Projector Reviews

Best Selling Projectors: October/December 2018 Summary

We are pleased to be able to share with you, recent business, education, and home projector sales tracking information, for North America.  This summary provides a list of the 5 best selling projectors in the US, in these categories:  Mainstream business/education projectors, Higher power commercial projectors (5000 lumens+) and Home Entertainment Projectors.  Below are the rankings of the top best selling projectors, in each three categories, with results separate for October and December, This info is provided for us to share with you, by PMA.

Pacific Media Associates (PMA) publishes what is typically a semi-monthly list of the best selling projectors in the Home Entertainment, Mainstream (Business) and 5,000-plus lumen categories (US sales only).

PMA has been doing this reporting since the 1990s, and the releases continue to provide our industry with valuable information.  They sell detailed information of their tracking to the manufacturers, which find the data useful.  We get a summary – a  top five, while paying manufacturers get virtually a unit by unit breakdown of most projectors sales numbers.

When PresentingSolutions. com – my previous company, was a major internet projector reseller, we, like most others, reported our projector sales data to PMA.  (Visiting that URL, these days, refers you to this site).

We combine their data to produce our summaries and comments for your information.

We’ve provided some links at the bottom of each list.  Those are either a review of the same projector as seen on the list, or a sibling – typically one with almost identical feature sets, except perhaps different resolution, or different brightness.  Any links will relate closely to describing the projectors making the PMA lists shown here.   -art

October 2018 Top Projectors By Sales and Category

Best Selling 5000+ Lumen Projectors 10/18

Projector Comments
#1 Epson PowerLite 2250U Wireless networking, 5000 lumens, WUXGA resolution, MSRP $1499
#2 Panasonic PT-RZ570W/B 5200 lumens, WXGA resolution, 20,000 hour LED lamp
#3 Sony VPL-PHZ10 Laser light engine, 500,000:1 contrast, read our review in the link below
#4 Sony VPL-PWZ10 Laser light engine, 500,000:1 contrast, MSRP $3400, WXGA
#5 Epson Pro G7000W Optional lenses, 28.4 lbs., 3 year warranty, 6500 lumens

Links to the specific models we have reviewed, or their siblings:

Sony VPL-PHZ10 Review

Panasonic PT-MZ670U Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 2265U Review

Best Selling Mainstream Projectors 10/18

Projector Comments
#1 Epson PowerLite X39 XGA resolution, 3500 lumens, $449 MSRP
#2 Epson BrightLink 685Wi Interactive, short-throw lens, MSRP $2090
#3 Epson PowerLite 107 XGA resolution, 3500 lumens, $549 MSRP
#4 Epson BrightLink 695Wi 3500 lumens, MSRP $2290, 5000 hour lamp
#5 Epson PowerLite 109W Read our full review, linked below

Wow, in this mainstream projector category, Epson not only swept all top five spots in October, but also did it again, in December (see below)..  Impressive!   Note though only two of their projectors were the top sellers in both months.  It’s not unusual even to see two months near each other (like October and December), with no projectors in common in the two months.

Best Selling Home Entertainment Projectors 10/18

Projector Comments
#1 Optoma HD143X 1080p, Full HD 3D projection, 3000 lumens
#2 Epson PowerLite HC1060 3100 lumens, 1080p, closed-captioning, MSRP $649
#3 Epson PowerLite HC2150 MSRP $899, Full HD 3D, 60,000:1 contrast
#4 Optoma G1080Darbee 3000 lumens, street price $749, Full HD 3D
#5 Epson PowerLite HC660 SVGA resolution, read more in the link below!

Epson Home Cinema 2150 Review

Epson Home Cinema 2150 Video Review

Epson Home Cinema 1060 First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 660 First Look Review

Now let’s look at December’s best sellers.

December 2018 Top Projectors By Sales And Category

Best Selling 5,000 + Lumen Projectors 12/18

Projector Comments
#1 Sony VPL-FHZ66/W 6100 lumens, $11,500 MSRP, WUXGA, laser projector
#2 NP-P502HL-2 1080p, Full HD 3D, laser light source
#3 Sony VPL-PHZ10 Read all about it in our full review, link below
#4 Panasonic PT-VZ580 5000 lumens, MSRP $1999, WUXGA, 1.60:1 zoom lens
#5 Epson PowerLite 2250U Large venue, 10,000 hour lamp, closed captioning

Sony VPL-PHZ10 Review

Siblings or predecessors we reviewed:

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review

NEC P502WL Projector Review

Panasonic MZ670U Review

Best Selling Mainstream Projectors 12/18

Projector Comments
#1 Epson PowerLite 107 $549 MSRP, XGA, 3LCD, 6.2 lbs.
#2 Epson PowerLite X39 3500 lumens, $449 MSRP, 15000:1 contrast ratio
#3 Epson BrightLink 695Wi Interactive, Short-throw, Closed captioning, WXGA resolution
#4 Epson PowerLite 108 Link to our full review below!
#5 Epson PowerLite W39 Picture-in-picture, 3500 lumens, $599 street price

Epson PowerLite 108 Review

Our reviews of similar projector models:

Epson PowerLite 109W Projector Review

Epson PowerLite W29 Projector Review

Note, the W29 is basically the widescreen version of the X29, which as an XGA projector, is apparently very successful among other things, as a replacement for older, lower res classroom projectors.

Epson BrightLink 696U Projector Review

Epson BrightLink 710Ui Interactive Education Projector Review  This recently reviewed interactive projector is similar, but more expensive, due to it being Epson’s flagship interactive, and having a laser light engine.

As in June and August, Epson again sweeps this category, as they simply sell far more models of projectors overall, than any competitor, and especially so in the mainstream category, with dozens of models to choose from. -art

Best Selling Home Entertainment Projectors 12/18

Projector Comments
#1 BenQ HT2050A Closed captioning Full HD 3D, $749
#2 Optoma HD143X Street price $499, 3000 lumens, 1080p, Full HD 3D
#3 Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2150 Full HD 3D, See our links below for all the details!
#4 Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1060 1080p, Read our First Look Review, linked below
#5 BenQ MH530FHD $524 street price, 10,000 hour lamp, Full HD 3D

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2150 Review

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2150 Video Review

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1060 First Look Review

Optoma HD143X Projector Review

Check out our review of the previous BenQ model below:

BenQ HT3050 Projector Review

This category’s top selling projectors  this time around, are under $1000!  There are a number of very popular, and higher performance home projectors but none this month had the sales numbers to make the top 5.  We will see a few higher priced projectors make the top five but pretty much all of them will be under $3000. -art