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These are the best pocket projectors for your Android

25 mayo, 2021

Whether the use is for leisure or not, a projector takes up less than a 50-inch television (or more) and are easier to move. Let’s not say if they are pocket-sized, with built-in battery and wireless: we have our screen anywhere.

Even so, it can be difficult to clarify between so many models available, whether for leisure or even some improvised presentation. That is why we have selected the best portable projectors compatible with Android (and most mobile, and non-mobile devices as well).

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What to consider when buying a pocket projector

Before getting to the point, let’s see what are the characteristics on which we must focus to get the most out of each euro that we invest in these small projectors.

  • Portability. As in many other systems, size is one of the keys when evaluating two of the most important points: performance and price. Systems that are too small tend to give poorer quality images and, of course, add to the budget. The more frequent and relocated (without a fixed location) the screenings, the more we will be interested in opting for a reduced team versus, of course, a fixed one.

  • Autonomy. If portability is a plus large, autonomy is likely to be as well. When the intention is to project on any surface, we will often be far from a socket, so a good autonomy is also a plus.

  • Brightness. The first technical key of a projector: its light output. It will be the one that forces us to close doors and windows, or allows us to project on larger or smaller walls.

  • Resolution. Limits the amount of information that will be projected, so the ideal would be to find the sweet spot that satisfies your uses

  • Contrast. It is common for projectors (and especially lower quality ones) to see images that are too ‘washed out’. That is, with very low contrast levels between blacks and whites, which makes darker projections more difficult to view. If our goal is to project text in black and white, this will be secondary.

  • Connectivity. We are talking about projectors compatible with Android, that is, the idea will be to either connect a cable to our device or send it wirelessly. Or, of course, that the projector has Android and is the source of the content itself. We depend here on the connectivity of the device, which will allow us to define in which scenarios we can function (and in which not).

  • Projection ratio. With portable projectors a type proliferates especially, for small spaces: those with short throw. Thus, if a projector has a projection ratio of 1.2: 1, it means that it projects a 1.2 meter image at a distance of one meter from the wall.

Celluon PicoPro

Picopro
  • Weight: 190 grams
  • Autonomy: 2 and a half hours under wireless operation, 3 and a half with cables.
  • Brightness: no data
  • Resolution: 1,920 x 720 in 16: 9
  • Contrast: 80000: 1 (dynamic)
  • Connectivity: wireless, DLNA; and with cable, HDMI and MHL
  • Throw Ratio: 1.3: 1

At just 1.3 centimeters thick, the PicoPro by Celluon undoubtedly scores points in the design section. Very thin and weighing about 190 grams it is a good option for portability, considering that it also works over DLNA.

The resolution is somewhat unusual, 1,920 x 720, with 16: 9 format, which means that the pixels are not square and horizontal resolution is increased by 50% if we start with HD content. Nothing to worry about, the scaling is automatic and it works as if the resolution were standard.

More information | Celluon

Asus S1 Led

Asus S1 Led
  • Weight: 342 grams
  • Autonomy: 3 hours (at 50 lumens), it also serves as a 6,000 mAh external battery.
  • Brightness: 200 lumens
  • Resolution: WVGA 854 x 480
  • Contrast: 1000: 1
  • Connectivity: wired, HDMI and MHL
  • Throw Ratio: 1.1: 1

The Asus option comes with the cable as the only connectivity option, although it includes the HDMI and MHL adapters for our mobile devices. In addition, the S1 LED It can be used to charge the device from which we project while we do it, and even directly use the projector as an external battery with its 6,000 mAh.

More info | Engadget | Amazon

ZTE SPro 2

Zte Spro 2
  • Weight: 526 grams
  • Autonomy: 2 and a half hours of wireless operation. 6,300 mAh battery
  • Brightness: 200 lumens (mains connected), 100 on battery
  • Resolution: HD 1,280 x 720
  • Contrast: 4000: 1
  • Connectivity: wired and wireless, HDMI, Miracast, microSD (up to 64GB), WiFi, Bluetooth and USB 3.0
  • Projection ratio: no data
  • Specifications: Snapdragon 800 CPU with Adreno 330, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 5-inch screen. Supports full-format microSD and USB and HDMI cards. It works on Android 4.4.

This is the second version of ZTE’s built-in display projector. The SPro 2 is quite a tablet that projects, and not just any one. For its price of 699 euros, ZTE basically incorporates a Nexus 5 (2013) inside, with very ambitious connectivity options.

More info | Engadget Android

LG Mini Beam Nano

Lg beam
  • Weight: 270 grams
  • Autonomy: two hours, 3,800 mAh
  • Brightness: 100 lumens
  • Resolution: WVGA 854 x 480
  • Contrast: 100,000: 1 (dynamic)
  • Connectivity: wired and wireless, microHDMI, MHL and mirroring from Android
  • Projection ratio: no data

It’s not the smallest or the most powerful on the list, but it comes for the lowest price. For 220 euros LG presents the Mini Beam Nano, a projector with wireless connectivity that can play the role.

More info | Xataka Home | Amazon

United Object Smart Beam Laser

Uo Smart Beam Laser
  • Weight: 195 grams
  • Autonomy: two hours, 4,200 mAh
  • Brightness: 60 lumens
  • Resolution: HD 1,280 x 720 true
  • Contrast: no data
  • Connectivity: wired and wireless, microHDMI, MHL and mirroring from Android
  • Projection ratio: 1.64: 1

United Object has one of the most striking and compact bets with its Smart Beam Laser. A cube-shaped projector, with less than 6 centimeters per side. Although its luminosity is lower than that of other projectors, from UO they ensure that 60 lumens of a laser lamp spread more than they seem. Its price? About 400 euros.

More info | UO Beam

Chromecast. Does not fail

Unlimited Entertainment Bg

Now, now. Chromecast it is not a projector in itself. Still, it is a dongle HDMI that we can connect to any peripheral with input for this port. In this way we can make any projector wireless whether we have Wi-Fi in the place where we want to project or not.

So with this little peripheral and for less than 40 euros, we can adapt to projectors and screens wherever we go.