Top 10 Portable Projectors 2018

Portable projectors represent an innovative player in home entertainment. With many needing only a small surface, your home becomes a mini-theater or a haven for big-screen enthusiasts. The top ten projectors we profile here come with HDMI, USB and other ports to deliver high-quality television shows, games, movies and memories from home videos and photographs. These projectors harness streaming and WiFi capabilities. As you consider a portable projector, take note of screen sizes, projection distances and lamp lifespans so that you can get clear, high-quality content and longevity.

1. Cocar C800S Mini Projector, New Android 7.1 DLP


This digital light low-cost portable projector unit fits in the palm of a hand. Even with a size comparable to that of an iPhone 7 plus and a weight of 285 grams, this mini delivers a maximum projection size of 150 inches. Features such as the Dual Wi-Fi, the capability of connections with a smartphone hotspot, the Android 7.1 and built-in free click in Google Play App Store turn the projector into an instrument to a streaming portal. In fact, the Wifi on the mini-projector allows you to wirelessly cast from your smartphone. The LED light bulb lasts up to 30,000 hours.

2. APEMAN Mini Portable Projector Video DLP Home Cinema Pocket Projector

apeman-mini-portable-projector-video-dlp-home-cinema-pocket-projector-top-portable-projectorsFor this portable projector, the 45,000 hours of lens life and the two hours of viewing on a single charge stand out. Projection comes with the ability to support full 1080P with a contrast ratio of 1000:1. At 200 grams and the ability to fit in a palm, you can even (carefully) keep the projector into their pockets. However, a 360-degree tripod is available when standing up the projector is necessary.

3. Vankyo Leisure 3 (Upgraded Version) 2400 Lux LED Portable Projector with Carrying Bag carrying bag helps make this 2.12-pound projector portable. The contrast ratio registers at 2,000 to 1, and viewing sizes — as is the case with many of the portable projectors reviewed here — range from 32 in. to 176 in. With noise suppression technology, you’ll find less noise while watching your favorite video, television, sporting events or photos. The projector has the capability to connect with smartphones and gaming consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox or Wii.

4. DBPOWER Mini Portable Video Projector 176″ affordable portable projector delivers up to 50,000 hours of lamp life, translating to 32 years–if you use it no more than 4 hours per day. Videos, photos, content streamed through the Amazon Fire TV Stick and video games project between 32 and 176 in., with options for 3D display. You can also connect this affordable portable projector to your PC, Chromebook, laptops, Blu-ray DVD and other media players.

5. TENKER Q5 LED Mini Movie Projector Support

tenker-q5-led-mini-movie-projector-supportThis low-cost portable projector throws images from 37 to 100 inches and displays them from 1.15 to 3 m away. Images can reach 1500 lumens of brightness, carrying a contrast ratio of 1000 to 1. As with other portable projectors featured here, this Tenker suppresses the noise from the fan that cools the projector. As a result, users can concentrate on the games or movies rather than the noise.

6. QKK [2018 Upgraded] Mini Projector -Full HD

qkk-2018-upgraded-mini-projector-full-hd-top-portable-projectorsWe feature here another portable projector with a tripod for flexible positioning. This model projects with a distance of 1.5 to 5 m, with projection sizes from 32 to 176 in. Contrast comes at a 2000 to 1 ratio. Two USB ports allow you more options and selections from which you can access without having to switch USB thumb drives. The lamp will last up to 50,000 hours.

7. DBPOWER Mini Projector (PREAD Lamp Solution)

dbpower-mini-projector-pread-lamp-solution-top-portable-projectorsThis dbpower projector differs from one we’ve already profiled and that you can project at distances of 1.5 to 5 m away. The best viewing occurs at distances of 1.8 to 2 m. As with the other dbpower, you’ll have the ability to connect laptops, wireless devices, USB drives, DVD players, an Amazon Fire Stick and Xbox. Surround sound comes through the built-in dual stereo speakers.

8. Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector, by Anker, Portable 100 ANSI lm High-Contrast Pocket Cinema

nebula-capsule-smart-mini-projector-by-anker-portable-100-ansi-lm-high-contrast-pocket-cinema-top-portable-projectorsThis Nebula represents a departure from the rectangular and box style projectors we have mentioned here. Specifically, thanks to the cylindrical, soda can design, you get a 360-degree speaker transmitting clear sound in all directions. You can play video continuously for four hours at a time, though mirroring or screencasting is not supported. The 100 lumens provides a bright projection, while the size of scenes and images grows to 100 inches.

9.Vamvo Home Theater Movie Projector LED Source Video Projector

nebula-capsule-smart-mini-projector-by-anker-portable-100-ansi-lm-high-contrast-pocket-cinema-top-portable-projectorsThis Vamvo distinguishes itself in part for its design, which emphasizes less with and more length. As a result, you don’t need as much surface space to direct images toward a screen or wall for projection. With 30,000 hours of lamplight, you can get up to 20 years of use based upon four hours of operation per day.

10. GAOAG Upgraded Mini Projector Wi-Fi LED Full HD Video Projector

gaoag-upgraded-mini-projector-wi-fi-led-full-hd-video-projector-top-portable-projectorsin addition to the space-saving qualities due to its narrow front, this cheap portable projector also has the capability of hanging from the ceiling. The projection distance stands between 1.5 and 3.8 m. As with many of our portable projectors, the lamp life runs 30,000 hours. From the four built-in speakers, you’ll get stereo surround sound and a 50% increase in volume over traditional speakers so that you don’t need to connect external ones.

These offerings to our affordable portable projector list can transform videos, photos and shows from the smallest of smartphone screens two large-size images. Your games will even assume a theater-like feel when you consider one of these portable projectors.