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$200 and less is a good bargain for portable projectors with simple setup procedures, suitable for simple gaming and presentations, supporting decent contrast ratios of 2500:1. The best projectors under $200 are proffered by leading companies like Panasonic and Optoma, which also grant Mac support along with other features.

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Microvision SHOWWX+

Microvision PicoP-based SHOWWX


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Microvision PicoP-based SHOWWX+
BenQ MP515
Optoma ZX210ST
Optoma PT100
Mitsubishi FD630U
Microvision PicoP-based SHOWWX
BenQ MP515 ST
Optoma ZX210ST Projector
Optoma PT100 DLP Projector
Mitsubishi FD630U DLP Projector 1920 x 1080 - 2000 1 - 16 9
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Release Date
Nov 2010
Aug 2009
Aug 2012
Aug 2010
Feb 2010
Contrast Ratio
5000:1
2500:1
100000:1
800:1
2000:1
Display Technology
Laser
DLP
DLP
DLP
DLP
Image Brightness
10.0 ANSI lumens
2500.0 ANSI lumens
2000.0 ANSI lumens
50.0 ANSI lumens
4000.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC, Mac
PC
PC, Mac

  • Surprisingly similar to the original ShowWX, but with the one serious problem?in the form of a flickering green line with some images?solved, plus any number of small improvements and a lower price, the MicroVision ShowWX+ laser projector is well worth a look.


  • The Microvision SHOWWX laser pico projector is the full package. It's a battery-powered projector that can be plugged directly into an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with the help of an included cable. However, it illustrates the problem with almost all current pico projectors - it's just not bright enough to produce a satisfying image large enough to make projection worthwhile.

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    Product page: Microvision ShowWX+.


  • The BenQ MP515 digital projector is part of their silent engineering line. In econo-mode it emits only 26 dB of noise thanks to specially designed fans and venting. It outputs an SVGA (800x600) image with a 2500 ANSI lumens lamp, a brightness that is useful in a small meeting room for under 25 people.

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    At Rs. 45,000, the projector is a little pricier than it should be, but it does work well for the short throw factor. Brightness is more than decent; itâ??s very respectable and more than enough for no ambient light situations. Itâ??s a very good buy if the price reduces slightly, but currently we would want to compare it with other short throw models like Epson et al; and give a verdict. Watch this space.

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    The Optoma ZX210ST compares well with other short throw projectors on the market. Some may have better color in their brightest mode, but few have the presentation and control flexibility of the ZX210ST. The warranty and savings in maintenance and energy costs (due to the laser/LED light source) are yet another factor in choosing the ZX210ST.

    As we noted earlier, the ZX210ST's compact size makes it a good choice for the education market, where it can easily be moved from classroom to classroom.

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    Optoma's Playtime PT100 is an impressive little projector with a rock-bottom price. It is one of the least expensive ways to put a bright, vibrant picture on the wall at a reasonable diagonal size for video games or movies. While it is built for games, it can serve double duty for film and video anywhere you need it. It is certainly not perfect, and it offers almost no picture adjustments. But for less than $200, it is a great little projector.

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    - The FD630U provides bright, high-resolution data display in a package that is feature-rich and well-constructed.
    - Saturation is strong and accuracy is decent, even straight out of the box.