Sometimes a small screen just won’t cut it when it comes to watching your favorite films or tuning into live events. A portable projector is a great way to expand your display beyond the limits of a television or laptop. They are surprisingly easy to use and super compact, so you don’t have to worry about all the space you would have to sacrifice to invest in a giant flatscreen; some even come with streaming services and applications like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more. You can also get creative and project onto non-traditional places like ceilings, over bedsheets, and other funky surfaces. Use a portable projector for your next art installation or grab a projection screen and set up in the backyard for a scary movie night with friends.
Slip It In Your Pocket
Not to be confused for the TV remote. Amazon
This pocket-size projector is perfect for sharing screens, movies, and more on the go. It measures 5.7 x 3.2 x 0.9 inches and has a clear max resolution of 1080p, up to five feet of projection, and a screen size of 80 inches. Connect your iPhone, iPad, laptop, Android devices, XBOX, and more with the multiple built-in ports. You’ll get a stellar picture illuminated by a bright LED lamp and stunning sound from the stereo speaker. The battery lasts for more than two hours so you can play games with pals or binge-watch your favorite episodes with the family.
Best shorter throw: ViewSonic M1+ Portable Smart Wi-Fi Projector with Dual Harman Kardon Bluetooth Speakers
Get up close and personal. Amazon
If you need to project something in a smaller space, perhaps while watching a tutorial or following a class online, this Viewsonic projector could be a perfect fit. It can project a 100-inch screen with 1920x1080p resolution from only 2.6 meters away and a crystal clear 60-inch screen from 1.6 meters away. Measuring 5.7 x 4.96 inches, it can store up to 16 gigabytes of memory and supports wifi connections for streaming as well as direct USB-C connections to your devices. It has dual Bluetooth speakers for an impressive sound and a solid base for stability on most surfaces.
The closest thing to surround sound. Amazon
This Anker projector utilizes a soda can design to deliver a great picture and 360-degree, omnidirectional sound. For movie score lovers, music video aficionados, or live concert streamers this one is for you. Take in a late-night showing or stream Saturday morning cartoons on a display that can stretch up to 100 inches with a native resolution of 854×480. It’s easy to control the settings using a smartphone/Android compatible app while sending content to the can using Bluetooth, Airplay, or Miracast. You can also use the included HDMI and USB cables to directly link to your devices and play downloaded entertainment.
Has Educational Content
High-tech and multi-functional in a super portable glass and aluminum alloy package. Amazon
This unique short-throw projector from Hachi is an ideal solution for portable media viewing thanks to its implementation of 10-point technology that transforms any flat surface into a 23-inch touchscreen. It hosts a 5000-milliamp-hour battery and weighs only 3.5 pounds, and it runs Android 9.0 to ensure maximum compatibility with streaming apps and video game consoles. It’s essentially a tablet without an onboard screen, which makes it an incredible alternative to traditional touchscreens in a whole range of office, classroom, and home scenarios.
Always have the best view. Amazon
This compact projector is only 3 x 3 x 3 inches but provides a stunning 360-degree VR experience. It has a rechargeable battery that can last up to 5 hours, perfect for a double-feature, and can project up to 12-feet away from the surface. (the next best thing to an IMAX experience). It has 32 gigabytes of internal memory with a built-in speaker or the option to connect to your own sound system. It comes pre-loaded with a ton of content including Disney e-books, interactive games, and cartoon episodes. Easily access Amazon Prime, Netflix, Youtube, and Disney+ from the Cinemood home screen to stream all your favorite shows and movies.