Technology evolves very fast trying do solve more and more of our daily problems. Not long ago, the thought of a portable projector was just a fantasy. Nowadays not only that you can have a projector to take with you anywhere but they also have lots of features. Features that not only make a projector fit for what you want it to use for, but also fulfill other additional needs, thus making your life easier.
There are many models out there, that is why we did the research for you and found the best portable video projectors in the market.
1. LG Minibeam Led Projector
LG Minibeam is a 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 portable projectors.
Weighing around 1.4 pounds and measuring 1.7x 6.9x 4.3 inches the Minibeam is a lightweight and compact projector.
The case is white with round corners and very glossy. The lens is inserted in a copper-like ring and just behind it, we find only a focus lever and unfortunately no zoom lever on this one.
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.
The external speaker can also be connected via the built-in Bluetooth and controller with the full-size remote it comes with.
With excellent color balance, black and white readability down to 9 points, the projector will deliver on most of your needs.
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.
2. AAXA P7 Mini HD Projector
The AAXA P7 Mini HD DPL-based Projector is so “Mini” that it fits in the palm of your hand. It is considered the smallest projector with native 1920 x 1080 resolution – 1080p -.
It weighs around 1.4 pounds and measures just 2.7 x 4.7 x 4.4 inches. It features an LED-based light source with a rated brightness of 600 lumens when plugged it and 450 lumens when working on batteries.
You can buy the projector with or without batteries just for a 20$ difference and the lamp has a guaranteed lifetime of 30.000 hours.
The case is a combination of gray, silver and black. On the front of the case, we will find the lens, positioned in the upper left corner. On the left side, we have a focus wheel, an on/off switch, an AV jack, and a headphone jack.
Opposing, on the right side, we have the power-adapter socket, a port for a VGA adapter – which is included – and a microSD card slot.
The back of the case has an HDMI port, a USB Type-A port and an infrared receiver for the included remote. Last but not least, on the top of the projector we have a five-way controller panel.
The P7 has a built-in media player with 6 choices: Video, Music, Settings, Photos, Brightness, and Inputs. Also built-in are two 2-watt speakers, loud enough for a small room.
Although a palm-size projector, it packs a real punch when it comes to its data-image quality.
The most comfortable image size is found somewhere between 36 and 48 inches and the black and white readability is good even with text sizes as small as 7 points.
Not only that but when ordered, it comes with a mini-tripod to be attached to it.
3. Epson PowerLite 1795F
The PowerLite 1795F is the latest of Epson’s thin and lightweight projector and also the highest-resolution model in the line so far. Instead of DLP, this projector is LCD-based which makes it immune to the distracting rainbow effect but it renders it unable to project 3D content.
Weighing 4 pounds and measuring 1.7 x 11.5 x 8.4 inches it is well fit for the portable projectors category.
The case is two-toned – black and a white top -. On the front of the case, we will find the lens, a zoom wheel behind it, and a “3LCD” sticker, which is a technology for the light engine that Epson helped develop.
The rated brightness is 3200 lumens and the lamp life is rated to up to 7000 hours.
On the top of the 1795F, we will find a focus control – with forwarding and back arrows -, a four-way controller with an enter button, sever other buttons and informative lights. The buttons serve to enable features like On/Off, screen fit, source search, menu, and ESC.
Otherwise, on the back of the projector, we will find an extensive set of ports. VGA, HDMI, RCA video, USB Type-B, USB type-A, and audio in.
The list of features is also extensive, compared to other projectors in the price range. The 1795F has a built-in Wi-Fi module that allows it to connect to a Wi-Fi network. It supports Miracast streaming, streaming from an MHL-enabled device and projection from iOS and Android devices with the iProjection app from Epson installed.
As for the video quality, it is extraordinary with a very good color balance, a great projected image of about 72 inches and black and white text readability down to 6 points.
Although not the smallest of them, the 1795F is an excellent portable projector ready to fulfill all your needs.
The list is not long but we featured the best of the best in the market and all their functionalities so you can have the full information before you make the perfect an acquisition.