Best Projectors Under $100 & $200

Best projectors under 100 and 200

Projectors used to be exclusively expensive and out of reach for msot people. Modern technology has enabled a wave of budget projectors which meet the requirements of users when playing back home entertainment media.

You want a decent projector, but you don’t want to spend much or invest too much time figuring out which one to get. This article has been written for you.

We explore the two cheapest categories of projector that you can get; those for under $100 and those for under $200. This article will take you through the best options in these price ranges and will assit you in picking the best budget projector for you.


What does price get you?

You may be wondering what adding in an extra $100 will get you if you decide to go for one of the more expensive projectors here.

The principal features that improve when spending more on a projector are brightness (in lumens), native resolution and screen size. Many other features do not change as the price increases, including ports and LED life.

Here are the standard specs that you will find with $100 projectors compared to $200 projectors:

  • 1200 vs 3500 lumens
  • 480p vs 720p native resolution
  • 150″ vs 200″ maximum screen size

Brighter projectors are far better than dimmer ones in lighter conditions. For example, if you wish to use your projector during the day it may be worth either getting blackout blinds or opting for a more expensive projector with more lumens.

All these projectors can upscale to 1080p, although it isn’t true 1080p. Native resolution is the true resolution in terms of pixels and the quality the projector should be played at. Projectors in the $200 category have more defined images and a better display accordingly.

On average more expensive projectors can go to a larger size, although in many instances this isn’t actually true. Some of the cheaper projectors can achieve as big of a screen size.


Best Projectors Under $100

Home entertainment projectors don’t come cheaper than in the under $100 category. These super high budget options won’t wow you when placed next to higher-end projectors. The specs are, however,  frankly outstanding when considering the price.


VANKYO Leisure 3 Mini – Best Projector Under $100

VANKYO Leisure 3 miniVANKYOs Leisure range is highly reliable across all prices. The Leisure 3 Mini reigns supreme in the under $100 category thanks to its superior specs and having a feel of a more expensive projector.

For one, this projector has 2400 lumens, far greater than any other projector in this price range. Lumens drive the oomph of the projector and ultimately defines how clear the display is in both dark and light rooms.

An attachable tripod (sold separately), sliding lens cover and included fabric case make the projector feel more premium than the other projectors of this price.

Pros

  • Brightest – 2400 lumens
  • Detailed and crisp image
  • Useful remote
  • HDMI, USB, VGA, Micro SD, AV
  • HDMI cable included
  • Fabric case included
  • Sliding lens cover
  • Up to 170″
  • Best focus technology
  • Quiet fan
  • Works well outside
  • Attachable to tripod

Cons

  • Speaker quality not amazing
  • Some users report reliability issues
  • Non-existent customer service

DR.J Professional – Super Cheap But Good

DrJ professional

DR.Js Professional projector very impressive considering its specs and its price. A stick out feature that isn’t seen in many projectors in this sort of price range is the Bluetooth connectivity that can be used with external speakers. This does require you to purchase an additional Transmitter though. Another stick out feature of the DR.J Professional is the 1500 lumens which is 25 percent more than the typical super budget projector, although doesn’t touch the brightness of the VANKYO Mini Leisure.

Pros

  • Unbelievable value
  • Up to 170″
  • HDMI, USB, VGS, MicroSD
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • TV Stick & Smartphone
  • Tripod mount
  • Brightest 1500 lumens
  • Included HDMI cord
  • Works fantastically at 10 ft
  • 40,000 hours LED life

Cons

  • Struggles in light rooms
  • Loud fan (in small rooms)
  • Speaker quality not perfect

Meyoung TC80 – A Decent Projector Under $100

meyoung

Meyoungs TC80 is a relatively premium projector for the $100 price range. Especially easy going, the Meyoung TC80 can be set up in a very short time and the support team is particularly attentive. This projector is highly adaptable in providing adequate display of films, tv, sports, and gaming. It does admittedly have a few issues that are highlighted by some users, although these are generally uncommon.

Pros

  • Up to 150″
  • HDMI, USB, SD, Mobile HDD, VGA
  • Supports smartphones (needs extra adapter)
  • Attentive customer service
  • Decent sound quality

Cons

  • Speaker lacks bass
  • Hot & noisy
  • Struggles in light

 


DBPOWER Mini Projector – Another Super Cheap Option

DBPOWER Mini

DBPOWERs mini projector is substantially under $100 and resultingly has more mixed reviews. Many users have reported very positive experiences with mass viewings of movies at night under the stars. Despite being cheaper, it can reach a size of 176″ and still has all the ports you could need to watch your media. Some users do complain about the brightness, although it isnt atypical of a super budget projector.

Pros

  • Very cheap
  • up to 176″
  • HDMI, USB, Wireless, VGA
  • 50,000 LED life
  • Users hosted outdoor screenings

Cons

  • Struggles in light
  • Overheating reported

 


What is the Best Projector Under $100?

VANKYOs Lesiure 3 Mini has triumphed in the super budget projector market due to their ability to provide unmathced brightness. With more lumens you will get more reliable performance, especially in lighter conditions.

Dr.J Professional is the next best as it offers 1500 lumens at an exceptionally cheap price, typically around $60. DBPOWERs Mini Projector is an alternative super budget option with a similar price, although it has more mixed reviews than Dr.J. Accoridngly, we would recommend the former over the latter.

Meyoungs TC80 is a solid all round projector with an especially attentive customer support team. It does have a few issues with performance, although nothing too major for a budget projector.


Best Projectors Under $200

Money can get you a long, long way with technology these days. For $200 or even substantially less, you can get yourself a projector that will fulfill your cinematic and gaming needs. This overview of the best projectors under $200 will take you through a range of these projectors which are the next tier up from the $100 category.


VANKYO Leisure 510 – Best Under $200

VANKYO LESIURE 510

If you are looking for the most premium projector you can get your mitts on for under $200, look no further than the VANKYO Leisure 510. It’s about $60 more than the typical projector in this article, reaching towards $200. This is more than justified thanks to the specs and quality it delivers. Brighter, bigger and more HD thanks to the video technology built in this beast.

Pros

  • Best picture
  • 50,000 hours LED life
  • Brightest at 3800 lumens
  • 120″ at 12 feet
  • Up to 200″
  • HDMI, USB, AV, VGA, USB & Micro SD ports
  • Accurate focusing
  • Quiet fan

Cons

  • Some users state lumens overstated
  • Struggles in too light conditions

TAINIDI – Most Reliable Under $200

TAINIDI Video Projector

TAINIDI has produced the most reliable high-quality features for a projector under $200.  User complaints and issues with the projector are practically nonexistent, with the odd complaint about usability. No, this isn’t going to match your $1,000 projectors, but it certainly does a respectable job. TAINIDI video projector has the best built-in speaker out of all the models here.

Pros

  • Clear picture
  • Bright – 3600 lumens
  • Up to 180″
  • 50,000 hours
  • Easy setup
  • Best sound quality
  • Quiet fan
  • HDMI, USB, AV, VGA & USB
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Up to 180 inches
  • Premium feel
  • Sliding lens cover

Cons

  • Difficult to use menu

GooDee – Best Mid-Ranged Under $200

GooDee

GooDee is one of the best all-round projectors that you can get your hands on for under $200.  The projector can muster 100″ image from 10 feet away, displaying native 720p and supported 1080p. GooDee is highly compatible with multimedia thanks to hosting a variety of ports including HDMI and USB. LED light life is 30,000 hours which is pretty exceptional for a cheap projector like this one. All in all, the price tag of this projector make it a very impressive product.

Pros

  • No screen door effect
  • Watchable from 6 feet away
  • 100″ at 10 feet
  • Rich and sharp colors
  • VGA, HDMI and USB ports
  • 30,000 hour LED source
  • Adjustible video noise reduction
  • Auto aspect ratio
  • Equalizer control
  • Auto volume feature

Cons

  • Won’t work in a bright room
  • No Dolby decoder
  • Speaker distortion with full range content
  • Poor contrast ratios in use
  • Black levels questionable at times

GooBang Doo ABOX A2 – A Solid Under $200 Projector

GooBang Doo ABOX A2

GooBangs Doo ABOX T22 is another 720p projector that is sourced from China.  It goes the extra mile in its connecitivty options by not only having HDMI, USB, and VGA, but also AV and Micro SD. The consensus of customers is that the ABOX is a bargain worth pursuing, although some have admittedly had frustrations with its reliability.

Pros

  • Bright and crisp image
  • Vivid colors
  • Easy to perfect focus
  • Easy installation
  • 100″ at 9.84 ft
  • 50,000 LED life
  • HDMI, USB, AV, VGA, USB & Micro SD ports
  • 3.5mm audio output

Cons

  • Struggles in light
  • Loud fan
  • Disappointing speaker
  • Poor black level
  • Bulb turns off after extended use

Abdtech Movie Projector – An OK Projector for Under $200

Abdtech

Abdtechs Projector has respectable specs but admittedly the most reported problems out the projectors on our list. That said, when it comes down the video features and quality it performs well, especially in regards to brightness and crispness. The speaker is definitely sub-par to the other models in this list although this admittedly won’t matter if you plan on getting an external one.  Many users report struggles to get above 100 inches in size, which may or may not be an issue depending on whether you need that kind of size.

Pros

  • Bright – 3600 lumens
  • Clear picture
  • HDMI, USB, AV, VGA & USB
  • Works in relatively light conditions
  • Loud speakers
  • Quiet fan
  • Easy focusing

Cons

  • Sound quality questionable
  • Limited remote control function
  • Keystone wheel rigid
  • User report maximum of 100 inches

What is the best Projector Under $200?

The two standout options in this list of projectors are the VANKYO Leisure 510 and the TAINIDI projector. Admittedly, these are a little more expensive than the others. What is clear is that the extra cash will get you a more reliable, brighter and crisper projector.

GooDee and GooBang Doos ABOX are the cheapest options. Nonetheless, these projectors are still well revered by users who report mostly positive experiences.

Finally, the Abdtech Movie Projector is lower down on the list for having more common reliability issues, although these aren’t necessarily related to the image quality.


Final Word

Whether you go for a $100 or $200 projector, you will be happy with the results. Super budget, maintained quality and reliability will give you the home entertainment experience you need. It is highly recommended to go for the more reliable brands as more budget options tend to have more reliability issues, especially compared to going for a $1,000 projector.

 

Rupert Pople

Rupert is the founder of this website and a smart home tech enthusiast fascinated by the power of connected devices. Within his Business Management (BSc) degree at the University of Nottingham, he studied the technological impact of the Internet of Things.

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