It will come as no surprise that projectors hold a special place in our hearts. The cinema experience defines our very existence, and while there will never be a substitute for the real thing, the chance to bring a little bit of theatrical wonder into our homesteads is wonderful indeed.
It's not just cinephiles who seek the thrills of a home projector. A projector has a special appeal for families and friends, who gather indoors and out, to watch movies - both blockbuster and homemade. Likewise, gamers find them an irresistible gadget, allowing them to step away from the monitors and into multiplayer free-for-alls and heart-stopping championship races to play out in 150-inch-plus glory.
Projector prices can be a little overwhelming at first, especially for anyone with big dreams and a tight budget. They can often eclipse even the best TVs available. Thankfully, there are plenty of options available that are far more affordable. While these options might not carry 4K UHD resolutions and deep HDR10 tech, they can still offer truly immersive and exciting experiences without breaking the bank.
To help you find what you need, we’ve rounded up the best budget projectors available. Our selection includes small portable options that are ready for family gatherings and garden parties, through to mountable units that can be relied on night after night to deliver the latest Blu-ray releases right to your front room. So, whether you’re looking to put together your first home cinema or want to experience your favourite movies under the stars, there’s going to be something here for you.