These are THE 5 BEST projectors for your Android device

Whether the use is for leisure or not, a projector occupies less than a 50-inch TV (or more) and is easier to move. Let’s not say if it’s not a pocket projector, with built-in battery and wireless: we have our screen anywhere.

Even so, it can be difficult to clarify among so many models available, whether for leisure or even some impromptu presentation. That’s why we have selected the best portable projectors compatible with Android (and most mobile devices, but not mobile as well).

What to keep in mind when buying such a projector

Before getting to the point, let’s see what are the characteristics that we should focus on in order to get the most out of every dollar that we invest in these small projectors.

Portability. As in many other systems, size is one of the keys to evaluating two of the most important points: performance and price. Systems too small tend to give poorer quality images and, of course, raise the budget. The more frequent and delocalized (without a fixed place) the projections are, the more we will be interested in opting for a reduced projector, facing, of course, a fixed one.

Autonomy. If portability is a big plus, so is autonomy too. When the intention is to project on any surface, we will often be away from a plug, so a good autonomy is a major plus when checking out various projectors.

Brightness. The first technical key of a projector: its luminous power. It will be the one that forces us to close the doors and windows, or allow us to project on larger or smaller walls.

Resolution. It limits the amount of information that will be projected, so it would be ideal to look for the sweet spot that suits your uses.

Contrast. It is common in projectors (and especially in the ones with lower quality) to see images that are too ‘washed’. That is, with very low levels of contrast between white and black, which makes darker projections more difficult to visualize. If our goal is to project text in black and white, this will be secondary.

Connectivity. We talk about projectors compatible with the Android operating system, that is, the idea will either be to connect a cable to your device or send it wirelessly. Or, of course, that the projector has Android OS and would be the proper source of the content. We depend here on the connectivity of the device, which will allow us to define in which scenarios we can operate (and in which not).

Ratio of projection. With portable projectors proliferates a type especially, for reduced spaces: those of short shot. Thus, if a projector has a projection ratio of 1.2:1, it means that it projects an image of 1.2 meters to one meter away from the wall.

Celluon PicoPro

Weight: 190 grams

Autonomy: 2 and a half hours under wireless, 3 and a half with cables.

Brightness: no data

Resolution: 1,920 x 720 at 16: 9

Contrast: 80000: 1 (dynamic)

Connectivity: wireless, DLNA; and with cable, HDMI, and MHL

Projection Ratio: 1.3: 1

With only 1.3 centimeters of thickness, the PicoPro of Celluon adds points without a doubt in the section of the design. Very thin and weighing about 190 grams is a good choice for portability, taking into account that it also works by DLNA.

The resolution is somewhat unusual, 1,920 x 720, with 16: 9 format, which means that pixels are not square and horizontal resolution is increased by 50% if we start with HD content. Nothing to worry about, scaling is automatic and works as if the resolution were standard.

Asus S1 Led

Weight: 342 grams

Autonomy: 3 hours (at 50 lumens), also serves as an external battery of 6,000 mAh.

Brightness: 200 lumens

Resolution: WVGA 854 x 480

Contrast: 1000: 1

Connectivity: Wired, HDMI and MHL

Projection Ratio: 1.1: 1

The Asus option comes with the cable as the only connectivity option, although it includes the HDMI and MHL adapters for your mobile devices. In addition, the S1 LED can be used to charge the device from which you project while you do that, and even directly use the projector as an external battery with its 6,000 mAh.

ZTE SPro 2

Weight: 526 grams

Autonomy: 2 and a half hours of wireless operation. Battery 6,300 mAh

Brightness: 200 lumens (connected to mains), 100 with battery

Resolution: HD 1,280 x 720

Contrast: 4000: 1

Connectivity: wired and wireless, HDMI, Miracast, microSD (up to 64GB), WiFi, Bluetooth and USB 3.0

Projection Ratio: No Data

Specifications: CPU Snapdragon 800 with Adreno 330, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 5-inch screen. Supports full format micro SD and USB and HDMI cards. Works on Android 4.4.

This is the second version of the projector with built-in display of ZTE. The SPro 2 is a whole tablet that projects. For its price of $699, ZTE basically incorporates a Nexus 5 (2013) inside, with a very ambitious connectivity options.

LG Mini Beam Nano

Weight: 270 grams

Autonomy: two hours, 3,800 mAh

Brightness: 100 lumens

Resolution: WVGA 854 x 480

Contrast: 100,000: 1 (dynamic)

Connectivity: wired and wireless, microHDMI, MHL and mirroring from Android

Projection Ratio: No Data

It is not the smallest or the most powerful on the list, but it comes at the lowest price. For $220 LG introduces us the Mini Beam Nano, a projector with wireless connectivity that can play the role.

United Object Smart Beam Laser

Weight: 195 grams

Autonomy: two hours, 4200 mAh

Brightness: 60 lumens

Resolution: Real HD 1,280 x 720

Contrast: no data

Connectivity: wired and wireless, microHDMI, MHL and mirroring from Android

Projection Ratio: 1.64: 1

United Object has one of the most striking and compact bets with its Smart Beam Laser. A cube-shaped projector, less than 6 centimeters per side. Although their luminosity is smaller than that of other projectors, from UO ensure that 60 lumens of a laser lamp spill more than they seem. Its price? About $400.

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