Remember back in the day when projectors weighed a ton, were too bulky to lug around and were the most awkward piece of equipment to set up? Well, those days are long gone and today’s projectors are the very definition of the word mini. Because of their compact size, modern projectors allow you to carry the big screen wherever you may go.
Portability is just one of their great features; they also provide an optimal resolution, there is no image or color degradation and virtually no maintenance involved. Last but not least, modern LED projectors are much more environmentally friendly than their counterparts because they don’t contain mercury. As always, we have meticulously scoured the world of pocket projectors, and selected the top 10 for you.
1 – iDea USA Pico Pocket Projector
Brought to you by iDea USA, this pocket projector is extremely powerful. Standing at only 1.47” tall, this tiny gadget can project images up to 120” in stunning quality (1080P at 80 Lumens) and features ‘short-throw’ lens technology which means that it can project a 38” image at one meter’s distance. By incorporating Adopt DLP technology, the iDea Pico Pocket Projector doesn’t pixelate when you enlarge the display size; it achieves this by utilizing advanced Multi-Color processing to reduce eye-strain and eliminate rainbows.
The Pico Pocket Projector also has a 25,000-hour lifespan and its small size means that you can take it anywhere while the in-built internet allows you to instantly stream videos and photos. This projector has a 5,000mAh rechargeable battery that will give you approximately 4-5 hours of usage.
BUY | $299
2 – Magnasonic Mini Portable Pico Projector
This projector is a simple to set up plug and play configuration and even comes with HDMI, Micro HDMI, MHL and Samsung Galaxy adapters which means that you can seamlessly connect it to your mobile, tablet, laptop, gaming console or any other HDMI compatible device. With 854 x 480 resolution (accepts 1080p input), this pocket projector can project an 80” image at 100 lumens and it does this without harming the image quality.
It has a 20,000-hour lifespan and its 3800mAh battery gives you about 2 hours of usability. Magnasonic Pocket Projector also features dual built-in speakers or, dependent on availability, you can utilize the audio jack at the back and connect it to your speaker system. This is an excellent unit if you are on the go and need it for presentations. Magnasonic also supplies a 1 year warranty with this device.
BUY | $254.96
3 – ProChosen M4 Multimedia Home Theater
This unit is slightly larger than the others, however, the benefits outweighs its slightly larger size. This projector features 800 x 480 resolution (highest resolution setting is 1920 x 1080) with 1080p support but, connected to its charger, it has an astonishing 1000 lumens brightness and its contrast is 1,000:1. It also has a display size of 30” – 130” and it projects this by utilizing short-throw technology; meaning, your projector can be anywhere from 1 – 4 meters away from the display surface.
Even though this device doesn’t come with a battery but rather uses a charger, it can still be powered by using a powerbank. The only difference will be that it will lose some brightness but not much. This projector is also capable of charging your mobile device while you watch a movie and it comes with multi-projection support; VGA, HDMI, AV, SD, USB, Smartphones, iPad, DVD and others. The ProChosen M4 Home Theater also has a lifespan of 30,000 hours, has a stunning 16700 color reproduction and has an 8 ohm/2W speaker incorporated into the unit.
BUY | $84.99
4 – RIF6 Cube Pico Pocket Projector
If tiny and symmetrical is what you are looking for then look no further, because the Cube is exactly what you need. This pocket projector is literally small enough to fit in your pocket and, well, it still packs a mighty amount of power for its size. Designed for mobility, the Cube by RIF6 features an aluminum casing that is both lightweight and, yet, still strong enough to withstand most wear and tear. You can literally take it anywhere since its in-built battery, speaker and SD card means that you simply have to hook up your selected device and a wall or ceiling instantly becomes your own theater.
The Cube can display up to 120” at 50 lumens and while it’s native resolution is only 854 x 480 (WVGA), it can be adjusted for full HD at 1080p. The Cube’s LED display has a lifespan of 20,000 hours and they personally claim that you could watch 1 full-length movie a day for 20 years and it will still be working. Remember how we said that it was small? Well, this mini projector only measures 2” x 2” x 1.9” and weighs 1.8 pounds.
BUY | $279
5 – Ivation Pro3 Portable Smart Projector
In the age of wireless technology, nobody wants to deal with a mass of tangled wires and Ivation has just achieved that level of wireless tech that we all appreciate. Apart from looking stylish, The Pro3 seamlessly streams your photos, movies or slide presentations by utilizing its in-built WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA, or iOS/Android Mirroring. If cables are absolutely necessary, this nifty little device also supports both USB and HDMI/MHL. As can be seen with the Screen Mirroring option that it has, the Pro3 projector comes with an in-built 4GB memory that sports Android 4.4 which can be used to download apps and increase functionality.
The Pro3’s advanced Ti DLP projection technology guarantees superb HD quality videos and you get to control the show with either the provided remote control or by simply downloading the control app right onto your smartphone. This device also comes with a premium leather case and easel so that you can mount your Pro3 anywhere. This unit is very small and lightweight as it only weighs in at just 8 ounces while measuring 3.3 x 3.3 x 1.3 inches.
BUY | $349.99
6 – AAXA Technologies P300 Pico Projector
As an energy saver, this one definitely comes out on top; it uses 2 built-in rechargeable lithium ion batteries but in the event that you need to charge while watching, this unit consumes less than 25W of power! The built-in battery pack is also premium grade; this means that even though it only has a usage time of 60 minutes, the batteries are designed to handle multiple charge cycles without capacity degradation. The P300 also features 1280 x 800 VGA input support and 1280 x 800 HDMI support with a display size of up to 120” at 400 Lumens.
Connections are simply via the USB port, Micro SD Card Slot and the composite video input and sound can either be played through the built in speakers or a sound system of your choice by utilizing the 3.5mm audio jack. The P300 has a lifespan of 15,000 hours and weighing in at only 0.97 lbs, this would make the perfect travel companion for your business presentations.
BUY | $369.99
7 – JmGO Mstar G1 Smart Home Theater System
This unit is probably among the least portable of our top 10 selection, however, you will see exactly why we chose it. Apart from being a projector, the G1 by JmGO is a multi-function home theater system which allows you to use it as a TV Box, Smart Internet TV, HD player and even a Bluetooth Speaker. But, if that’s not enough, the G1 has a native resolution of 1280 x 800 with a maximum setting of 4K Ultra HD video and even features full movie quality 3D playback with a display size of 300”!
This device not only looks stylish but is strong as well with its aluminum-magnesium alloy casing and laser engraved logo. The G1 also has an Android operating system built-in, WiFi, a 2.4 G remote control, a fast switch rate and all of this powered by a quad-core CPU. We mentioned a Bluetooth speaker and the G1 delivers with a set of powerful four direction long-stroke speakers that will pump your beats out to the max! It also features multiple interfaces so that you can connect your own sound system, gaming console, mobile phone, PC, USB, Digital Camera or even a wireless mouse. Weighing in at 3.4 lbs and measuring 16.1 x 7.1 x 11.4 inches, this isn’t the smallest unit on the market but it definitely does compensate in its functionality.
BUY | $549.99
8 – Freyr Mini H3000 HD Projector
Back to ultimate portability, this device delivers on the money and even has a 4.4 stars out of 5. With an Android 4.4 operating system, this unit allows you to login into Google so that you can have all your internet favorites such as Netflix, Youtube, Facebook and so forth right at your fingertips. We really mean, at your fingertips since this nifty projector is capable of supporting both a wireless mouse and keyboard or via USB connection. To make it cable-free The Freyer Mini H3000 supports Miracast, Airplay, DLNA and Android Screen Mirroring so that you can synchronize your devices with exceptional ease.
The built-in 3,300mAh battery can last for up to 3 hours and the native display resolution is 854 x 400 with a maximum of 1080p at 200 lumens. You can also directly copy files from your PC to the device by using a USB cable and weighing only 1.2 pounds, you can carry it anywhere!
BUY | $327.11
9 – ASUS S1 Pocket Projector
With power banks making a turnaround to mobile phone technology, we found the S1 to be particularly interesting because it has a massive 6,000 mAh rechargeable battery that doesn’t only give you 3 hours of projection time but doubles as a power bank for your mobile devices as well. This unit has an astonishing lifespan of 30,000 hours while having a display size of 100” at 200 lumens; not too bad for a small projector that charges your mobile as well. The ASUS S1 also has the best short-throw lens that we have come across with a projection size of 41 inches at only a meter away from the display surface. This unit also boasts a ASUS Sonic Master-enhanced speaker for that superb sound quality, a USB port, HDMI/MHL port and all of that housed inside a sleek Aluminum chassis.
BUY | $289.99
10 – FlyLinkTech E06S Mini Projector
Last but not least, for those that like something a bit more colorful, and a bit more functionality since The E06S has a built-in touch screen that serves as an auxiliary function; however, a mouse can also be connected to this device. With a maximum display of 1920 x 1080p, this device is quite powerful with its 120 lumen brightness and 1000: contrast ratio. The E06S also has an Android 4.2.2 operating system and is WiFi capable while its Bluetooth capability makes it easy to wirelessly connect with your speaker system.
For practicality, this device can screen share via Android Mirror, Airplay or Windows system phones by simply using the eShare application that comes with the unit. The E06S also has a lifespan of 30,000 hours and boasts a spectacular 1.67 million color horizontal projection. Thinking ahead, the folks at FlyLinkTech have also included a carry bag, a wrist strap, a USB cable, an AV Cable and even a tripod for your convenience.
BUY | $319.99
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