The 5 Best Portable Projectors (Reviewed)

Bryan Nelson

If you travel often and love watching movies or videos, then i definitely recommend you get a portable projector. We picked the 5 best portable projectors of the year and ranked them based on factors such as price, quality, durability and more. Let’s take a look at them!

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Things You Should Know Before Buying A Portable Projector

Image Quality

Well of course as with everything about the viewing experience, portable or mini projectors need to have proper image quality to be feasible. While you are taking a look at the image quality don’t forget to inspect its brightness levels. Most portable projectors out there are built around LED or laser lights to cast the image. There are different image quality specs out there, such as the resolution, but then again without proper brightness, none of it counts, especially if you plan to use the projector in a well-lit room during the day time. Of course, if you plan to watch at night and have good light isolation in your room than you might get away with a projector with a low brightness rating.

Throw Distance

The most important thing after the image quality in a portable projector is the throw distance which ties in with the room size. This is especially important if you are buying a mini projector that you will move from room to room frequently.The throw ratio of a projector tells you the screen size range, it is measured with the distance fo the projector from the screen and the width of the image. If you buy a projector with a small throw ratio, it will display larger images from a closer distance to the screen or surface. ON the other hand projectors with large throw ratios, need to be further away to create a larger display. The best one for you will depend on the room you plan to use it.

Battery Life and Connectivity

Most of these devices operate on batteries and they deliver tons of convenience because of that. However, you need something that will last, especially if you are running from office to office or class to class. While you might not need a lot of it for home use, it is worth considering. Another thing to know is the connectivity. The more the merrier here, but make sure that it at least has an HDMI port to get you through most cases.

Which Is The Best Portable Projector?

5. Vankyo Leisure 3

 Best Budget Option

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
70%
Value
70%

We are going to kick off this list with a good portable projector coming in, the Vankyo Leisure 3. This is also the best affordable option in our list, but despite having such a price tag it has tons of features, super portable and compact design, nice carrying case in the package, and a nice cooling fan in its body. Let’s take a closer look at this tiny and affordable machine.

The Vankyo Leisure 3 is really nothing special, to be honest as it looks more like a toy, but it doesn’t look bad actually, I appreciate this kind of design at this price point. I should mention that Vankyo Leisure 3 measures about 12.24×9.43×4.63-inches and weighs about 2.4-pounds in total. This means that the whole device is pretty portable, so you can carry it from place to place. The lens of the projector is covered with a rubber cap. On the top part of the body, you will see the focus, keystone, and controls of the device which were superb in functionality.

On the side of the device, you will spot the power cord, which is rather short at four feet of length. On the other side of the pond, you will spot the connectivity ports which are pretty rich for its price and size. It includes a VGA port, USB, HDMI, SD card slot, a 3.5mm AV port, and a 3.5mm aux port to complete the package. I should mention that the fan design of the device was great overall, as it allows the device to run cool and quiet at all times. I should state that it has a built-in speaker, but I wouldn’t rely on them for sound. On the bottom, it has a kickstand to adjust the angle, the carrying case in the package is also very good.

The overall setup process for the device is super easy, and it can be done in a moment. To be honest, in terms of image quality I didn’t expect much of the Vankyo Leisure 3, however, it delivered a pleasant performance that didn’t leave much to be desired. It isn’t the brightest, however, if you are located in a darker room the image is pretty good. The LED nature of this beast was pretty good and you can display an image from 32 to 170 inches, the resolution is 1080p and the minimum throwing distance is 4.9-feet.

4. ViewSonic M1

Best For Office Use

Our Ratings:

Durability
80%
Quality
80%
Value
85%

Moving on with our list we have an exceptional portable projector, the ViewSonic M1. This is also the best option for office use since it is highly portable has a cool and innovative stand, can come in different colors, and has a great media player to deliver you an intuitive experience. With its great image quality, good battery life, and tons of ports, I think that this device is one of the best ones available.

The ViewSonic M1 is a super interesting device in terms of design, I can comfortably say that it is very well thought out. It has a great handle which is great in terms of design and functionality, which has also functionality to be used as a stand for the device. I like that when the device is off, the stand covers the lens from any scratch or damage, but when you uncover it turns on. On one side you will spot the buttons of the device which include some simple controls and for the other part, you will use the remote control which is included in the package.

I have to say that the power cable of the projector is quite bulky and very short, which is a little annoying. However, the ViewSonic M1 has a battery life that can last about 6 hours with moderate use. The lamp life is also pretty good at 30,000hours. The whole thing measures about 4.96×5.7×1.57-inches in total and weighs about 1.52 pounds. In terms of connectivity, it has plenty to offer for its size, including an HDMI port, micro SD slot, USB Type-A, and USB Type-C port to wrap it up. It also has 16GB of storage on it.

The resolution is not the best as it is 854×480 pixels, which means that it will downscale a lot of content, but then again this is better for office use, so slides and presentation will be great overall. The contrast ratio of the device is good at 120,000:1 and it provides 250 lumens of output. The image quality in dark rooms is good overall and the colors were pretty rich, while the resolution might be a little annoying I had plenty of fun with this one.

3. LG PF50KA

Best Mid-Range Option

Our Ratings:

Durability
85%
Quality
85%
Value
95%

The third entry on our list comes to form a big-name manufacturer, LG, and the superb PF50KA. This one is exceptional in terms of design, image quality, smart TV compatibility, tons of features, plug-and-play functionality, Full HD resolution, great connectivity options and so much more. LG has done it again with this one. So let’s take a quick look at it.

The LG PF50KA is mostly designed for home use, but you can also take it to the office without any problem. It is a bit more expensive than the other options that we talked about, but if you want a better image quality this is a superior option. The whole thing measures about 6.7×6.7×1.9-inches in total and weighs about two pounds, so you can throw it in your backpack without a doubt. It has a square body with rounded edges and it is covered with white glossy plastic for the most part.

On the top, you will find some buttons for some simple functions. In the front, you will see the lens of the device that protrudes nicely from it, and on the back, you will spot the connectivity options which are plenty. They include an Ethernet port, two HDMI ports one with ARC enabled, a USB type-A, a USB Type-C, an antenna in port, DC in and a 3.5mm headphone input to deliver amazing options. The LG PF50KA also has a superb battery life of about 2.5 hours which is amazing for its performance. Before moving on I should state that it has Smart TV built-in so you can use all your favorite features that you might use on your LG TV.

The LG PF50KA has a pair of 1-watt speakers that are good for small gatherings, but I was impressed that it can connect with Bluetooth to other speakers so you can use external sound. The Full HD resolution delivers tons of sharpness, and plenty of detail, also it can deliver an image up to 100-inches diagonally. The LED light of the projector also has a lifespan of 30,000 hours.

2. AAXA P7

Best Runner-Up

Our Ratings:

Durability
95%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

The runner up on this list is one of the most impressive portable projectors in the market, the AAXA P7. This is an excellent portable projector since it is so small, delivers 1080p resolution natively, has a built-in battery, delivers great image quality and so much more. One of the best out there.

The might not be the most aesthetically pleasing projector out there, but it is one of the smallest I have ever seen as it measures about 2.7×4.7×4.4-inches fitting in the palm of your hand. It also weighs about 1.4-pounds which is the flyweight. Then again for what it offers, it is beautiful overall, it has a black hardened plastic body all around with vents on the sides. It looks like most single-chip Digital light processing projectors out there. IT has a lens on the front part with an offset design.

On the top, you will see some simple buttons for controlling the basic functions of the device which is pretty good overall.  While it is super small it delivers great connectivity options, which include HDMI ports, TF cards, DC slot, USB slots, micro SD slots, and a lot more. The battery life of the device is about 90 minutes which is more than enough for most presentations on the go. The standard resolution is 1920x1080p natively and it has a built-in media player that delivers a great performance with its intuitive interface.

The AAXA P7 has a throw ratio of 1.2:1 and can deliver an image from 16 to 120-inches diagonally which is amazing for Full HD. It can also get pretty bright at 600 lumens and the contrast ratio is a pleasant 2,000:1. Definitely one of the most pleasing out there.

1. Optoma ML750

Best Overall

Our Ratings:

Durability
100%
Quality
90%
Value
95%

On top of our list is the Optoma ML750, which is the best overall option in the market. It delivers all the best features at a lower price than all its competitors, and that without any compromise. Lightweight body, superb brightness, great connectivity, and tons of portability.

Let’s dive straight into the features of this device. The Optoma ML750 is the best tool for most people on the go, and it can handle all your presentations without a doubt. It works with LED technology and creates beautiful images that are very vibrant. It has a lamp life that is extremely efficient and gets about 20,000 hours of use before it gives up. I should also mention that the setup process of the device is pretty much non-existent, you just turn it on and get going.

Like I said it is pretty lightweight and small with its utilitarian body and design. IT measures about 4.1×4.2×1.5-inches in total. On top of that, you get a carrying case in the package which means that you get the best portability. The LED lamp also gets pretty bright, something that I didn’t expect, meaning that you don’t have to completely blackout a room to get a good image. Like I said the colors are pretty nice as well and I have no complaints.

One of my favorite things about the Optoma ML750 is its ib-build office viewer and media player which means you don’t need to pack a laptop. Just the Optoma ML750 and a USB stick and you are good to go. Definitely the best overall. Price, image quality, throw ratio and so much more, in a single body.

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