Whether you’re searching for the perfect gadget, an office-ready presentation tool or a pocket cinema solution this guide will help you choose the right portable projector for the job.
All these LED DLP personal projectors are lightweight and ultra-portable unlike the projectors of old. The next most important aspect is the lumens and these 5 models range from 200 to 1000 ansi lumens (1200 to 6000 marketing lumens). Obviously there is always a trade off between price versus lumens, battery power, connectivity and other key features but the at-a-glance table can help you decide.
Increasingly Android operating systems (OS) onboard are becoming more popular and that's not just for the ability to watch a plethora of entertainment like Netflix, Youtube or iPlayer. Android onboard also means business or education apps such as PDF readers, powerpoint and presentation tools are supported. Bear in mind that Android 4.4 is the very latest OS on the TV box/Projector market and it is slightly different to what you might be used to on your mobile phone but largely you do get a lot of the same apps.
The tiny Pico Genie P200 is one of the smallest portable LED projectors and can deliver an incredible 200 ANSI lumens (1200 marketing lumens) from the palm of your hand, creating images at over 120".
The Vivitek Q3 Portable projector comes highly recommended, with an impressive 500 ANSI Lumens (3000 marketing lumens) and an in built battery life of up to 2 hours this truly is a portable powerhouse.
Next the New Butterfly PIQS TT wifi projector is a smart solution, with auto keystone, auto focus, and interactive remote it is a very intuitive and user friendly portable projector, perfect for gaming, drawing, business and presenting.
And if you still can’t decide and just want every possible feature in one small box then the Pico Genie M550 Plus is the obvious ultra portable choice in this range with powerful speakers, short throw, a 3 hour battery and high brightness at 650 lumens. The M550 was also Techadvisor's 'Best Portable Projector 2017'
Finally the Vivitek Qumi Q8 dominates in the brightness category delivering 1000 ANSI lumens (6000 marketing lumens) in Full HD! Couple this image quality with the portability and you have a true pocket cinema.
|Feature||Pico Genie P200||Vivitek Qumi Q3||Butterfly PIQS TT||Pico Genie M550||Vivtek Qumi Q8|
|Price (inc vat)||£299.00||£399||£499||£599||£834|
|Battery (mains/rechargeable)||2 hours||2 hours||3 hours||3 hours||mains|
|Resolution||HD 720p||HD 720p||HD 720p||HD 720p||Full HD 1080p|
|Short Throw (larger image)||No||No||No||Yes||No|
|Android||No||Yes v4.2||Yes||Yes v4.4||No|
|Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer etc Apps||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||No|
|Keyboard / Mouse||No||No||No/Yes||Yes||No|
|Remote control type||Standard||Standard||Interactive Laser Remote||Advanced Radio Remote||Standard|
|Keystone correction||Yes||Yes||Auto Focus Auto Keystone||Yes||Yes|
|Wifi, Wireless, Mirroring||Yes (dongle)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|MS Office Apps / PDF||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|