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Any projectors are more associated with stationary use in a specially equipped room. However, today’s world with its extreme pace has formed a noticeable user demand for miniature projectors that are easy to transport and ideally use without being tied to a power outlet. The request was instantly satisfied, and mini-projectors appeared, including a pocket form factor in the literal sense.

Today, the editors of Expertology magazine present you with a review of the ten best, according to our experts, mini-projectors available on the Russian market. We divided the models recommended by experts into two groups according to the conditional degree of portability. The criterion was the possibility of battery power and a convenient form for transportation.

Rating of the best mini projectors

Nomination place Name of product price

Best Desktop Mini Projectors

one

TouYinger T4 mini

7 500 ₽

2

Everycom X9

13 500 ₽

3

DIGMA DiMagic Cube

16 990 ₽

four

Xiaomi Mijia MJJGTYDS02FM

33 800 ₽

5

ASUS ZenBeam S2

38 930 ₽

Best Pocket Mini Projectors

one

Everycom S6 plus

13 490 ₽

2

DUNE HD Traveler

29 990 ₽

3

Acer C202i

24 000 ₽

four

LG PH30JG

21 000 ₽

5

Vivitek Qumi Q3 Plus-WH

46 300 ₽

Best Desktop Mini Projectors

The first selection presents five examples of projectors that are essentially stationary, but at the same time easily amenable to transportation and lightning-fast adaptation to a new location. They are compact, weighing a few kilograms, and not tens of kilograms, like real stationary projectors.

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TouYinger T4 mini

Rating: 4.9

TouYinger T4 mini

The first in this collection will be the most inexpensive option that can be considered workable. The projector costs less than 10 thousand rubles, which is mere pennies for such devices. Here, the creators of the model successfully embodied simplicity, good quality and minimal, but sufficient functionality for many tasks.

Projector dimensions – 218x88x172 mm, weight – 1.2 kg. Built-in two stereo speakers with a power of 2 W each. The case is made of good plastic, the design is discreet, universal for consumer electronics. The principle of operation is light-emitting diode (LED). The nominal declared lamp life is 30 thousand hours in economy mode. In normal mode, the service life will be halved, but in terms of the real average time of using the projector per day, this will be enough for sure several years.

The projector generates a luminous flux of 2400, which is very good for such a cheap and simple model. Contrast is also decent – 1500:1. The image resolution is 1280×720 with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Projection distance – 1.20 – 3.80 m. Recommended image size for optimal perception – from 0.76 to 3.81 m. Focal length – 126 mm.

To connect source devices, HDMI, VGA, composite and RCA audio inputs are provided. There is a 3.5mm mini jack audio jack for output. There’s also a USB port on a classic Type A socket card reader for full size SD cards.

The projector is powered from the mains through a regular outlet. That is why, although it is “mini”, and is positioned on many trading floors as portable, it cannot be fully considered as such. The best confirmation is individual user complaints about the bundled power cord being too short.

Advantages

  • image quality;

  • contrast;

  • powerful luminous flux;

  • card reader;

  • nice appearance;

  • the most affordable price in the collection.

Flaws

  • short power cord.

Everycom X9

Rating: 4.8

Everycom X9

Next, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with another good mini-projector. This model, although almost twice as expensive as the previous one, still remains in the budget category. As for features and functionality, they are worth the price difference.

The dimensions of the projector are 303x104x222 mm, which is difficult, but still fits into the concept of “mini”. Weight is also moderate – 2.3 kg. It also uses a similar stereo pair of the same power as the previous model – two 2 W speakers. These models are united by the principle of action – LED, and a lamp of similar characteristics, designed for the same 30 thousand hours.

The light source here generates a more powerful luminous flux – 3500 lm. Significantly more contrast – 2500:1. These two indicators can already tell a lot about the quality of the picture. Image resolution is 1280×800 with 8:5 aspect ratio. Projection distance – 2 – 3.87 m. Recommended projection dimensions – from 1.52 to 3.81 m in width. The distance to the screen is related to the projection size as 1.2:1 – 1.2:1.

The set of interfaces here is twice as wide as that of the TouYinGer T4 mini: two HDMI video inputs, one VGA input, a component input, an audio input on an RCA jack (“tulip”) – the same audio connector is on the output; and two USB ports on classic type A sockets. If Wi-Fi is critically needed, the presence of the module must be checked at the point of sale before purchase, since different modifications may differ just in its presence.

In general, reviews on this model are mostly positive, but only from those who have bothered to carefully calibrate and set up the projector before starting active operation. In a state straight from the factory, the project can soap along the edges of the full frame, give some distortion of shades. But these moments are critical only in rare cases, and for domestic use there is no need for such tricks.

Advantages

  • image quality;

  • brightness;

  • contrast;

  • powerful luminous flux;

  • reliability;

  • a set of interfaces;

  • WiFi.

Flaws

  • the most dimensional;

  • requires pre-configuration and calibration.

DIGMA DiMagic Cube

Rating: 4.7

DIGMA DiMagic Cube

The third number in our review, we will consider the almost complete opposite of the previous model. DIGMA DiMagic Cube could well be considered pocket-sized, if not for its shape. And the rest is a mini-projector, portable in every sense, including in terms of autonomous power supply.

The shape of the projector is almost regular cubic with rounded corners. Dimensions – 61x64x62 mm. Weight – only 0.34 kg. The case is plastic, mostly black with bright red design artifacts. A significant part of this rather modest volume is occupied by a stereo pair – speakers with a power of 2 watts.

In terms of image reproduction, one cannot expect superpowers from this model, since it is designed specifically for conditions of maximum mobility, when the conditions for presentation can be anything. Therefore, let the consumer not be confused by insignificant values ​​​​of characteristics like 50 lm of luminous flux power. In such microscales, this indicator is quite sufficient.

With a light output of 50 lumens, the projector delivers a contrast ratio of 1000:1, which is equivalent to an “average” IPS matrix, of course, not without reservations about ambient lighting. Manufacturers measure contrast in near-perfect darkness, when even surrounding objects and walls absorb maximum stray light.

The resolution of this model is also very limited – 854×480, but this is quite acceptable for an image with a size of 0.25 m or more, as recommended by the manufacturer. The maximum recommended size in width is up to 3.05, but this is already questionable just because of the low resolution, unless the position of the viewer will be far away from the screen, when the pixels will already be indistinguishable.

Such a seemingly simple device is based on fairly powerful electronics. So, it has its own RAM in the amount of 1 GB, as well as 16 GB of internal memory for the shell and data. A USB interface is used for connection on a type B jack. The output is a mini jack 3.5 mm audio output. There is a Bluetooth wireless module.

This projector can run on batteries for up to 3.5 hours. A micro USB port is provided for charging the batteries. It is possible to use the projector for its intended purpose and charge at the same time – this is a big plus for portability and flexibility of use.

The projector can be controlled using a progressive Airplay type remote control with an interesting spatial approach to object control.

Advantages

  • miniature sizes;

  • good contrast for such a light flux;

  • autonomous food;

  • ultraportability;

  • bluetooth;

  • attractive appearance and concept in general;

  • airplay remote.

Flaws

  • limited features.

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Xiaomi Mijia MJJGTYDS02FM

Rating: 4.7

Xiaomi Mijia MJJGTYDS02FM

Next on the list is a very good mini projector from Xiaomi, which turned out to be another successful experiment by Xiaomi in terms of creating their own versions of anything. It depends on a stationary power supply, but its dimensions make it possible to consider the model as conditionally portable.

The dimensions of the projector are really modest – 150x150x115 mm, as well as its weight – 1.3 kg. The design is classic, in the spirit of the well-known amateur projectors for filmstrips. Due to the desire to minimize the manufacturer has supplied the projector with only one speaker.

The principle of operation of the projector is LED. The standard lamp has a life of up to 30 hours in energy-saving mode. The generated luminous flux looks pale in every sense against the background of stationary models – 500 lm, but we must not forget that this is quite acceptable for this format. Contrast in its purest form is 1200:1, which is not bad, but this figure is only achievable in perfect blackout conditions.

The characteristics of the resulting projection image are as follows. Optimal projection distances are from 1 to 4 m. Optimal projection dimensions for perception in width are from 1.02 to 5.08 m. The distance to the screen refers to the projection size as 1.2:1 – 1.2:1. The maximum resolution of the “picture” is FullHD 1920×1080 with 16:9 aspect ratio.

The set of interfaces here is expectedly minimal: only HDMI at the input, audio mini jack at the output. There is also a USB port on the classic type A socket. The developers were pleasantly surprised by the fact that in this model they stinted neither on the Wi-Fi module, nor on Bluetooth.

This projector, with all the listed advantages, also deserves a high rating for compatibility. It supports HDTV, 3D picture format, Smart TV. All software runs on Android OS.

Of the shortcomings, perhaps the most annoying is the lack of an official global firmware. There is an English interface language, but it does not solve much, since many connected services are still in the same Chinese. This problem is solved, but it will require some knowledge and perseverance, or the help of a specialist.

Advantages

  • miniature size and weight;

  • Full HD projection resolution;

  • good image quality with such aggregate characteristics;

  • contrast;

  • reliability and reliability;

  • HDR10 support;

  • SmartTV support;

  • wireless Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Flaws

  • no global firmware;

  • “requests” autonomous power supply.

ASUS ZenBeam S2

Rating: 4.7

ASUS ZenBeam S2

The first half of the review of the best mini-projectors according to Expertology magazine will be completed by the most expensive ASUS model in the selection. The name hints at the belonging of the model to the prestigious Zen family of ASUS electronics. Based on DLP technology.

The dimensions of the projector are miniature – 120x35x120 mm and weighs about 500 g. This model no longer depends on the outlet, having its own built-in battery. The principle of operation and the characteristics of the light source here are similar to the model described above: an LED lamp with a resource of 30 thousand hours in economy mode generates a luminous flux of 500 lm with similar contrast ratios.

The resolution of the projected image is 1280×720 with 16:9 aspect ratio. Supports HDTV standard and 3D video. The projection distance varies from 1.50 to 3 m. The recommended comfortable and practical image size is from 1.52 to 3.05 m in width. Distance to size refers as 1.12:1 – 1.12:1. Like almost all projectors in this class, ASUS ZenBeam S2 can automatically adjust the focus and the main characteristics of the image.

As for the interfaces, there is the necessary minimum and even a little more: HDMI, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack, Wi-Fi wireless module. Built-in two 2-watt speakers. The projector can be used as a power bank for charging gadgets via USB Type-C.

A few words about autonomy. This projector is equipped with a fairly capacious 6000 mAh battery. This is not bad, it should be enough for 3-3.5 hours of operation. This is the maximum length of a feature film or extended presentation with breaks, so it’s more than enough for work or entertainment needs.

This model goes on sale in high-quality premium packaging, which in itself can replace the gift. A nice bonus of a complete set is a carrying bag. User opinions are mostly positive, and only a small part lacks at least FullHD 1920×1080 resolution.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • quality of materials and assembly;

  • autonomy;

  • autofocus and autotuning;

  • WiFi;

  • reliability and durability;

  • fairly quiet operation;

  • stylish packaging.

Flaws

  • relatively modest resolution (less than FullHD 1920×1080).

Best Pocket Mini Projectors

Let’s move on to the second part of the review of the best projectors according to the Expertology online magazine. Here we look at five models that already fully fit into the pocket form factor mini projector category.

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Everycom S6 plus

Rating: 4.9

Everycom S6 plus

Let’s start with the most inexpensive option, which for such an affordable price offers the user unexpectedly impressive features and functionality.

First of all, we note that this model resembles a smartphone in size and shape. With a body size of 81x18x147 mm, the projector weighs only about 250 g. The design theme clearly and undisguisedly emulates the style of classic smartphones – proportions, a combination of plastic and metal, characteristic materials. The most important advantage of the projector is the use of DLP technology with a Laser-LED light source.

The power of the luminous flux in Everycom S6 plus is 1500 lumens. The contrast ratio is quite decent – 2000:1. Although this is in “laboratory” conditions, it is still noticeably better than conventional LED models due to the use of a laser with its saturation, accuracy and minimum beam divergence angle.

The maximum projection resolution is 854×480. The laser here fulfills its role quite worthily, providing clarity and saturation. The projection distance according to the passport is 0.35 – 5 m. The recommended image size is from 0.51 to 3.81 m.

Separately, it is worth mentioning the ability of the projector to correct keystone distortion. This function is not available in all modifications of Everycom S6 plus. The amount of RAM can serve as a guideline. There are modifications with 8, 16 or 32 GB of RAM. The youngest with 8 GB does not know how to correct trapezoid distortions, the other two do it automatically.

Of the interfaces in this model, unexpectedly many options are provided, as much as they managed to fit into a miniature case. So, here we have an HDMI input (for individual modifications); mini jack output 3.5 mm for audio; two USB ports on a classic type A socket; frame reader for full size SD flash cards. There is also a wireless connection – Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.

A separate explanation on the HDMI interface. In modifications with 8/16 GB RAM, HDMI works as a TV set-top box. On models with 32 GB of RAM, HDMI can be used to connect the projector to a PC or laptop, game console, and other compatible devices.

With this mini-projector, everything would be fine, if not for two circumstances. First, the built-in battery lasts an average of an hour of operation. And for the most careful setting you need a tripod. These two circumstances greatly reduce portability, which at first glance seems to be the maximum possible due to the format.

Advantages

  • DLP technology with Laser-LED lamp;

  • image quality;

  • contrast;

  • “smartphone” form factor;

  • materials and design;

  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi;

  • Miracast support;

  • card reader.

Flaws

  • weak battery;

  • insufficient brightness.

DUNE HD Traveler

Rating: 4.8

DUNE HD Traveler

Now let’s take a look at the Traveler pocket mini-projector of the DUNE brand, which has become famous for its good, convenient and functional set-top boxes. Here we are talking about a projector, miniature and ultraportable, but with good functionality. In fact, the device combines the functions of a projector, media player, set-top box, compact speaker system and power bank.

Externally, DUNE HD Traveler is a compact box measuring 112x28x112 mm in a modest plastic case with rounded corners. Weight – about 330 g. The lamp generates a luminous flux of 600 lm, and this is quite good for such a small size. The 3500:1 contrast ratio is also very commendable. The declared lamp life is about 30 thousand hours.

Perhaps the most painful moment in this model is the resolution. The numbers at 864×480 pixels look very mediocre, and here you need to keep in mind the fact that this is still an ultra-portable pocket projector, from which you cannot expect the capabilities of stationary models at this price. Projection distance – 1.2-1.3.

Even in such a miniature projector, the developers had to resort to active cooling – a compact fan was installed on the radiator. If the projector is simply turned on, the fan sound is audible. But it is enough to turn on the content with sound, and even the stock speakers will completely drown out the cooler.

With all the outward modesty, this projector is built on a very decent electronic base. It uses a quad-core Amlogic S905X CPU with Cortex A53 cores at up to 1.5 GHz. Graphic module – Mali-450 5-core. RAM 1 GB, built-in – 8 GB. The built-in battery with a capacity of 7500 mAh seems impressive only against the background of smartphones. In reality, with an average consumption of a full charge, an hour and a half is enough, and this is also a weak point of the projector.

The general conclusion on this model is predominantly positive, both among experts and most ordinary users. The narrowest moment from a technical point of view – resolution, in practice shows itself far from being as bad as expected. The picture is very clear, bright, contrasting, and not necessarily at minimum distances. Jerks in dynamic scenes are also not observed.

Advantages

  • good image quality for such a resolution;

  • high contrast;

  • wide functionality;

  • ease of use;

  • android;

  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi;

  • simple but nice design.

Flaws

  • autonomy;

  • low resolution.

Acer C202i

Rating: 4.8

Acer C202i

The third pocket projector in the selection has an initially certain credibility due to the famous brand. But a more in-depth study of the characteristics does not disappoint, and the forcedly limited resolution is effectively compensated by expressiveness.

Externally, the projector is a miniature box measuring 150x42x150 mm and weighing only 350 g with a concise but stylish design. The package also comes with a mini tripod, on which it is convenient to place the projector and physically control the direction of the light flow.

The matrix in this model is capable of 854×480 resolution. And in this case, the developers have achieved an impressive expressiveness of the picture due to clarity, record contrast and saturation. All this compensated to a large extent for the low resolution.

The lamp in the projector creates a luminous flux of 300 lm. Its resource is 20 thousand hours in normal and up to 30 thousand hours in economy modes. DLP technology is implemented here at a high level, so that it was possible to achieve a record contrast ratio of 5000:1. The projection distance varies from 0.70 to 2.90 m. The recommended projection size is from 0.73 to 2.54 m. Distance to size is related as 1.3:1 – 1.3:1. Focal length – 5.02 – 5.02 mm. With a frame rate of up to 60 Hz, TV video smoothness is achieved.

The set of interfaces here is very concise – HDMI input, 3.5 mm audio output, USB port with a classic type A socket. The creators even fit a speaker into this miniature design, but, however, only one with a power of 2 W.

Users in this model, for the most part, are satisfied with almost everything – the quality of details, especially improved image quality with record contrast, stylish modern design. The model does not cause any objective complaints, only some complaints about the fact that few multimedia formats are supported when reading from a flash drive.

One of the most striking features of this projector, which is emphasized by many reviewers, is the automatic adjustment to the projection geometry when the projector is located on the side, and not in the center of the screen. This “superpower” is not unique, but is found in rare models.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • image quality and clarity;

  • normal geometry image when mounted on the side;

  • saturated shades;

  • high frame rate;

  • record contrast;

  • stylish design.

Flaws

  • few compatible media formats.

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LG PH30JG

Rating: 4.7

LG PH30JG

Now let’s look at an even more productive and functional mini-projector, this time from the LG brand. The best option for those who need a pocket size device, and the resolution is as close as possible to stationary models.

Projector dimensions – 86x36x147 mm, weight – 0.49 kg. The case is white in a simple rectangular shape with the utmost minimalism in design. White color. The operating principle is based on DLP technology. Lamp resource – 30 thousand hours. There is a built-in 1W speaker.

The light source creates a flux of 250 lm. The manufacturer indicates an unrealistic contrast ratio of 100,000:1, meaning dynamic, when the image settings automatically change depending on the nature of the illumination of the scene in the frame. However, the contrast of this model is at least above average.

The projection resolution is 1280×720 pixels. The proportions are 16:9. The recommended dimensions of the projection in width are from 0.51 to 2.54 m.

Communications in the projector are represented by the following interfaces: HDMI video input; audio output 3.5 mm mini jack; two USB ports – one each on type A and C sockets. There is a wireless connection – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. The built-in accumulator provides autonomous work till 4 o’clock. But this is the maximum achievable with moderate mode. Note – some modifications in some batches do not have wireless communication. They rarely come across on trading floors, but when ordering at this moment, it is better to focus your attention once again.

This model has wide support for various technologies: MHL, Miracast, Screen Share and others. The shell includes an informative file viewer with wide compatibility, even recognizes MS Office files.

In general, users have positive impressions of the projector. Separate remarks concern the small number of supported media formats, they say, the projector is not “omnivorous”. The bundled remote control looks a little strange. It is universal, in a faceless classic style that has nothing to do with the design of the projector itself.

Advantages

  • a high resolution;

  • image quality;

  • contrast;

  • wireless communication modules;

  • good software;

  • autonomy up to 4 hours;

  • stylish minimalist design.

Flaws

  • strange bundled remote control;

  • limited number of supported media formats.

Vivitek Qumi Q3 Plus-WH

Rating: 4.7

Vivitek Qumi Q3 Plus-WH

The review of the best mini-projectors according to Expertology magazine will be completed by the most expensive Vivitek model in this collection. Here, such qualities as pocket sizes, top assembly, image quality are brought together.

Dimensions of the device – 176x28x103 mm, weight – 460 g. The design, as usual for modern electronics, is minimalistic, high-quality white plastic and polished metal surfaces prevail. The standard lamp for such models is LED with a resource of 30 thousand hours. The operating principle is based on DLP technology.

The projector generates a luminous flux of 500 lumens and gives a picture with a high contrast ratio of 5000:1. With a sensor resolution of 1280×720 pixels, this combination provides a high-quality image – clear, with rich colors.

The projection distance for this model is 0.70 – 3.70 m. The recommended projection size is from 0.48 to 2.54 m. The distance to image width ratio is 1.66:1 – 1.66:1.

The set of interfaces here is as wide as possible for such a compact projector: HDMI video input, composite input, audio input with RCA jack (tulip), 3.5 mm mini-jack audio output. There are also two USB ports on classic type A sockets. Wireless communication – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth modules. There is even a card reader.

The projector software runs on Android operating system with support for Smart TV, HDTV and other popular standards.

Regarding its direct duties – designing a high-quality image – this model does an excellent job. Some shortcomings are hidden in the details, and with minimal effort, they can be minimized or eliminated. So, for example, a regular software media player does not read many formats. It is solved simply by installing another player, but this is not obvious to everyone. What is really objectively inconvenient – the low sensitivity of the remote control – on the side of the line of sight can work worse.

Advantages

  • top quality materials;

  • quality assembly;

  • a high resolution;

  • record contrast;

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;

  • card reader;

  • cute design.

Flaws

  • minor flaws in the OS and software;

  • Weak remote control sensitivity.