Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD

FOR KIDS AND GAMING

Though its black levels are too bright and its contrast ratio makes an image look flatter than on the other projectors here, this machine is still a favorite. Why? It has a dock on the back to play video from iOS devices and casts enough light to create a clear 150-inch picture – even in an ambiently lit room. It's great for games, the kids, or backyard movie night. [$800; epson.com]