How Much Projector Can You Get for $999 or Less?

[ Repost of our Projector People Post Business Edition Tech Newsletter ] Sony Projector under $999

If you’ve been shopping on auction sites for a low priced projector, it’s time to wise up. Right now you can get a new projector for the price of a replacement lamp or a dim old clunker on an eBay. But how do you know if you’re getting a deal with your low priced projector? Here’s what you need to know..

Business Projectors Under $999

So what are your options now for under $999? You can expect to find a wide range of options under $999 these days. Just to give you an idea of how far your money can go, here are a few of the specification ranges you can expect for your business projector dollar. You can also do your own product filtering using our Projector Finder tool. It will help you search by resolution, brightness, price, and a number of features.

What You Get For $999 or Less

  • Brightness : 1000 – 3000 lumens
  • Weight : as light as 2.4 lbs. (typically in the 4-10 lbs. range)
  • Contrast : Up to 2000:1 (for business projectors, 10000:1 or less in Home Theater under $999)
  • Keystone Correction : Available on many models
  • Short Throw Lens : Available on select models
  • HDMI 1.3 connection : Not common
  • Component video : Available on many models
  • Widescreen Format : Available on many models

So that’s a quick look at features to expect in a $999 projector today. If we haven’t covered something of specific interest to you, call a Projector Expert for more information. We have over 100 options in sub $1000 projectors. In fact, our projector options at $999 were so vast, we created a Projectors Under $699 page for the serious bargain seeker.

Pico Projectors

These are a category of projector that did not exist until a year ago. These tiny low-priced projectors lack the brightness of a true presentation projector, but they may be the direction of presentations future. They range around $200-$350 and they are small enough to fit in your pocket, though they will be a touch bulky in your tight pants. Here’s a list of pico projectors we sell.

New Home Theater Projectors Under $999

And if you haven’t heard the news yet, there are some true HD (1080p) home theater projectors coming soon. These new $999 home theater projectors make front projection a more affordable option for restaurants, sports bars, and other entertainment facilities. There is also an opportunity for those who have slipped behind after the digital transition to get up to date for less.

Vintage Projector People Deals

Just for fun, let’s take a look back at what a similar projector would have cost you a few years ago. We’ve run a number of stories about how much brighter, cheaper, and better projectors are now compared to “just a few years ago” so here are some examples for you. Each of these examples below were (I promise) competitively priced projectors at the time of the deal.

October 1999
  • Proxima DP6810 [ XGA, 900 lumens, 200:1 contrast ]
  • $4,999.00
April 2001
  • Sony VPL-VW10HT [ WXGA (1366 x 768), 1000 lumens, contrast not specified ]
  • $5,199.00 (We actually had a very long waiting list for this projector at this price!)
June 2004
  • NEC LT170 [ XGA, 1500 lumens, 3.9 lbs. ]
  • $1,699.00
January 2007
  • Panasonic PT-LB50U [ XGA, 2000 lumens, 400:1 contrast ]
  • $1,299.00
August 2009

The Good News

Will projectors cost $300 in 2 years? Moore’s Law would indicate “yes”. But “maybe” is always a safer guess. The tiny pocket projectors on the market today are very cool, but they are not even close the brightness and performance of today’s presentation projectors. New laser projection technology, or improved DLP and LCoS pico systems may make pocket projectors the wave of the future. But we won’t know how much they will cost until they are fully developed. So, barring the sudden emergence of a new technology, low-priced LCD and DLP projectors really can’t get much cheaper. And if you’re in the market for a projector, your dollar is going farther than ever before. And that’s good news.

As always, if you have more questions about our business and home theater projectors under $999, please contact a Projector Expert today!