Portable projectors make it possible to enjoy movies and videos on a large screen. Users can carry them anywhere, be it on an office trip, a vacation, or a simple night outdoors. Many of them come with integrated batteries that provide a runtime of up to two hours. A few can use a power bank as a power source. Such portable projectors can be used without requiring a power outlet, making them suitable for camping trips. Buyers don’t need to spend a lot as many cheap portable projectors are available. Here are the top five smart portable projectors running on Android OS we selected from China after doing research. They may cost anywhere between $100 and $300 and will suit most shoppers.
1. Wanbo T2 MAX
Highly recommended to people who are looking for a native 1080p portable projector
ANSI Lumens: 250
Projection technology: LCD
Light source: LED
Standard resolution: 1920*1080p
Projection ratio: 1.35:1
Projection size: 40-120 inches
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Focusing Method: Manual
Power supply:19V 3A
LED bulb life: 20,000 hours (with good heat dissipation)
Dimension: 14*11*15cm (L*W*H)
|PRICE||308 USD VIEW|
|REASONS TO BUY||· The best native resolution among portable projectors|
· It comes loaded with Android 9.0 OS
· Preinstalled screencasting app
· Brightness rating better than most alternatives
· Good features for the price
|REASONS TO AVOID||· Is heavy with a weight of 900grams|
· No integrated battery, relies on an external power source
· Average built-in speakers
The Wanbo T2 MAX Projector is one of the most popular portable projectors. Its manufacturing brand has been creating a market for itself in recent years. The main highlight of the device is that it has a Full HD native resolution, which is quite rare in this segment. Most of them are 480p, with some models featuring a 720p resolution. It utilizes LCD technology for image projection along with an LED light source. The Wanbo T2 MAX Projector boasts of an Android 9.0 operating system, improving overall system stability. It supports four-point keystone image correction while providing some installation flexibility. A preinstalled app is provided for enabling screencasting with a smartphone, laptop, or smart TV. An intuitive scroll wheel on the top makes navigation effortless in addition to the included remote. Its I/O is pretty basic (USB 2.0, HDMI, and 3.5mm audio jack) but sufficient. Wanbo T2 MAX Projector has a pair of 3W stereo speakers for audio. Make sure to buy the global version that has a few upgrades.
2. BYINTEK P20
A smart Android 9 portable projector with 3LED light source
|SPECIFICATIONS||OS: Android 9.0|
WiFi: 2.4G & 5G dual-band WiFi
Bluetooth: BT 5.0
Light engine: DLP 0.3″ DMD
Light source:RGB 3LED, long life
Brightness: 280 ANSI lumens
Contrast Ratio: 2,500:1
Resolution: 854*480 (WVGA),Max support 4K video signal input
Throw Ratio: 1.4 : 1
Interface: HD 2.0, USB, Headphone Output, DC-in 12V/2A
Speaker: 5W * 2, Stereo output
Keystone Correction:Auto/Manual Vertical keystone,
Manual Corner Keystone
Dimension: 7.8*7.8*14cm (L*W*H)
|PRICE||353 USD VIEW|
|REASONS TO BUY||+ Good light engine with 3LED light source|
+ Is loaded with an Android 9.0 operating system
+ Comes with an integrated battery
+ Decent speakers
|REASONS TO AVOID||– Low native resolution|
The updated version of the BYINTEK P20 Pico Projector is a suitable option for buyers who want a portable model with an integrated battery. This is a new feature in the upgraded version as the basic version did not have a battery. It utilizes DLP technology for image projection and an LED light source. The 480p (854*480) resolution of the device is on the lower side compared to some of the other models. But it is acceptable for a portable model with an integrated battery. Its RGB 3LED light source ensures good color quality and is rated for 280 ANSI lumens. BYINTEK P20 Pico Projector has an Android 9.0 operating system, which is an improvement considering many portable models have an older version. It comes with the E-share app to support screen casting. BYINTEK P20 Pico Projector has a pair of 5W stereo speakers that produce decent output in this price segment. It is not much larger than a pop soda and weighs around 0.5kg(1.2lbs). Interface options include a USB, HDMI, and 3.5mm audio port.
3. WEWATCH V50
Another native 1080p portable projector
|SPECIFICATIONS||Display Technology: TFT LCD|
ANSI Brightness: 230LM
Standard Resolution: 1920*1080P
Light Source Life: Up to 40000 hours
Projection Ratio: 1.6:1
Keystone Correction: ±15° manual focus
Projection Distance: 3.8ft to 19ft
Multi-screen Interactive: AirPlay/DLNA/Miracast
Interface: USB 2.0 /2 x HDMI/AV/3.5mm Earphone Out/SD
WiFi: Support 5G
Dimension: 33*23*12cm (L*W*H)
|PRICE||191 USD VIEW|
|REASONS TO BUY||+ Full HD native resolution|
+ Good brightness rating
+ Screen Casting
|REASONS TO AVOID||– Lacks built-in speakers|
– Does not come with an integrated battery
– Non-Android operating system
Buyers searching for an affordable portable projector on AliExpress will find the WEWATCH V50 Portable Projector to be a decent choice. For its price, it comes with a decent feature set. The projector has a Full HD (1080p) native resolution, which is not often seen in this price segment. Its 230 ANSI lumens brightness rating is good as well. It makes use of LCD technology with an LED light source. WEWATCH V50 Portable Projector has 5G Wi-Fi and Bluetooth(v5.1) for connectivity. It even supports screencasting through AirPlay, DLNA, and Miracast devices. However, there are no integrated speakers, and external ones must be connected for audio. Its interface has a USB 2.0, two HDMI, an AV, and a 3.5mm audio-out port. There is no integrated battery, so a power source is required.
4. AUN Ubeamer1 Pro
A smart Android 9 portable projector with an integrated battery that provides 100 min runtime
|SPECIFICATIONS||Display Technology: DLP|
Brightness: 280 ANSI
Optical Resolution: 854x480dpi
Light Source: LED
Keystone Correction: Auto / Manual
Projection Distance: 0.5 – 3m
Multi-screen Interactive: AirPlay/Eshare/Miracast
Interface: USB, HDMI
OS: Android 9.0
Dimension: 7.2*7.2*10.6cm (L*W*H)
|PRICE||387 USD VIEW|
|REASONS TO BUY||+ Comes with the Android 9.0 operating system|
+ Integrated battery provides 100-minute runtime
+ Supports screen sharing
|REASONS TO AVOID||– 480p native resolution is a bare minimum|
– Weak built-in speaker
AUN Ubeamer1 Pro Android Portable Projector is easily one of the top five portable projectors available on AliExpress. The model has decent specifications and an integrated 7,000mAh battery that provides a runtime of up to 100 minutes. It makes use of a 0.2 DMD chip utilizing DLP technology for projecting images. The light engine uses an LED light source rated for 280 ANSI lumens. AUN Ubeamer1 Pro Android Portable Projector has WI-FI (2.4G/5G) and Bluetooth (4.2) for connectivity along with a USB port, an HDMI port, and a 3.5mm audio-out jack. As it is a smart projector, it comes with the Android 9.0 operating system that enhances the functionalities available. Screen sharing allows users to project their smart devices on a large screen through the AUN Ubeamer Android Portable Projector. Image correction is supported through automatic vertical keystone correction (± 40°). It also provides additional installation flexibility.
5. Touyinger D021
A smart Android 9 portable projector with compact design and intuitive control interface
|SPECIFICATIONS||Resolution: 854 * 480px|
Brightness: 150~200 ANSI Lumens
OS: Android 9.0
Display Technology: DLP(0.2″DMD)
Contrast ratio: 1500:1
Mirror: Airplay / MiraCast
Image Zoom: 100% to 50%
Focus Mode: Manual focus
Keystone Correction: Manual, Vertical: ±45 degree,
Horizontal ±40 degree
Projection Distance: 0.7cm~5m
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Projection Ratio: 1.35:1（33.5 inch@1M）
Interface input: USB x 1/MICROHDMI x 1/ TF Card x1
/ MICRO USB x 1
Interface output: 3.5mm Audio output
Battery: About 1 to 2 hours (Ideal environment)
Bluetooth: BT 5.0
Wifi: 2.4G / 5G
3D: Active shutter 3D and Red-Blue 3D
Power Supply: AC100-240V，50/60Hz DC 5V 3A
Gross Weight: 620g
Net Weight: 188g
|PRICE||335 USD VIEW|
|REASONS TO BUY||+ Compact design|
+ Intuitive control interface
+ Built-in battery runs for up to 2 hours
+ Decent Android operating system
+ Supports power bank charging
|REASONS TO AVOID||– Integrated speaker is useless|
– Native resolution could be better
– Has a micro HDMI port instead of regular HDMI
Touyinger D021 Portable Projector is a recently released product on AliExpress. It is an Android-based offering with an integrated battery of 3,000 mAh. The device makes use of DLP technology for projection and has an LED light source capable of producing 200 ANSI lumens of brightness. Buyers who want a compact option will like the device as it can easily be stored in a pocket or bag and weighs under 200 grams. It has an intuitive touch interface for controls on its top side. Being a smart projector, Touyinger D021 Portable Projector comes with Android 9.0. Till recent times, most devices came with Android 6.0. It has dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G & 5G) and Bluetooth 5.0. Users can mirror the screen of their Android and iOS devices through the device. Touyinger D021 Portable Projector features manual focus and keystone correction (±45° vertical and horizontal ±40°). Its interface includes a USB, a micro HDMI, and a micro USB port, in addition to a memory card slot. The biggest downside of the device is its 1W built-in speaker, which is useless.
6. Anker Nebula Solar Portable Projector
The Best Outdoor Portable Projector
Type: DLP Projector
Audio Out: Bluetooth
|REASONS TO BUY||+ Full HD Resolution of 1080p. It also accepts 4K inputs.|
+ Battery life of 3 hours.
+ It gives you the ability to mirror content from a smartphone.
|REASONS TO AVOID||+ The sound system does not leave an impact. It could be better.|
+ Nebula does not give any carrying case with the portable projector
Anker Nebula Solar Portable is the newest addition to the Nebula family. You can take it with you anywhere without the need for any wires. It has a rechargeable battery which holds the charge for three hours at a time and even lights up the nights. Its Full HD pictures will fill an entire room. This portable projector offers a class-leading viewing experience for the price, featuring a Full HD 1080p picture and HDR support. It is perfect for presentations and outdoor use having a brightness of 400 lumens. It has a long-lasting built quality with an aluminium frame. Sporting a single 0.23-inch DMD (digital micromirror device) and an LED with 30,000 hours of life, the Nebula is one portable projector that will provide you with an exceptional viewing experience. The projector is small enough to fit in your bag and easy to use. The built-in speaker is quite loud and has good sound quality. It offers desirable features good enough for most people to accept without second thoughts.
7. Epson Mini EF-12
A Small Projector Packed With A Punch
Audio Out: Bluetooth
Storage: 10 GB
REASONS TO BUY
||Its sound system powered by Yamaha is far better than many other portable projectors.
+ The 3-chip LCD design gives the user a great viewing experience.
+ It has received praise for its build quality and design
|REASONS TO AVOID||+ It does not come with built-in batteries. You would need a power source to use the projector.
+ Its operating system does not support some key applications.
The Epson EF-12 is trying to fill the gap between a home cinema and a portable projector. Its quality sound system and smart operating platform enable it to perform as a standalone home cinema. Its small form factor makes it easy to carry around. The only way it could have been made more stable was by attaching a carrying handle to it. Epson has gone out of its way to make this projector as future proof as possible. Not only is Bluetooth included so you can use the EF-12 as a wireless speaker, but it also comes with two built-in speakers powered by Yamaha. There’s also a 3.5mm audio-out socket for headphones, or use your own external speakers via the HDMI ARC port for even better sound quality. Dive into the Android TV operating system and access the google store to install your favorite applications. Epson EF-12 portable projector is a good choice if you overlook the fact that it does not include a battery. Its simplicity and size are the reasons why it is one of the most popular portable projectors on the market. It will be your ideal gadget to watch a scary movie while on a camping trip!
8. AAXA P7 Mini HD Projector
The Projector That Fits In Your Palm
||Resolution: 1920 X 1080
Audio Out: Bluetooth
Battery: With or without battery. Both options are available
Storage: Micro SD Card
REASONS TO BUY
||The projector is very compact and lightweigh.
+ The projector can play content from USB and SD card.
+ Good image quality.
|REASONS TO AVOID||+ Although the portable projector has good photo quality, its video quality could have been better.|
The AAXA P7 mini HD projector is small and packed with features like a large display on a conveniently-sized device. It’s just 4.7 inches wide and 4.4 inches deep, smaller than many tablets and smartphones on the market. It can project onto any solid surface in front of you, so it’s perfect for people who need more room to view their phone or laptop screen while reading an ebook or watching an HD movie. The optical engine inside is bright enough to fill your space with bright colors but dim enough that it’s still useable after dark. It also features Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity which allows you to add music tracks to accompany videos and photos, and speakers so that you can watch movies hands-free. Also, an HDMI input port so it can work as both a traditional projector and a media player. The AAXA P7 Mini is a portable projector that displays vivid colors and images from your phone, laptop, or tablet device. The P7 Mini HD Projector is the choice for business people who need the convenience of bringing their presentations along on the road during meetings and conferences.
9. Anker Nebula Capsule Smart
The Best Portable Projector For iPhone
||Resolution: 845 X 480
Audio Out: Bluetooth
Battery: With or without battery. Both options are available.
Storage: 8 GB with USB OTG support
REASONS TO BUY
||It is a compact and lightweight, portable outdoor projector.
+ Thanks to its android operating system, the projector can stream applications like Netflix.
|REASONS TO AVOID||+The operating system supports only limited Google Play applications.|
The price is a bit on the higher side for a portable mini projector.
The Nebula Capsule surprised us in more ways than one. It’s a pretty handy little device, offering Android-powered features through its projector. It gives you a speaker and doesn’t weigh much at all. You can take this all-in-one setup anywhere with you. This projector is so portable that it only weighs 15 oz. Its 360-degree speaker gives you omnidirectional sound, while its aluminium body makes this device durable. You can carry it wherever you want and use it as a phone projector, watch videos and daytime shows, or even play games with your friends. If you are looking for a versatile, portable projector with decent speakers and enough Android functionality to use with your phone or tablet, the Nebula Capsule is a good choice. The integrated speaker system offers good sound quality. Although there are better options, if you want a complete cinema experience on the move, this has got to be it.
10. LG CineBeam HU80KSW
The Best 4K Projector in Town
||Resolution: 3840 x 2160
Type: Laser Projector
Audio Out: Bluetooth
Battery: Comes with a built-in rechargeable battery as well as a power chord
REASONS TO BUY
||Experience the 4K picture quality in a projector.
+ You can build a comprehensive ecosystem of interconnected devices around it.
+ It offers 20,000 hours of battery life in the brightest mode.
|REASONS TO AVOID||+ You will feel the requirement for additional speakers
+ Its menu is difficult to navigate for a first-time user.
LG’s Cine Beam 2,000-lumen Full HD 4K laser projector is the absolute first ever projector of its kind. It uses LG’s new Laser Phosphor light engine to produce a bright-contrasty image with a high 4K resolution and wide color gamut. Its unique design allows for easy installation in smaller spaces with precision projection on any wall. This model is ideal for both home use and professional settings. It also has other useful features like Wi-Fi connectivity and mobile app support for easy setup. Increase the living room experience with a Cinema Beam projector. It is sleek, easy to use, and has built-in speakers that offer good sound quality. The portable projector can be used as a standalone device or connected to your home theater system. It also features an inbuilt rechargeable battery which provides five hours of video playback when used without the AC power adaptor – perfect for long weekend trips! If you love 4K picture quality and looking for a projector without budget constraints, then the LG CineBeam is the product for you!
What Is A Portable Projector? Why Do You Need One?
A portable projector is a great way to enjoy movies and your favorite videos. Consider it a junior version of the traditional projectors. They can be set up anywhere, near a TV, or projected onto a blank wall in your bedroom. Portable projectors also typically have built-in speakers and come with their remote control so you can control the sound and volume level. They may even come with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing you to stream movies or music directly from a remote device like an iPhone or Android phone.
Gone are the days when projectors used to be bulky. The task of carrying them along with you was difficult. Today, the size of projectors has reduced drastically. You can put them in your bags and pockets too!
But do you really need a portable projector? Firstly, a portable projector is lightweight, compact, and movable. They are carried easily from place to place. Also, you do not have to deal with the menace of plugging in and then removing the cables. So, if you are a person who loves to travel and watch entertainment on a large screen, an outdoor portable movie projector is for you. Imagine the convenience and ease you will experience while projecting the images on a wall or a large screen. Moreover, you get relief from recharging batteries. Portable projectors can be easily moved from one place to another without any hurdles in connectivity as long as you have a stable internet connection. Not only for entertainment, but you can also benefit from them in business meetings and presentations.
The 4 Types Of Portable Projectors
- Standalone Portable Projectors- These portable projectors are connected to an external device via HDMI, USB cable, or Bluetooth. These portable projectors for phones and laptops receive a signal from the external device and project the video on a surface. The majority of these portable movie projectors have in-built rechargeable batteries. They do not use the power of the external device.
- Embedded Portable Projectors- These projectors are embedded in electronic devices such as mobile phones. If you remember the Galaxy Beam by Samsung, it was a smartphone with a projector embedded into it. You could easily watch movies and give presentations directly from the device.
- Media Player Projectors- These are standalone portable movie projectors that do not need any other device to stream media. They either have in-built memory or slots for removable memory like SD cards. These memory devices provide data to the projector to project and stream. It eliminates the use of cables or Bluetooth for connectivity with other devices.
- USB Projectors- These projectors require a connection to an external system. Also, they draw power from the external device to operate. Because of this, they do not have an in-built battery. Lack of battery gives these projectors the form factor of being small and handy.
Things To Consider When Choosing A Portable Projector
- Size and Weight- Although portable projectors are small and lightweight. Still, some people prefer small projectors that fit in their pockets. Pocket projectors are ideal for frequent travelers.
- Contrast Ratio- The contrast ratio is the difference between light and dark areas. A good contrast ratio enhances the viewing experience. Generally, a contrast ratio above 1000:1 is preferred to get the best quality experience.
- Resolution of the Projector- A great projector is able to provide high-quality content. One should look for a projector with a high resolution that offers crisp and clear viewing and playback experience. You can easily find a projector with a Full HD 1080P display.
- Battery Life- Most portable projectors have built-in rechargeable batteries for ease of use. Imagine you are camping and watching your favorite content with your friends. Suddenly the projector runs out of juice. Or the battery dies in between an important business presentation. Choose a projector with a decent battery size to avoid charging it multiple times.
- Ease Of Use- A few portable projectors for iPhone come with plug-and-play functionality. Just plug in the cable and use the projector. Portable projectors with an operating system are also easy to use. Look for a portable projector that is easy to set up and operate.
- Budget- Be it a portable projector or any other product, budget is one of the most crucial guiding factors for a purchase. One can get low cost affordable projectors in the market for less 50$ as well and branded 4K resolution projectors for more than 1800$ too!
Over the past ten years, many portable projectors have been launched and rolled back by manufacturers. Some face issues with battery life, while others were not bright enough for an immersive viewing experience. However, the market for portable projectors picked up after 2018. The road to perfection is still long, but the projectors today are way better and more advanced than what you would get a mere five years back. Above is the list of top 5 projectors that might fulfill your purpose to the best of their abilities. If you are a business professional who gives a lot of presentations or an avid traveler with a knack for movies and videos, one of the above projectors will surely take your heart away. However, one needs to understand that portable projectors still have a long way to go, and personal preferences play a huge deciding factor. A portable projector is not a casual purchase. One needs to carefully analyze the requirements before making a buying decision. There is no best projector out there but there will definitely be the one which is best for you!