First off...what is a portable projector?
Portable projectors are smaller, more lightweight versions of the bigger ones you’ll find in cinemas, schools or boardrooms – or even at home.
Some portable projectors are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand, and others will fit comfortably into a small bag, so you can take yours with you wherever you go. With battery life typically somewhere between two and four hours, you can easily watch films or give a presentation at any time. You’ll just need something to project onto.
The latest portable projectors are packed with the most up-to-date features to give you the best viewing experience. If you need some inspiration to help you decide which one to get, read on…
Nebula Capsule Pocket Cinema Smart Mini Projector
Whether it’s an impromptu showing – or should that be showing off? – of your latest holiday pics, or a funny video you just have to show everyone at the same time, this portable projector is just the thing. Project everything onto a quality screen that can expand up to 100 inches – that certainly beats passing the phone around for everyone to have a look one by one.
The shape and size of this offering from Anker is similar to that of a fizzy drink can, so you really can transport it easily.
We were impressed by the speaker, too. There’s nothing worse than somebody sitting in a part of the room and not being able to hear what’s going on, but the 360-degree speaker means everyone will hear clearly. It also doubles as a portable speaker, which always comes in handy for parties and gatherings.
The battery life checks in at an impressive four hours when you’re watching videos – that’s one of the best out there – and 30 hours for streaming music through the speaker.
And because the Nebula has Bluetooth, Apple Airplay and Wi-Fi connectivity, you can stream anything straight from your laptop, phone or tablet without needing a cable.
Sony MP-CD1 Smart Mini Projector
Picture the scene. You’re on a camping holiday with your friends, and evening’s setting in. It’s your fourth night out of seven, and you can’t face another game of Monopoly, especially after last night’s arguments. If only you could all settle down to a relaxing movie…
This projector from Acer can project up to 120 inches, so if you can find a tent big enough to project onto, that would be the perfect canvas for a film night under the stars. With a two-hour battery life, you’ll be able to watch most films without needing to recharge (you might have to leave War and Peace for another day).
If it’s wet, and you’re having to watch from inside the tent, that’s not a problem. The mini-projector has a short throw, which means it can project in a tight space, from as little as a metre away.
And for those who aren’t technically minded, setting up the projector is easy. Just connect the HDMI cable to your laptop, games console or other device and press the projector's power button. It starts up in just five seconds.
LG Minibeam PH150G HD Ready Mini Projector
If you think projectors are only suitable for big spaces like boardrooms, village halls, that sort of thing, then think again. Because this LG Minibeam is a short throw projector, you don’t need a lot of space.
It can project large-sized images from less than a metre away, so even if you haven’t got a lot of space to play with, you can supersize your movie nights. Just imagine getting your friends round and watching one of those dramatic Game of Thrones battle scenes on a screen up to 100 inches in size. And in HD, no less.
Then again, why should you always host? Let someone else get the food and drinks in and take your projector with you to their place – it’s small enough, that’s for sure.
The two-and-a-half-hour battery makes it ideal for film night, and with Miracast compatibility, you can share your Android smartphone display with your projector to view your digital mobile movie collection.
Another way to watch is with USB Plug & Play – just plug a USB stick into the projector to see any saved movies or photos, and open files using things like Excel and Word to share your latest presentation.
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