Classroom Projectors

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

Image Review MRSP Technology
Viewsonic PJD6350 Projector Review$679 (629 Street Price)
Casio EcoLite XJ-V1 Projector Review$699.99
Viewsonic PJD5555w DLP Multimedia Projector Review$519.99 (Street price - 449.99)
InFocus IN126STa Short Throw Projector Review$779
Canon REALiS WUX6000 Projector Review$5499
NEC NP-PA521U Projector Review$5799
Epson PowerLite 1985WU Projector Review$1999
ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review$709
Panasonic PT-RZ670BU Projector Review$24,399
Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review$2999
Casio XJ-UT310WN Ultra Short Throw Projector Review$1799
NEC NP-L102W Projector Review$1099
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review$1299
Hitachi CP-TW2503 Projector Review$1999 (street price)
Epson BrightLink 595Wi Projector Review$2399
Ask Proxima C3327W-A LCD Projector Review$1069
Epson BrightLink 585Wi Projector Review$2199
Ask Proxima E1655U LCD Projector Review$5999
ViewSonic PJD6544w Projector Review$839.99
Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review$749
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999
NEC NP-UM330W Ultra Short Throw Projector Review$1299
Epson PowerLite 1965 3LCD XGA Projector Review$1899
Sony VPL-FHZ55 Laser 3LCD Projector Review$4460
Epson Powerlite Pro G6900WU Business Projector Review$6499
Ricoh PJ WX4130N DLP Projector Review$1900
Panasonic PT-RW430UK Projector Review$5499
Epson Brightlink Pro 1410Wi Interactive Projector Review$2999
NEC NP-PE401H DLP Multimedia Projector Review$2999
Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review$799
Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review$599
HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review$600
Epson Powerlite W16SK Projector Review$1899
Casio XJ-H2650 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$2499
BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$549
Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review$599
Optoma TW610STi+ DLP Projector Review$999
Epson BrightLink 475Wi Ultra Short Throw WXGA Projector$2199
BenQ LW61ST DLP Projector Review: For Business and Education$1949
Casio XJ-ST145 Short Throw XGA Projector – A Comparison$1849
Acer S5201M Projector Review$999
Epson BrightLink 480i 3LCD Interactive Projector – A Comparison$1999
Epson PowerLite 435W LCD Projector Review$1149
Optoma ZX210ST Short Throw LED/Laser DLP Projector Review$1399
Epson Powerlite Pro Z8450WU Commercial 3LCD Projector Review$14999
Epson BrightLink 485Wi Interactive LCD Projector Review$2199
Hitachi iPJ-AW250N Interactive LCD Projector Review$1799
Mitsubishi WD380U-EST Ultra Short Throw WXGA DLP Projector Review$1299
Optoma ML500 DLP Projector Review$1199
Casio XJ-ST155 DLP Projector Review$2049
Viewsonic PLED-W500 LED Pocket Projector Review$840
Acer K330 LED Pocket Projector Review$419
Epson Powerlite VS350W WXGA LCD Multimedia Projector Review$949
Casio XJ-M145 LED/Laser XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$1199
Vivitek QUMI Q2 LED DLP Pocket Projector Review$499
Epson Powerlite Pro G5450WUNL 3LCD Projector Review$3999
Epson PowerLite 92 3LCD Projector – A Comparison$649
Samsung SP-M255 3LCD Portable Projector – A Comparison$1099
Samsung SP-M250 3LCD Portable Projector – A Comparison$699
BenQ MX880UST DLP Ultra-Short Throw Projector – A Comparison$2799
BenQ MX812ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison-1$2799
Acer P5271i DLP Projector – A Comparison$749
Acer X1161P DLP Projector – A Comparison-1$349
BenQ MX810ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison$1999
BenQ MW811ST DLP Interactive Whiteboard Projector – A Comparison$2099
Sony VPL-EX120 LCD Projector – A Comparison$890
Sony VPL-EX145 LCD Projector – A Comparison$1100
BenQ MP776ST DLP Projector$2499
Sony VPL-EX100 LCD Projector – A Comparison$750
Sharp PG-D50X3D DLP Projector – A Comparison$2995
Sharp PG-D40W3D DLP Projector – A Comparison$2795

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


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

  • Prijector Evangelist

    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.