Updated on Jan 31, 2020
Projectors have been gaining popularity over the last few years. Most homeowners, gamers, and office goers own a projector today. A big issue that the projector users traditionally experienced was the need for additional hardware like a computer, laptop or DVD player for using the projector. However, the emergence of smart Android projectors in the recent years have presented users with an alternative.
The smart projectors are standalone devices that can be used without connecting them to additional devices. They have inbuilt processors, RAM, and storage as well as USB and HDMI ports and run the Android OS or Android TV OS. They enable the users to watch videos and give presentations without the need for laptops or players.
Smart Android projectors come with different exterior designs, sizes, and features, here are 7 ones that are lightweight and portable and have inbuilt batteries, and highly recommended by their users.
7. Anker Nebula Mars II
The Nebula Mars II runs the Android 7.1 OS enabling you to install a wide range of applications on the device itself. The Mars II has 300 ANSI lumens rating which is adequate for environments with low to medium ambient lighting. It is a DLP projector with a native resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and can produce an image of 100” at a distance of 10.1 ft from the screen. It can be installed at different distances from the screen to project images varying from 30” to 150”. It has one-second autofocus. The device also has the auto keystone correction feature.
The projector has a quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB eMMC storage. Its rear side houses an HDMI 1.4 port and a USB 2.0 port. The Nebula Mars II also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities and supports screen mirroring allowing you to connect it to your devices.
The dual 10W speakers provide good quality sound. It comes with an intuitive remote that makes it easy to control. The 12,500mAh battery provides a video runtime of up to four hours allowing you to use the projector without the need for power sockets.
6. AAXA P300 Neo
AAXA P300 Neo is an affordable alternative among the best portable Android projectors in 2020. It has a 720p resolution (1280×720 pixels) and uses an LED light engine. An onboard media player allows you to play and view different types of files. The device comes with a built-in speaker as well. Its 2,000 mAh battery provides a runtime of up to 2.5 hours in Eco mode. AAXA P300 Neo projector is super-compact and lightweight (0.84lbs) and will fit in a small pocket easily. It features multiple input connectors, which include HDMI and USB ports. However, there is no support for Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. AAXA P300 Neo is a suitable option for people who need a small form factor projector.
People who want a mini projector with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth can consider the AAXA P2-A. Also, the AAXA P4-X is another compact projector like the P300 NEO but comes with higher 1080p native resolution, and the AAXA P4-X costs $992.94 and is more expensive.
5. JMGO P2
JMGO P2 smart projector is a highly portable product. It is designed to be used anywhere and anytime, be it a vacation or camping trip. The projector has a resolution of 720p (1280×720 pixels), which will be suitable for the outdoors. It uses DLP projection technology with a 250 ANSI lumens LED light source. Its two 5W speakers provide decent-quality sound and can function in music mode via Bluetooth. JMGO P2 runs Android OS and allows you to install applications. You can connect it to a Wi-Fi network for Internet access. It also supports 3D technology for an immersive experience and vertical keystone correction. The 15,600 mAh rechargeable battery of the smart projector facilitates a runtime of up to fours for video playback and ten hours for music. JMGO P2 mini projector weighs 1KG and is suitable for camping and traveling.
4. XGIMI MoGo Pro
People who need a portable smart projector with Android TV OS and 1080p resolution can consider the XGIMI MoGo Pro. It has a standard resolution of 1080p (1920×1080 pixels) and a 300 ANSI lumens light source. You can project up to 100” imagery with the XGIMI MoGo Pro projector. It comes with Wi-Fi, autofocus, auto vertical keystone correction, and manual horizontal keystone correction. There are two 3W Harmon Kardon speakers provided for audio and a 10,400 mAh battery for using it outdoors. XGIMI MoGo Pro also boasts of Android TV 9.0 and allows access to thousands of apps.
The MoGo Pro costs $549.99 and the basic edition MoGo is less expensive and also based on Android TV OS but the resolution is 960×540 pixels.
3. JMGO N7L
JMGO N7L is a uniquely-designed portable projector running on Android OS. Unlike other projectors, it has an oval shape that is aesthetically pleasing and stands apart. On the hardware side, the projector uses DLP projection technology with a native resolution of 1080p (1920×1080 pixels). It employs an LED light source with a brightness rating of 700 ANSI lumens, which is quite good for a portable projector. It runs Android TV OS and provides access to many apps. Among image correction features, the projector comes with autofocus and horizontal and vertical keystone correction (±45°). It supports dual-band Wi-Fi connectivity and 3D playback and has a Hi-Fi speaker that can be used in standby mode. JMGO N7L is an excellent projector for people who need a portable projector for home or indoor use.
2. XGIMI Halo
XGIMI Halo is a portable smart projector running Android TV 9.0. It projects imagery in 1080p resolution (1920×1080 pixels). The device uses an 800 ANSI lumens LED light engine that ensures adequate brightness for most scenarios. It comes with a larger 17,100 mAh battery for facilitating a runtime of up to four hours despite its powerful light engine. XGIMI Halo projector can project a 100” image at a distance of 2.66 meters from the screen. It runs Android TV 9.0 and provides access to the Google Play Store. Features like autofocus, auto vertical keystone correction, and manual horizontal keystone correction are present. It supports Wi-Fi connectivity and has two 3W speakers.
1. Anker Nebula Capsule II
Anker Nebula Capsule II runs Android TV 9.0 and provides access to more than 3,600 apps that include Hulu, YouTube, and other popular streaming platforms. The portable projector uses DLP image projection technology and an LED light source with a brightness rating of 200 ANSI lumens. It has a resolution of 720p (1280×720 pixels) and can project up to 100” imagery. The battery facilitates a video playback time of up to 2.5 hours. Anker Nebula Capsule II can be connected to a Wi-Fi network for accessing the Internet. Its built-in 8W speaker allows you to watch movies without using headphones. The auto-focus ensures sharp and crisp imagery without requiring user intervention.
People who want a longer battery life can consider the Anker Nebula Capsule Max portable projector. Note, the Max runs Android 8.1 operating system.