Technology has reached a point where accessibility and minimalism are no longer just something a user dreams of but features that are heavily considered in almost every product we buy.
The mini projectors are also aligning to these market requests, and with them, we can bid farewell to wires and being dependable on a location to use one. You can take it anywhere you want to give a presentation or watch a movie.
As there are many models in the market, we did the research for you and came up with a top composed of the best ones.
1. Anker Nebula Capsule II
The best mini projector on the market is the Anker Nebula Capsule II. This is an instant full entertainment setup. You even get a 270 degree 8-watt built-in speaker, so what more are you expecting from this device?
This second model still runs on Android OS, and now has the integration of Google Assistant.
Compared to the Nebula Capsule, the Nebula Capsule II has increased the resolution to 1280×720 and the ANSI lumens to 200, thus placing itself firmly in the HD category.
Measuring approximately 6 inches tall with a diameter of 3.25 inches and weighing just over a pound and a half, this soda can-like device can fit and be taken just everywhere.
On the top, you will find the up and down volume buttons, a confirmation button, the return button, and the navigation buttons. At the button, the projector comes equipped with a multitude of ports: An audio jack, HDMI input, USB-A port, and a USB-C port.
The Nebula Capsule II will project up to a 100-inches picture on a wall or screen while scaling it well from different throw distances.
2. Vankyo Leisure 3
This budget mini projector is one of the versatile devices out in the market. Embracing a more retro style, this projector has actual pushable buttons and squared classic design.
Although it lacks a wi-fi connection you still connect almost any device with its multitude of ports. You can find an HDMI port, a VGA port, a USB port, one AV port, and a TF card input. So plenty of connections to play your content. More so it has a simple plug-and-play setup which makes it ideal.
With a lamp life of 40,000 hours this projector is made to last. The contrast ratio is of 2,000:1 and the LED brightness of 3,600 lumens.
Being able to project up to 170 inches without problems, the Vankyo 3 delivers a clear and sharp 1920 x 1080 resolution image.
By making use of its MStar color engine, which was released this year, the colors become more vibrant and it also provides 60% more brightness.
Being so light and dead silent, you can take it with you everywhere and use it to play games, hold presentations or watch anything in peace with your favorite people.
3. LG Minibeam LED Projector
This projector model is DLP-based with an LED light source. It provides a 1280×720 resolution – 720p – at a 16:9 aspect ration and its brightness is of 550 lumens -something very common among projectors in its category-.
Weighing around 1.4 pounds and measuring 1.7x 6.9x 4.3 inches the Minibeam is a lightweight and compact projector.
On the top of the case, there is a 4-way button that resembles the Play station 4 controller stick which also serves to turn the projector on and off. Although the button only works if you turn on the On/Off switch found in the back of the case.
Also in the back, you can find multiple ports. A single HDMI port that also supports MHL for streaming videos, a USB Type-A port, an AV-in jack, a VGA port, and an audio-out jack for headphones or external speakers. You can also find a coaxial connector that lets you connect to a cable box or antenna so you can see your favorite tv programs on it.
Running for up to 2.5 hours the Minibeam is a capable, small, versatile device with great video quality for you to watch your favorite movies or photos.
4. Elephas GC333
The Elephas GC333 is a very good option if you are looking to buy on a budget. This model comes in the under 100$ price range but it is a great versatile choice for a portable projector.
It can project up to a 120-inch image with perfect clarity and all the way up to 236-inches if you can deal with the reduction in clarity. Although small, it is quite impressive and can deliver on pretty much any content you want. It is compatible with TV Box/ Roku Stick/ Laptop/ Chromecast/ Laptop and many others via HDMI input. Also, a VGA slot and USB port are included.
The newest LCD technology is adopted by the Elephas GC333 together with a High-efficient LED lamp light which provides up to 80% additional brightness and has a contrast ratio of up to 2,000:1. Together they deliver an awesome viewing experience and vivid images.
The healthy diffuse reflection technology that protects your eyes together with 50,000 hours lamp life, make this projector a keeper hard to replace too soon.
5. Apeman Projector Mini
Although not as powerful or feature-rich as its competitors, the Apeman Projector Mini made the lists due to being a budget-friendly option and best suited for someone who is always on the go.
It has a 50 lumen LED lamp, quite small and only suited for dim lighted or completely dark rooms. The contrast ratio is of 1,000:1 and the focus can be manually adjusted -it lacks a keystone adjustment feature-.
Although it can handle motion just fine, the Apeman loses some points on the brightness and sharpness of colors. They don’t feel true, warm colors suffering the most.
The sound, however, is impressive for such a small device. The 1-watt stereo speakers can fill a small room with easiness.
The battery will deliver up to 90 minutes of content but you can easily plug it into a wall socket or power bank.
We really hope this article was helpful for you and will serve as a foundation for making an educated choice on your purchase.