Pico Pocket Projectors

Pico projectors are typically LED and can fit in the palm of your hand.
Pico projectors are typically LED and can fit in the palm of your hand.

Pico projectors is a term that seems to cover a very wide range of todays smallest projector.  While pico projectors were intended to refer to very small projectors that weigh under a pound (some would say under a half pound), often pocket, and other small LED projectors tend to get swept up and called pico projectors.

Generally as of 2016, true pico projectors are definitely sub-1 pound, have internal batteries, and almost always output no more than 100 lumens, many producing 10 to 50 lumens.

These Pico projectors primarily use LED light engines, but there are a few laser light engines out there out of the perhaps 100 assorted Pico projectors available in the US.  Many of these Pico projectors can be found under names you’ve never heard of, on Amazon, however there are major brands that make them as well, including Vivitek, Optoma, and Sony.
Most of the pico projectors on the market can run 1 to over 2 hours on their internal batteries.  Since most have 6 or 12 volt chargers/adapters, external battery packs can be created as well, even if not offered by the manufacturers.  At this time we are unaware of any true Pico projectors with full 1080p resolution – although there are some larger pocket projectors that are.  There are 720p Picos.

 

These pico projectors are no match for the larger pocket projectors, which we consider to be more “serious” in their use for business, education, and home, but the pico projectors can do a 2 or 3 person presentation is someone’s office with the lights down, with perhaps a 40” image projected).  They don’t have the power to fill larger screens with full lights on.  Pico projectors are probably most popular as home entertainment devices, but again, not powerful enough for a really large screen.  Still they can project a good deal larger image than one could watch on a laptop, when streaming movies, general TV or sports.  That makes them a fun gift idea for the millennial who has “cut the cord” from cable / satellite.
Pricing on Pico projectors runs from a bit under $100, to about $400 street price, with the more expensive ones brighter, and higher resolution.

Pico Pocket Projectors

Pico Pocket Projectors REVIEWS

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The Optoma ML750ST LED Projector Review – Part 1 The Optoma ML750ST LED Projector Review – Part 1
  • Review Date: September 26, 2016
  • MRSP: $549
  • Technology: DLP
AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: December 4, 2015
  • MRSP: $449
  • Technology: DLP
Millennials and Projectors: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD Millennials and Projectors: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD
  • Review Date: November 8, 2015
  • MRSP: $649
  • Technology: 3LCD
The Optoma ML750  LED Projector – Review Part 1 The Optoma ML750 LED Projector – Review Part 1
  • Review Date: November 6, 2015
  • MRSP: $1099
  • Technology: DLP
LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 23, 2015
  • MRSP: N/A
  • Technology: DLP
NEC NP-L102W Projector Review NEC NP-L102W Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 5, 2014
  • MRSP: $1099
  • Technology: DLP
HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review
  • Review Date: June 2, 2013
  • MRSP: $600
  • Technology: DLP
AAXA P4X Projector Review AAXA P4X Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 18, 2012
  • MRSP: $349
  • Technology: DLP
Acer K11 DLP Pico Projector Review Acer K11 DLP Pico Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 22, 2011
  • MRSP: $379
  • Technology: DLP
Pico Projector Review – Optoma Neo-i DV20a Projector Pico Projector Review – Optoma Neo-i DV20a Projector
  • Review Date: March 1, 2011
  • MRSP: $449
  • Technology: DLP
Pico Projector Review – AAXA P1 Jr. Pico Projector with LED Lightsource Pico Projector Review – AAXA P1 Jr. Pico Projector with LED Lightsource
  • Review Date: October 22, 2010
  • MRSP: $119
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma PK201 LED Pico Projector Review Optoma PK201 LED Pico Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 28, 2010
  • MRSP: $299
  • Technology: DLP
LED Projector Review – 3M MPro150 Pico Projector LED Projector Review – 3M MPro150 Pico Projector
  • Review Date: September 23, 2010
  • MRSP: $350
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma PK301 LED Projector Review Optoma PK301 LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: September 2, 2010
  • MRSP: $399
  • Technology: DLP
AAXA L1 Pico Projector Review AAXA L1 Pico Projector Review
  • Review Date: August 23, 2010
  • MRSP: $599
  • Technology: DLP
LED Projector Review – Aiptek V10 PLUS Pico Projector LED Projector Review – Aiptek V10 PLUS Pico Projector
  • Review Date: July 19, 2009
  • MRSP: $349
  • Technology: LCoS
LED Projector Review – 3M MPro110 Pico Projector LED Projector Review – 3M MPro110 Pico Projector
  • Review Date: July 11, 2009
  • MRSP: $359
  • Technology: LCoS Projector
BenQ GP1 Joybee LED Projector Review BenQ GP1 Joybee LED Projector Review
  • Review Date: July 2, 2009
  • MRSP: $499
  • Technology: DLP
LED Projector Review – Optoma PK101 Pico Projector LED Projector Review – Optoma PK101 Pico Projector
  • Review Date: May 8, 2009
  • MRSP: $399
  • Technology: DLP
Boxlight BumbleBee LED/DLP, Palm Portable, Pocket Projector Review – Overview Boxlight BumbleBee LED/DLP, Palm Portable, Pocket Projector Review – Overview
  • Review Date: July 8, 2007
  • MRSP: $899
  • Technology: DLP
Mitsubishi PK20 LED, Palm-Sized. Portable, Pocket Projector Review – Overview Mitsubishi PK20 LED, Palm-Sized. Portable, Pocket Projector Review – Overview
  • Review Date: June 6, 2007
  • MRSP: $899
  • Technology: DLP
Dell 3400MP DLP Micro Portable Projector Review – Overview Dell 3400MP DLP Micro Portable Projector Review – Overview
  • Review Date: May 26, 2007
  • MRSP: $1099
  • Technology: DLP
Optoma ML300 Projector Review Optoma ML300 Projector Review
  • Review Date: January 1, 2007
  • MRSP: $899
  • Technology: DLP

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