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!
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.
Frequently asked question
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.
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
In the introduction, we mentioned the misleading information and specifications.
That's connected with two things:
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.
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.
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Jovan Grigorijev is a technology geek during the work shift and extreme sports enthusiast after 5 PM. His stationary job forced him into an active lifestyle, and now he’s balancing between office chairs and GoPro-friendly activities. Persistent readers might even find a joke in his articles.