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Reviews of Mini Projectors

The mini projectors category includes the latest projector technology used in ultra-portable projectors, mobile presentations, and smart phone device integration. See below for a list of mini projector reviews and information pages.

Mini projectors are the size class of portable projectors in which models typically weigh around 1-2 lbs. and are approximately the size of a paperback book. Mini projectors are commonly lumped in with “pocket projectors” and “pico projectors,” though they are a distinct breed. If in looking for “mini projectors” you’re actually really thinking of the very smallest of projectors that way about a half a pound or less, read up on pico projectors.

Mini Projectors weigh anywhere from 1.5 lbs. to 4.5 lbs., and are a great solution for on-the-go presentations, and personal media enjoyment.

The term mini projector appears to be fading from use, with today’s popular “pico projector” supplanting it. For our purposes, therefore, mini projectors will not incude the really small picos, but only these larger, beefier projectors with a lot more lumens. When they emerged on the market, mini projectors basically referred to the smallest projectors at the time.

Mini projector brands: 3M, LG, Samsung, Epson.

Article on Mini Projectors: The 2010 Pico Projector and Pocket Projector Report

Mini Projector Reviews

Optoma ML1080 Portable RGB Laser Projector Review

November 30, 2023

The Optoma ML1080 is a compact RGB laser projector delivering vivid colors, high brightness, and portability for various applications.

AAXA P7+ Projector Review

August 14, 2023

The new AAXA P7+ is one of the latest ultra-portable LED DLP, ultra-portable with a built-in battery. The P7+ with solar charger sells for an MSRP of $389.

LG CineBeam PF510Q Portable Smart Projector Review

December 19, 2022

The LG CineBeam PF510Q is a Full HD, $599.99 portable, 4Ch (RGBB) LED smart projector with 450 ANSI lumens. In addition, the PF510Q is an HDR-compatible projector, and the 4-channel (RGBB) LED light source is rated to last up to 30,000 hours. The ...

AAXA P400 Portable Short Throw LED Projector Review

November 14, 2022

  AAXA P400   The AAXA P400 is a battery-powered, LED short-throw, DLP projector capable of displaying a Full HD (1920x1080) resolution image which retails for $269. The P400 is one of the newest models from AAXA which is a leading manufacturer of smal ...

Wemax Go Advanced Full HD DLP Business Laser Projector Review

June 24, 2022

8.6" x 4.6" x 0.97" (W x D x H) and weighs just 1.7 pounds The Wemax Go Advanced is a first-of-its-kind, ultra-portable 1080p DLP business laser projector, capable of 600 ANSI lumens of brightness, 1.5 hours of battery life, less than one-inch thick, a ...

XGIMI Elfin Smart 1080P LED Projector Review

August 19, 2021

The XGIMI Elfin Smart LED projector is a Smart LED 1080P projector rated to deliver up to 800 ANSI lumens, and it retails for $649.

XGIMI Halo Portable 1080P Android TV Projector Review

May 5, 2021

The XGIMI Halo is a smart 1080P portable DLP projector with a compact design that is super portable, awarded the Projector Reviews Best in Class Award.

VIEWSONIC M2 SMART LED PROJECTOR REVIEW

March 17, 2021

The ViewSonic M2 Smart 1080P LED projector with Harman Kardon Bluetooth speakers (referred to as “the M2” in the remainder of this review) is a 500 ANSI Lumen (1200 LED lumen), full HD (1,920 x1,080) DLP LED-powered business and home media projector de ...

Philips PicoPix Max Projector Review

November 6, 2020

The Philips PicoPix Max is a Full HD (1,920x1,080) DLP projector capable of producing up to a 120’ image, with built in speakers, and up to a 3-hour battery life.

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000

November 22, 2019

‘Tis the season to be shopping for your next home entertainment or home theater projector! Welcome to our annual shopping guide, the Holiday Guide for Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000. In this guide we’ve selected some great projectors f ...

Aaxa 4k1 Home Entertainment Projector Review

August 15, 2019

The Aaxa 4K1 mini projector is a 4K (3840 x 2160), 1500 LED Lumen projector for your home entertainment pleasure.

Acer C200 Pico Projector Review - Travel-Sized and LED

August 20, 2018

The Acer C200 is a DLP projector with an LED light engine and this tiny pico projector can be carried in a large pocket or small purse, and will easily fit into your carry on for traveling.

AAXA P300 NEO Pico Projector Review - Pocket Sized Fun

August 16, 2018

The AAXA P300 Neo is a tiny, portable projector with an LED light engine, as is typical of pico and pocket projectors.

Acer K138ST Projector Review – A Pocket Sized Gaming Machine

December 15, 2017

The Acer K138ST is a pocket projector designed for big screen gaming on the go.

AAXA M5 Pocket Projector Review - 720p and LED!

November 29, 2017

The AAXA M5 is a $499 pocket-class projector with LED technology, featuring a “lamp” with three RGB LED lights.

Two Holiday Guides, Ten Great Home Projectors

November 28, 2017

We have created two Holiday Gift Guides from our favorite projectors of this year, one for home theater projectors and screens under $2000, and one for those priced over $2000.

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

August 16, 2017

The AAXA M6 is a bright, single chip DLP pocket-class projector with LED technology. Instead of a lamp, the 1,200 lumen M6 features three LED lights recreate the color spectrum.

About Mini Projectors

Mini projectors are now often called pocket projectors, which are also sometimes included with pico projectors and weighing around a pound or two.

While they are no longer the most portable of projectors, the features and performance of mini projectors continue to outshine their smaller competition on average.

Right, the original mini projector, the Optoma PK20. Over the past couple of years, we have seen increased feature sets, higher performance, and smaller size in the world of mini projectors, as well as of the similar pocket and pico projectors.

Pico projectors are supposed to be the very smallest of projectors, though lately everyone seems to include mini projectors and pocket projectors (a step up in size) in the pico conversation.

Thus, pico has become a big buzz term that encompasses these mini projectors despite their larger size and higher performance. What both classes consistently have in common, however, is that they all use LED light sources.

Mini projectors were originally battery powered, though as they became brighter with each subsequent generation, manufacturers gave up on internal battery supplies. However, due to demand, we may yet see a newer mini projector with a battery pack in it, though this would make the projector itself a lot heavier. We are more likely to see a mini projector with an external battery pack to run off of both external AC power and battery.

Those original mini projectors with internal battery packs typically offered 50 lumens or less. As of today (the beginning of 2011), mini projectors typically range from about 100-300 lumens. As of the CES show in January 2011, we’re even seeing the first 300+ lumen mini projectors!

The original successful mini projector, the Mitsubishi PK20 (shown below), dates back to about 2006. Initially it was used in the church market for missionary work. Missionaries would travel from village to village in underdeveloped countries, so, because they were never sure if they would have a power source for their presentations, they required battery powered projectors.

So we’ve seen some changes. Most mini projectors today are now sporting 100+ lumens, therefore requiring AC power. But then again, they then also have the capability of doing small group presentations of rather reasonable quality, which the smaller, dimmer pico projectors can’t yet claim.

Let’s take a look at some of the significant features of mini projectors.

Highlights, specifications and Features

  • Very small and portable – around the size of a paperback book (dimensions will vary)
  • Price: $400-$800
  • Brightness: 100-300+ lumens
  • Offering up to WXGA resolution
  • LED light source boasts ridiculously long life
  • One year warranty or less is standard
  • AC power, though battery power may re-emerge
  • Many feature built-in multimedia players

An excellent example of new features appearing on mini projectors is LG’s HW300T projector, which can wireless stream content from your PC or the internet. We expect the development and expansion of more great features such as this to appear in future mini projector models.

Check out our 2010 mini/pico/pocket projector report for more in-depth analysis, comparisons and reviews of specific models: A Guide To Pico Projectors

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