Pocket Projectors

The pocket projectors category includes the latest technology in ultra-portable projectors, micro projectors, and pico projectors for laptops and device integration. See below for a list of pocket projector reviews and information pages.

Pocket projectors earn their name from being small enough to fit in your pants pocket, and weigh above 0.75 lbs. (but really over a pound). These projectors are extremely convenient and are ideal for portable use.

However, when compared with the smallest size class, pico projectors, bulk is the real difference as opposed to weight. Though a bit larger in size than their tiny competition, pocket projectors pack more punch.

Broadly speaking, pocket projectors are under 2 lbs., use a solid state light source (LED or laser), and have a small physical footprint.

Pocket Projector Brands: 3MLGSamsungInFocus, and Epson.

Pocket Projector Resource: The 2010 Pico Projector and Pocket Projector Report

Pocket Projector Reviews

Pocket Projector Reviews Reviews

Image Review MRSP Technology
NEC NP-L102W Projector Review$1099DLP
LG PF85U LED Projector – Review$1299DLP
Asus P2B Pocket Projector Review$549DLP
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999DLP
Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review$699DLP (1)
Canon REALiS LE-5W Projector Review$799DLP
Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review$599DLP
HB Opto HBP503D Pocket Projector Review$600DLP
Optoma ML500 DLP Projector Review$1199DLP
Viewsonic PLED-W500 LED Pocket Projector Review$840DLP
Acer K330 LED Pocket Projector Review$419DLP
Vivitek QUMI Q2 LED DLP Pocket Projector Review$499DLP

About Pocket Projectors

Recently, pocket projectors and pico projectors have been sort of lumped together, but pocket projectors are a distinct breed of their own. Pocket projectors (also known as mini projectors) earn their name because they can fit into a shirt or pants pocket. To put size perspective, a pocket projector is typically about the size of a thick paperback book, though the proportions vary depending on the model. Pocket projectors typically use an LED light source and are smaller than conventional projectors.

If you’re tired of fiddling with a heavy and cumbersome projector for your presentations, pocket projectors and pico projectors are excellent options. Neither can provide the same brightness or image quality as a standard projector, but they’re suitable alternatives.

Compared to the smaller pico projectors, pocket projectors are the more capable choice. They are far brighter than pico projectors, offering 100-300 lumens compared to the current pico maximum of 50 lumens. A pico, therefore, is not bright enough to handle a typical office space, but a pocket project can. Pocket projectors are also higher resolution than pico projectors. These factors make them better suited for presentations.

Pocket projectors normally have a separate power brick with some real weight. One thing to consider about the larger pocket projector is that, while the projectors themselves are always under 2 lbs., the power bricks can approach one pound in weight depending on how large or bright the pocket projector is. Therefore, the required power bricks should be factored into the total weight.

Originally, pocket projectors such as the Mistubishi PK20, which is now several years old, were battery powered like the modern pico projector. Because of their convenience, pocket projectors were very popular with missionaries abroad. They made presentations easy when traveling, for example, across Africa from village to village. Recently, though, we have seen a resurface of the original battery powered pocket projector in addition to the current power brick.

We have seen some big changes in pocket projectors in the second half of 2010. Pocket projectors are moving up to the same resolution as many portable business projectors, including SVGA, XGA and WXGA (with the last two seen in 90% of business projectors). Also, pocket projectors are now as bright as the early portable projectors of 15 years ago, and are definitely capable of projecting a 4-5 ft. diagonal image in a conference room with moderate lighting.

Inputs

The capabilities of pocket and pico projectors are constantly expanding. Recently, we have seen the emergence of HDMI and mini-HDMI jacks. All but the least expensive models now seem to have computer inputs as well, and even the ones lacking those have media players that allow for presentations.

We are also now seeing card slots, USB inputs, S-video inputs, and VGA in addition to the standard composite video source. Let’s examine the differences in input panels between a pico and pocket projector.

First image is the LG HX300G pocket projector, which accepts HDMI, VGA, composite video, DC, audio input, and USB input.

Second image is the Optoma PK301 pico projector, one of the better-equipped pico projectors. It includes VGA, mini-HDMI, DC, micro USB, audio input/output and a MicroSD card slot.

 

Price

Pocket projectors typically run from $350-800, but the smaller pico projectors are usually around $200-400, with the least expensive starting at $100.

Highlights

  • Smaller and more portable than conventional projectors
  • Brighter than pico projectors and therefore better suited for presentations
  • 100-300 lumens that, while not as bright as “full-sized” projectors, are competent
  • LED light source with no replacement cost
  • Higher resolution than pico projectors, from VGA (640×480) to wide XVGA in its most common form (1280×800)

For information on pocket projectors and their competitors, pico projectors, check out The 2010 Pico Projector and Pocket Projector Guide and Reviews

News And Comments

  • Olof C

    Trying my luck here..

    Looking for a pocket projector in the 500-700 lumen range. Specifically i would love the audio to be transferable via bluetooth but the only projector that i can find is the Aaxa android pico. Lovely spec but there is a huge amount of negative reports on this one. Good picture quality but poor performance when it comes to conectivity. Especially the bluetooth performance. Apperently you cant run hdmi and bluetooth at the same time witch is a bit weird?! A lot of people are experiencing no bluetooth function at all, the same goes for the usb ports. Find all this a bit worrying.. I would like my projector to connect to my soundsystem hassel free witch in my case means no cords..

    Any ideas where to look?

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      Greetings Olof

      Interesting challenge. Question:
      What are you planning to use as the source? I ask, because “normally”
      it’s the source that feeds sound to your audio system, whether that
      sound is in the projector, or an AV receiver, etc. I believe that’s
      why you are having problems finding what you want.

      Most
      of these pocket projectors do have an audio out, if the sound is coming
      in over MHL (which typically means content over Wifi – being brought in
      over the HDMI port. The other, similar situation would be playing
      content that came in on a USB or SD card, and contained audio as well.

      But for DVD, Blu-ray, satellite/cable, etc. the Source audio normally is routed directly to the sound system.

      You can look to 3rd party solutions.
      There’s
      almost certainly outboard “Bluetooth” transmitters, that when powered,
      can transmit the audio output via bluetooth, to a bluetooth receiver in
      your sound system, or to an outboard bluetooth receiver. In my theater,
      one of my sound options is to play music from my laptop, iPhones, and
      tablets. To do that, I output bluetooth to a Sony HWS-BTA2W bluetooth
      device. I’ve been using that for probably 3 years+, so haven’t given it
      a 2nd thought until now. But, I’m almost certain that Sony can be
      selected to be a transmitter, or a receiver, as, I expect, can some
      others.

      If my memory serves me well, then that
      Sony or similar, would be your solution. If it can transmit, attach it
      to your audio output of whichever projector you settle on. And it
      should talk to your sound system. If I recall, the Sony was relatively
      inexpensive – around $75 or less. The Sony is tiny.

      I
      think such a device is your ticket to success. And since what you want
      doesn’t seem to be readily available inside today’s pocket projectors,
      it allows you to pick the overall best projector for your needs, rather
      than pick “the only one” that has such a feature. Good luck. Let us
      know how it turns out. -art