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Most projectors around this price range are the more recent DLP ones and grant Mac compatibility, and of the best projectors under $600 are pretty simple to install and ideal for home theatre projection and multimedia games and majority of the products come with 2000:1 contrast ratio.

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Optoma ML550

Optoma ML550 Mobile Projector


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Optoma ML550
BenQ MS517
Optoma S303
BenQ Joybee GP2
ASUS P1
Optoma ML550 Mobile Projector
BenQ MS517 Smarteco Projector
Optoma S303
BenQ GP2 Projector
ASUS P1 Projector
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Release Date
Jun 2013
Nov 2012
Apr 2013
Mar 2012
Feb 2012
Contrast Ratio
10000:1
13000:1
15000:1
2400:1
2000:1
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
DLP
DLP
DLP
Image Brightness
500.0 ANSI lumens
2800.0 ANSI lumens
3000.0 ANSI lumens
200.0 ANSI lumens
200.0 ANSI lumens
Platform
PC and Mac
PC
PC, Mac
PC, Mac
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
Form Factor
Portable
Stationary
Portable
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    If you are looking for a small portable projector for the road to watch movies with or play files from a compact flash drive or SD card, then this could be the solution for you. If you need real clarity and you plan on spending many hours using this projector with groups, then make sure the content you are showing is large and graphical. It is definitely not the best choice for demonstrating financial planning in an excel spreadsheet. Read below for a recap of the pros and cons of the Optoma ML500.


  • The emerging new category the ML500 is part of, and the ML500 in particular, fills a niche that needs filling, with an appealing balance of size, weight, price, and brightness. Compared to pocket projectors, it's only a little bigger and heavier, but it's a lot brighter. Compared to traditional lamp-based portable projectors, it's significantly lighter and smaller than all but a few, and less expensive. And although it isn't as bright as most lamp-based projectors, it's bright enough to throw a reasonable size image that can stand up to ambient light.


  • I found the Optoma ML500 to be a very interesting projector to use. It compact size makes it fairly easy to set up and it offers a variety of source inputs, as well as having its own built-in speaker. The ML500 also makes a great traveling companion as it and its accessories easily pack up it in its provided carry bag. You can also take a camera tripod along and use it mount and place the projector more easily in a variety of environments.

    In addition, its light output and video performance is adequate for general use, but it does fall somewhat short as a dedicated home theater projector.

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    The MS517 is pretty well designed and maintenance free, aside from having to change the lamp. Changing the lamp is a little more work on the BenQ MS517 compared to other projectors on the market, but the design, and look of the projector reflects this. I like to think that it is kind of the like the iPhone. Simple, beautiful, but ultimately not easy to tamper with. That could be a positive in a classroom environment where lots of different people are going to be accessing the projector.


  • The MS517's strongest features are its low price and how much it delivers for that price, including near-excellent data image quality, usable video quality, portability, and a long lamp life. You can get a more capable projector if you spend more, but it will be hard to find one this capable as this price.

    On the minus side, if you need good quality 3D you'll want to look elsewhere, and the issues with audio mean that if you need sound you'll need an external audio system.


  • The BenQ MS517, a budget DLP projector geared to classrooms, provides solid data image quality, and video quality suitable for short to mid-length clips.


  • The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability, and a good set of connection ports for a budget data projector.

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    The Joybee GP2 raises the bar in the mini-projector category with optional battery operation, a broad range of source connections, and Apple iPhone/iPod docking. It also has an ample internal memory for many applications. It is not the brightest or least expensive mini-projector, but it does redefine the word "versatility" in its class.


  • The BenQ Joybee GP2 is a versatile palmtop projector that packs an iPhone dock and has a solid suite of connectivity choices.


  • BenQ's tiny GP2 is a jack of all trades and master of few, but given the size, price and versatility of this LED mini projector, there's not much that can compete. Added to the fact that none of its flaws are fatal, it's a worthy investment whether you want a highly portable home cinema projector or business presentation device. As long as you're aware of its limitations, we highly recommend it.

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    With a $499 list price and little in the way of street price discounts, the ASUS P1 is not the least expensive projector in the 200-lumen category. However, it is one of the smallest and lightest, and that goes a long way when lugging a projector around. It lacks a built-in speaker and has no HDMI input, but it does a nice job with both data and video images. The P1's two-year warranty is double that of its closest competitors. It should be considered seriously by mobile presenters.


  • The ASUS P1 Portable LED Projector delivers a bright and sharp image in a compact design. Business travelers need a projector that's small enough to carry, but big enough to lend impact to their presentations. The $499 ASUS P1 Portable LED Projector fills those needs well, offering a bright image and easy-to-use controls in a sturdy, subdued package.


  • The design could be improved, but for businesses, or home users looking for a small form-factor PC, the Pundit is worth considering.


Top 5 projector under $600:

  1. Optoma ML550 Mobile Projector
  2. BenQ MS517 Smarteco Projector
  3. Optoma S303
  4. BenQ GP2 Projector
  5. ASUS P1 Projector