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Here's a Closer Look at 4 Sub-$100 Projectors

Can you really buy a projector for $100? Technically, yes. Are they any good? Specifically, no.

Geoffrey Morrison
Geoffrey Morrison is a writer/photographer about tech and travel for CNET, The New York Times, and other web and print publications. He's also the Editor-at-Large for The Wirecutter. He has written for Sound&Vision magazine, Home Theater magazine, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Home Entertainment magazine. He is NIST and ISF trained, and has a degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College. His bestselling novel, Undersea, and its sequel, Undersea Atrophia, are available in paperback and digitally on Amazon. He spends most of the year as a digital nomad, living and working while traveling around the world. You can follow his travels at BaldNomad.com and on his YouTube channel.
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Can you really get a projector for $100 or less? Here's a closer look at four models around that price. One was even $35 at the time we bought it.

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The Meer YG300-Pro is a 720p projector with Wi-Fi. It lists for $109, but is regularly around $70. 

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The image it creates is quite dim, with washed-out colors.

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You can connect a streaming device, though, as it has HDMI.

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You can power it via a USB battery pack, but don't expect to be able to create a very large image. Think "small, dim TV," not "movie screen."

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This is basic remote that comes with the Meer. Spoiler: You're going to see this remote a lot before the end of this gallery.

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Behold the Elephas JingHuier. It lists for $90, but can regularly be found at around $50. 

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It's not HD resolution, and its picture is very dim. 

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Like the others, it does have HDMI however.

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Hey look, it's that same remote!

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Despite looking just like the Meer, this is actually the MissYou YG300. It's slightly smaller, much dimmer and almost certainly made by the same manufacturer. There are numerous similar looking projectors on Amazon with "different" company names.

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The MissYou is the worst projector I've ever reviewed. I can't even say it's OK for $35, the price we paid. It's atrocious.

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It has HDMI, but don't bother.

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It's so dim, and the colors are so bad, it's almost unwatchable.

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Surprise! Same remote.

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This is the Hision ‎HIUS-LP-M7. It's the most expensive projector in this roundup, coming in at a whopping $140. It often drops to around $100 though.

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The Hision was the best of this bunch, which admittedly isn't saying much. It can recreate a watchable, TV-size image.

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If $100 is your budget, I'd recommend waiting until this comes up for sale rather than buying any of the others here. Spending around $150 more, like for the Vimgo P10, is worth it.

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This was also the only PJ we tested for this roundup that used a regular power cable. The others had "wall wart" power adapters.

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A different remote! Barely. Still basically the same though.

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So yes, technically you can get a projector for $100 or less, but the results aren't great. 

Check out our full roundup of ultra-cheap projectors for more.

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