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

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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.


AAXA P300 Pico/Micro LED Projector

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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

 
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The Apeman Mini Portable Projector is light enough (1.2 pounds) and small enough (98 x 98 x 21.5 mm) to easily live in your bag, or even your pants pocket. This device can project a video or photo to a wall with between 30 inches and 100 inches of size, with a resolution of 854 x 480. While it has an AC charger, it also includes its own 3400mAh battery that can last up to 2 hours on its own. The brightness isn’t that high (between 50 and 100 lumens), but it uses DLP technology for some solid contrast levels (between 1,000 and 3000).
 
This projector also comes with dual speakers on board, as well as a headphone jack and a 360 degree tripod to put the image pretty much anywhere. The LED bulb is designed to last up to 25,000 hours. You can snap it up on Amazon now for $199.99.
 

Optoma ML750ST Projector

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The older Optoma ML550 projector was on a previous version of our best portable projectors list, and the newer Optoma ML750ST model has a number of improvements. It has a higher image brightness (700 lumens versus 500 lumens for the older model) and it can project a 30 inch image from only 32 inches away from a wall. The image can get as large as 100 inches, with a resolution of 1,280 x 800. It also has a high 20,000 to 1 contrast ratio. All of that comes inside a unit weighing less than a pound that can be held in the palm of a hand.
 
The LED lamp in the projector is supposed to last up to 20,000 hours. You can even connect the projector to a PC, console, or mobile device for some big screen gaming. Paying for all of this will take some doing, as the Optoma ML750ST costs $524.99 on Amazon.
 

ELEFHAS Projector

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The ELEFHAS projector costs just $79.99 — the most affordable entry on our list. While you won’t find the types of features found on some of these products on this list, this is a good solution for people who still want to experience a large screen without spending a lot of money. It also weighs less than two pounds.
 
The ELEFHAS projector can project an image between 30 inches and 130 inches of size, with a resolution of 800 x 480. The LED bulb is designed to last up to 30,000 hours, which is a very long time considering how little this device costs. While you can connect the projector to a PC via its VGA or HDMI port, you may need an optional adapter if you want to connect your tablet or smartphone to it for gaming. Again, this is the cheapest product on our best projector list so make sure you want price over features.
 

Anker Nebula Capsule

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This may be one of the more unique looking products on our best portable projectors list. Best known for its external battery packs and other mobile phone accessories, Anker launched its own mini-projector, the Nebula Capsule. The projector part of this device has a bulb with a 100 lumens brightness, and can project an image that’s up to 100 inches in size. It’s also a 360 degree speaker that can offer audio in any direction, which is perfect for presentations, parties, and more. The small cylindrical design weighs less than a pound, too.
 
If that was not enough, the speaker also has Android 7.1 Nougat pre-installed, which means you don’t have to hook up a smartphone or tablet to the Nebula Capsule. You can just run apps like Netflix, YouTube and games directly on on the projector and show them on a wall. You can  also connect and use other devices like game consoles to the projector via its HDMI connection. The Anker Nebula Capsule costs $349.99 in its standard black color, or you can get it in red for $399.99.
 

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.