The 8 Best Classroom Projectors of 2020
Projectors are one of the most-used and most-versatile tools in the classroom. From showing movies and PowerPoint slides to using interactive software, there are endless possibilities for all grade levels. If you’re looking for the right projector for you classroom, look no further than our list of eight of the best classroom projectors. These projectors span all price points, for even the thriftiest of teachers!
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What is the Best Classroom Projector?
Here are our picks for the eight best classroom projectors:
- Casio XJ-F210WN WXGA
- Epson POWERLITE 1940W WXGA 3LCD V11H474020 Projector
- Optoma WU336 WUXGA 3400 Lumens Business & Education Projector
- Epson VS340 XGA 3LCD Projector 2800
- ViewSonic PJD5255 3300 Lumens XGA HDMI Projector
- SOLOVE HDMI Projector
- Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector
- Nebula Capsule
We start our list with the Casio XJ-F210WN WXGA, the only projector on the list to combine laser and LED hybrid technology. The Casio XJ-F210WN WXGA, Ultra Video Projector is a sleek, modern-looking projector with laser and LED hybrid technology. If you’re not a science teacher, that might sound like a bunch of technology jargon to you. Basically, that means you get better color quality and you’ll never have to replace a light bulb ever again. The light source in this model is designed to last the lifespan of the unit itself, 20,000 hours! It’s better for the environment, doesn’t overheat, and starts up almost instantly, saving you valuable time.
Teachers call this projector “a good value for the money.” They cite the ease of use, image quality, and lack of noise as its strengths. At about 8.5 pounds, it’s a little heavy for mobile teachers, but makes an excellent ceiling-mounted unit.
The Epson POWERLITE 1940W WXGA 3LCD V11H474020 Projector has 4200 lumens of color brightness and 4200 lumens of white brightness, giving it one of the most brilliant picture qualities on this list. An additional built-in feature means you can attach multiple sources and display their content on a split screen.
One educator notes that her set up is never the same from week to week, but this unit features horizontal and vertical keystone correction that enables her to easily set up each time.
At almost 12 pounds, it’s not the most portable projector on our list, but the picture quality is outstanding.
The Optoma WU336 WUXGA 3400 Lumens Business & Education Projector is optimized for small to medium rooms, making it a good choice for your classroom. This projector is well worth the price for 3,400 lumens of brightness, a 15,000-hour lamp life, and a 10-watt speaker. That’s right! You won’t have to order a new light bulb until you’ve run it for 15,000 hours. That’s a money saver right there!
Teachers love how much time this projector saves them. It is easy to set up right out of the box. The 10-watt speaker means you won’t have to worry about wasting time attaching external speakers, and you will probably never have to replace the light bulb!
The Epson VS340 XGA 3LCD Projector 2800 can be used just about anywhere, at any time of day, thanks to its XGA resolution (1023×760), 2800 lumens of color brightness, and 2800 lumens of white brightness! Users rave about its ability to project clear, sharp images in a lit room. No need to waste time pulling down the blinds or putting paper over the windows. Plus, your students won’t be struggling to take notes in the dark!
Teachers of all kinds have used this projector in a variety of educational settings, from seminary school classrooms to Toastmasters groups. Teachers agree that the sharp images mean students can better see details such as numbers on charts and graphs
This projector also supports HDMI, so you can hook up your laptop or media player with ease. At just over 5 pounds, it is still portable and adaptable enough for the busy teacher’s lifestyle.
Next on our list of the best classroom projectors is The ViewSonic PJD5255 3300 Lumens XGA HDMI Projector.
This one has amazing reviews from users of all walks of life. They love how a variety of media players can be attached using the HDMI, USB, and VGA ports.
Whether your have a Mac, PC, or ipad in your classroom, you should be able to use this projector. Users also point out that it’s easy to hook up Apple TV or a Firestick for movie projection.
The aspect ratio of 10:16 (wide-screen format) may be great for movies, but isn’t ideal for PowerPoint presentations, which are usually presented in a more “square” format. Still, for the mid-level price, this is a good unit for everyday use.
The SOLOVE HDMI Projector is another economical choice, coming in at under $200.
This projector allows the user to customize the screen size and can even be hooked up to your smartphone or TV, making it adaptable for teachers who don’t have regular access to a laptop.
One small criticism of this projector is that the fan is slightly noisy, but users say that it can be easily ignored when watching movies at a normal volume.
Users like that the built-in speakers provide adequate volume for an average sized room. External speakers can also be hooked up to the projector. This projector is a good choice for playing movies or instructional videos in your classroom.
The Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector is a small, lightweight choice for classroom use, without compromising picture quality. At 2.1 pounds, it is easy to carry from classroom to classroom, for teachers who share equipment or who travel throughout the day.
Users love how easy it is to set up, the included carrying case, and the quiet fan. The Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector is marketed for playing games, watching movies, and viewing TV shows on a “big screen” and is not recommended for PowerPoint or other presentation software.
Still, at under $100, it is a good choice for movie day in your classroom.
Last but not least on our list of the best classroom projectors is the Nebula Capsule by Anker. It is by far the smallest, lightest, most portable projector on our list.
This cool little gadget is about the size of a soda can, sits on any flat surface, and runs on one rechargeable lithium ion battery. This projector will fit inside your teacher bag, alongside your books and folders! Perfect for adjunct professors who travel from campus to campus or who have unreliable technology in their classrooms.
Teachers love the power of the built in speaker and its capability to run apps like Netflix as well as media from a USB flash drive, using the provided micro USB cable. It might not be big and fancy, but for the price it’s a fairly affordable alternative for teachers on a budget.
Best Projectors for Classroom Use – Thanks for Reading!
We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of the best classroom projectors on the market. With so many projectors out there, you’re sure to find something that fits your budget and usage needs!
If you liked this review we encourage you to also browse through our growing number of school technology reviews, such as our review of the best microphones for teaching online or our picks for the top classroom bluetooth speakers.