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.
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.
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.
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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.
The Panasonic PT-AE2000U 1080p projector is a credible performer, especially when you consider its relatively low price.
While Sanyo's PLV-Z2000 1080p projector does have some performance shortcomings, it's nonetheless a very good value.
Although a good performer if you use it with a relatively small screen, the Optoma HD81-LV 1080p DLP projector is overly complex and difficult to set up and install.
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The JVC DLA-HD1 projector does a lot of things very well at a reasonable price for a 1080p projector. If JVC were to improve color accuracy, it would be a world-class product.
Mitsubishi HC5000 ( black)
Although stylish and affordable for a 1080p projector, the Mitsubishi HC5000's black level failings prevent it from earning our recommendation.
BenQ's W10000 delivers excellent performance for a 1080p 1-chip DLP projector, especially considering its relatively low price.
Although the Sony VPL-VW50's picture quality falls short in a number of areas, it's easily one of the best values in 1080p front projection.
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Marantz VP11S1 ( black)
The Marantz VP11S1 is currently the best 1080p one-chip DLP projector on the market, but it does come at a premium price point.
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The Sony VPL-VW100 produces big, beautiful 1080p images at a price-to-performance ratio that no current projector can match.
Able to match the brightness, image quality, and feature sets of much more expensive models, the Dell 2400MP resets the bar for what you can expect from a mainstream budget projector.
The Toshiba TDP-T95U seems to define the midpoint of the XGA projector market. There are brighter, lighter, and cheaper models around, but none boast the same combination of price, brightness, and features.