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Tips on Selecting the Best Portable Projector in 2016

Mon 31, October 2016   Projectors,How-To

Nothing will make a family happier than setting up a home theater using a Portable Projector. Business men and women carry small projectors in their briefcases so that they are always prepared to make a presentation to potential clients. Educators move portable projectors between schools or classrooms as needed.

Choosing a Portable Projector

Weight: Most portable projectors weigh less than 10 lbs. with slightly heavier. Unless one needs to frequently carry or fit the projector into a briefcase, size and weight are not normally an issue. In fact, many portable projectors are permanently mounted.

Resolution: How satisfied the purchaser will be with their chosen projector depends upon matching the projector's native resolution to the expected use and screen size. Resolution is stated by two numbers representing the amount of data (pixels) that will be projected onto the screen horizontally and vertically. The generally accepted resolution for viewing movies is 1080p.

Brightness: The amount of light that the projector can produce is measured in "ANSI lumens." Most portable projectors have sufficient brightness for the average user, especially if the light is dimmed.

Light Source: Most projectors use lamps, but a smaller pico projector would use LED technology.

  • Lamp projectors are the brightest and best for large rooms or daylight viewing. They usually offer more advanced features and are best for home theaters. The expected lamp life is measured in hours (such as 4,000).

Accessories: The most important purchase is the projector, but speakers, screens and projector stands are often included.

  • Surround sound is considered essential for a home theater. Some portable projectors include built-in speakers.

  • A portable projector screen gives the best picture quality, but a large screen is expensive. Painting the wall with reflective paint or simply using a smooth white wall is fine for many uses.

  • A portable projector stand can be very important for the proper positioning of the projector.

The Top 10 Best Portable Projectors in 2016

When selecting the best portable projector 2016 there are almost too many projectors to choose from.

  • Celluon PicoPro: $399, 1920x720, 7 oz., easy to use, works well with a cell phone and fits in a shirt pocket

  • LG Portable LED Projector With Smart TV and Magic Remote PF1500:$1019, 1920x1080, 3.3 lbs., WiFi, this is essentially a tiny HDTV with near-excellent picture quality that projects its display

  • Philips Pocket Projector PPX4010: $299, 854x480, 3 oz., excellent for small presentations using a laptop

  • Optoma ML750ST: $549, 1280x800, .9 lbs., bright, good color, high contrast and short throw - great for a very small room

  • Infocus IN1118HD: $1149, 1920x1080, 3.5 lbs., can be used with or without a PC, built-in speaker, 3D support

  • LG MiniBeam PF1000U: $1,399, 1920x1080, 4.9 lbs., HD, digital TV input, Bluetooth, Ethernet/WiFi, remote with pointer

  • Viewsonic PJD7835: $899, 1920x1080, 6.2 lbs., very bright, short throw zoom lens, powerful speakers, great for home, classroom or business

  • Epson EX7240 Pro: $649, 1280x800, 5.7 lbs., sharp, bright image, zoom lens, WiFi, can connect to smartphones and tablets

  • BenQ MX631ST: $529, 1024x768, 5.7 lbs., long lamp life, short throw, speaker, great image contrast

  • NEC M363W$949, 1280x800, 7.7 lbs., high brightness and contrast, speaker, no computer needed, wired and wireless

Today's portable projectors are useful for many applications, including home theaters, presentations and large screen TV and gaming displays. There are models available for every budget. Test before buying and then take it home to enjoy for years to come.