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Top 5 Best Portable Projectors for 2019

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 on-board also means business or education apps such as PDF readers, powerpoint and presentation tools are supported.

The uniquely designed Pico Genie Periscope/Periscope Plus doubles up as a speaker and projector all in one, the Periscope provides awesome deep base sound and a unique swivel lens that allows you to change your view from wall to ceiling with ease.

Pico Genie Periscope

The Vivitek Q38 Portable projector comes highly recommended, with an impressive 600 ANSI Lumens (3000 marketing lumens) and Full HD projection, unique to a projector of this size with an inbuilt battery.

Q38

Next the 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.

PIQS TT

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 2019'

Pico Genie M550

Finally for those of you who prefer raw power over the convenience of a built in battery we have the Vivitek Qumi Q8. The 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.

Qumi Q8

See Table Below for full comparison of all the key features of the Pico Genie Periscope/Plus, the Vivitek Qumi Q38 , the PIQS TT, the Pico Genie M550 Plus and the Vivitek Qumi Q8.

Feature Pico Genie Periscope/Plus Vivitek Qumi Q38 PIQS TT Pico Genie M550  Vivtek Qumi Q8
Price (inc vat) From £199.99 £510 £359.99 £599 £834
ANSI Lumens 200 600 400 650 1000
Marketing Lumens 1200 3000 2400 3900 6000
Battery (mains/rechargeable) 3 hours 2 hours 3 hours 3 hours mains
Resolution HD 720p Full HD 1080p HD 720p HD 720p Full HD 1080p
DLP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Type LED LED LED LED LED
Short Throw (larger image) No No No Yes No
Android Yes v5.1/6.0 Yes v6.0 Yes v4.4 Yes v4.4 No
Netflix, YouTube, iPlayer etc Apps Yes 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 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes Yes Yes No
LED Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MS Office Apps / PDF Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Speakers 3w  Deep Base 2w 1.5w 3w 2w

 

We have also got handy buyer's guides for the Top 5 Best Business projectors of 2019 and the Top 5 Best Home Cinema Projectors for 2019 so all your projector needs are covered.

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