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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Epson PowerLite U50 Business and Education Projector Review

Epson PowerLite U50 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 27, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,149.99
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson BrightLink 735Fi, PowerLite 750F, and PowerLite L200SW Education Projectors: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Epson BrightLink 735Fi, PowerLite 750F, and PowerLite L200SW Education Projectors: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: July 27, 2020
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BENQ LU710 Business/Education Projector Review

BENQ LU710 Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 5, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,699.00
  • Technology: DLP

Be Amazed:  Using Panasonic Commercial Laser Projector For Higher Education and Houses Of Worship Applications.  And See Imagery of Panasonic Projectors  Doing  Incredible Things

Be Amazed: Using Panasonic Commercial Laser Projector For Higher Education and Houses Of Worship Applications. And See Imagery of Panasonic Projectors Doing Incredible Things

  • Review Date: June 22, 2020
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Casio XJ-F211WN Laser/LED Hybrid Business and Education Projector Review

Casio XJ-F211WN Laser/LED Hybrid Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 16, 2020
  • MSRP:$1,049.99
  • Technology: DLP

Epson’s Laser Projectors Transform the World We Know in Entertainment Venues and Other Large-Scale Environments

Epson’s Laser Projectors Transform the World We Know in Entertainment Venues and Other Large-Scale Environments

  • Review Date: May 1, 2020
  • MSRP:
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BenQ EH600 Smart Business Projector Review

BenQ EH600 Smart Business Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 27, 2020
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

ViewSonic LS625W Education Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

ViewSonic LS625W Education Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: April 17, 2020
  • MSRP:$1438.99
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ EW800ST Smart Classroom Projector Review

BenQ EW800ST Smart Classroom Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 1, 2020
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: DLP

NEC NP-MC372X CLASSROOM PROJECTOR REVIEW

NEC NP-MC372X CLASSROOM PROJECTOR REVIEW

  • Review Date: March 31, 2020
  • MSRP:$509
  • Technology: 3LCD

CHRISTIE LWU530-APS Laser Projector Review

CHRISTIE LWU530-APS Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 16, 2020
  • MSRP:$2,499
  • Technology: 3LCD

The Newest, Smartest Laser Projectors From Sony Are Impressive:   “Affordable Lasers” for Business, Classroom!  Commercial Projectors for Auditoriums, Museums and Entertainment!

The Newest, Smartest Laser Projectors From Sony Are Impressive: “Affordable Lasers” for Business, Classroom! Commercial Projectors for Auditoriums, Museums and Entertainment!

  • Review Date: March 1, 2020
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NEC’s Laser Projectors: With Great Performance, Plus Innovation – Comes Great Value!

NEC’s Laser Projectors: With Great Performance, Plus Innovation – Comes Great Value!

  • Review Date: January 19, 2020
  • MSRP:
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Christie LHD878-DS Laser Projector Review

Christie LHD878-DS Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 15, 2019
  • MSRP:$11,499
  • Technology: 3 LCD

Vivitek DH3660Z Business/Education Laser Projector Review

Vivitek DH3660Z Business/Education Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 13, 2019
  • MSRP:$2,499
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma ZU506T-W Professional Installation Laser Projector Review

Optoma ZU506T-W Professional Installation Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 10, 2019
  • MSRP:$2799
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-FHZ75 Business/Education Installation Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

Sony VPL-FHZ75 Business/Education Installation Projector: Our First-Look Review of Key Features and Capabilities

  • Review Date: October 15, 2019
  • MSRP:$11,000
  • Technology: 3LCD

Casio Laser/LED Projectors Simply Provide a Better Value Proposition Than The Competition

Casio Laser/LED Projectors Simply Provide a Better Value Proposition Than The Competition

  • Review Date: October 2, 2019
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Maxell MP-TW4011 Ultra Short Throw Interactive Laser Projector Review

Maxell MP-TW4011 Ultra Short Throw Interactive Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 27, 2019
  • MSRP:$4,239
  • Technology: 3LCD

Panasonic PT-VMZ50 Laser Projector Review

Panasonic PT-VMZ50 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 24, 2019
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: 3LCD

NEC NP-PX1005QL Laser Projector Review

NEC NP-PX1005QL Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 24, 2019
  • MSRP:$24,000
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-S400UN Business/Education Projector Review

Casio XJ-S400UN Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 11, 2019
  • MSRP:$1949
  • Technology: DLP

Sony’s Exceptional Laser Projector Line-up:  Mainstream and Affordable Models for auditoriums and classrooms, 4K Specialty Projectors for Simulation, Entertainment, more – and Great Picture Quality

Sony’s Exceptional Laser Projector Line-up: Mainstream and Affordable Models for auditoriums and classrooms, 4K Specialty Projectors for Simulation, Entertainment, more – and Great Picture Quality

  • Review Date: July 1, 2019
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NEC NP-MC382W Business/Education Projector Review

NEC NP-MC382W Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 1, 2019
  • MSRP:$999
  • Technology: LCD

BenQ InstaShow Review

BenQ InstaShow Review

  • Review Date: June 19, 2019
  • MSRP:
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NEC NP-P525UL Review: An Affordable 3LCD Laser Projector

NEC NP-P525UL Review: An Affordable 3LCD Laser Projector

  • Review Date: June 3, 2019
  • MSRP:$3099
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson LightScene EV-100 Laser Projector Review

Epson LightScene EV-100 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 8, 2019
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: 3LCD

BenQ LK953ST 4K UHD Laser Business/Education Projector Review

BenQ LK953ST 4K UHD Laser Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 29, 2019
  • MSRP:$5,099.00
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Maxell MP-WU5503 Laser Education Projector Review

Maxell MP-WU5503 Laser Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 17, 2019
  • MSRP:$6299
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Pro L1755UNL Commercial Laser Projector Review

Epson Pro L1755UNL Commercial Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 31, 2019
  • MSRP:$33,000
  • Technology: 3LCD

Dell Advanced Projector: P519HL Laser Projector Review

Dell Advanced Projector: P519HL Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 12, 2019
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: DLP

NEC Commercial Laser Projectors – Advanced Wall Melting Performance

NEC Commercial Laser Projectors – Advanced Wall Melting Performance

  • Review Date: March 8, 2019
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Epson PowerLite 5520W Business/Education Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 5520W Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 7, 2019
  • MSRP:$2199 street
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma EH330UST Business/Education Projector Review

Optoma EH330UST Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 26, 2019
  • MSRP:$1599
  • Technology: DLP

Epson PowerLite L400U Installation Laser Projector Review

Epson PowerLite L400U Installation Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 12, 2018
  • MSRP:$2499
  • Technology: 3LCD

ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review

ViewSonic LS620X Short Throw Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 20, 2018
  • MSRP:$1216
  • Technology: DLP

Acer S1386WHN Short Throw Business and Education Projector Review

Acer S1386WHN Short Throw Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$649.99
  • Technology: DLP (1)

Epson PowerLite 1785W Wireless Portable Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 1785W Wireless Portable Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 13, 2018
  • MSRP:$899
  • Technology: 3 LCD

Epson PowerLite L610W Laser Projector Review

Epson PowerLite L610W Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$2599
  • Technology: 3 LCD

BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review

BenQ MW535A WXGA Business Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 27, 2018
  • MSRP:
  • Technology: DLP

Casio XJ-A257 Portable LED/Laser Projector Review

Casio XJ-A257 Portable LED/Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 17, 2018
  • MSRP:$1509.99
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma ProScene ZU660 Business and Education Projector Review

Optoma ProScene ZU660 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 14, 2018
  • MSRP:$9999
  • Technology: DLP

Panasonic PT-MZ670U Business and Education Projector Review

Panasonic PT-MZ670U Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 23, 2018
  • MSRP:$11,999
  • Technology: 3 LCD

BenQ MH733 Business and Education Projector Review

BenQ MH733 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 19, 2018
  • MSRP:$799
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review

Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 11, 2018
  • MSRP:$849
  • Technology: DLP

Epson PowerLite 108 Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 108 Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 9, 2018
  • MSRP:$599
  • Technology: 3LCD

InFocus IN2128HDx Business and Classroom Projector Review

InFocus IN2128HDx Business and Classroom Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 6, 2018
  • MSRP:$1847
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-EW435 Business and Education Projector Review

Sony VPL-EW435 Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 2, 2018
  • MSRP:$749
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson PowerLite 990U Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 990U Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 28, 2018
  • MSRP:$1079
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson PowerLite 675W Ultra Short Throw Classroom Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 675W Ultra Short Throw Classroom Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 23, 2018
  • MSRP:$1190
  • Technology: 3LCD

InFocus IN116xa Portable Projector Review

InFocus IN116xa Portable Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 16, 2018
  • MSRP:$425
  • Technology: DLP

Dell S718QL – A 4K UHD, Ultra Short Throw, Laser Projector Review

Dell S718QL – A 4K UHD, Ultra Short Throw, Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 13, 2018
  • MSRP:$5999
  • Technology: DLP (1)

NEC NP-P474U Business and Education Projector Review

NEC NP-P474U Business and Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 20, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,849
  • Technology: LCD

Epson BrightLink 710Ui Interactive Laser Projector Review

Epson BrightLink 710Ui Interactive Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 1, 2018
  • MSRP:$3,499
  • Technology: 3LCD

ViewSonic PS750W Interactive Education Projector Review

ViewSonic PS750W Interactive Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 12, 2018
  • MSRP:$1,629
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

Optoma UHZ65 4K Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 20, 2017
  • MSRP:$4500
  • Technology: DLP

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 Ultra Short Throw Projector Review

Ricoh PJ WXL4540 Ultra 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: DLP

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

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

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