June 5th, 2020 at 07:34 am

I still remember the time when projectors used to be bought for business presentation or commercial entertainment. In 2020, things have changed due to huge changes in the projector’s technology. However, five years back, projectors used to be very expensive, even you couldn’t expect to buy any good projector under $300.

Now, In 2020, we can buy the best projectors under 300 provided you know how to choose the smart one. Therefore, I’ll let you know some important key factors down below in order to choose a perfect one as per your requirement.

In case you change your decision:

I’ve picked 3 top models after analyzing the most important projector’s features or parameters:

These are very essential features which everyone should look for before buying. However, at the bottom of the article, you can read about these points in detail. But, if you don’t have much time to read the entire article, then don’t worry, I’ll tell you which projector is overall best.

So, What is the best projector under $300? The Epson VS250 SVGA is the overall best projector you can go for. It is unbeatable in terms of features, technology, and price. You can use it for everyday Business Presentations or as a home theater.

Best Outdoor Projector Under budget

Highlights:

  • Native Resolution: 1280*768
  • Contrast ratio: 3000:1
  • Screen size: 230 inches
  • HDMI: 2x ports
  • MHL Function
  • A 5-year factory support

The GooDee 2020 model is one of the popular home theater/outdoor projectors to offer improved brightness up to 80% than the previous model and the competition. With a contrast ratio of 3000:1, the router provides a brighter image and next-level viewing experience, even in outdoor places – whether it is your backyard or garage.

It supports the latest cooling system technology and 1080p full HD resolution (it supports both 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio) with a native resolution of 1280*768p. Moreover, the projector can be used onto a large screen of up to 230 inches while maintaing the sharp picture quality. However, the recommended viewing screen is 44 inches from 4.9 feet distance and 230 inches from 18 feet.

Pros
  • An excellent viewing experience even on a large screen up to 250 inches with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • It is offering a wide range of connectivity options, 2xHDMI, 1xVGA, 2xUSB, 1xAV, ports.
  • It houses two built-in 3W speakers – for crystal listening experience, equipped with Hi-Fi stereo with SRJ sound system.
  • Great lamp life of up to 30,000 hours.
  • 5-year factory support with lifetime professional customer support.
Cons
  • It doesn’t have zoom control.

Verdict:

  • The projector will surprise you, especially its display. I found it one of the top projectors for outdoor – which I tested in 2020. The display is quite sharp, clear, and bright. With a broad range of connectivity option, you can connect it to your TV box. So at this price range of under $300, you can’t get better than this.

Well-priced projector

Highlights:

  • (1920×1080) 1080p resolution supported
  • 3500:1 contrast ratio
  • 50,000 hours lamp life
  • 39″-250″ optimal screen
  • Dual cooling FAN

The VANYO Leisure 470 is a mini projector supporting Full HD resolution (1920×1080) 1080p with a native resolution (1280×720) 720p. Its direct connection between your smartphone/laptop to the projector is very impressive. It requires only two steps setting. However, it gives you both options: wireless projection and wired projection.

It comes with an advanced dual cooling FAN technology, which is known for noise reduction. In other words, it solves all common overheat and noise problems of the projector. With a wide range of flexible multimedia connectivity options, it outranks its competitors. And, it comes with all the modern connectivity options including two HDMI ports, one VGA port, and An AV port. Moreover, you can use Amazon Fire Stick TV, Chromecast, and other TV boxes, with this projector.

Pros
  • An excellent viewing experience even on a large screen up to 250 inches with an aspect ratio of 16:9.
  • It is offering a wide range of connectivity options, 2xHDMI, 1xVGA, 2xUSB, 1xAV, ports.
  • It houses two built-in 3W speakers – for crystal listening experience, equipped with Hi-Fi stereo with SRJ sound system.
  • Great lamp life of up to 30,000 hours.
  • 5-year factory support with lifetime professional customer support.
Cons
  • It doesn’t have zoom control.

Verdict:

  • The projector will surprise you, especially its display. I found it one of the top projectors for outdoor – which I tested in 2020. The display is quite sharp, clear, and bright. With a broad range of connectivity option, you can connect it to your TV box. So at this price range of under $300, you can’t get better than this.

Best Overall

The Epson VS250 SVGA is a portable, compact, and also lightweight projector. I used this projector in my office for business presentations even in a well-lit room; it did a great job. With the resolution of 800×600, it could produce a vivid and more accurate picture quality.

Highlights: 

  • Display technology: 3LCD  
  • Brightness: 3,200 lumens 
  • Contrast: 15000:1  
  • Resolution: 800×600 (SVGA) 
  • Zoom: Digital 1.0 – 1.3 
  • Screen size: 30″ – 350″  

When it comes to connectivity and compatibility of the projector, you can hook it up with HDMI (standard connectivity) and compatible with all latest gadgets such as laptop, smartphones, ps3/4, and many more. Its image adjustments are quite simple and straightforward. It can be set up in no time.

However, VS250 SVGA is a basic model if the resolution is concerned. So, if your budget allows you, then it is better to have higher models such as XGA, WXGA, and WUXGA.

Pros
  • It is a high-quality projector; the knob and lens covers are well-designed.
  • Quite sharp, vivid, and accurate color production.
  • It supports multiple connections and can be connected with all the latest gadgets.
  • It uses the HDMI port as standard connectivity.
  • It allows digital zoom from 1.0 to 1.35 with a projected distance from 30 inches to 350 inches.
Cons
  • I wish it had an audio output port.

Verdict:

  • Epson VS250 is an ideal choice for everyday business presentations. It produces more accurate and vivid color if compared to others. However, it is not good at the resolution, but using the recommended short throw distance, you won’t have any issues with that too.

Runner Up Under $300

The VANKYO is a 1080P led projector. It supports a native resolution 1920*1080 with contrast ratio 5000:1. Meaning, three times clearer, sharper, and detailed picture quality than we get from a 720p projector. Whether you are a professional, you can use the VANKYO with ease.

Highlights: 

  • Display technology: LCD  
  • Brightness: 4500 lux 
  • Contrast: 5000:1  
  • Resolution: 1920*1080 
  • Zoom: Digital 1.0 – 1.3 
  • Projection size: 50″ – 300″  
  • LED Lamp: 50,000 hours 
  • Warranty: A 3-years warranty 

As VANKYO advertised that it is 80% brighter than the competition. It is featuring 4500 lux brightness, and it can promise you a larger projection size from 50 inches to 300 inches. So, it is going to work everywhere, whether it is daylight or night. Resulting in, excellent brightness and contrast for presentation or entertainment.

Lamp life of the projector is great as it comes with a long-lasting LED lamp up to 50,000 hours. If I could calculate it properly, then it would be around 2-3 hours everyday use for over 10 years.

Pros
  • It is flexible and supports multiple inputs, including two HDMI ports, USB, VGA, SD card slot, and Audio out.
  • Battery life is out of the line and can last up to 50,000 hours.
  • A large screen projection size from 50 inches to 300 inches.
  • Streaming content from multiple devices is possible such as Chromecast, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, or ROKU.
  • A 3-years of warranty with professional customer support.
Cons
  • Its fan is a bit loud.

Verdict:

  • VANKYO V600 is fantastic in terms of visuals, energy, and connectivity. I like its portable design. It also has built-in speakers, which can enhance your gaming and home theater experience. It can be a good choice if you are looking for a business type of projector.

Best For Home Entertainment

ViewSonic PA503S is an SVGA 1080P DLP type projector. You can say that It is a versatile projector as it offers advanced visual features. It can produce a big screen up to 120 inches with recommended throw distance 15ft and 8 inches.

Highlights: 

  • Display technology: DLP 
  • Brightness: 3600 Lumens 
  • Contrast: 22000:1 
  • Resolution: 800×600 SVGA 
  • Throw Distance: 3.9 ~ 43 ft 
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 
  • Projection size: 30 ~ 300 inches  
  • LED Lamp: 15000 hours 
  • Warranty: A 3-years warranty 

A new technology called SuperEco enhanced its lamp life. The lamp can last up to 15,000 hours with a supported resolution 640 x 480 to the full HD 1920 x 1080 px. It also comes with multiple connectivity options. In other words, you can connect PCs, Macs, media players, Android, and Apple devices with it using VGA or HDMI.

Pros
  • It produces amazing picture quality with color accuracy.
  • It is packed with 3,600 lumens with a high contrast ratio 22,000:1.
  • The lamp life has improved with the new SuperEco technology and can bright up to 15,000 hours.
  • Reduced input Latency, meaning smooth images delivery without any delay.
  • Beautifully designed and setup is quite easy.
  • It comes with 3 years of warranty with 24/7 customer support.
Cons
  • The resolution could be improved.

Verdict:

  • Viewsonic PA503S is not a high-resolution projector, but at this price range, it has a lot to offer such as lamp life, brightness, contrast ratio, throw distance, and connectivity options. However, if you think its resolution should be higher, then you can go with its higher models WXGA and XGA and spend a little more money.

Buying Guide: The Final Criteria For Finding The Best Projector Under 300 Dollars.

The above best projectors under $300, I chose, were selected using the following guide. Through the guide, I’ll clear and let you know what you should look for before buying a new projector.

What should be my expectation from an under $300 projector?

$300 is not a small amount; you can buy a good projector in this price range. For example, throw distance feature: It is nothing just a distance between a projector and the screen. Generally, it can be between 7 ft and 20 ft in order to see clear, sharp, and perfect picture quality. On the other hand, the high-end projector can project more than 50 feet while maintaining picture quality.

What features you should consider before buying?

There are various factors to look for, but I’m not going to share all of them with you. Still, there are 9 most important factors you should think of, such as picture quality, sound, screen size, connectivity, compatibility, warranty, ETC. Make sure you check these 9 key factors before purchasing one.

Let’s explore them one by one:

  • Display Technology: There are many display types available for you, including LCD, DLP, LCOS, D-ILA, SXRD, but LCD and DLP are the most common types of display. However, both types have their advantages and disadvantages. Now in 2020, most of the projectors are coming with LCD displays instead of DLP. A couple of years back, DLP display type was popular, but now its place has been taken by LCD.
  • Brightness: If your projector is not good at displaying a bright image, it means your projector is weak in terms of lumens. Somewhat you might see a bright and crisp image in dark rooms, but when it comes to daylight, things become terrible.
  • So how will you find out that your projector is bright enough? When it comes to determining the brightness of a projector, you have to check its ANSI lumens rating. Lumens is nothing, just a way to know how much light your projector can put out. If your projector comes with more than 1000 ANSI lumens, meaning it has sufficient brightness for your home use. You can choose any projector with enough lumens, as per your requirement, will be a smart deal.
  • Contrast Ratio: It also relates to brightness, but in a different way. It is a ratio between white and black portions of the picture. In other words, the higher the contrast ratio, the higher the whites and blacks. If your projector is low at contrast ratio, meaning a bad picture quality.
  • So what should be recommended contrast ratio for most people? Somewhere from 1500:1 to 2000:1 is considered an excellent contrast ratio.
  • Resolution: The resolution depends on everything brightness, contrast ratio, and a short-throw distance of a projector. Basically, it is a size of projection that your projector can project. You might have seen something like 1280×800 px, 1920x1080px, ETC. The higher the resolution, the higher the picture quality, simple. However, the distance between your projector and the screen also affects picture quality. So, make sure your projector has a good resolution.
  • Keystone: Keystone correction can be done in two ways: manually and digitally. Wait, do you actually know what the hack this keystone correction is? When the screen has an angled surface, there we need to correct it called keystone correction.
  • So, the first method is manual, when keystone correction to the lens is done physically called a manual correction. On the other hand, when it is done digitally called digital correction. The manual adjustment is considered good. However, it doesn’t work with horizontal angles that good. It is also essential that the distance between the projector and screen should be good. If it is far enough, then digital keystones correction will be good.
  • Throw distance: As it implies, it is a distance between a projector and screen. When it comes to home-theater experience, then you need to think of “short-throw” distance. It may be somewhere from 3 to 18 feet. So, it depends on your purpose where you will be using your projector: business or home. There is only a larger and shorter throw distance difference.
  • Screen Size: It is projected screen size on the screen you are intending to project. It also depends on the screen and the distance of the projector. Every projector is designed with manual adjustment so that it can project bigger or small screen. It is always a good idea to measure the distance between your projector and screen for the best picture quality with recommended throw distance and resolution. These days you can find a foldable screen on the market as well. For that, you need to figure out what screen resolution your projector supports.
  • Bulb life & Warranty: As you know that bulb or lamp of a projector is a primary and costly component. So, it becomes very important that the lamp life of your projector should be long too. However, most expensive projectors come with a longer bulb life.
  • But, under $300, it is recommended you to buy one with a lamp life of 30,000 hours. As you already know that the projector’s brightness and accuracy of the color keep on reducing with time. So, make sure your projector comes with at least 2 or 3-year of warranty with a longer bulb life.

What are the additional features you should look for?

There is n number of additional features which manufacturers are coming with every year. However, it couldn’t include all of them but only important ones such as Compatibility, portability, cooling, and mounting capability.

  • Compatibility: The Capability of a projector can make any projector good or bad. However, most of the expensive projectors come with multiple connectivities and compatibility options. But under $300 projector, we can still expect compatibility options such as media player, laptop, smartphones, and gaming consoles.
  • Portability: Portability of a projector can be a good option for those who love travelling and camping. However, affordable or cheap projectors are portable. I’ve also included a portable projector, which is affordable and comes with advanced features, on my list.
  • Mounting Capability: We ignore this feature, but it is really an essential feature you should look for. When it comes to mounting, whether it is ceiling or other. So make sure your projector has pre-drilled mounting holes with easy keystone correction.
  • Cooling: When it comes to watching HD movies or playing HD game with higher resolution, projectors start heating up, and fans tend to be loud. It all happens because of fans that try to cool down the lamp and other components of your projector.
  • So make sure your projector’s fans come with an advanced suppressing technology or other cooling technologies.

Conclusion:

Through this article, I’ve tried to share every single aspect of projectors. However, when it comes to buying the best projectors under 300, you can go with my recommendations as I picked them after testing and using them for a couple of months. Plus, the buying guide, which I shared with you above, is enough to find the perfect projector under $300. It actually doesn’t matter what you intend to buy, whether it is your outdoor projector or projector under 400, projector under 500 or even projector under 100.

If you still want to know about projectors, let me know in the comment section. I would love to answer your questions. Thank you!