Best Portable Projector

Portable Projectors 2021 – Top 8 Most Powerful Picks

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Did you know that many portable projector manufacturers declare misleading specifications? As a result, you end up with poor brightness and low resolution.

For this not to happen, we created this bulletproof list of the best portable projectors in Singapore.

And the best part?

We included budget options with the most bang for your buck.

Scroll down to see our picks!

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4.5 
Release date: 26-10-2019
Best value for money  Underperforms in bright rooms 

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Release date: 01-11-2019
1080p resolution  Bright projection  Battery could be better

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Release date: 11-03-2019
Truly portable  Lacks smart OS
Release date: 08-08-2019
Battery life Android OS  Lower brightness and resolution
Release date: 01-11-2019
Affordable  Requires dark room

The best cheapest portable projector in Singapore

Besides the last one, ViewSonic M1 Mini, all of the portable projectors on our list cost between $500 and $1000.

We understand that it's not such a cheap option, especially if you'll be using a projector for special occasions only.

For that reason, we added three budget options to our list. These are among the most popular portable projectors in Singapore, according to the number of sales on Lazada and Shopee.

Note: These are mostly unknown brands, and the rule "you get what you pay for" certainly applies. However, if your budget is limited, or you don't want to spend much money, consider these as well.

4.5 
Release date: 23-12-2019
Good for business use  Doesn’t support 4K as advertised
Release date: 01-02-2020
Basic, mirroring and Android version  Not so portable
3.5 
Release date: 01-01-2017
Very cheap Cool design  Poor brightness and resolution

Frequently asked question

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Why you can trust my advice

Throughout my studies, and later during my career, I've delivered hundreds of presentations and speeches. On average, every second time I've had an issue with a projector. It was a painful process, yet it yielded some results.

Now I'm able to tell if a device is going to finish the job or not. I've learned to differentiate poor projectors from good ones, and I've helped a couple of friends with buying the right projector for themselves.

Also, portable projectors aren't something I'm not familiar with. For a few months now I'm considering buying one for my bedroom. I'd like to watch a movie before bed, and at the same time, I think that an additional TV is not such a fun experience.

Projectors from the Anker Nebula line have been on my wish list for quite a while, yet I'm turned off with the price. I think it's too much for the purpose I mentioned.

But after this research, I think the smartest option is to buy a Mirval YG520 or Y5s. I don't plan to carry it around, so I don't mind the bigger dimensions.

My conclusion

Even after revising the list a few times, I still think that Anker Nebula Capsule 2 and XGimi MoGo Pro aren't beatable in the category.

These two deliver the best quality projection, offer amazing features, and buyers simply love it.

Not to mention great design. The Bluetooth speaker look is a good refreshment from the traditional, dull projector exterior.

Both of these are also completely standalone devices, with built-in speakers and decent battery life. If devices are fully charged, you shouldn't have a problem watching a full movie.

Pair it up with a projector screen and create the theatre in your backyard or balcony in a matter of seconds. It's that simple.

Difference Between "ANSI Lumens" and "Lumens" and false projector resolution

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In the introduction, we mentioned the misleading information and specifications.

That's connected with two things:

  1. Resolution

The native, output resolution, is the real one, and the one you should look for. Manufacturers often advertise supported input resolution instead of native (projecting) resolution, and that's where the disappointment happens.

So, in order to find the real resolution, scroll down into the detailed specifications, and find the native value.

  2. Brightness

The second misconception comes from the brightness. We'll try to make the long story short and explain in simple words.

ANSI lumens are a standardized, accurate unit of measurement defined by the American National Standards Institute.

ANSI lumens are the same everywhere, regardless of the product and manufacturer. The same as with any other standardized unit such as millimetres or kilograms. There's no double meaning.

However, when projector brightness is described by lumens (without the prefix ANSI), chances are something's odd.

Lumens also measure brightness, yet they are not so strictly defined.

As a result, you might have two projectors: One with 100 ANSI lumens and the other with 800 lumens, but in reality with the same brightness.