We’ve looked far and wide for the best portable projectors on the market – and this list is the culmination of our efforts. These are the very best compact and easy-to-carry projectors that are ideal for transporting anywhere they might be needed.
Now, sure, portable projectors aren’t the ideal way to watch the latest Christopher Nolan film, but all the devices on this list are ideal for people who often travel for work. If you’re often visiting clients and colleagues and need to make presentations, the best portable projectors will allow you to quickly and easily set up your presentation in a matter of minutes.
Top 10 best portable projectors in UK 2021
Check out our choice of the best portable projectors for transporting anywhere
1. ViewSonic M1
A great all-rounder
The ViewSonic M1 is a versatile and portable projector thanks to its decent selection of ports despite its small size. This makes it easy to hook up a good range of different devices. Its small design looks good and makes it easy to carry this projector around with you. The price isn’t bad either. However, the low resolution means image quality isn’t quite as good as some of its competitors, and its max brightness is a bit too low, which means that images can look washed-out when used in bright environments. Still, it’s a great portable projector, especially for work presentations.
For those looking for a projector that can power spontaneous movie nights on the back porch, the ViewSonic M1 Portable is the best option we’ve found. With automatic keystone correction, internal storage, and the ability to play media directly from a thumb drive, this projector offers a quick and easy experience for turning pretty much any dark place into a movie theater. Like all of the pico projectors we’ve tested, it’s not particularly bright and falls short of high-definition, so we wouldn’t recommend it for business presentation nor for building a proper home theater. But if you’re just looking to start a backyard movie tradition, or like the idea of being able to quickly set up a projector in any room of the house, this is a great choice.
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2. LG CineBeam PH550G
An ultra-convenient, ultra-functional, ultra-portable projector
The small/business/travel projector space is a weird one, filled with many low-resolution projectors claiming to offer 1080p or 4K through their “supported” upscaling. A projector with “4K support” has a lower native resolution (1080p, for instance); it receives 1080p input, processes the image, then upscales it with an algorithm that estimates what adjacent pixels would look like if it were a true 4K image. It produces an image sharper than a standard 1080p projector, but it’s not accurate to the 4K source and generates a lot of artifacts.
The LG Cinebeam PH550 is a native 720p resolution projector that makes few compromises in its class. It has a full set of features, from Bluetooth to cable TV, to make sure every kind of owner can use it with ease. It’s not the smallest projector, but it’s still ultra portable, about the same size and weight as a paperback novel. At this size, it’s hard to find native 720p projectors, and the Cinebeam manages to offer a crisp image with a high quality of life for around the price of a Playstation 4.
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3. Acer C250i
The best ultra-portable 1080p projector
Most of our favourite battery powered projectors have a resolution of 720p or lower, which casts the Acer C250i’s 1080p in a very favourable light. Not only that but this unusually shaped projector is also capable of projecting a bright image of up to 300 lumens, making it more than a match for the best battery powered machines we’ve tested.
In normal or “bright” mode, the image is crisp and well-defined and colour performance is solid, enabling you to project a bright, watchable image up to 100in in size in dim or dark rooms.
The Acer C250i’s party trick is its ability to stand flat on its side or on end and automatically rotate its display to match but it packs in more features than just that. Its built-in rechargeable battery lasts up to five hours, there’s a full array of connectivity features, including HDMI and USB-C video inputs. You can play video back from USB thumb drives and microSD cards, stream from your phone or laptop using screen mirroring, or play audio through the speaker via Bluetooth.
The Acer C250i truly is a multi-talented portable projector with good image quality and a great range of connectivity plus it’s slightly cheaper than the Anker Nebula Capsule II.
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4. APEMAN Projector Portable Mini Projector 5500 Lumens
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Updated brightness of 4500 lumens, 2000:1 contrast ratio, 80% brighter than other projectors. This Video projector adopts the latest 4.0 LCD technology with advanced LED light sources. Sharp clear images but won’t cause eyes strain.
You will have amazing movies experience with support 1080P full HD with 800*480P native resolution. 34″-180″ projection size with an aspect ratio of 16:9/4:3. Best choice for families movie night at home or backyard in no light/low light environment. Enjoy the bigger screen, protecting your eyes from TV, laptop and smartphone. Considerate design for a healthy life.
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5. Optoma ML750ST
The ML750ST builds upon the popular ML750e LED projector but has been engineered with a short throw lens to make it even more flexible for meetings, presentations or movies on-the-go. This tiny projector weighs just 420g and comes with a convenient carry bag. For business Give laptop free presentations, it uses the built-in media player, native office viewer, microSD card slot and USB connection or present wirelessly from a mobile device using the free HDCast Pro app and optional wireless USB adapter.
You can even use the ML750ST for digital signage applications as the projector can be mounted in virtually any orientation. LED technology provides accurate colour reproduction (Rec709), long life and support for portrait mode. For home The compact ML750ST is ideal for watching HD movies directly from a microSD card, USB stick or using the built-in memory. HDMI input enables connection to the latest laptops, PCs, games consoles or Blu-ray™ players and Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) technology allows users to display content directly from an MHL-enabled mobile device.
And with a low 17ms input lag and quick response time, this entertainment projector gives gamers a competitive advantage. Digital signage Digital signage applications are ideal as the projector can be mounted in virtually any orientation and it can automatically play video files or a photo slideshow directly from a microSD card as soon as the projector is switched on. You can even set the projector to turn off after a set period of time using the ‘sleep timer’ function.
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6. KODAK Luma 150 Pocket Projector
The Kodak Luma 350 Portable Smart Projector is an Android-based palmtop that throws a larger-than-usual usable image given its brightness output. It does well in projecting photos, and its video quality is fine for casual use.
The Luma 350 has a typical form factor for a palmtop projector, square with rounded corners when viewed from above. On the top of the projector are Kodak and DLP logos, and toward the back is a small, silver circle.
The Kodak Luma 350 Portable Smart Projector ($349.99), the flagship of the company’s Luma line of palmtop projectors, is brighter than the Kodak Luma 150 unit, but what really sets it apart from the Luma 150 and the Luma 75 is its integration of the Android 6 operating system, letting you install and run Android apps. It projects a reasonably large usable image for its brightness, is fine for casual movie viewing, and does well at projecting photos. It earns our Editors’ Choice for a palmtop entertainment projector.
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7. Epson EB-S31
The Epson EB-S31 is a fantastic projector for the mobile presenter and for small meeting rooms. The EB-S31 has the basic resolution of SVGA, if you are showing detailed images this would not be suitable as it is not sufficient enough. I would recommend going up to at least XGA as then you will be able to see a smoother and more defined image.
This projector has a high brightness of 3200 lumens so you can project with light coming through the windows, no need to close the blinds! The high contrast ratio contributes to the image quality.
This LCD projector effortlessly displays bright images with vivid colours for a crisp, clear picture. The LCD technology used in the EB-S31 gives you clear and realistic colours. The Epson EB-S31 has a standard zoom throw ratio so you can adjust the image size without having the need to move the projector around. If you are 1m away from the screen, you can expect a 69cm wide image.
With an HDMI input, high definition video and audio content are easily played with the same high quality you would expect from Epson. This allows you to connect to most devices without having to buy adaptors.
This is a great projector for presentations and comes with a carry case so it is a great mobile option.
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8. LG CineBeam PF50KS
LG CineBeam PF50KS Projector is an award winning and powerful 1080p quiet data projector, with a good price. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and a Smart TV and supports full HD. Analysis indicates that this data projector has excellent picture quality, good features and sound quality.
Long life of about 30,000 hours with LED. Further life, it is also possible to connect the display of the smartphone screen and the speaker with Bluetooth and WiFi. A light weight, full HD portable 910g with a palm-sized battery and a built-in battery. You can enjoy Youtube and Netflix by connecting to the internet.
The Full HD battery built-in LG MiniBeam series uses high resolution to provide twice the image clarity of basic HD projectors for more natural-looking details.
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9. Pico Genie M550 Plus 2.0 LED
The Pico Genie M550 Plus 2.0 Portable Projector with almost every feature imaginable on a projector.
This model has almost every feature you can imagine on a projector with high quality image and performance in a tiny package.
A real all rounder, the M550 Plus 2.0 is suited to a wide range of users and applications whether its business, gaming, personal use or travel and its sure to tick every box for most users. Features include: Crystal clear image even in daylight, bigger sound with quieter fan, extended connectivity & built in OS,…
Thankfully, the Pico Genie M550 Plus 2.0 is equipped with all the accessories needed to get projecting straight away! It is presented beautifully inside a strong protective black and red case.
If you are looking for a versatile projector that has enough bells and whistles to satisfy almost every user from the businessman to the hardcore tech fan whilst still being simple and accessible enough for even a novice to use, the Pico Genie M550 Plus 2.0 is highly recommended.
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10. ASUS F1 Portable LED Projector
ASUS F1 LED Projector is a portable short throw LED projector that has full HD and with brightness of 1200 lumens. It has autofocus and 2.1 speakers by Harman Kardon technology. It also features Wireless connectivity and wireless remote control.
ASUS F1 projector has proven itself with it’s Full HD LED technology 1200 lumens projector and 2.1 stereo speakers. The stylish projector with high sharpness and depth with image quality good enough for gamers.
For entertainment or gaming buffs, the Asus F1 projector is a good pick. Its compact size makes it easy to carry around for some co-op gaming or a spot of backyard cinema, without having to fiddle about with external speakers.
What makes the Asus F1 Projector so likeable is its unique design, stellar sound, and decent image projection. Its setback is its price, which puts it as a more expensive Full HD projector than other contenders on the market.
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How to choose the best portable projector for you
Manage your expectations. You can’t expect the kind of experience you’d get from a good, dedicated home-cinema projector. For one thing, most of these models use a low-resolution DLP chip to create the picture that’s beamed to the screen. In many cases, this is a standard-definition chip, giving you the same 848 x 480 resolution as a movie on DVD. While a few reach 1080p Full HD, the more affordable, portable models top out at 720p HD. This means you won’t get the pin-sharp clarity you’re used to from today’s 4K and HD TVs. Be wary of cheap projectors promising a 1080p resolution, too, as this often means they support a 1080p image but will downscale it to 480p.
You won’t get the same levels of contrast and brightness with a portable projector, either. A proper home cinema projector will dish out 2000 ANSI lumens or more of brightness, so that you can have bright whites, deep blacks and rich colours in dark conditions. Even in a sunlit room, the picture should still be watchable. LED portable projectors tend to achieve anything from 100 to 2000 ANSI lumens, with the vast majority sitting somewhere between 300 and 800 ANSI lumens. In a dark room you can still get a decent picture, but if you’re expecting true cinema quality or something that’ll work with the curtains wide open, you may end up feeling disappointed.
Portable projectors encompass a surprisingly wide range in size, brightness, and features. Above, we help you sort out their differences about top 10 of the best portable projectors, as well as highlight our favorite models which you can feel confident in buying.