One of the greatest devices for presenters conceived definitely has to be the iPad. Equipped with an iPad projector you can add a new dynamic to your keynote presentations or even share a movie with someone special via this magical device.
Now with multiple sizes, formats and types available, the iPad is a device that continues to become integrated into our lives.
As such it’s not surprising that mini projectors have been transformed into iPad projectors that deliver this device’s power to the big screen.
Mini Projectors for iPad
There are a host of iPad projectors available on the market these days and all have subtle differences. It’s our mission to help you find the best iPad projector to suit your needs.
Before we go on with our recommendations, let’s think about some of the way you can use an iPad projector.
As perhaps one of the most media rich devices of the last decade, the iPad has the potential to deliver great things to the big screen via an iPad projector and what greater media could it present for you than a beautifully crafted keynote presentation.
Using the Keynote app, iPad projectors can broadcast your ideas onto the big screen during your presentations. You also get the flexibility of using your mini projector to it’s full power without having to hook up a bulky laptop. Plug in your iPad and let the magic happen, you’ll definitely wow your audience when they see you up there presenting with an iPad.
Another great reason to buy an iPad projector is to take advantage of it’s media rich capabilities that extend beyond just decks of slides.
If you’ve ever tried to watch a movie or TV show on the iPad with another person (or more), you’ll know how frustrating it can be. Using an iPad projector you can project your movies onto any available flat surface.
With modern mini projectors brightness issues are quickly becoming a problem of the past with resolutions as high as 1080p (1920×1080) now available you can display the full gamut of what your iPad can display.
Recommended iPad Projectors
After reviewing hundreds of mini projectors, we’ve seen some great projectors come and go. Likewise, with iPad projectors, there are good solutions and bad solutions.
We’ve rounded up some of the best iPad projectors on the market for you to take a look at along with our reviews of each:
We think this little pico projector from MicroVision is one of the best iPad projectors available on the market at the moment. It’s built for purpose with it’s PicoP display engine and it comes with all the accessories you need straight away including Apple cables.
The Optoma PK301 has an extremely good build quality and features to make any presenter drool. It has fantastic compatibility with iPad and loads of optional extras providing a massive range of connectivity options.
Maker of the Cinemin WowWee have done something very interesting with the Cinemin Swivel. Aside from the 90 degree tilt function (very cool) this projector is exclusively for mobile devices such as the iPad
While it’s not the most up to date mini projector, you can’t ignore this extraordinary quality for the price. Because it includes all the accessories in the box you don’t have to go hunting them down with third party stores. It projects iDevices brilliantly and is a great little projector for sharing personal media.
The Joybee GP2 from BenQ is a truly multifunctional mini projector. We can see it being used in a range of situations from home entertainment, to business, to leisure time. It has top of the line innovative features that you won’t find on all projectors. We think it’s a top pick and certainly the standout mini projector of the year.
A Common Gotcha – Content Filtering on iPad with External Screens
One reported issue is that on Apple devices, using the VGA to project using a mini projector, will filter some content due to licensing and copyright laws. One of the unfortunate consequences is losing the ability to broadcast Safari in some cases.
We recommend using a third party app called Expedition, which is a browser made for viewing on external screens. It’s probably the most feature rich external browser out there and it’s pretty cheap too. At the time of writing it was only $0.99.
We don’t have any sort of affiliation with these guys, we just think it’s pretty cool. Check it out in action:
Where to buy iPad projectors
Be sure to check out the reviews of some of the iPad projectors above if you’re considering picking up one of these cool little mini projectors for your iPad. We recommend checking out Amazon as a first stop as they often have the best deals and you can pick up any extra accessories you need all in one go.