Best Mini Projector

The Ultimate Mini Projector Comparison Guide

best mini projectorAre you looking for the best mini projector?

As portable devices slowly take over our lives with smart phones, tablets, digital cameras, compact video cameras, laptops and netbooks, the need for quality portable projector systems to go along with these devices has become overwhelming.

That’s why, to help you find the best mini projector, we have created an interactive mini projector comparison table so you can decide what features are the required for you and point you in the direction of the right projector.

We all have different feature requirements when it comes to picking the best mini projector, so we’re here to help. Check out this preview of the comparison table and click through to see the full table.

Best Mini Projector Comparison

Included in our table below you will find a selection of the most important attributes to help you choose:

  • Images
  • Brand/Model
  • Lumens
  • Native Resolution/Contrast Ratio
  • Weight/Size
  • Connectivity
  • Price
Image Details Manufacturer / Model Lumens Connectivity & Inclusions Price
Cinemin Swivel Multimedia Mini Projector

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WowWee
Cinemin Swivel
8 USB, iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, Audio Out, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included $
MicroVision SHOWWX PicoP Mini Projector

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Microvision
SHOWWX
10 USB, HDMI, iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included $$$
joybee-gp2-3

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BenQ
Joybee GP2
200 USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), In-built iPod/iPhone dock, iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, On-board storage, SD Card, Audio Out, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included $$$$$
Optoma-PK320-Mini-Projector-2

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Optoma
PK320
100 USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, SD Card, Audio OutHDTV (720p, 1080i), EDTV (480p), SDTV (480i), NTSC, PAL, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included $$$
Samsung-SP-H03-2

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Samsung
SP-H03
30 USB, Composite (A/V), On-board storage, SD Card, Audio Out, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included $$$$$
dell-m110-1

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Dell
M110
300 USB, HDMI, VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, On-board storage, SD Card, Wifi, Audio Out, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included $$$$
3M-MP410-1

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3M
MP410
300 USB, HDMI, VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, On-board storage, SD Card, Wifi, Carry Bag Included $$$$
optoma-ml300-2

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Optoma
ML300
300 USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), On-board storage, SD Card, Wifi, Audio OutPAL SECAM 576i/p, NTSC 480i/p, HD 720p/1080i/1080p, Remote Control, Carry Bag Included $$$
Vivitek-Qumi-Q5-red

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Vivitek
Qumi Q5
500 USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), VGA (RGB), Universal IO 24-pin, Audio OutSDTV (480i), EDTV (480p), HDTV (720p, 1080i/p), NTSC/NTSC 4.43, PAL B/G/H/I/M/N 60, SECAM, Remote Control, Battery Operation, Carry Bag Included $$$$$
LG HX300G

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LG
HX300G
270 USB, HDMI, Composite (A/V), VGA (RGB), iPod/iPhone/Smartphone Compatible, Audio Out, Remote Control, Carry Bag Included $$$

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Three Best Imaging Technologies

There are three major competing image technologies used in modern mini projectors, picking the best one comes down the personal preference:

DLP (Digital Light Processing)

DLP, short for Digital Light Processing, created and commercialised by Texas Instruments and is used in rear projection TVs and modern colour digital projectors. For most manufacturers it is the lighting technology of choice to use.

It works by creating the image with microscopically small mirrors laid out in a matrix format on a semiconductor chip called the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD).

DLP has been around since the late 1980′s, however it’s only recently with the replacement of the mechanical spinning colour wheel and light lamp combination that DLP used to rely upon with newer coloured LEDs and Lasers that has made this technology much smaller platforms and affordable for inclusion into small projectors.

DLP offers the best, smooth, jitter free images with excellent grayscale linearity. And the thing is there are no replacements of light bulbs in the new ranges of DLP projectors, so this technology is quite economical.

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Laser Beam-Steering Projection

Beam-steering refers to a technology that steers laser beams for projecting the most accurate, images developed by a company called Microvision.

Microvision’s scanning mirror technology, Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (MEMS), is a tiny little silicon device that features a small mirror at it centre that oscillates vertically and horizontally really fast to redirect (or “beam steer”) a laser beam to capture and reproduce an image pixel-by-pixel.

MEMS technology is the driving force behind the PicoP display engine which is used in some projectors and it’s small enough to embed inside a mobile phone. Projectors using this MEMS technology are referred to as Pico projectors.

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LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon)

LCoS is short for Liquid Crystal on Silicon. It’s quite similar to DLP in a number of ways, but instead of tiny mirrors embedded on a semiconductor, it actually uses liquid crystals.

LCoS is also similar in this way to standard LCD technology with the exception of being able to produce much higher resolution and higher contrast images.

LCoS is the most mature of these projection technologies, stemming from a project by General Electric in the late 1970s.

While we’re referring to it here as a projection technology, it is also the responsible technology for the large scale production of the large and inexpensive flat panel LED LCD displays that we all enjoy in our homes.

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What Can You Use Them For?

There are loads of great ways to use these projectors and with today’s increasing dependence on mobile devices fulfilling all sorts of tasks for us, the mini projector is the best accessory to buy.

Some uses include:

  • Business presentations – combine with a laser pointer and a portable projection screen and you’re in business
  • Sharing videos and images from your iphone or ipad or other mobile devices
  • Interactive gaming
  • Impromptu powerpoint presentations
  • Big screen web surfing
  • … and loads more – you’re only limited by your imagination

Alternate Names

The naming standards in this industry are still settling into place, so if you’re looking around to buy one of these mini projection devices the can also be referred to as any of the following:

  • Mini projector
  • Pico projector
  • Handheld projector
  • Pocket projector
  • Mobile projector
  • Small projector
  • Laser projector

Reviews and Information

Here at MPW we have been collecting information on these projectors for a few years and have combined it all with our in-depth product reviews to help you choose the best mini projector for your needs.

In our reviews we cover all sorts of things including connectivity features, size and weight, lighting, brightness, and loads more.

We also talk a lot about what the best mini projector type is for different groups of people and how the technology itself works. So feel free to have a look around our site, read some reviews and get in touch if you have any questions about mini projectors that you need answered.