Philips Screeneo HDP1590
The Philips Screeneo HDP1590 boasts a decent number of features including an ultra-short throw distance but offers below-average performance for the price.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 offers a decent image and a good mix of features at a low price, but is still bettered by rivals.
Although its dark-room picture quality rivals projectors near its price, the Mitsubishi HC7900DW's low light output contributes to making it a worse value.
The relatively affordable JVC DLA-X35 produces videophile-grade images with very few compromises.
If you want a huge, good-looking image for a little money, few come close to the BenQ W1070 projector.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020
The Epson PowerLite 3020 projector series offers up a decent deal with a sophisticated picture and a couple of unique features.
Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector
While it has a few small shortcomings and is somewhat pricey at $300, the sleekly designed Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector is one of the better 2012 pico projectors.
WowWee Cinemin Swivel
Though its spec sheet doesn't quite measure up to that of competing pico projectors, the WowWee Cinemin Swivel's unique design and its inclusion of an adapter for iPhones and iPods make it an appealing choice.
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3M MPro120 pico projector
When judged against the low expectations of pico projectors, the 3M MPro120 isn't bad, but it really isn't bright enough for projecting at larger sizes and it should include an adapter for Apple iPods and iPhones.
While Sanyo's PLV-Z2000 1080p projector does have some performance shortcomings, it's nonetheless a very good value.