Mini Projector vs. Standard Projector

There’s a number of reasons why mini projectors are getting more and more popular, but I haven’t found a list of things that people can compare between the two.

Now, I’m not saying standard projectors are rubbish. Far from it. In fact, in a lot of cases, they’re still more suitable for home theatre setups as mini projectors are only just now catching up in regards to their brightness levels.

So without further ado, here’s a few things you can compare between mini projectors and standard projectors to help sway you towards getting a mini projector.

Bulb replacements

If you’re not aware, mini projectors use lighting technologies like DLP with LEDs and Lasers to project their images.

Standard projectors often use high powered bulbs. This means that you’ll need to replace the bulbs when they blow or wear out. They also consume a much more power than mini projectors.


Because standard projectors use bulbs they tend to be a little larger in physical size to dissipate the heat in the projection unit.

Mini projectors on the other hand really don’t have that many components that get too hot so they often only have small fans to push a bit of air through and can therefore be much smaller in size.

LEDs also have a very small footprint so all of that wasted space can be condensed down.


Standard projectors take time to warm up the bulb to get to full brightness whereas mini projectors being LED driven are able to start up and be at full brightness in seconds.

This is incredibly important for business scenarios where setup and teardown needs to be as quick as possible to avoid wasting people’s time.

It also means that you can whip it out whenever the situation presents itself.


For some reason, it seems that the focus on mini projectors is putting as much cool connectivity options into the units as possible.

You can connect direct to iPhones, iPads, and other smart phones, FlipCams, Camcorders, DVDs, Blurays, and loads more. Not to mention your standard laptop/computer connections.

On standard projectors, if you want these extra connectivity options you have to pay for it.


The other major reason you should choose a mini projector is price.

Mini projectors have historically been much cheaper than standard projectors and I’m not sure why this is.

The higher end mini projectors have comparable features to some of the better projectors, but they’re more portable, have way cooler connection options, and they cost less.

Mini projector reviews

So now that I’ve convinced you how awesome mini projectors are in comparison to standard projectors, you should head over and check out some of our mini projector reviews.

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