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
Sony VPL-VZ1000ES Laser, True 4K, Home Theater Projector Review
The Sony VPL-VZ1000ES is a 4K ultra short throw home theater projector. It is one serious projector, which claims 2500 lumens, at a hefty $24,995 list >>
BenQ CH100 Portable Business Projector Review
The BenQ CH100 is a slick, small, HD resolution, DLP portable business projector with an LED light engine, claiming 1,000 lumens. The lamp-free quality >>
Epson Pro Cinema LS10500 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review
The Epson LS10500 laser projector is ready for prime time in your theater. Replacing the older LS10000 - one of the first 1080p projectors that could >>
Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review
The Acer H7550ST is a powerful little short throw, single chip DLP home entertainment projector. Claiming 3,000 lumens, it is a pretty decent bright room >>
The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review
The Epson Pro Cinema 4040 is perhaps the most overlooked "breakthrough" home theater projector available today. I'm not saying that it is the best >>
Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review
The Home Cinema 3700 is one of three projectors launched in September 2016, replacing the older 3000 series. There are significant improvements. Because >>
Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review
Although Epson describes the PowerLite 2265U as a portable business projector, it is somewhat larger and heavier than many portable models. However >>
InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review
The InFocus IN5148HD is intended for use in large venues where a high light output projector is called for. While the IN5148HD carries a list price >>
BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review
The BenQ HT6050 is their serious home theater projector with 1080p resolution. 2000 lumens, and a current street price under $3000 (with bundled lens >>
Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review
The Viewsonic Pro8530HDL is a DLP projector that is marketed for use by businesses and schools as well as being suitable for large venues and installation >>
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 >>
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