Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Most of today's best movies are out in high definition, either 720p or 1080i so our selection of the best cheap movie projectors is narrowed down to the top rated projectors which have an HD resolution of 1080p/i.

HD standard 1080i stands for interlaced scanning, while 1080p is progressive scanning. We recommend 1080p models since progressive scanning displays all the pixel rows simultaneously, giving a much sharper and better picture; as opposed to interlaced which only displays alternated pixel rows at a time. However, the amount of video content available in 1080p is still quite sparse and most television channels use 720p or 1080i.

We also make a balance between an economical budget and good features; so the list below are products which have a Reviewgist score of 60 which means these products are recommended as they've earned positive reviews; and are displayed in the ascending order of their price.


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NEC NP-VE281
Dell M115HD
Optoma ML550
Canon LE-5W
BenQ MX518
NEC NP-VE281 Projector
Dell M115HD Projector
Optoma ML550 Mobile Projector
Canon LE-5W Projector
BenQ MX518 Smarteco Projector
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Release Date
Sep 2012
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Jul 2013
Nov 2012
HDTV Formats
720p, 1080i, 576i, 576p
480p, 720p, 576i, 576p, 480i, 1080p
720p, 1080i/p
480p, 720p, 1080i, 576i, 576p, 480i, 1080p
720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p
Contrast Ratio
3000:1
10000:1
10000:1
3000:1
13000:1
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
DLP
DLP
DLP
Image Brightness
2800.0 ANSI lumens
450.0 ANSI lumens
500.0 ANSI lumens
500.0 ANSI lumens
2800.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC, Mac
PC
PC and Mac
PC
PC, Mac
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
Average Rating
 4.4 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.4 stars
 3.8 stars
 4.1 stars