ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best Home Theater Projector for the Money in 2013

Updated on January 3, 2013

Cheap, Affordable Projectors

The best home theater projectors for the money in 2012 will not be difficult to find if you know where to look. While paying thousands of dollars for a top-notch projector will give you amazing visual quality, you can get nearly the same results with ones that are only a couple hundred dollars. So why waste your money? Projectors are ideal for those who are avid sports or movie watchers. It really brings the big screen to the comfort of your own home. Unlike, LCD flat-screen TVs, projectors are very portable and can be used in many different places.

During lazy summer nights, I would bring my projector out to the backyard and screen movies for a few friends. And if the weather was not conducive, I would take my projector to my friend's house and hook it up to the Wii and play Mario Kart. Seeing Luigi race around the tracks on the big screen makes a huge difference and really changes the gaming experience. If you are also in to watching animal documentaries, I definitely recommend getting a projector. The first thing I watched when I got my projector was Planet Earth and the entire series blew me away. I felt like I was watching the animals from just a few feet away. Below, I will show you some of the best home theater projectors for the money.

Home Theater Projector Reviews 2012

When I was doing research to find the best projector I could find for a cheap price, I came across the ViewSonic PJD5123. Initially, I was worried about buying a cheap projector because I wasn't sure if the quality would live up to an ultra-expensive one. However, after reading tons of positive reviews, I decided to take the pludge and decided to buy it. The ViewSonic PJD5123 really exceeded all my expecations and to this day, I've watched countless number of movies and documentaries without having any serious glitches. If you project from about 6 feet away, the ViewSonic is comparable to a 40 inch LCD HDTV. I've used much more expensive projectors at work, and the ViewSonic is comparable in terms of quality and brightness. It is also quiet and doesn't heat up as much as other projectors sold on the market. It is easy to set-up and is compatible with my MacBook Pro, which is another plus. Contrary to popular belief, you really don't need to spend a thousand dollars on a projector.

Best Projector for Video Games 2012

If you are a hardcore gamer and want to experience playing video games on another level, I recommend the Optoma HD66. It is a bit pricier compared to the ViewSonic, but it comes with more advanced features. The Optoma HD66 can create 3D images for an intense gaming experience and has a 720P Widescreen Resolution. As long you have the right cable, you can pretty much hook up any device to this projector. I've been able to hook up my iPad, MacBook Pro, camcorder, iPhone and Playstation 3. My best friend owns this particular projector and every Friday night we would have a get together with some of our buddies and play Call of Duty and Gears of War deep into the night. You also don't need a screen to utilize this projector. You can just use a bare wall and dim the lights. While projectors may have been very expensive just a few years ago, nowdays they are much cheaper and more affordable to the typical everyday consumer.

Final Thoughts

Before purchasing a projector, think about what you are going to mainly use it for. If you are going to watch movies and documentaries most of the time, go with the VideoSonic PJD5123. However, if you are going to use it to watch sports or play video games, I definitely recommend the Optoma HD66. If you want more options you can check out the most affordable home theater projectors on Amazon. Amazon is the biggest online retail store in the world. Here you will be able to find a wide selection of projectors and tons of reviews from everyday customers.

If you follow the tips outlined above, you will find the best home theater projector for the money.

Leave some friendly comments below!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • janey126 profile image

      janey126 

      5 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome!

    • janey126 profile image

      janey126 

      5 years ago

      Wow what a great info and lensâ¦just awesome!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)