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
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- >>
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review
Typically the under $2000 range for home projectors has consisted of two classes of projectors, the entry level of the home theater class - projectors >>
Sony VPL-VW665ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review
No, the VW665ES isn't a revolutionary new home theater projector. Let me qualify that: Perhaps you could count all Sony 4K home theater projectors >>
BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review
BenQ HT4050 is the highest quality of three new DLP based home theater / home entertainment projectors. How improved over their W1070, HT1075 you may >>
Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review
I'm a bit late getting this published. I received a Home Cinema 2040 - also referred to as HC2040 about five weeks ago. It was an engineering sample >>
Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors
This is my opinion which resulted in the Epson LS10000 winning our Best In Class award for projectors priced $3500 and up, while the JVC came in as Runner >>
Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review
The Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL is a large, heavy, very bright commercial installation projector intended for auditorium size venues and/or specialized >>
Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review
The Optoma HD37 Projector from Optoma is a solid home entertainment projector around the $1000 price range.
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