Spro 2 Is The Perfect Projector For Streaming

Backyard movie screenings just got a lot easier

Smart projector from ZTE

ZTE Spro 2 projector

Projection size: 14 to 120 inches Resolution: 720p Bulb life: 20,000 to 50,000 hours Battery life: 2.5 hours streaming Ports: HDMI, USB Price: $399 on contractPhotograph by Brian Klutch

Setting up a backyard movie screening sounds like a great idea--until you try it. You need an outlet or extension cord, and even more cables to connect a computer or streaming box to your projector. The ZTE Spro 2 frees you from that. An update to last year's original Spro, the portable projector has a 200-lumen bulb--double that of its predecessor. A full Android operating system makes it an all-in-one device with touchscreen navigation to load the latest movie and project it up to 120 inches.

There's no need to worry about spotty Wi-Fi slowing down streaming because Spro 2 creates its own hotspot for up to 10 devices using 4G LTE or a wireless network. What’s more: It can connect wirelessly to your computer or streaming box thanks to Bluetooth, or serve up videos straight from its 16GB hard drive or apps available from the Google Play store. To get the full cinema experience, add your favorite wireless speaker and enjoy your own backyard theater under the stars.

This article was originally published in the July 2015 issue of Popular Science, under the title "The Perfect Projector For Streaming."