List of Reviewed Projectors Included in the 2017-18 Classroom Projector Report

Below we have three charts outlining all the projectors considered in this year’s report, divided into three categories:

  1. Standard classroom projectors (6)
  2. Larger venue projectors – suitable for higher ed large classrooms, K-12 auditoriums (5)
  3. Interactive and Ultra-Short-Throw projectors (UST) (4) + 1 bonus “series”

I’ve included one additional projector – no make that a projector series.  Here’s the story on that one, as it doesn’t appear in the large venue class tables, even if it inherently belongs there.  That projector is a pricey Epson laser projector (about $14,000 even at education pricing), that really is way out of the price range of almost all higher education installations (an affiliated museum, though, might use them for a massive edge blending or projection mapping display).

I’ve included it separately or rather want to introduce you to the far less expensive models in that Epson’s family which are suitable for higher education and museum type use.  As a result, I decided this year, that the the Epson L1505 laser projector’s family should be discussed in these pages.  I did not include it in the selection of our normal awards, since those go to the model reviewed, not a family of projectors.

We separately show those winners from the past two years, that are still shipping.  You should also consider those as top choices, especially now that projectors are more likely to be current models for 2-4 years, rather than 1-3 years.  Instead of more new models, we see more price adjustments as brighter models (or those having a new feature or two) tend to replace less bright ones at the same price point, driving down the cost each year, both for brightness, and features.

We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year’s Best Classroom Projectors report.


On the following pages, we have overviews of each projector, also grouped by category. 

Standard (Classroom) Projectors Considered

To read short overviews (in this report), the full reviews, or brochures of all standard classroom projectors considered in this report, click the links below!

Standard
Classroom Projectors
Projector Model Image Overview Review Specs Type
BenQ CH100 Overview Review Specs  DLP, 1080p resolution
Casio XJ-F210WN Casio XJ-F210WN Projector Overview Review Specs Laser/LED hybrid, WXGA resolution
 InFocus IN11118HDLC   Overview Review Specs PC 3D, ready, 3.5 lbs., USB for presenting
 NEC ME331W   Overview Review Specs 20W speaker, wireless networking and projection
 NEC V332W Overview Review Specs PC 3D ready, DLP, 3300 lumens
 Sony VPL-DW240 Overview Review Specs lowest cost, WXGA resolution

These projectors below, were the best Standard – aka K-12 classroom – projectors from previous years, that are still available today in quantities.  Consider them the equal to this  year’s winners.  Prices are likely to be lower today  than reported in their reviews which are all obviously more than a year old, sometimes two years.

Standard Classroom Projectors: Still-Current Previous Winners
Projector Model Image Overview Review Specs Type
Epson W29   Overview Review Specs  3LCD, wireless option
Epson Powerlite 955WH   Overview Review Specs WXGA resolution, wireless option
ViewSonic PJD-6350 Overview Review Specs DLP technology, Wired networking

Large Venue Projectors Considered

To locate the short overviews, reviews and brochures of all larger venue classroom projectors considered in this report, click below!

 

Larger Venue Projectors
Projector Model Image Overview Review Specs Type
BenQ SU931 Overview Review Specs wired networking, PC 3D ready, 3 year warranty
Epson PowerLite 2265U   Overview Review Specs 3LCD, 5500 lumens, 16.0W audio
InFocus IN5148HD    Overview  Review  Specs 1080p, Full HD 3D, 2.00:1 powered zoom
Sony VPL-PHZ10 Overview Review Specs 3LCD, WUXGA
ViewSonic Pro8530HDL Overview Review Specs DLP, 5200 lumens, 1080p

A 2 to 4 year “shelf life” is common for projectors in this class.  Prices typically fall significantly over that period.

These projectors below, were the best Large Venue – aka higher education  classroom/lecture hall projectors from previous years, that are still available today in quantities.  Consider them the equal to this  year’s winners.  Prices are likely to be lower today  than reported in their reviews which are all obviously more than a year old, sometimes two plus years.

 

 

Larger Venue Projectors: Still-Current Previous Winners
Projector Model Image Overview Review Specs Type
Epson PowerLite Pro 1985WU Epson Pro Cinema 1985W Overview Review Specs 3LCD technology, Wired networking
Epson PowerLite Pro G7905   Overview Review Specs 3LCD, 7000 lumens, 1.60:1 zoom
NEC P502WL   Overview Review Specs Laser Light engine, 16:10
Panasonic PT-RZ670U   Overview Review Specs DLP Technology, Wired Networking

Interactive Projectors Considered

To read short overviews of all the ultra and very short throw projectors considered in this report, click here!

Interactive Projectors
Projector Model Image Overview Review Specs Type
Casio XJ-UT351WN Overview Review Specs DLP, wireless capability, short-throw lens
Epson BrightLink 696Ui Overview Review Specs LCD, WUXGA resolution, short-throw
Epson PowerLite 680 Overview Review Specs LCD, XGA, short-throw
Optoma ZW300UST Optoma ZW300UST Front View Overview Review Specs Full HD 3D, DLP, Laser lamp

These projectors below, were the best Interactive projectors from previous years, that are still available today in quantities.  Consider them the equal to this  year’s winners. Prices are likely to be lower today  than reported in their reviews which are all obviously more than a year old, sometimes two years.

 

Interactive Projectors: Still-Current Previous Winners
Projector Model Image Overview Review Specs Type
Epson BrightLink 585Wi   Overview Review Specs 3LCD technology, Wired networking

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