Reviews of Classroom Projectors

The best classroom projectors are bright, offer networking features, and require low maintenance.
The best classroom projectors are bright, offer networking features, and require low maintenance.
Hundreds of thousands of classrooms, perhaps more than a million in the US (I don’t have world wide numbers), have been equipped with what we’ll call “Classroom Projectors” over the span of the last 15 years.  There has been a steady flow of technology funding from government to school districts, and equipping classrooms with projectors, especially at high school level, has been a school priority.

Just so you know, in this section think K-12 classroom, rather than  the 100 – 500 seat “classrooms” found at many universities.  Those university classrooms usually end up with pricier, brighter projectors with advanced networking, and more.

Teachers are relying more heavily on classroom projectors at all grade levels, but especially high school. Schools, and more often School Districts are usually in the market to find the biggest bang for their buck. With budgets always tight, it often comes down to how many more classrooms can we equip, if we go with a classroom projector with less features.

Each year, the performance of projectors designed with classroom use in mind (a large percentage) improves, and the prices manage to fall.

The most common classroom projectors currently being installed in classrooms have XGA or WXGA resolution, and brightness of 2500 to 4000 lumens.

There is both a great deal of interest, and a lot of activity when it comes to interactive projectors in the classroom.  Just about every projector company targeting the schools is now offering multiple interactive projectors and often some very different ones.

If your requirement is the lowest possible price, there are still a number of lower resolution SVGA projectors out there, with prices from perhaps $300.  In 2013, the first entry level 1080p (or WUXGA) resolution projectors have come down well below $1000.    This makes using a few of them in a school, practical for special applications, including some science classes, perhaps engineering, art, and architecture, and others, without completely breaking the budget.

Great resource for learning about and comparing classroom projectors: Classroom Projector Comparison Report

Classroom Projector Reviews

Classroom Projector Reviews REVIEWS

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Casio XJ-L8300HN 4K UHD Business/Education Projector Review Casio XJ-L8300HN 4K UHD Business/Education Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 19, 2017
  • MSRP: $11,999
  • Technology: DLP
NEC NP-PA653UL Business/Education Projector Review NEC NP-PA653UL Business/Education Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 27, 2017
  • MSRP: $7,779
  • Technology: 3LCD
AAXA M6 Projector Review – 1080p Pocket Sized and LED! AAXA M6 Projector Review – 1080p Pocket Sized and LED!
  • Review Date: August 16, 2017
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: LED
Epson BrightLink 696Ui Projector Review Epson BrightLink 696Ui Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 27, 2017
  • MSRP: $2,799
  • Technology: 3LCD
Ricoh PJ WXL4540 Short Throw Projector Review Ricoh PJ WXL4540 Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 9, 2017
  • MSRP: $2279
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma ZW300UST Projector Review Optoma ZW300UST Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 20, 2017
  • MSRP: $3399
  • Technology: DLP
Epson PowerLite 680 Projector Review Epson PowerLite 680 Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 12, 2017
  • MSRP: $1,160
  • Technology: 3LCD
BenQ CH100 Portable Business Projector Review BenQ CH100 Portable Business Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 19, 2017
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: 0
Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review Casio XJ-UT351WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 26, 2017
  • MSRP: $3199.99
  • Technology: DLP
Sony LaserLite VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector Review Sony LaserLite VPL-PHZ10 Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 13, 2017
  • MSRP: $5000
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC NP-ME331W Portable Projector Review NEC NP-ME331W Portable Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 24, 2017
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC NP-V332W Projector Review NEC NP-V332W Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $579
  • Technology: DLP
Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review Sony VPL-DW240 Projector – A Review
  • Review Date: December 1, 2016
  • MSRP: $970
  • Technology: 3LCD
Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Review Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 14, 2016
  • MSRP: $1049.99
  • Technology: DLP
Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $2169.99
  • Technology: DLP
LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $1,399
  • Technology: DLP
Epson Pro G7905U Large Venue Projector Review Epson Pro G7905U Large Venue Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 1, 2016
  • MSRP: $6499
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: $21999
  • Technology: 3LCD
BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: $2900
  • Technology: DLP
Casio Ecolite XJ-V110W – A Value LED/Laser Projector – Review Casio Ecolite XJ-V110W – A Value LED/Laser Projector – Review
  • Review Date: June 11, 2016
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP
Epson PowerLite W29 Projector Review Epson PowerLite W29 Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 25, 2016
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: 3LCD
Canon REALiS WUX450ST Projector Review Canon REALiS WUX450ST Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $7329
  • Technology: LCoS
ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 12, 2016
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: DLP
NEC P502WL Laser Projector Review NEC P502WL Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 28, 2016
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: DLP
Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review Epson PowerLite 955WH Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 17, 2016
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: 3LCD
Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 18, 2016
  • MSRP: $1799
  • Technology: DLP
NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review NEC UM352W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 15, 2016
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson EX7240 Pro Portable Projector Review Epson EX7240 Pro Portable Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 7, 2015
  • MSRP: $649.99
  • Technology: 3LCD
BenQ MX631ST Short Throw Projector Review BenQ MX631ST Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 24, 2015
  • MSRP: $529 (street price)
  • Technology: DLP
NEC M363W Projector Review NEC M363W Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 16, 2015
  • MSRP: $1599
  • Technology: DLP
Sony VPL-FHZ65 Laser Projector Review Sony VPL-FHZ65 Laser Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 22, 2015
  • MSRP: $15000
  • Technology: 3LCD
LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 26, 2015
  • MSRP: $599.99
  • Technology: DLP
Epson Powerlite 97H Projector Review Epson Powerlite 97H Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 22, 2015
  • MSRP: $549
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review
  • Review Date: June 12, 2015
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 30, 2015
  • MSRP: $679 ($629 Street Price)
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ HC1200 Projector Review BenQ HC1200 Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 27, 2015
  • MSRP: $999 ($889 street price)
  • Technology: DLP
Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 21, 2015
  • MSRP: $699.99
  • Technology: DLP
Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 10, 2015
  • MSRP: $519.99 (Street price - $449.99)
  • Technology: DLP
InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 1, 2015
  • MSRP: $779
  • Technology: DLP
Canon REALiS WUX6000 Projector Review Canon REALiS WUX6000 Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 1, 2015
  • MSRP: $5499
  • Technology: LCOS 3 Panel
NEC NP-PA521U Projector Review NEC NP-PA521U Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 18, 2015
  • MSRP: $5799 + $749 for lens
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 1985WU Projector Review Epson PowerLite 1985WU Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 4, 2015
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: 3LCD
ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 12, 2014
  • MSRP: $709
  • Technology: DLP
Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review – Overview Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review – Overview
  • Review Date: December 1, 2014
  • MSRP: $24,399
  • Technology: DLP
Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review
  • Review Date: November 25, 2014
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 17, 2014
  • MSRP: $1799
  • Technology: DLP
NEC NP-L102W Projector Review NEC NP-L102W Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 5, 2014
  • MSRP: $1099
  • Technology: DLP
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review LG PF85U LED Projector – Review
  • Review Date: August 28, 2014
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP
Hitachi CP-TW2503 Projector Review Hitachi CP-TW2503 Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 27, 2014
  • MSRP: $1999 (street price)
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 595Wi Projector Review Epson BrightLink 595Wi Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 9, 2014
  • MSRP: $2399
  • Technology: 3LCD
Ask Proxima C3327W-A LCD Projector Review Ask Proxima C3327W-A LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 16, 2014
  • MSRP: $1069
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson BrightLink 585Wi Projector Review Epson BrightLink 585Wi Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 15, 2014
  • MSRP: $2199
  • Technology: 3LCD
Ask Proxima E1655U LCD Projector Review Ask Proxima E1655U LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 23, 2014
  • MSRP: $5999
  • Technology: 3LCD
ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 16, 2014
  • MSRP: $839.99
  • Technology: DLP
Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 20, 2014
  • MSRP: $749
  • Technology: 3LCD
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review
  • Review Date: March 1, 2014
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP
NEC NP-UM330W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review NEC NP-UM330W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 15, 2014
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: LCD
Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA Projector Review Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 4, 2014
  • MSRP: $1899
  • Technology: 3LCD
Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser 3LCD Projector Review Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 4, 2014
  • MSRP: $4460
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 20, 2014
  • MSRP: $6499
  • Technology: 3LCD
Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review
  • Review Date: October 15, 2013
  • MSRP: $1900
  • Technology: DLP
Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 12, 2013
  • MSRP: $5499
  • Technology: DLP
Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Interactive Projector Review Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Interactive Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 10, 2013
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD
NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 4, 2013
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: DLP
Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: DLP
HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 2, 2013
  • MSRP: $600
  • Technology: DLP
Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 19, 2013
  • MSRP: $1899
  • Technology: 3LCD
Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: DLP
BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $549
  • Technology: DLP
Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review
  • Review Date: March 21, 2013
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review
  • Review Date: February 28, 2013
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP
Epson BrightLink 475Wi Ultra Short Throw WXGA Projector Epson BrightLink 475Wi Ultra Short Throw WXGA Projector
  • Review Date: June 1, 2012
  • MSRP: $2199
  • Technology: 3LCD
BenQ LW61ST DLP Projector Review: For Business and Education BenQ LW61ST DLP Projector Review: For Business and Education
  • Review Date: May 31, 2012
  • MSRP: $1949
  • Technology: DLP
Casio XJ-ST145 Short Throw XGA Projector – A Comparison Casio XJ-ST145 Short Throw XGA Projector – A Comparison
  • Review Date: May 15, 2012
  • MSRP: $1849
  • Technology: DLP
Acer S5201M Projector Review Acer S5201M Projector Review
  • Review Date: May 14, 2012
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP
Epson BrightLink 480i 3LCD Interactive Projector – A Comparison Epson BrightLink 480i 3LCD Interactive Projector – A Comparison
  • Review Date: May 12, 2012
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: 3LCD
Epson PowerLite 435W LCD Projector Review Epson PowerLite 435W LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 30, 2012
  • MSRP: $1149
  • Technology: 3LCD
Optoma ZX210ST Short Throw LED/Laser DLP Projector Review Optoma ZX210ST Short Throw LED/Laser DLP Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 24, 2012
  • MSRP: $1399
  • Technology: DLP
Epson Powerlite Pro Z8450WU Commercial 3LCD Projector Review Epson Powerlite Pro Z8450WU Commercial 3LCD Projector Review
  • Review Date: April 24, 2012
  • MSRP: $14999
  • Technology: 3LCD

About Classroom Projectors

Physical Aspects:

Most classroom projectors are basically 5-10 pound projectors that can also be found in use as portable projectors. Each year, though, more projectors are targeting the classroom market, with a lot of features that portable users don’t demand.

For installation in the classroom, most of the education focused models will have big sound, at least one 5 watt speaker. 10 watts of audio or more, however is now the norm for projectors targeting the classroom.

Most of these projectors have a footprint a bit larger than a standard sheet of paper, and most are less than 5 inches tall. All will have VGA inputs, but most newer models are sporting HDMI, and also USB display. All will have remote controls, but beware of some credit card sized remotes with limited range, that can be a mild nuisance.

In our most recent report, we discuss many issues, and the report encompasses 15 projectors reviewed, that were specifically recommended for school use by their respective manufacturers. We even give out some interesting awards.

Classroom Projector Report: Best School Projectors for K-12 Education

Price

On a school district level purchase, lower resolution projectors surely sell for under $500. Most districts, however, are likely spending $700 – $1200 a projector, with many fully networking the projectors, including central monitoring. Just plug them all in, and the projectors can be set to notify support of lamp failures or required maintenance (such as filter cleaning), or needing repair.

Cost of Ownership is something that should be considered. Lamp life and cost factor in, big time. There are projectors with 3000 hour lamps that cost $299, and other projectors that might have a lamp good for 4000 hours for $99. These projectors will have to last a really long time, as is the nature of school funding. If these projectors are getting serious use, maintenance, lamp replacments, and repairs all factor in. Consider the value of a projector that has a 3 year warranty, and will send you a loaner, while it’s being repaired.

Down on an individual teacher level, if you need a projector and have no recourse but to buy one yourself, or you have, perhaps a limited grant, fear not. You can find plenty to choose from below $800, and some of them are very light – in the 4 to 5 pound range, for those of you transporting them.

Popular School Projectors

Entry Level XGA and SVGA

XGA and WXGA – More Featured

Interactive and Ultra Short Throw projectors

There is definitely a projector out there that can fit your specific classroom environment needs, as well as your budget!

Check out our Classroom Projector Report: Best School Projectors for K-12 Education

News and Comments

  • This is indeed an exhaustive list. Great work !

    For schools looking to invest in a TV + Prijector ( wireless screen sharing device) as an alternate, it serves the same purpose.

  • Well, it’s a good thing that you shared those different types of projectors that is applicable to be used in schools. Having this idea will lead them in buying for the appropriate projector that they need and suitable for their budget.

  • Charlotte Montaneez

    I have long researched the subject of projectors, since I needed a large number of projectors in my office and I was worried about the quality. I ordered several varieties of models that are listed on your list. Now our conferences on writing in health papers for us are much more interesting. We are very satisfied with these projectors and I think that in any modern office you need a project.