Technology is continuously changing and we have more options today to choose from a variety of innovative and easy-to-use products from the markets. The use of a projector was limited to classroom or office rooms only but now the time has changed and people are purchasing projectors even for core personal use like entertainment, watching movies, and listening to music. The demand of projectors for personal use increased as it is now portable and pocket friendly. How cool is that? You can now create your home a mini-theater whenever you want and you also can carry it to an outdoor camp. Here we are going to discuss in detail the available quality portable projects you can purchase and use, be it a personal use for entertainment or professional use for a presentation.

Here I have filtered the top 10 quality but reasonable mini portable projectors

1.       BenQ GV1
2.       Acer C250i
3.       Anker Nebula Capsule
4.       Anker Nebula Apollo
5.       XGIMI MoGo
6.       ViewSonic M1 Plus
7.       Anker Nebula Mars II
8.       BenQ GS2
9.       ViewSonic M1 Mini Plus
10.     ASUS E1

Before jumping into the main comparison let us have some idea about basic questions. No worries, you can skip this part if you are already in a mood to buy the smart gadget as early as possible.

What is portable or mini projector?

A mini projector is basically a portable and easy to carry projector generally comes with an in built battery for power supply and in built speakers so that you can use it anywhere anytime as per your requirement. Generally we love watching movies or giving presentation on a large screen. It is possible to project your mobile or laptop screen largely with smart TV or a projector but you do not have the freedom to carry it anytime and anywhere you want due to the size factor and also for the connectivity related problem. Mini or portable projector has the solution for it with a power backup and more flexibility in connectivity options.

Use and applicability

The portable projector or a mini projector can be used for projecting your small screen in a large white painted wall to have a better view. You can use a large screen to make your home a mini theatre and have fun with your friends and family.

What is DLP LED Display Technology?

DLP stands for Digital Light Processing, is a technology uses micro mirrors to project a image or video from small to large screen. DLP technology considered more reliable then old LCD technology of projectors.

Concept of Smart Device and a smart projector

Smart device or a smart projector is a device connected to some other devices and/or networks through different connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Li-Fi or Zigbee etc. You must already have heard the concept of smart TV which can connect to internet and interact with humans not only by remote control but also by voice commands.

Let start the product specific discussion now

1. BenQ GV1

You can fall in love with GV1 if you are looking for a small size good looking portable projector with a unique design. The product is designed to promote wireless cable free projection. This is probably the reason, no HDMI port is there in this small device but don’t worry you can also connect with cable as a HDMI to USB Type-C adopter is there to project with wire if required. The projector has unique and convenient tilt hinge which projects the big picture at the perfect height. It comes with a remote control to experience smooth projection in presentation. The wireless projection can be done with wifi only even if the internet connection is not available. The built-in speakers can be used as Bluetooth speakers. GV1 can stream videos, games, or project any presentation via dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth from your mobile phone or laptop, even when there’s no signal, it has its own Wi-Fi hotspot to stream wirelessly from your device’s local storage.

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Pros:

  • Unique and good looking design
  • Smart TV apps are available to stream without any mobile and laptop
  • Many option to connect with or without cable

Cons:

  • Low brightness in battery power
  • Dedicated HDMI cable is not available
Picture of BenQ GV1

Product Specification

Brand BenQ
Model Name / Number ‎GV1
Manufacturer ‎BenQ
Port / Connector Type USB – C, Wireless, Bluetooth
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-in
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery Lithium Polymer batteries, 3 Hrs. PlayTime
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 200 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎Native 16:9 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
Screen Resolution 1920×1080 Pixels
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 5 Watt x1
Noise Level ‎29 dB
Mounting Type ‎Tripod Mount / Table
Remote Control Included? ‎Yes
Item Weight 708 g
Warranty 2 Years
Product Size 80 x 155 x 80mm (WxHxD)
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Power Adaptor, Plug set, USB-C wire, USB-C to HDMI Adaptor, Remote Control, Quick Start Guide, Carry Bag

2. Acer C250i

 Your phone and projector can now be connected with extremely portable ACER C250i both for office presentation and enjoying movie with family in the weekend. Light weight, compact, and with a Lithium-Ion battery of 9000 mAh will give you an extreme power of power free playtime of more than 4 Hrs, this projector support auto-portrait technology that allows it and your Smartphone to work without wire to project pictures, videos, or even livestreams in portrait mode. Wireless Projection can be done via Android or iOS device. It has an unique round shaped design to promote any angle projection from anywhere. Built-in Bluetooth speaker enhanced with Acer TrueHarmony will ensure you need no additional speakers to watch a movie or listen to a song.

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Pros:

  • Auto portrait projection
  • Any angle projection
  • High end battery with long life power free projection

Cons:

  • Not a smart projector
  • Accurate focus is missing
Picture of Acer C250i

Product Specification

Brand Acer
Model Name / Number ‎C250i / ‎MR.JRZ11.009
Manufacturer ACER INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
Port / Connector Type USB – C, HDMI, Wireless, Bluetooth
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-In
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery 9000 mAh, ‎Lithium Ion, Rechargable upto 5 Hrs. PlayTime
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness ‎300 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9, 4:3
Screen Resolution ‎1920 x 1080
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 5 Wattx1
Noise Level ‎28 dB
Mounting Type ‎Tripod Mount / Table
Remote Control Included? ‎Yes
Item Weight ‎775 g
Warranty 2 Years
Product Size ‎19 x 10 x 5 cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) AC to DC Power Adapter (1.5M), Quick Start Guide, Pouch, Remote Control

3. Anker Nebula Capsule

Nebula Capsule is a smart cinema projector that you can enjoy anywhere for watching movies and making you home a mini theater. With Android 7.1 it plays content from your favorite video streaming application or mirrors your phone’s screen to create a detailed projection up to 100 inches big which is enough to cover your wall. It has 5 watt class-leading 360° speaker to deliver heart-pounding sound. Enjoy good quality picture and sound, wherever you want. This model of Nebula has some additional features like type c connectivity compare to a higher model of nebula Apollo with comparatively less amount of money.

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Pros:

  • Sound quality is good compared to others with 6 Watt speaker
  • Cool design
  • Has USE-C connectivity option which is not available in nebula apollo

Cons:

  • Angle adjustment is a major problem without a tripod
  • Type C port is not available
Picture of Anker Nebula Capsul

Product Specification

Brand Nebula
Model Name / Number ‎AK-848061056983
Manufacturer ‎Anker, [email protected]
Port / Connector Type Bluetooth, USB, USB Type C, HDMI
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-In
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery ‎Lithium Polymer
4 Hrs PlayTime,
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 100 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution 854×480
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 5 Wattsx1
Noise Level 30 dB
Mounting Type Table, Tripod & Ceiling Mount
Remote Control Included? Yes
Item Weight 471g
Warranty 1 Years
Product Size 6.8 x 6.8 x 12 cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Power adapter, remote control with batteries, quick start guide, and safety instructions.

4. Anker Nebula Apollo

Enjoy your favorite movies, TV shows, games, and more up to 100 inches big anywhere in your home with Anker Nebula Apollo Projector. Apollo’s transparent touch panel gives you the power to navigate menus directly from the device. It has 200 ANSI lumen DLP lamp which will give you clear picture quality. You can download and stream YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and more straight to Apollo without the need to connect additional devices like phone or laptop. High quality battery will give your more power to enjoy power free playtime however projection with battery will reduce the brightness of the projection.

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Pros:

  • Sound quality is good compare to others with 6 Watt speaker
  • Cool design

Cons:

  • Angle adjustment is a major problem without tripod
  • Type C port is not available
Picture of Nebula Apollo

Product Specification

Brand Nebula
Model Name / Number Apollo, ‎D2410J11
Manufacturer ‎Anker, [email protected]
Port / Connector Type USB, Wireless, Bluetooth
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-in
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery 4 Hrs PlayTime,  9750mAh
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 200 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution 854 x 480
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 6 Wattx1
Noise Level 30 dB
Mounting Type Table Mount
Remote Control Included? Yes
Item Weight 471 g
Warranty 1 Years
Product Size (WxHxL) : 6.6×13.2×6.6cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Power adapter, remote control with batteries, quick start guide, and safety instructions.

5. XGIMI MoGo

The brand claim that the product is world’s first 1080p Android TV Portable Projector with built-in Harman / Kardon dual speakers and high capacity battery. The sound quality is average to good with dual 3-Watt speakers units. You can connect via Bluetooth or 3.5mm Audio Cable and use it as an external Bluetooth speaker. The battery backup would be of 2 Hrs approx with built-in 10400 mAh battery. You can view the detailed product description in the link Here.

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Pros:

  • Supports google assistance
  • Support 3d and upto 4K video quality
  • Chromecast Built-in

Cons:

  • Price is a bit high compare to available portable range
  • Type C cable not available
Picture of XGIMI Mogo

Product Specification

Brand XGIMI
Model Name / Number XJ03W
Manufacturer ‎XGIMI, Aaytech
Port / Connector Type ‎USB, HDMI
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-in
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery 2.5 Hrs Video Playtime, 10400 mAh
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 210 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution ‎1920 x 1080
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 3 Watt x 2
Noise Level ‎30 dB
Mounting Type ‎Tripod Mount / Table
Remote Control Included? Yes
Item Weight 900 g
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Product Size 25x15x20 cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Power adapter, quick start guide, and safety instructions

6. ViewSonic ‎M1 +

This is an upgraded version of mini. If you looking for a better stability and use a projector with more comfort then you can consider this one. The mini projector has innovative stand cum lens cover which will help you cover the lens while not in use and can also be used as stand of the projector to adjust the projection angel upto 360o. The M1+ has versatile connectivity options include a MicroSD card slot, USB Type-A, and USB Type-C connections etc. The difference with mini+ is the battery backup and the brightness of this projector which is quite good compare to mini+. It has up to 6 Hrs of battery backup and 300 lumens LED brightness. The size of the battery makes the projector a little heavy in weight compare to Mini +. The Dual Harman Kardon Bluetooth Speakers will give more sound while playing movies and music in this projector. You can Mirror the Screen from Your Phone, to the Projector.

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Pros:

  • Dual Harman speaker
  • Smart metal stand cum lends cap
  • Battery backup, Smart TV Enabled

Cons:

  • High price compare the available products in segments
Picture of ViewSonic M1+

Product Specification

Brand ViewSonic
Model Name / Number  ‎M1+
Manufacturer ViewSonic, TAIWAN
Port / Connector Type HDMI 1.4, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 2.0 Type A
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-in
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery 6 Hrs 
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 300 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution ‎854 x 480
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 20000 hrs
Speaker, No. of Speaker 3Wattx2
Noise Level ‎26 dB
Mounting Type ‎Tabletop Mount
Remote Control Included? Yes
Item Weight ‎771 g
Warranty 3-year limited
Product Size ‎14.48 x 12.6 x 3.99 cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Power Cord: 1, USB-C Cable: 1 (1m), QSG: 1, Remote Control: 1

7. Anker Nebula Mars II

This projector is a bit heavy compare to most of the portable segment but the weight of this product will le less than BenQ GS2. The sound quality of this product is quite good because of the 10 Watt dual Built-In speaker available with this device. It has a single second auto focus will feel you comfortable while setting up the projector but the problem is, you cannot adjust the angle of the projection without support of a tripod. The dedicated app makes your phone a remote control with the Nebula Connect app. You can easily transform any room into a home cinema theatre to see the movies to wherever the family is.

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Pros:

  • Lens cover
  • 10 Watt x 2 speakers, no need to connect additional speakers in a room
  • 150” Max Screen Size. Largest in this segment

Cons:

  • Heavy size and weight
  • Angle adjustment is a major problem without tripod
  • Type C port is not available
Picture of Anker Nebula Mers II

Product Specification

Brand Nebula Mars II
Model Name / Number ‎AK-D2322111
Manufacturer ‎Anker, [email protected]
Port / Connector Type ‎Bluetooth, USB, HDMI
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-in
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery 4 Hrs Play time, 12500 mAh
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 300 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution ‎1280 x 720
Projection Size 150″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 hrs
Speaker, No. of Speaker 10Wattx2
Noise Level ‎32 dB
Mounting Type Table Mount
Remote Control Included? Yes
Item Weight ‎1 kg 400 g
Warranty 1 Year Warranty
Product Size 17.8 x 12.2 x 13.8 cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Power adapter, remote control with batteries, quick start guide, and safety instructions.

8. BenQ GS2

BenQ is no doubt a quality brand and has large number of projectors in its bucket. When it comes to portable projectors, there are two models which are quite handy and easy to carry. One is GS2 and another is GV1. GS2 is comparatively heavier then GV1 and comes with some additional features but little large compare to other products that we are discussing here. ‎Anker Nebula Mars II and GS2 are more or less similar in size. The product has a good sound quality with 4 watt speakers. It has Aptoide TV to stream your favorite content like Netflix or youtube and other entertainment and edutainment applications directly in the projector without any device. If you have a budget and you don’t care about size, this is going to be the best option to choose form.

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Pros:

  • Splash and drop proof
  • Aptoide TV to stream your favorite content
  • Auto Blank Sensor for Eye Protection
  • Clear picture quality with 500lm Image Brightness

Cons:

  • Little large in size and weight
  • High in price in portable budget segment
Picture of BenQ GS2

Product Specification

Brand BenQ
Model Name / Number GS2
Manufacturer ‎BenQ
Port / Connector Type Bluetooth, USB, USB Type C, HDMI
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-in
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery 3 Hrs
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 500 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution 1280 x 720
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 4 Watt x2
Noise Level ‎31 dB
Mounting Type Table, Tripod & Ceiling Mount
Remote Control Included? Yes
Item Weight ‎1 kg 600 g
Warranty 2 Years, 2 Years on Projector, 2 Years or 2,000 Hours on LED Light Source (Whichever is Earlier)
Product Size ‎13.9 x 14.4 x 13.9 cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Power Adaptor, Remote Control, Warranty Card, Carry Bag

9. ViewSonic ‎M1 Mini +

This ultra portable device is a smart pocket projector which delivers convenient audiovisual entertainment. Very easy to carry anywhere you want. It can be used as a personal projector for your everyday life. There is a built-in battery which will give a decent power backup of approx 1.5 Hrs, is enough to watch two Episodes of your favorite web or TV series. The Built-In JBL speaker will give a decent sound quality. There are more features like adjustable stand offers flexible projection angles that can satisfy your viewing needs. There are more features like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, wireless casting from smart devices, built-in content streaming, and audio amplification etc. You can download the ViewSonic vCastSender app on your phone, and start controlling and navigate the projector from you mobile phone itself. Please don’t keep much expectations because with this much small device, you hardly can use it as personal device for moves and all.

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Pros:

  • Very small in size, ultra portable design
  • Smart TV Enabled, JBL audio and lens cover
  • Can be charged with power bank

Cons:

  • Battery backup is less due to ultra small in size
  • Issue in brightness
Picture of ViewSonic M1 Mini +

Product Specification

Brand ‎ViewSonic
Model Name / Number ‎M1 Mini+
Manufacturer ViewSonic, TAIWAN
Port / Connector Type ‎USB, HDMI / HDMI 1.4, USB 3.1 Type C, USB 2.0 Type A
Wireless Connectivity Yes, Built-in
Bluetooth Speaker Yes
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes
Battery 2.5 Hrs
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 120 Lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution ‎854 x 480
Projection Size 100″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 2Wattx1
Noise Level 26dB
Mounting Type ‎Tabletop Mount, Ceiling Mount
Remote Control Included? Yes
Item Weight ‎300 g
Warranty 1 Year
Product Size  ‎10.92 x 10.92 x 2.79 cm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Swappable panels (Gray, Teal, Yellow), M1 mini Plus projector, Remote Control, Quick Start Guide

10. ASUS E1

ASUS ZenBeam E1 Portable Pocket LED Projector is an old model of 2016 projector can be used both for office and home. The projector has a lens cover which will help you protect the screen from dust and scratches. One built in SonicMaster speaker is there to output audio from the projector itself however if there are more then 5-7 people in a room watching movies then the speakers will probably not enough to cover the voice for which you have to use another audio output device. There is no wireless connectivity option currently available in this device and you also can not connect it to the internet independently. The battery of this product is quite good compare to other products. It has 6000 mAh built-in Lithium ion battery will give you a projection time of around 5 Hrs. without any power supply. The projector can be used as a power bank to charge your mobile phone or other devices.

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Pros:

  • Powerful Battery and longer playtime
  • Can be used as power bank to charge other devices
  • Lens Cover

Cons:

  • Cable free projection not available
  • Not a Smart projector, a smart projector is available in similar price
  • Built-In sound system will not be helpful for a room full audience
Picture of Asus E1

Product Specification

Brand ASUS
Model Name / Number ZenBeam E1
Manufacturer ASUS,  ‎Taiwan
Port / Connector Type ‎MHL, VGA, USB, HDMI
Wireless Connectivity N/A
Bluetooth Speaker No
Auto Screen Adjustment Yes, 
Battery Lithium ion, 5 Hrs, 6000 mAh
Display Technology / Type LED, DLP
Image Brightness 150 lm
Aspect Ratio ‎16:9
Screen Resolution ‎800 x 480
Projection Size 120″
Lamp/LED Life 30000 Hrs.
Speaker, No. of Speaker 2Wtx1
Noise Level ‎28 dB
Mounting Type Table, Tripod & Ceiling Mount
Remote Control Included? No
Item Weight ‎307 g
Warranty 2 Years System Warranty, 2 Years Limited Warranty on Adopter and no warranty on other accessories, Carry In
Product Size (WxHxD): 110 x 83 x 29mm
Accessories in Bag (Vary by regions) Carrying Bag, HDMI Cable, Adaptor, AC Plug, Warranty Card

Disclaimer:

  1. The product description and specifications in this post are based on information available on current time. Please refer to the official websites and review on other reliable sources before making any final decision.
  2. Accessories in Bag depends on location of purchase and offering time to time, so please validate before making any purchase