10 Best portable projectors in 2020

Ever felt like smacking someone in the face because they wouldn’t stop talking or chewing loudly in the movie theater? Ruins the whole experience right? Adding insult to the injury are the obscenely overpriced snacks that empty you wallet. So why not invest in a portable projector that will solve all your problems. Watch your favorite movies, TV shows and play your favorite games in the comfort of your home without having to endure annoying people in the movie theater.

We have searched high and low and reviewed 10 best portable projectors currently available in the market. Set them up in your home or take them along on camping trips and enjoy the experience of a movie theater wherever and whenever you want.

Here goes our list of best portable projectors in 2020,

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1. Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector

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Vankyo is a relatively new entrant in the market that has surprised its competitors and customers alike with high quality affordable products that are easy to use and a lot of fun. The Vankyo Leisure 3 mini projector is a perfect partner for your home entertainment system. With superior picture quality and built in speakers, the Leisure 3 is capable of displaying sharp and vibrant colors with absolute ease and offer multiple connectivity options.

With a display resolution of 1920 x 1080, the picture quality offered by this projector is at par with the higher end models available in the market. Powered by Vankyo’s proprietary MStar advanced color engine, the projector is capable of delivering stunning picture quality with vibrant colors for enhanced viewing experience. The upgraded LED lighting ensures superior brightness without compromising on contrast and picture clarity unlike some other projectors available in the market that blow the contrast out of proportion and present a much distorted picture quality.

The Leisure 3 mini projector is ideal for watching movies, TV series, photos and playing you favorite video games.  Connecting to other devices is hassle free and you don’t have to fiddle around with any software or app just to enjoy a good movie on a Saturday night. Plug and play technology allows you to connect the projector with multiple devices through cable and enjoy your favorite content. The projector is compatible with a host of different devices like PS3, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Wii. You can also connect your Android or iOS smartphone through data cable and watch your favorite shows or YouTube videos.

This projector supports screen size from 32” up to 170” depending upon the distance from the screen. An ideal distance to place this projector is 6.5 feet away from the object you are projecting on for clear and color corrected display quality. The focus ring on this projector works quite well and you don’t have to spend hours trying to set the focus only to have someone accidently touch and start all over again. It also has the technology to color correct the input signals and get rid of any deficiency in the picture quality before projecting on to the screen.

The Leisure 3 has a unique heat dispersion system that allows it to run for extended periods without overheating or shutting down. The fans installed inside the body are powerful yet produce bare minimum noise when operational and do not hamper the sound of built in speakers. The setup is extremely easy and does not require any unusual technical expertise. With a lamp life of 40,000 hours, this projector will last you a long time if maintained correctly.

Customer reviews

Customers have lauded this product to be an all-rounder when it comes to home entertainment. Setting up the projector is very easy and all types of content including movies, homemade videos and games are really enjoyable. The price is really affordable and the projector is compact and lightweight so you can easily carry it around.

One essential feature missing from this projector is Bluetooth connectivity that could’ve really enhanced the functionality of pairing smartphone with this projector.

Pros
  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Multiple screen sizes
  • Compatibility with different devices acres’ multiple platforms
  • Built in speakers
Cons
  • No Bluetooth connectivity
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2. Hompow mini projector

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Compact, lightweight and multifunctional. These are some of the reason why this mini projector made it to our list of best portable projectors. With the option to connect multiple devices with the projector, you can enjoy your favorite shows, movies or play video games by connecting your console. The image quality is crisp with vivid colors and clear focus that does not need extra ordinary technical expertise to setup or use.

In order to provide a rich entertainment experience, this projector offers the option to connect to multiple devices so you can watch your favorite content. For a true portable experience, you can connect your Android or iOS smartphone via cable to the projector which allows you to enjoy your photos and videos on the large projector screen. However you would have to buy the cables separately as they are not included in the box. Some of the other devices that can be hooked up to this nifty little projector are PCs, Laptops, gaming consoles (e.g. PS4 and Nintendo Wii), TV sticks (e.g. Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick).

Compared to other portable projectors in the market, the Hompow mini projector has a relatively smaller foot print that allows you to easily carry it around with you on vacations or watch your favorite movies in your garden. Upgraded noise reduction technology ensures that the fan noise does not create any hindrance in your viewing experience. This is particularly important in portable projectors that have built in speakers like the one we are reviewing here where loud fan noise can disturb the sound quality. The on board projector lamp is a whopping 3600lux and provides reasonably good brightness in all conditions. Depending upon the distance of the projector from the screen, you can get a picture size from 50 to 176 inches that is perfect for personal viewing and family gatherings.

With a resolution of 1080p, the picture quality projected by this device is a joy to watch. Even when you are viewing a screen size of 176 inches, the pixels don’t distort and the projector provides a clear and crisp picture quality for you to enjoy. An impressive 50,000 hours lamp life, this projector will last you a life time and provide consistent picture quality without getting dim. The setup process is pretty simple and in just a few steps you are all set to watch your favorite content on the big screen.

Customer reviews

The Hompow mini projector is a big hit with the customers. The ease of use and heat dispersion technology makes it a perfect portable projector. Some customers have recommended this as an alternative to buying a big screen TV since it supports almost all media devices and can easily be used in place of a regular TV.

Some customers felt that the built in speakers were not loud enough and adding an external speaker or sound bar did the trick. You can check out our review of best sound bars available in the market for under 200 and under 100.

Pros
  • Easy setup
  • Compact and lightweight
  • 1080p picture quality
  • Multiple connectivity options
  • Wide range of picture sizes available
Cons
  • Built in speakers are not very loud
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3. DR. J Professional HI-04

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You know things are about to get serious when there is a doctor in the house. The Dr. J portable projector has taken the home entertainment scene to a whole new level by including a screen with the projector so you don’t have to buy one. With great picture quality and multiple screen sizes you can enjoy your favorite content in the comfort of your home. The compact and lightweight design ensures maximum portability and makes for a great home entertainment system for every family member.

Probably the main attraction of this projector is the 100 inch screen that ships with the project which is quite an upgrade over other products available in the market. The projector screen can easily be mounted on a stand or affixed on your wall to give you an immersive viewing experience from the projector. Dr. J has worked really hard to upgrade the color contrast and screen resolution of their projector so whatever content you play on this projector shows true to life colors with sharp focus. The LED lamp in the projector uses diffused reflection technology instead of a direct light source which results in minimum eye fatigue after extended period of watching the screen.

The connectivity options on this projector are also impressive. Dr. J has made sure that almost every external device can easily be connected to the projector for an all-round entertainment experience. You can connect USB flash drives, laptops, PCs, DVD players, gaming consoles to the projector for a great experience. If you want true portability when you go on trips or want to relax in your backyard, you can also connect your Android or iOS smartphones with the projector and watch your favorite photos and videos directly from your phone on the big screen. You can also connect your Amazon Fire stick or Roku stick with the projector to watch your favorite TV channels without buying an expensive large screen TV.

The projector comes with built in speakers so you don’t have to invest in expensive speakers or home theater systems.  Five layer LCD lens display ensures that you get a clear and crisp picture quality every time. Adjusting the focus is quite easy with the on board focus ring and works really well under all conditions.

Customer reviews

The Dr. J portable projector seems to be a big favorite among the customers. The option to mount the projector on tripod gives it added stability and allows you to better control the focus. The price is really affordable and the projector might not be at par with very high end models in the market, but it certainly does the job when it comes to home entertainment.

 The fan noise is an issue for some customers who felt that it could have been managed better and lowered by adjusting the heat dispersion system in the projector.

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • 100 inch projector screen included in the package
  • Built in speakers
  • Multiple input options
  • Affordable pricing
Cons
  • Fan noise is rather loud and can be a nuisance
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4. ViewSonic M1 Portable Projector

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It doesn’t get any more portable than this. The ViewSonic M1 portable projector is a sleek and modern looking device that is small enough to fit in your pocket. No need to buy carrying cases or making room in your luggage if you want handy entertainment on your next trip. Just slip this bad boy in your pocket and you are good to go. This portability does not come at the expense of performance and durability. With a clear and bright picture quality, this projector is capable of fulfilling your home entertainment needs. With a built in battery you can easily take this projector on trips or weekend hangouts with friends and don’t worry about looking for a power outlet just to enjoy your favorite movie.

Since the form factor of this projector is significantly smaller than other portable projectors available in the market, ViewSonic had to make sure that the picture quality did not get affected as a result. For this purpose, a shorter throw lens has been installed in the projector that can project up to 100 inches from a distance of mere 8 feet. As a safety precaution against accidently knocking over the projector, the projector turns of the lens if any objects are detected close by. Although the native resolution is 480p, it is quite sufficient for using indoors in any room or in your backyard.

For a truly potable experience, this projector comes with a built in battery so you can enjoy this projector on your camping trips. Once fully charged, the battery can easily provide you with 6 hours of non-stop entertainment on the go and you don’t have to deal with keeping track of chargers and cables. When you are at home, you can also use this projector as a power bank and charge your USB Type C mobile devices with the power adapter plugged in. With 16 GB of internal storage, you can store your favorite movies, shows and songs and watch them on the go.

The ViewSonic M1 is mounted on a smart stand that allows the projector to rotate 360 degrees so you can set up the projector in different places at different angels. When not in use, the smart stand also acts as a lens cover that automatically turns off the projector. If you don’t want to invest in expensive TVs, you can use this projector to connect wireless dongles such as Chromecast and Amazon Fire Stick and stream your favorite shows from your phone.

Customer reviews

The compact form factor and portability of this projector is a main attraction for the customers. This projector is suitable for both indoor and outdoor entertainment with loud speaker sound and clear picture quality. The connectivity options are multiple and you can enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows and photos on the big screen.

The projector does support SD card but the functionality is capped at 32GB which is not at par with the industry standards.

Pros
  • Portable and compact design
  • Built in battery
  • Shorter throw lens
  • USB Type C connectivity
  • Built in speakers
Cons
  • SD cards up to only 32GB are supported
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5. Anker Nebula Capsule

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This portable projector looks something straight out of a sci-fi movie so naturally we had to include it in our list of best portable projectors. The Anker Nebula Capsule is the perfect partner for your home entertainment needs. No need to lug around big bulky projector if you want to enjoy a movie in your backyard. Just connect this soda can sized projector and you are good to go. Android based operating system allows you to use your favorite apps with no hassle and get the most out of streaming services like Netflix. The picture quality is clear and crisp and the pixel density is at par with the higher end models available in the market.

The compact design does not come at the expense of performance. Although the size is comparatively smaller as compared to other projectors available in the market, the Nebula Capsule can project your favorite content up to a screen size of 100 inches. With multiple input options, you can enjoy content from your favorite devices. Either connect external devices through on board HDMI and USB ports, or you can get rid of all the cables and connect your devices via Airplay, Miracast or Bluetooth. In an effort to enhance the portable functionality of the Nebula Capsule, you can download the official app for iOS and Android stores and use your smartphone as a remote for your projector.

With Android 7.1 operating system, you can download your favorite streaming apps and stream you favorite content on the big screen. Another nifty little trick the Anker Nebula Capsule has up its sleeve is its ability to function as a Bluetooth speaker as well if you want to just listen to your favorite songs. If you are one of those people who like the feel of physical keys, the projector also has power, volume and mode switch buttons on top. The battery takes up to 2.5 hours to charge and gives you approximately 4 hours of non-stop entertainment. The fan noise is barely audible and does not dampen the speaker sound so you can enjoy your favorite content wherever you want. This is considered one of the best portable projectors for laptop.

Customer reviews

The Anker Nebula Capsule seems to be a popular choice among customers who want a portable entertainment experience. The projector can be set on any surface all thanks to its compact foot print. The Android operating system is an added bonus that is fully capable of running Google apps so you can enjoy your favorite streaming services. The speaker is fairly loud and you don’t have to connect any external speakers. Setting up the Google play services might take some time but once completed, you can enjoy the full Android experience.

Some of the customers using screen mirroring with their iOS devices have complained about experiencing a lag during the mirroring. However when connected with a cable, there was no lag whatsoever.

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Android OS
  • Multiple connectivity options
  • Built in speaker
  • Option to use as Bluetooth speaker
Cons
  • Lag in screen mirroring when using iOS devices
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6. KODAK Luma 150 Pocket Projector

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A worthy inclusion in list of best portable projectors and a veteran in the photography industry, Kodak has long been making quality products owing to their expertise in the industry. Banking on the same expertise, Kodak has stepped in to developing portable projector for home and office usage. These projectors rely on the same research intensive technology used by Kodak in other products so you can be sure of their performance level. The Kodak Luma is another addition to the long line of quality products offered by Kodak. This pocket sized projector is suitable for use in your home and office. Watch your favorite movies and shows in the comfort of your home and use it to deliver impactful presentations in your office.

Measuring not more than a wallet, this projector displays vibrant colorful picture quality that can be enlarged up to 150 inches. The projector also supports 4K video technology at 16:9 aspect ratio so you get the full cinematic feel when watching movies. The LED lamp is quite bright and does not require complete darkness in the room to work effectively which is a big feat for such a small projector. The projector is also suitable for enjoying pictures and home videos or simply slip this baby in your pocket the next time you go to a client meeting and instantly upgrade your presentation.

With multiple input options, you can connect your external devices to the Kodak Luma without any hassle. The projector comes with an HDMI and Micro USB port on board that allow connectivity with external hard drives, laptops, PCs and gaming consoles. If you still want more portability and prefer not to have cables connected to the projector, you can use you mobile devices for screen mirroring via Airplay and Miracast. All the devices are plug and play supported so you just have to plug in your device and enjoy your favorite content without having to download any software.  You can also pop in a micro SD card with your favorite movies or shows and enjoy the big screen experience.

The battery life may not be the most noteworthy feature but it will provide you with 2.5 hours of non-stop entertainment. The speakers provide adequate sound however if you want to enhance the sound experience, you can connect external speakers via the 3.5mm headphone jack. The built quality feels very premium and the capacitive touch buttons on top are easy to use.

Customer reviews

The portability and lightweight design makes it a perfect product for on the go entertainment. The battery will last for a good 2-2.5 hours and the on board speaker can provide a good entertainment experience. This projector is also a big hit with the people who travel and give presentations frequently as it provides them with an easy solution to display their presentations wherever they go.

On issue that could have been improved is the non-availability of Bluetooth for connecting any external speakers.

Pros
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • Multiple input options
  • Built in speaker
  • Screen mirroring
  • Battery life
Cons
  • No dedicated Bluetooth for connecting external speakers
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7. QKK portable mini projector

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The QKK portable mini projector is one of the few devices in the market that ships with a tripod for additional stability and convenience to place this projector securely anywhere you want. We included the QKK portable mini projector in our list of best portable projectors due to its visual clarity and multiple input support that allows you to have a thrilling entertainment experience without stepping a foot outside your house. The native resolution has been upgraded as compared to the last year and input functionality has been enhanced to support more devices.

With an aspect ratio of 16:9, the projector is capable of showing a display ranging from 32 inch to 176 inch depending upon the distance from the screen. QKK recommends a screen size of 120 inches for ideal entertainment purposes however you can set the projector as per your preferences. The lamp life is a whopping 50,000 hours ensuring that this projector lasts you a long time. The native resolution has been up scaled from 480p to 720p so you can experience better visuals and more seamless transitions.

The option to connect external devices with the projector are innumerable. The only projector to have dual USB ports for added functionality, the projector also has HDMI, AV, SD Card and VGA support that allows you to connect your laptops, PCs, Blu-ray DVD players, smartphones etc. customers can also connect TV sticks like Amazon Fire Stick or Roku TV stick and enjoy their favorite channels on the big screen. Connect your gaming consoles via the HDMI port and experience your favorite games like never before.

The QKK mini projector has 5W built in speakers that are sufficient when using the projector in your yard or inside your home. Still if you feel like the sound is not enough, you can always connect an external speaker for added oomph. The projector has an efficient heat dispersion system that lets you watch your favorite content for hours without the projector heating up. The fans installed for the heat dispersion system are not particularly loud and don’t cause any disturbance in the built in speaker sound.

Customer reviews

For its price, the QKK projector does a fairly good job. The picture quality is good and the built in speaker is fairly loud. Customers have enjoyed their experience when using the projector both indoors and outdoors. Multiple input options allows you to connect different devices and watch your favorite content.

Although a tripod is supplied with the projector, it is tough to completely screw it in and can lead to a wobbly picture. You are better off placing the projector on a flat surface.

Pros
  • Compact design
  • Upgraded native resolution
  • Multiple input options
  • Dual USB ports
Cons
  • The tripod included in the packaging does not screw in all the way and can cause the picture to wobble
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8. Vamvo Ultra Mini Portable Projector

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We were blown away by the compact and light weight design of this projector so naturally we had to include it in our best portable projector list. This pocket sized projector can deliver a stellar performance when it comes to delivering clear and crisp video quality for a true portable experience. Whether you want to deliver a visually stunning presentation in your office or watch your favorite movie at your home, this projector can handle all requirements easily. Compatible with a host of different devices, the projector does not require any software or app to work. Just plug in your devices and you are good to go.

Seeing its size you would think that this device would not be able to support many external devices but you will be pleasantly surprised. You can mirror the screen of your devices through Airplay, DLNA and Miracast technologies available in this projector and instantly share your screen for your friends and family to enjoy.  Additionally the projector also has HDMI, USB and MicroSD ports available for connecting external devices like laptops, PCs, gaming consoles and external hard drives.

The body of the projector has capacitive touch buttons for controlling various functions. The lens is protected by a cover that rotates 180 degree to reveal the lens. Although it is quote compact, the Vamvo projector has a 5200mah built in battery that can provide you with 2 hours of non-stop entertainment on a single charge. Surprisingly the projector also has built in speaker that allows you to enjoy your content anywhere you want without connecting any external speaker.

This nifty little projector can project onto a 130 inch large screen so you get the full cinematic experience when watching your favorite movies. The manufacturer recommends a screen size of 80 inches for a clear and focused picture quality. The projector lamp uses an 1800 lumens LED that is bright enough to deliver a clear picture in rooms that are not pitch black.

Customer reviews

Customers are genuinely surprised at the compact size of this projector and its ability to perform at par with much bigger projectors. The on board speaker is adequate but you can connect external speakers for a better experience. The battery life is reasonably sufficient and will easily last 2 hours on a single charge.

Keystone correction is however missing from this projector which can result in skewed display.

Pros
  • Pros:
  • Compact and lightweight design
  • 1800 lumens LED lamp
  • Multiple connectivity options
  • Built in speaker
Cons
  • No keystone correction
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9. Auking mini projector

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Although not as portable as some of the other projectors we have reviewed in our list of best portable projectors, the Auking mini projector does pack a punch when it comes to performance. Following the industry trends, the projector also supports multiple input options and a wide range of screen size for your viewing pleasure. The upgraded LED lamp provides clearer picture and vibrant colors accompanied by the built in speaker.

The projector supports a screen size from 32 inches all the way up to 170 inches so you easily use this in your room or in your yard for a full cinematic experience. The LED lamp is significantly brighter as compared to the previous models and the projector boasts an impressive 55,000 hours lamp life so you can be sure that this projector will last you a life time. Although the form factor is large compared to some other projector in the market, the weight of the projector is ideal to make it portable and easy to carry around on outdoor excursions.

Auking mini projector also offers compatibility with a wide range of external devices. Through the HDMI and USB ports, you can easily connect this projector with laptops, PCs, gaming consoles and external hard drives. You can also connect your smartphone with the projector and play our favorite movies and shows straight from your mobile devices. Built in speaker ensures that there is no hitch in the portability of the projector and you don’t have to carry around extra speakers.

The on board cooling system uses fans to keep the temperature of the device low when used for extended periods of time. The fan noise has been managed pretty well and does not create any disturbance in the sound from the built in speakers, However if you still feel like the sound from the speakers is not at par with your desired level, you can connect additional speakers for a better experience. The setup is really easy and all the ports are plug and play so you don’t have to mess around with confusing software.

Customer review

If you would compare it to high end models in the market you would be disappointed, but for a decently priced product, this projector certainly does the job. A great addition to your home entertainment system, the projector is portable and lightweight enough to easily carry it around. Multiple input options allows you to connect to different devices so you get a wide range of possibilities for watching your content.

The picture quality however is viewed best in pitch black conditions and that can be a nuisance for some customers.

Pros
  • Smart and compact design
  • Multiple input options
  • Built in speakers
  • Good heat dispersion system
  • Plug and play
Cons
  • Top notch picture quality requires pitch black conditions and a little light in the surrounding area can distort the picture
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10. RAGU Z720 Mini Projector

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Let’s end our list of best portable projectors with a stunning product from RAGU. This sleek and stylish black projector offers a wide range of functionality while retaining its portability. Support for multiple input options allows you to watch your favorite content from different devices or play your favorite video games by hooking this projector up with your gaming console. The projector offers a wide range of screen size for you to choose from depending upon the size of your room or yard where you are planning to use this projector.

The Ragu Z720 supports a screen size from 28 inches up to a mind boggling 180 inches which is the highest among all the portable projectors we have reviewed here. The picture quality is sharp and focusing the projector is not very difficult. The projector used LED lamp in place of the conventional lamp and this allows it to deliver superior picture quality and save on electricity cost. The LED lamp has a life time of approximately 50.000 hours so you can enjoy this projector for a long time. With a contract ratio of 3000:1, the colors appear vibrant and the blacks are deeper so you don’t get a greyish tint on your screen in dark scenes when watching your favorite movies.

You can easily connect this projector with your PCs, laptops and gaming consoles via the HDMI port. The AV/TV port allows you to connect your TVs and video devices. The projector also has a microSD card slot and a USB 2.0 port for connecting USB devices. An additional feature that adds to the functionality of this projector is the option to charge your mobile devices through the projector’s 5V output port. Although there is a built in speaker in this projector that is capable of producing good quality sound, you also have the option to connect an external speaker via the audio jack.

The projector comes with a carrying cast that provides good shock absorbance and allows you to carry the projector easily. The cooling system inside the projector uses dual fans to disperse the heat when using it for extended periods. Ragu has immensely improved the heat dispersion technology and the fan noise has been significantly reduced so it doesn’t cause any disturbance to the speaker sound.

Customer reviews

The compact and stylish design and the provision of a carrying case is one of the main selling points for this projector. The video quality has also been rarely criticized in the reviews and the customers found it to be at par with the other portable projectors available in the market.

Two issues if corrected would have made this into a performance power house. One is the presence of only one HDMI port and the second is the non-availability of a wireless (Bluetooth/Wifi) connection. If you could overcome these shortcomings in this one of the best portable projectors, you are going to love it.

Pros
  • Light weight design
  • Multiple input support
  • Built in speaker
  • Maximum screen size of 180” supported
  • Carrying case included
Cons
  • Only one HDMI port
  • No wireless connection
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Final verdict

Buying a portable projector is always a tradeoff between certain features. We have tried to present an unbiased and fair overview of the products available in the market so you can make an informed decision. Certain factors that should be kept in mind when selecting a portable projector are cost, size, multiple input support and the area where you are going to be using the projector.

We suggest that you research thoroughly and then make a decision so you don’t have to return the product after some usage and you get to experience its full functionality for a long time. Let us know in comments, which of the best portable projector you have picked for yourself.

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