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.