Best Pocket Projectors

Review & Comparison, Last Update December 11, 2019
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

The fabulous image quality is complemented by a 5W Omni-directional speaker to deliver you high-quality sound wherever you sit. Also, the projector can be used with other speakers or used in speaker-only mode.

CONS

It might become slightly warm with prolonged use.

OUR VERDICT

The Nebula Capsule is one of the most portable options you can find on the market. Actually, it's not bigger than a can of Cola and can easily fit into a pocket.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

Up to 100"

Image

854x480

Light Output

100 lumens

Projector Type

DLP

Lamp Operational Life

30 000 hours

Battery Capacity / Life

Built-in rechargeable battery

Data Interface

HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (Screen Mirroring)

Extras

Built-in control panel, Compatible with Capsule Control app, Built-in speaker (5 W), Android 7.1 OS

Dimensions

2.7" x 2.7" x 4.7"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The powerful Wi-Fi 802.11 /g /n module provides a stable Internet connection even if your router is far away. The Miracast® and Screen Mirroring Feature helps project videos without delay and lags.

CONS

The sound quality could be better.

OUR VERDICT

Despite the strikingly compact dimensions, the Kodak projector can deliver imaging up to 150". This large screen will be especially useful for large living or conference rooms.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

Up to 150"

Image

854x480

Light Output

50 lumens

Projector Type

DLP

Lamp Operational Life

30 000 hours

Battery Capacity / Life

Built-in rechargeable battery

Data Interface

HDMI, USB, MicroSD slot, 3.5-mm audio out, Wi-Fi (Screen Mirroring)

Extras

Built-in control panel, Built-in speaker

Dimensions

3.9" x 3.9" x 0.87"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The unit is capable of showing clear images up to 130", which is great for sports events projection. With that, it works for 2 hours continuously (AC charger included).

CONS

The lens lifespan could be longer.

OUR VERDICT

Though the Vamvo projector lacks some sophisticated features, it offers a 130" projection and may become a perfect choice for watching soccer matches or showing presentations.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

Up to 130"

Image

800x480

Light Output

100 lumens

Projector Type

DLP

Lamp Operational Life

20 000 hours

Battery Capacity / Life

Built-in rechargeable battery

Data Interface

HDMI, USB, MicroSD slot, 3.5-mm audio out

Extras

Built-in control panel, Built-in speaker, Remote control and mini tripod included

Dimensions

5.8" x 3" x 0.9"

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

The lamp has a lifespan of 50,000 hours, so even if you plan to use the projector for 6-8 hours daily, the image will remain bright even after a few years of use. By the way, the brightness here makes 105 lumens.

CONS

No dedicated button for volume control on the device.

OUR VERDICT

The Sony projector has a super-compact size but offers you a very useful way to share your screen on the go. It's well packaged, long-lasting, and easy to set up. An excellent option for business presentations.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

Up to 120"

Image

854x480

Light Output

105 lumens

Projector Type

DLP

Lamp Operational Life

50 000 hours

Battery Capacity / Life

Built-in rechargeable battery

Data Interface

HDMI, USB, 3.5-mm audio out

Extras

Built-in speaker

Dimensions

6" x 3.4" x 0.7"

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Equipped with 4200 mAh battery, this portable projector can be charged from mobile devices or power banks right on-the-go. With no mains required.

CONS

The included remote isn't very responsive. 

OUR VERDICT

The BNGU Portable Video Projector can become a must-have thing for movie nights on the weekends. Even if you're away from home, it won't let you break your family tradition.

detailed parameters
Screen Size

Up to 120"

Image

854x480

Light Output

100 lumens

Projector Type

DLP

Lamp Operational Life

30 000 hours

Battery Capacity / Life

Built-in rechargeable battery

Data Interface

HDMI, USB, MicroSD slot, 3.5-mm audio out, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (Screen Mirroring)

Extras

Built-in control panel, Built-in speaker, Android 7.1 OS, Remote control and mini tripod included

Dimensions

6.2" x 3.1" x 0.7"

Warranty

1 year

Anker Nebula Capsule

Super Mini

Anker is one of those rare Chinese brands that are praised all across the globe for innovations, affordable prices, and high-quality computer and mobile peripherals. And its NEBULA lineup represents a new class of smart, portable entertainment devices. The Nebula Capsule is one of them. It's the world’s first portable cinema that deftly combines smart capabilities and extra compact dimensions with immersive audio and visuals. 

For sure, it's the tiny size that grabs your attention at once. Actually, the Capsule is no bigger than a soda can. For this reason, it's extremely portable and can be carried just anywhere you go (a pouch is included for safe transportation).

Thanks to exceptional portability, this gadget is easy to just place on any tabletop and start watching your favorite movies. And despite its tiny size, the throw range of this projector is great. You'll get an 80-100 inch screen from a coffee table. In a relatively dark room, you can back up to about 10-11 feet away and get a large screen with good clarity and brightness ( a radiant 100 ANSI lm picture).

And if the sun hasn’t gone down yet, you can get a pretty bright picture from about 3-8 feet from the wall. The image will be bright and vibrant owing to the advanced DLP technology that utilizes IntelliBright algorithms. The fabulous image quality is complemented by a 5W 360° speaker to deliver high-quality sound wherever you sit. Also, it's worth emphasizing that ht projector can be used in speaker-only mode.

Review of Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector

Easy Connection

The unit offers two video settings: standard and battery. We assume the latter will make it dimmer but work for longer. The battery life is amazing - the Nebula Capsule delivers up to 4 hours of continuous video playback on a single charge. And the Quick Charge 3.0. technology enables it to recharge faster. As a nice touch, you can use the projector while charging (as long as you're not watching a video from USB flash drive).

Speaking about compatibility, the projector runs Android 7.1 and therefore works as a portable smart TV on its own. It can house lots of native apps, ridding you of the need to always lug another device around with the projector.

You can operate Capsule directly from your phone after downloading the Capsule Control app available on both Google Play and the App Store. Your phone will literally become a touchpad for the projector control, though the remote is also included with the purchase.

All these things make the Nebula Capsule a very usable portable projector. And because of the fact it's no bigger than a can of Colsa, it's surely one of the most portable options you can find on the market.

Anker Nebula Capsule Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Kodak Luma 150

Super Large

Kodak needs no presentation. It's the iconic American company that produces camera- and image-related products that boast exceptional quality. And what we have here is the revolutionary Luma 150 Portable Projector that delivers audiovisual excellence.

To begin with, this projector can suit not only those individuals that need a reliable device for presentations mainly but also those families that have no space or ability to hang a fully-fledged TV in their bedroom. The thing is that owing to the extra-bright 150-lumen lamp and 16.7-million color display, the Kodak Luma offers you a 16:9 screen that can expand to whopping 150″. And even at the maximum screen size, the image remains sharp and detailed.

For the flexibility of use, the Kodak mini projector has a responsive focus wheel that allows you to adjust the size in fine increments. And what is notable, the unit is capable of projecting so small pictures that you can trace them onto watercolor paper. The vast majority of other portable projectors can't go down that small.

The KODAK Luma 150 features tripod mount on the bottom for standard models, so you can easily install your projector for steady viewing.

The only Achilles' heel of this projector is probably a bit low quality of the speaker. The sound it produces isn't the best in the industry but actually you can always plug an additional speaker into the headphone jack for better results.

Review of Kodak Luma 150 Pocket Projector

View It From Where You Want It

The area where this mini projector also excels is the connectivity options. It offers multiple methods for viewing and even comes with a full-size HDMI cable and USB to Micro-USB cable already included in the package. Hence, you can hook it up to your camera, driver, laptop, and other compatible devices. Also, you can insert a microSD card or USB stick. Or you can go wireless using the Mobile-to-Projector Mirroring feature or Via Airplay and Miracast apps.

Take note that you can use such HDMI-compatible devices as a FireStick or a Roku. The quality of the content will depend on your connection type and the quality of the original videos. Native 1080p files will play in full HD resolution but lower-quality 720p videos won't upscale.

In all, no matter whether you’re watching movies or present your project on a business meeting, the KODAK Luma 150 will get you covered.

Kodak Luma 150 Pocket Projector in the use

Additional Info

    Manufacturer


 

Vamvo Ultra Mini

Extra-large Screen

If you're a studying student or a successful businessman that would like to pitch your ideas to potential clients, you certainly need a small mobile projector for doing presentations - the Vamvo Ultra Mini Portable Projector. It'll enable you to be quick and get your presentations whilst keeping a really minimalist approach.

The image and text quality will be amazing with this neat device. It can project clear pictures to a wall at the end of your office table, making things much more professional when you're sharing ideas with others. Of course, it won't be bright enough for the class projection but more than enough for a several person meeting.

This unit is best for a totally dark environment, yet it also provides clear images in half-dimmed rooms. When the lights are fully on, the picture still has enough definition to let you watch something.

But what completely sells the product is its ability to show images up to 130", which is great for sports events projection. However, beyond 120", you may notice pixels showing. Hence, we recommend staying around 90" - 110". This ideal screen size can be achieved with a projection distance of 4-5 feet.

The Vamvo device has a sleek design and offers a simple way to adjust the focus (via the button on the side). Also, it comes with a remote that can help you quickly adjust volume, brightness, color, sound, image scaling, etc.

Review of Vamvo Ultra Mini Pico Projector

Well-balanced Device

Take note that the device is made with the foldable lens protector that goes 180 degrees up and down. The said lens automatically turns off the projector and turns it on again after unfolding.

Another important thing you should be aware of is the fact that it has no WiFi support. Though, it allows you to use a USB cable, Type-C cable or a Micro SD Card to watch your favorite movies and shows. Also, you can stick in an Amazon Fire TV stick, Chromecast, or Roku, to watch shows.

In addition to that, the Vamvo mini projector uses the latest Multi-screen technology and adopts AirPlay, DLNA, and Miracast technologies. That means you'll be able to project the screens of your iPhone, iPad, Android device, laptop, XBOX, and more. Simply connect it via USB and the projector will mirror your screen.

In sum, though the Vamvo projector lacks some sophisticated features, it offers a whopping 130" projection and may become a perfect choice for watching sports matches or showing presentations.

Vamvo Ultra Mini Pico Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual


 

Sony MP-CD1

The Brightest! The Lightest!

Sony offers you an excellent projector that is one of the brightest and lightest. And by the latter, we mean its ridiculously low weight of 9.88 ounces only. Naturally, the device is very compact as well. It's a pocket-sized device that easily fits in the palm of a hand. Actually, it feels like carrying a large smartphone. But despite such modest size, the projector packs a big punch.

The Sony MP-CD1 delivers 105 lumens for extremely bright and dynamic pictures, which is actually a bit more than rivals offer. The area where it also excels is the longevity of usable life. The built-in lamp has a lifespan of incredible 50,000 hours, meaning it will serve you for long years to come.

Thanks to IntelliBright technology, the projector ensures bright, clear, and dynamic pictures on up to 120" screen. The size of the projected image solely depends on the distance of use - for the maximum size, you'll only need 11.48 feet. Owing to the same technology, the device optimizes brightness and power consumption, as well as ensures minimal heat build-up.

Another obvious advantage of the MP-CD1 is the automatic keystone correction. That is to say, you can place the projector directly on a tabletop without a need to prop it up - even when projecting from an angle, the image will always look well. Yet, you can also use a tripod, as the projector has a dedicated spot on the bottom.

Overall, the projector has a very solid build and a wonderfully small size that can fit right into your laptop bag. Although the device has a metal housing and no plastic parts to scratch, it comes with an elegant, leather-like case for storage. It reliably protects the projector from bumps when traveling in your backpack, briefcase, or pocket.

Review of Sony MP-CD1 Pocket-Sized Portable Projector

Impressive Operation Time

What also adds appeal to this very model is its long cable-free operation time. Fitted with a 5000 mAh battery, it can display images up to 2 hours with no cords required. Moreover, you can piggyback a power bank to the projector while using it, thus extending its battery life significantly. The full charging time with 1.5 A power supply takes approximately 4 hours and 2.5 hours from CP-AD3.

The setup of this Sony projector is also quite easy. Just attach the HDMI cable from your computer and press the power button. Owing to a quick 5-second boot, you'll be able to go straight into your presentation without missing a moment. Needless to say, HDMI and USB ports also accept a wide variety of media-streaming devices including gaming consoles, Android devices, Apple devices, and laptops. On top of that, you can connect an HDMI dongle stick to provide wireless connectivity for smartphones.

In sum, this Sony mobile projector is definitely pricey but you'll find no flaws with it. It's super-small, durable, and provides a bright and clear image. Although it powers up very quickly, you can run it while charging. An excellent option for long business presentations.

Sony MP-CD1 Pocket-Sized Portable Projector in the use

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

BNGU c800w

Multiple Connectivity Options

If you'd like to watch videos at home but your room is a bit too small for a big screen, you'll definitely find the BNGU mini projector very useful. The projector is good, comfortable to watch and moderately-priced.

This little cutie comes in a nice gift box, and right after unpacking it becomes obvious it's a well-built and stylish device. It’s of pocket size (as small as an iPhone 8P) and weighs about 10 ounces only, so it's lightweight and easy to move around the house to set up. The instructions that are also included in the box are very clear and the projector is easy to use even if you have no tech skills.

It boasts an upgraded android 7.1 system and 1080p videos. Also, it supports 2.4/5G Wi-Fi/BT-4.2. As for the clarity, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that the BNGU mini projector is on par with average standard projectors.

With 100 Anls lumens (854x480 native resolution) and the High restore true color technology, it delivers great picture quality. The brightness on this mini projector is superb. And the fact that the image is still of high contrast even when a desk lamp is on proves that.

The device is compatible with micro SDs up to 256GB, so it can show high-definition videos. As mentioned, this mini projector has a built-in WiFi module and can support both wired and wireless ways of connection. That means, that for pairing your phone, you can choose one of the following methods:

1. Create a hot spot on this projector and then connect the hot spot with your phone or tablet.

2. Use the cable and trust the connection

3. Connect your phone or tablet to the same WiFi network with the projector and use the mirror function.

Review of BNGU c800w Portable Video Projector

Application Scenarios

Actually, this mini projector can work just for everything from creating a home or outdoor cinema to educational purposes. Equipped with a 4200 mAh battery, it can be charged from mobile devices or power banks right on-the-go. No mains. For this reason, it's also a very appealing option for bringing fun to such outdoor activities as a party, camping, travel, etc.

You can install lots of apps to watch live, movies, or play games. However, take note that services like Hulu, Netflix, and Prime may think it's a screen recording device, so you will need to download these apps directly to the projector for viewing the copyrighted content from the said providers. Luckily, the built-in 2GB RAM + 16GB ROM of storage allows downloading them all without a problem.

All in all, the BNGU Portable Video Projector can become a must-have thing for movie nights on the weekends. Even if you're away from home, it won't let you break your family tradition.

BNGU c800w Portable Video Projector in the use

 

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

Projection Specifications

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.

Data Interfaces

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?

Dimensions and Extra Features

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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