If you’re here, then you’re most probably having a hard time find a cheap Quad-HD (4K) projector for your home or office area. Truth is, even the cheapest one still sits at nearly 1,000$. For such a price, you would want to make damn sure that you are getting the absolute best cheap 4K projector out there for the money. We understand that and to help you, we’ve created a review of our five choices.

 This is our take on the five best cheap 4k projectors:

# Image Product Price
1 ViewSonic $987
2 BenQ $1,650
3 Epson $1,800
4 Acer $2,000
5 Optoma $1,890

1. ViewSonic PX747-4K

  • 3,500 Lumens
  • XRP Technology
  • 8.3 Megapixels
  • 3840 x 2160 resolution
  • 1.07 billion colors
  • Contrast ratio of 12,000:1
  • HDR & Rec. 2020 Support
  • 240W lamp
  • Super eco mode support
  • Up to 15,000 hours projector lamp life
  • 4.2 KG of product weight
  • Built-in 10W speaker
  • 1.2x Optical Zoom
  • Below 1,000$

Despite having some issues with some of their previous products, we’ve encountered no such with their PX747-4K projector, and it is safe to say that this is by far the best cheap 4K projector under $1,000. It strikes at the perfect sweet spot in terms of price, functionality, and quality. The device has a 3,500 Lumens lamp with a 240W power supply and features an 8.3 megapixels image. The resolution is 3840 x 2160, standard 4K. ViewSonic’s PX747-4K supports 1.07 billion colors and a contrast ratio of 12,000 to 1. It features HRD as well as Rec.20. There is a 1.2x optical zoom on the device. Overall weight is 4.2 kilos. Very easy to set up, adjust and operate.

2. BenQ HT2550

  • 3840 x 2160 Resolution
  • 2200 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast ratio of 10,000 to 1
  • 1.07 billion colors support (30-bit)
  • 16:9 Native aspect ratio
  • 4,000 hours projector lamp life
  • 1x 5W built-in audio speaker
  • HDR Support
  • Great audio output
  • 2k @ 60 Hz support
  • Sharp image

The BenQ HT2550 certainly costs more, but it is justified by the amazingly sharp and smooth image it provides. It comes with a 2200 Lumens lamp that can survive up to 4,000 hours. There is a built-in speaker (5W), but you would definitely want to connect it to a sound system. The audio output is far better than any projector we’ve tested so far. In case you wish to watch 60 Hz content, the projector can easily do that for you at 2K resolution. Overall a great device with a lot more functionality than the ViewSonic PX747-4K.

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3. Epson 4010 PRO-UHD

  • Up to 200,000 contrast ratio
  • 3-chip 3LCD technology
  • 2.1x Zoom
  • Up to ± 96% vertical and ± 47% horizontal lens shift
  • 10 lens position presets
  • 4096 x 2160 max resolution
  • 3D and HDR support
  • 2400 Lumens / 250 W lamp
  • Full 10-bit (partial 12-bit) / 1.07 billion colors support
  • Up to 5,000 hours lamp life on eco mode
  • Up to 4,000 hours on normal mode
  • Up to 3,500 hours on high mode
  • Expensive
  • 16:9 native aspect ratio
  • 2x HDMI and 2x USB ports

If you’re looking to display something more professional or you’re looking for the ultimate home cinema experience, then the Epson 4010 PRO-UHD is the right projector. The PRO-UHD brings Epson’s new, more sophisticated pixel-shifting and resolution-boosting technology. The stunning image is coupled with a DCI-P3 color gamut as well as a 100% balanced color brightness. It is perfect for both home and office environments, and its lamp is powerful enough to provide an unforgettable experience every time. There is a 2.1 x zoom that allows you to easily adjust the location of the projector.

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4. Acer H7850

  • 3840 x 2160 Max resolution
  • 3,000 Lumens lamp
  • 16:9 Native aspect ratio
  • 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio
  • 2x digital zoom
  • 1.6x optical zoom
  • 24-120 Hz, Min-max vertical sync
  • 15-135 kHz, Min-max horizontal sync
  •  30-bit / 1.07 billion color support
  • Min 4,000 hours projector lamp life
  • Supports Eco Mode
  • Up to 15,000 hours lamp life with eco mode
  • 2x 5W speakers built-in
  • 2x HDMI and 1x USB ports
  • 1.3 min distance / 7.67 max distance

Another great and also a pricy option is the Acer H7850. It comes with a slightly more bright lamp — 3000 lumens — and a native 4K resolution. The aspect ratio is 16:9 and it comes with a 2x digital and 1.6 optical zoom features. The lamp can survive up to 15,000 hours of uptime, and it certainly does bring contrast to a new level with its support for up to 1,000,000 to 1. The H7850 is capable of adapting to lighter scenes. The Acer DynamicBlack tech makes it even better. It makes bright flashes even clearer all while retaining a rich and precise amount of black shades in the darker scenes. There are two 5W speakers for crisp-clear stereo audio.

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5. Optoma UHD60

  • HDR10 Support
  • 3,000 lumens lamp
  • 2x 4W speakers built-in
  • 3840 x 2160 Resolution
  • Accurate Rec.709 colors
  • 1.6x zoom
  • 2x HDMI and 1x VGA connectivity
  • 2x USB ports
  • Contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1
  • Up to 15,000 hours lamp life
  • Supports 4k (2160p) @ 60 Hz
  • 31 – 135KHz horizontal scan rate
  • 24 – 120 Hz vertical scan rate
  • 305W bright mode, 249 ECO mode
  • 240 W lamp
  • 3-years warranty

“A greater sense of depth and realism in every scene” would be a very realistic description of the Optoma UHD60. With a brightness of 3,000 lumens and a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,00 to 1, this projector is capable of delivering a crisp-clear and sharp image with the right amount of black and white even in lighter environments. It has VGA and two HDMI inputs to support a variety of sources. You can control the device through Ethernet and RS-232. It also includes an IR remote control for your convenience. It is great for playing games, streaming content as well as office environments.

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