Best Mini Projectors

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Best Mini Projectors

Are you looking for a mini projector that's perfect for movies, games or working in the office? Then you should check out our list of the best mini projectors. These projectors are small and easy to use, yet provide great image quality. Thanks to their portablity, you can take them anywhere you go. So, whether you need a projector for work or entertainment, these mini projectors are sure to meet your needs.

Anker Nebula Mini Projector Anker Nebula Mini Projector
Anker NEBULA Mini Projector is a lightweight and portable projector that provides 200 ANSI lumens. It is equipped with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth interfaces and can project HD content in 720p. It is ideal for use in small spaces such as bedrooms, offices, and children's rooms. Download and watch your favorite streaming services from Netflix to Disney+. A great projector for everyday life.
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10 Best Mini Projectors

Author’s Choice
Anker Nebula Mini Projector
Anker Nebula Mini Projector
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 200 ANSI Lumen
  • 720p HD
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People's Choice
ViewSonic M1 Mini Projector
ViewSonic M1 Mini Projector
  • 480p
  • 120 ANSI Lumens
  • HDMI, USB 2.0 type A, USB 2.0 type B and 3.5 mm mini jack
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Premium Choice
XGIMI Horizon Pro Projector
XGIMI Horizon Pro Projector
  • 4K , 2 HDMI, 2 USB-A
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • 2 200 Lumens
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Best Budget
VILINICE WiFi Mini Projector
VILINICE WiFi Mini Projector
  • 1080P
  • WiFi, HDMI, VGA, USB
  • 7500 Lumens
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Best Connection
Wimius Mini Projector
Wimius Mini Projector
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • 1080P Full HD
  • AV Port, USB, HDMI, 3.5 mm Audio
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Best for Business Presentations
LG PF50KA Portable Projector
LG PF50KA Portable Projector
  • 600 ANSI Lumens
  • Full HD
  • USB Type-C Connection, USB Plug and Play
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Best Pocket-Sized
Vamvo Pocket-Sized Mini Projector
Vamvo Pocket-Sized Mini Projector
  • 480 Pixels
  • HDMI, USB, TF and Micro SD
  • Supports iPhone, Android, Laptop, PC
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Best Laser Project
Epson EpiqVision Mini EF11 Projector
Epson EpiqVision Mini EF11 Projector
  • HDMI
  • FHD 1080p
  • 1000 Lumen
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Best Design
Vamvo Mini Projector
Vamvo Mini Projector
  • 1080P
  • 4,000 Lumens
  • VGA, USB, HDMI
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Best Sound
YABER V6 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector
YABER V6 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector
  • 5G, WiFi ,Bluetooth
  • 9500 Lumens
  • Full HD 1080P
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Detailed Overview

It's worth taking a closer look at each projector and finding out their more detailed specifications

Author's Choice

Anker Nebula Mini Projector Anker Nebula Mini Projector
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 200 ANSI Lumen
  • 720p HD
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The Anker NEBULA mini projector is a small, portable projector capable of producing a 100" (254 cm) ultra-clear rectangular image from almost any angle thanks to zoom technology and one-second autofocus. It has a native 720p HD resolution with 200 ANSI brightness and can play video for up to four hours on a single charge. The projector is also equipped with an 8W speaker for audio playback. Connect USB, HDMI devices to the projector to produce all your media onto the big screen. You can even connect devices wirelessly using Airplay, Miracast or Bluetooth. Contrast ratio: 600:1, Battery life: 4 hours in battery mode, up to 1.5 hours in standard mode.

Download and stream YouTube, Netflix, Disney+, and more from the Nebula Manager Store. Download and use apps directly through the Capsule Max Movie Projector to watch. Use the Nebula Connect app on your phone to control the mini projector.Perfect for family movie watching inside the house or outside at night.

There is also a similar model from this company - Nebula Capsule II. Both items will be very similar in functionality, but its huge advantage is that Capsule II can be charged through the power bank supporting charging 30W PD and Android TV 9.0 system, for comparison in Anker NEBULA Capsule Max system Android 8.0. and charging from the power bank is denied. So you can also pay attention to Capsule II but it will be more expensive.

Pros:

  • HDMI, USB-AWi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • 200 ANSI Lumen
  • 720p HD
  • 4 hours in battery mode, 1.5 hours in standard mode

Cons:

  • Suitable only for dark or poorly lit rooms

People's Choice

ViewSonic M1 Mini Projector ViewSonic M1 Mini Projector
  • 480p
  • 120 ANSI lumens
  • HDMI, USB 2.0 type A, USB 2.0 type B and 3.5 mm mini jack
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Although the palm-sized ViewSonic M1 mini casts a relatively weak image, this projector is bright and matte white on the sides and bottom, with interchangeable covers in gray, yellow and green. With a clever built-in stand design, above-average image quality, a simple user interface and media player, this affordable and portable device is a good choice as an entry-level projector for use in the family room or on vacation. The M1 mini's modest brightness limits its usable image size, and it works best in a darkened room.

The M1 mini is an LED projector using Texas Instruments DLP technology, with a rated brightness of 120 ANSI lumens. It provides 854 x 480 pixels (also called FWVGA or 480p) resolution, which is very typical of micro projectors, with a 16:9 widescreen format. The life of the light source is estimated at 30,000 hours, which is more than enough for the life of the projector.
The image quality of the M1 mini is similar to that of the slightly brighter and slightly more expensive Kodak Luma 150. Both have 480p resolution and in my test projected a similar small, usable image with acceptable color quality. The M1 mini projector has 2-watt speakers, HDMI, USB Type-A and DC-in micro-USB ports.

Most mini-projector stands are tiny tripods that screw into the base of the projector. ViewSonic took a different, refreshing approach to the M1 mini: the stand is built into the device itself. When the M1 mini is not in use, the lens is covered by a 90-degree bent hinge bracket that covers most of the front and left side of the projector.

Just don't lose the remote - it's the only way to control the projector. Replacement remotes are not sold as accessories, but ViewSonic says it is working on releasing them.

Pros:

  • Extremely portable
  • Simple but innovative stand
  • Interchangeable tops in three colors
  • Media player handles photo, video and music files in a variety of formats

Cons:

  • Can only project images at a modest size
  • Tiny remote control is easily lost

Premium Choice

XGIMI Horizon Pro Projector XGIMI Horizon Pro Projector
  • 4K, 2 HDMI, 2 USB-A
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • 2,200 Lumens
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The XGIMI Horizon Pro Projector is a 4K resolution DLP projector great for watching movies and TV shows. It has 2 HDMI ports, 2 USB-A ports, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. The built-in speaker is a nice touch, providing good sound quality without the need for external speakers, 8 watts, DTS-HD & DTS Studio Sound, Dolby Digital compatibility. The XGIMI Horizon Pro has a brightness of 2,200 lumens, making it ideal for use in well-lit rooms.

Automatic horizontal and vertical distortion correction, automatic screen alignment, automatic focus and obstacle avoidance are also here. Ultra-fast setup and incredible ease of use. Horizon Pro's smart 3D feature will bring the pleasure of watching 3D movies to any room in your home. Horizon Pro is equipped with MEMC frame interpolation technology, which actively prevents image flutter and tailing when projecting dynamic content. Although it's technically portable, it doesn't have an internal battery, so you'll need an outlet nearby.

You can wirelessly connect it to any Apple/Android device via the built-in Chromecast. Google Assistant also provides intuitive voice control.

Note: The product does not support streaming of the native Netflix app.

Pros:

  • 4K
  • 2 HDMI, 2 USB-A
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi
  • 2 200 Lumens
  • Built-in speaker

Cons:

  • The requirement for a power outlet is an inconvenience for some users

Best Budget

VILINICE WiFi Mini Projector VILINICE WiFi Mini Projector
  • 1080P
  • WiFi, HDMI, VGA, USB
  • 7500 Lumens
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The VILINICE WiFi Projector is a versatile and powerful projector that is compatible with a range of devices. It supports 1080P resolution and can project images up to 240 inches diagonally. It supports 7,500 lux brightness and 5,000: 1 contrast ratio, which can bring you quality outdoor home theater and crisp images without blurring. It also has HDMI, VGA and USB ports, making it easy to connect to a variety of devices. Support wired and wireless projection for iOS and Android systems.

VILINICE WiFi Projector is compatible with Fire Stick, TV, set-top box, laptop and DVD. High quality sound system and two 3W HiFi speakers and SRS system that make this projector so great. You can connect a Bluetooth speaker or headphones wirelessly for an even better experience.

Pros:

  • Hi-Fi Stereo Speakers & 5.0 Bluetooth
  • WiFi, HDMI, VGA, USB
  • 7500L
  • Compatible with Phone
  • 1080P 
  • Compatible with Fire Stick, TV, Box, Laptop, DVD
  • Remote control

Cons:

  • Only suitable for dimly-lit environments
  • Fans can run loud

Best Connection

Wimius Mini Projector Wimius Mini Projector
  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • 1080P Full HD
  • AV Port, USB, HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
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The Wimius Mini Projector is a small and portable projector that can be used to project images and videos onto any surface. It is compatible with phones, laptops, tablets and other devices, making it ideal for watching movies or giving presentations. No more adapter needed, seamless connection to iOS, Android via wifi directly! You can connect to the TV Stick/Roku/Apple TV box. The projector has a 240" display and can project 1080p. high definition video with remarkable clarity, vivid colors and fabulous contrast. It also has WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities.

The wireless projector is perfect when you want to create an immersive movie theater at home. It has two different types of connectivity, so users can choose between 3-5mm speakers or bluetooth for optimal sound quality. The Wimius mini projector is easy to use and perfect for any occasion. You can use it for a garden party, home theater, outdoor camping.

Pros:

  • WiFi and Bluetooth
  • 1080P Full HD
  • Compatible with Phone
  • AV Port, USB, HDMI, 3.5mm Audio
  • Compatible with TV Stick/PC/PS5/IOS/Android

Cons:

  • No horizontal keystone adjustment
  • Low-quality built-in speakers

Best for Business Presentations

LG PF50KA Portable Projector LG PF50KA Portable Projector
  • 600 ANSI lumens
  • Full HD
  • USB Type-C Connection, USB Plug and Play
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This portable full HD LED smart home theater projector provides full HD clarity anywhere. It has a built-in battery that can last up to two-and-a-half hours of videos and business presentations with its 100-inches and 600 ANSI lumens brightness. For added convenience, this mini projector also comes with a feature called Screen Share where you can wirelessly connect to any compatible tablet, smartphone, and other wireless devices.

It also has Bluetooth to connect your headphones and speakers. Naturally, there are also disadvantages. The LG PF50KA has no autofocus, which is disappointing at the price. Two 1W speakers are average in quality and not too loud, and the battery provides maximum 2.5 hours of operation.

Pros:

  • Full HD resolution
  • Smart TV Compatible
  • Wireless versatility
  • USB Type-C Connection
  • USB Plug and Play
  • LED Lamp Life

Cons:

  • Weak dynamics
  • No autofocusing

Best Pocket-Sized

Vamvo Pocket-Sized Mini Projector Vamvo Pocket-Sized Mini Projector
  • 480 Pixels
  • HDMI, USB, TF and Micro SD
  • Supports iPhone, Android, Laptop, PC
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The Vamvo Pocket Mini Projector is a 1080p HD LED DLP projector that is rechargeable and supports HDMI, USB, TF and Micro SD. It also supports iPhone, Android, laptop and PC. Imagine a world where you can project your favorite iOS or Android app onto the big screen, whether at home with friends and family or during a movie night alone. That's exactly what the Vamvo mini projector does! It takes us one step closer to being able to use our devices in a new way with its multi-screen technology that adapts perfectly whether they are Apple device users (iPad/ iPhone), Google gadget fans who own more than just phones - eager Android users will also benefit from this amazing product.

Project onto a screen with a diagonal of 130 inches maximum (330.2 cm).The projector is the perfect way to make your personal sports game more enjoyable. With a maximum resolution of 1080p, crystal clear images and a huge screen size of 80 inches (203.2 cm) that can be reached from 5 feet (1.524 meters) away from the projection surface. Projection Ratio: 1.4 : 1, Aspect Ratio: 16 : 10, Native Resolution: 800 x 480 pixels, support: 1920 x 1080 pixels. A 5200 mAh battery allows you to see a movie for over 2 hours without needing to recharge it. This projector is also perfect for outdoor use as well.Compact and lightweight design with touch keys on the body.

Pros:

  • Compact and lightweight design
  • 1080P
  • Rechargeable Projector
  • HDMI, USB, TF and Micro SD
  • Supports iPhone, Android, Laptop, PC

Cons:

  • Small Native Resolution
  • If the image gets too much ambient light or is enlarged too much, it may look blurry and details will be lost

Best Laser Project

A compact solution from Epson, the EF-11 is a very tiny projector, measuring 7×18×18 cm and weighing only 1.2 kg, you can literally carry it around in a small city backpack. To a party to show clips on the wall or on vacation to watch your favorite TV series in the evenings - anywhere.

Brightness in standard mode is 1000 lumens and 500 lumens in economy mode. Contrast ratio is 2500000:1. The device's matrix is 3LCD, which gives it an advantage in color display quality and brightness level.

The maximum projection size can be up to 150 inches diagonally, but at that brightness level, viewing at that diagonal can only be comfortable in total darkness. This brightness will be comfortable to look at on a 100" screen.Built-in sound is not very powerful, it is only 2 watts, which is enough for such a miniature device, otherwise you can connect an external wired speaker.The device allows you to play content from your smartphone screen using Miracast technology. The set of connectors is not wide, but enough: HDMI, USB 2.0 type A, USB 2.0 type B and 3.5 mm mini jack line output.

Pros:

  • Compact size and lightweight design
  • Great picture quality
  • Play content from your smartphone

Cons:

  • Lack of Smart TV functionality

Best Design

Vamvo Mini Projector Vamvo Mini Projector
  • 1080P
  • 4,000 Lumens
  • VGA, USB, HDMI
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The Vamvo L4200 Mini is a high quality home theater projector. The Vamvo L4200 is a professional HD video projector ideal for home entertainment. The improved LED backlight provides 80% more brightness than the previous version. With a supported 1080P resolution, the L4200 offers the most accurate color and contrast on the market in this price range - perfect for family entertainment on a tight budget.

Portable size with the latest innovative lighting technology: 24.49*16.59*8.13 cm and weighs only 1.25 kg, so it can be taken anywhere.

The advanced LED lighting system offers 4 000 lux, native 720P resolution, 2 000:1 contrast ratio, and 50 000 XNUMX hours of LED lamp life, giving you worry-free use compared to bulky devices on the market.Multimedia Projector: Vamvo L4200 video projector offers multiple ports including HDMI, USB, audio and AV interfaces. You can easily connect it to your cell phone, PS3, PS4, X-Box ONE or Wii to play videos, shows, photos, games, etc.

Large screen and built-in speaker: the Vamvo L4200 video projector offers a projection area of 44-200 inches with a projection distance of 1.5-4.6 meters. Built-in dual stereo speakers with SRS function provide clear, balanced sound quality and truly stunning sound.

Pros:

  • 720P
  • 4 000 lux
  • All connection options
  • Good sound
  • Good brightness

Cons:

  • Loud operation

Best Sound

YABER V6 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector YABER V6 5G WiFi Bluetooth Projector
  • 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 9500 Lumens
  • Full HD 1080P
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The YABER V6 5G WiFi Bluetooth projector is a versatile and powerful projector that can be used for a variety of purposes. It has a native Full HD 1920x1080P resolution and supports 4K & Zoom. It also has 4P/4D keystone support, which allows you to adjust the image without distorting it. This projector also has wireless connectivity, allowing it to be used with iOS or Android devices, and it comes with a remote control for easy operation. Contrast Ratio: 10000:1, Aspect Ratio: 4:3/16:9/Auto, Brightness: 9500L, Projection Size: 45-300"/114,3-762 cm ( Optimum is 120"/304,8 сm)

The YABER V6 projector is a great way to show your movies, videos and games on the big screen. Not only does it support Miracast-enabled devices, but it also has the ability to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth speakers, so you can enjoy music through this device as well. This product has built-in dual 6-watt HiFi stereo speakers with SRS technology, which makes watching movies more enjoyable and realistic.

The YABER V6 LCD projector is a revolutionary product that can project Microsoft Office and Adobe PDF files from your USB drive and it supports both local updates and online. 100,000 hours of lamp life. This projector is perfect for use at home, outdoors or in the office and will be a great addition to any multimedia installation.

The projector has built-in Wi-Fi function and you can watch movies. But due to copyright restrictions, you cannot use the Wi-Fi function to stream Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and other services. You will need a USB-C-HDMI cable for Android devices or a Lightning-HDMI cable for iPhone, Chromecast or Fire TV Stick to watch.

Pros:

  • 5G, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • 9500L
  • Full HD Native 1920×1080P
  • 4P/4D Keystone Support 4k&Zoom
  • Compatible with iOS/Android/PS5/PPT
  • 6-watt HiFi stereo speakers

Cons:

  • The remote control included in the kit seems cheap

Best Mini Projectors - Buyer’s Guide

What to Look For in a Mini Projector?

Battery Life

A laptop or tablet's screen is just too small when you want to share a movie with friends. You could connect your device to a TV, but that's a lot of effort. A better solution is a portable projector. These devices are designed to be easy to set up and use, and many of them run on battery power, so you don't even have to worry about finding an outlet. When shopping for a portable projector, one of the most important specs to look at is the battery life. If you want to watch a full-length movie, you'll need a projector with a battery life of at least 2 hours. The higher the better, of course, because it gives you more freedom in terms of placement. But as long as you can get through a movie without having to stop for a recharge, you'll be in good shape.

Brightness

Brightness is an important factor to consider when choosing a projector. Brightness is measured in lumens, or ANSI lumens. A brighter picture is more visible even when there's a lot of ambient light. Generally speaking, a higher brightness is better. However, it is also important to consider the size of the projector and the distance between the projector and the screen. A small projector can have a high brightness, but if it is too far away from the screen, the picture may not be as bright. Most PDA projectors range in brightness from 200 to 600 lumens, and anything above 500 is considered bright enough.

Contrast Ratio

Contrast ratio is a measure of the difference between the brightest color possible and the darkest color possible. Contrast ratio is specified as "XXX:1", where XXX is the number representing the difference between the two extremes. The higher the number, the greater the difference between the two extremes. A high contrast ratio is important for a projector because it allows the projector to differentiate between colors. A low contrast ratio will result in pictures that look either too dark or washed out. When choosing a projector, it is important to consider the contrast ratio in order to get a projector that will produce clear and vibrant images.

Type of Mini Projectors

A projector is an optical device that projects an image onto a surface, usually a projection screen. Modern projectors usually receive the image from a computer or other electronic device. A beam of light is then reflected by a mirror onto the projection screen to create an image. Pocket or pico projectors are becoming increasingly popular because they offer a convenient way to enjoy multimedia content on the go. However, these projectors tend to have low brightness.Therefore, they may not be the best option for those looking for a high-quality projector. For example: Vamvo Pocket-Sized Mini ProjectorViewSonic M1 Mini Projector

Projectors have come a long way in recent years, and there is now a wide range of models to choose from to suit your needs. Mini projectors are a great option if you are looking for a projector that is portable and relatively affordable. These projectors are generally a bit larger than palmtops, but considerably brighter, and they pack a relatively high resolution. Their larger frames also let them include more physical ports than their smaller brethren.If you are looking for an even more portable option, thin-and-light projectors are the way to go. These projectors are as wide, deep, and bright as standard models but barely an inch thick, and they weigh in at about 4 pounds. They are highly portable, but you pay a premium for their svelteness, and they usually have a limited set of connection choices.

Trends in Multimedia Projectors

A recent trend in the multimedia projector market is the emergence of projectors that can function as Bluetooth speakers. Such projectors switch to Bluetooth mode and operate solely as a speaker capable of playing music streamed from any Bluetooth-enabled device. This mode of operation is becoming increasingly popular because it provides a versatile user experience: when you need a projector, the projector is easily accessible, and when you want to listen to music, the projector fills the room with sound.

Audio

If you want the best sound when watching a movie outdoors, you should choose a model with built-in speakers. This way, you don't have to worry about connecting your own speaker system, and you can just enjoy the movie. There are several different options on the market, so be sure to do your research to find the perfect model for you. The built-in speakers provide clear, powerful sound that will bring your movies to life. Whether you're watching a movie alone or with friends, you're sure to love the sound quality provided by the built-in speakers. If you don't mind connecting external speakers, you have even more options to choose from, you can use Bluetooth or speaker ports. Regardless of your budget, you can find a projector that will provide you with an incredible outdoor movie experience.

Apps

Portable mini projectors have come a long way in recent years, and many of them now run on an Android operating system.For example: Anker Nebula Mini ProjectorThis means that you'll be able to download all the streaming service apps you need right to the device, without having to connect it to a streaming stick or memory card. And since most portable projectors are designed for use with a laptop or smartphone, you'll likely already have all the apps you need installed. This makes it easy to get started with your new projector, and you won't have to worry about compatibility issues.

Best Mini Projectors - FAQ

What's the difference between ANSI lumens and lumens?

Projectors are ranked according to their ANSI-lumen output power. This shows how much light a projector emits when projecting a perfectly white image onto a screen several feet away. The brightness of the projected image is measured at 9 control points on the screen, and then the average is multiplied by the screen area. This measurement is used because it more accurately reflects the brightness of the projector's light output. However, some projector manufacturers use another unit of measurement, lumens, which reflects the brightness of the screen when a test pattern is projected onto it. This measurement is not as accurate as ANSI lumens, but it is becoming more common in the Chinese and Japanese projector market.

Since the center of a projection screen is usually the brightest area, lumens will be 10-12 times brighter than ANSI lumens. This is important to consider when choosing a projector because a brighter projector will provide a clearer and more pleasing image.To understand how this relates to the lumen value advertised in other countries, you can use the following calculation: 100 ANSI lumens equals 1000-1200 lumens. Of course, this is only a rough guideline and the exact value will depend on a number of factors. Nevertheless, it is a useful reference point when choosing a projector and comparing brightness of different manufacturers.

Briefly : ANSI Lumens is a measure of the projector's brightness. Lumens is a measure of the projector's luminous flux. The higher the lumens, the brighter the projector. ANSI Lumens is a more accurate measure of brightness than lumens.

Do I need a screen to use a projector?

You can project a screen onto any surface, including the walls of a room. However, using a projector screen will allow you to enjoy better picture quality and size if the walls in your home are not white or there is not enough space to make a screen. And of course if you plan on using the projector outside. You can choose screens in our review - Best Portable Projector Screen Review or 5 Best Motorized Projector Screens. Also, inflatable screens are often chosen, you can read about them in Best Inflatable Projector Screen Review.

What mini projector to choose?

In our review just above, we looked at a lot of interesting mini projector options, their characteristics, features, and cons. All you have to do is decide what you need the projector for, work or home, camping or backyard, to take with you in your bag or put in your pocket. Think about how and where you want to use the projector, choose and already enjoy it in the coming days.

Conclusion

Always remember that the projector you choose should perfectly fit your needs and not limit your budget. We hope that by reviewing our list of projectors, you have already decided on the best mini projector for you or your family. We hope you enjoy your projector and all its features. And most importantly, have fun while using it. Thank you for reading.

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