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The 6 Best Cheap Projectors for Gaming: Ultimate Guide

There are tons of gaming projectors available in the market and choosing from such a wide variety that suits your needs might be a headache. This list eases your next purchase and also features the best projectors for gaming out there.

The Top-Rated Cheap Projectors for Gaming

Editor's PickProjectorScore
Top PickVANKYO Performance V63087%
Runner UpYABER Y3182%
Budget PickVANKYO Leisure 43080%
Best Refresh RateOptoma HD28HDR90%
Best 4KViewSonic PX747-4K95%
Luxury PickOptoma GT1080HDR92%

Top Pick: VANKYO Performance V630

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VANKYO Performance V630

Incredibly low input lag and bright screen.

The VANKYO Performance V630 is the best gaming projector that has an excellent price to performance ratio. It has an incredibly bright screen with very minimal input lag, which makes it perfect for gaming. One can see enemies coming from a very far distance thanks to its crisp image quality, which is 1080p, and also because of its wonderful color reproduction. The portability aspect of it makes the VANKYO Performance V630 a really good buy as well. 

It can project a display that ranges from 43 inches to about 300 inches, which also makes it ideal for a lot of other things – like watching movies. With the VANKYO Performance V630, you also don’t need to worry about the kind of screen it is being displayed on thanks to its 45-degree keystone adjustment, that makes projecting on any surface a lot easier. It is also built really well and overall, one of the best projectors for gaming out there. 

Runner Up: YABER Y31

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YABER Y31

Great speaker but let down because of the input lag.

The YABER Y31 is the second best option out there, mainly due to its poor price to performance ratio. It does bring in some extra features but doesn’t make up for the price one might pay for this. It features a 7200 lumen display which is possibly the brightest in this segment and also features a great speaker. Most gamers would have an amazing time with this projector. Sadly, the only place where it falls short is the input lag difference compared to the VANKYO Performance V630. It does have a noticeable input delay, which plays a massive role in gaming, and that is the only reason why the YABER Y31 doesn’t take the Top Pick crown. 

Like the VANKYO Performance V630, the YABER Y31 also features a display from 50 inches to 300 inches which has a 50-degree keystone adjustment. Thanks to the better speaker this projector sports, one might not need an external soundbar. It is built well and if it wasn’t for the input lag, this would easily be the Top Pick.

Budget Pick: VANKYO Leisure 430

VANKYO Leisure 430 

Portability is the name of the game

Most projectors are costly, and you might have a tight budget. That’s no issue thanks to the VANKYO Leisure 430, which has impressive specs for its price. It features a 3800 lumen display which isn’t as bright as one might expect, but it certainly gets the job done. The projector is very portable thanks to its miniscule build and from a gamer’s perspective, one can carry it to their friends’ family’s place to continue and have a great gaming experience. It does come with a built in speaker, but attaching an external would be recommended.

The VANKYO Leisure 430 also has a 15-degree keystone adjustment with a 1080p display, but the clarity isn’t as sharp as the others on our list. One unique feature of this is that it has a USB-C display port that can be used to connect other USB-C compatible devices, like laptops and PCs. The display ranges from 40 inches to 236 inches. Overall, it is one of the best projectors that is easy on your wallet as well.

Best Refresh Rate: Optoma HD28HDR

Optoma HD28HDR

120hz refresh rate and HDR10 compatible.

If you are a PC gamer and are in the market for a proper projector for competitive gameplay, the Optoma HD28HDR is something that offers something that most projectors don’t. It features a 120hz refresh rate display which makes gaming much smoother and it also features HDR10, making everything so much more vibrant. Thanks to the 120hz refresh rate display, the input lag is next to negligible and makes it perfect for gamers.

It has a 1080p display, making everything sharper and paired with the 120hz display, it is an absolute delight for the eyes. The 4K downsampling and 3D features are also something unique that the projector offers and is an absolute treat. This is highly recommended if you need the buttery smooth display with vibrant and dynamic colors.

Best 4K: ViewSonic PX747-4K 

The ViewSonic PX747-4K doesn’t offer much other than a native 4K display which isn’t available in the other projectors on the list. It has a very bright display and for a 4K projector, it is incredibly bright and does the job really well in almost any environment. The Viewsonic PX747-4K provides your own home theatre set up as well, thanks to the multitude of ports it comes with, including a regular USB-A port, which allows you to plug in your external hard drive or a flash drive.

On top of all of this, it is also HDR compatible and paired with the 4K resolution of the display, it makes for an absolutely wonderful experience as well, making movies and games so much better and crispier while providing a very memorable experience.

Luxury Pick: Optoma GT1080HDR

Optoma GT1080HDR

4K (downsampling), short-throw and a 120Hz refresh rate bundled into one projector

The Optoma GT1080HDR is possibly a projector geek’s dream. It features everything one might be looking for in a projector. A 120Hz refresh rate display, short-throw distance and HDR Compatible, makes for the ultimate projector out there. The buttery smooth frame rate with HDR, which gives vibrant colors, is an absolute eye-candy. 

It is compatible with almost anything out there, like the other projectors on our list and it is also very easy to set up. The short-throw feature in this allows for setting up the projector from a short distance while also providing a massive display for gaming. This is undoubtedly one of the best projectors that caters to all the hardcoregamers out there. The next generation of consoles, at the time of writing, namely the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X, would take massive advantage of all these features, providing a gaming experience that one wouldn’t forget soon.

What to Look for in a Projector for Gaming

With so many projectors out there, there are a couple of things to keep in mind while purchasing a projector for gaming:-

Brightness

While purchasing a projector, you have to consider how bright the projector is for the room you plan on installing it in. The brightness is usually measured in lumens and is perhaps, the most important thing to look out for. Bright rooms would usually require 3000 lumens and anything above for a bright room would be ideal. For darker rooms without ambient light, 1500 lumens would be just fine. Higher the lumen count, better would be your experience.

Cable Management

Although not as important as the other factors in the list, it is important to keep cable management in mind. If you decide to install your projector on the ceiling, you might want to consider how to route the cables from your device to the projector without obstructing anything else.

Resolution

Purchasing a projector that doesn’t support Full HD, i.e; 1080p would be an absolute waste as the experience wouldn’t be that great. Most 720p projectors would come cheap but to have an experience and also utilising the full power of your console or gaming PC, a 1080p projector is an absolute must. Especially for video games, the difference between 1080p and 720p is like night and day as 1080p provides vibrant colors, sharper video quality and life-like picture quality

Response Rate

Response rate is essentially the time taken for the image to appear after a certain input. In gaming terms, this could make a huge difference between you killing the enemy after pressing the trigger button or your enemy killing you because of the delay between pressing the trigger and the image appearing. Anything with less than 33ms is undoubtedly really good as the input lag is very minimal and you can have a great time plowing through enemies with ease. Lower the input lag, higher are the chances of you having a great time and getting your Victory Royale, or whatever you fancy.

Last Updated on January 23, 2021 by Thomas Bush