Portable Projectors

The portable projectors category includes the latest in portable projectors that are ideal in terms of portability and convenience. See below for a list of portable projector reviews and information pages.

Portable projectors are convenient on-the-go solution and are becoming more advanced every day. Practical uses include classic presentations such as PowerPoint and multimedia presentations including videos and sound. Enjoy pictures, videos, and browing the internet from a large projection rather than a small display screen. Portable projectors are now exploring the realm beyond presentation, including gaming, 3D and mobile device integration.

If it is more than 10 lbs., it is not really a portable projector by today’s standards. Granted, this doesn’t mean that you won’t choose a projector weighing 13 lbs., but it does mean that most portable projectors currently weigh 3-8 lbs.

Portable projector brands: 3MLGSamsungInFocus, and Epson.

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

Portable Projector Reviews

Portable Projector Reviews Reviews

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Epson EX5230 Portable Business Projector Review$5993LCD
Epson PowerLite 99W 3LCD Projector Review$7493LCD
Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review$999 street priceDLP
Acer K335 LED Portable Projector Review$699DLP (1)
Optoma GT760 Projector Review$649DLP
Epson Home Cinema 2000 Projector Quick Look Review$8993LCD
Viewsonic PJD7820HD Projector Review$699DLP
Acer H5360 LED DLP Mini Projector Review$599DLP
Optoma ML550 LED Projector Review$599DLP
Acer H6510BD Home Theater Projector Review$799DLP
BenQ MS517 DLP Multimedia Projector Review$549DLP
Viewsonic PJD5533w DLP Multimedia Projector Review$599DLP
Viewsonic PJD6383S Short Throw DLP Multimedia Projector Review$809DLP
Optoma GT750 3D Game Projector Review$799DLP
Acer K11 DLP Pico Projector Review$379DLP
Casio XJ-A250V WXGA DLP Projector Review$1420 -Street prices well under 1000DLP
Acer X1261P XGA Portable Projector Review$519DLP
Pico Projector Review – Optoma Neo-i DV20a Projector$449DLP
Optoma PK201 LED Pico Projector Review$299DLP
Optoma PK301 LED Projector Review$399DLP
AAXA L1 Pico Projector Review$599DLP
Casio XJ-A140 XGA DLP Multimedia Projector Review$849.99DLP

About Portable Projectors

The sweet spot from a value stand point on portable projectors, in terms of weight, would be 5-7 lbs. We say this because projectors in that size class will usually provide higher performance than the lighter 3-4 lb. models, and at a nice price. Therefore, if you don’t need the absolute lightest portable projector, this is the range where you will get the most bang for your buck!

Truth is, projectors have gotten small enough and light enough that the full-feature sets normally found in projectors for fixed installation are now often available in low cost, 6-8 lb. portable projectors.  A lot of portable projectors, therefore, end up in conference rooms, classrooms, training rooms, permanently mounted despite their small size. The slightly larger models that can still move from room to room, however, dominate the industry.

In many cases, current portable projector models offer as much connectivity as projectors many times their size and price. Portable projectors can offer advanced networking, wireless capabilities, and can, as of recently, even stream directly from the internet without a computer.

Yet not all uses for portable projectors are business anymore. Portable projectors are now coming 3D ready and can be integrated iPad, iPod, Android, or other mobile device technology. Portable projectors also integrate with gaming systems, hand gesture recognition, and webcam technology… The possibilities are endless.

There is something out there for everyone. For example, there are approximately 250 active portable business projectors on the market at any given time. And that doesn’t even include smaller pico and pockets projectors. Thus, while there are a whole lot of similar projectors available, this also means there are a whole lot of features available too. For portable business projectors, there are often many variations of a single basic model, with each varying in anything from resolution and brightness to extra features and networking capabilities.

Portable projectors cover vast size range, from as low as a few ounces to roughly 10 lbs. Within portable projectors are pico projectorsmini projectorspocket projectors, and the standard portable projectors we’ve been discussing here.

Pico and pocket projectors are now the smallest and lightest of the portables, though they are still not bright enough for presentations to more than a couple people, and image quality is significantly compromised.

However, technology is developing rapidly, so these flaws will begin to disappear in subsequent pico and pocket generations. In the pocket projector world this is especially evident, where models are currently brighter and better performers than the larger, heftier and more powerful portables of the 1990s.

Let’s take a look at the variety of portable projectors available on the market today.

The Optoma PK301 projector.

Above, the Optoma PK301 of the smallest class of portable projector – the pico projector.

The BenQ Joybee GP1 projector.

The BenQ Joybee GP1 pocket projector, the second smallest portable projector class.

The Casio XJ-S57 projector.

The Casio XJ-S57 Super Slim is one of the thinnest projectors available, and can fit conveniently into your briefcase or carry-on luggage.

The Epson Powerlite 85+ projector.

The 7 lb. Epson Powerlite 85+ portable won our Best In Classroom award last year

Basically, there are plenty of slightly smaller projectors out there between 2.5-5 lbs. for the hardcore road warrior who is always on the go. If you are constantly traveling – bringing your work life in the car or on the airplane with you – chances are you’re taking your portable projector everywhere. This size portable projector is a great compromise between portability and image quality – these models are the smallest and lightest but still have high performance.

But if you’re not the type who needs your projector to fit in your briefcase or carry-on luggage, you might not care if your projector is 3 or 13 lbs. Some portable projectors are rarely taken off site or are moved only from room to room, so being the most lightweight is not necessary.

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