So you want to take your viewing pleasure and experience to the next level, but your budget is about $100. Can you still have that home cinema you’ve been dreaming of? Our answer is a yes – that is if you’re willing to have a projector with not so bright and clear image. Obviously, you’re not going to get super high-definition, ultra-sharp output like the expensive projectors (think $300 and more). But, if you’re really tight on a budget, we highly recommend the DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector. It’s small, portable, and throws a decent image and video quality.
Here at MPW we aim to provide you with detailed and informed reviews of mini projectors. Our aim is for our reviews to help in your buying decision.
Mini Projector Reviews
In each of our reviews we start with a look at what the company has done. Then we do a complete feature run down covering all the standout features. Finally we close with a review of the technology used inside the unit along with a listing of everything that comes with the projectors when you buy them.
All of our mini projector reviews are weighted out of 5 stars to help you identify what we think are the best ones.
We do encourage you to keep in mind your own requirements as everyone has different needs. You might find the perfect projector for you doesn’t score the highest on our review list. But if it ticks all of your boxes it’s worth considering.
If you’re looking to compare mini projectors side by side then we might also suggest that you have a look at our mini projector comparison table.
It is an interactive table that shows the most important features to help you choose. You can also click through to find out more information and exact specs. So if you’re after the nitty gritty and our review doesn’t mention exactly what you’re interested in it’s worth check out the comparison table.
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Overall, we love the Aodin Mini Smart Android Pico Projector. It’s small size, sleek design, and wide array of connectivity features makes it one of the best portable projectors out in the market. You may however get a little turned off with its $200++ price tag. We say it’s worth every penny.
The WIMIUS T3 Video Projector might be a budget-friendly device, but don’t let its below $100 price tag fool you. This projector uses the latest LCD technology and LED light source that can rival even its more expensive competitors. Plus, you don’t need to separately purchase accessories such as HDMI cable, desktop stand, and AV cable because it’s already included in the package. It is truly a bang for the buck purchase!
This Xinda model is a budget-friendly projector that you will get less than $100. It may not be the best, but it’s decent. Plus, it comes in a small and compact size and 1 pound weight that allows you to take it with you on your next business trip. This Xinda device can be connected to a 12V powerbank so you don’t have to technically have it plugged in to an electric outlet to use it.
Aside from the lackluster lumens and poor sound quality, and missing Wifi and memory card options, the ViewSonic PJD5533W projector is a great first projector. You have DLP link technology, 6000 hours of lamp life, Eco Mode, and 1280 x 800 native resolution at your disposal. We don’t highly suggest it for business use though. You are better off with another projector with the same and even less $600 price tag.
If you truly-value sharp and bright output, you can’t go wrong with the The UO Smart Beam Laser. Although it is small and lightweight, it can go head to head with larger projectors out in the market today all thanks to its built-in laser technology. However, if you also value other connection options like memory cards and USBs, you might be better off with something else.
The RAGU RG-01 falls in the middle between a good and bad projector. It isn’t necessarily bad but it isn’t essentially good as well. Just like other budget projectors, it has its advantages and disadvantages. If you just want a $200 ($209.99 to be exact at time of writing) worth of projector, then this projector model has everything that you need. But if you want a quiet and versatile viewing experience in different lighting conditions, you are better off with a different projector.
With $100 price tag, the Crenova XPE470 Mini LED Video Projector is definitely the economical choice over a brand-new large television set. It has all the features that you need to take advantage of your electronic gadgets’ features. Plus, its compact and easy-carry-around weight allows you to move from one room to another. You can even bring it to your next camping adventure with the family. Sure, its resolution is just 800x480 but if your budget is limited, the Crenova XPE470 Mini LED Video Projector is highly recommended.
Don't let its small size and nondescript appearance fool you, the RIF6 is unassuming, but packs a mighty punch. As an "ultra-portable" projector its all value and has great mobile connectivity. Definitely worth the money and will satisfy a number of use cases.