Top 10 Portable Projectors

By BHT Staff

May 2020

This article reviews the top 10 portable projectors available online. 

Projectors are far from being a thing of the past. They are now lightweight and high-tech, making them easy to carry around while you are traveling for work or are on a more leisurely trip. You can simply pack them up and take them with you. But which ones offer the best features and specs?

We have selected 10 portable projectors that offer features like easy connectivity (with USB port/HDMI connectivity), excellent speaker systems, and optimal image quality. Each one is a little different but should meet the needs of a wide array of buyers.

1. ViewSonic 2500 Lumens Portable DLP Projector

ViewSonic Portable Projector

The ViewSonic PJD5111 is a 2500 lumens DLP projector that delivers crystal-clear graphics in most lighting situations. High definition signals are supported by its SVGA 800×600 resolution system. You can choose to view at either 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratio. At 5.1 pounds, it is easy to carry and is compact enough to fit into a suitcase.

There are two RGB inputs and an RGB output. While there is no HDMI output, you can buy a VGA-HDMI converter cable separately to fix that. Watch movies at night without any noise interruption from the device if you put it in Eco mode, which extends the lamp life up to 4,000 hours.

2. Optoma  Pico Pocket Projector

Optoma Pico Pocket Portable Projector
Apple users can plug the Otoma EP-PK-101 Pico Pocket Projector into their iPhone, iPod, or iPad and easily use it. There is a bundle included that gives you connectivity to camcorders, DVD players, and any device that has a standard composite AV output. However, you cannot connect it to devices (such as a PC or notebook computer) that do not have standard composite AV outputs.

The projected image size goes up to 60 inches, so you get a lot of adjustability. The LED light source has a lifespan of 20,000 hours, and you can recharge the battery or via the AC charger or USB. Since it is super lightweight (weighing a mere 4 oz.), you can put it in your pocket and go.

3. InFocus Ultra Mobile Widescreen DLP Projector

InFocus Ultra Mobile Widescreen DLP Portable Projector
Are you a professional needing a widescreen projector to use with your team? The InFocus IN1102 has an impressive visual display and is lightweight at just 2.75 pounds. Its DLP with BrilliantColor technology produces lifelike images, aided by the 2200 lumens and 1800:1 contrast ratio. There is also WXGA native resolution for 16:10 widescreen computers.

The speed with which this projector produces visuals is snappy thanks to its DisplayLink Connectivity. This means you do not need to use VGA cables and do not need to deal with frustrating toggling. Also, cool-down time is sped up with the built-in LiteSwitch technology.

4. Epson Powerlite Wireless Multimedia Projector

Epson Powerlite 1715C Wireless Multimedia Portable Projector
The Epson Powerlite 1715C might be just 3.7 pounds, but it is a powerhouse projector. It has 2700 lumens and Epson’s 3LCD technology, which gives you deep enough saturation without losing the vibrancy of any colors. Its XGA (1024 x 768) resolution creates stunningly clear images that show a ton of detail.

Even when you put it into ad-hoc mode, you get 54 Mps from the 802.11a and g wireless connectivity. Need to hook it up to Ethernet LAN? You can opt to do so. Video plays at 30 fps with audio coming from a PC. Also, this system will give you diagnostic reports as needed, making it one of the most productive portable projectors on the market.

5. InFocus Work Big IN10 Ultramobile DLP Projector

InFocus Work Big Ultramobile DLP Portable Projector
Advanced DLP imaging technology sets the InFocus Work Big IN10 apart from its competitors. With 1800 lumens, you get a bright visual. Even a large presentation comes out clear. It automatically adjusts for 16:9 video and has true HD sources.

Connect via VGA, HDMI, or component. The s-video inputs and onboard composite ensure speedy connectivity while you are playing your audio. This means that data, audio, and video can all be shown wirelessly.

6. Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector

Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Portable Projector
The Vankyo Leisure 3 offers users 1920×1080 resolution (with a 2000:1 contrast ratio) and is perfect for in-home viewing. While it isn’t recommended for PowerPoint, you can easily watch TV shows or show off your vacation photos in upgraded LED lighting.

Connect this device to any smartphone! You’ll just have to get an adapter that is sold separately. It also has a noise suppression system that helps it run quietly. A carrying case and durable tripod are included.

7. Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector

Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector
The Anker Nebula comes with a 360-degree built-in speaker and plays video for up to 4 hours. Images can be projected in up to 100 inches, giving you a cinema experience at home. Link USB or HDMI devices and play your favorite shows or movies. You can control the Nebula from an app.

The operating system is Android 7.1, but it also works with iPhones. Watch a video while charging so long as it isn’t stored on a USB drive.

8. Vamvo Portable Video Projector

Vamvo Portable Video Portable Projector
The Vamvo L4200 has a native resolution of 1280x720p and 3800 lux, meaning you get bright, clear images. The lamp life lasts about 50,000 hours, and you can project between 49-200 inches. Connect via HDMI, USB, SD card slot, or audio output.

This projector does well outside if equipped with an extra set of speakers. Otherwise, it works perfectly in an indoor, darkened room.

9. Apeman Mini Portable Projector

Apeman Mini Portable Projector
Some phones weigh more than the Apeman NM4, which comes in at just 0.44 pounds. A tripod comes with it and gives 360-degree rotation. Connect it to your TV, tablet, or even your PS4. Full HD 1080p videos are supported.

Projection size goes from 30-100 inches, and the 50 percent sharper imaging shows everything with clarity.

10. Hompow Smartphone Portable Video Projector

Hompow Smartphone Portable Video Projector
The Hompow Smartphone Portable Video Projector supports 1080p and lights things up with 3600 lumens. The lamp life is a lengthy 50,000 hours, and there is new technology installed for noise reduction. Images can be projected up to 200 inches, giving you an immersive viewing experience.

Connect your Firestick, Chromestick, HMI cable, VGA, USB, AV, or more! There are many devices and connection types that are supported on the Hompow.

Those are our top 10 picks for portable projectors. Which one appeals to you the most? Let us know what you think!
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