If you are looking for a great home theater projector like the Epson Home Cinema 2150 Projector, you’ll love this BenQ model. One of the big draws of home projects is the cost: You can get a full HD image at whatever size you want – and at a fraction of the cost of a big-screen TV. This advantage is shining bright and clear with the BenQ MH350 home projector, which costs only $1,000 while offering plenty of excellent entertainment features.  It’s definitely in the running for the best cheap projector. If this is still out of your price range, take a look at how to make projector-big results on a budget.

It could well be the best budget projector in the market.

It looks like we have a contender for the best home theater projector for 2016 on our hands. Compare this projector with our Optoma UHD60 4K Projector review to make sure you’re making the right choice.

This project also comes with a lamp rating of 3,200 lumens, which is particularly bright in this market and helps solve the visibility issues that can sometime plague these projectors. That lamp also lasts an especially long time, up to 6,500 hours in all. The DLP engine inside is ready for 3D content as well, as long as you have the right content and components to use it.

This model is also “Colorific,” a name for BenQ technology designed to help provide as vibrant a picture as possible. One of the primary issues with projectors can be washed-out colors and tones, and Colorific is designed to help with this. With a 10,000:1 contrast rating, this projector could use some help in this department, so it’s nice to see BenQ highlighting this tech.

BenQ MH530 side
This home projector is great for first-timers.

Finally, the lamp save mode offers you a dimmer setting that helps you save even more money in the long run by preserving lamp life. There’s an additional mode that activates when the project is detached from a content source to save even more power in a sort of sleep mode.

Are there downsides? Well, as long as you install the projector with a bit of forethought (we suggest taking a look at some of the accessory components if you do decide to buy), there aren’t many drawbacks here: the MH350 has a great set of specs, hands down. However, you are stuck with 1080p “resolution” quality, which does suffer against comparisons to increasingly cheap 4K TVs. What do you think? Is $1,000 a low enough price to make this model competitive in the mainstream market? BenQ sure looks like it knows what it’s doing.

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