Are you tired of playing on a small screen? We are, so we decided to try with a projector. Unfortunately, we were delayed by the unexpected difficulty of finding a proper product for gaming. To help you with your choice, we’ve decided to review our top five best budget projectors for gaming.

 This is our take on the five best budget projectors for gaming:

# Image Product Price
1 Epson $299
2 BenQ $434
3 Optoma $479
4 EUG $355
5 DR. J Professional $85

1. Epson VS250

  • 3LCD Technology
  • 3200 Lumens brigthness
  • Supports 720p, 1080i, 480p, 480i and others
  • SVGA (800x600) / 4:3 Native resolution/aspect ratio
  • 1400x1050 Max rasolution
  • 15,000:1 Contrast ratio
  • 2W Mono built-in speaker
  • 6,000 (10,000 ECO Mode) hours lamp life
  • x1.35 Lens zoom
  • Cheap and high-quality
  • Long product life

When it comes to projectors, Epson knows how its done and the VS250 is a great example of their professional experience. Featuring the 3LCD technology, this affordable gaming projector reaches up to 3,200 lumens brightness and supports up to 1400 x 1050 resolution. It has a native resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA) and a contrast ratio of 15,000 to 1. It is perfect for even the darkest games. The projector has a lamp life of 6,000 hours which extends to 10,000 if run on eco mode. Besides being one of the best budget projectors for gaming, the VS250 is also a great cheap professional (office) projector.

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2. BenQ MH530FHD

  • DLP technology
  • 3,300 Lumens brigthness
  • Supports 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i and others
  • 1080p (1920x1080) / 16:9 Native resolution / aspect ratio
  • 1920x1200 Max resolution
  • 15,000:1 Contrast ratio
  • 2W Mono speaker
  • 4,500 Hours lamp life
  • Supports 3D and Blu-ray 3D
  • x1.2 Lens zoom
  • 3-year warrnty
  • Costly
  • Brighter

Another great but definitely on the expensive end option is the MH530FHD by BenQ. Using the DLP technology with a 3,300 lumens lamp, the projector delivers and amazing 1080p image. The contrast ratio is once again 15,000 to 1 and it provides you with perfectly balanced blacks even during the darkest scenes. Despite its significantly bigger cost and shorter lamp life, the MH530FHD features 3D and Blu-ray 3D playback. It is sure to satisft any gamer looking for the best cheap gaming projector.

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3. Optoma HD143X

  • DLP Technology
  • 3,000 Lumens brightness
  • Supports 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i and others
  • 3,500 hours lamp life
  • 1920x1080 / 16:9 Native resolution / Aspect ratio
  • 1920x1200 Max resolution
  • 23,000:1 Contrast ratio
  • Supports 3D and Blu-ray 3D
  • 10W Mono speaker
  • x1.10 Lens zoom
  • Expensive
  • Short lamp life

Optoma also has many years of experience in the development of high-quality projectors. The HD143X utilizes the DLP technology with a 3,000 lumens lamp to provide a clean and bright 1080p image with accurate colors. It has contrast ratio of 23,o00 to 1 which makes the black scenes much more accuruate and visible. The 10W mono speaker fills up the entire room with sound while the supported 3D and Blu-ray 3D provide you with all the entertainment you could want at home. Unfortunately, it is the most expensive product on our list of the five best budget projectors for gaming.

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4. EUG Projector

  • LED Technology
  • 3,900 Lumens brightness
  • WXGA (1280x800) Native resolution
  • 5,000:1 Contrast ratio
  • 16:9 Native aspect ratio (4:3 support)
  • 50,000 hours lamp life
  • HDMI, Dual USB and Audio in/out ports
  • Features also AV, VGA, Analog TV and Component video inputs
  • 60 Hz refresh rate
  • Slightly expensive but lasts long
  • Offers a great number options for input

While not the best option for a professsional office environment, the EUG LED projector is the perfect budget gaming projector. It features a 3,900 lumens lamp that can last up to 50,000 hours and provide you with an amazing WXGA image. The native resolution and contrast are 16:9 and 5,000 to 1, respectively. It has a refresh rate of 60 Hz and supports 1080p playback. There are a ton of input options so that you always have what and where to watch from.

5. DR. J Professional HI-04

  • As cheap as it gets
  • Great value
  • 1,800 Lumens
  • 2,000:1 Contrast ratio
  • 1080p (1920x1080) Support
  • 40,000 hours lamp life
  • 3-Year warrnty
  • Features 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio support
  • 1.5m – 5m projector to screen distance
  • Can be connected to Bluetooth speakers

If you’re looking to go by with something really cheap that will offer you great home entertainment, then the DR. J Professional is the best way to go. Despite its low price, it does offer great features such as the long-lasting lamp life (40,000 hours) and the 3-year warranty. It uses an LED lamp with 1,800 lumens of brightness and a supports 1080p video quality. Although it is not the best for playing dark games during the day (without blinds), it will give you an unmatched night experience, especially for this price! It also features a Bluetooth audio transmitter, allowing it to easily connect to your Bluetooth speakers for the best experience.