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$400 or less is a pretty good deal for 3D projectors with great contrast ratios ranging from 2500:1 to 4000:1, and the best projectors under $400 are also Mac compatible and are apt for PowerPoint presentations and Xbox 360 gamers.

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3M Streaming

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3M Streaming
Optoma D 339
BenQ MX503
Optoma PK320
Vivitek Qumi 3D
3M Streaming Projector
Optoma DX339 3D Projector
BenQ MX503 3D Projector
Optoma PK320 Projector
Vivitek Qumi 3D Projector
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Release Date
Oct 2012
May 2012
May 2012
Jan 2012
Jul 2011
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
DLP
LED
DLP
Image Brightness
60.0 ANSI lumens
2600.0 ANSI lumens
2700.0 ANSI lumens
100.0 ANSI lumens
300.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC
PC, Mac
PC
PC
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors, 3D
Form Factor
Portable
Stationary
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    For $300, the 3M Streaming Projector powered by Roku is fun and reasonably priced. The Roku Streaming Stick, or the "Rock You" as my kids say, is the projector's main selling point. When considering this product, you must decide what you expect from it. This sturdy device is best for a "driveway" movie with the kids or an end-of-the-summer pool party. It does not belong in a business meeting, nor would you want to use it for any kind of serious home theater movie viewing.


  • The 3M Streaming Projector packs the full power of a Roku box in a pico projector, making for an undeniably cool gadget, even with its limited battery life.

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    I review a lot of projectors, and rarely am I as amused or excited by them as I am by the 3M Streaming Projector. It's so. . . neat. It can't replace a "real" projector, of course, but for something portable, it's awesome. Tether it wirelessly with your phone (presuming your phone can act as a wireless hub), and you could have big-screen streaming video just about anywhere. How cool is that?

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    I think the Optoma PK320 is the greatest little projector around! That's even though I personally don't really have a need for a pico projector. I really liked the older PK301, but I love this PK320.

    OK 100 lumens still isn't a whole lot, but as I mentioned at the start of this review. 100 lumens (ok, actually 110 lumens) was how the portable projector industry got started. If you don't try to force the PK320 into an environment which it's just not big and powerful enough to pull it off, you should love it too.


  • The Optoma Pico PK320 Pocket Projector is a tiny WVGA data projector with a good range of connectivity choices as such.


  • The Optoma PK320 delivers outstanding brightness, connectivity, and file-format support in a small package.

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    Overall, I enjoyed the small size and relatively bright images of the Qumi Q2. There are some distractions such as fan noise, low speaker volume, and focus drift, but the Q2 produces good images, offers 1280x800 native resolution for directly mapped 720p movie viewing, and has some of the best connectivity of any projector in or out of its class. I think this is more a personal projector than a professional one, but that is a growing segment of the user population.


  • Although we've been exceptionally impressed by the Qumi's features and performance, there's been a silent elephant sat in the room that we can't just ignore, much as we'd like to. And that's the Qumi's £499 price. This is much higher, of course, than the price of the vast majority of other Pico projectors. And herein lies Vivitek's gamble.


  • The Vivitek Qumi Q2 costs a lot more than the typical pico projector. But it offers rather more too, impressing with specifications that go beyond the norm for this size of device. If you need a projector that's highly portable, but want to be able to create a vibrant image under a variety of light conditions, the Vivitek Qumi Q2 hits the mark.


Top 5 projector under $400:

  1. 3M Streaming Projector
  2. Optoma DX339 3D Projector
  3. BenQ MX503 3D Projector
  4. Optoma PK320 Projector
  5. Vivitek Qumi 3D Projector