Finding the best projector under $100 can be a bit tricky without knowing the features you are looking for. We think the CiBest is the best projector in this price range. It is brighter than other mini projectors, and the picture also looks vibrant and detailed. 

CiBest Video Projector 4200 lux – 50,000 hrs Long Life

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The CiBest 4200 is the brightest portable projector under $100. The projector uses diffuse reflection technology that makes the projection softer and protects the eyes. It is also equipped with a powerful cooling system that does not make too much noise like other projectors do.

Design and Ports

On the top, the unit has a focus ring, keystone correction, and all the important buttons. On the right side, the device has an SD card slot, two audio ports, two USB ports, an HDMI port, and a VGA port. The 8-Type power outlet, speaker, and the sensor for remote control are on the back. 

With so many ports available, the projector can be connected to devices such as firestick, laptops, tablets, gaming consoles, iPads, iPhones, Android phones, TVs, and more.

Projection

The CiBest home theater projector can be placed 2.6 to 14.8 feet away from the wall, and it is 80% brighter than other mini projectors at this price. The picture looks vibrant and very detailed thanks to the contrast of 2,000:1 and 4,200 lux. The audio is loud, but it’s not the best since it’s not possible to pack powerful speakers into portable projectors like this. However, you can connect your external speakers for better sound quality.

Specifications
Product Dimensions 7.91 x 5.51 x 2.76 inches
Display Resolution Supports 1080P
Item Weight 2.8 Pounds
Image Contrast Ratio 2000:1

 

PROS

  • Portable
  • 1080p support
  • 50,000 hrs long lamp life
  • Has a powerful cooling system
  • Can be connected with different devices

CONS

  • No built-in battery

 

 

Meer YG300 Portable Pico Full Color LED LCD Projector 

 

 

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The Meer YG300 is a lightweight, cheap mini projector that is perfect for on the go presentations or quick movie watching. Due to its size and weight, it’s easy to travel with and can be carried in your backpack or handbag. The projector offers a 60-inch projection, which is excellent, considering its price.

Remote Control

The device comes with an infrared remote that has a power button, play-pause buttons, and up-down and left-right buttons. On the back, the remote has a battery compartment that requires two AAA batteries which are not included. 

Ports

On the side, the unit has a USB port, an HDMI port, the power input, and ON/OFF Switch. Around the back, you’ll find a micro USB port, a micro SD slot, 3.5MM jack, and of course, audio-video output. All these ports allow you to connect laptops, DVD players, gaming consoles, smartphones, and other devices. 

Operating System

The projector has a very light operating system with easy to use UI design. You can navigate between video files, music files, photos, and text that’s stored in your SD card or USB drive. It supports mp4 Avi files encoded up to 1080p, and for photos, it supports JPEG files. A file manager is also available that works without any issues.

Projection Quality

If you look closer, the picture looks slightly pixilated, but the picture quality looks good from an average distance. The Meer YG300 has 400 lumens, which are enough for moderately lit rooms. In a completely dark room, the projection looks bright and colorful, but in a well-lit room, the colors look washed out and lifeless. The projector supports resolutions up to 1080p, and the aspect ratio is 4:3 or 16: 9 with a size up to 80 inches. 

Built-In Speaker

The projector also has a small built-in speaker with decent volume, but we recommend plugging in external speakers for a better listening experience.

Is it the Best Projector Under $100?

Yes, The meer YG300 is one of the best projectors under $100. However, the colors look a bit muted in a well-lit room, so don’t expect colors as 4k projectors offer. Those high-end projectors cost several thousand dollars, and the maintenance is also too high.  

Specifications
Product Dimensions 4.98 x 3.37 x 1.88 inches
Display Resolution 320 x 240
Item Weight 10.2 ounces
Model YG300

 

PROS

  • Compact
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent image quality for this price
  • Ability to connect to multiple devices

CONS

  • Not compatible with MAC OS

 

 

APEMAN LC350 1080p LED Projector

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The Apeman LC350 is a 3800 lumens mini projector using Apeman’s upgraded 4.0 LCD technology. It has dual built-in speakers and can render 1080p videos. What it means is, it accepts 1080p as input, the actual resolution is 800×480 pixels.

Inside the Box

Inside the box, you’ll find an AV cable, an HDMI cable, a power cord with an 8-type plug, remote control, the user manual, and the projector. 

Design and Ports 

On the top, the projector has a focus ring, keystone correction, and all the buttons you need. Around the back, it has dual built-in backward firing speakers, and the power port is on the left side. On the other side is a micro SD slot, a USB port, an HDMI port, AV port, a headphone jack, and a VGA port. Under the projector, is a standard tripod mount with a foot for adjusting the angle. 

Projection

The LC350 can project from 12 feet away from the wall, although Apeman recommends a 3 to 9-foot distance. Aspect ratios is 4:3 or 16:9, and you can get a picture size of 34-inches to 180-inches. The picture quality is what you expect from a projector under $100. If you want to enjoy the picture quality, you need the room to be quite dark. The device can also handle casual gaming. However, it does have high input lag, so don’t expect gaming ability similar to monitors.

Overall the LC350 is an excellent budget home theater projector. The only downside is, it doesn’t support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections.

Specifications
Product Dimensions 7.7 x 6.5 x 2.3 inches
Display Resolution 1920×1080 Supported
Item Weight 2.16 pounds

 

PROS

  • Portable
  • Has cooling system inside to avoid overheating
  • Uses the Apeman’s upgraded 4.0 LCD technology
  • LEDs used in the LC350 have an estimated life of 45,000 hours

CONS

  • Doesn’t support Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections

 

 

VicTsing Mini Wi-Fi Projector – 4200L Bluetooth Projector with Tripod

 

 

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The VicTsing is equipped with Wi-Fi & Bluetooth that allows you to pair with both Android and iOS devices so you can enjoy this device without using multiple cables. The device has a silent cooling system and has a mount underneath for a small tripod that comes with the projector.

Design and Ports 

All the keys the remote control has are also available on top of the projector. And it has a focus and keystone dial. On the front, the device has VicTsing’s logo, an IR sensor, on the right side it has a headphone jack, AV port, two USB ports, an SD card slot, an HDMI port, and a VGA port. Underneath the ports, the unit has a big opening for ventilation. On the other side, you’ll find a power connection and ventilation. Around the back is another IR sensor and a speaker.

Projection

All the elements are very detailed, thanks to the contrast of 2,000:1. and the (4,200 Lux) lamp provides a bright projection. The projector can be placed 3.2 to 16 feet away from the wall. And has multiple picture modes.

Specifications
Product Dimensions 8.66 x 6.69 x 3.54 inches
Display Resolution 800 x 480
Item Weight 1.92 Ounces
Image Contrast Ratio 2000: 1

 

PROS

  • Portable
  • Comes with a tripod
  • Silent cooling system
  • 40,000 hours lamp life
  • Built-in Wi-Fi & Bluetooth 

CONS

  • No battery

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