The pico projectors category includes the latest in ultra-portable projectors, micro projectors, and pocket projectors for laptops and other convenient device integration. See below for a list of pico projector reviews and information pages.
Pico projectors, are hand-held portable devices that use a solid state light source such as LED instead of a conventional lamp.
Loosely defined as under 0.75 lbs., they are considerably smaller than similar “pocket projectors” or “mini projectors,” which are therefore over 0.75-1 lbs. Thus, these pico projectors are no larger than the size of a pack of cigarettes.
Since the first pico projectors emerged on the market a few years ago, each subsequent generation’s performance, on average, has exceeded its predecessors. Each year, picture quality, resolution, brightness and even inputs have become more advanced and are expected to continue to improve in the future.
Article on Pico Projectors: The 2010 Pico Projector and Pocket Projector Report
Pico Projector Reviews
HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB
The HW45ES is a great projector, the HC5040UB, costs more, but offers more. For some, considering both projectors, it will be a question of: "can >>
InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review
InFocus is a well established manufacturer of projectors for the business and education market segments. The IN1118HD, reviewed here, is a portable >>
Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review
The VPL-HW45ES offers great color and a bright picture. Ideal for media rooms, and home theaters, this 1800 lumen 1080p projector is Sony's most affordable >>
LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review
Small, but packed with features, LG's MiniBeam PF1000U is an ultra-short throw projector that includes a TV tuner, wireless networking and one of the >>
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review
These all new, pixel shifting, 4K capable "Ultra Black" projectors from Epson; the Home Cinema 5040UB - aka HC5040UB - and Pro Cinema 6040UB - aka PC6040UB >>
Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review
The Epson Pro L1505 is a 12,000 lumen, large venue, pixel shifting, laser projector with WUXGA resolution, that can accept a full range of 4K content >>
BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review
Capable of lighting up a conference room or mid-sized auditorium with sharp vibrant images, the BenQ SU931 excels at economy with an enviable price tag >>
ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review
The PJD7835 is a relatively small, portable business and education projector marketed by Viewsonic. It has particularly good color in its "best" modes >>
JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review
This year JVC has upped their projector game, and nowhere is that more apparent than the JVC DLA-RS400 and DLA-X550R home theater projectors sold in the >>
Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review
The Pro Cinema 1985 - A True Light Canon of a projector for enjoyable large screen viewing in "Bright Rooms." We're talking living rooms, family rooms >>
Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review
"Optoma’s 1080p ultra short throw interactive projector, the EH320USTi, is perfect for businesses, schools and colleges. It is bright (4,000 lumens) >>
Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review
The "Evolution is Upon Us." Sony's VPL-HW65ES offers a number of improvements over the HW55ES - its rather excellent predecessor - which was a Best In >>
Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review
The HC1040 projector is geared for "bright rooms" - doesn't need a cave to enjoy sports, HDTV and movies
JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review
The DLA-RS600U and the virtually identical DLA-X950R are JVC's flagship models for the US Market (called the DLA-X9000 in Europe) and replace the DLA- >>
Pico Projector Reviews Reviews
About Pico Projectors
Pico projectors are less than 1 lb., fit comfortably in the pants or even shirt pocket, and are extremely convenient for portable uses. They typically use DLP or LCoS technology with an LED solid state light source. They are one size class smaller than pocket and mini projectors.
True, pico projector resolution remains significantly lower than typical business or home theater projectors, and brightness is not likely to reach the levels of standard size projectors.
However, the picture quality, color, and brighness of recent pico projectors is an improvement upon even the previous year’s models. We presume pico projector imaging will continue to be made better with new technological advances. For example, the brightest of 2009’s pico projectors was only 12 lumens, whereas some of today’s pico projectors measure up to 50 lumens and are more versatile than ever before (as of the end of 2010).
Without a doubt, pico projectors are a lot of fun. Their incredibly small size and excellent portablility make them great for video gaming, movie watching, or mobile presentations (so long as they’re bright enough for your environment).
Above, the pico projectors reviewed in 2010. From left, clockwise: Optoma PK201, LG HX-300G, 3M MP150, Optoma PK301, and the AAXA L1. Not shown: the AAXA P1 Jr.
Let’s take a look at some of the significant features of pico projectors.
Pricing for Pico Projectors is usually around anywhere from $100 to $799 retail price; but most are available for $200-$400.
- Brightness: 8-60 lumens
- Native resolution: VGA to XGA, also wide screen models
- Contrast: 1000:1 to 2000+:1
- Light source life: 20,000+ hours, most rated 10,000-30,000 hours
- Warranty: typically 90 days to 1 year, parts and labor (varies from brand to brand)
- Inputs: Composite video is standard, and some offer VGA input, USB input and/or a card reader, and HDMI (typically a mini-HDMI jack)
- Extremely small – around the size of a wallet, some less than 1/2 inch thick, weigh around a half a pound or less
- Most have more than one type of input in addition to standard composite video source
- Increased compatibility as memory cards and USB slots are becoming more common
- Some offer built-in multimedia players
- Battery life around or just over 1 hour
- Relatively quick recharge (3-5 hours)
- Most have audio – 1 or 2 speakers, and some have audio out for external speakers/headphones
- One year warranty is most common so far (though some have 90 day)
- Long life LED light source
Check out our 2010 pico projector report for more in-depth analysis, comparisons and reviews of specific models: A Guide To Pico Projectors