Review & Compare Mini Projectors
As portable devices slowly take over our lives with smart phones, tablets, compact video cams and laptops, the demand for small sized projection units to go along with these devices has become overwhelming.
The problem is, there’s so much choice! That’s where we come in.
How To Choose The Best Mini Projector
The first step to choosing your device is to decide on the ‘must have’ features you need.
This site contains information for all the major mini projectors on the market. Our interactive comparison table will help you decide what projectors fit your desired features.
The most important features are shown in the below table (and also in the full comparison table).
Our Interactive Comparison Table
In the table below you will find a selection of the most important attributes to help you choose your projector:
- 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 Every Projector We’ve Reviewed!
There are three major competing image technologies used in modern small projectors, picking the best one comes down your 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. Most projector manufacturers on the market today utilize DLP lighting technology.
How DLP Works
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.
DLP offers the smooth, jitter free images with excellent grayscale linearity. There is also no need to replace light bulbs when this technology is used in projectors unlike older technology. DLP as a technology is quite economical.
Read Our Article: What is DLP and how does it work?
Laser Beam-Steering Projection
How Laser Beam-Steering Works
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.
Read Our Article: What is laser projector beam-steering?
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.
There are loads of great ways to use these little projectors and with today’s increasing dependence on mobile devices fulfilling all sorts of tasks for us, it’s a great accessory to buy.
- 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
- Powerpoint presentations
- Big screen web surfing
- … and loads more – you’re only limited by your imagination
As the technology evolves, many business people are also using these units as professional projection units to carry with them on the road. It has transformed the way we think of presentations.
The naming standards in this industry still haven’t quite matured so there might be some confusion. 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 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 discuss what the best type of mini projector is for different groups and how the technology itself works so you can make an informed buying decision. Feel free to have a look around our site, read some reviews and get in touch if you have any questions that you need answered.