Laptop projectors, like the laptop itself, is an incredibly portable device, and allows the sharing of media in your own home, presentations in university or the office, or large events, such as weddings and sports matches.
Also known as a USB projector, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing a model, and, luckily for you, Laptop Den are on hand to explain.
What to look for when buying a new laptop projector?
- Resolution: Measured in pixels, the usual is a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Known as full HD, it produces great image quality, allowing a very immersive experience.
- Contrast ratio: This refers to the contrast between the blackest black and the brightest white, expressed as a ratio. A contrast ratio of 5000:1 produces a realistic image.
- Lumens: The brightness of the image is measured in lumens, and a good guide is that 1500-3000 lumen produces an image that can be enjoyed perfectly in daylight, without any artificial light. This should be increased if you plan your show in a darker room.
- Screen size: Most projectors work best with a screen, or wall, size of 30’’ to 300’’
- Connectivity: The most popular and commonly found connections are HDMI, USB or wireless tech, such as Bluetooth.
Taking all the points into consideration, and including a few others, such as ease of use, functionality, extra features and value for money, we’ve tested and retested a number of laptop projectors, before finally calculating the best of the best.
These awesome models are featured here, ready for you to have a look and choose your new laptop projector.
1) Hompow 3600 Lux Projector
The Hompow Smartphone Portable Video Projector allows you to connect your smartphone directly to it with an MHL cable to display media seamlessly, whether they are pictures, video clips, or your favorite shows from streaming services. It also uses upgraded noise reduction technology which lets you focus on enjoying your movies. It supports 1080p display and has a 50,000 hour lamp lifetime, which means it will last for 30 years without replacement. That lamp has a brightness of 3600 lumens and a 2000:1 contrast ratio, which means you are sure to see everything clearly, as if you are watching in a movie theater.
3 used from $49.70
2) Vankyo 6000 Lux Projector
The VANKYO Performance V630 Full HD Projector has native 1080p resolution, 5000:1 contrast ratio, and 50,000 Hours lamp life for worry-free watching in the fullest color possible. It is an LED projector with 300-inch mega projection and 45-degree electronic keystone correction. It is compatible with TV Stick and has HDMI connection that can be plugged into your laptop or smartphone, so you can use it for presentations in the office or watch movies at home. Its incredible performance makes it amazing for gaming as well, letting you have a much bigger screen for a whole lot less money, so you and your friends can play games anywhere.
3 used from $186.68
3) Vankyo Leisure Mini Projector
The VANKYO LEISURE 3 Mini Projector supports 1080p display resolution and 170-inch projection. Its LED lamp has a life rated at 40000 hours, so you will not have to worry about it fading or dying on you in the middle of watching a movie. The display is powered by MStar Advanced Color Engine for unmatched clarity, making it ideal for home entertainment, whether you are watching movies and TV shows or playing video games with it. It also has an innovative cooling system with excellent heat dispersion and noise suppression, so you will not have to hear it humming loudly in the background.
4) 3 Stone 3000 Lumens Mini Projector
The 3Stone Portable LCD Video Projector supports 1080p display and has built-in speakers, making it an all-in-one projecting kit for a complete presentation or movie watching experience. It is compatible with a wide variety of devices through different kinds of connections like HDMI, USB, AV, and VGA. It can project up to 3000 lux, which is 50% brighter than most other projectors in the market, and it can project up to 176 inches with startling clarity. Despite its power, it only weighs 2.1 pounds, which makes it easy to bring with you to a friend’s house, the beach, the office, or so on.
5) Dhaws 1080p Video Projector
The DHAWS Video Projector shoots 3800 lumens of 1080p Full HD onto a screen or white wall for watching movies outdoors or at home and giving presentations in the conference room. It actually has a clicker for giving PowerPoint presentations, making it especially convenient for businesspeople who want to make their presentations look amazing. Its lamp is rated for 50000 hours, so you won’t have to worry about it fading or dying on you for a long time. It can project up to 200 inches, so it is going to look perfect whether you use it indoors or outdoors.
6) QKK Mini Projector With Tripod
The QKK Mini Projector with Tripod is an all-in-one outdoor movie projector that you can bring with you without any need for other accessories. The projector and tripod alone are enough to make for an amazing home cinema experience. It has a 200-inch display with 1080p support, and it is compatible with smartphones, TV sticks, laptops, vidoe game consoles, and so on. You can hook it up to a stereo or soundbar for better sound, and it also has an SD card slot for added versatility. Whether you want to take it to a friend’s house or an outdoor setting or just have it in your home, it can make you feel like you are in a movie theater.
2 used from $52.35
7) TopVision 1080p Projector
The TOPVISION Mini Projector fires 4000 lux (1 lux is 1 lumen per square meter) of high definition brilliance. That is 1000 lux more than most other LED projectors in the market with a 3000:1 contrast ratio. It can serve well as an outdoor movie projector with a smartphone, laptop, or TV stick. It can synchronize with your smartphone screen so you can show whatever you want through your smartphone without having to use an expensive HDMI adapter. It also has 3-watt high-fidelity stereo speakers with SRS sound system, so you can enjoy your movies with full audio even if you can’t bring speakers or headphones.
5 used from $59.24
8) Crosstour Mini LED Video Projector
The Crosstour Mini LED Video Projector is a great home theater projector that supports 1080p Full HD resolution for maximum detail. Its lamp is rated for 55,000 hours, so you will not have to painstakingly replace it for a very long time. This projector is compatible with HDMI, VGA, AV, and USB connections, and it also has an SD card slot. Whether you have a laptop or smartphone, you can hook this projector up to it and watch whatever you want with it. Take this anywhere with you and enjoy movies, ball games, or even video games with family and friends.
2 used from $31.19
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