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How To Buy The Best Portable Projector

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Looking to buy the best Portable Projector? Check out our guide below and you’ll be well-placed to select the correct one for your needs.

If you haven’t noticed, projectors have shrunk significantly. They used to be huge, hot, power-hungry machines that required a bulky stand or coffee table to sit on, if not a whole home theatre room. A few years ago, however, the combination of small, high-quality DLP chips and energy-efficient LED lighting allowed projectors the size of a hardback book or even smaller to be built. You can now buy a Rubik’s Cube-sized projector or a smartphone-sized projector.

These portable projectors are ideal for on-the-go entertainment, with battery-powered operation, built-in speakers, and bulbs that last tens of thousands of hours. When you take them on vacation, you can use them with a huge screen in the living room or with a portable screen.

In the summer, if the weather is nice, you can even use them outside. Even better, you won’t mind dragging them around because they’re small, light, and inexpensive. Does this seem appealing to you? You may have discovered a new way to enjoy your favourite TV shows, games, and movies.

What factors should you consider while selecting a portable projector?

Keep your expectations in check. You can’t expect the same quality of experience as you would with a specialist home cinema projector. For starters, the majority of these devices rely on a low-resolution DLP chip to generate the image that is projected onto the screen. This is often a standard-definition chip, providing you the same 848 × 480 resolution as a DVD movie.

While a few devices reach 1080p Full HD, most portable models are limited to 720p HD. This means you won’t receive the pin-sharp clarity that today’s 4K and HD TVs provide. Cheap projectors that claim to have a 1080p resolution should be avoided, as this usually implies they can display a 1080p image but will downscale it to 480p.

With a portable projector, you won’t obtain the same levels of contrast and brightness. A good home cinema projector will have a brightness of 2,000 ANSI lumens or more, allowing you to see bright whites, deep blacks, and rich colours even in dim lighting. Even in a brightly lit room, the image should be watchable.

The brightness of LED portable projectors ranges from 100 to 2,000 ANSI lumens, with the great majority falling between 300 and 800 ANSI lumens. You can get a nice picture in a dark room, but if you’re expecting full theatre quality or something that works with the curtains wide open, you could be disappointed.

Budget is, of course, a consideration. As a general rule, the more money you spend, the brighter and higher-resolution the image will be, providing you a better overall experience.

What else should you keep an eye on?

With projectors, throw is really important. The size of the projected image will be dictated by the distance between the projector and the screen due to the way they work, by beaming an image onto a flat surface. All projectors have a “throw ratio,” which defines how large the image will be at any given distance, and some are short-throw projectors, which are designed to provide a larger image even from a distance of one or two metres.

The majority of these portable versions have a limited throw, which is ideal if you’re low on space or want to project from a coffee table. Keep in mind that the brightness will have an impact on your maximum size. You won’t get much contrast, colour, or anything else if you try to fill a 120in screen with a 100 ANSI lumens projector.

Another must-have is keystone correction. The optimal position for a projector is with the lens pointing directly at the centre of the screen, but this isn’t always possible, therefore the projector must be placed above or below – or even to one side – and tilted up or down, left or right. This causes keystoning, which distorts the image so that the rectangular image seems to be a trapezoid (or worse).

Almost all projectors have some kind of adjustment to deal with this. The best portable projectors take care of it for you, so you can spend less time setting up your screen and projector and more time watching what you want. Auto-focus functions are similar, albeit most models incorporate a manual slider or wheel.

What about the audio?

You definitely don’t want to bring a full surround-sound setup with you if you’re using a portable projector, so most come with built-in speakers. The sound quality varies greatly, with some creating a timid, tinny cacophony and others emulating stereo sound somewhat decently. If you want to go any farther, certain models come with a headphone jack or, better yet, Bluetooth connectivity. You may use that to connect headphones or even a Bluetooth speaker. There may be some issues with sound and picture synchronisation, but a good projector will have a preset to compensate.

Are there any more things that would be beneficial to have?

Most portable projectors come with a built-in battery that should last long enough to view a movie, but with the brightness reduced. Some even have their own Android-based operating system with built-in streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime, for example. For those who don’t have one, an Amazon Fire TV, Roku, or NowTV stick can be plugged in, and video files can usually be played directly from a USB port (which can also be used to power your choice of streaming stick).

SaleBestseller No. 1
Mini Projector, ClokoWe Portable Home Movie Projector with 6500 Lux, Full HD 1080P Video Projector Compatible with iOS/Android Smartphone/Tablet/Laptop/PC/TV Stick/Box/USB Drive/DVD/Game Console
  • MINI&PORTABLE : This mini portable projector has a unique and elegant design with a size of 6.74x5.28x2.96 inches and a weight of 0.72 kg. This home projector is also the best gift for family and friends.(Paid apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, etc. require the purchase of an MFI-certified Lightning to HDMI adapter from the official store to connect to IOS devices.)
  • VIVID VISUAL EXPERIENCE : Featuring 6500 Lux brightness and supporting 1080P Full HD 100-inch display,adopting advanced LED technology and uniform illumination method, which make the edges of the projection brighter and clearer. These ensure the projection image quality presents a real, dynamic, and color-vibrant effect.
  • IMMERSIVE HOME THEATERI : Built-in Hi-Fi stereo speakers provide original audio fidelity. Also featured with audio output port to connect headphones or external speakers. Using the latest temperature control technology, the fan noise is reduced by 80%, and the heat dissipation is more effective. ClokoWe home cinema projector bring you an immersive sound experience.
  • MULTIPLE CONNECTION INTERFACES : This video projector is featured with HD, USB, and AV ports to connect multiple devices including iPhone, Android Phone, Tablet, Flash Drive, Hard Drive, Laptop, TV Box, TV Stick, Game Console, and DVD Player. A Variety of choices make entertainment more exciting.
  • PROFESSIONAL SERVICE : ClokoWe always adheres to the customer-first service philosophy. We will provide you with timely, professional, and satisfactory service at any time. If you have any questions or problems when using our products, please feel free to contact us directly on Amazon.
Bestseller No. 2
NEBULA Anker Capsule, Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector, Black, 100 ANSI Lumen Portable Projector, 360° Speaker, Movie Projector, 100 Inch Picture, 4-Hour Video Playtime, Neat Projector, Home Entertainment
  • Remarkable Clarity and Contrast: DLP's advanced IntelliBright algorithms deliver a remarkably bright 100 ANSI-lumen image. (Recommended for use in dimmer environments.)
  • 360° Speaker: Equipped with a powerful omnidirectional speaker, this mini projector pumps out sound all around.
  • Home Entertainment: Enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, and more up to 100 inches big anywhere in your home thanks to this mini-projector’s soda can-sized design.
  • Android 7.1: Run streaming and media apps flawlessly from this mini-projector. Seamlessly display content from Netflix, Youtube, and more on your mini projector for endless entertainment.
  • NOTE: Copyrighted content from Hulu, Netflix, and similar services CAN NOT be mirrored or screencast. Download and use the apps directly through Capsule portable projector to view copyrighted content from these providers. Chromecast is not supported. For peak performance, please update to the latest firmware.
Bestseller No. 3
Mini Projector, Vamvo YG300 Pro Portable Projector Full HD 1080p Supported, Movie Projector Compatible with Smartphone/ Tablet/ Laptop/ PS4/ TV Stick/ USB Drive for Home Theatre
  • YG300 Pro Upgrade: Vamvo movie projector upgrads in 2022 to the resolution of native 800* 480, supports 1080p full HD, with aspect ratio 16:9. Featuring 2000 Lux brightness and contract ratio 2000:1, Vamvo projector L2600 can display within 25-152inch, with the projection distance within 0.6-4m. Better performance in dark room.
  • Small & Lightweight: Featuring a unique and cute design, the size of the Vamvo mini projector is 14.2*9.4*5.2cm, only weighs 0.347 kg. It is small and lightweight. You can pack it in your packet and no pressure to carry it out.
  • Portable & USB Charging Port: Vamvo portable projector is USB powered by multiple devices, such as USB changer, mobile power and laptop. Very convenient to carry and no worry about power-off. (Both power bank and power cable need to support 5V/2A or above. We recommend 5V/2.5A or above)
  • Multiple Ports: Vamvo small projector supports HDMI/ USB/ AV/ Audio Out 3.5mm, compatible with fire stick, PS4, USB flash drive, smart phone, Tablets and laptop(need an HDMI adapter/cable to connect smart deivices to the projector.), meets your multiple requirements.
  • Lifetime Professional Support: If you have any question about the product, or if you meet any problem when using the product, please feel free to contact us. We will offer you a satisfactory and professional reply at any time.
SaleBestseller No. 4
YABER V5 Mini Projector, 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector 1080P Full HD Supported , 7500L Lumen Portable Projector with Synchronize Screen&Zoom for TV Stick/PC/Android iOS Phone (Bag and Tripod included)
  • 📺【5G/2.4G Dual-Band WiFi Connection & Bluetooth 5.0】YABER V5 is the first mini projector on the market that supports 5GHz&2.4GHzWiFi dual-band, 5G WiFi support higher wireless rates which can make image/video transmission smoother. With this WIFI portbale projector,no longer freezes when synchronizing the screen of the smartphone to watch a movie.Also, V5 provides SRS sound system and Bluetooth 5.0 function,which can connect with Bluetooth headsets, Bluetooth speakers and Airpods freely.
  • 🎦【Enhance Brightness and Restore Color Details】2021 Upgraded V5 mini projector has an original 1280x720p (1920x1080p supported), 7500L, 8000:1 high contrast and 16:9/4:3 aspect ratio. Adopted luxurious and fashionable metal lens with high light transmittance and high refraction, V5 mini portable projector provides an excellent clear image and high restore color picture, which is 80% brighter and clearer than other equivalent 720P projectors, creating a perfect personal home cinema for you.
  • 🍿🍿【Giant Screen & Zoom Function】YABER V5 WIFI portable projector allows you to project images from 45 "to 200" depending on the distance from 1.5-5.5 meters.(Recommend 3m).The 200" big projection screen brings a stunning, immersive viewing experience, suitable for watching movies, playing games, and enjoying sports competitions. V5 portable projector also with the Zoom function, it can shrink the image size from 100% to 50% using the remote without moving the projector.
  • 📀【Multiple Devices Connection&100000 hours lamp life】YABER V5 home Video projector is equipped with HDMI, USB, VGA, AV, Audio, TF card, which can compatible with TV box, Fire Stick TV, Chromecast, PC, Laptop, Tablet, External speakers, IOS/Android smartphone. This protable projector adopts the latest SmarEco technology to minimize lamp power consumption to extend the useful life of the lamp to a maximum of 100000 hours.
  • 📽️【Three-year Repair & Free carry bag & Tripod】Only 2.2lb and come with FREE Bag & Tripod, YABER V5 Mini portable projector is very suitable for party or movie night at home or backyard.Meanwhile,We provide a 6-month back, 3-year warranty, and professional technical support.Any problems, please feel free to us know anytime.
Bestseller No. 5
Full 3D DLP Projector 1080P Portable- Lightweight 380g, Built-in 8400mAh Battery HDMI Pico Mini Projectors for Travel Camping Bedroom- Support Airplay Miracast Screen Sync with iPhone/Android Phones
  • 👍FHD DLP Video Projector: 👍The high definition DLP projector has 3600 lumens and 1280x800P Native resolution, 1080p FHD supported, 0.2" DMD RGB-LED Display chip, featuring with 3d display,casts more excellent pictures with bright and clear details. Advanced DLP imaging reduces pixel grids, making the faces and motions buttery smooth! FOR DAYTIME & NIGHT. With 7000:1 contrast and 16.7 million full colors, the indoor projector gives you realistic and color-dynamic movie scenes.
  • 👍Smart Mobile Phone Projector:👍Ultra MINI WIFI projector with stable, delay-free and wireless screen-sharing, compatible with iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones, tablets or windows. Sharing pictures, video games and movies to the big screen without any cables and adapters. Really watch movies or play games on a huge screen whenever you like.
  • 👍BATTERY PROJECTOR: Outdoor Freedom. 👍The PICO pocket projector with 8400mAh power can play 120-min after charging. 17.5*10.7*3.1cm compact design, you can slide it into your jean or bag for outdoor! Easy to enjoy this portable cinema projector during camping and traveling. NO EXTRA COST. Came with special charger and adapter for UK, the onboard projector can be powered via the mains in your home directly.
  • 👍Home Cinema 3D Projector:👍 Full HD 120’’ images and decent sound from the built-in speaker, this portable 1080P projector can bring you an immersive viewing experience. 3D projection supported, with 3D glasses, you can enjoy all exciting or wonderful movies at home, catering to your kids needs easily. Or, Halloween’s coming, inviting your friends to watch horror films at home is a nice choice.
  • 👍Digital Projector with Auto Keystone Correction: 👍±50°auto keystone vertically, fits for your different viewing angles quickly, without wasting time to reduce distortion or images tilts. Ceiling projection enables you to watch movie comfortably lying down sofa or bed. The LED multimedia projector with USB & HDMI, audio port, can connect various home devices like tv stick, pc, or game console easily. You deserve a good projector.
Bestseller No. 6
XGIMI Halo+ Portable Projector, Native 1080p Full HD Video Projector for Home & Outdoor, Android TV 10, Automatic Screen Alignment, 900 ANSI Lumens, Voice Control, 2* 5W Harman/Kardon Speaker
  • 1080p Super-Bright Image: 1920×1080 FHD picture complimented with LED-powered hyper-focused 900 ANSI lumens (4K content also supported).
  • Intelligent Screen Adaption Technology: Trained Intelligent Screen Alignment quickly matches the display to your screen. An AI-powered spatial sensor detects objects and automatically scales your display to avoid them.
  • Fully Portable: Equipped with a 59W built-in battery and minimalist design, providing 2hrs of big-screen entertainment anywhere, anytime.
  • Dual 5W Harman Kardon Speakers: Halo+ emits clean, distortion-free Hi-Fi sound with ample bass response. Also compatible with Dolby Audio, DTS-HD/Studio, and Bluetooth 5.0.
  • Android TV 10.0: 5000+ Google Play apps. Wirelessly cast apps, games, and more with Chromecast built-in from your Android/Apple devices.
Bestseller No. 7
YABER WiFi Projector Mini Portable Projector 7000 Lumens 1080P Full HD Projector[Projector Screen Include] 236" Home Theater Compatible with PC/smartphone/tablet/PS3/PS4/TV Stick/DVD player etc.
  • 【Come With Newest Projector Screen & 720P Native & 7000 Lumens】 V2 projector come with a Condenser Screen for free!!! (Only for the first 150 Customers) Condenser Screen has the latest Light function, if viewed from the front, the brightness of the projection screen will immediately increase by 25%. (The dark side of the screen is the front) Real resolution is 720P. If you have any questions about how to use the screen, please feel free let us know.
  • 【WiFi & Wireless Video Viewing Screen Mirroring Function】 YABER mini projector supports wired & WiFi connection for both iOS and Android system you don't need mirroring exchange facilities, such as swap cable or Anycast, and can directly display the smartphone screen compatible with AirPlay, MiraCast, DLNA on the projector through mirroring.
  • 【 HiFi Stereo & Wide Compatibility】 The V2 mini projector Support HiFi sound with SRS sound system provides great auditory sense experience. Since it can support HiFi, you can also play AC3 movies, so you don't have to worry about turning off the HiFi function like a projector without HiFi function.
  • 【Zoom Function/Large Projection Screen】V2 has a screen reduction function that almost no mini projector can accommodate, and the projection screen can be reduced to 75% by adjusting the screen without moving the projector. Small size, easy to store and carry. And because the projection screen is large, you can enjoy the big screen like a movie theater at home.
  • 【Widely compatible, Lifetime Professional Support】Equipped with HiFi speakers, no need to connect external speakers. It can be connected to various peripheral devices. NOTICE: Cannot connect to wifi or wifi is not stable is not a quality problem and can be solved by Firmware Upgrade. If you have any problem, please feel free let us know.
SaleBestseller No. 8
XGIMI MoGo Pro, Mini Portable Projector with Wifi, Full HD 1080P Projector 300 ANSI Lumen 4K Supported, Auto Focus, 6W Harman Kardon Speaker, DLP, Smart Phone Projector for Home Outdoor
  • Crisp 1080p Image: An advanced DLP lamp brings stunning FHD entertainment at a bright 300 ANSI lumens. Enjoy vivid colors on the giant 100-inch screen size.
  • Built-In Android TV: Download apps directly to the projector from Google Play, including YouTube, Prime Video, Hulu, Disney+ and more. You can also wirelessly mirror your phone's screen to the projector.
  • Take It Outdoors: The MoGo Pro is a genuinely portable projector that can run off the rechargable battery for the length of a film. Great for evening screenings outdoors.
  • Perfect Display Every Time: Thanks to our auto focus function and 40° Auto Keystone Correction, you can achieve a perfect aspect ratio from almost any angle.
  • Premium Build: The compact design is matched with clear audio from the Harman Kardon speaker. Wireless connection is available for Bluetooth headphones and sound bars. For any issues, responsive customer service is available.
Bestseller No. 9
Anker NEBULA Solar Portable 1080p Projector, Full HD Smart Projector, 400 ANSI Lumen (1100 Lumen), 4K Supported, Autofocus, Keystone Correction, Built-In Stand, 3Hr Battery Life for Indoor/Outdoor
  • Cinematic Visuals: Experience up to 120 inches of awesome 1080p entertainment. With HDR10 and 400 ANSI lumens also included, everything you watch and play is packed full of rich detail and color.(Recommended for use in dimmer environments.)
  • Unforgettable Audio: Hear every whisper, explosion, and song in incredible clarity with Dolby Digital Plus and the dual 3W speakers. The sound is so powerful and clear that you can even use Solar as a portable Bluetooth speaker.
  • No Wires, No Limits: With Solar Portable 1080p projector’s built-in rechargeable battery, you can recreate the sights and sounds of the cinema anywhere you want. Get up to 3 hours of power on a single charge—more than enough to mini-binge your favorite TV series.
  • Entertainment Tailored to You: Choose from more than 5,000 apps with Android TV 9, including favorites like YouTube, Hulu, and more. You can even mirror content from your smartphone or other devices to Solar Portable 1080p projector. Note: For peak performance, please update to the latest firmware.
  • Easy to Adjust: Leave that heavy tripod at home. Use Solar Portable 1080p projector’s built-in stand to adjust the angle of projection by up to 13 degrees.
Bestseller No. 10
Mini Projector (2022 Upgraded) 1080P Supported 180" Display Portable Projector for Children Home Theater Movie Projector with VGA, PS4, HDMI, TF, AV, USB, Carry Bag Included
  • 🍊【LARGE SCREEN SUPPORTED】The mini projector supports projection sizes up to 180 inches, with a 4:3/16:9 aspect ratio and a recommended projection distance of 1.5m-2.2m. Not recommended for PowerPoint or other office presentations! The customised bag is designed to allow for easy portability and storage.
  • 🍊【SUPERIOR VISUAL EXPERIENCE】The mini projector is an upgraded version of the 2022, with advanced 4.0 LCD projection technology and LED light source making the projector 80% brighter than ordinary projectors. Full HD 1080p support, 800*480P native resolution, 2000:1 contrast ratio and 100 ANSI for clear images and high color reproduction without causing eye fatigue which gives you a great visual experience!
  • 🍊【BUILT-IT DUAL SPEAKER】The mini projector is equipped with an advanced built-in dual speaker system that provides excellent sound quality at high volumes without the need to connect external speakers. Upgraded and efficient cooling system with 50% less fan noise! It does not support Dolby AC-3 digital sound.
  • 🍊【MULTIPLE INTERFACE】The portable projector features multiple input source interfaces: HDMI, VGA, USB, TF, AV, allowing connection to common devices such as computers, laptops, game consoles and smartphones without the need to install any applications. Connecting a smart phone requires an additional adapter, which is not included in the product.
  • 🍊【IDEAL GIFT FOR CHILDREN】The portable projector is ideal for gift giving, not only is it popular with all age groups, but more importantly the projector enables families and friends to get together. Parents love to use the projector to show cartoons to their children. Enjoy a good movie time with your family!

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