Mobile LED Projector WXGA

While this competes very tightly with compactness, the display image does not project more than 80 inches. It does have built in speakers, and the main input is for HDMI. It also has a mercury-free LED light source if you’re concerned, that can last you 30000 hours.

  1. ViewSonic PJD5255 XGA DLP Projector

One of the brightest projectors on this list, the ViewSonic delivers amazing vivid colors that allow you to enjoy the images on the screen. The unit is BluRay ready, with an integrated HDMI input. Choose between 5 different settings. It has enhanced soud due to its bigger speaker chamber, and a powerful amplifier. The interface comes with a tactile keyboard, and an optional cable management system. 3 years warranty on parts and labor, 1 year for the lamp, and express exchange for the first year.

  1. Optomo S316 SVGA DLP Projector

Another projector to compete with luminosity is the Optomo S316 at 3200 Lumen. Enjoy bright images and amazing accuracy, whether you are playing out your presentation or simply watching a movie. The unit has full 3D and HDMI compatibility, and let yourself connect wirelessly via an optional VGA dongle.

  1. BenQ MS521 SVGA 3000L HDMI Smart Eco 3D Projector

This unit is 3D and BluRay ready. Adjust the picture modes and enjoy 5 different aspect ratio options. Freely adjust the quality of the image using it ready modes. The unit is also available to a number of inputs that allow you to either connect the projector to a pc, a DVD player, or a USB hub.

  1. Epson Powerlite Home Cinema 500 Silver Edition

With both color and white brightness at 2600 lumens, enjoy bright and bold colors, whether you use an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 16:9. HDMI connectivity, with a 300 inch image. Also BluRay compatible, you can connect the unit to a game console or a streaming box.  This  model is best enjoyed as part of a home entertainment system.

  1. Epson SVGA 3LCD Projector

With 2800 lumens of Color and white brightness, enjoy 3x brighter colors and amazing contrast. SVGA resolution also gives you fantastic image quality. Connect using HDMI inputs. Image projection size is up to a whopping 350 inch screen.

  1. ViewSonic PJD5134 SVGA DLP Projector

ViewSonic delivers the promise of value with this DLP projector with SVGA resolution at 3000 ANSI Lumens. Available ports are HDMI and 2 VGA ports. Connect it directly to the a computer serial port as well. 3D and BluRay ready, enjoy hours or viewing pleasure with this model from ViewSonic.

Now that we have run by the top projectors in the market today, maybe you will have more of an idea what kind of projector you want to bring home or to use in the office. You might even plan bigger with upgrading to a full home theater system with any of the projectors that reach to up to 300-350 inches in image size. So plan ahead, get your popcorn ready and until then, enjoy!