Philips' new cheap projectors make perfect gifts – if you don't need 4K

Philips NeoPix projector
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Philips has unveiled a new series of compact budget projectors for the US and Europe, with more premium features than ever making its way to the NeoPix projector range.

The NeoPix Easy 2+, Prime 2 and Ultra 2 are successors to the Easy, Prime and Ultra LCD models released last year – and with the cheapest Easy 2+ model retailing at just $149 / €149, there's a very low price barrier to getting one of these low-cost beamers into your home. If you're looking for a gift for an AV enthusiast in your life, too, each model is compact enough to be discreetly moved between rooms, without dominating a home cinema as so many of the best TVs do.

The new models add in a number of premium features previously only seen in Philips' premium PicoPix range too.

The Easy 2+ and Prime 2 models both offer HD resolution (720p, 80-inch max projection), while the higher-spec Ultra 2 packs in support for Full HD (1080p, 65-inch max projection). The Prime and Ultra models both pack in a new smart TV operating system with pre-loaded apps, as well as Bluetooth connectivity and "Wi-Fi Dual Band for maximum speed". Both projectors support four-corner correction and digital zoom for optimized placement on a screen or wall too.

The Easy 2+ misses out on the new smart OS – meaning you'll need to plug in a content source via USB, micro SD or HDMI – but does ramp up the brightness to twice the number of lumens as the original Easy model. There's even a 3.5mm headphone jack to plug in external speakers too. It can project an image of up to 65 inches.

The Prime 2 retails at $199 / €199, whereas the Ultra 2 retails at a slightly pricier $329 / €329. All three new models are available from November 2020.

Get what you pay for

These NeoPiX projectors don't have the truly premium features of the best projectors out there; there's no 4K capability for one, and certainly nothing like HDR. However, if you're after a quick and easy AV solution for your home, or a gift that won't cost the earth, then the NeoPix range might be just what you're after.

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Henry St Leger

Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.