The 7 Best Projectors for PowerPoint Presentations (2023)

Written by co-founder Kasper Langmann, Microsoft Office Specialist.

All done with your PowerPoint presentation, and now it’s time to rock the stage๐ŸŽ™

But have you checked on your projector? Does it do your presentation justice?

Going out in the market โ€“ youโ€™ll find an endless variety of projectors that range from $100 to $5000 and even more. But not every projector is meant for you.

To find the best projector for PowerPoint presentations, we went on researching and testing the top projectors on the market. And finally, we have pulled together the best 7. 

Spoiler Alert

Before you go through the features of each of our 7 picks below โ€“ let me tell you my favorite pick.

Our top pick on this list is the Epson Powerlite X49 ๐Ÿ† We love it because it is packed with all the great features you can expect on a modern projector. And considering the features it offers, its price tag won’t leave you sobbing in a corner.

But you must not stop here. Going through the complete list below may find you a better projector for your needs.

A quick note of how we test each projector

To assess each projector, we are going to evaluate it on 5 main parameters.

Image Resolution, Brightness, Connectivity, Portability, and Value-for-Money.

All of these features make the most important considerations for a business projector.

So here come the 7 best PowerPoint projectors on the market๐Ÿ‘‡

This list was last updated on August 7th, 2023.

1. Epson PowerLite X49 (Best Overall)

The modern-day Epson PowerLite X49 makes our favorite projector on this whole list. It brings you outstanding features for a very pocket-friendly price. 

What do you generally need in a PowerPoint projector? Great, crisp pictures that make sure the text doesn’t go blurry when too small. Fine brightness, easy wireless connectivity, and a reasonable price tag.

Let me tell you, this projector brings you all these features in a package.

Epson Pro PowerLite X49

The visual performance of this projector is simply beyond excellent. You won’t see the image quality going down even on a 300 inches screen๐Ÿ’โ€โ™€๏ธ

Specifications of this Model

  • Connectivity: USB, HDMI, Wireless connectivity
  • Image Resolution: 1024 * 768
  • Brightness: 3600 Lumens
  • Special Feature: Built-in moderation feature that allows easy sharing by up to 50 people

Score on Review Parameters

Image Resolution: Simply perfect. X49 is designed to offer large-scale presentations with a crisp and compelling image resolution. It can project up to 1.07 billion colors (we’re still counting the zeros in the said figure).
Brightness: Perfect digital light processing. 3600 Lumens of color brightness together with the 3LCD technology. Native XGA resolution, and a contrast ratio of 16000:1. This brings excellent visuals even in well-lit environments.
Connectivity: Network capability (using RJ-45) allows users to connect to the projector wirelessly using the Epson iProjection App. Additionally, it offers USB and HDMI ports. And the best part โ€“ you can project wirelessly from your PC, MacBook, Chromebook, iOS, and other Android Devices.
Longevity: The life of the X49 lamp spans up to 6000 hours under normal mode and 12000 hours under Eco mode. That means if you use it for 4 hours straight every day, it will last for more than 8 years (at least).
Portability: Manual horizontal and automatic keystone correction makes it very flexible to move and place the projector anywhere around the room.
Moderator Function: We didnโ€™t pick this up as a review parameter because most of the projectors on the market wonโ€™t have this function. But this is worth mentioning that this projector allows up to 50 users to connect to the display simultaneously. This makes it perfect for business conferences and other idea-sharing meetings.
Value-for-Money: So many modern features for under $500. Great value for money.

Overall Spreadsheeto Rating: ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š 6/6

The Epson PowerLite X49 is a projector with all the latest features that you can expect from a projector. And the fact that it doesnโ€™t come for a very hefty price tag โ€“ this oneโ€™s certainly my top pick.
Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

2. BenQ MW560 Business Projector (Best for Large Rooms)

This oneโ€™s for your meeting room needs๐Ÿค

Have an important presentation, and you just can’t afford anything less than excellent image quality?

For big hall meetings (yes, those with tens of people) where you want the screen to be visible to the last person in the hall, too โ€“ you need the BenQ MW560.

BenQ MW560

Specifications of this Model

  • Connectivity: VGA, HDMI
  • Image Resolution: 1280 * 800
  • Brightness: 4000 Lumens

Score on Review Parameters

Image Resolution: The BenQ MW560 is designed for rendering crystal-clear presentations that will win the day. It comes with the finest precision lenses that offer a lucid picture quality.
Brightness: This projector outputs a brightness of 4000 ANSI Lumens and a 20,000:1 contrast ratio giving the projector a higher light resistance even in ambiently lit rooms.
Connectivity: Dual HDMI ports for multiplatform digital connectivity. That’s expanded faster connectivity. Additionally, you get USB Type-A, USB Mini-B, and RS-232 ports, too.
Longevity: Smart Eco Mode allows you to save up to 70% of the lamp’s life โ€“ taking it to a total of 15,000 hours of projection. It shuts off automatically after 20 minutes of inactivity to save power.
Portability: Not a very portable projector. But there are many features in-built into it for better alignment like Auto Vertical Keystone, Kensington Lock, etc.
Value-for-Money: The price for BenQ MW560 ranges from $400 to $800 โ€“ depending on the lamp and throw type. Good value for money.

Overall Spreadsheeto Rating: ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿค (5/6)

The BenQ MW560 comes in four variations โ€“ LED and Lamp type. Short throw / Normal throw. Choose the one that suits your business needs the best.
Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

3. AAXA P7 + (Best Portable)

Not all meetings take place in a formal office with all the top-notch equipment in place.

Sometimes, you can expect it to be simply out of the ordinary (maybe on the road๐Ÿ˜†). And that’s where you just can’t carry a full-size projector + stand + screens and whatnot.

AAXA P7+ mini projector

That’s where you need something as compact and portable as the AAXA P7+. This one will fit inside your pocket (not kidding)๐Ÿค

Specifications of this Model

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, HDMI
  • Image Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Brightness: 550 LED Lumens

Score on Review Parameters

Image Resolution: Features the DLP technology that delivers a crisp, native resolution of 1920 by 1080. Can upscale this to 4K.
Brightness: 550 lumens (when connected to power) and 400 (when used on battery). It can deliver images for a 200-inches screen but only in dark areas. Brightly lit rooms will wash out the image.
Connectivity: Wireless screen mirroring for your iPhone and Android (we love that). Also has 5G and Wi-Fi compatibility. Supports Type-C cables, Micro SD Card, USB, and a HDMI cable too.
Longevity: Only under 3 hours of battery life which might not be very sufficient. Also, the battery life diminishes as the projector ages. Comes with a charger.
Portability: Perfect in terms of portability. No wiring, setting up, and installation needs. Grab it and take it wherever you want like your cellphone.
Value-for-Money: For $331, you get a smart, super advanced projector that fits into your palm. Average value for money.

Overall Spreadsheeto Rating: ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿค (5/6)

They call it โ€œThe worldโ€™s smallest option (in terms of portable projectors) on the marketโ€.

And guess what? Thatโ€™s not even wrong. In my view, thatโ€™s the best compact projector you can get in this size.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

4. ViewSonic M1 + Projector (Best Battery Charged)

No time to do a lot of wiring before you start presenting? Get your hands on M1+ from ViewSonic. This is our favorite battery-operated, portable business projector.

With a 6-hour battery life (on full power mode), you can easily manage at least 2 meetings without having to recharge it in between ๐Ÿ”‹

Additionally, integrated Wi-Fi connectivity allows you to stream content from the internet too. The best part? It’s compact and super lightweight. This makes it easily portable โ€“ just grab it by the handle and move it indoors or outdoors.

2500 Lumens brightness promises detailed imagery in dark rooms or low-lit rooms.

M1 plus best portable projector

And did I mention it? It has a very smart, built-in safety turn-off feature. It temporarily turns off the lens upon sensing objects too close to the projector. This is particularly to protect the eyes of users if they mistakenly come too close to the lens๐Ÿ‘€

Specifications of this Model

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, HDMI 1.4 (HDCP1.4), Wi-Fi, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 2.0 Type A
  • Image Resolution: 1920 * 1080
  • Special Feature: Short throw range and Built-in dual Bluetooth speakers (Harman Kardon)
  • Brightness: 2500 Lumens

Score on Review Parameters

Image Resolution: 1920*1080 enables excellent resolution.
Brightness: 2500 Lumens brightness will work well in dark-lit rooms. However, in brightly lit environments, the image might wash out.
Connectivity: HDMI, USB C, USB, and MicroSD drive and Wi-Fi connectivity. Has 12GB of local storage.
Battery/Longevity: The built-in rechargeable battery runs up to 6 hours under full power mode. That means you can easily make at least 1-2 presentation sessions in one charge. It claims to have a 30,000-hour operational life.
Portability: Super portable with WVGA LED projector, a built-in battery, and compact size. It only weighs 2 pounds. Supports a short throw range of 5.2 to 8.5 feet (screen size of 60 to 100 inches).
Speakers: It features built-in dual Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers.
Value-for-Money: Comes for $339. Too good for this product.

Overall Spreadsheeto Rating: ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š (6/6)

You can also charge your phone or any other device using the USB type C. However, to do so, the projector must be plugged in. This is not much suggested โ€“ but in emergency times, why not?
Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

5. Optoma GT1080HDRx (Best Short Throw Projector)

This projector is the optimal choice for smaller meeting rooms๐ŸŽฏ

Unless you have a short-throw projector, setting up the projector at a shorter distance will shrink the screen size.

This short throw projector by Optoma is particularly designed for an optimal throw distance of 1.3 feet to 4.4 feet. Thatโ€™s literally like 4-5 steps away from the screen.

GT1080HDRx

And yes, don’t worry about the picture quality. 3800 Lumens, a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, and a native 1080p HD resolution will deliver super detailed images.

Specifications of this Model

  • Connectivity: USB, HDMI
  • Image Resolution: 1920 * 1080
  • Brightness: 3800 Lumens

Score on Review Parameters

Image Resolution: 1920*1080 resolution enables excellent resolution.
Brightness: 3800 Lumens, 50,000:1 contrast ratio, and HDR compatibility with 4K HDR input will produce darker blacks and brighter whites. Excellent color depth.
Connectivity: Compatible with media devices and HDMI devices.
Longevity: Enjoy an extended lamp life of 15,000 hours. Thatโ€™s more than 10 years with an average viewing time of 4 hours per day.
Throw Range: Experience an ultimate short throw range of 1.3 feet (minimum) to 4.4 feet (optimal). Placing it at a distance of 4 feet will still produce a 120-inch image. Small meeting rooms are no longer a problem.
Special features: 10-watt built-in speaker and a fast response rate of 8.4ms.
Value-for-Money: The price tag for this projector is $818. For so many top-notch features, this product brings great value for money.

Overall Spreadsheeto Rating: ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š (6/6)

It is very important to know the throw range a projector supports. Among short-range projectors, the Optoma GT1080 is a great choice to make.
Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

6. Epson Powerlite 2250U (Best Brightness)

Need a projector that wonโ€™t fail under brightly lit rooms? This needs power lightning.

In other words, this needs the Epson Powerlite 2250U. This projector is a powerhouse in itself. With 5000 Lumens of brightness, the light of this projector wonโ€™t dim even under the sunโ˜€

It comes with the 3 LCD, 3-chip technology to deliver High Color Brightness and a High color gamut. To make sure the picture is not washed out, the contrast ratio is set to a high of 15,000:1. This makes it a great option for large conference rooms.

Powerlite 2250U business projectors

And yes, don’t worry about the picture quality. 3800 Lumens, a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, and a native 1080p HD resolution will deliver super detailed images.

Specifications of this Model

  • Connectivity: Optional Wireless networking. Mobile device mirroring with MHL
  • Image Resolution: WUXGA (widescreen) Resolution (1920*1200 pixels)
  • Special Feature: Built-in external speakers
  • Brightness: 5000 Lumens

Score on Review Parameters

Image Resolution: Get bright, widescreen images up to 300 inches in size screen. You get a full HD 1080p support.
Brightness: This projector features 5000 ANSI Lumens white and color brightness. This paired together with a contrast ratio of 15,000:1 brings you crystal-clear and crisp images in well-lit rooms.
Connectivity: Supports HDMI, MHL, and USB A/B. However, based on installing an optional module, you get wireless networking, too.
Longevity: Lamp life of 10,000 hours under Eco Mode and 5000 hours under normal mode. Slightly less than other projectors.
Portability: No complicated setups. Automatic Vertical and Horizontal Keystone Correction.
Value-for-Money: With 5000 Lumens and a fantastic image resolution, the price tag of $1,575 isnโ€™t too much. Good value for money.

Overall Spreadsheeto Rating: ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿค (5/6)

The projection method can take any dimension: Front, Rear, or Ceiling mounted. The Epson PowerLite 2250U is designed to deliver crystal-clear pictures from every dimension.
Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

7. ViewSonic PA503W (Best on Budget)

This projector shines at 3800 ANSI Lumens. Not that it is the highest number of lumens youโ€™ll find in a projector. But for this price, itโ€™s just great๐Ÿ’ฐ

If your room has ambient light coming in and itโ€™s not possible to pull the blinds or curtains. No worries. The PA503W stands out for daylight viewing too.

ViewSonic PA503W home theater projectors

And yes, don’t worry about the picture quality. 3800 Lumens, a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, and a native 1080p HD resolution will deliver super detailed images.

Specifications of this Model

  • Connectivity: HDMI, VGA, USB ports
  • Image Resolution: 1280 * 800 WXGA Resolution
  • Brightness: 3800 Lumens

Score on Review Parameters

Image Resolution: 1280 * 800 Pixels with WXGA Resolution. The image wonโ€™t blur out even on a wider screen.
Brightness: 3800 Lumens make this projector stand out even in brightly lit rooms. This makes it an attractive choice for daylight use.
Connectivity: Supports HDMI, VGA, and mini USB. It connects with PCs, Macs, and other mobile devices pretty seamlessly. However, it doesn’t support Bluetooth connectivity as it is engineered to deliver crisp and clear visuals.
Longevity: The lamp life of this projector is simply outstanding. Under the SuperEco mode, expect the lamp to run for up to 15,000 hours. No frequent lamp replacements.
Portability: A 1.1x optical zoom and 40-degree vertical keystone correction make it easy to set up. So even if you want to relocate it sometime, it won’t be that big of a deal.
Value-for-Money: Here is the best part about this projector. Such excellent brightness features for $387. Excellent value for money.

Overall Spreadsheeto Rating: ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’š 6/6

Other projectors with similar features (3000+ ANSI Lumens, a high contrast ratio, and better than basic SVGA resolution) would cost you somewhere between $1000 to $5000.

ViewSonic PA503W is a reliable and high-performance projector. And at this price, is a deal not to miss.

Kasper Langmann, Co-founder of Spreadsheeto

Wrapping things up…

These are the 7 best projectors on the market (for different needs). However, there is no end to the varieties youโ€™ll find out there once you begin searching.

To make sure you make an efficient purchase, be clear on your needs.

What do you need? A projector that works through bright daylight? Perfect for a large conference room? Want better image resolution? Or something more compact and portable?

Once you have your choices aligned, know your budget. Based on this, your options will be narrowed down to only a few. Buying is then no longer a hectic thing๐Ÿ’ช

After you get the right projector for your PowerPoint presentation โ€“ the next device you need is a PowerPoint clicker.

Read our review here to get yourself one of the best 7 PowerPoint clickers on the market.