Traditionally known as bulky, loud, and expensive, projectors have now become much more user-friendly and accessible. While traditional bulkier projectors still exist, there are now more options than ever before for those looking for a slim, portable model. Mini projectors not only take up less room, but a smaller profile also makes it easier to enjoy movies away from home!
With so many options out there, it’s hard to tell which projectors are worth your cash. Worry not, as we have taken it upon ourselves to create a list with the best mini projectors around. Let’s dig right in.
Best mini projectors:
Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best mini projectors regularly as new devices launch.
1. ZTE Spro 2
The ZTE Spro 2 is old (we reviewed it back in 2015), but it is still one of the best options when it comes to mini projectors. What makes it most unique is that it can operate completely independently. The unit features a 5-inch display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
With access to the Google Play Store and all apps Android has to offer, you need no extra devices to connect to it. In addition, it has a 6,300mAh battery and some versions even have cellular data connectivity. You can really take this one anywhere.
With 200 lumens of brightness and a 720p resolution, you can project images of up to 120 inches. ZTE no longer sells this one directly, but you can still find plenty of devices on Amazon.
2. Anker Nebula Mars II Pro
Ankers Nebula projectors offer great video and sound quality, as well as plenty of features. The Anker Nebula Mars II Pro is the most expensive of the bunch at $599.99, but it’s only a bit pricier than the Nebula Capsule II and offers much more.
It has a 720p resolution with a whopping 500 lumens of brightness, as well as superb sound thanks to its 10W surround speaker system. The 12,500mAh battery reportedly allows for 3 continuous hours of operate. And because it runs Android 7.1, you have access to all the apps you could need.
3. LG PH550 CineBeam
The LG PH550 CineBeam is small and portable, well also offering plenty of entertainment features. The unit has a 720p resolution and 550 lumens of brightness. It even comes with 3D support, via 3D DLP glasses.
The LG PH550 CineBeam can project images of up to 100 inches. The embedded battery should last about two and a half hours, which is a bit below average but not significantly so. Unfortunately, this projector doesn’t feature built-in speakers, but you can use Bluetooth. It is quite pricey at nearly $600, but you’re getting a lot of features from a reputable brand.
4. Viewsonic M1 Plus
The Viewsonic M1 Plus is arguably the best looking projector on this list, mostly thanks to its unique 360-degree rotating stand. The Viewsonic M1 Plus doesn’t just look great, it has plenty of desirable features including a whopping 6 hours of battery life, Harman Kardan speakers, and 300 lumens of brightness. It can also project images up to 100 inches, which seems to be pretty standard for projectors in this class.
Since it has a smart TV interface integrated, you can also watch popular apps without the need for a secondary video source. Its only downside is its 854×480 definition, which is below HD standards.
5. Apeman M4
The Apeman M4 is extremely affordable at only $199.99 from Amazon. Despite the cheap price, it features pretty reasonable specs, including an 854×480 resolution, up to 100 inches of screen real estate, and a 3,400mAh battery that should project for about 2 hours. However, you do have to sacrifice on brightness, as it tops off at 100 lumens.
6. RIF6 Cube
This little RIF6 cube is tiny and super cute. It’s also one of the most affordable products on the list at only $189.99. Specs include an 854×480 resolution and about 90 minutes of battery life. It also comes with a wireless speaker that is similarly designed.
Brightness is pretty low at 50 lumens, but this is easily the most portable projector in this list. If you want something you can easily carry around, you can’t do better than the RIF6 Cube.
Now you are ready to enjoy any movie or video with these mini projectors! Which of these is your favorite?