Until recently, pocket-sized portable projectors were nothing more than a novelty. They were fun, but didn’t offer very good viewing experiences. They’re still niche products, but lately there has been an upswing in quality. Quite a few OEMs are now stepping up their game in this arena, delivering some amazing portable projectors. Here is a roundup of some of the best portable projects available right now.
ZTE SPro 2
The ZTE SPro 2 isn’t just one of the best portable projectors, it’s also an Android-powered device with a 5-inch touchscreen. The 5-inch display can be used as a regular smartphone — you can surf the web, browse through photos, message your friends, and download apps from the Google Play Store. The projector can connect to Wi-Fi. The device is also available from AT&T and Verizon Wireless in the U.S., so you can take advantage of 4G LTE data connectivity to project videos directly from Youtube, Netflix, and other media streaming websites.
If you decided not to opt for a data connection and find yourself without Wi-Fi, the device also features a microSD card slot, supporting up to 64GB. Wireless connectivity via Miracast is also available, and the device features an HDMI port, as well as a USB port for charging your mobile device.
Its rating of 200 lumens and 720p resolution is outstanding. You get a nice, bright, crisp, and clear image, and colors are absolutely beautiful, at a maximum of 120 inches. There are no weird tints or hues or strange color temperatures to worry about, and the color reproduction is very accurate. The projector’s autofocus feature is slower than with other projectors, and it tends to readjust the focus every now and then, even when the device doesn’t not moved — you can always just turn the setting off once the device is set down correctly.
The ZTE SPro 2 has low, medium, and high brightness settings, though high requires plugging the device in. It also offers Keystoning, which automatically corrects the angle to prevent the picture from stretching — it will stay a rectangle even if the projector is not sitting perpendicular to the wall. The speakers on the projector are about the same quality as the ASUS S1, albeit a little quieter, but there is also a headphone jack available to connect external speakers. The device also packs a 6,300mAh battery, which keeps it running for around three hours.
RIF6 CUBE Pico Video Projector
This is perhaps the smallest portable projector on our list. The RIF6 CUBE Pico Video Projector is just a two-inch cube, but it can project an image as large as 120 inches on a wall.
As you might expect, the projector itself is very small and can only support 50 lumens, which isn’t very bright. The resolution is also very low, at just 854 x 480. That’s the price you pay for something as small and portable as the RIF6 CUBE Pico. It has an HDMI port and a microSD card, so you don’t have to connect it to a PC or smartphone. Its projector lamp is supposed to last up to 20,000 hours, and there’s an external speaker as well.
Amazon is currently selling the RIF6 CUBE Pico Video Projector for $230. For that price, you get the projector, a remote control, and a small tripod to stand the cube up in almost any setting.
While not as small as some of the other entries on our best portable projectors list, the AAXA P300 Pico/Micro LED Projector is still highly portable, weighing less than a pound. The 400-lumen lamp on the projector is capable of displaying a 1,280 x 800 resolution image up to 120 inches.
The projector’s battery should last up to 60 minutes on one charge, which should be enough to get through most business presentations. It also has an HDMI port, a USB port, and a microSD card slot, in case you want to leave your phone or notebook at home. It even has some old-fashioned composite video inputs, if you need to connect it to some older hardware.
The lamp is supposed to last up to 20,000 hours and there’s even a small tripod included for keeping the device level. You can snap up the AAXA P300 Pico/Micro LED Projector now on Amazon for $340.
Apeman Mini Portable Projector
Best Portable Projectors – Conclusion
These are the best portable projectors currently available we found. There is a little something for everyone here. Whether you are looking to impress people with a very stylish and compact design, create a home theater anywhere, project beautiful video without breaking the bank, or go all out with a high-end Android device, there is something to suit your needs.
Any other great protable projectors we didn’t mention? Let us know about it down in the comments.