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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3M Streaming
Optoma ML550
BenQ Joybee GP2
BenQ MS517
3M Streaming Projector
Optoma ML550 Mobile Projector
BenQ GP2 Projector
BenQ MS517 Smarteco Projector
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Jun 2013
Mar 2012
Nov 2012
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
DLP
DLP
Image Brightness
60.0 ANSI lumens
500.0 ANSI lumens
200.0 ANSI lumens
2800.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC
PC and Mac
PC, Mac
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
Form Factor
Portable
Portable
Average Rating
 3.6 stars
 4.4 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.1 stars