Best Pocket Projectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 12, 2018
Searching for a new projector for your classroom or office? Experience a big screen with a pocket-sized pico projector. We picked up and reviewed 5 Pocket Projectors for business and leisure, that can get a signal from your phone and display it right away. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Screen Size
Image
Light Output
Projector Type
Lamp Operational Life
Battery Capacity / Life
Data Interface
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS
A short-throw lens projects a large image from a very short distance.
CONS
Focus adjusting via remote control would be welcomed.
OUR VERDICT
This Optoma projector is an ultimate portable device for delivering presentations or showing different media files. What's more, it can produce bright, vibrant, and crisp image even under lighted room conditions.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
25" - 200"
Image
1280x800 20,000:1 16:10
Light Output
800 lm
Projector Type
DLP
Lamp Operational Life
20,000 hours
Battery Capacity / Life
Corded
Data Interface
HDMI/MHL, Universal I/O, USB, MicroSD, 3.5mm audio
Extras
Universal I/O cable, Carrying bag, IR-remote, Quick start card, AC power adapter, Carrying case
Dimensions
4.43" x 4.84" x 2.24" 0.93 lbs
Warranty
2 years
PROS
The projector supports 1080p video files and has a great light output for the fully portable model.
CONS
Internal speaker's sound quality is not too great.
OUR VERDICT
This Amaz-Play micro projector is the most balanced model with optimal characteristics. It supports a wide range of file formats, including Excel and PDF documents.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
Up to 100"
Image
854x480 1000:1 16:9
Light Output
80 lm
Projector Type
DLP
Lamp Operational Life
20,000 hours
Battery Capacity / Life
4200 mAh / 120 minutes
Data Interface
Wi-Fi, HDMI, USB, MicroSD, 3.5mm audio
Extras
HDMI cable, Remote control, Wi-Fi adapter stick, AC power adapter
Dimensions
4.3" x 4.3" x 0.92" 0.53 lbs
Warranty
Amazon's 30-day return policy
PROS
Comes with different adapters to connect different devices.
CONS
Brightness power might not be enough for illuminated rooms but works fine in darkness.
OUR VERDICT
LED lamp of this compact projector shows great results when displaying movies or video presentations. Use it in dark rooms to get the best results.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
Up to 60"
Image
640x360 1100:1 16:9
Light Output
25 lm
Projector Type
DLP
Lamp Operational Life
20,000 hours
Battery Capacity / Life
2100 mAh / 120 minutes
Data Interface
HDMI, micro-USB, 3.5mm audio
Extras
Micro USB to USB cable, HDMI cable, Galaxy 5-pin to 11-pin converter, MHL adapter, Mini-HDMI adapter, Protection bag, Tripod, User manual
Dimensions
3.9" x 3" x 0.5" 0.28 lbs
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Autofocus that works on uneven surfaces, hi-res video with great contrast, compatible with most of Wi-Fi and HDMI devices.
CONS
Somewhat lacking light when used in illuminated rooms, but it's compensated with a great picture quality, and works perfectly in darkness.
OUR VERDICT
This Sony pico projector boasts great high-res image quality in terms of contrast and color saturation due to laser diode technology. Ideal for HD movies and presentations.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
Up to 120"
Image
1920x720 80,000:1 16:9
Light Output
32 lm
Projector Type
Laser Diode
Lamp Operational Life
2000 hours
Battery Capacity / Life
3400 mAh / 120 minutes
Data Interface
Wi-Fi, Mini-HDMI (MHL compatible), USB, micro-USB, 3.5mm audio
Extras
HDMI to mini-HDMI converter, USB to mini USB adapter, 2-way stand mount, User manual
Dimensions
3.0" x 5.9" x 0.51" 0.46 lbs
Warranty
1 year
PROS
Built-in speakers with good stereo sound, wireless connection to PC or mobile devices.
CONS
Does not have a standard USB port for reading media directly from USB sticks, but this is compensated with USB On-The-Go support.
OUR VERDICT
Stylish and extremely compact projector with lots of functions and great lamp brightness, that can be carried around at all times. Works great for small presentations.
detailed parameters
Screen Size
Up to 120"
Image
640 x 480 900:1 4:3
Light Output
80 lm
Projector Type
DLP
Lamp Operational Life
30,000 hours
Battery Capacity / Life
1800 mAh / 90 minutes
Data Interface
Wi-Fi, micro-USB, SD card, 3.5mm audio
Extras
Power adapter, USB cable, Tripod, SD card, User manual
Dimensions
1.7" x 1.7" x 1.7" 0.19 lbs
Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Optoma ML750ST

Shortline Delivery

This Optoma ML750ST has a truly magnificent optic characteristics that allow you to deliver a professional presentation simply anywhere, regardless of the lighting conditions in the room. The major feature of this projector is a short-throw lens that can project a 100" image from only 3.3 ft. away. So, you can hold a presentation or watch a film in the tightest rooms by placing the device closer to the screen. What's more, its 800 lm bright lamp is nothing to joke about as well. We've noticed, that unlike some other projectors, the colors on the projected image are remarkably distinct even in a lighted room. All of the image settings are available from the projector's menu, except for the focus, that can be adjusted only manually via the focusing ring on the lens.

It's worth mentioning, that the lamp requires no pre-heating and is ready for use in just 5 seconds after the device is switched on. Also, note the Optoma ML750ST is a corded model and comes with an AC power cable and an adapter. Therefore, it has to be plugged into a power outlet in order to operate. On the plus side, you don't have to worry about battery life at all.

Review of Optoma ML750ST Ultra-Compact Projector

Advanced Capabilities

Let's take a closer look at the available interfaces. It comes with a universal VGA-to-24pin cable that is compatible with most laptops and personal computers. You can also hook it up to a gaming console or TV box via HDMI port and build a small home cinema right in your living room. As a side note, you might require a white screen for this. There are also USB and microSD slots for memory sticks. The Optoma ML750ST can read pictures in jpeg and bmp. It also supports most popular video formats: avi, mp4, wmv, and others. Although the native aspect ratio is 16:10, the projector can reproduce videos in both 16:9 and 4:3 ratios as well. We were a bit disappointed that the projector has no internal Wi-Fi module. However, a special Wi-Fi dongle can be bought separately.

At the end of the day, this is an ultimate pocket-sized projector that can be safely employed for any tasks, owing to its rich functionality and absolute image quality.

Optoma ML750ST Ultra-Compact Projector in the use

More Products to Consider

Customers who purchase the Optoma projector, often buy together with it a wireless adapter to be able to connect it to other digital devices.

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Key Specs

It's a great projector, lumens is perfect even in lighted areas

Features

The USB port is powered, so I have been using a set of USB speakers.

Display

Being a projector focused on mobile use having horizontal keystoning and a zoom function would be ideal so it can be placed in almost any environment.

Power

It is incredibly small, and comes with a decent case that holds all the cords nicely
 

Amaz-Play Projector-2

Enjoy the View

Despite having a word Mini in the name, this Amaz-Play Pico Projector boasts slightly larger dimensions than the company's first model. Still, it's pretty compact and, what is even more important, boasts Full HD video support and comparatively bright 80 lm DLP matrix with 854x480 resolution, allowing you to enjoy the quality videos and photos at up to 60" diagonal view at your home or office. On a bright day, you may have to close the window curtains and move the device closer to the screen in order to obtain crisper picture. But in a dark room, it can provide you with a perfectly sharp image with great color saturation. Furthermore, the projector can be set on the tripod, that comes inside the box, and adjusted for the best throw angle as well.

As for the sound, the internal speaker is there mostly for the show. We recommend either hook it up to the separate speakers or to your own headphones via 3.5mm audio out.

Review of Amaz-Play Projector-2 Mobile Pico Projector Portable Mini

Smart and Stylish

Speaking about extra items, the package also includes an AC power adapter, a remote control, a short HDMI cable for connecting it to PC or gaming console. It can also read from microSD cards. But the best part is that it comes with a Wi-Fi dongle that can grab a signal from a hotspot, created on your computer or mobile phone (requires EZcast Pro free app). 

Frankly, we were a bit impressed by how many file formats it supports. Along with all the common standard video, image, and video files, Amaz-Play projector can read Microsoft Word and Excel documents, PowerPoint presentations, and up to 75 MB PDF files. One battery charge is enough for about 2 hours of continuous use. You can either use an adapter or connect it to a USB-to-Micro-USB cable (not included) with a laptop or a power bank. Also, it can work while recharging.

Concluding, it's an optimal portable projector with an attractive sleek design that can lend you a helping hand in creating a small home theater or holding a successful business presentation.

Amaz-Play Projector-2 Mobile Pico Projector Portable Mini in the use

More Products to Consider

If you don't want to turn on hotspot on your Apple device in order to save the battery, grab a Lightning-to-HDMI adapter for connecting it to the projector.

Additional Info

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What customers say about this product

Features

It supports both WiFi and HDMI, and it comes with several built-in apps and can read files and video/audio files on a USB or on a smartphone and a computer.

Display

It has great color, but as it only 80-100lm bright. It can't compete against external lights.

Power

Battery status - it uses a red and green status light when charging, when projecting, a nice battery icon in menus

Key Specs

It works great with Amazon's Fire TV. It is a little bright but in some ways that is really nice because you don't miss any details.
 

Magnasonic PP60

Portable Little Helper

Magnasonic LED Pocket Pico Video Projector utilizes DLP technology to achieve saturated picture at 640x360 resolution and 16:9 aspect ratio which is fine to watch movies. The picture itself has a high 1100:1 contrast in optimal conditions. The light output is 25 lm, that might require a darker room if you want to project a video at a maximum 60". HDMI port supports a signal from most notebooks, game consoles and tons of other devices. There're a special adapter for Samsung Galaxy and a standard micro USB to HDMI adapter for other phones. The 3.5mm audio output is placed on the rear side to plug in external speakers or headphones.

Review of Magnasonic PP60 LED Pocket Pico Video Projector

Within Arm's Reach

Lithium built-in 2100 mAh battery has a rather unexpected capacity for such tiny body. Anyhow, it's enough for up to 120 hours of continuous work. It comes with an HDMI cable and a couple of adapters to connect it to different devices. A tripod is included to mount and adjust the projector's angle. Protection bag is also supplied to keep it safe and sound.

The main feature, however, is the size. Yeah, all of the mobile projectors are pretty compact, but this one is a champ. The manufacturer claims that it's one of the smallest projectors in the world. And it’s not too far from the truth. At 0.28 lbs, you can carry it around in a pocket or a bag almost without noticing it. And it doesn't matter, if you have a planned or sudden need to make a presentation at work or to show photos to a family, just take it out, plug a phone in and you are on a roll.

Magnasonic PP60 LED Pocket Pico Video Projector in the use

More Products to Consider

With a wireless presenter pen, your business presentations will always go smoothly. Draw audience's attention to necessary topics with a built-in laser pointer, and never again get distracted by going to a keyboard to switch the slides, do it with a pen.

Additional Info

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Magnasonic Pico Projector Review

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

It works well and it was definitely bright enough to use in a warmly lit living room setting projected onto a white ceiling

Display

What a remarkable little projector. The display is very bright and text is quite readable. The price is really nice, as well. Great for traveling.

Features

The included tripod is also very nice

Power

The two-hour battery life is long enough for most movies.
 

Sony MP-CL1A

Best of the Best

Our team was impressed with test results of this small projector. Sony Portable HD has a great resolution at up to 1920x720 and a corresponding aspect ratio of 16:9. Such resolution allows you to watch movies in high-def with attention to details and a minimal loss of image quality. Both static pictures and dynamic video looked all right. The contrast in this model is very high, making colors look vibrant even at a maximum distance from the screen. This was achieved due to a new and potentially one of the best technologies, where a laser diode is used to project a picture.

We want to point out an awesome feature in this Sony projector: when turned on, it automatically adjusts the focus by scanning the distance between the projection screen and its retinal projector. Contrast, hue, and saturation can be adjusted manually from the menu. And if you can’t place the projector at a right angle to display, there are alignment options in the menu and a supplied two-way stand to fix this.

Review of Sony MP-CL1A Portable HD Mobile Projector

Practical and Convenient

Sony pico-projector comes with a ton of features. First and foremost you can connect it to Wi-Fi hotspot at 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz. That way you can display an image right from your mobile phone's or notebook's hotspot, thanks to a certified Miracast technology. It has a mini-HDMI port and comes with an HDMI to mini-HDMI adapter for you to plug in a cable from your game console, PC, Blu-ray player or any other device, and get an image on a display.

Capacious 3400 mAh battery is a real survivor. It worked for 2 hours straight, before the indicator started blinking. You can recharge it with a USB-to-Micro USB adapter (included) from your laptop or any other USB port. Sony Portable HD has a standard USB output port, that you can use to charge up other devices like mobile phone or portable speakers. As for the sound, a built-in speaker might not be loud enough in large rooms. In this case, simply plug your headphones or speakers in a 3.5mm output port and get a clear stereo sound.

Sony MP-CL1A Portable HD Mobile Projector in the use

More Products to Consider

Sony Portable HD projector is so compact, you can put it in your pocket. However, to safely carry it around get a travel case where you can put the mobile projector itself together with additional cables and adapters.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Sony Mobile Projector MP-CL1 [REVIEW]

What customers say about this product

Features

The laser automatically keeps the picture in focus at all times.

Display

It's got a short throw which is nice, it's about 1 to 1 meaning for an 80 inch picture you only have to be about 80 inches from the screen.

Key Specs

Keystone adjustment is great and was the main reason I chose this over other laser projectors.

Power

The features i like the most are Bluetooth audio & battery life (2+~hours).
 

iCODIS CB-100W Portable Pocket Size Projector

Kudos to iCODIS

Seems like guys at iCODIS created this mobile projector with a ‘size matters’ thought in mind. The device looks like a less than 2" cube, that will easily fit in the palm of your hand. A turquoise rubber band serves as a cover for the projector lens, and also gives the projector a stylish look. You can forget about cables - it can project video directly from a phone, notebook, desktop or tablet via Wi-Fi. iCODIS has received numerous Wi-Fi certificates: Miracast for Android devices, AirPlay for Apple, and DLNA for others. This means it's compatible with almost any modern device. And even if you don't have a wireless network in your building or hotspot option on your phone, it can read your files from an included 8GB SD card.

Review of iCODIS CB-100W Portable Pocket Size Projector

A Pocket Full of Possibilities

This little projector shows the best results with static images, such as pictures, charts, formulas or plain text and can display them at up to 120". Speaking of video, iCODIS CB-100W picks up an incoming signal at up to 1080p and changes it into 480p on the fly, so that you wouldn't have to convert it yourself. At the outcome, you get a very bright projection, that can be seen even when the room is partially illuminated. Handy for conference halls and classrooms. Working time of a single battery charge depends on the use. For instance, Wi-Fi connection and speaker drain it faster than reading files from SD card and using external speakers, that have a separate power supply. In optimal conditions, it's enough for about 60-90 minutes, which is impressive, considering its size. USB cable and an AV adapter are included for recharging.

iCODIS CB-100W Portable Pocket Size Projector in the use

More Products to Consider

If you feel that included 8GB SD card won’t be enough to store all your data, then grab this 64GB SanDisk Ultra microSD. You can download all your media into it and freely use it with iCODIS projector.

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
iCODIS CB-100W Mobile Projector Review
 

What is a Mobile Projector?

Most well-known application of projectors is at the cinemas. Those are huge, industrial-like stationary machines that cast an image projection on a flat surface, such as a large screen or a wall. Modern technologies render it possible to make them so small, you can even put them in your pocket. Such mini projectors can be mounted on a tripod or a simple table in school classrooms, lecture halls or sleeping rooms. And lately, pocket projector became an essential companion of teachers and lecturers. They can be used almost anywhere, have different ports to connect them to a notebook or other digital devices. However, these micro-projectors, that are also called pico projectors, can display a crisp picture on the screen with a diagonal up to 120 inches and lighting lux at up to 100 lm. This is enough to get a distinct picture in a darkened room with closed drapes.

Note, that you will need some kind of white wall or screen to throw the image onto with your projector. If you don't have any, take a quick glance of the bestselling projector screens of this year. If you are a lecturer or a speaker, you will also appreciate our review of presentation remotes. They come with a built-in laser pointer and other useful features to make your job easier. Just check them out and see for yourself.

What Features to Compare

The first thing you should consider is the Projection Specifications of a projector. As we've mentioned above, it may project an image at a diagonal of up to 120 inches without losing its crispness. Such width may be necessary for university auditoriums so that even from the back rows people could see a presentation. The image quality is affected by many factors.

  • Resolution directly influences the quality of the picture. It shows a number of pixels in a projector matrix. Resolution is given as a value, that looks like 1280x720, where 1280 is the number of pixels horizontally, and 720 – vertically. It’s not the width of the picture, however, the bigger this value is, the more detailed image you get.
  • Brightness is also important. As it comes from the name, it’s how bright your projection will be. Brightness value is given in Lumens (lm) and similar to light bulbs - the bigger it is, the lighter your image will be. Go for bigger value if you are going to do presentations in light rooms.
  • Contrast defines the ratio between light and dark parts of a picture. You can use a pocket projector with a high contrast in lighter rooms to get a more distinct picture. Please note, that the main parameter for lighting is still the brightness.

Another few things worth mentioning are aspect ratio and the projector technology. The former shows a ratio between horizontal and vertical lines. In simple words, photos usually have a 4:3 aspect ratio, while most movies and videos are 16:9 nowadays. Projector technology is the type of a mechanism that’s used for producing a projection. For instance, DLP has a high contrast while LED has a great brightness.

Pay attention to Data Interfaces of the pocket projector. The USB port is used to connect a projector to a notebook, memory stick or even to a mobile phone. With HDMI you can transfer a video of high quality from a PC or Blu-ray player. 3.5mm audio output allows you to enhance the sound by adding external speakers or plugging headphones in. That’s an essential feature for large rooms, where built-in speakers are just not enough. Some models can work with Wi-Fi hotspots. You can connect them to the same network as your notebook or mobile phone and transfer a video directly from them. Neat, isn’t it?

Finally, take a look at Dimensions and Extra Features. It should be lightweight and compact. Most of them can be carried in a pocket of a jacket or in a case. Tripod stand is great for adjusting the projector at a right angle to get the best view. Some mini projectors will not only receive a signal via USB but even charge other devices, like mobile phones or portable speakers. As for power efficiency, mini projectors are powered with batteries, that are usually enough for at least one hour of work. That means that you can even take them on a trip to show your kids a movie in the evening. Projectors are recharged via cable and most of them can work and be recharged at the same time

Overall, pocket projectors are great for indoors and outdoors activities. So let’s take a closer look at some of them.

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