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Best Pocket Projector

Do you travel a lot? Have you ever found yourself in need of a larger screen than was available? You probably know that projectors offer much larger displays than TVs do, but you might not be aware that nowadays, you can buy a projector which is small enough to carry around in your pocket. These offer you the ability to play your media no matter where you are, as long as you have a suitable surface to project onto. However, as with every product, there are some that are better than others, which is why we’ve created this list of the best pocket projectors available right now, in the hopes that you’ll find one you like.

Best Pocket Projectors of 2018 – Compared

Below, you’ll find a table which lets you know exactly which pocket projectors we’ll be reviewing today, as well as their maximum display size and native resolutions (not their maximum resolutions, but we’ll explain this later).

Pocket ProjectorMaximum Display SizeNative Resolution
InnerTeck Mini Projector60”320x240
MiraTekk Mini Projector80”480x320
AAXA LED Pico Projector60”960x540
RIF6 CUBE120”854x480
iCODIS G1120”854x480

Now that you’ve had a quick look at our most recommended products, we’ll evaluate each more fully by focusing on highlighting the strengths, weaknesses and the scenario in which each projector would be most useful. We aim to give you a more complete understanding of the product and allow you to come to an informed decision as to which is best for you. Without further ado, let’s begin by reviewing the InnerTeck Mini Projector.

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InnerTeck Mini Projector – Best Entry-Level Pocket Projector

The InnerTeck Mini Projector is an inexpensive little projector with an eye-catching white and yellow design. It’s very lightweight at just 0.64 pounds and measures just 5” wide, 3.4” deep and 1.9” tall, making it ultra-portable and easy to take with you wherever you’re headed.

It’s powered by a standard 5V connection, which can be provided either via the same microSD cable that charges your cell phone or by a power bank, which would be your best if you weren’t anywhere near a power outlet. As you’ve probably guessed, it also has a very low power usage – between 10 and 24W, so your power bank will likely last quite a long time, although this model does have a tendency to heat up after a while and as such, the manufacturer recommends taking a break every two or three hours, to give the projector a chance to cool down.

This model offers a wide range of inputs: AV, USB, SD cards and HDMI can all be used to provide media for display, and all common file formats are supported, including, but not limited to MP3, MP4, JPEG, MKV, BMP, and PNG. In addition to the top mounted control buttons, there’s also an included remote control for easier use when the projector is out of arm’s reach.

The included bulb outputs 400 lumens, which, for a standard projector would be considered way too low, but is par for the course in a pocket projector. It’s capable of showing a screen of up to 60” from between 1 and 3.8 meters away. As a bonus, InnerTeck says that the bulb should last for around 30,000 hours so you don’t have to worry about buying a replacement – that’s enough for 3.5 years of constant use.

As pocket projectors have quite a low brightness, we’d recommend using them in the darkest location you can in order to get the best picture possible. Unfortunately, there’s no way to change the size of the display except for physically moving the entire projector closer or farther away from the display surface, although we were pleased to find that it can switch aspect ratios from 4:3 to widescreen 16:9 if you need to.

There is a built-in speaker, but as you might expect, it’s less than ideal. You can plug an alternative output in via the 3.5mm jack, though, so if you have some headphones or better speakers available, you should probably use those instead. There’s also a slot to attach a tripod on the side if you’d like, but this isn’t included, so you’d need to buy one first.

The native resolution is just 320×240, which is quite low, though not that much lower than what’s commonly known as standard definition. When blown up to 60”, there is a lack of definition and the image begins to blur, so for best results, we’d suggest staying around 40”. If this projector was any more expensive, we’d be a little sore about the resolution being so low, but given that it costs under $50, we’re a bit more forgiving.

All things considered, we think that this projector is pretty neat. It’s a perfect first foray into the world of miniature projectors thanks to its extremely low cost, energy efficiency and a decent range of inputs. Images aren’t as sharp as we’d have liked, but if you want high-end video, you need to pay high-end prices. InnerTeck might not be a widely known brand, but if they keep making products of this quality, there’s no reason why they can’t be.

PROS
  • Wide range of supported formats
  • Low energy usage
  • Long bulb life
CONS
  • Low resolution
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MiraTekk Mini Projector – Best Low Budget Pocket Projector

The MiraTekk Mini is a super small, ultra lightweight projector that offers high-quality output whilst maintaining a low price. It balances a sleek looking exterior with an equally attractive set of internal features like its wide range of supported file formats. All the usual suspects are accounted for, including MP3, WMA, WAV, and JPEG, but also supported are some less common types like FLAC, AAC and APE, meaning there’s a good chance your music or movies will be playable.

Measuring 6.6” wide, 2.8” tall and 4.3” deep and weighing just 1.1 pounds, it’s a shining example of what we’re referring to when we say “pocket projector”. It can produce a display of up to 80” from between 1.2 and 3.6 meters away, but due to the relatively low native resolution of 480×320, this does tend to become blurrier the larger you go. It is capable of taking a 1080p input, but this will be displayed with a lower resolution, like when you try to watch an HD video on Youtube with a slow internet connection.

The picture can be displayed in either 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratios and sound can be produced either by the two built-in 1W speakers or by your external speakers connected via the headphones jack. The stock speakers are adequate but pretty quiet, so we wouldn’t recommend trying to use them if there’s any ambient noise. MiraTekk has included a remote control with this product too, and it offers all of the functions that you might expect.

Now, let’s talk hardware. The lamp bulb in this projector is estimated to last 20,000 hours without replacement, which is pretty respectable, plus MiraTekk offer a twelve-month warranty and tech support in case anything goes wrong, so you’ll have peace of mind for a year after purchase.

This model takes a 220V power supply, which means it has to be plugged into an outlet to function – a power bank just doesn’t have the power needed to even turn the thing on. This does limit the range of situations that the projector can be used in a bit, although if you use your imagination, you can find a way to make it work – for example, if you’re camping, you can use an adaptor to connect it to your car’s power supply. There’s a tripod mounting hole on the underside too, in case you don’t have a flat surface nearby, although the tripod itself is not included.

The MiraTekk Mini offers one more input option than the InnerTeck does, but it’s a very useful one. As well as USB, SD, HDMI, AV and Micro USB, you can also connect VGA devices. This is a great addition, especially since hardware with a VGA output tend to be older and therefore will have lower output resolutions than new devices. This is to say, you could use this projector as a display for an older PC with absolutely no additional blur or distortion, which would be great for troubleshooting.

Overall, the MiraTekk Mini Projector is reliant upon an outlet to function but supports a far wider range of file formats and inputs than the InnerTeck Mini Projector, which makes it a great little product to pop into your bag and take with you for work. It displays content in standard definition, so it’s detailed enough for movies or TV shows, and for under $80, you really can’t do better.

PROS
  • Very small and light
  • Standard definition
  • Good range of supported file formats and inputs
CONS
  • Requires 200V power
  • Speakers are not powerful enough to be useful
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AAXA LED Pico Projector – Best Mid-Budget Pocket Projector

Next, we have the AAXA LED Pico Projector. It’s about the same size as a chunky cell phone, measuring at 2.36” deep, 4.25” wide and a little under an inch thick. Thankfully, it’s also pretty light, at just over half a pound. These features combine to create a truly portable projector that can fit right into your back pocket, just like your phone would.

It boasts an internal battery; the first projector in this list to do so – and can also be powered by a 5V microUSB cable. This ensures that no matter where you are, this product can be used, since not only does the battery have a life of around 80 minutes per charge, but it can powered entirely by a standard 5V power bank. At home, in bed, even camping miles from civilization – it doesn’t matter. You provide the power, this model provides the picture.

Your input options for this projector are: composite A/V (this is your standard white, red and yellow-headed jacks), USB or Micro SD. There’s a mini HDMI port, but no VGA input, so you’d have to rely on the AV cable or pick up an HDMI to mini HDMI converter if you wanted to connect a games console or DVD player, however thanks to this model’s high resolution, there’s nothing stopping you from getting high-quality videos straight from a USB flash drive.

 At 960×540, this product has the highest resolution of any we’ve reviewed this far, and it even supports 1080p inputs, which look far closer to the real thing than the MiraTekk could have hoped to achieve. The bulb is estimated to last around 15,000 hours, which is certainly a respectable life, however, we found that ambient light has a significant impact on image quality and for that reason, we’d recommend drawing the curtains and turning off all the lights. That said, the video is certainly watchable if a little dim with the lights on.

There’s a headphones jack too, which is great because, as expected, the internal speaker is a little weak. It’s fine in a pinch but too quiet to compete with everyday ambient sound. For the best quality audio, we suggest either using your own headphones or speakers. It’s important to remember that the main focus of a projector is on image quality, not audio, and so we can’t be too harsh on these products for this.

Again, there is a place to mount a tripod on the bottom of this model, so that’s an option should you wish to pursue it. However, unlike the other projectors we’ve seen so far, the AAXA actually includes the tripod – limiting the money you have to spend on accessories, which can only be a good thing.

We’d have liked to see a remote control included with this projector since it’s a bit of a hassle to navigate through the menus if you have to walk across the room to do it. Additionally, some kind of low battery warning would have been useful, because when the battery runs out of power, it just immediately turns off – imagine you were watching baseball; it’s the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded and you have to frantically try to find a charger cable before the display cuts out. It’s less than ideal.

That said, this is a fantastic little projector, even taking into account its shortcomings. It offers a near full HD picture and a pretty wide range of input options, without being too expensive.  We feel that this model would be best suited for giving presentations thanks to its onboard battery and sizeable display. For a person with a mid-sized budget, the AAXA is the best of the best.

PROS
  • Almost full HD display
  • Includes a tripod
  • Built-in battery
CONS
  • No low battery warning
  • No remote control
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RIF6 CUBE – Smallest Pocket Projector

The RIF6 Cube has a unique frame – it is, as its name might suggest, almost perfectly cubic (2x2x1.9”), making it the smallest projector in this list. Whilst this might not be strictly considered a pocket-sized projector, it’s certainly small and powerful enough to warrant mentioning.

This model comes with a 50-lumen bulb with a life of around 20,000 hours. The display can go as large as 120” diagonally but does become more washed out the larger you go. The bulb is strong enough to project a watchable image in ambient light, but as ever, we’d recommend shutting the lights off to get the clearest possible results.

The display is shown at 854x480m which is a little lower than we’d like but is still certainly adequate for watching movies or giving presentations. There is a small amount of rainbow artifacting which is a common problem in small projectors, but it’s only really noticeable if you’re looking for it. Unlike any of the other projectors we’ve reviewed so far, this one has a very small focus wheel on the left-hand side which allows you to adjust the picture without having to physically move the device closer or further away.

The Cube is powered by a 5V supply, so your standard phone charger cable or power bank would work, plus the built-in battery lasts up to 90 minutes without a recharge. We were also pleased to see that this unit could be charged whilst in use since this gives you the ability to watch even very long films without the display cutting out.

Your input options are Micro SD, HDMI or MHL. This last one is important since it’s what will allow you to mirror whatever’s on your phone screen, but on a much, much larger display. Imagine it – easy access to your books, films, and apps, blown up to 120” and projected onto your wall. Sounds great, right? There’s a single 1W speaker inside the tiny 5-ounce aluminum casing, and it’ll do in a pinch, but ideally you’d use your own speakers in order to get the best audio possible.

This projector also includes a tripod, but it’s not like the kind you might be expecting. Rather, the legs are foam padded and can be bent and twisted to fit the situation. You can use it as a phone holder, standard tripod or even wrap the legs around a pole for a higher projection. This is one of the most versatile tripods we’ve seen, which is why it’s so great that it’s absolutely free.

Also included is a remote control which looks sleek and stylish but is a bit minimalistic in terms of function. As this is the only way to control the device (there are no buttons anywhere on the cube itself), if the remote fails, there’s no using the projector. Don’t panic, though, RIF6 have provided a free one year’s warranty as standard, so even if something does go wrong, you’re covered.

Ultimately, there’s a lot to like about this model. It’s super compact frame and easy phone mirroring make it a fantastic choice for students and casual users alike, and the free tripod is a plus, too. We would have preferred another way of navigating the menus without the remote since you could hypothetically have used an app without compromising on space, but it’s not a huge deal, especially when you consider the included warranty. Whilst the Cube is one of the more expensive models around, it justifies its cost by being a strong, all-round projector suitable for just about anyone.

PROS
  • 90 minute battery life
  • Great tripod included
  • Super small
CONS
  • Remote is the only method of control
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iCODIS G1 – Best High Budget Pocket Projector

The iCODIS G1 sports a slim, palm-sized body that comes in either silver or glossy black and which looks amazing, whilst being as easy to carry around as you’d expect thanks to its thin frame.

Measuring at just 5.9” long, 3.1” wide and 0.78” thick, and weighing just 7 ounces, it’s almost the exact same size as a Samsung Galaxy S5, meaning that it’s perfect for slipping into your back pocket on the way out of the door.

 The lamp in this model has an estimated life of 30,000 hours, so there’s no need to worry about replacing it anytime soon. Additionally, there’s a built-in battery which provides up to two hours of continuous playback (those of you with kids will know how useful this is – that’s almost long enough to watch Dumbo… twice). This model can be used whilst charging too, which is great, and only needs a plain old 5 volts micro USB cable to do so. There’s also a small focus dial on the side which allows you to manually adjust the picture to suit the surface it’s displayed on.

The video is output at a resolution of 854×480 and supports inputs of up to 1080p. The projection can be as large as 120” diagonally, however, despite the 100 ANSI lumens provided by the bulb,  the image does start to get a little too dim to be usable above 80”, so unless you have a very, very dark room, we’d try to stay below this size. You can choose to display your output in either 4:3, 16:9, or even 16:10, which is an aspect ratio commonly found in computer monitors. As this unit uses an LED system, there’s none of the rainbow artifacting that the RIF6 Cube suffers from, either.

This projector is the only one in this entire list which has built-in wireless networking, so in addition to your HDMI, USB and Micro SD slots, you can also connect your phone with AirPlay or Miracast to get Netflix on your wall at the touch of a button. There are two built-in 1W speakers, but (and we’re sure you’re seeing a pattern here) they aren’t powerful enough to be satisfying. We can’t recommend using external speakers enough; this is a high-end pocket projector and to watch your videos with the built-in speakers is to do yourself a disservice.

There are a couple of extras with this product: both a tripod and remote control are included, and whilst the remote itself is of a decent quality, the tripod is very light and easy to tip over, especially because it’s located more towards the front of the base than the center.

Since you’re paying a decent amount of money for this product, you’ll likely want to make sure it’s safe, which is why we were so pleased to see that iCODIS provide a free twelve-month warranty with purchase that covers any faulty product.  

All things considered, the iCODIS G1 is a pretty decent projector. It’s portable enough to slip into a bag or pocket and offers a higher quality image than any other projector in this list, although that’s not to say they aren’t great in their own ways. As it’s a more expensive model, we’d have preferred to see some more powerful speakers included, however, we can overlook this on account of the wide range of input options, with the inclusion of wireless connectivity particularly standing out.

PROS
  • Wireless connectivity
  • Large display
  • Long battery life
CONS
  • Speakers weaker than expected
  • Tripod isn't particularly high quality

Best Pocket Projector - Buyer's Guide

Buying a pocket projector doesn’t have to be a nightmare – in fact, it turns out that as long as you’re aware of some pretty basic things to look out for, you should be able to make a smart choice about which projector is right for you. That’s why we’ve written a short guide explaining some of these things in a bit more detail.

Image Quality

Your projector will have what’s called a native resolution. This refers to the maximum number of pixels that can be displayed and is usually expressed as two numbers, for example, 1280×720. Higher numbers here mean more detailed images, but there’s a trick which manufacturers sometimes use to mislead you. Often you’ll see a projector that claims to “support 1080p” – this doesn’t mean you get a 1080p display, rather, if you input a video with a higher resolution than the native one, the video is downscaled to fit. So yes, you’ll be able to play the footage, but it’ll be lower quality.

Usually, a full sized projector would have a wheel which allows you to adjust the focus of the image, and some pocket projectors do have this, but for a lot of them (especially low-cost models), the only way to adjust focus or screen size is to manually move the projector nearer or farther from the projection surface. Consider the size of the room you’ll be in, and ask yourself whether you have space if this proves to be the case.

Lamp

The lamp is the lifeblood of any projection system; it’s what defines how bright your picture is, how large your display can be and at what level of ambient light the projector becomes too weak to use effectively.

Usually, the lamp bulb will have a lifespan of at least 15,000 hours, which is a fantastic length of time, but if you’re spending a lot of money on a projector, make sure that you can replace this bulb when it does eventually die. Checking this before you buy could potentially save you hundreds of dollars in a few years.

The amount of light created by a bulb is measured in lumens – the higher the number, the brighter the bulb. Easy. However, more powerful bulbs mean a higher projector cost, so if you’re looking for something which will display perfectly with a very bright room, you had best be prepared to spend some serious money. Generally speaking, pocket projectors are small and thin, so they’re not often equipped with ultra-bright bulbs and are best used in dark places. The specifics of lumens and their measurements are beyond the scope of this article, but if you wanted to read more, there’s a great article here.

Another important thing to note: the larger your display, the dimmer your picture will be. This isn’t a problem for larger projectors, but as a general rule, a pocket projector will struggle to show a crisp picture above 60” or so.

Hardware

How do you plan to use the projector? If you’re looking to connect it to a games console, you’ll want to ensure that it has an HDMI or AV connection, whereas if you just want to use it for films, you might be alright with just a USB or SD card slot.

Does it require an outlet in order to work, or can it be charged with a micro-USB cable? Does it have a battery built in or will it cut out the second the power goes off? Further, can the projector be used whilst the battery is charging?

As far as accessories go, is there a spot for a tripod to be attached? Are there built-in speakers, and if so, are they any good? Typically, these products don’t really tend to have great speakers, so you might be better off using a pair of headphones or your own speakers in order to get the best results.

Well, there you have it. Remember this: considering these important aspects can stop you from being disappointed when you get the product home and realize you can’t connect it the way you wanted, so it’s well worth thinking critically about the product you like before you commit to buying it.

Conclusion


Five pocket projectors, five great potential additions to your home. Whilst each has its own strengths, there is one which we found slightly more attractive than the others. The iCODIS G1 is a little more expensive than the others, sure, but it makes up for it by including a wealth of features such as built-in WiFi, a large display size and good picture quality to boot.

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