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
Viewsonic Pro8530HDL Projector Review$2169.99DLP
BenQ HT6050 Home Theater Projector Review$3799DLP
HT Projectors: Sony VPL-HW45ES vs Epson HC5040UB$
InFocus IN1118HD Mobile Projector Review$1149DLP
Sony VPL-HW45ES Home Theater Projector Review$1999SXRD (3)
LG MiniBeam PF1000U Projector Review$1,399DLP
Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, Pro Cinema 6040UB Home Theater Projector Review$39993LCD
Epson Powerlite Pro L1500, L1505 Laser Projector Review$219993LCD
BenQ SU931 Large Venue Projector Review$2900DLP
ViewSonic PJD7835HD Projector Review$899DLP
JVC DLA-RS400U Home Theater Projector Review$3999D-ILA-3
Epson Pro Cinema 1985 W Projector Review$24993LCD
Optoma EH320USTi Ultra-Short Throw Projector Review$1799DLP
Sony VPL-HW65ES Home Theater Projector Review$3999SXRD (3)
Epson Home Cinema 1040 Home Theater Projector Review$7993LCD
JVC DLA-RS600U, X950R Home Theater Projector Review$9995D-ILA-3
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 Projector Review$16993LCD
Sony VPL-VW665ES 4K Home Theater Projector Review$14999SXRD (3)
BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector Review$1399DLP
Epson Home Cinema 2040 and 2045 Projectors – A Review$7993LCD
Epson LS10000 vs JVC DLA-RS6710 – Two Awesome HT Projectors$
Epson PowerLite Pro Z10005UNL Projector Review$28,9993LCD
Optoma HD37 Home Projector Review$999DLP
Epson Powerlite Pro Cinema G6550WU Commercial and Home Entertainment Projector – Review$49993LCD
BenQ HC1200 Projector Review$999 (889 street price)DLP
JVC DLA-RS6710U, RS67U, X900R, 4K Home Theater Projector Review$12495D-ILA
ViewSonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment Projector Review$789DLP
Epson Pro-Cinema LS9600e Projector Review$5999D-ILA
Optoma HD161X Home Theater Projector Review$1599DLP
Sony VPL-CH375 Projector Review$29993LCD
Sony VPL-VW1100ES 4K Projector – A Review$27999SXRD (3)
Epson Home Cinema 3500 Home Theater Projector Review$16993LCD
Optoma HD141X Projector Review$699DLP
BenQ HT1075 Projector Review$1199DLP
Epson Pro Cinema LS10000 Laser Home Theater Projector – Review$79993LCD
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review$1299DLP
Sony VPL-HW40ES Home Theater Projector Review$2499SXRD (3)
Optoma HD91 Home Theater Projector Review$3999DLP
JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review$5199D-ILA
Sony VPL-HW55ES Projector vs. Epson HC5030UB Projector$
BenQ W7500 Home Theater Projector Review$2799DLP
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999DLP
BenQ W1500 Home Projector – Review$1999DLP
Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB Projector Quick Look Review$34993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review$8993LCD
Review: Optoma HD131Xe Projector$799DLP
Review: Sony VPL-HW55ES Home Theater Projector$3999LCoS
Epson Pro Cinema 4030 Projector – Review$24993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 5030 UB Home Theater Projector Review$25993LCD
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$3499D-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
Panasonic PT-DZ770UL WUXGA DLP Projector Review$16699DLP
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$9999LCOS 3 Panel
Panasonic PT-AR100U Home Theater Projector Review$19993LCD
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$29993LCD
Acer H9500BD Home Theater Projector Review$1699DLP
Panasonic PT-AE7000 Home Theater Projector Review$34993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review$15993LCD
Epson Home Cinema 3010e Home Theater Projector Review$15993LCD
Sony VPL-HW30ES Home Theater Projector Review$3699LCoS

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.


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)


  • 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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