The stunning image quality is complemented by a 5-watt omnidirectional speaker to deliver you high-quality sound wherever you sit. Also, the projector can be used with other speakers or used in a speaker-only mode.
The housing gets pretty hot during prolonged use.
The Nebula Capsule is one of the most portable options you can find on the market. Actually, it's not bigger than a can of Cola and can easily fit in an average pocket. The image will be bright and vibrant owing to the advanced DLP technology that utilises IntelliBright algorithms.
Up to 100"
854 x 480
Built-in rechargeable battery
HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (Screen Mirroring)
Built-in control panel, Compatible with Capsule Control app, Built-in speaker (5 W), Android 7.1 OS
6.8 x 6.8 x 12 cm
The OSRAM LED-DLP consume 70% less energy than the predecessors and shine with ~30% more brightness. The ±45 automatic vertical keystone and 100% offset upward angle projection feature will let you correct distorted visuals.
The factory apps are not easy to navigate with the remote.
Measuring 15.8 x 8 1.8 centimetres, the Yaufey C800IBUK is as thin and slim as an average notebook. Between the pre-installed Android 7.1 operating system and the multiple Smart features, you'll be able to download apps from Play Market and access streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, etc.
Up to 120"
854 x 480
Built-in rechargeable battery
HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (Screen Mirroring), Slot for MicroSD cards
Built-in speaker (5 W), Android 7.1 OS, Remote control, Tripod and carry bag included
15.8 x 8 x 1.8 cm
This projector has an incredibly long lifespan - the lamp works for up to 50,000 hours. So even with daily use (6 - 8 hours), it will last you for many years to come. A practical bag for transportation is included.
The speakers are quiet.
The Vamvo L4200 is great for occasional neighbourhood movie nights. Its display can range from 49" to 200" in size, depending on how far away it is. The projector features a lot of interfaces, including a VGA input for legacy devices.
Up to 200"
1280 x 720
HDMI, 2 x USB, AV-out, VGA-out, 3.5-mm audio out
Built-in control panel, Built-in dual speakers (2 x 3 W), Remote control and carry bag included
24.5 x 16.6 x 8.1 cm
The ergonomic tripod that comes with the device will let you easily position this device against the projector screen/wall. The remote that's also supplied with the package will allow you to manage image parameters, increase/decrease volume, and more.
The battery's longevity leaves a lot to be desired.
The ELEPHAS RD606 can upscale DVD content to Full HD. The model supports 3D playback. It comes with YouTube and Koala apps already pre-installed. The integrated speakers are pretty loud and ensure respectable clarity at the highest volume setting.
Up to 100"
854 x 480
Built-in rechargeable battery
HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (Screen Mirroring), 3.5-mm audio out
Built-in speaker (5 W), Android 7.1 OS, Remote control, Tripod and carry bag included
10.4 x 9.7 x 3.6 cm
The lamps do not last as long as advertised.
The Artlii YG220 is the cutest-looking mobile projector. But, despite its cartoony appearance, this is one serious device. Even the speakers, quiet as they are, adopt an SRS sound system, making the in-game or film sound effects more dynamic and expansive.
Up to 120"
480 x 320
HDMI, USB, AV-out, 3.5-mm audio out, Slot for MicroSD cards
Built-in control panel, Built-in dual speakers, Built-in tripod, Remote control included
11 x 14 x 19 cm
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Anker Nebula Capsule
Anker is one of those rare Chinese brands that are praised all across the globe for innovations, affordable prices, and high-quality computer and mobile peripherals. And its NEBULA lineup represents a new class of smart, portable entertainment devices. The Nebula Capsule is one of them. It's the world’s first portable cinema that deftly combines smart capabilities and extra compact dimensions with immersive audio and visuals.
For sure, it's the tiny size that grabs your attention at once. Actually, the Capsule is no bigger than a soda can. For this reason, it's extremely portable and can be carried just anywhere you go (a pouch is included for safe transportation).
Thanks to exceptional portability, this gadget is easy to just place on any tabletop and start watching your favorite movies. And despite its tiny size, the throw range of this projector is great. You'll get an 80-100 inch screen from a coffee table. In a relatively dark room, you can back up to about 10-11 feet away and get a large screen with good clarity and brightness ( a radiant 100 ANSI lm picture).
And if the sun hasn’t gone down yet, you can get a pretty bright picture from about 3-8 feet from the wall. The image will be bright and vibrant owing to the advanced DLP technology that utilises IntelliBright algorithms. The fabulous image quality is complemented by a 5W 360° speaker to deliver high-quality sound wherever you sit. Also, it's worth emphasizing that ht projector can be used in speaker-only mode.
The unit offers two video settings: standard and battery. We assume the latter will make it dimmer but work for longer. The battery life is amazing - the Nebula Capsule delivers up to 4 hours of continuous video playback on a single charge. And the Quick Charge 3.0. technology enables it to recharge faster. As a nice touch, you can use the projector while charging (as long as you're not watching a video from USB flash drive).
Speaking about compatibility, the projector runs Android 7.1 and therefore works as a portable smart TV on its own. It can house lots of native apps, ridding you of the need to always lug another device around with the projector.
You can operate Capsule directly from your phone after downloading the Capsule Control app available on both Google Play and the App Store. Your phone will literally become a touchpad for the projector control, though the remote is also included with the purchase.
All these things make the Nebula Capsule a very usable portable projector. And because of the fact it's no bigger than a can of Cola, it's surely one of the most portable options you can find on the market.
|Last updated price||£339.99|
The Slimmest, Thinnest Profile
With the Yaufey C800IBUK, the starting point and the device's most attractive quality at the same time is its footprint. Measuring just 15.8 x 8 x 1.8 centimetres, with 1.8 representing its height, this is the slimmest, thinnest mobile projector we've reviewed yet. What's more, the device weighs just 0.28 kilogrammes, putting even more chips towards the 'portable' pot than its pocket-sized peers. Apart from its small stature, the model's design is pretty inconspicuous. You can easily conceal this device, with the polished black housing looking pretty sleek but nothing that can separate this portable unit from everyday electronics.
Performance-wise, unlike most model's low-end mini projectors and even some mid-priced models, this device supports Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution. Its native resolution is below that but the upscaling tech inside is pretty good at stretching out sub-1080p content and making it look like Full HD. Still, you can make an argument that pushing the maximum screen size 120 inches is a more impressive accomplishment. From where we're sitting, a 120-inch display at home is an absolute relevation. Sit close and you'll feel like you're at a movie theatre. The colours look accurate and the contrast is above what mid-range mobile projectors are usually offering.
70% Less Energy Consumption
Pivoting towards the light output, the Yaufey C800IBUK offers 120 lumens, which is pretty pedestrian. What's not pedestrian is the OSRAM LED-DLP lamps that produce the light, consuming 70% less energy than previous generations and shining with at least 30% more brightness. Of course, the model is still not great with well-lit rooms but, when there's some ambient lighting, the device behaves admirably, making the colours look saturated without demanding complete darkness.
Mobile projectors usually add noticeable distortion, an issue that plagues even more expensive models. With this one, you're offered ±45 automatic vertical keystone and 100% offset upward angle projection feature. Between these two, you'll have no troubles correcting distorted media. The focus thumbwheel will let you adjust image clarity, whilst the 360-degree tripod will provide a firm stand.
Where things get a little hairy is with the factory apps being not necessarily easy to navigate with the remote. Nevertheless, the Yaufey C800IBUK still ranks high among portable projectors, especially when you take into account how much this device banks on the 'portable' part.
|Last updated price||£219.99|
FOR MOVIE NIGHTS
The Vamvo L4200 mini projector is currently one of the best-rated devices on the market since it offers plenty of interesting features at a very reasonable price. So, if you’re looking for a low-cost model for weekend movie nights, keep on reading and discover more.
Firstly, we would like to put emphasis on the fact that even though this home-use projector is advertised as Full HD 1080p, it can only accept a 1080p input. The projector itself has 720p resolution and is able to provide a quite impressive 3800 lux brightness and 2000:1 contrast ratio. Surprisingly enough for such a budget-friendly option, the LED lamp here works for 50,000 hours, giving you a worry-free experience. It’s enough to last for many years without a need for replacements.
Next, the display of the L4200 projector can range from 49 inches to 200 inches in size, depending on how far away it is. The recommended distance is between 4.9 - 15 feet. Do note that the unit has a fixed zoom, so you'll need to move it to a correct position so as to make it fill your screen. On the upside, it lets you flip and mirror the picture, meaning you can either ceiling-mount it or use it in a behind-screen configuration.
GOOD CONNECTIVITY OPTIONS
All inputs are located on the back of the projector - an HDMI input, 2 USB inputs, VGA input, AV input, and a 3.5mm audio jack for speakers. It’s worth mentioning that the built-in speakers aren’t very loud, so we think you’ll find the audio jack useful for connecting additional ones.
An important thing you should be aware of is the fact that the projector has no WiFi support. Yet, since it includes a USB port, you can always insert an Amazon Fire TV, Hulu, Chromecast, or Roku stick to watch your favourite shows.
The initial setup of this little box is a breeze and can be completed within a few minutes. The menus and the controls are very intuitive and the on-screen menus are easy to navigate.
All things considered, if you want an inexpensive projector for home use, the Vamvo L4200 can be the right option to go with. It’s surprisingly good for the price and offers a very large display. Add some robust speakers to it and you’ll get the perfect entertainment system for a great movie night.
|Last updated price||£99.99|
Projecting Pretty-Looking Picture
The ELEPHAS RD606 looks awkward. Apologies to the engineers behind this device, we're certain you weren't slacking, but this is the least attractive model on this list, hands down. That being said, the model still made the list, which's no small feat when you are as ugly as this device. Projectors don't need to be pretty.
They do, however, need to be able to project a pretty-looking image. This is the area where the subject device excels (relative to the price tag and its mobile competition, naturally). With its 1000:1 contrast ratio, the model reproduces pretty dark blacks and bright whites. Whilst its native resolution caps at 854 x 480p, the upscaling engine does an admirable job making non-HD content look vibrant, sharp, and detailed.
To add more, pushing the effective correction range 40 degrees, this device lets you adjust the projected image to a noticeable extent, making blurry, pixelated content look nuanced, deep, and saturated. Despite stopping at 100 lumens, the lamps are plenty bright, meaning that you can use this projector even during the day (though you'll still need to close the blinds/curtains).
The model supporting 3D was a pleasant surprise, offering multiple 3D modes. But there are not too many people who like 3D, so this is not necessarily something that we would highlight. We would, however, highlight the Wi-Fi module that supports screen mirroring. With this feature, you can connect a smartphone/tablet to the projector via Wi-Fi and project the gadget's display on a ~100-inch screen. It will let you share photos, watch videos, and even play games on a much more sizable screen than what the phone's offering. Besides the wireless Wi-Fi module, this device comes fitted with HDMI, USB, Bluetooth, and 3.5-mm audio output. From the firmware angle, the model works with Android 7.1 and comes with two pre-installed apps: YouTube and Koala.
Reviewing audio, the built-in speakers are more capable than one would expect, producing relatively loud audio with decent clarity at high volume settings. Even the housing's not bad, despite its awkward appearance. With multiple cutouts at the front, the unit provides sufficient heat dissipation and prevents the housing from overheating. The integrated rechargeable battery is not great though, usually giving you ~8 hours tops before giving out. Still, even counting the battery mishap and the complaints we made regarding appearance before, ELEPHAS RD606 is a capable workhorse that will be able to aid entertainment and business alike.
|Last updated price||£127.99|
Octopus Feet (Tentacles?)
The Artlii YG220 is an interesting one. To begin with, this device comes equipped with an integrated tripod, which is new. On the one hand, that makes the device a little less travel-friendly. On the other hand, there's zero chance you'll lose the tripod or forget to bring it with you. Since the feet that make this tripod are not necessarily huge, we like the change more than we dislike it. Plus, looking like octopus tentacles, the tripod's feet are pretty cute, so there's a decent chance that kids will like it. Both kids and adults will also like that the tripod rotates 360 degrees, so you can adjust the unit's position without moving the main body. Considering the round/oval shape, the fact that this model comes armed with an HDMI input, USB port, AV output, 3.5-mm audio output, and even a MicroSD card slot is pretty impressive. Also, there's enough space between these interfaces so that even hefty jacks can co-exist without preventing access to each other.
Atop the unit, you'll find a pretty neat control panel, with 4 buttons letting you adjust the volume or work with the model's limited settings. Albeit limited, the settings include a sleep timer, so you can fall asleep watching a film without worrying about the device working the entire night, consuming unnecessary energy. Apart from that, the model will let you scale the screen size up or down between 75 and 100% without moving the unit. You can also manage the same settings via the provided remote. By the way, falling asleep with this unit right next to you will be pretty easy since the grille on its back promotes excellent heat dissipation and silent fans make sure the device produces almost no noise.
Full HD Support
The model's native resolution stops at 480 x 320p. Is that great? Not quite, but the advanced colour engine that this device adopts supports Full HD (1920 x 1080p) upscaling, so the content will look alright. Despite being pretty quiet, the high-fidelity dual speakers incorporate an SRS sound system, so the sound effects in games and films will sound quite brilliant.
The manufacturers claim that the lamps inside this device will last 65,000 hours. As subjective as these numbers are, there's almost no chance that they will give you anywhere close 65,000 hours. Setting this questionable promise aside, the Artlii YG220 makes a pretty great gift. The device looks cute but, what's more important, it is as functional and capable as its more expensive analogues.
|Last updated price||$0.00|
|Stock||May be out of stock|
What Is a Mobile Projector?
Most well-known application of projectors is at the cinemas. Those are huge, industrial-like stationary machines that cast an image projection on a flat surface, such as a large screen or a wall. Modern technologies render it possible to make them so small, you can even put them in your pocket. Such mini projectors can be mounted on a tripod or a simple table in school classrooms, lecture halls, or sleeping rooms. And lately, pocket projector became an essential companion of teachers and lecturers. They can be used almost anywhere, have different ports to connect them to a laptop or other digital devices. However, these micro-projectors, also called pico projectors, can display a crisp picture on the screen with a diagonal up to 120 inches and lighting lux at up to 100 lm. This is enough to get a distinct picture in a darkened room with closed drapes.
Note that you will need some kind of white wall or screen to throw the image onto with your projector. If you don't have any, take a quick glance at the best-selling projector screens of this year. If you are a lecturer or a speaker, you will also appreciate our review of the best presentation remotes. They come with a built-in laser pointer and other useful features to make your job easier. Just check them out and see for yourself.
What Features to Compare
As we've mentioned above, it may project an image at a diagonal of up to 120 inches without losing its crispness. Such width may be necessary for university auditoriums so that even from the back rows people could see a presentation. The image quality is affected by many factors.
- Resolution directly influences the quality of the picture. It shows a number of pixels in a projector matrix. Resolution is given as a value, that looks like 1280x720, where 1280 is the number of pixels horizontally, and 720 – vertically. It’s not the width of the picture, however, the bigger this value is, the more detailed image you get.
- Brightness is also important. As it comes from the name, it’s how bright your projection will be. The brightness value is given in Lumens (lm) and similar to light bulbs - the bigger it is, the lighter your image will be. Go for bigger value if you are going to do presentations in light rooms.
- Contrast defines the ratio between light and dark parts of a picture. You can use a pocket projector with high contrast in lighter rooms to get a more distinct picture. Please note, that the main parameter for lighting is still the brightness.
Another few things worth mentioning are aspect ratio and projector technology. The former shows a ratio between horizontal and vertical lines. In simple words, photos usually have a 4:3 aspect ratio, while most movies and videos are 16:9 nowadays. Projector technology is the type of mechanism that’s used for producing a projection. For instance, DLP has a high contrast while LED has great brightness.
The USB port is used to connect a projector to a notebook, memory stick, or even to a mobile phone. With HDMI you can transfer a video of high quality from a PC or Blu-ray player. 3.5mm audio output allows you to enhance the sound by adding external speakers or plugging headphones in. That’s an essential feature for large rooms, where built-in speakers are just not enough. Some models can work with Wi-Fi hotspots. You can connect them to the same network as your laptop or mobile phone and transfer a video directly from them. Neat, isn’t it?
Dimensions and Extra Features
Your mobile projector should be lightweight and compact. Most of them can be carried in a pocket of a jacket or in a case. Tripod stand is great for adjusting the projector at the right angle to get the best view. Some mini projectors will not only receive a signal via USB but even charge other devices, like mobile phones or portable speakers. As for power efficiency, mini projectors are powered with batteries, that are usually enough for at least one hour of work. That means that you can even take them on a trip to show your kids a movie in the evening. Projectors are recharged via cable and most of them can work and be recharged at the same time Overall, pocket projectors are great for indoors and outdoors activities. So let’s take a closer look at some of them.
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