By .

The best projectors under $1500 are the latest HD projectors with exemplary picture quality with contrast ratios of 4000:1. Many of the best Epson portable projectors with Mac compatibility fall under this calibre and feature the most simplified setup options.

Browse All Top Projectors Under $1500 »

Optoma HD25

Optoma HD25 3D-Home Theater Projector


#1

#2

#3

#4

#5

Optoma HD25
Epson BrightLink 436Wi
Epson PowerLite 3020
Sharp PG-LX3500
NEC NP-UM330
Optoma HD25 3D-Home Theater Projector
Epson BrightLink 436Wi 3LCD Projector
Epson PowerLite 3020 3D LCD Projector
Sharp PG-LX3500 3D Ready DLP Projector
NEC NP-UM330W Projector
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
[?]
ReviewGist
Score
Release Date
Mar 2013
Feb 2013
Oct 2012
May 2013
Dec 2012
Contrast Ratio
20000:1
3000:1
40000:1
2000:1
3000:1
Display Technology
DLP
3LCD
3LCD
DLP
3LCD
Image Brightness
2000.0 ANSI lumens
3000.0 ANSI lumens
2300.0 ANSI lumens
3500.0 ANSI lumens
3300.0 ANSI lumens
Type
DLP Projectors, 3D
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCD Projectors

  • The Optoma HD25 is a great little projector. Its bright, sparkling HD image is perfect for home theater, and its bargain price of $949 makes it an exceptional value. While the HD25 has some flaws, those flaws are all related to usability, not image quality. The menu system can be complicated at times, and the lack of multiple User modes limits the HD25's calibration potential. Overall, though, the HD25 is a strong projector for entry-level home theater with potential for portable use as well.


  • Almost inevitably, given its low price, the HD25 isn't perfect. Its minor rainbow effect and running noise issues might be an issue for some people, especially if they have to sit close to their screen and/or the projector. Overall, though, the HD25 remains comfortably talented and well-featured enough to make its £800 price tag look great value.


  • There's plenty to love about the HD25: it's an easygoing and pleasant watch with plenty of features for its affordable $1300. Yes, it could do with a touch more insight, but itâ??s an enjoyable projector nonetheless.

  • Rating Unavailable

    In conclusion, the Epson BrightLink 436Wi is a good choice for those looking for an affordable interactive projector that is easy to use and reliable. MSRP right now is $1490. When you consider how easy it is to get up and running quickly, along with the warranty and peace of mind that Epson provides in its customer service, the 436Wi is going to be a projector to give strong consideration.


  • The 436Wi offers more than enough to earn your attention if you're in the market for a 1280x800 interactive short throw projector. In addition to excellent data image quality, better than par video quality, and a suitably bright image, it offers a slew of welcome interactive features, including automatic calibration, the ability to use two pens simultaneously, and the PC-free mode that lets you interact with any image from any source or use the projector as a whiteboard.


  • The Epson BrightLink 436Wi Interactive WXGA 3LCD Projector brings Epson's leading-edge interactive features to a more affordable projector.

  • Rating Unavailable

    The Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e are the only 3D capable LCD home projectors on the market under $2500! That means they get to take on a whole bunch of DLP projectors as the competition. With one or two exceptions, the Epson has those DLP's beat. Not at everything, but at so many things, that it's really no contest. So far, the best of the DLP competition under $2000 are the Acer and the BenQ W7000. The BenQ is about $400 more while the H9500BD is basically the same price as the standard HC3020.


  • The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e is a great update to last year's Home Cinema 3010, correcting that projector's flaws and adding some new features all its own. With a bright, accurate picture in 2D and much improved 3D performance, the 3020e is a strong contender in the home video space that is both powerful and budget-friendly.

    Whether you choose the Home Cinema 3020 or the wireless-enabled 3020e, both projectors have a slew of features to make projecting in the living room a reality.


  • The Epson PowerLite 3020 projector series offers up a decent deal with a sophisticated picture and a couple of unique features.


  • The Sharp PG-LX3500 is a little short on extras, offering only a 1.2x zoom for example, but it's strong on basics, with a bright, high-quality data image and usable video.


  • The NEC NP-UM330X is best appreciated as a non-interactive ultra-short throw projector with an option to add interactivity, if you need it, at any time.