Portable projectors are the ultimate budget solution for social big-screen entertainment, presentations, and gaming:
However, whenever buying on a budget compromises have to be made. Which makes it easy to buy the wrong device – especially as contrast, brightness, image quality, and clarity vary.
So, if you’re looking for an affordable option that’ll match your needs, this list is for you:
5. TopVision Mini Projector, $57+
The TopVision mini projector supports 1080HD resolution and screen sizes of between 32-and-176 inches. However, with only a 2000:1 contrast ratio, it may lack clarity for big-screen gaming and should not be purchased if presentations are a priority.
Despite these negatives, this mini projector comes complete with a 100-inch screen, and an ultra-quiet cooling system, and easily connects to multiple devices via HDMI, USB, VGA, and other ports.
4. Vecupou WiFi Mini Projector, $70+
If you’re after a mini projector for your smartphone, the Vecupou WiFi Mini Projector puts connectivity first. Obviously, the device supports AV, USB, SD Cards, HDMI, and VGA.
In addition, the manufacturers made it simple to connect to Airplay and DLNA via WiFi and your home router. They also added the option to connect to smartphones and tablets using standard Lightning to USB charging cables.
In terms of purpose, this mini projector has 7200 Lumens, making it perfect for both entertainment and presentations.
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3. 7500 Lumens Mini Projector, $79+
For less than $80 on Amazon.com, this mini projector is a great value home entertainment option. Out of the box, it supports smartphones, Chromebooks, SD Cards, USB Flash Drives, and anything with an HDMI output:
The device supports a 1080 HD resolution, a contrast ratio of 5000:1, and supports viewing size of between 32-and-176 inches. And it comes complete with a 100-inch screen.
Despite being a great budget offering for home entertainment, the manufacturers note it isn’t ideal for business meetings. So if you need a portable projector for presentations, get #2 on this list.
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2. Poyank TP-01 WiFi Projector, $59+
If you’re after a multi-purpose budget portable projector, the Poyank TP-01 might just be your perfect match. Its 7500Lux brightness, powered by LED lighting, supports resolutions up to 1080HD and is perfect for low-light presentations.
It also supports WiFi, so it can quickly connect to iOS, Android, laptops, and more, without expensive HDMI adapters. However, if WiFi isn’t an option, it also supports USB, HDMI, VGA, VA, and all other popular outputs. This projector also has built-in speakers and a relatively quiet cooling fan.
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1. YABER Y61 WiFi Mini Projector, $149+
The Yaber Y61 supports 1080P HD resolution, 6000:1 contrast, and 6500Lux. What this means is that it is great for entertainment but average for presentations.
The projector can connect to your devices via WiFi, Chromecast, HDMI, USB, VGA, and AV ports. It offers 3W dual stereo speakers with SRS sound and comes complete with an ultra-quiet cooling system.
What makes this #1 on the list is the projectors zoom function, which lets you change image size with a remote. The perfect feature if you want to position and sit back, rather than fiddle with placement.