These are the best cheap projector deals for October 2020

If you’re setting up a home theater and find that even the biggest 4K TVs are coming up short in the size department, you’ve got another option. Today’s best projectors are capable of delivering a cinematic experience right at home, but those theater-grade units will cost you a pretty penny (although there are also plenty of cheap projectors out there if your needs are more basic). To help you save some cash, we’ve rounded up the best projector deals you can score online right now, with our picks covering a nice range of features, sizes, and price points.

Today’s Best Projector Deals

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ViewSonic M1 Mini+ Smart Portable Projector

$150 $240
A pocket-sized LED projector with a resolution of 854x480p and support for 1080p, plus integrated wifi and JBL speaker, making it perfect for office workers who want to show presentations simply.
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ViewSonic PX747 4K Projector

$1,100 $1,300
Some 4K projectors run well north of $2,000, but for around a grand, the Viewsonic PX747 offers a lot of capabilities for enjoying videos and games in Ultra HD.
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Epson VS250 LCD Projector

$330 $370
Epson is a leading name in the world of projectors, and its 3,200-lumen VS250 is a fantastic mid-range LCD model for both home theater and professional applications.
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Anker Nebula Capsule Mini Projector, Black

$260 $350
Make your home theater a reality with this portable Anker Nebula Capsule mini projector. Its can deliver 100 ANSI-lumen images and also has a built-in omnidirectional speaker for full immersion.
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ViewSonic PX727HD 1080p Projector

$600 $760
This projector has an RGB color wheel for exceptional calibrated color accuracy, and also has reduced input latency, making it perfect for watching fast-paced action like sports or games.
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Yaber Y31 1080P Projector

$280 $530
This 7200 Lux projector has 1080p native resolution for crisp high definition images, as well as a brightness that outshines most other projectors. There's hifi stereo sound included as well.
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Apeman Portable Projector

$90 $130
It's not going to replicate a cinema in your basement, but for less than 100 bucks, it's hard to beat the Apeman projector if you're after a cheap and portable unit.
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ViewSonic M1+ Portable Smart Wi-Fi Projector

$290 $310
This portable projector comes with built-in audio, smart TV enabled, and a built-in battery that provides 6 hours of play time. It can be charged using USB Type C and taken with you on the go.
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LG HU80KA 4K Smart Laser Projector

$2,097 $2,700
It's a bit pricey (which is why a deal like this is welcome), but if you want the most user-friendly cinema-quality home theater experiences, look no further than the LG HU80KA 4K laser projector.
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Hompow Mini Projector

$90 $140
With noise reduction technology to keep quiet, this small projector supports up to 1080p display and has 50,000 hours of lamp life so you should be able to watch movies for years without replacement.
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Nebula by Anker Mars II Portable HD Projector with Android 7.1

$400 $460
With a 300-lumen 720p output, the Anker Nebula Mars II is a portable projector that won't break the bank -- and it even features Android software for easy streaming right from the projector itself.
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BenQ TK800M 4K Projector

$1,199 $1,449
As one of our favorite 4K home theater projectors, the BenQ TK800M is the go-to for a cinema-quality home theater experience.
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AuKing Mini Projector

$85 $90
This 1080p projector is a cheap way to set up a multimedia home theater, with a 2000:1 contrast ratio, a bright image for its small size, quiet low-noise operation, and a long lasting lamp.
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Salange P52 Mini Projector

$100 $110
A compact, stylish projector which supports 1080p HD and boasts 4200 Lux brightness, with high contrast and accurate colors. There are also built-in 5W dual stereo speakers for sound as well.
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Lenovo M1 Smart Mini Projector

$180 $349
This tiny projector is palm-sized and lightweight, with a 200 ANSI Lumen lamp that shows a picture of 110 inches. It even has touch controls for easy control and adjustment of the settings.
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Zeacool Mini HD Video Projector

$80 $90
A native 720p HD projector with built-in stereo speakers, that projects an image of between 60 and 200 inches and is versatile with inputs including HDMI, VGA, USB, Micro SF, and RCA.
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Yaber portable mini projector

$130 $300
A portable, wireless projector that's perfect for quick and easy movie nights with friends, streaming straight from your phone or other device, with ports for HDI, USB, VGA, AV, and audiol
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Anker Nebula Cosmos Max 4K Projector

$1,600 $1,800
This stylish projector offers a real cinema experience with 4K support and a 1,500 ANSI-lumen image. It can even upscale content to make your HD content look as crisp as possible in UHD.
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Optoma HD146X 1080p Projector

$549 $949
The Optoma HD146X is the updated version of the HD142X, which we named the best Full HD projector for those who want a theater-like experience without paying a grand or more for a 4K unit.
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DBPOWER Projector

$90 $110
This 3500 Lux projector displays images from 32 to 170 inches at a projection distance of between one and five meters. Its compact size makes it easy to carry and store and it has a quiet turbo fan.

How To Choose A Projector

Projectors span a huge range of features and prices, and the age-old axiom “you get what you pay for” applies here. You can get a cheap projector for less than a hundred bucks, while high-end, theater-quality 4K projectors can run into the thousands. You probably have a set budget in mind already, however, but you’ll want to be aware of what features and specs to look for before you buy the first cheap projector you find that suits your wallet.

The basic specs to consider when shopping around for projector deals are the picture size and resolution, brightness (typically expressed in lumens), and throw distance. “Throw distance” refers to the optimal and/or maximum distance the projector can place an image on the viewing surface while still maintaining a good picture at the advertised size and resolution, and your needs here will depend on what room(s) you plan to use your projector in. Brightness is an important consideration, as projectors are typically darker than a TV’s LCD panel. A brighter picture naturally looks better and a projector with sub-bar lumen output might not look very good even in a sufficiently dark room.

More complex modern features you’ll find even on some cheap projectors today include built-in smart software, wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or both), and content settings (for example, optional color presets that are optimized for sports, games, movies, and so on). You’ll also want to look at the ports to make sure that your projector works with whatever input source(s) you’re hooking up to it, but most modern projectors will feature standard hookups such as HDMI connections for use with Blu-Ray players, laptops, and gaming consoles. Many projectors can let you play media directly from devices such as USB flash drives or external hard drives as well.

Then comes the audio. Pretty much all units have built-in speakers, which is usually fine for a cheap projector or a portable one that you might be moving around frequently. For a projector that’s going to be part of a more permanent high-definition home theater setup — one that will likely feature some sort of surround speaker setup along with an A/V receiver to power it all — you’ll want something that can be integrated into your sound system and that is compatible with whatever surround sound standard you’re using.

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