The handheld projectors category includes the latest in ultra-portable projectors, pico projectors, and hand held projectors for iphone, smart phones, laptops, and other primarily portable devices. See below for a list of hand held video projector reviews and information pages.
The latest in imaging technology has made handheld projectors possible. These projectors are now small enough to fit within a pants pocket and can produce a high-resolution picture with good brightness and low energy consumption.
Handheld projectors are practical for portable use and can be integrated with device applications on the iPod or iPhone.
These handheld projectors, most commonly referred to as pico projectors, enhance the enjoyment of media, pictures, and video browsing from a large projection screen rather than your small iPhone display. One size class up from handheld/pico projectors are pocket projectors, which weigh under 2 lbs and can project and image up to 65 inches.
Handheld Projector Resource: The 2010 Pico Projector and Pocket Projector Report
Handheld Projector Reviews
Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review
Over the past couple of years, I’ve generally skipped bringing in pico projectors for review, choosing, instead to focus on the larger, brighter, heavier >>
Millennials and Projectors: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD
For those of you who don't know me, I'm Lisa, Art's 23-year-old daughter living in New York City. In this short review, I'm actually writing about >>
The Optoma ML750 LED Projector – Review Part 1
I'm Lisa, Art's 23-year-old daughter living in New York City. In this unique little review, I'll talk about how having a projector makes perfect sense >>
LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review
The LG Minibeam PW800 is a LED powered single chip DLP pocket-class projector. It is one of several models of pico and pocket class LED projectors >>
LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review
It claims at a respectable 300 lumens of brightness and includes a built-in rechargeable battery that is rated to operate the projector for up to 2.5 >>
ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review
The PLED-W800 is an LED projector from Viewsonic. Claiming 800 lumens, this larger pocket projector is one of the brightest projectors in this class. >>
NEC NP-L102W Projector Review
The NEC NP-L102W is a nicely compact LED projector with WXGA resolution (1280x800) primarily suitable as a lightweight portable business and education >>
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review
The PF85U Projector has a long life LED light source, but what stands out most are the smarts of this large "pocket" projector which claims 1000 lumens >>
Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review
The Asus P2B in a Pocket, or mini portable, projector with a maximum dimension of only 5.6 inches and a weight of under one and a half pounds. The >>
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review
Qumi Q7 LED Projector with 800 lumens - this projector is suitable for portable business and education use, digital signage and for home entertainment >>
Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review
The Acer K335 is a versatile WXGA (1280 X 800) DLP pocket projector with enough light output to deal with less than ideal lighting conditions despite >>
Handheld Projector Reviews Reviews
|Sony MP-CL1 Pico Laser Projector Review||$349||Laser light technology|
|Millennials and Projectors: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD||$649||3LCD|
|The Optoma ML750 LED Projector – Review Part 1||$1099||DLP|
|LG Minibeam PW800 Projector Review||$599.99||DLP|
|LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review||$449.99||DLP|
|ViewSonic PLED-W800 LED Projector Review||$709||DLP|
|NEC NP-L102W Projector Review||$1099||DLP|
|LG PF85U LED Projector – Review||$1299||DLP|
|Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review||$549||DLP|
|Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review||$999||DLP|
|Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review||$699||DLP (1)|
|Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review||$799||DLP|
|Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review||$599||DLP|
|HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review||$600||DLP|
About Handheld Projectors
Handheld projectors aren’t really a category, but it is a search phrase that a lot of people use. Essentially, a handheld projector is just that, something small enough to carry in one hand, though for some reason few projectors have handles.
For all practical purposes, most projectors that could be called handheld, fit into the pico projector, and pocket projector categories. That is to say, very small projectors weighing less than 2 pounds (and as little as three ounces).
There are a number of other light projectors though that might just qualify. InFocus always seems to have something under 2.5 pounds, with lots of lumens, that’s fairly small, even if massive compared to the pico projectors.
Pricing of handheld projectors is all over the place. Of the pico projectors, we’re seeing pricing from about $100 on the entry level end, to $600 – $800 for laser light source picos. The heart of the market, though, is $200 – $400. Our favorite projector in the 2010 Pico projector report, however, produced 50 lumens (a huge amount for a pico projector), for a $399 list price.
The pocket projectors also span a wide range, from about $400 and also up to about $800. If you add in a few of the smallest or most hand-holdable of the portable projectors, you will find some over $1000 including some of the Casio models
Resolution for the Handheld Projector also varies across a wide range. Today’s crop of pico projectors now include widescreen models and even XGA models. A few of the bigger, heavier pocket projectors, are now available in XGA or WXGA resolutions.
Of course the smallest lightest of the portable projectors find models going up even higher, and will continue to offer higher resolutions, just as each generation will get brighter, and have other improvements.
Most Handheld Projectors can run for about 1 hour on rechargeable battery, and many can recharge in 4 hours or less.
Unfortunately not all pico projectors have removeable batteries, so you may not be able to have a spare. That would be a drag if you wanted to watch a movie, but couldn’t plug in.
A great combination is Optoma’s PK301 – 50 lumens on AC, 20 lumens on internal battery. The PK301, however, offers a external battery pack (made by a 3rd party). It’s roughly the size of the projector, and likely weighs a little more.
When using the projector with the battery pack, the projector produces that full 50 lumens again. As an added bonus, the pack is standard USB, so I have been recharging my iPhone with it too. (I can get a full four iPhone charges off of it, between recharging it’s own battery supply.
The applications for handheld projectors are varied. From gaming to missionary work (truly a huge market for pocket projectors, and soon also pico projectors, especially now that we’re seeing 50 lumen models).
These tiny projectors are new. They are fun. Are they practical?
Check out A Guide To Pico Projectors to read more about current handheld projectors, pico projectors, mini projectors and pocket projectors.