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Best projector 2014: what's the best projector for office? Best projector for classroom, home cinema

The best projectors you can buy in 2014

PC Advisor reviews the best projectors you can buy in the UK today. Best projector for home cinema, best projector for office, best projector for classroom.

9. BenQ W1070

BenQ W1070
  • Reviewed on: 21 August 13
  • RRP: £671 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

With images better suited to home cinema than PC output, the BenQ W1070 is a very well priced model that looks great and works well. You'll need to spend some time grappling with its controls, and we'd recommend using SmartEco on a regular basis. For those prepared to put in the effort, though, this can be a superb projector.

8. Epson EB-1945W

Epson EB-1945W
  • Reviewed on: 19 November 12
  • RRP: £1300 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

It's not the smallest or most easily portable of projectors, but otherwise the Epson is a fantastic choice for presenting on the move. Its brightness rating allows it to work effectively in all environments, and the superb setup tools are as good as any we've seen. Add to this the great picture quality and a slew of features that tap into the potential of wired and wireless networking to make a top-notch business projector.

7. Dell M900HD

Dell M900HD
  • Reviewed on: 21 August 13
  • RRP: £743 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The Dell M900HD is incredibly portable, and very convenient if you have a suitably equipped laptop, phone or tablet. It does get pretty hot, and a few more ANSI lumens would increase its versatility. Nonetheless, it compares very favourably to other similar models on the market, and will prove a great option for mobile executives and large businesses needing a projector that can service several rooms.

6. ViewSonic PJD7820HD

ViewSonic PJD7820HD
  • Reviewed on: 21 March 13
  • RRP: £720 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 9 out of 10

business who need to be able to project large, sharp and extremely accurate video and HD images in a variety of conditions, the PJD7820HD has great specifications and strong performance that belies its £720 price tag.

5. Optoma HD30

Optoma HD30
  • Reviewed on: 26 March 14
  • RRP: £999 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

Overall, the HD30 should be considered fine value for money if you want a full-HD model that punches visually above its weight. What you get onscreen here in terms of detail and dynamics is terrific for the price. While the HD30 is probably less refined than it should be when it comes to overall usability, home-cinema fans and high-end gamers will not be disappointed by its visual performance. Consequently, the Optoma comes recommended with minor caveats.

4. Optoma ML1500

Optoma ML1500
  • Reviewed on: 28 April 14
  • RRP: £649.20 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

For the travelling business person who wants to reduce luggage while still being able to present during meetings, the Optoma ML1500 will seem like an answered prayer. Its plethora of connectivity and control options, in-built media and office document players and expanded brightness make it a good executive companion.

3. Optoma EW400

Optoma EW400
  • Reviewed on: 18 July 14
  • RRP: £681 inc. VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

With prices online as low as £681.65, Optoma's multi-connected EW400 with its bright and clear presentation is an affordable as well as attractive choice for boardrooms and teaching establishments.

2. Optoma W316

Optoma W316
  • Reviewed on: 22 April 14
  • RRP: £486 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

It's fairly large and ungainly, and the resolution support isn't particularly high. In most other respects, though, the W316 is remarkable for its price. Images are bold and colourful, while the menu design and functionality is also good. It's an easy projector to use and, at this price, an even easier one to love. Small/medium businesses and schools will relish the capabilities for such a shoe-string budget.

1. BenQ W1300

BenQ W1300
  • Reviewed on: 3 March 14
  • RRP: £900 inc VAT
  • Rating: Rated 8 out of 10

The BenQ W1300 projector is probably at its best with HD sports. Its blistering detail and rich colour performance is absolutely spot on for live events. In daily use we found the garish 3D and mild rainbow fringing to be the only significant caveats. Overall, we rate the BenQ W1300 a solid home entertainment proposition.

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