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
BenQ HC1200 Projector Review$999 (889 street price)
JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review$12495
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review$789
Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review$5999
Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review$2999
Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector – A Review$27999
Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review$1699
Optoma HD141X Projector Review$699
BenQ HT1075 Projector Review$1199
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review$7999
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review$1299
Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review$3999
JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review$5199
Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector$
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review$2799
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999
BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review$1999
Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review$3499
Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review$899
Review: Optoma HD131Xe Projector$799
Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector$3999
Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review$2499
Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review$2599
Epson Home Cinema 2030 Projector Review$999
Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review$699
Optoma HD25-LV Home Theater Projector Review$1299
JVC DLA-X35 Projector Review$3499
JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review$11999
Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review$2999
Epson Pro Cinema 6020 UB Home Theater Projector Review$3500
BenQ W1070 Home Theater Projector Review$999
JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review$4999
Optoma HD23 Home Theater Projector Review$999
Mitsubishi HC7900DW Home Theater Projector Review$2499
Panasonic PT-AE8000 vs. Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB Projector Comparison$
Epson Home Cinema 3020 Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Panasonic PT-AE8000U Home Theater Projector Review$2999
Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review$3500
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review$16699
Sony VPL-HW50ES Home Theater Projector Review$3500
Sharp XV-Z30000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999
Acer H6500 Home Theater Projector Review$899
JVC DLA-X70R Projector Review$9999
Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review$1999
BenQ W7000 Home Theater Projector Review$1999
Epson Pro Cinema 6010 Home Theater Projector Mini Review$3999
SIM2 Nero 3D-2 Projector Review$24900
Sony VPL-VW95ES Projector Review$6999
Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review$2999
Acer H9500BD Home Theater Projector Review$1699
Panasonic PT-AE7000 Home Theater Projector Review$3499
Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Epson Home Cinema 3010e Home Theater Projector Review$1599
Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theater Projector Review$3699
Optoma HD8300 Home Theater Projector Review$4499
Optoma HD33 Home Theater Projector Review$1499
JVC DLA-HD250Pro Projector Review$2995
Runco Lightstyle LS-5 Projector Review$6995
BenQ W1200 Home Theater Projector Review$1499
Epson Pro Cinema 9350 Projector – A Comparison$2299
Epson Pro Cinema 9700UB Projector – A Comparison$3199

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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