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The best projectors for cord-cutters in 2020

Projectors are a great alternative to a proper TV or display, particularly if you're really looking to go big.

But it can be a bit daunting to look at the available models at retailers and try to find the best one. There are a lot out there, with loads of features and buzzwords. Fortunately, we're here to help you choose!

Everything on this list natively outputs at 1080p or higher.

Who should buy this projector?

The BenQ MH530 is a great place to start if you want a good projector without worrying about it being the top of the line — or breaking the bank.

Is it a good time to buy this projector?

Yep. These aren't phones. There isn't a new one released every month. They're meant to be longer-term purchases.

3 reasons to buy

  • Inexpensive
  • Full 1080P image
  • Short throw — it only needs about seven feet between it and the screen

2 reasons not to buy

  • "Only" 1080P resolution
  • Only 2 HDMI ports

A great compromise of features and price

The BenQ MH520FHD is the least expensive projector we could find that outputs at 1080P. Being inexpensive doesn't mean it's bad — you get a nice, bright image with a 60hz refresh rate. You get one built-in speaker, but also a 3.5mm audio jack for output. The major downside is there are only two HDMI ports, but that's true of more expensive models as well. And at only five pounds, it's very easy to mount or move around.

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If you need something beyond the best value

Sometimes the best value isn't the driving factor in making a purchase. We get that. And there absolutely are options when it comes to projectors. If you just have to have something that does 4K resolution — and that's definitely a thing to consider when you're talking about images as large as what you'll get with a projector — then we'll point you toward the Optoma UHD50 . If you're a gamer looking to go big, then the BenQ HT2150ST might be right for you. Or if you need something with a little smarts on the inside, there's the LG PF1000UW .

Tom Westrick is the resident projector aficionado at CordCutters. You can find him on Twitter: @TomWestrick1.