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Best Projectors to Take on a Family Vacation or Summer Road Trip

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Whether it is for a family vacation or a summer road trip, a portable projector is an affordable gadget that will ensure a good time, rain or shine!  As technology becomes more advanced, smaller projectors are offering better picture quality.

 

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Below, are a few great portable projectors to choose from:

 

LG PH450UG, LG PF1000UW & LG HF85JA

 

These three LG models are excellent selections in the “ultra short throw” category.  The throw distance range for these projectors can be as short as 2.5 to 18 inches while still projecting an image larger than most flat screens you find in hotel rooms.  Each model weighs in at less than seven pounds, which is convenient if you are flying and need to cut down on your baggage weight.  In terms of brightness, the LG PH450UG has 450 lumens, which is not excellent.  But the LG PF1000UW and LG HF85JA models have 1000 and 1500 lumens, respectively, which will be fine once you draw the shades.

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Optoma ML750ST

 

This “pocket” projector fits in the palm of your hand and weighs less than two pounds, including the power block.  Still, this tiny device can project a 50-inch diagonal image at 34 inches from the screen.  The Optoma ML750ST has received glowing reviews of its image quality in spite of its 700-lumen rating.

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Casio XJ-A257

 

The Casio XJ-A257 is a portable projector that packs a ton of features in a slim package.  The projector features Wi-Fi connectivity and 2 gigabytes of internal memory, provides 3000 lumens of brightness and can project at a distance as short at three feet.  All this in a five-pound projector!

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AAXA HD

 

This AAXA model is a 14 cubic square inch box that will be easy to pack for your trip.  At less than one pound, the AAXA HD projector will fit in the palm of your hand.  Though the projector’s brightness is only 50 lumens, its 17-inch minimum throw distance will fit perfectly in any space.

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Top Projectors and Pro Tips for Your Next Business Presentation

If you are buying a projector to use for a business presentation, you won’t need it to deliver the very latest 4K picture quality or blast their eardrums with its high quality sound system.  But you do have to consider practical needs, such as portability, brightness and ease of use.

 

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So what are some of the best projectors and tips for delivering a great business presentation?

 

Optoma EH460ST

This model provides 4,200 lumens of brightness, making it capable of projecting in rooms with ambient light, which can be an issue when you don’t have control over the environment.  The remote has standard operating functions, as well as a brightness adjustment button and a laser pointer.

 

Tip:  With a projector as bright as the Optoma EH460ST, consider adding video to your presentation.  It will look sharp and so will you!

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NEC ME331W

The NEC ME331W provides not only excellent brightness with 3,300 lumens, but outstanding sound as well with 20 watt speakers.  You can also use the projector’s seven preset modes to choose the right brightness for the image size you want based on the ambient light in the room.

 

Tip:  Now that you have the power of the NEC ME331W, why not combine sounds and music with your images?  They’ll surely make everyone sit up and take notice.

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Casio XJ-A252

About the size of a piece of 8″x11″ paper, the Casio XJ-A252 projector is slim (less than two inches in height) and lightweight (five pounds).  This model is not only a breeze to transport in its soft carrying case, but will easily handle ambient light with its 3,000 lumens.

 

Tip:  This will be an easy projector for you to use if you’re bringing a stack of handouts to your session.  Consider handing those out before you begin.

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Acer X118H

If you are concerned about cost, this Acer model’s MSRP is under $300.  It provides 3,600 lumens and its three-watt speakers should be adequate for most small business meetings.

Tip:  Connect the computer and projector prior to the presentation to ensure you know how to set it up correctly.

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LG Updates MiniBeam Line with The LG Pro PF1500 and the LG PW800

The excitement in pico projectors is hard to dismiss. In fact, according to a recent report, the pico projector market is expected to grow by about 40 percent between 2016 and 2020. The reason: The technology continues to develop at a very rapid pace. Mini projectors are getting smaller, brighter and packed with more and more features.

Enter LG’s latest pico projectors – the updated MiniBeam line-up. Recently, LG unveiled two new models in the line, and there’s a lot to be excited about in the MiniBeam Pro PF1500 and the TV PW800. Not only are these projectors extremely portable, they also represent the rapid pace of development in mini projectors. Both pack in an array of features. For instance, the TV PW800 is the first pico projector to include a TV tuner, and the Pro PF1500 is a Full HD mini, weighing just 3 pounds.

LG MiniBeam PF1500
LG MiniBeam PF1500

 

Introducing the PF1500 and the PW800

 

Both the PF1500 and the PW800 are small-box projectors. The PF1500 is the larger of the two, and although it’s not quite small enough to fit in your pocket, it’s perfect for taking in your bag with you wherever you go. The PW800 is smaller, the true mini projector, weighing a little more than a pound.

The PF1500 competes fiercely with other mini and portable home entertainment projectors. For instance, the projector has a 1920×1080 Full HD native resolution. It’s rated at 1400 ASNI lumens and has a contrast ratio of 150,000:1. This is a big projector in a small package, and it has the potential to provide great results for home movies and video viewing.

Plus, the Pro PF1500 is geared more for those wanting a bit more features. It includes wireless connectivity, Bluetooth audio and optical zoom. On the other hand, the TV PW800 isn’t a Full HD solution, but it does have a lot of amazing features. That’s why the PW800 is great for the business road-warriors and home entertainment buffs.

The TV tuner feature, first and foremost, is what sets this apart from other pico projectors. Yet, the PW800 also boasts some impressive stats for a pico. First, it’s equipped with an 800-lumen lamp. That’s a little too dim for well-lit rooms, but compared to other pico projectors, it’s very bright. Additionally, the PW800’s native resolution is 1280×800 and it has a 100,000:1 contrast ratio. Plus, it has all the right features for home entertainment, including HDMI support, USB input, smartphone connections, and wireless connectivity.

LG MiniBeam PW800
LG MiniBeam PW800

What’s the Cost?

 

The LG PW800 and the LG Pro PF1500, compared to other mini projectors, are a bit on the high-end. For instance, the PW800 starts at $599, which is considerably higher than other pico projectors. And the Pro PF1500’s starting price $999, puts it in line with larger, portable projectors like the BenQ 1085ST and the Optoma GT1080.

That makes sense, considering both pack in the features. And if you just plan on replacing your TV, the PF1500 might be one of the best, most portable options. Additionally, the PW800 is small, but mighty, and with the TV tuner, it’s great for portable television viewing.

More generally, though, these projectors are just another example of what the future holds for mini projectors. They’re becoming brighter and more powerful, and if the trend continues, the minis are becoming more and more competitive with non-portable home theater projectors.

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Lenovo Unveils Latest Pocket Projector

Have you ever wanted to project a smartphone video to your friends? Now, the next time you see a viral video that you just can’t help but share, you can do that in a matter of seconds, turning small-screen videos into large-scale projected images.

Recently, Lenovo unveiled the Pocket Projector at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The mini-projector has the ability to fit on any Android phone, and project an image as large as 110 inches. That means whenever a video catches your eye, you can project it on the nearest wall in the blink of an eye. How’s that for projector portability?

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Lenovo Pocket Projector Engaged

Of course, it’s a mini pico projector. That means it’s not going to replace your home theater set-up, or project Full HD stunning images. But it does offer a handy, portable solution that will suit the needs of a variety of users – from business travelers who want a quick set-up for on-the-go presentations to kids who want to project the latest YouTube video for their friends.

So just how powerful is the Lenovo Pocket Projector?

Here are the specs: Lenovo says the system provides both 4:3 and 16:10 aspect ratio support, and it has a 50-lumen LED bulb with a 1,000:1 contrast ratio. That’s fairly impressive considering its jacket-pocket size. Plus, the Pocket Projector has dual built-in speakers, at a half watt each, making it a true turn-key projection system. You can plug and play in seconds, with video and audio.

Lenovo Pocket Projector Speaker
Lenovo Pocket Projector Speaker

The system is also battery powered, with a battery life of over two hours. So if wanted to project a feature-length movie, you could, and finally, the projector’s native resolution is 854×480. So it’s clearly not designed to compete with Full HD projectors, but yet, it’s still capable of providing a reasonably resolute image on-the-go.

Just think, a few years ago, this sort of device wasn’t a possibility.

Other useful features include a tilting lens feature, so the image can be moved up or down to fit the screen. Plus, there’s a MicroUSB connection for your phone, as well as wireless connectivity. So there are plenty of options to connect your device. Or if your phone isn’t nearby, you can use a 32GB SD card. The projector supports JPEG, MP4, MP3 and AVI files on SD cards.

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Lenovo Pocket Projector Red

Lenovo Continues to Experiment in the Portable Projector Segment

So how much will the Pocket Projector set you back? When Lenovo announced its latest device, they said it would be available in May for about $250. That makes it highly competitive, price-wise, with other pico projectors. At $250, Lenovo’s would be in the same range as models by Acer, while AAXA’s pico projectors are about half the price.

Not to mention, the release of the Pocket Projector is another bold step forward for Lenovo. Recently, the manufacturer released the Yoga Tablet 2, a tablet computer with projection capabilities. The manufacturer continues to produce innovative A/V toys, and the Yoga 2 and Pocket Projector are prime examples.

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Mini Projectors: What Are They Capable Of?

Just like other gadgets, projectors are shrinking. Today, you can find a projector that fits right in your pocket, or one that’s lightweight enough to carry with you anywhere.

But are there mini solutions that can replace home theater projectors? The short answer is not yet. Instead, micro projectors work well for on-the-go multimedia presentations and lower image-quality video viewing. So is a mini projector worth the investment? It depends. There are different types available with a range of capabilities that will work nicely for some people.

Mini Projector
Mini Projector

Types of Mini Projectors

 

The options for portable projectors are pretty endless. In fact, projectors that are labeled “portable” by their manufacturers are often permanently installed, because, although they’re small enough to take anywhere, they’re powerful enough for business presentations, gaming and video – all at a price that’s competitive.

Yet, there’s a difference between portable and mini projectors. Namely mini projectors are smaller and less powerful than projectors that have been labeled “portable.” The biggest advantage, though, is the size. The majority of micro projectors can fit in your pocket or bag – you can take them virtually anywhere.

Really, there are two main size classes for micro projectors – pico or pocket projectors and palmtop projectors.

 

Pico Projector
Pico Projector

Pico projectors are the smallest, and some are roughly the size of a graphing calculator or smartphone. Pico projectors are used for many different things, from video to business slides, although they’re usually more geared toward multimedia presentations. Due to their size, though, picos generally don’t have many features or the brightest bulb.

Palmtop Projectors are larger in size and generally cast a brighter image than their pico counterparts. Plus, as they’re built in larger frames, palmtops may have more ports, built-in sound and more storage, but they’re still lightweight enough to add to your bag and hardly notice.

Palmtop Projector
Palmtop Projector

Mini Projectors: Pros and Cons

 

So what is the point of owning a pico or palmtop projector, especially considering all the “portable” options? There are pros and cons, but in some cases, they make a lot of sense.

 

Pros:

  • Size: Of course, the biggest advantage is size. Many pico options can fit in your pocket or your laptop bag. That’s why these projectors work well for the business traveler; they need a projector that can travel anywhere. Plus, there are options available for those that want to project videos and even movies on the go.
  • Easy Set-Up: Set-up is another advantage of the pico projector. Compared to some other portable options, picos and palmtop projectors can be set up in a minute or two. Plus, the majority run on batteries – a great feature when an outlet isn’t near.

    Easy Set Up with Mini Projectors
    Easy Set Up with Mini Projectors
  • Built-In Sound, Storage: It’s increasingly common for pico and palmtop projectors to have built-in sound and storage systems. Although you won’t find a hard drive with tons or space or an extremely powerful speaker, these features are still very functional. For instance, the Optoma PK320 has 2GB of internal space and a 1-watt speaker.

Cons:

  • Brightness: Generally, pico and palmtop projectors have limited brightness, ranging from 10 lumens up to 100 or more. But that seems to be changing. Using LED lamps, many micro projectors can now display images as bright as 1,000 lumens, like the Dell M115.
  • Limited Features: As these projectors are very small, you won’t find many features. For instance, there are usually a limited number of ports. Yet, the technology is slowly but surely catching up, and options like 3D and wireless connectivity are slowly becoming standard features.
  • Low Resolution: You won’t find an affordable Full HD pico projector. They just don’t exist yet. There are some Native 720p options available, like the AAXA P2 Jr., yet the majority fall into the WGXA and XGA resolutions or lower. That’s fine for business presentations, but it’s not ideal for watching video or gaming. Plus, the contrast is generally fairly low, up to about 1,000:1, but this is changing thanks to the LED projectors.
  • Cost: Pico and palmtop projectors are relatively affordable, starting at about $200. But for the features, brightness and their native resolutions, a larger, more powerful projector makes the most sense.

Bottom Line: Should You Buy a Pico or Palmtop Projector?

 

It’s tough to say. If you need a low-cost projector for small, on-the-go business meetings, a pico projector will likely suffice. And if you’re always on the go, and need something that will cast a video on the wall of wherever you are, a pico might be the right option.

But the technology is still catching up. In a few years, picos and palmtop projectors will likely be even more competitive with their larger counterparts, but right now, if you’ll only be moving your projector from time to time, a “portable” projector is the better option.