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Home Projectors - Highly Rated & Reviewed Models

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I recently had some friends ask me to find a local outlet from which to rent a home projector for a family reunion.  I've never owned a home projector though I've installed some similar models as part of my very small side business installing and repairing computers and networking devices for small businesses.  I did some research online to see which models are highly rated by a variety of sources such as PCMag and sites dedicated to projectors. A lot of the current batch of thoughtful reviews are from 2011 since they've had time to evaluate those models.  But, those models are either still available or have been updated to a 2012 model that most shopping sites, such as Amazon, BestBuy, etc. will direct you to. 

These projectors are generally all available from a variety of online and B&M sites so I have not included any links to sites though I have provided an estimated price that represents a typical selling price.  This Page is intended to get you started so that you have a "short list" of sorts from which to start shopping.  I am providing lumen spec as brightness is an awfully important consideration.

I present these in no particular order.  They were all Top Rated or Editor's Choice or similar designation.  Hopefully, we will get comments from folks who have used these or similar models and/or have a lot of experience with projectors.  It does seem like this area of home electronics is really taking off of late.

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010 Projector  (2400 lumen)  $2,600

Optoma HD33 Projector
(1800 lumen)  $1,350

Panasonic PT-AE7000 Projector (2000 lumen)  $2,600

Acer H6500 Projector (2100 lumen)  $840

Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector
  (1000 lumen)  $5,400

BenQ W7000 Projector
  (2000 lumen)   $1,950

The preceding six models seem to come very highly rated by multiple sources and user comments are very positive.  Each of these projectors have a ton of specs so you may want to use Google to look them up and start digging through the specs that are most important to your application.

erick99 posted Jun 24, 2012

These are pretty expensive. Especially the one from Sony.

ancagavs (rep: 18.4k) posted Jun 25, 2012


The Acer is pretty reasonable at $840. The problem with most cheaper projectors is that they are so dim that you need to be in a blacked out room to see much of an image. And, that image won't be great.

erick99 (rep: 432k) posted Jun 25, 2012


These really aren't that much more than a quality, large flat screen TV. I had a DP for a while in my living room. Would black out the room and project on a wall I had painted flat white. It was like I had a 120" high def TV. It was awesome. The projector died, then I got married and the wall got decorated. :-)

Anyway...long way to go to say that DP's are a great. I did learn that the most important thing to look for when purchasing is lumens. The more the better.

nthsll (rep: 12.5k) posted Jun 26, 2012