10 Best Projectors under $200 – Beginner’s Guide

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Thanks to the outstanding achievements in projection and display technologies.

It might be gaming on a big screen or converting your living room into Movie Theatre.

Everything is possible!

Today’s projectors will take the viewing experience to the next level at a price that everyone can afford.

Why to choose a Projector?

With a projector you can enjoy viewing on a massive screen of 300 inches.

The price of the projector is also less as compared to the TV of the equal screen size.

Few projectors are compact enough to fit into your backpack. So they are useful for those who are always on the move.

In case of a TV set, you will get screen size of 100 inches and also transporting is not ideal at all!

In this article, I have rounded-up list of best projectors under $200 by reading thousands of reviews. We will discuss some projectors from well-known brands offering excellent performance at this price range.

List of Best Projectors

  1. Vankyo Leisure 3 MiniBest Overall
  2. GooDee 2020 UpgradeEditor’s Choice
  3. Dr. J Professional HI-04 Mini
  4. Dr. J Professional 4500L Mini
  5. QKK Mini
  6. DBPOWER L21 LCD Video
  7. APEMAN NM4 MiniBest Portable
  8. Jinhoo Wi-Fi Mini, 2020 Latest UpgradeWiFi Projector
  9. TOPVISION MiniLong Throw Distance

If you have the good knowledge of projectors then you can skip reading the following section and click here to jump to the discussion of best projectors under $200.

Things to consider while buying a Projector

There are number of factors associated with a projector.

Understanding all of them will create confusion and cause choice paralysis for non-techy readers.

So, I will suggest you to think of the couple of features by considering your purpose of use i.e home entertainment, backyard, campsite, office, gaming.

Main

  1. Type (Display Technology)
  2. Brightness
  3. Contrast Ratio
  4. Resolution
  5. Throw Distance
  6. Screen Size
  7. Keystone
  8. Lamp Lifespan
  9. Connectivity
  10. Portability

Additional

  1. Cooling System
  2. Low Noise
  3. Compactness
  4. Mounting Options
  5. Warranty
  6. More….

Let we discuss few of them in brief,

#1 – Types of Projector

There are two types of display projection technologies,

  1. DLP (Digital Light Processor)
  2. LCD

There is not much difference between them. Both produce high-quality and sharp images.

The DLP Projectors are light-weight and compact. They offer high contrast.

On the other hand, LCD Projectors are energy efficient and produce brighter images.

#2 – Brightness – is the key

The brightness value depends on surrounding environment and available lightning conditions.

It is a very crucial feature while selecting a projector. Brightness is measured in Lumens.

Usually, the higher the lumen count, means the better the viewing experience.

But it depends,

The 1000 Lumens is good to go in a dark room. But when you are in brighter place (ambient light), then it will require above 3000 Lumens.

#3 – Contrast Ratio

The contrast ratio is the difference between the darkest and lightest areas of an image. It defines the clarity of an image.

Projectors with high Contrast Ratio have excellent image quality.

Under this $200 category, you will find projectors with a contrast ratio of 3000:1.

At a minimum, the projectors should have a contrast ratio of 1000:1.

#4 – Resolution – is the game-changer

For enjoying an HD viewing experience, you must choose a projector with the highest resolution.

The resolutions can be 480p, 720p, 1080p HD and 4K UHD.

At this price range, a home theater projector boasts 1080p HD resolution (1920×1080).

All of the projectors on this list have at least 720p (1280×720) resolution.

#5 – Throw Distance

It can be defined as the distance between your projector and screen.

Throw distance depends upon the size of the projector. Giant projectors have longer throw distance.

Under $200, you will get the throw distance up to 22 feet.

#6 – Keystone

Nearly all of the projectors on this list offer keystone correction.

It is the way of adjusting the shape of the projected image.

No matter where you set up your projector, you need to adjust the projection distance and angle.

The keystone correction lets you adjust the projection angle to bring the image in a perfect rectangular shape.

#7 – Lamp Lifespan

The Lamp Lifespan is a very crucial feature of a projector.

Lamp is the most expensive part of a projector. Replacing the projector bulb may cost you hundreds of dollars.

Try to be very careful with your projector lamp and choose a projector with a lamp lifespan of at least 40,000 hours.

#8 – Connectivity

Projectors offer a variety of connectivity options. Some of the recently launched projectors are Wi-Fi enabled.

HDMI is the most preferred connectivity option because it allows the best picture and sound quality.

The projector connectivity options include HDMI, SD Card, USB, RCA, VGA and Wi-Fi etc.

#9 – Compatibility

A projector should have a wide range of compatibility.

Because we may wish to connect our projector to PC, Mac, Smartphone, TV Box, Blu-ray player, X-box, PS3, PS4 and more.

So before buying a projector, make sure that your chosen projector is compatible with your desired device.

#10 – Portability – for those on the move

A projector should be compact and light-weight for transporting from one place to another.

Especially business people and travelers tend to demand an extremely portable projector.

Few of the projectors on this list can easily fit into your backpack.

Now without any further ado, let we dive-in,

1. VANKYO LEISURE 3 Mini

VANKYO LEISURE 3 Mini Projector - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

The Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini is a budget-friendly projector. It delivers an excellent picture quality.

This projector is best fit for Home Entertainment. You can watch videos, play games and stream online.

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 3600 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  3. Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 4.9 to 16.4 feet
  5. Screen Size: 32 to 176 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 40,000 hours

It easily connects with Smartphones and gaming consoles (X-Box One, PS3, PS4, Wii, etc.). Also comes with an HDMI port, VGA adapter, USB and SD card slot.

The built-in speakers produces quality sound.

The Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector comes with a carrying bag and tripod for easy transportation and setup.

Lastly, the projector is packed with an enhanced cooling fan system for heat dispersion and impressive noise suppression, making it surprisingly quiet.

Benefits

  • Affordable
  • HD Resolution
  • Long bulb life
  • Good speaker quality
  • Super quiet

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance

2. GooDee 2020 Upgrade

GooDee 2020 Upgrade HD Video Projector - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

This projector is famous for producing vivid image quality. The GooDee claims to deliver 80% more brightness than its rivals.

This projector is best fit for Outdoor Parties (campsite and backyard), Home entertainment and Gaming. Also, you can use it during presentations and meetings in office.

With GooDee projector screen-mirroring smartphones, tablets, laptops, and TV is a breeze.

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 2100 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  3. Resolution: 1280×760 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 4.9 to 18 feet
  5. Screen Size: 44 to 230 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 50,000 hours

It supports 1080P HD projection. It is recommended that you set a 98-inch screen at the distance of 10 feet for excellent viewing experience.

The GooDee comes with two HDMI ports to let you connect a TV Box, Streaming Stick, Game Consoles (X-Box One, PS3, PS4) and DVD device. You can also connect external storage devices such as Flash Drive, SD Card, Hard Disk, Mobile U Disk, etc.

It equips advanced fan cooling technology for reducing the noise and avoiding overheating.

Two built-in 3W speakers makes this projector dominant over others on this list. The SRS sound system offer crystal-clear listening experience. We experienced that these speakers are good enough, and you don’t need to have any external speaker while you are at the backyard or campsite.

Benefits

  • Budget-friendly pick for office use
  • Smartphone mirroring
  • Long bulb life
  • Excellent speaker quality
  • Super quiet
  • Big screen size

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance
  • No HD resolution

3. DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini with 100″ Projector Screen

DR. J Professional HI-04 Mini Projector with 100 inch Projector Screen - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

The DR. J Professional projector produces excellent quality High-Definition pictures.

It is recommend that you use this projector in the dark for a better viewing experience. This projector comes at $129 with a 100-inch projector screen. This is a value for money deal!

This projector can be used for Home entertainment, Outdoor Parties (campsite and backyard) and Gaming.

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 2000 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  3. Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 4.9 to 16.4 feet
  5. Screen Size: 32 to 176 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 40,000 hours

You can enjoy videos form TV Box, Chromebook, PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Blue-ray and DVD player, SD Card, USB Flash Drive, Media players (Music, Pictures, Video, TXT), Smartphones.

The DR. J Professional comes with the latest dual-fan cooling technology to avoid overheating problems and operate with less noise.

It uses the built-in stereo surround speaker.

Benefits

  • HD resolution
  • Long bulb life
  • Quiet
  • Good speaker quality

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance

4. DR. J Professional 4500L Mini

DR. J Professional 4500L Mini Projector - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

This is another excellent projector from DR.J Professional. It is very similar to the HI-04 model discussed above except the brightness and lamp lifespan.

This projector offers the brightness of 4500 Lumens, which is far more impressive for outdoor conditions. Also, DR. J Professional claims the performance upgrade in this device by improving lamp life to 50,000 hours.

This projector can be used for Home entertainment, Outdoor Parties (campsite and backyard) and Gaming.

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 4500 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  3. Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 4.9 to 16.4 feet
  5. Screen Size: 32 to 176 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 50,000 hours

It has a price of $109, and it doesn’t come with a projector screen.

Benefits

  • HD Resolution
  • Long bulb life
  • Excellent brightness
  • Quiet
  • Good speaker quality

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance

5. QKK Mini Portable with 100″ Projector Screen

QKK Mini Projector Portable LCD Projector with 100 inch Projector Screen - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

The QKK Mini is an excellent projector for ultimate gaming experience. It comes with a headphone plug!

This projector can be used for Home entertainment, Outdoor Parties (campsite and backyard) and Gaming.

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 4500 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  3. Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 3.2 to 13 feet
  5. Screen Size: 30 to 170 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 50,000 hours

The connectivity options include an HDMI port, VGA Adapter, USB and SD card slot. You can enjoy videos and multimedia from PC, Mac, PS3, PS4, Xbox, blue-ray DVD player, TV stick, Roku stick, mobile devices, etc.

It equips dual-fan cooling technology and two built-in stereo speakers for excellent sound quality.

Benefits

  • HD Resolution
  • Long bulb life
  • Excellent brightness
  • Headphone plug
  • Good speaker quality
  • Quiet

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance

6. DBPOWER L21 LCD Video

DBPOWER L21 LCD Video Projector - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

The DBPower L21 LCD projector offers stunning brightness in dark room. For best performance, place this projector at the distance of 6 feet.

This projector is best fit for Home entertainment and Outdoor Parties (campsite and backyard).

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 5000 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  3. Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 3 to 16 feet
  5. Screen Size: 40 to 200 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 50,000 hours

One can connect almost everything to this projector! You can enjoy content from TV Box, TV Stick, PCs, Laptops, Tablets, Chrome Book, Blue-ray DVD players, USB Flash Drives, Media players, iPad, iphone and Android Smartphones. Also compatible with PS3, PS4, and X-box One.

The dual-fan cooling technology avoid overheating and let this projector operate with less noise.

Built-in dual stereo speakers produces excellent quality audio. It is a good choice for parties, football nights, and movies with friends.

Benefits

  • HD resolution
  • Long bulb life
  • Excellent speaker quality
  • Excellent brightness
  • Quiet

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance

7. APEMAN NM4 Mini Portable

APEMAN NM4 Mini Portable Projector - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

This projector from Apeman is extremely compact and light-weight.

It can easily fit into your hand. If you are looking for a pocket projector then look no further, and choose his projector.

This lightweight (210gm) projector cannot produce pictures as bright as others on this list. But it is not the issue for those who are willing to sacrifice screen brightness over transportability.

Unlike others on this list, the Apeman NM4 Mini uses 50 Lumens LED lamp to avoid high power consumption and bulky cooling system.

Specifications

  1. Contrast Ratio: 1000:1
  2. Resolution: 854×480 pixels
  3. Throw Distance: 3.2 to 13 feet
  4. Screen Size: 30 to 100 inches
  5. Lamp Lifespan: 45,000 hours

It comes with a rechargeable battery. You can charge it through the USB port. The mini projector gets you through a 1.5-2.5 hours movie on one charge.

It has built-in speakers that provide quality sounds at this price. Also, a 3.5 mm Jack is there for your headphones.

It equips USB and HDMI ports. You can connect your laptop, TV Box, DVD, tablet, camera, PS3/4, smartphone, etc.

Benefits

  • Extremely portable
  • Battery powered
  • Up to 2.5 hours of battery backup
  • Headphone jack
  • Good speaker quality

Drawbacks

  • Low brightness

8. Jinhoo WiFi Mini, 2020 Latest Update

Jinhoo WiFi Mini Projector, 2020 Latest Update - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

Jinhoo is a emerging brand in this $200 category of projectors. The Mini Projector promises realistic brightness.

The WiFi connectivity and availability of a headphone jack makes this projector standout on this list.

This Jinhoo WiFi Mini can be used for Home entertainment, Outdoor Parties (campsite and backyard) and Gaming.

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 5500 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  3. Resolution: 1280×720 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 5 to 16 feet
  5. Screen Size: 32 to 176 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 55,000 hours

It can easily connect to your Smartphone using Wi-Fi. Along with this, it offers a wide range of connectivity through HDMI, VGA, AV, USB interfaces. You can connect TV Box, TV Stick, PCs, Laptops, Tablets, USB Flash Drive, Media players to this projector.

It equips the dual-fan cooling technology for avoiding overheating problems and operating with less noise.

Benefits

  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Headphone jack
  • Excellent brightness
  • Long bulb life
  • Quiet
  • Good speaker quality

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance
  • No HD resolution

9. TOPVISION Portable Mini with 100″ Projector Screen

TOPVISION Portable Mini Projector with 100 inch Projector Screen - Best Projector under $200 - ULTRAdvice.com

The TOPVISION Mini projector has longest throw distance on this list.

It offers excellent image quality.

This projector is best fit for Home entertainment and Outdoor Parties (campsite and backyard).

Specifications

  1. Brightness: 5500 Lumens
  2. Contrast Ratio: 3000:1
  3. Resolution: 1280×720 pixels
  4. Throw Distance: 6.8 to 22 feet
  5. Screen Size: 72 to 240 inches
  6. Keystone: ±15 degree
  7. Lamp Lifespan: 60,000 hours

Topvision includes two HDMI ports, two USB ports, VGA, AV, TF, and Audio output (headphone jack).

You can easily connect this projector to TV Stick, Apple TV, and Roku via an HDMI port to enjoy movies, videos, photos, and TV shows. It is compatible with TV Box, Chromebook, PC, Laptop, Tablet, Blue-ray DVD player, SD Card, USB Flash Drive.

This projector equips two 3W speakers. It uses the dual-fan cooling technology to avoid overheating and operate with less noise.

Benefits

  • Excellent brightness
  • Long bulb life
  • Good speaker quality
  • Quiet

Drawbacks

  • Small throw distance
  • No HD resolution

Conclusion

The Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini is our top pick on this list because it offers good mixture of features. Also, we suggest it as best home entertainment projector.

For office use, there is only one projector under this $200 category, GooDee 2020 Upgrade HD Video Projector.

Let’s wrap-up,

If you feel like I am missing any fantastic projector under $200, comment below. I will look forward adding them to this list.

Ryan Krock
Ryan is a tech enthusiast working for a Robotics E-commerce Company. He is an engineer and team leader. Loves to read the news, share his expertise and write. By being a technology geek experimenting with the mechanical and electronics stuff around him, he has gained a plethora of knowledge about how things work (and how to make things work!).