Pico Projectors

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.

Pico projector brands: 3MLGOptoma, SamsungAAXA.

Article on Pico Projectors: The 2010 Pico Projector and Pocket Projector Report

Pico Projector Reviews

Pico Projector Reviews Reviews

Image Review MRSP Technology
Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review$3999DLP
JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review$5199 Street priceD-ILA
Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector$
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review$2799DLP
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999 street priceDLP
BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review$1999DLP
Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review$3499 MSRP3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review$8993LCD
Review: Optoma HD131Xe Projector$799 DLP
Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector$3999LCoS
Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review$24993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review$2599 MAP including 2 pair 3D glasses 3LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review$9993LCD
Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review$699DLP
Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review$1299DLP
JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review$3499.95D-ILA
JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review$11999D-ILA
Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review$2999DLP
Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review$35003LCD
BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review$999DLP
JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review$4999D-ILA
Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review$999DLP
Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review$2499DLP
Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison$3 Chip DLP
Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review$15993LCD
Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review$29993LCD
Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review$3500DLP
Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review$3500LCoS
Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999DLP
Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review$899DLP
JVC DLA-X70R Projector Review$MSRP: 9999, Street Price: 7995LCOS 3 Panel
Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review$1,9993LCD
BenQ W7000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999DLP
Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Home Theater Projector Mini Review$39993LCD
SIM2 Nero 3D-2 Projector Review$24900DLP
Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review$6999LCoS
Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review$2,9993LCD
Acer H9500BD Home Theater Projector Review$1699DLP
Panasonic PT-AE7000 Home Theater Projector Review$3,4993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review$15993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010e Home Theater Projector Review$1,5993LCD
Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theater Projector Review$3,699LCoS
Optoma HD8300 Home Theater Projector Review$4499DLP
Optoma HD33 Home Theater Projector Review$1499DLP
JVC DLA-HD250Pro Projector Review$2995D-ILA
Runco Lightstyle LS-5 Projector Review$6995DLP
BenQ W1200 Home Theater Projector Review$1499DLP
Epson Pro Cinema 9350 Projector – A Comparison$2,2993LCD
Epson Pro Cinema 9700UB Projector – A Comparison$3,1993LCD
JVC DLA-RS60 Projector Review$11,995LCoS
Runco Lightstyle LS-10d Projector Review$269953 Chip DLP
Sony VPL-VW90ES Projector Review$9,999LCoS
Vivitek H1080FD Projector Review$899DLP
Sharp XV-Z17000 Projector Review$4,999DLP
Mitsubishi HC7800D Home Theater Projector Review$3,995DLP
Viewsonic Pro8200 Projector Review$949DLP
Sony VPL-VWPRO1 Projector Review$3,400LCoS
Mitsubishi HC4000 Projector Review$1495DLP
3D Projectors: LG CF3D Projector Review$14999 LCoS
Epson Home Cinema 8700UB Projector Review$2,1993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector Review$1,2993LCD
Sanyo PLV-Z4000 Projector Review$2,4953LCD
LG AF115 Projector Review$2500DLP

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).

 

Mini projectors.

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.

Price

Pricing for Pico Projectors is usually around anywhere from $100 to $799 retail price; but most are available for $200-$400.

Notable specifications

  • 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)

Highlights

  • 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

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