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 one

SaleBestseller No. 1
VANKYO LEISURE 3 Mini Projector, 1080P and 170'' Display Supported, 3600L Portable Movie Projector...
  • SUPERIOR WATCHING EXPERIENCE: Leisure 3 Projector is Powered by MStar Advanced Color Engine. 2019 upgraded LED lighting provides +60% brightness than ordinary projector. Supporting 1920x1080 resolution which is ideal for home entertainment. Not recommend for PowerPoint or other office presentation.
  • MULTIMEDIA PORTABLE PROJECTOR: VANKYO Leisure 3 projectors is fit for playing videos, TV series, photos sharing, football matches etc. It can be easily connected with your smartphone, PS3, PS4, X-Box ONE or Wii to enjoy BIG games. A customized bag is designed for you to carry and store it easily.
  • BIG SCREEN SIZE EXPERIENCE: It provides a watching size from 32" to 170" with the projection distance between 4.9ft to 16.4ft. A projection distance of about 6.5 ft is the recommended viewing distance.
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 dB; Normal mode 37 dB; Digital zoom (Manual)/Focus (Manual)
  • SVGA resolution (800 x 600), ideal for projecting everyday presentations and graphics; Projected distance 30 inch 350 inch (0.88 10.44 m); PC and Mac compatible. iProjection App Compatible-Wirelessly project from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or AndroidTM mobile device
  • 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 Epson ? get up and running in no time with easy image adjustments and convenient control
SaleBestseller No. 3
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 in 3600 lumens
  • EASY SETUP: Simple setup and control; just plug & play your presentations, videos, and pictures
SaleBestseller No. 4
YABER Native 1080P Projector 6000 Lumens Upgrade Full HD Video Projector (1920 x 1080), ±50° 4D...
  • ✿{Innovative 4D Keystone Correction & Zoom Function} Our hd projector is the first projector with± 50 ° 4D (vertical & horizontal) keystone correction function to ensure the projected image is always a standard rectangle. It's very convenient to adjust the screen by using the remote control, especially for the projector suspended from ceiling. Reducing projection size by using the X/Y ZOOM function, while others can only do that by changing the projection distance.
  • ✿{1080P Native Resolution (1920*1080)} The projector with a real native resolution of 1920*1080, remarkable 6000 lumens bright and high dynamic contrast ratio of 8000:1, provides sharp and detailed images from HD content without downscaling or compression, which is four times higher than 720p. Combining an innovative high-refraction 5 layers glassed lens, ensuring the best video experience.
  • ✿{HIFI Stereo Sound & Latest Advanced Cooling System} The Y30 LED projector has built-in 3W dual stereo speakers with SRS sound system provides a great auditory sense experience without external speakers. Updated an advanced and silent cooling system with 3 fans running simultaneously. Adopt the latest SmarEco technology to minimize lamp power consumption to extend the useful life of the lamp to a maximum of 78000 hours.
SaleBestseller No. 5
VANKYO Cinemango 100 Mini Video Projector, 4000 Lux HD Movie Projector Support 1080P, 220" Display,...
  • 4000 LUX IMMERSIVE VISUAL FEAST: The revolutionary Vankyo Cinemango 100 employs a more impressive configuration with HD 720P native resolution, 80%+better brightness of 4000 lux compared to the rivals, and a large screen of maximin 220 inches. Plus, with the sharpness, smoothness and true color, the mini projector provides you ideal home entertainment with rich and dynamic details of live images.
  • PORTABLE MULTIMEDIA VERSATILITY: With multiple ports including 2*HDMI, 2*USB, VGA, AV, TF and Audio output. You could freely stream content from your devices by simply connecting it via an HMDI (or HML) adapter cable. The projector is compatible with PS3, PS4, X-Box One, Wii, TV, etc., suitable for a variety of entertaining situations, and also easy to setup and carry around. (***Adapter is not included in the package***)
  • VIVID STEREO SOUND WITH LOW NOISE: Experience the superior built-in stereo speaker producing a High-Fidelity sound or enjoy extra quality with external speakers(3.5mm AUX cable is not included). To reduce the noise, we have equipped it with our latest dual-fan system for its even better performance and your immersive audio experience.
Bestseller No. 6
DBPOWER L21 LCD Video Projector, 4200L 1080P 1920x1080 Supported Full HD Mini Movie Projector with...
  • [REMARKABLE BRIGHTNESS AND CLARITY]: DBPOWER L21 mini LCD video projector, bright 150ANSI-4200Lux, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 1280x720p native resolution, supporting 1920x1080p highest resolution makes it brighter than other comparable Mini projectors on the market. It's ideal for home entertainment in dark. NOT recommended for Power point, Word, Excel or business presentation.
  • [AMAZING MOVIE EXPERIENCE]: This DBPOWE L21 portable video projector support 1080P full HD 1920x1080p Resolution. It displays images between 40-200 inches, with a projection distance of 1-5m. For optimum viewing, placing the projector at a distance of 1.8 to 2.0m, while adjusting the focus and keystone correction, will achieve a super-clear and bright projection.
  • [MULTIMEDIA PORTABLE PROJECTOR]: DBPOWER L21 smart-phone mini projector is compatible with TV Box, TV Stick, PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Speakers, Chrome Book, Blue-ray DVD players, SD Cards, USB Flash Drives, Media players, ipad, iphone and Android Smart phones. NOTE: When connected with smart phones, a Wi-Fi display dongle or HDMI adapter (not included) is required.
SaleBestseller No. 7
VANKYO Leisure 430 Mini Movie Projector, 3800 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 projector through a Type-C/Lightning to HDMI adapter to realize screen synchronization. Ideal for home video in the backyard, hosting parties and movie nights while traveling. (***Adapter is not included in the package***)
  • REMARKABLE CLARITY AND BRIGHTNESS: Adopts MStar advanced color engine to provides vivid colors and great contrast for images. 3800 Lux Brightness, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 80% brighter than other projectors. Meanwhile, LED light sources to avoid eye strain.
  • MULTI-FUNCTIONAL CONNECTION: Leisure 430 mini projector is easy to operate with many ports, including HDMI, VGA, USB, Micro SD, RCA AV interfaces. Easily connect to smartphones, PS3, PS4, X-Box ONE or Wii to enjoy games, videos, TV series, photos sharing, football matches, etc. You will not miss every wonderful moment. (***Not recommend for office presentation.***)
Bestseller No. 8
DR. J Professional HI-04 1080P Supported Portable Movie Projector, 3600L Mini Projector with 100Inch...
  • [100Inch Projector Screen Included] PORTABLE LED VIDEO PROJECTOR: To meet our customer's new needs, DR.J has improved not only the brightness, contrast ratio of the projector, but also included a 100" Portable Projector Screen in the package. Enjoy the great movies outside with your family in your yard.
  • HIGHEST 1080P RESOLUTIONS SUPPORTED: Supported resolution:1920*1080, Aspect Ratio: 4:3/16:9, Contrast Ratio: 2000:1, Lamp lifetime: 40000 hours, Watching Size: 32"-176" with projector distance 1.5m-5m. [Note: not recommended for PPT, word, excel or business presentation.]
  • MULTIMEDIA PORTABLE PROJECTOR: DR.J projector is compatible with TV Box, ChromeBook, PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Blue-ray DVD player, SD Card, USB Flash Drive, Video Games, Media players (Music, Pictures, Video, TXT), Smartphones ( Wireless HDMI Dongle not included).
Bestseller No. 9
Projector, GooDee Upgrade HD Video Projector 4500L 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 clarity. Adding 80% better brightness than other projectors (2200 lux), which can provide a brighter & wider viewing even in slight light especially in the outdoor place such as backyard, Garage.
  • High resolution & 1080p supported: experiencing the home Cinematic theater with GooDee new upgraded YG600 projector 1280*768p (normally projector is 480p), which could offer a ultra accurate & vivid video quality. Ideal for Projecting movie, games, presentations and graphics.
  • Enjoy big screen with LCD technology light source -projection size: 44-230 inches with distance 4.9-18 feet, the shortest distance to focus is 4.9 feet, and the best viewing distance is 10 feet with 98 inch; GooDee home projector utilizes LED light source and LCD display technology, This ensures lower energy than conventional bulbs and also longer life.
Bestseller No. 10
[Latest Upgrade] 3500Lumens Mini Projector, Full HD 1080P 170" Display Supported, PS4,TV Stick,...
  • 【PERFECT FOR WATCHING MOVIES! 】1. You can buy this projector to use outside on clear nights to break up the usual "watch the TV" every night. 2. It has a speaker that is made into the projector and is quiet sufficient for indoor use but it can be hooked up to external speakers using the ear phones connection on the side. 3. Perfect for use in the back yard or empty wall in the living room.
  • 【MULTIMEDIA PORTABLE CONNECTIONS:】 1.You are able to hook up your TV Sticker and works perfectly on this as well to display whats on your phone, YouTube or straight up movies. 2. Easy to adjust the contrast and can connect multiple devices to it (ex. laptop). It can be easily connected with your smartphone, PS3, PS4, X-Box ONE or Wii to enjoy BIG games.
  • 【GETS AN A+ FOR VALUE: 】 If you are into HD and top notch color quality, you may want to spend the $500 + on more expensive projector. It's not the absolute best for sports i.e. WNBA basketball...but this projector is great price! Unless you have a 4000 sq foot home with a designated movie theater room, save money and just buy this. It's great! Easy to operate. Photos show with light on and with light off.

Projector purchase advisor

If you want to buy a projector, you should think in advance about what he wants to use the device for. For a device praised as the best projector for the home theater experience does not necessarily have to be suitable for business presentations and vice versa. Similarly, a cheap LED projector in the description so attractive sounded later turn out to be a floppy. Before doing any price comparisons and specifications, be aware of the different types of beamers and their intended use. An overview of recommended models can be found in the Top 5 list of the best projectors in 2019.

1. Types of beamers

The currently best-selling devices can be divided into three groups, whose advantages and disadvantages you can read below:

1.1. LCD projector

This is the cheapest projector class, which is very popular and widespread due to the low purchase price. Since you can buy a good LCD projector for well under 200 euros, the price-performance ratio is bottom line well. Compared to more expensive devices, however, the resolution is often lower – especially for the very cheap devices – and the contrast is usually much lower than in other models.

However, due to the good contour representation, they are very well suited for presentations, provided the ANSI lumen value is correspondingly high. The more expensive an LCD projector is, the better the problem of blurred and gray black display but solved, so you are quite well recommended in the home cinema area due to the price range.

1.2. DLP projector

During the introductory period, DLP devices were very expensive. Nowadays, the price has moved down significantly. As a rule, middle-class 3D projectors are DLP projectors. The advantage of these devices is the good contrast and the clear representation of dark scenes, which has a very positive effect on films in particular. Nevertheless, the devices are priced significantly more expensive than LCD projectors, which makes them not interesting for everyone.

A big disadvantage is the rainbow effect, which is usually more extreme with cheaper devices than with more expensive ones. Therefore, the recommendation is to rely on the opinions of other buyers in this regard. The effect is colored flickering when you blink or eye your eyes. This is related to the technical fact that a rotating ribbon is installed in the device. The faster the rotation, the lower the effect. Also, different people perceive the effect as different strong or disturbing.

1.3. LED projector

LED projectors are very economical in terms of energy consumption and there is no heat, which means that little or no cooling is needed. Therefore, the devices are very quiet. However, the luminosity and the intensity of the image are significantly weaker, so that the distance to the screen must be lower. Entry-level projectors are usually LED projectors. For presentations in partially darkened rooms you should not buy a LED projector.

Usage

Before buying, you should think carefully about the purpose for which the device should be used. All in all, a full-HD projector with a contrast ratio of 10,000 to 1 or higher is well-suited for both the home theater experience and for presentations. However, pay attention to the brightness values ​​given in ANSI lumens. The brighter the projector is, the better the result will be in rooms that are only partially darkened.

With a low contrast ratio of less than 5,000: 1, the device is actually only suitable for completely dark rooms. A low-cost projector with a contrast ratio of 1,000: 1 will project a picture that is no longer perceptible in brighter rooms. Many manufacturers have very cheap projectors for less than 100 euros on offer, which are quite suitable for watching a movie in the dark room and – depending on the claim – be completely sufficient for your purposes. You must, however, be aware that there are worlds between the image quality and sharpness of such a low-cost entry-level device compared to a high-contrast full-HD beamer.

In the home cinema area as well as in the office area you should also make sure that at least HD (1280 x 720 pixels) are natively supported and the projector is not just “Full HD or HD compatible”. This is a big difference, because ultimately only the native resolution is thrown on the wall. For the home cinema experience 16: 9 is also a must, while in the business sector under certain circumstances, the 4: 3 format is optimal. Therefore, the projector should support at best both.

Meaningful functions and price range

There are many additional functions – which ultimately make sense to you, of course you have to decide for yourself. While it may make sense to have a 3D function in the home cinema area or for playing, you will be able to do without it in the business area. Universally important properties are the interfaces. Thus, in addition to HDMI and RGB, a USB interface and a card slot should be available.

A DVI connection is also recommended. However, of course, the connections are also based on your needs and the way the projector is connected to existing devices such as AV receivers, system or external players. Whether the projector has to be WLAN-capable depends on whether you need it. Many devices also play video, picture or audio files directly from the USB stick or an SD card. If you want to use it, pay attention to the supported formats.

The price range of the devices is huge. Good home theater devices are already available for well under 1,000 euros, while cheap entry-level airplanes can be bought for less than 100 euros. A good middle ground is certainly the purchase of a solid beamer in the range between 500 and 800 euros.

Significantly more expensive devices usually already offer Ultra-DH resolution and are technically very mature. However, it can be assumed that a projector that costs significantly more than 1,000 euros today will be significantly cheaper in the not too distant future. That is, the potential price decline is significantly higher here than, for example, with a device that you buy today for 650 euros.

Video projectors have now become affordable for both the private and business sector in good quality. As a result, even high-quality devices for your personal home theater no longer have to stay a dream. In the test, the best projectors in the year 2019 were scrutinized and evaluated in terms of price-performance structure and quality and summarized to the top 5 list of test winners for you. It is no coincidence that the models also go down from priced to cheap. In the test, it has been shown that the more expensive devices also offered a significantly better overall performance than the cheap competition.

1. BenQ W1070 +

The best projectors were the 31.2 x 24.4 x 10.4 cm DLP projectors from BenQ. Although the projector is priced already in the upper midfield for the private sector and is therefore the most expensive among the test winners, offers with 3D Full HD technology at 2,200 Ansi lumens and a contrast ratio of 10,000: 1 but also sizable values ​​even for very high standards , The image quality was consistently convincing to the testers, so that it looked good both as a projector for home theater and as a business projector.

The version with 2,200 Ansi lumens provided sufficient luminosity even in rooms that were not completely darkened. This feature, coupled with the high compatibility with mobile devices thanks to optional WiFi and MHL compatibility, made the device the best combination device for home and mobile office use. Thanks to lens shift, 1.3x zoom and keystone correction with very good sharpness performance, the projector brings sharp and clear pictures to the wall even under conditions that are not perfectly adjusted, which is especially true in rooms where optimal conditions are not used and make the operation a lot easier.
It has 2 HDMI ports with MHL compatibility, RCA, Component, S-Video, D-Sub and USB.

This allows content from older sources to be played as well as the latest third-party devices. A wireless kit is also available separately, so wireless data transfer is no problem. However, this is not possible with the standard version and there is an extra charge if you want to make the beamer wireless capable.
If you want the projector to support Full HD resolution in 3D, set up and connect easily, and have a good contrast ratio with good image quality thanks to DLP mirroring technology, you should definitely get the BenQ device more accurate look at.

2. BenQ TH681

As the second BenQ device in the test, the model TH681 convinced the testers. Especially in home theater use, the 3D Full HD DLP projector with features like 3,000 Ansi lumens convinced with a contrast of 13,000: 1 and 1.3x zoom. He also works with 144 Hz Tripple Flash, which leads to flicker-free and very good results especially when playing 3D content in Full HD. The ability to purchase the unit as a standard and short throw option means you can use the projector equally in both smaller and larger rooms.

Overall, the device offers a very good picture quality, excellent keystone correction and all the connectivity you expect from a modern projector (HDMI, D-Sub, Component, Composite, S-Sub Out, USB and jack). There is no wireless upgrade option, and due to lack of MHL compatibility, the device is not optimized for use with mobile devices, but still delivers good results in relatively bright rooms.

A remote control is also included in the delivery of the 4-kilogram device, which completes the overall very successful and intuitive operation. Especially for home theater systems and game consoles the device is recommended. If you want to combine a good 3D experience with a very good picture quality and high compatibility as well as a very good contrast ratio, you should take the BenQ model.

The price-performance ratio for such a solid DLP device is very good. As a very good projector for use in home theater, the device supports 3D playback in Full HD and offers a very good overall equipment. Whether the purchase pays off for you, you can use the comparison of the advantages and disadvantages to weigh quickly.

3. Acer P1185

The DLP projector from Acer impressed in particular by an outstanding light intensity of 3,200 ANSI lumens with a contrast ratio of 20,000: 1. This allows the projector to be used both in the business area for presentations, as well as in the home cinema area. For this he is via the HDMI 1.4 port also directly 3D-capable. Thanks to MHL compatibility, remote control and integrated 3-watt speaker, the device is also well-equipped for mobile use.

In conjunction with the compact design (30.8 x 21.1 cm) with a weight of 3.7 kilograms, this results in an overall excellent all-round device for a reasonable price with actually only one weakness: The Resolution. Because here the device works with a maximum native resolution of 800 x 600 pixels, which is too low for today’s standards for most applications. However, if the resolution is sufficient and who is not dependent on Full HD or HD resolution, receives the device from Acer an excellent bright Allrounder with a rich color, 3D compatibility, keystone correction for easy installation and overall good workmanship.

4. Crenova XPE470

The only 1.6 kg heavy and with 15 x 8 x 21 cm very compact built LED projector from Crenova was especially convincing by a good price-performance ratio. Thanks to the LED lights, no lamp needs replacing after a few thousand hours of operation, as the LEDs last up to 30,000 hours. In completely dark rooms, the device made quite remarkable results, even if the native resolution with 800 x 480 pixels is quite meager.

The maximum resolution is 1080p, making it easy to play bluerays or HD movies from the USB stick or other source via HDMI. The total power consumption is very low and the brightness of 1,200 lumens with a contrast ratio of 1. 000: 1 is enough for small dark rooms. The optimal distance of the device is 2 meters. From this distance, a 60-inch image is projected onto the wall. Thus, the device is particularly suitable for smaller rooms as an alternative to the large TV for a cozy movie night. However, you should not have too high demands on the resolution and picture quality.

5. BlitzWolf BW-MP1

As a very cheap projector, the wireless beamer from BlitzWolf surprised the testers. With a price of well under 100 euros, the LED projector reaches a decent result in the dark room. In addition, it is very compact with a weight of less than 1 kilogram and a size of 7 x 16 x 21cm. With a contrast ratio of 800: 1, however, the model should only be used in completely dark rooms.

In addition to WiFi connectivity for wireless transmission of mobile devices, the projector also has common connections such as HDMI, USB, SD card and AV and VGA. The device also supports all common data formats such as MKV, AVI or MP3, 3GP or MP4, MOV and so on. However, wireless testing of 1080p videos, which were supposed to be supported, was more likely to cause jerks in the test.

Also, keep in mind that Dolby audio formats are not supported because the necessary licenses are not available. As a cheap mobile version for a nice movie night in any (dark) place, but the projector with a native resolution of 800 × 480 pixels equipped beamer but a worthwhile investment. Especially in view of the very reasonable price.