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The best projectors under $500 are some of the latest projectors that implement Digital Light Processing technology and are a great option for home theatres, PlayStation 3 and Xbox games. The best projectors under $500 also excel in portability and Mac compatibility.

In fact, $500 is great for some of the best budget projectors in the market which strike a neat balance between cost and features.

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Optoma ML550

Optoma ML550 Mobile Projector


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Optoma ML550
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Optoma D 339
Optoma ML550 Mobile Projector
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Optoma DW339 3D Projector
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Release Date
Jun 2013
Mar 2012
Feb 2012
Aug 2012
May 2012
Contrast Ratio
10000:1
2400:1
2000:1
2000:1
5000:1
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
DLP
3LCD
DLP
Image Brightness
500.0 ANSI lumens
200.0 ANSI lumens
200.0 ANSI lumens
2600.0 ANSI lumens
2600.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC and Mac
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
PC
PC, Mac
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCD Projectors
DLP Projectors
Form Factor
Portable
Portable
Portable

Very light and small

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Broad range of source connections

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Image quality is very good

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Data images aren't quite on the mark

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