The projector market is exploding, and it’s obvious why: projectors are a great way to get the big-screen experience at a fraction of the cost of TVs. But recently, manufacturers have hit on a new and awesome application for projectors—as a way to set up your own screen anywhere you want. The newest portable projectors are so light it isn’t even funny, project large screens, and have built-in speakers. What started as a way to show off vacation pictures has morphed into the perfect tech for impromptu gaming events, last-minute outdoor films, and watching the latest episode of The Bachelor while camping under the stars. No judgment here, man.
1. Sony Portable Video Projector
Best for Ease of Use
We LOVE Sony’s newest portable projector. Automatic focusing and multiple ways to connect (Wi-fi! Bluetooth!) make it a great option for watching movies anywhere you want! We love how the lens cover swivels down for use as a kickstand so you can get the angle just right. It comes in trendy grey and gold colors, too.
2. RIF6 Cube Mobile Projector
Best for Mobile Devices
Cubes, cubes, everywhere! This 2-inch portable cube boasts a 90-minute battery life and a 120-inch screen. It weighs practically nothing but is made of sturdy aluminum for a rugged design and LED bulbs made to last 20,000 hours! The Cube is just as mobile as your phone, so it makes it easy to share games, videos, pictures, etc. with friends.
3. iDGLAX iD-787W
Best for Casual Entertainment
We love this little panda-colored guy. It creates a nice big projection screen, it works with just about anything (including gaming consoles!), and it comes with a super convenient remote control. For the price, we’re amazed at the quality and size of the picture it creates. It’s clear to see why this projector is rated 4 ½ stars on Amazon!
4. Crenova XPE470 (Editor’s Pick)
Best for Stretching Your Dollar
The upgraded LED bulbs in this projector mean 30,000 hours of life and a lot less eye strain. The picture is surprisingly bright and accurate, and Crenova offers a stellar 12-month warranty and top-notch customer service. We love that the XPE470 automatically adjusts the screen ratios (even when tilted) to make sure that the image is clear, without the wonky bends and distortions that some projectors leave. The laser-sharp picture will have you forgetting that this is a projector at all, much less one that you spent under $100 on!
5. Magnasonic LED Pocket Video projector
Best for Movie Buffs
This projector features DLP technology, which means it displays excellent colors and super smooth pictures. Most DLP projectors are cumbersome, but this little guy is no bigger than a slice of bread. Remember, DLP is the same tech used in movie theaters for super sharp and colorful images. Magnasonic has also made setup incredibly simple—just plug in and you’re done! We are impressed by the quality of the picture, sound, and brightness in this itty-bitty projector.
6. Excelvan EHD02
Best for Making Connections
Excelvan hasn’t left anyone out in this awesome projector—it’s got every port you can imagine. SD card, AV, HDMI, USB… even VGA for you old-school fans. Use it with your Fire TV stick. Use it with your Apple TV. Chromecast. PS4. You name it, you can use it. It’s got convenient controls right on top of the projector body and a decent speaker for a portable projector. And the price is impressive for the high-quality picture and size. And it comes in sleek black or cute and on-trend white, to boot.
7. Dr. J Projector
Best for Bluetooth at a Great Price
We love that you can use Bluetooth and wi-fi to connect practically any device with this awesome projector. At only 3 pounds, it’s perfect for taking with you anywhere as long as you can still plug it in. It supports a whopping 1920 x 1080 resolution and multiple video formats. This is a projector that you have to try out for watching movies or videos from your phone, sharing pics from that once-in-a-lifetime trip to Fiji, or chopping up the bad guys on your PS4. It can get up to 130 inches without losing any picture quality, and color looks great with the lights dim.
8. Crenova XPE496
Best for Taking Your Movie Room with You
This Crenova portable projector is made to impress with a sharp picture and super long LED bulb life. Auto picture adjustment ensures a straight and clear screen, even if you tilt the projector. The XPE460 boasts a 20% increased brightness compared to other LED projectors! Just add a couple speakers and this projector is perfect for outside movie nights, block parties, and tearing up Mario Kart in your game room. And we love Crenova for their excellent customer support and eagerness to help out if anything does go wrong.
9. iCODIS G1
Best for a Home Theater in your pocket
The only problem we’ve seen with this projector is that we keep mixing it up with our smartphones! We can’t get over how cute and high-quality this projector is! Easy to slip in your pocket, it also comes with a tripod for perfect setup anywhere. We’re amazed by how bright the picture is from this little beauty. It’s easily compatible with Apple and android products, and it has ports for every imaginable device and connector.
10. Daxin Xinda LCD 1200
Best for Dat Lens Doe
This teeny projector boasts super good picture quality for its price point, and that’s because it’s designed with a special optical glass lens made to withstand high temperatures, transmit excellent colors, and last a heck of a lot longer than your average plastic lens. It’s the little things, guys. And little, indeed. At only 2 pounds, this is a super portable projector that acts like its bigger and more expensive brothers. It creates a big screen with a supported resolution of 1920 x 1080. Such a great projector for movie nights!
11. WEILIANTE Mini Projector
Best for Super Bright Picture
This mini projector is perfect for outdoor movie nights or just taking it over to the next room. We love that it weighs barely over 2 pounds but can still support a super-bright 1500 lumens picture. The fan is nice and quiet, and the built-in speaker is pretty good for its size. Of course, it comes with a 3.5mm jack to hook up your own speakers for larger settings. LED bulbs mean never having to change out the bulbs or worry about them burning out, and tons of different connector slots mean you can watch or game to your heart’s content. We also love the extra care and advanced engineering put into the high-def optical glass lens, so the picture is ultra-detailed and you won’t miss a thing.
12. XINDA LCD Portable Video Projector
Best for Cheapskates
You just can’t find a cheaper entertainment gadget than this Xinda portable projector. It’s super portable at a mere 1.1 pounds, and it has both HDMI and USB ports. At only 60 lumens of brightness, it’s best for use in a dark room, but it supports big screens and up to 1920 x 1080 resolution. This is the perfect projector to point at your bedroom ceiling and Netflix binge.
13. Supemale Video Projector
Best for Low-Cost Brightness
This is a fabulous choice of projector at this price point with a brightness of 2,000 lumens! It also comes with a nifty feature that automatically adjust the brightness to work best with the ambient lighting in your space. Manual keystone correction lets you get the perfect image even with a tilted projector. We love the high contrast and bright colors of this projector. Set it up by merely plugging it in, and you’re good to go.
14. iRulu BL20
Best for Being Well Rounded
This fabulous LCD projector boasts a whopping 26000 lumens of brightness and up to 200 inches of screen image! This is a serious projector compressed into a portable size. It supports front, rear, and ceiling projection, which is awesome and unusual for a portable projector. The double built-in speakers are even loud enough that you don’t need to add any extra speakers unless you really want to rock out.
15. ASUS S1 (Best Portable Projector of 2016)
Best for Movie Binging
This ASUS portable projector boasts an impressively long battery life of 3-hours, plus the added ability to charge your mobile device as a power bank. So, grab some popcorn and settle in for that long movie (Ten Commandments, anyone?). We love that it fits in the palm of your hand and, at under a pound, it still has impressive sound quality. It also comes with some nice accessories like a built-in lens cover and some handy carrying cases.
16. Celluon PicoPro
Best for Loading on the Features
The PicoPro is worth every penny with laser HD picture, automatic focus with LBS technology, over three hours of battery life, easy wi-fi and HDMI connections, and enhanced readability for professional presentations with text. But wait, there’s more! This gorgeous projector looks super sleek and expensive. It also comes with cool accessories like a rugged holding mount, cables, adapters, and a nice carrying case. And we’re STILL not done! It connects to any wireless device. It features a micro HDMI input. It boasts a staggering 80,000:1 contrasts ratio and 16.7m colors. And, of course, the HD res means crystal clear picture that rivals your most expensive HDTV. It’s easy to use. It’s sleek. It’s sturdy. And it’s less than half a pound and barely bigger than your smart phone.
17. AAXA P4-X Pico Projector
Best for that Perfect Infographic
AAXA has really impressed us with a tiny, battery-powered projector that’s as bright as the big boys. Vibrant-Color technology gives super accurate, saturated colors, especially in darker spaces. We love that it includes ports for Micro SD Cards, USB, HDMI, VGA, and composite video. The built-in speaker is great for smaller spaces. And extra brightness and 2000:1 contrast ratio makes it perfect for professional presentations and business meetings.