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Many of the latest DLP projectors from Epson and Viewsonic are in vogue around the $700 bracket, offering a contrast ratio as high as 4000:1, and some brands also offer LCD projectors around this budget. The best projectors under $700 are suitable for multiple functions from home theatre projection and Xbox 360 gaming to PowerPoint presentations.

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BenQ MS517

BenQ MS517 Smarteco Projector


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BenQ MS517
Optoma S303
NEC NP-M271X
LG PA70G
Epson 710HD
BenQ MS517 Smarteco Projector
Optoma S303
NEC NP-M271X Projector
LG PA70G Projector
Epson 710HD Projector
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Release Date
Nov 2012
Apr 2013
Nov 2012
Jul 2012
Apr 2012
Contrast Ratio
13000:1
15000:1
3000:1
10000:1
3000:1
Display Technology
DLP
DLP
3LCD
LED
3LCD
Image Brightness
2800.0 ANSI lumens
3000.0 ANSI lumens
33.0 ANSI lumens
700.0 ANSI lumens
2800.0 ANSI lumens
Type
DLP Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCD Projectors
DLP Projectors
LCD Projectors
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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.


  • The NEC NP-M271X delivers slightly lower brightness than typical for its price, but it also offers a 1.7x zoom and an unusually long lamp life, at up to 10,000 hours.

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    This Epson 710HD is a good starter home projector, or just a fun projector for the family to share. It's going to be fine for the casual consumer, but not the enthusiast. There are a number of real strengths, and a few weaknesses. Well, if everything was great on entry level projectors we wouldn't need more expensive ones.


  • The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD is actually a home entertainment, rather than home theater, projector, but one of the best choices in that category.


Top 5 projector under $700:

  1. BenQ MS517 Smarteco Projector
  2. Optoma S303
  3. NEC NP-M271X Projector
  4. LG PA70G Projector
  5. Epson 710HD Projector