Buying The Best Projectors Within A $1000 Budget
By XGIMI Tech - 2022-03
Buying a smart home projector or portable projector for your entertainment does not require you to break the bank. Some great quality projectors cost less than $1000 to satisfy your entertainment needs. Whether you need to put together a home cinema, camping movie nights, or a straightforward replacement for TVs, these budget-friendly projectors can deliver outstanding and satisfactory results.
If you're thinking of buying a projector for the first time, getting a less expensive option is more reasonable compared to buying an expensive product at the first time of asking. Although great quality tech products usually come at high prices, some projectors under $1000 are also good options that can suit your needs.
Also, some people prefer to watch their favorite content on widescreens. Large screen televisions can be expensive, especially if they are of top drawer quality. Getting a projector that can give you 1080p resolution on a 100" display for less than one thousand dollars, for instance, is akin to killing two birds with one stone. You get excellent display quality, sound, multiple streaming options, and a widescreen display, all with a budget of less than $1k.
How To Choose The Best Budget Projector
Being an affordable option does not simply make the projector a great choice. There are certain criteria you must look out for when buying projectors to get the best deals possible:
While it is worth reiterating that affordability does not always equate to excellent quality, if you are buying a projector for the first time, it is most reasonable to go for an inexpensive option. Spending thousands on a device/technology you are just getting familiar with may not be a great decision. When you buy an inexpensive option of excellent quality, you get a great introduction to projection technology at a much lesser cost.
Widescreen displays need sharp, clear, and high-resolution pictures to give a satisfying viewing experience. 4K resolution (Ultra HD) is commonly used for movies but available in more expensive projectors. Yet, Full HD resolution (1080p) is equally sufficient to deliver a great display for all kinds of content.
Whatever the needs you want to meet with the projector, you must consider a product with sufficient brightness capabilities. With a bright display, you can see every detail clearly, even with ambient light interference. A projector with a brightness between 350–900 ANSI lumens is good enough for your viewing pleasure.
Excellent sound quality is another factor worth considering when buying a budget projector. Smart projectors (home or portable) usually have built-in speakers that produce ample sound. If you do not mind spending more money, some projectors offer audio ports for external sound systems.
Easy Setup Technology
If you are new to the world of projection technology, getting your projector set up for use may be tiresome. It is most advisable to go for a product that has features that help make the setup process easier without going beyond your budget too.
Smart projectors come with autofocus (a feature that automatically sharpens the projected picture within seconds when it hits the screen) and auto keystone correction, which automatically corrects the angles to fit the screen perfectly. Some XGIMI products come with the Intelligent Screen Adaptation (ISA) technology, which offers auto screen alignment and obstacle avoidance and auto focus and auto keystone correction. All these contribute to ensuring a quick and stress-free setup for you.
Portable & Lightweight
Projectors that are light and easy to carry around are more obvious choices if your needs lean towards camping movie nights, backyard or beach adventures, etc. You can easily pack lightweight projectors and move them around without becoming an extra burden. Budget home projectors are also fairly lightweight, and you can move them easily from room to room.
With portable projectors, you can get a TV-quality display wherever you are, seeing that you cannot carry your TV around all the time. Some smart portable projectors also come with a built-in battery that is a power source where external power sources are unavailable.
Multiple Connectivity Ports
Your budget projector should give you multiple options to source content. Some devices support casting content to your projector from your computer with the HDMI port. HDMI ports give you even more content options as you can connect video game consoles, hard drives, or laptops to your projector), USB for hard drives and flash drives, audio jacks, Bluetooth, and WiFi for online streaming or downloading your favorite content to save them for 'watch later' options. Some projectors also come with a Chromecast built-in for wireless casting.
If the projector is replacing your smart TV, for instance, then you should consider options that come with built-in entertainment. Some smart or home projectors come with Android TV™, giving you access to a world of entertainment at your fingertips with apps like Disney+ and HBO Max.
Here are a few projectors that you can snap up for less than $1,000 and get good value for your money:
XGIMI Halo+ (1080p FHD Portable Projector)
Priced at $849, the XGIMI Halo+ is a mini projector that comes with 1080p FHD resolution and a brightness of up to 900 ANSI lumens. Halo+ has a built-in battery capable of at least 2 hours of playing time and a max 200" screen display. Halo+ comes with MEMC for eliminating image blurs in fast-paced content like video games, sports, and action movies. HDR10 is also available and produces more detailed colors.
XGIMI Halo+ is equipped with the X-VUE 2.0 Image Engine for more lifelike and realistic colors. To facilitate easy setup, Halo+ has the XGIMI ISA technology, which features smart screen alignment, obstacle avoidance, autofocus, and auto keystone correction to get you up and running in seconds. Smart screen alignment ensures the projected display fits your screen automatically; auto keystone correction aligns the display to the screen vertically and horizontally by +/–45°. With autofocus, you get a sharper image in seconds, and obstacle avoidance recognizes objects and automatically adjusts the display to avoid them.
Dual built-in Harman Kardon speakers supply the sound, which will save you money on external speakers as they provide excellent, immersive three-dimensional sound. Halo+ runs on Android TV™, giving you easy access to 5000+ apps, including Disney+, HBO Max, and Hulu. Halo+ comes with multiple connectivity ports— 1× HDMI 2.0, 1× USB 2.0, 1× headphones (3.5mm), and supports Chromecast built-in, Bluetooth 5.0, and WiFi, to give you a variety of options from which you can source your content.
XGIMI Elfin (1080p FHD Home Projector)
Mini home projector, XGIMI Elfin, costs $649 and comes with 1080p resolution and up to 800 ANSI lumens for brightness. Elfin also comes with the X-VUE 2.0 Image Engine, which produces realistic and vivid colors on a max 200-inch screen. XGIMI Elfin comes with ISA technology for streamlined usability and timesaving setup and runs on Android TV™, giving you access to thousands of apps like YouTube, HBO Max, and Disney+.
Dual Harman Kardon speakers provide sound on Elfin, and the projector comes with multiple connection ports to give you a wider variety of content sources. XGIMI Elfin also supports Chromecast built-in, WiFi for streaming apps and downloading content, and comes with Bluetooth 5.0 for audio streaming. Elfin is thin and lightweight, making it easy to move around the house, office, or other indoor locations with a power supply.
XGIMI MoGo Pro+ (1080p FHD Portable Projector)
XGIMI MoGo Pro+ is priced at $649. Still, the outdoor projector is worth every penny, as it offers 1080p FHD resolution, a brightness of 300 ANSI lumens, and a maximum of 200" screen (60" – 120" is recommended). The device packs a built-in battery that gives between 2–4 hours of power, sound from Harman Kardon, a brand renowned for producing speakers that supply excellent sound quality. MoGo Pro also has multiple connectivity options [1× HDMI, 1× USB, 1× Headphone (3.5 mm audio jack)] that give the user an expanded set of alternatives for getting content. You can connect gaming consoles, phones, or computers to your projector.
MoGo Pro+ runs on Android TV™, offering you built-in entertainment with access to 5000+ apps, and supports Chromecast built-in, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Setup is simplified on MoGo Pro+ with autofocus which gives you a sharper image automatically, and auto keystone correction, which ensures the display angles are right.
XGIMI Halo (1080p FHD Portable Projector)
XGIMI Halo mini projector is priced at $799, well below the $1000 benchmark. The projector comes with 1080p Full HD resolution and a brightness of up to 800 ANSI lumens. Halo, as a portable projector, carries a built-in battery that can provide at least 2 hours of power during your camping trips or backyard movie nights.
Setup is streamlined with auto keystone correction, which automatically corrects the projection angles to align to the screen. Halo also delivers excellent and immersive sound from two Harman Kardon speakers. Halo supports connectivity via multiple ports, featuring 1× HDMI, 1× USB, 1× headphones (3.5mm), and Chromecast built-in for screen mirroring from smart devices. The projector also comes with WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0, putting many options at your disposal.
Halo runs on Android TV™ and gives you an open window into fantastic entertainment from over 5000 apps.
Buying an inexpensive projector is a good way to get into projection technology. When a high-cost option turns out to be of lesser quality than you desired, you're left feeling like you threw away a huge sum of money. Cheaper alternatives can give good value for money if you look closely.
When buying a budget projector, you must consider the price, resolution, brightness, connectivity options, operating system, sound, and portability. XGIMI's Halo+, Elfin, MoGo Pro+, and Halo are great home and portable projectors under $1000.
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