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.
ViewSonic Pro8200 DLP Projector
The ViewSonic Pro8200 may seem "cheap and cheerful," but its sub-par image quality against rivals makes it a worse value.
If you can afford the JVC DLA-X700R -- and the dedicated room, high-quality screen, and professional calibration required to make it shine -- its spectacular picture quality is worth the steep investment.
The BenQ W1080ST short-throw DLP projector offers very good performance and extra placement flexibility, but the long-throw W1070 is a better deal.
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.
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5020UB
The Epson 5020UB projector offers excellent picture quality for the money, and is versatile enough for both dark and moderately lit rooms.
The Sony VPL-HW50ES costs more than most TVs, but for a fantastic big-screen cinema experience in the home it's a very good 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.
3M Streaming Projector
The 3M Streaming Projector packs the full power of a Roku box in a pico projector, making for an undeniably cool gadget, even with its limited battery life.
Though its design stretches the definition of "pico" projector, the Optoma Neo-i's inclusion of an iPod/iPhone dock along and its semirespectable image and sound quality help put it ahead of many competing small, casual video 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.
Sony's VPL-VW10, the company's least expensive SXRD projector yet, proves itself a very good performer for the price, and therefore an excellent value.
BenQ MP512 ST
Priced less than a midsize flat-screen LCD TV, BenQ's MP512 ST DLP projector is a solid, affordable option for people who want a big screen for casual use or gaming.
The Samsung SP-A800B delivers the most accurate color of any projector we've tested, and as a whole it outperforms every projector in its price range.
This product is available exclusively through approved dealers.
While its color fidelity is not nearly as good as other late-model Sony SXRD products, the otherwise good-performing VPL-VW60 home theater projector remains a solid value.