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Optoma’s DLP projectors excelling in picture quality, with high contrast ratios of 2000:1 and 5000:1 are great options at the $2000 price point. The best projectors under $2000 offer a gamut of features like 3D and LCD projection and Mac compatibility and more often then not support the easiest installation process.

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Epson PowerLite 3020

Epson PowerLite 3020e 3D LCD Projector


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Epson PowerLite 3020
Epson BrightLink 485W
BenQ LX60ST
Epson PowerLite 1945W
Acer H9500BD
Epson PowerLite 3020e 3D LCD Projector
Epson BrightLink 485Wi Projector
BenQ LX60ST Projector
Epson PowerLite 1945W Projector
Acer H9500BD 3D DLP Projector
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Release Date
Oct 2012
Mar 2012
May 2012
Apr 2012
Nov 2011
Contrast Ratio
40000:1
3000:1
80000:1
3000:1
Display Technology
3LCD
3LCD
DLP
3LCD
DLP
Image Brightness
2300.0 ANSI lumens
3100.0 ANSI lumens
2000.0 ANSI lumens
4200.0 ANSI lumens
1600.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC
PC
Type
LCD Projectors
LCD Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCD Projectors
DLP Projectors
Form Factor
Desktop
Desktop
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    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.

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    Overall, Epson has produced a ultra short throw interactive projector that is easy to use, easy to set up, and is priced right. Street prices put this projector at $2199. If you're a university, or K-12, you will want to ask your dealer about the Epson Brighter Futures program. Discounts on pricing and lamps are available for the education market. One final note, Epson has a fleet of interactive projectors in different resolutions and brightness levels.


  • The 485Wi offers more than enough in its core features to make it a strong contender, with a bright image, near excellent to excellent data image quality, better than par video for a data projector, 1280x800 native resolution, and a suitably short throw for an ultra short throw projector.


  • The Epson BrightLink 485Wi business projector is more expensive than the competition, but the price includes two pens, a mount, and the ability to use the interactive whiteboard with any image source.

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    The BenQ LX60ST's low brightness compared with most of its competition, means that to get any given image brightness, you'll need to stay with a slightly smaller image. The tradeoff is that it offers some significant eco-friendly advantages, most notably the mercury-free light source, with its 10,000 to 20,000 hour lifetime and the Manual mode, which lets you use only as much power as you need.


  • The BenQ LX60ST business projector delivers relatively low brightness with a 2,000 lumen rating, but its laser light source allows eco-friendly features and a potentially low total cost of ownership.


  • It's not the smallest or most easily portable of projectors, but otherwise the Epson is a fantastic choice for presenting on the move. Its brightness rating allows it to work effectively in all environments, and the superb setup tools are as good as any we've seen. Add to this the great picture quality and a slew of features that tap into the potential of wired and wireless networking to make a top-notch business projector.

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    The Acer, over all, has multiple strengths and weaknesses. Overall, it's a very good projector, but it just couldn't master either 2D, nor 3D to be my favorite choice (or right up there) with either. That due to color in 2D, lower brightness than the Epson (where lumens really count - in 3D) in both modes and overall, an average warranty (short - only one year). If you want better color you can consider the Epson or the Optoma and maybe one or two others still coming.

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    The Acer H9500BD is quite the package. Its high lumen output makes it powerful enough for large screens or even use in the living room, while its good out of the box color means only minimal adjustment is necessary before you can enjoy your movie. Dynamic range is high, shadows are good, and black level is comparable to other projectors in its price range. While the projector has some quirks, most notably in the inclusion of only a single User preset and the choice of white glasses for 3D viewing, it is a strong value overall.


  • The Acer H9500BD home entertainment projector delivers 1080p 2D and 3D plus such niceties as lens shift and a 1.5x zoom at a notably low price, but with some minor image quality issues.


Top 5 projector under $2000:

  1. Epson PowerLite 3020e 3D LCD Projector
  2. Epson BrightLink 485Wi Projector
  3. BenQ LX60ST Projector
  4. Epson PowerLite 1945W Projector
  5. Acer H9500BD 3D DLP Projector