Projectors are neat devices with multiple uses. Projectors are typically used to give presentations in offices. But at home, you can use one to project movies and games onto big screens for family movie night or hangouts with friends. A good projector typically costs well over $500.
However, if you are not made of money, you can still take advantage of a budget projector that costs around $100.
We recommend setting your budget to $200 so you can buy a high-end budget product that supports Full HD images.Here is the list of best projectors under 200:
5 Best Projectors Under 200 – 2017
This is definitely one of the best projectors under 200 that we’ve used. We’ve been using it for watching movies and playing games, and it’s definitely been up to the task. This projector, despite being rather small, is really bright. It can support 1080p Full HD video.
The projector has 3200 Luminous Efficiency, which is actually surprisingly high amount of lumens for a basic projector. It can project and image the size of 32 to 280 inches from a distance of 8.5 meters max. We recommend a projection distance between 2.5 and 4 meters. Projections are about 90 percent true to HD input. Images are crisp, but not true HD though.
The projector supports a number of inputs, which is a major plus if you plan on multiple uses. There are ports for VGA, USB, AV, and dual HDMI. We easily connected the projector to a PS4 and it worked seamlessly. We could even connect iPhones and Blu Ray players too.
The projector came with a remote controller. The whole thing was really easy to set up. As for a downside, we would say that the internal speakers are not loud enough to full a room. You will need to use external speakers.
- Bright and crisp images
- Multiple input formats
- SReally high luminous efficiency
- Easy set up
- Internal audio is very loud enough for a room
This is another basic budget projector that supports 1080p HD images. The native resolution however is 800×480. Still, we managed to get bright and rather sharp graphics. It was really vivid for a budget projector.
This projector also had an impressive amount of inputs, including dual HDMI ports and dual USB ports that will support a variety of devices including laptops, smartphones, cameras, gaming consoles, and so on. There was, however, no AV input to plug in speaker devices like a sound bar. That was a big disappointment for us.
This projector supports a screen 32 to 200 inches big. The distance is adjustable. It will work well in a small room, but this projector is really suitable for outdoor use as well. It has a loud fan, but the sound is drowned out when a movie is playing. It works really well in pitch black conditions.
The images looked almost true HD when all the lights are out. But image quality drops if there are light bleeds coming from curtains or other lights in the room. Also, while the color was vivid, there wasn’t much range in our opinion.
- Sharp and vivid images
- Variety of input
- Almost true HD quality in pitch black rooms
- Not enough color range
- Other lights could make the image look bad
This is a wonderful budget projector that offers excellent value for the price. It can generate 1080p Full HD video without major blurring issues. The lamp has 2200 lumens, which is not bad for a projector of this side. The menu says the lamp can last 20,000 hours.
We didn’t have the projector long enough to test this claim. The contrast ratio is an impressive 2000:1. Native resolution is 800×480, but this supports 1080p, 720p, and 576p video formats.
The projector has been upgraded from the previous version. The main upgrade we noticed is that the lens has been improved to protect from dust pollution.
This projector is really versatile when it comes to input formats. It supports input from laptops, SD cards, gaming consoles, DVD players, and more.
Basically, you can connect anything that supports a HDMI, USB, VGA cable or an SD card slot. The device comes with a remote that can control the projector up to 360 degrees. This is way more convenient that projectors that only have IR receivers.
The projector works fine as long as you keep the picture size to 70 inches or less. The picture gets blurry at 100 inches or more.
- Long lamp life
- Upgraded lens with dust protection
- Versatile input formats
- Picture bigger than 70 inches gets blurry
This is one of the best projectors under 200 that comes with 3,000 LED luminous efficiency and a contrast ratio of 2000:1. With these specs the projector has solid resolution. The 1080p Full HD picture it generates is sharp and crisp. Of course, it’s not 4k, but at this price point you have to make some compromises.
We experienced good picture quality throughout, even when resolutions are lower than Full HD. We did notice a minor color balance issue. But it’s not very noticeable when watching movies or playing games. Unless you are a video pro, you will probably not notice it.
The projector came with a nice tripod mount, which was very convenient. The device was easy enough to set up and operate. We have to warn that if you operate this projector in an outdoor environment, be aware of dust getting on the ventilation system that can affect picture quality.
The projector is also very quiet, and has manual keystone correction. It had good built-in speakers with an AUX output as well. All the necessary inputs—HDMI, VGA, USB and AV—are available. It comes with a valuable one year warranty as well.
- High lumen efficiency
- Works quietly
- Comes with good warranty
- Tripod provided
- Color balance a bit off
- Dust gathers on the ventilation when used outside
This is a neat little projector that was much better than we expected. It comes with a glass lens that has 6 layers of coating to ensure durability. Even with some minor dust pollution, the lens will be able to generate good quality pictures. The lumen power is 2,800.
The bulk has a life span of 20,000 hours. The projector is bright enough for indoors. You will have to watch is pitch dark conditions to get the best picture quality. Even a little bit of light can dim the projection.
We really liked the variety of inputs this projector has. It supports HDMI, USB, VGA. In addition, it also has TV/DTV and YPBPR inputs. If you buy an HDMI adapter for Mac, this projector supports Macs too, which is rare for this price range. The picture output is not HD, but quality is really suitable for family movie night.
The machine is really easy to operate as well. Plus, the lamp has some energy saving features too. If you are looking for an easy-to-use budget projector for occasional use at home, this would be more than sufficient.
- Very easy to use
- TV/DTV and YPBPR input support
- Energy saving lamp
- Lens has 6 layers of coating
- No HD picture
- Must use in really dark environments to keep the picture sharp
How to Buy a Budget Projector Under $200
When your budget for a projector is $200, you shouldn’t have unrealistic expectations from your product. You can still find a good projector that can generate HD images close to real as possible.
But do not expect professional grade functionality like from an expensive Epson. To make sure you end up with the right product, here are several tips to mind when shopping:
You may not be able to find a budget projector with 1080p native resolution. But most support 1080p signals generated by devices like Blu Ray players and gaming consoles. You can generally get a good picture with this support. But lumen count would matter too.
The typical lumen count for a cheap projector is around 1,000. But many of the products listed above have well over 2,500 lumens. The higher the lumen count, the brighter the projector will be. The brighter the projector is, the less darkness it will require to function properly.
If you are looking for a durable projector, you might want to consider lamp life. The projector’s lamp will stop functioning at optimum after a specified period of time.
Most projectors have lamp lives between 2,000 and 4,000 hours. The higher this number is, the longer the lamp will last, obviously. Manufactures don’t always list lamp life, so you might have to specifically request this piece of information.
Even budget projectors come with warranties. It’s best to buy with at least a year’s worth of a warranty to safeguard your purchase.