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Dell 2300MP

While it may be very cheap, the fact this isn't a native widescreen display will turn most cinema fans cold, and the image lacks the brightness needed to cope with most living conditions. If you've got your heart set on a projector, be prepared to spend more

JVC True Black DLA-HD1

JVC's DLA-HD1 is a ground-breaking projector in that it beams out images with extremely natural colours and black levels to a degree that we've not seen before in this price range. Our praise, however, is tempered by the fact it's not quite as sharp or as bright as some of its cheaper rivals

Panasonic PT-AX100E

Panasonic's PT-AX100E is the best projector we've seen at this price. It's fully featured, easy to use and capable of excellent performance in practically any lighting conditions

Toshiba TDP-S25

Toshiba's TDP-S25 is much more suited to business use than home cinemas, due to the shortage of quality AV connections and a poor 4:3 resolution chipset. However, as it's a DLP projector, it does well for video playback. If you can plug a PC into it for watching movies as well as presentations, this is a remarkably cheap way of fulfilling quite a few different needs

InFocus ScreenPlay 777

It's actually impossible to criticise the InFocus ScreenPlay 777. The price is obviously prohibitive, but it gives an indication not only of the pinnacle of today's home cinema, but what will very feasibly be available for under £5,000 in a few years' time. The overriding message is clear though: this is a cinematic projector so good it leaves you speechless

Sony Bravia VPL-HW15

With its fast response time and ability to deliver exceptionally fine detail, Sony's latest SXRD projector, the Bravia VPL-HW15, provides a truly spectacular way to watch the World Cup -- or anything else for that matter

Toshiba MT400

Toshiba's MT400 has been specifically designed for home use. It's stylish, compact and well connected, with extraordinary performance from standard-definition sources at a price that won't break the bank

projectiondesign Action! M20

The projectiondesign Action! M20 is admittedly pretty costly by the standards of 720p DLP projectors these days. But it just about justifies that cost with a terrific design and a picture performance that's lifted a notch above most rivals by the addition of new BrilliantColor technology

Panasonic PT-AE4000

The AE4000 doesn't improve quite as much as we'd like over last year's equivalent Panasonic model, but it's easily the most flexible projector in its class. We still couldn't get totally perfect pictures out of it despite that, but it's nonetheless a very accomplished machine that will leave tinkerers in seventh heaven

InFocus ScreenPlay 5700

The projection world has had an overhaul thanks to Texas Instruments' DLP chipset, and no one deserves more credit than InFocus for helping implement this. The projector doesn't have a high-definition compatible resolution, which should deter long-term investors, but the picture quality is peerless at this price

InFocus ScreenPlay 7205

The ScreenPlay 7205 is a mid-range projector that fulfills its mandate perfectly -- picture quality exceeds mid-range expectations and it's high-definition compatible. Designwise, it's very dull, but it offers excellent connectivity and features and isn't extortionately pricey

Acer P1265

Acer's P1265 is great value for money and delivers impressive image quality, with higher brightness than you'd expect given its specification

Sony Portable Short Throw Projector

Watch TV in the bath or turn your photos into a virtual pinboard with the clever connected projector that sticks to the wall, bath, or fridge door.

VPL-VW285ES

The Sony VPL-VW285ES is the company's first true Ultra HD projector for under five grand and boasts compatibility with HDR content.

InFocus ScreenPlay 7210

The ScreenPlay 7210 is a classy DLP projector, with a rich, cinematic picture quality, high-definition compatibility and enough connectivity to cater for your AV collection while leaving space for HD DVD and Blu-ray. If you've spent time and money on your home-cinema setup, then the 7210 deserves to be at the heart of it

Epson LS10000

A unique laser light engine helps the Epson LS10000 achieve picture quality that rivals the best projectors we've tested.

Sony VPL-VW40

We had our doubts about whether Sony could really translate its undoubtedly impressive SXRD technology down to the sub-£2,500 level. Thankfully, all of the things that make SXRD special really are present on the entry-level VPL-VW40, even if there are one or two little imperfections in other areas

NEC HT510

A projector that's not far off the £1,000 mark often carries a couple of critical weaknesses, be it a poor 4:3 resolution chipset or a lack of AV inputs. The NEC HT510 has been designed specifically for the home market, so it's fully 16:9 and has component and Scart connectivity. Its lack of a high definition chipset might be a problem for long-term investors, but the resolution is perfect for UK users