1. LG Electronics PH550 Minibeam Projector with Bluetooth Sound
It’s a little bulkier than most of the other projectors we reviewed, but it comes with a carrying pouch for transport and storage. Though it’s larger than most mini projectors, it makes the most of its size, offering a variety of ports so you can connect the electronics and storage devices you need. It has HDMI input, support for USB storage and composite video, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a coaxial connector. However, it doesn’t have an SD card slot. Though it’s brightness isn’t as brilliant as some of the more powerful projectors we tested, it has an impressively high contrast ratio of 100,000:1 – the best in our comparison by far. It also has a high throw ratio, automatic keystone adjustment and manual focus. Sound on the LG PH550 is also decent. It can easily fill a medium to large room volume-wise, but the sound quality is middling. Connecting a sound bar via Bluetooth can supply more volume and quality in a pinch, however.
2. Optoma ML750ST Ultra-Compact 700 Lumen WXGA Short Throw LED Projector with MHL Enabled HDMI Port
You’ll be fine setting the projector in a small or unevenly lit room, as its short throw ratio is ideal for that. We tested a variety of videos on the ML750ST, in both light and dark scenarios, and it excelled in both. The picture was bright and fine details appeared clearly. Colors never seemed washed out. Plus, the projector has native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and can upscale videos to 1080i so your movies will always look clean and sharp. This projector comes with a small remote control but also allows full menu navigation and manual focus adjustment on the device itself. Lots of vents at the sides of the device keep it well-ventilated so the fan never runs loudly even during heavy use. The placement of the lens on the projector, plus its included lens cap, shows that Optoma put great thought and care into the engineering of the device.
3. Optoma IntelliGO-S1 Mobile Android LED 720P DLP Projector (Rose Gold)
It is smartly designed, aesthetically pleasing and easy enough for users of any skill level to figure out. It’s also decently affordable, priced below the average projector in our comparison. It was easy to set up the IntelliGO-S1, and to connect it to a media device. With a 500-lumen LED lamp and a contrast ratio of 15,000:1, this Optoma projector made images and videos alike look terrific in all lighting scenarios. It was also easy to adjust focus on the unit and make keystone adjustments. The Optoma IntelliGO-S1 has both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi built in, for enhanced connectivity. Additionally, it’s the only projector in our comparison that has a USB 3.0 port in addition to a USB 2.0 port. An HDMI/MHL port and a microSD slot round out the list of connection options. The IntelliGO-S1 also supports device mirroring. Whereas some of the smaller projectors have small internal batteries, this mini projector doesn’t. Instead, it needs to stay plugged in. While this limits the overall portability of the device – unless you’re also planning on lugging around a portable charger or only taking it to places with wall sockets – it does mean you are free to play movie marathons without worrying about it powering down in the middle because the battery died.
4. RIF6 Cube 2-Zoll-Handy-Projektor mit 20.000 Stunden LED-Licht und 120-Zoll-Display
Though it doesn’t have the best image quality and is missing certain features, it’s a decent projector for light use. The biggest downside of the RIF6 Cube is that it doesn’t have a built-in speaker. If you want sound you have to plug the Cube into external speakers. Most other projectors in our comparison have speakers built in so you can watch a video with just the projector. Given its extremely small size, measuring just 2 x 2 x 1.9 inches, it’s understandable that the RIF6 had to give up something to make it so. Videos and images are displayed in the projector’s native resolution – 854 x 480 pixels – which gives you an aspect ratio of 16:9. Its 1,000:1 contrast ratio and 50-lumen LED bulb mean images may appear somewhat muddy. The Cube has a microSD slot and an MHL port, and you can manually adjust focus. Battery life is up to 90 minutes, and its aluminum construction is sturdy yet lightweight. The RIF6 Cube also comes with cables, a charger, a remote and a flexible tripod.
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5. APEMAN Mini Portable Projector Video DLP Home Cinema Pocket Projector HD Support 1080P HDMI
Despite its small size, it has a sturdy build, plenty of features and decent battery life. It’s also the most budget-friendly mini projector in our comparison. This device can display videos and images at 854 x 480 resolution, and the M4’s 1,000:1 contrast ratio provides decently good colors. However, it only has a brightness of 50 lumens, which is far below verage for the projectors we tested, so the picture won’t be bright, especially not in ambient- or full-light settings. It has an aspect ratio of 16:9, so it can easily play the latest blockbuster without letterboxing. The M4’s throw ratio is 1.19:1, quite short, allowing you to enjoy your media on a 60-inch screen, though it works anywhere from 30 to 100 inches. The M4 has a unique feature we didn’t find on the other projectors – two speakers instead of just one. Though they’re only 1-watt speakers, they sound clean and full, and they easily fill a room. On its sides, you’ll find the power, volume and focus controls, and all connection ports are at the projector’s rear. The Apeman M4 is small enough to fit in your pocket or bag, making it great for travelers.