The portable projectors category includes the latest in portable projectors that are ideal in terms of portability and convenience. Scroll down for a list of our most recent portable projector reviews and more.
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.
The lightest portable projectors are Pico projectors – they typically weigh less than one pound and are about the size (give or take) of a pack of cigarettes. They are definitely the least bright projectors almost all with less than 100 lumens. They are limited in use, need a really dark room to do a good job on a small screen – say 40 inches, but are the ultimate in portability.
Pocket projectors are the next size up, and like Pico Projectors tend to have LED light sources. These weigh from roughly 1 lb. to about 4 pounds and are mostly 300 – 700 lumens with the brightest hitting 1000 lumens (2015). These are becoming more and more practical each year.
The vast majority of portable projectors, though, are lamp based projectors weighing in from about 3 pounds to 10 pounds and offering from 2000 to 5000 lumens!
A few Portable projector brands: 3M, LG, InFocus, and Epson.
Nebula Capsule 3 Laser by Anker. The Nebula Capsule 3 Laser is a portable compact projector with an integrated battery and retails for $799.99. It can reproduce Full HD (1920x1280) resolution and project images up to 120”. While most portable projectors rely on LED lightFebruary 27, 2023
The Formovie P1 compact Digital Light Processing (DLP) pocket projector features ALPD laser technology in an ultra-portable chassis.
The Samsung Freestyle is a portable smart LED projector that retails for $799. At first glance, the projector seems expensive based on its basic specs. However, the freestyle is one of the best thought-out portable projectors that we have ever reviewed ...
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 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 ...
The Wemax Dice is a full HD, portable projector that retails for $699. This projector offers exceptional picture quality at an affordable price.
The Philips Screeneo U4 is compact with a contemporary look. The Philips Screeneo U4 is a compact 400 ANSI lumen Ultra-Short-Throw (UST) 4LED projector with integrated speakers and retails for $669. Dan Mamane, President of Screeneo Innovation SA, stat ...
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 ...
The AAXA P8 is an LED-powered, smart, DLP projector capable of displaying a qHD (960x540) resolution image and sells for $249 price. The P8 Mini Projector is one of the newest generations of smart, super small, solid-state mini projectors introduced by ...
Portable LED Projector The LG PF610P, which retails for $849 MSRP is a DLP LED home entertainment projector, and it is small enough to be considered transportable. This LG projector utilizes a single DLP chip to deliver Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,08 ...
BenQ has announced another exciting portable projector, the GS50 which is the second generation of BenQ’s GS lineup. The GS50 is a 1080p Full High Definition (FHD) portable LED projector that is rated at 500 ANSI lumens and the first portable projector to have a 2.1 channel Bluetooth speaker with “Extra Bass.”
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.
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The XGIMI Horizon Pro is the flagship 2200 lumen 4K home theater focused projector in their lineup.
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.
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 ...
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The Epson EF12, part of their EpiqVision series of Smart projectors, offers all the benefits of a Smart TV with the benefits of a projector.
The Elite Projector offers multiple MosicGO systems, which are a portable home theater system designed for outdoor and indoor entertainment.
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.
The Epson PowerLite U50 is a 3LCD, WUXGA (1920 x 1200) resolution projector with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for business use.
Great for both business and education environments, the Casio XJ-F211WN is their latest in DLP WXGA projectors .
The BenQ EW800ST is a DLP, WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution, short throw projector with smart capabilities. It is primarily positioned as a classroom projector, but is suitable for conference rooms and meeting rooms where its feature set would be useful. B ...
Epson's new EF-100 smart home theater projector that can be used in just about any room in your house.
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The Aaxa 4K1 mini projector is a 4K (3840 x 2160), 1500 LED Lumen projector for your home entertainment pleasure.
The Vankyo Leisure 3 is a portable projector which measures a mere 7.8 x 5.8 x 2.7 inches and weighs in at only 2.4 pounds.
The Casio XJ-S400UN is part of Casio’s new Superior series, which features the next generation of their mercury-free, hybrid laser and LED light engine.
The NEC NP-MC382W is a capable LCD projector, well suited for business and education environments.
The Epson PowerLite 109W is a WXGA (1280 x 800) business and education projector claiming 4,000 lumens making it suitable for classrooms and conference rooms where there is little control over the amount of ambient light.
The Epson PowerLite 1785W is a WXGA (1280x800) 3LCD projector intended for the traveling professional, classroom, or anyone who needs to wow their audience on-the-go.
The BenQ MW535A is a bright WXGA projector intended for the business and education market.
The Casio XJ-A257 is a portable laser projector designed for business and education applications.
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.
The AAXA P300 Neo is a tiny, portable projector with an LED light engine, as is typical of pico and pocket projectors.
The BenQ MH733 Projector is a compact, 5.5 pound full HD, DLP projector claiming 4000 lumens and potentially 15,000 hours of lamp life.
The Optoma W460 is a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution projector with an outstanding 4,600 lumens.
The Epson PowerLite 108 XGA, 3LCD projector is a mid-range, small fixed install or portable use projector suitable for classroom or conference room.
The InFocus IN2128hdx is a Full HD native resolution, compact portable projector that is built for easy connectivity whether on the go or mounted permanently.
The Sony VPL-EW435 is a WXGA (1280 x 800) resolution business and education projector claiming 3,100 lumens.
The InFocus IN116xa is a compact, portable DLP projector that manages to load a ton of ability into a projector that is very reasonably priced at $425.
BenQ’s HT2550 is the first 4K UHD projector at this price point, just $1499!
The Viewsonic PJD7828HDL is an entry level priced 1080p resolution DLP projector, one that provides a lot of value.
The Acer K138ST is a pocket projector designed for big screen gaming on the go.
The AAXA M5 is a $499 pocket-class projector with LED technology, featuring a “lamp” with three RGB LED lights.
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.
The Epson Home Cinema 2100 and Home Cinema 2150 are two new projectors that replace their venerable HC2040 and HC2045.
The Epson Home Cinema 760HD is one of a trio of projectors from Epson’s new value line.
Epson has just announced two evolutionary projectors to replace a couple of their most popular projectors. The Epson Home Cinema 2150 and its younger brother, the Home Cinema 2100.
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.
The Epson Home Cinema 2100 is one of two projectors just announced by Epson that are evolutionary.
The BenQ CH100 is a small, HD resolution, DLP portable business projector with an LED light engine, claiming 1,000 lumens.
The NEC NP-ME331W is one of four similar models in NEC’s ME-series of portable projectors intended for business or education applications.
Epson describes the PowerLite 2265U as a portable business projector, it is somewhat larger and heavier than many portable models.
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.
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 projectors, mini projectors, pocket projectors, and the standard portable projectors we've been discussing here.
Let's take a look at the variety of portable projectors available on the market today.
Above, the Optoma PK320 of the smallest class of portable projector - the pico projector.
The LG PF85U Pocket projector, (one of the brightest, and highest resolution of its type) the second smallest portable projector class:
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 7 lb. Epson Powerlite 99W 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.