BenQ's 2,000-lumen projector can be found for prices as low as $729 on some Web sites. The 6-pound, DLP-based unit has SVGA resolution (800 x 600 pixels) and a 2,000-to-1 full-field contrast ratio. BenQ ships the MP610 with a remote control, a VGA cable and a soft carry case. Price: $750. Contact: BenQ Corp., 866.700.2637, www.benq.com.
Runner up: Xerox DP820 Price: $999. Contact: Xerox Corp., 800.275.9376, www.xerox.com. It's tiny (2.4 pounds), it's bright (1,500 lumens), it's inexpensive ($1,299), and it puts a nice, crisp image on the wall. What more could you want? Oh, and the company throws in a nice projector case as well.
Price: $1,299. Contact: Dell Inc., 800.757.8434, www.dell.com/projectors.
Runner up: NEC LT20 Price: $1,495. Contact: NEC Visual Systems, 800.632.4636, www.necvisualsystems.com.
Calling it the "world's first truly automatic projector," NEC designed the LT35 with autofocus, auto-image-adjust, auto-source, and, well, basically auto-everything. Its specs — 4.4 pounds, XGA resolution, 3,000 lumens — aren't too shabby either.
Price: $2,195. Contact: NEC Visual Systems, 800.632.4636, www.necvisualsystems.com.
Runner up: Dell 2300MP Price: $1,299. Contact: Dell Inc., 800.757.8434, www.dell.com/projectors.
A nice short-throw lens, 3,000 lumens of brightness, wireless capability and several extras make the PT-LB30NTU an admirable traveling projector. The 5.7-pound, LCD-based projector has XGA resolution and features a technology that boosts contrast to improve the look of an image in a lit-up room. And you can project a 100-inch-diagonal image from less than 10 feet away. Price: $3,799. Contact: Panasonic Corp. of No. America, 800.528.8601, www.panasonic.com/projectors.
Runner up: Canon LV-7245 Price: $2,499. Contact: Canon U.S.A., 800.652.2666, www.canonprojectors.com.
With high detail and high brightness, the CP-SX1350 is a perfect projector for sharp corporate presentations. Its specs include SXGA+ resolution (1,400 x 1,050 pixels), 3,500 lumens of brightness and a 1.5X-zoom lens. Price: $5,145. Contact: Hitachi America Ltd., 800.225.1741, www.hitachi.us.
Runner up: Toshiba TDP-TW300U Price: $3,200. Contact: Toshiba America Information Systems Inc., 800.316.0920 www.toshibadirect.com.
Christie Digital's LX66 proved an admirable projector in the Presentations lab last spring, blasting nearly 6,500 ANSI lumens on the screen with the help of its dual 300-watt lamps. In tests, projected data and photographic images were near perfect, and video tests were lucid and beautiful. Price: $18,995. Contact: Christie Digital, 866.880.4462, www.christiedigital.com.
Runner up: Digital Projection Titan 6000SX+ Price: $29,995. Contact: Digital Projection International, 770.420.1350, www.digitalprojectio....