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

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Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

  • Review Date: November 28, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: 0

Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Home Entertainment Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 16, 2017
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema LS100 Laser Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema LS100 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 9, 2017
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

NEC NP-PA653UL Business/Education Projector Review

NEC NP-PA653UL Business/Education Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 27, 2017
  • MSRP: $7,779
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 660 First Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 660 First Look Review

  • Review Date: August 29, 2017
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

AAXA M6 Projector Review – 1080p Pocket Sized and LED!

AAXA M6 Projector Review – 1080p Pocket Sized and LED!

  • Review Date: August 16, 2017
  • MSRP: $599
  • Technology: LED

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 4000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 30, 2017
  • MSRP: $2199
  • Technology: 3LCD

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

Acer H7550ST Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 14, 2017
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review

The Astonishing Epson Pro Cinema 4040 Home Theater Projector – Review

  • Review Date: March 16, 2017
  • MSRP: $2699
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3700 Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 14, 2017
  • MSRP: $1499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 8, 2017
  • MSRP: $2299
  • Technology: 3LCD

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

InFocus IN5148HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 28, 2017
  • MSRP: $6889
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 15, 2016
  • MSRP: $3799
  • Technology: DLP

Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review

Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $2169.99
  • Technology: DLP

HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB

HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB

  • Review Date: September 24, 2016
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 13, 2016
  • MSRP: $1149
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 27, 2016
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review

LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 16, 2016
  • MSRP: $1,399
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 11, 2016
  • MSRP: $2699
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review

Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: $21999
  • Technology: 3LCD

BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review

BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 8, 2016
  • MSRP: $2900
  • Technology: DLP

ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: May 12, 2016
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 30, 2016
  • MSRP: $3995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3

Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 11, 2016
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review

Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 18, 2016
  • MSRP: $1799
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 6, 2016
  • MSRP: $3999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 4, 2016
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: 3LCD

JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 25, 2016
  • MSRP: $9995
  • Technology: D-ILA-3

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 28, 2015
  • MSRP: $1699
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-VW665ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-VW665ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 18, 2015
  • MSRP: $14999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 6, 2015
  • MSRP: $1399
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review

Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review

  • Review Date: September 16, 2015
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors

Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors

  • Review Date: September 9, 2015
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review

Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 2, 2015
  • MSRP: $28,999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 2, 2015
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review

Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review

  • Review Date: June 12, 2015
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: 3LCD

BenQ HC1200 Projector Review

BenQ HC1200 Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 27, 2015
  • MSRP: $999 ($889 street price)
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 22, 2015
  • MSRP: $12495
  • Technology: D-ILA

ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review

ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 19, 2015
  • MSRP: $789
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review

Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 13, 2015
  • MSRP: $5999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)

Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 21, 2015
  • MSRP: $1599
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review

Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 25, 2014
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector – A Review

Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector – A Review

  • Review Date: November 22, 2014
  • MSRP: $27999
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 30, 2014
  • MSRP: $1699
  • Technology: 3LCD

Optoma HD141X Projector Review

Optoma HD141X Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 12, 2014
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ HT1075 Projector Review

BenQ HT1075 Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 4, 2014
  • MSRP: $1199
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review

Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review

  • Review Date: September 9, 2014
  • MSRP: $7999
  • Technology: 3LCD on Quartz (LCoQ)

LG PF85U LED Projector – Review

LG PF85U LED Projector – Review

  • Review Date: August 28, 2014
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 10, 2014
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: SXRD (3)

Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 11, 2014
  • MSRP: $3999
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review

  • Review Date: April 14, 2014
  • MSRP: $5199
  • Technology: D-ILA

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector

Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector

  • Review Date: March 29, 2014
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology:

BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 18, 2014
  • MSRP: $2799
  • Technology: DLP

Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review

Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review

  • Review Date: March 1, 2014
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review

BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review

  • Review Date: December 25, 2013
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review

  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review

Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review

  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: 3LCD

Review:  Optoma HD131Xe Projector

Review: Optoma HD131Xe Projector

  • Review Date: December 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $799
  • Technology: DLP

Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector

Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector

  • Review Date: December 7, 2013
  • MSRP: $3999
  • Technology: LCoS

Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review

Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review

  • Review Date: November 12, 2013
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 27, 2013
  • MSRP: $2599
  • Technology: 3LCD

Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 27, 2013
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review

Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 5, 2013
  • MSRP: $699
  • Technology: DLP

Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: July 10, 2013
  • MSRP: $1299
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review

JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review

  • Review Date: March 3, 2013
  • MSRP: $3499
  • Technology: D-ILA

JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review

JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 16, 2013
  • MSRP: $11999
  • Technology: D-ILA

Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: February 1, 2013
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: DLP

Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 27, 2013
  • MSRP: $3500
  • Technology: 3LCD

BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review

BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: January 6, 2013
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review

JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 21, 2012
  • MSRP: $4999
  • Technology: D-ILA

Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: December 7, 2012
  • MSRP: $999
  • Technology: DLP

Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 27, 2012
  • MSRP: $2499
  • Technology: DLP

Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison

Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison

  • Review Date: November 19, 2012
  • MSRP: N/A
  • Technology: 3 Chip DLP

Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review

Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: November 11, 2012
  • MSRP: $1599
  • Technology: 3LCD

Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review

Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 21, 2012
  • MSRP: $2999
  • Technology: 3LCD

Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review

Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 15, 2012
  • MSRP: $3500
  • Technology: DLP

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review

Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review

  • Review Date: October 7, 2012
  • MSRP: $16699
  • Technology: DLP

Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review

Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: September 26, 2012
  • MSRP: $3500
  • Technology: LCoS

Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review

Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: August 22, 2012
  • MSRP: $1999
  • Technology: DLP

Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review

Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review

  • Review Date: June 29, 2012
  • MSRP: $899
  • Technology: DLP

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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