This article is contributed by Alexandre Lopes
Those days when we could only watch our favorite content on a conventional TV are gone. Over the years, we have seen a real evolution in technology, allowing us to consume our favorite series, movies and programs anywhere, whether on a computer, a smartphone or even a projector. Yes, on a projector.
In the past, there used to be a lot of the idea that a projector was a product to be displayed in a certain place, serving only a specific purpose - such as meetings, events, or classes.
But this is also a niche that has evolved greatly over the years. Nowadays they have different shapes, different features, and some are smarter than others.
For those looking to buy a portable projector, which, by being transportable, allows them to have a screen when and where they want, there are several aspects to take into account: resolution, projection distance, image brightness, weight, connectivity, speakers, battery, among other factors.
But this is a task that takes time. To help you out, we've put together a list of the 10 best portable projectors around.
Starting with a projector you're probably familiar with: Wemax Dice. Capable of projecting an image up to 120" in Full HD, not only does it look beautiful and will fit nicely into any room, but it has a handle that makes it truly transportable - it weighs just over 2.5kg. Other notable features include 700 ANSI lumens of brightness, two integrated 3W speakers, a 16000mAh battery with a battery life of up to three hours - and which even serves as a powerbank to charge our smartphone - and the fact that it has the Android 9.0 TV operating system installed, which means you will have easy access to your favorite apps.
2. Nebula Solar Portable
This projector has a more conventional look, although it manages to be more affordable than the previous proposal. The Nebula Solar Portable is exactly the same as the Nebula Solar version, but with one big difference: it has a battery. A single charge gives it enough autonomy to work for three hours - the battery has an impressive 20000mAh. Besides being a smart projector, it also stands out for the fact that it is HDR10 compatible, presenting video content with greater contrast and detail.
It also has ultrafast autofocus and an unusual USB Type-C input on the rear.
3. Xgimi Halo+
Newer on the market than the previous ones, its price is also higher. The features are great: 900 ANSI lumens of brightness, 1080p native resolution (but compatible with 2K/4K), two integrated speakers of 5W each, Android TV 10 pre-installed, projection of an image up to 200" and the fact that it automatically adjusts the projected image to the desired surface, so you can avoid obstacles. And of course, we can't forget its design, making this Xgimi Halo+ a beautiful piece of decoration.
4. Samsung The Freestyle
Looking at it, it reminds us of a spotlight or a telescope. In fact, Samsung The Freestyle is an all-in-one: it is a projector, it is a smart speaker, and it is also an ambient lighting device. Weighing only 830 grams, allows you to project the videos you want to watch on any surface thanks to its rotation of up to 180 degrees. Creativity is the limit.
Another highlight is its 360-degree sound range and the fact that it offers clear and deeper bass.
Unlike previous projectors, this Samsung proposal does not have Android TV, but Tizen OS, the operating system developed by the Korean brand and found in its Smart TVs, which means that you will have no problem using the most popular streaming apps.
5. LG PF50KA
Returning to a projector with a more conventional look, a compact and comfortable design that is less conspicuous, but that can even be stored in a backpack. We speak, in this case, of the LG PF50KA.
Like Samsung's proposal, this LG projector also uses its own operating system, webOS, that we find in the brand's Smart TVs. It is simple to set up and easy to use, even though it is not an Android TV.
Able to run for 2.5 hours on battery power alone, the LG PF50KA has a lamp that can last up to 30,000 hours and promises fantastic picture quality.
A little bonus: whoever buys this projector can be assured when it comes to Internet speed, as there is a LAN port on the back, so you only need to connect an Ethernet network cable for the best possible performance.
6. BenQ GS50
When you look at this BenQ GS50, it's quicker to think of a speaker than a projector. And we understand why: it has built-in 2.1-channel speakers (5Wx2 midrange tweeter + 10W woofer) that guarantee a strong sound and powerful bass. In fact, its design was specifically thought out so that low-frequency sounds are highlighted, so that watching a movie seems more like being in the cinema.
But of course, besides the sound, this BenQ GS50 has features to match: 500 ANSI lumens of brightness, Full HD resolution, DisplayPort input (something very uncommon), two and a half hour battery life, and Android TV 8 pre-installed.
7. Kodak Luma 450
If all previous projectors are portable, this Kodak Luma 450 is even more so. Slightly larger than the palm of your hand - almost fits in your pants pocket - it is a bit more modest in features, having a brightness of 200 ANSI lumens and two integrated speakers of 1W each- However, it still has Full HD resolution, can project an image up to 150" and has its own Android operating system.
Furthermore, you can pair the projector with your smartphone via the dedicated app, so you won't need to use the included remote control - just use your phone.
8. Philips PicoPix MaxTV
Although today we associate Philips more as a brand that works on products for the kitchen and personal care, the truth is that the company does not neglect its core: technology. Besides Smart TVS and monitors, there are also prominent projectors, such as the latest PicoPix MaxTV.
One of its strengths is its battery, which can handle about four hours of streaming content, beating the competition. With autofocus, Android TV, and the ability to project an image up to 120" in Full HD, the PicoPix MaxTV also features Texas Instruments' DLP technology that allows vivid images and deep contrast in any conditions.
9. Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2
Like Samsung's The Freestyle, this Xiaomi Mi Smart Projector 2 has no built-in battery, but that doesn't mean it can't be considered portable.
In fact, it is a beautiful piece of hardware with dimensions of 115x150x150mm and a weight of 1.3kg, making it perfect to take with you for any occasion - yet it will look good in any room of your house.
With 500 ANSI lumens of brightness, Full HD resolution, 2GB RAM, and 16GB internal memory, this projector with Android TV pre-installed is very quiet and makes use of diffuse reflection for a more comfortable multimedia experience for our eyes.
10. BenQ GV30
We end this list with another proposal from BenQ that, although it doesn't have specifications as interesting as the other projectors we've already mentioned, it stands out a lot for its shape - it reminds us of one of those wall clocks. In fact, thanks to its handle, it almost looks like a simple clock - all that was missing was a small screen showing the time.
But no, it really is a projector. The BenQ GV30 has HD resolution (4K compatible), 300 ANSI lumens brightness, 135° projection angle with autofocus, vertical keystone, and a 2.1-channel speaker that includes an 8W woofer for excellent sound quality that guarantees a party anywhere.