Comparing The Best Mini Projectors

MPRO120 Pocket Projector
MPRO120 Pocket Projector | Source

Is a Pocket Projector for you?


We all know how cumbersome projectors had been in the past, lugging around the 10 pound projector and all the cords. Now, like so many other electronics, projectors are going micro. These pocket sized projectors can perform as well or better than their ancestors.

They go by the names of mini projectors, micro projectors, pico projectors, or pocket projectors. They are all the same.

If presentations will be conducted to large audiences or in a semi-lit room, then you should consider buying a larger, full-featured projector.

Many of them use ultrahigh performing LED lights, that use much less electricity and the mini projector can usually be self-powered with batteries.

Save yourself the trouble of cumbersome, obsolete projectors and pick up a mini projector.

3M Pocket Projector MPRO-120

The MPRO-120 is the most popular pocket projector on Amazon and for good reason.  It is an excellent portable projector.

Pros:

  • The 3M MPro120 projects images from 8 to 50 inches
  • Two integrated, half-watt stereo speakers help transform the MPro120 into a self-contained presentation device
  • Projects eight to 50-inch still or moving image stored on a video capable pass-through device
  • Uses Liquid Crystal on Silicon(LCOS) technology for superb image quality and minimization of component size.
  • LED light source with 20,000 hour life means the unit is environmentally friendly and there is no need for a replacement bulb.

Cons:

  • Although one of the brighter mini projectors, it is still not nearly as bright as the full-featured projectors (the bigger ones).

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3M Pocket Projector MPro150
3M Pocket Projector MPro150 | Source

3M Pocket Projector MPro150

Pros:

  • Storage of 1 GB internal memory with 2GB mini SD Card.
  • Connects to your favorite digital media sources like PCs, DVD Players, iPods and iPhones, Digital Cameras and Cell Phones.
  • 2 x 0.5 watt built-in Speakers.
  • 20,000 hours LED life.
  • Rechargeable battery with 90 minutes of battery life (high brightness mode).

Cons:

  • Not bright enough for partially lit rooms.

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Dell M109S DLP Mini Projector

Pros:

  • Fast warm-up and cool-down times.
  • Very small and light at only 3.64" x 4.12" x 1.46" is size and a mere 0.80 pounds.
  • DLP and Brilliant Color technology Millions of precision mirrors use light more efficiently to generate lifelike images and vibrant colors.
  • 858 x 600 SVGA Native Resolution Displays up to 480,000 pixels with a 4:3 aspect ratio, right from the palm of your hand.
  • 800:1 typical (Full On/Full Off) Contrast Ratio Projects clear images and easy-to-read text. Anytime, anywhere.
  • Long Projection Life - The M109S utilizes mercury-free LED light source of usage life up to 10,000 hours
  • Helping to save money and reduce maintenance to a minimum as no replacement of LED module light source is required.
  • Uses same AC adapter as the Dell laptops

Cons:

  • Requires dark environment
  • Difficult to press buttons on projector’s top panel

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Optoma PK201 Pico Pocket Projector
Optoma PK201 Pico Pocket Projector | Source

Optoma PK201 Pico Pocket Projector

Optimas are well-known among projectors and most businesses use them.

Pros:

  • The palm-sized PK201 performs powerfully with 20 ANSI lumen.
  • 16:9 WVGA wide screen resolution.
  • Project large wide screen images of up to 66 inches diagonal.
  • MicroSD card slot allows for memory expansion up to 16 GB.
  • LED light source lasts over 20,000 hours while producing excellent color.
  • Full assortment of I/O ports, including USB, VGA, HDMI and video, allow for easy connection to most analog or digital devices. A mini HDMI port for easy connectivity.
  • Female USB adapter - project images and videos from USB flash drives, Component video for higher quality video and gaming.


Cons:

  • As with the others mentioned, not super bright.

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Tips for Optimizing the Performance of Pocket Projectors

  1. Make the room as dark as possible, as many mini projectors have difficulty putting out enough light.
  2. Limit the presentations to small groups of 3 - 25 people.
  3. Use a speaker to increase the volume to optimal levels.
  4. Bring along with written materials, just in case you or the audience has a difficult time seeing the imagery.
  5. If you are using an Apple product be sure to buy compatible cables and adapters.

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