Best Mini Projector
Compare the best small projector for your needs
Are you looking for the perfect mini projector for your home theatre setup? Or perhaps you’re looking for one to take on the road with you?
Our site is here to help you find the best pico projector and we have all the mini projector reviews, a huge mini projector comparison table and loads of great articles to help you find what you’re looking for.
How to choose the best mini projector
As portable devices slowly take over our lives with smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, compact video cameras, laptops and netbooks, the need for the best micro projector systems to go along with these devices has become overwhelming.
Once you decide on the features you need, you can browse our mini projector reviews and comparison table to decide what projectors fit the features you need.
We have all the important features shown in the table so when it comes to picking the greatest mini projector you know you’re in the right place. Below is a cut down version of the comparison table, click through to see the full comparison table:
Mini Projector Comparison
Included in our table below you will find a selection of the most important attributes to help you choose:
- Native Resolution/Contrast Ratio
|Image||Details||Manufacturer / Model||Lumens||Connectivity & Inclusions||Price|
|3000||USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), VGA (RGB)NTSC M (3.58 MHz), 4.43MHz, PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N, 60), SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L), SD 480i and 576i, ED 480p and 576p, HD 720p, 1080i, 1080p, Remote Control||$$|
|2000||USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), DVI, VGA (RGB), Audio Out, Remote Control||$$$$|
|8||USB, iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, Audio Out, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included||$|
|10||USB, HDMI, iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included||$$$|
|200||USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), In-built iPod/iPhone dock, iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, On-board storage, SD Card, Audio Out, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included||$$$$$|
|100||USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, SD Card, Audio OutHDTV (720p, 1080i), EDTV (480p), SDTV (480i), NTSC, PAL, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included||$$$|
|300||USB, HDMI, VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, On-board storage, SD Card, Wifi, Audio Out, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included||$$$$|
|300||USB, HDMI, VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, On-board storage, SD Card, Wifi, Carry Bag Included||$$$$|
|300||USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), On-board storage, SD Card, Wifi, Audio OutPAL SECAM 576i/p, NTSC 480i/p, HD 720p/1080i/1080p, Remote Control, Carry Bag Included||$$$|
|500||USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, Audio OutSDTV (480i), EDTV (480p), HDTV (720p, 1080i/p), NTSC/NTSC 4.43, PAL B/G/H/I/M/N 60, SECAM, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included||$$$$$|
|270||USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), VGA (RGB), iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, Audio Out, Remote Control, Carry Bag Included||$$$|
Compare All The Best Mini Projectors
Imaging Technologies Used In Mini Projectors
There are three major competing image technologies used in modern mini projectors, picking the best one comes down the personal preference:
DLP (Digital Light Processing)
DLP, short for Digital Light Processing, created and commercialised by Texas Instruments and is used in rear projection TVs and modern colour digital projectors. For most manufacturers it is the lighting technology of choice to use.
It works by creating the image with microscopically small mirrors laid out in a matrix format on a semiconductor chip called the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD).
DLP has been around since the late 1980’s, however it’s only recently with the replacement of the mechanical spinning colour wheel and light lamp combination that DLP used to rely upon with newer coloured LEDs and Lasers that has made this technology much smaller platforms and affordable for inclusion into small projectors.
DLP offers the best, smooth, jitter free images with excellent grayscale linearity. And the thing is there are no replacements of light bulbs in the new ranges of DLP projectors, so this technology is quite economical.
Laser Beam-Steering Projection
Beam-steering refers to a technology that steers laser beams for projecting the most accurate, images developed by a company called Microvision.
Microvision’s scanning mirror technology, Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS), is a tiny little silicon device that features a small mirror at it centre that oscillates vertically and horizontally really fast to redirect (or “beam steer”) a laser beam to capture and reproduce an image pixel-by-pixel.
MEMS technology is the driving force behind the PicoP display engine which is used in some projectors and it’s small enough to embed inside a mobile phone. Projectors using this MEMS technology are referred to as Pico projectors.
LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon)
LCoS is short for Liquid Crystal on Silicon. It’s quite similar to DLP in a number of ways, but instead of tiny mirrors embedded on a semiconductor, it actually uses liquid crystals.
LCoS is also similar in this way to standard LCD technology with the exception of being able to produce much higher resolution and higher contrast images.
LCoS is the most mature of these projection technologies, stemming from a project by General Electric in the late 1970s.
While we’re referring to it here as a projection technology, it is also the responsible technology for the large scale production of the large and inexpensive flat panel LED LCD displays that we all enjoy in our homes.
What Can You Use Them For?
There are loads of great ways to use these projectors and with today’s increasing dependence on mobile devices fulfilling all sorts of tasks for us, the mini projector is the best accessory to buy.
Some uses include:
- Business presentations – combine with a laser pointer and a portable projection screen and you’re in business
- Sharing videos and images from your iphone or ipad or other iphone
- Interactive gaming
- Impromptu powerpoint presentations
- Big screen web surfing
- … and loads more – you’re only limited by your imagination
The naming standards in this industry are still settling into place, so if you’re looking around to buy one of these devices the can also be referred to as any of the following:
- Mini projector
- Pico projector
- Handheld projector
- Pocket projector
- Mobile projector
- Small projector
- Laser projector
Reviews and Information
Here at MPWReviews we have been collecting info on these projectors for a few years. Our team has combined it all with our in-depth mini projector reviews to help you choose the best mini projector for your needs.
In our reviews we cover all sorts of things including connectivity features, size and weight, lighting, brightness, and loads more.
We also talk a lot about what the best type of mini projector is for different groups of people and how the technology itself works. So feel free to have a look around our site, read some reviews and get in touch if you have any questions about mini projectors that you need answered.