9 Best projector under $2000 2022 [4k, Laser, Home theatre]

Last updated by Nitish_Lakra on September 4, 2022

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Looking for the best projector under 2000

Then don’t worry. Here I have a list of the best projector. That you can buy under $2000.

No matter what type of content you want to use the projector for. 

Gaming or Movies. And which type of room condition. You will use the projector.

With moderate ambient light or in a dark room. For the complete feeling of home cinema at home.

I will cover everything. In today’s article. Just follow the article till the end.

Best projector under 2000 

So, here is the complete list of the best projector. Which you can buy for under $2000.

  1. XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K (Editor’s Choice)
  2. Anker Nebula Cosmos Max
  3. Epson Home Cinema 3800 (Home Theatre)
  4. BenQ TK800M (Mini)
  5. Optoma UHD50X (Gaming)
  6. LG HU70LA (Mini)
  7. ViewSonic PX747-4K
  8. Optoma UHD35 (Gaming)
  9. Epson LS300 (Laser)

Review of the best projector under 2000 

From here read the full review of the projector under $2000.

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector 

XGIMI Horizon Pro 4K Projector
Credit: SpawnPoiint YTC.

Features:-

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (4k)
  • Light Source: LED
  • Connectivity: USB, Optical, HDMI, RJ-45, Wireless
  • Brightness: 2,200 ANSI Lumens
  • Image Size: 76 cm – 762 cm
  • Latency Rate: 34.6ms
  • Life Span: 25,000 hours

Look-wise, XGIMI Horizon pro looks great. On the XGIMI Horizon pro, you will get the grill design.

On the backside of the projector, you will get connectivity options. 

And also the fan to cool down the projector. After continuous use of the projector for 2.5 hours.

Its fan gets loud up to 27 db. In the XGIMI Horizon pro. You will get the 8 watt speakers.

Which gets pretty loud. For the normal size of the room. You don’t need to connect the speaker to the projector.

You will get good sound from the projector’s in-built speakers.

In the front of the projector. There is a camera and sensor. For the auto focus adjustment.

And at the bottom of the projector. There are four rubber feet. For the stability of the projector.

On the top of the projector, you will have a controls button.

From the horizon, pro lumens output is 2200 ANSI lumens. Which is good. The image was watchable to me in the ambient light.

Its resolution is 4k. The image quality is stunning in the dark room.

You can project 4k 60 FPS video from this projector. And it looks sharp.

The black levels look a little bit grey. But not grainy. So it’s fine not that much negative marking for that.

It comes with the android TV. So you will get the native android apps on this projector like Netflix and YouTube.

And yes you can project the Netflix 4k HDR content. But there is problem with the YouTube on this projector.

You may notice stuttering while playing a YouTube 4k video from this projector.

I have also played DIRT 5 on this projector. By connecting this projector with the Xbox.

And playing games from the console. On the XGIMI horizon pro was fun.

On the big screen. And the latency rate was not disturbing. It was good.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • The projector is very bright. Up to 2200 ANSI lumens.
  • Great in-built speakers.
  • Acceptable blacks.
  • Netflix is playable on projector.
  • The fan is not noisy.
  • Very detailed image.
  • Cons
  • Youtube app lag.
  • You can’t compare blacks to the LCD TV.

Anker Nebula Cosmos Max

Source: Amazon.com

Features:-

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (4k)
  • Light Source: LED
  • Connectivity: Optical, Wireless, USB, HDMI
  • Brightness: 1,500 ANSI Lumens
  • Image Size: 76 cm – 381 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,000:1
  • Latency Rate: 96.5 ms
  • Life Span: 20,000 hours

Anker nebula cosmos max comes in an oval shape. In the front of the cosmos max.

You will get the sensor for auto adjustment. Like the Horizon pro. Also keystone correction.

Is available in the cosmos max. But it’s up to you. To use or not. Because of keystone correction. Degrade the image quality.

Anker nebula cosmos max has android TV. Which lets you access the various apps.

I have played some movies from amazon prime. In HDR. And it was looking good.

And now let’s also talk about Netflix. Because most people also use this streaming platform.

By default in the cosmos max. You won’t get the Netflix app. First, you have to install the nebula manager app.

Then you have to install Netflix. Now you can watch Netflix on the cosmos max.

Don’t use this projector in the ambient light room. The Images don’t look good.

It’s perfect for the budget home theatre. Where you set up the projector in the darkroom.

No doubt the image will look razor sharp in the dark room (Because of the DLP chip). But I don’t like the remote of the projector.

Its remote is not backlit. You might have to suffer to change the settings in the dark room.

For the sound output. On the cosmos max, you will get four speakers of 10 watts.

And they do a pretty good job. And the image quality is also good. For watching movies. 

For the bright image. You can set the projector image setting in standard mode. 

And for a better cinematic experience. The image set should be a movie.

Gaming is fine on this projector. 

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • Razor sharp image.
  • Good speakers.
  • 4k HDR looks good.
  • Android TV.
  • Autofocus.
  • Cons
  • The Remote is not backlit.
  • Not appropriate for the ambient light room.

Epson Home Cinema 3800

Source: Amazon.com

Features:-

  • Resolution: 1080p 4K w/pixel shifting
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Latency Rate: 27 to 55ms
  • Connectivity: Mini Jack, DB-9pin, USB, Wireless, HDMI, Mini Jack, 12-Volt Trigger
  • Brightness: 3,000 ANSI Lumens
  • Image Size: 101 cm – 763 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1
  • Life Span: 3,500 hours/5,000 hours (Eco)

My first impression of this projector was. It feels so big. It will be better. If your ceiling mounts this projector.

This projector is perfect for the proper home theatre setup. Where do you want to watch the movies?

And want to play the games on the 100-inch big projector screen

Although the Epson 3800 is 1080p. But using pixel shifting. This projector can projector 4k HDR content.

connect the fire stick with the projector. And project some 4k HDR Netflix content. 

And also I play some 4k YouTube videos. The image was good looking.

Very bright, because this projector comes with 3000 lumens. Which is enough lumen number for any projector.

To project a bright enough image. In the ambient light room.

To set up the image on this projector. You will get the keystone correction and lens shift.

I will always suggest that you should avoid the keystone correction.  

And use the lens shift. For vertical and horizontal. Both of you will get the lens shift dial. 

At the top of the projector. Which makes it easier to set up the projector. 

No matter what the angle between the screen and the projector.

You can connect your PS4 to the projector. And the gaming on the 100 inch projector screen.

The game feels very responsive. And playable. I don’t have any complaints about gaming on this projector.

Also, Epson 3800 supports 3D. Which is great for the 3D lover. But to watch 3d movies on this projector.

You will need the Epson 3d glasses. There are always complaints about 3d movies.

The 3D movie’s image is very dim. But in the Epson 3800. You will get the bright 3d. 

So you can enjoy the bright 3d images.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • Have a 3d.
  • Lens shift.
  • 1080p.
  • Bright image.
  • Cons
  • Don’t have apps.
  • It’s very huge.

BenQ TK800M

Source: Amazon.com

 Features:-

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (4k)
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Connectivity: VGA, HDMI, USB, RS232, Mini Jack, 12-Volt Trigger
  • Brightness: 3,000 ANSI Lumens
  • Latency Rate: 49.8ms
  • Image Size: 76 cm – 762 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
  • Life Span: 4,000 hours/15,000 hours (Eco)

It’s a small looking projector. You should always place the projector. 

In that way so is your BenQ Tk800M. Can have the proper hot air out. 

And also TK800M. Can output the audio properly from its 5 watt speakers.

So make sure there are not any inappropriate objects. Placed on the left and right side of the projector.

For the image adjustment on the screen, you will get the keysotne correction.

But there is a con about the keystone correction of the TK800m.

After using the keystone correction. You will see uneven edges. So try the minimal use of the keystone.

And place the projector. Right in front of the screen. 

In the BenQ TK800M, you will get 3000 lumens. And BenQ claims that. 

You will get good image quality in both Light conditions. And that’s true.

Image from the TK800M. You will have so much clarity. When you play the 4k HDR videos on the TK800M.

I have a need for speed. By connecting the XBOX one. And it was a joyful experience.

 There are five picture modes (Bright, Vivid TV, Cinema, Sports, Football) available in the TK800M. 

But for the good movies. Experience. It will be better to use the cinema mode.

And for the gaming, picture mode should be in vivid. If you like to watch football. There are also options for that sport and football picture mode.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • Very bright.
  • 4k HDR.
  • Various picture modes.
  • Keystone correction.
  • Cons
  • The built-in speaker is weak.
  • Get heat.
  • White dots on the screen.

Optoma UHD50X

Optoma UHD50X 
Credit: Chris Majestic

Features:-

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (4k)
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Connectivity: HDMI, VGA, USB, RS232, Mini Jack, Optical, 12-Volt Trigger
  • Brightness: 3,400 ANSI Lumens
  • Latency Rate: 18.2 to 25.8ms
  • Image Size: 87 cm – 769 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 500,000:1
  • Life Span: 4,000 hours/15,000 hours (Eco)

This is the best 4k gaming projector. That you can buy. Which does not only offer the best 1080p gaming experience.

Optoma UHD50X also has a good 4k HDR gaming experience. At 4k you can have 60 FPS.

Which is quite impressive. While in 1080p. I played at 120 FPS. 

Was quite a smooth experience. For the storytelling games. This gaming projector is great. Playing on the big ALR projector screen.

Although you will get 120 FPS. But optoma UHD50X is not perfect for the latency required games.

Also, you might find gaming this projector inappropriate. If you are use to of pc gaming.

So optoma UHD50X also comes with 3400 ANSI lumens.

Which is a plus point for this projector. Because of this, you will get bright colors.

So here you don’t need to worry about the moderate ambient light. 

It’s HDR tone mapping does a good job. While playing the games on the UHD50X.

Also while watching the movies. But when you are watching the movies.

Don’t expect so much colour accuracy. Because the UHD50X is very bright. And can not provide your perfect colour accuracy.

But UHD50X has some good HDR tone mapping for the movies. And provide some good images.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • Bright.
  • Low latency.
  • High FPS.
  • HDR.
  • 4k.
  • Cons
  • Don’t have good black levels.
  • Colours are not accurate for movies.

LG HU70LA

Source: Amazon.com

Features:-

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (4k)
  • Light Source: LED
  • Connectivity: HDMI, Wireless, Mini Jack, RJ-45, USB, TV Tuner
  • Brightness: 1,500 ANSI Lumens
  • Latency Rate: 40-45ms
  • Image Size: 152 cm – 356 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 150,000:1
  • Life Span: 30,000 hours

LG HU70LA has an LED light source. Which can last up to 10 years even if you use the projector 8 hours a day.

Their projector comes with various ports for video input and audio output. 

But there is also a TV tuner on the projector. Which lets you connect the TV/Antenna cable.

So, you can watch tv on your projector. On the LG HU70LA, you will also get the LG WebOS.

Which is more like the android TV. But LG webOS is built by LG.

And it works great on the projectors. You don’t need to plug any streaming device into your projector.

You can directly access all the apps. LG HU70LA has a lumens rating of 1500 ANSI lumens.

Which can provide your watchable image quality in moderate ambient light.

Although this projector is 1080p. But LG HU70LA uses a pixel shifting technology.

And capable of providing 4k images on the screen. Which looks beautiful.

I was not expecting HDR to be that good from this projector. But its HDR has good colour and tone mapping.

Gaming on this projector is good for the occasional gamer. While playing the 4k game at 60 FPS. 

You will get 43 ms. And while playing 1080p games 60 FPS. The latency rate was 55 ms.

The LG HU70LA also has two three watt, speakers. Which is not sufficient for the cinematic experience.

I will suggest that you buy the soundbar for the projector

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • HDR tone mapping.
  • Good for occasional gamers.
  • Portable.
  • Bright.
  • TV tuner.
  • LG WebOS.
  • Cons
  • Weak speakers.
  • No 3d.

ViewSonic PX747-4K

ViewSonic (PX747-4K)
Credit: Chris Majestic

Features:-

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (4k)
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Latency Rate: 47.1ms
  • Connectivity: VGA In, USB, RS232, HDMI, 12-Volt Trigger, Mini Jack
  • Brightness: 3,500 ANSI Lumens
  • Image Size: 77 cm – 764 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 12,000:1
  • Life Span: 4,000 hours/15,000 hours (Eco)

This is a very budget projector. By the ViewSonic and it is PX747-4k,

Natively this projector is a 1080p projector. But like our list of other projectors.

ViewSonic PX747-4k projector. Also, have pixel shifting technology. Using that PX747-4k can project 4k images.

That’s why the ViewSonic PX747-4k is a true 4k projector. And the PX747-4k has an image like the native 4k projector.

This projector’s main selling point is bright images. Because the PX747-4k projector has 3500 ANSI lumens.

And the projector can project bright images in the ambient light room.

Like other DLP projectors. The PX747-4k has 6 segment colour wheels. Reasons why the image is sharp in comparison to LCD projector.

The colors are bright but not accurate. ViewSonic PX747-4k also has 10 watt speakers.

Which is not that impressive. For the cinematic experience, you should invest in the soundbar for your projector.

If you like gaming on the big screen, with bright and colorful images.

You will love this projector. 

This projector fan noise is low. Most of the time. You won’t notice.

To get the 100 inch screen. You have to place the projector 11.8 feet away from the screen.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • 4k.
  • Low noise level.
  • Very bright.
  • You can have a big image.
  • Cons
  • Black levels are not good.
  • Speaker is weak.

Optoma UHD35

Optoma True 4K UHD Gaming Projector - UHD35
Image By VideoTesty

Features:-

  • Resolution: 3840×2160 (4k)
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Connectivity: Optical, VGA In, HDMI, Mini Jack, USB, RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
  • Brightness: 3,600 ANSI Lumens
  • Latency Rate: 4.2ms
  • Image Size: 83 cm – 762 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,000,000:1
  • Life Span: 4,000 hours or 15,000 hours (Eco)

With the very low latency rate and the acceptable black levels on the Optoma UHD35.

You can enjoy both gaming and movies. At its fullest. Without compromising the latency rate and picture quality.

You can have the highest resolution gaming on this projector at 4k 60 FPS. Without any down sampling. 

But for the maximum benefits of the low input lag. I will suggest you play games in 1080p for the high FPS at 240 and low input lag at 4.2ms.

For the low input lag, you should also turn on the enhanced gaming mode.

Also for the movies. This projector is a great option. The most highlighted thing in the projector after very low input lag is high brightness.

Yes, you can watch movies with the appropriate image quality. In the ambient light. 

Without any issue. But for some good black levels. I will suggest you use this projector in the dark room.

Then you will get some unexpected image quality. And you will love them.

If you want to stream on Netflix or other streaming platforms. You should connect the fire stick to the projector.

And for a more cinematic experience. You should connect the projector to the soundbar.

But after all this. There is one unpleasant thing. About the Optoma UHD35.

It’s a little bit complicated to set up the projector. So make sure when you set up the projector. The projector and screen are parallel to each other.

And while using the game enhanced mode. You can’t use the keystone correction. And there is no lens shift option available.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • Very low input lag.
  • Very bright.
  • Gaming mode.
  • Sharp focus.
  • Amazing 4k picture quality.
  • Small and lightweight.
  • You can play games at 4k 60 FPS.
  • Cons
  • Not easy to set up.
  • No lens shift.

Epson EpiqVision Ultra Short Throw LS300

Epson EpiqVision LS300 
Credit: B&H Photo Video

Features:-

  • Resolution: 1920×1080
  • Light Source: Laser Phosphor
  • Connectivity: USB, Optical, HDMI, Wireless
  • Brightness: 3,600 ANSI Lumens
  • Image Size: 155 cm – 305 cm
  • Contrast Ratio: 1,500,000:1
  • Life Span: 20,000 hours

I have already talked about this projector in our list of cheapest ultra short throw projectors.

If you are looking for the best cheap UST projector. You should check our list of the cheapest ultra short throw projector.

This projector is for those. Who doesn’t have a big budget for the ultra short throw projector?

Epson Ls300 is a native 1080p projector. And it provides a vivid colour image with good contrast.

And because this projector comes with a laser light source. Its peak brightness is 3,600 ANSI lumens.

Which will give your good image quality in the ambient light. If you’re using the right projector screen. 

Like Elite Screens Aeon CLR Screen. Then you will get the best possible image from the Epson LS300.

At 50 per cent of the brightness of this projector. Does not make any noise.

If you want to increase the brightness. Then the sweet spot will be 80. Because if you increase the brightness to 100. Epson LS300 makes a very high pitchy noise.

Is the image of the Epson LS300 the best? In comparison to a non native 4k projector?

No, the non native 4k projector has a better sharp image. Then the Epson LS300. 

You will notice the soft edges of the object on the screen. If you will sit a little bit closer to the projector.

If you are far away from the screen. You may not notice the difference. 

Let’s talk about the audio output from the projector’s inbuilt speakers.

Its inbuilt speakers are powered by Yamaha. You get some good low end punchy bass.

Which you won’t see in the regular projector. That is quite impressive in the Epson LS300 projector.

If you are planning to watch some action movies. Or sports on this projector.

You might see some noticeable judder in the motion. It’s very little. But yes it is present in the Epson LS300.

Which is important to talk about. Epson LS300 comes with the android TV os and google assistant.

So, here you have all the access to playstore apps. And voice control.

Also in the Epson LS300, you will get the manual focus dial. And eight points keystone correction.

All these help you to get the perfect shape image on the screen.

Pros & Cons

  • Pros
  • Great inbuilt speakers.
  • Bright image.
  • Android TV.
  • Voice control.
  • Value for the money.
  • Laser light source.
  • Cons
  • No sharp edges in the image.
  • No motion control.

Conclusion: Best projector under 2000.

 So in this article. You will get all the best projector under 2000. That you can buy.

No matter what the requirements are. You want to play games. Or want to watch movies.

Or watch sports and project 3d movies. You can find any kind of projector in this list.

All the projector pros and cons. Choose wisely according to your requirements.

So you don’t spend your money on the wrong projector. If you need guidance while choosing the projector.

You can follow our article on how to choose a projector.

See you next time…

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