If you need to lug your LCD or DLP projector around to make presentations in a variety of locations, you know there's a huge difference between a projector that weighs ten pounds and one that weighs four. But can a lightweight portable projector still provide the presentation quality needed for boardrooms, classrooms and home theaters? Yes! Here are the best portable LCD projectors and DLP projectors. All weigh less than seven pounds, but are still packed with features to make any presentation shine.
If I'm giving a presentation, I have enough to worry about without having to mess around with a portable projector trying to get the settings just right. So the NEC NP50 Portable Projector gets my top vote because of its usability. Described as "almost fully automatic", pretty well all you have to do to get a well-focused, sharp, properly coloured presentation picture is plug it in. This portable projector focuses, corrects keystone and adjusts colour all by itself. Image quality is provided by XGA resolution (1024 x 768), 2600 lumens brightness and a 1500:1 contrast ratio. And to cap it off, the projector weighs only 3.5 pounds.
At 5.6 pounds, this DLP projector is not an ultralight, but it has the combination of features and price to make up for the extra weight. XGA resolution (1024 x 768) and 1700 lumens brightness provide images clear and bright enough to be seen in a normally lit conference room. A 2000:1 contrast ratio makes the images crisp. Add a lamp life of 2000 hours and you have a portable projector that's a true road warrior for mobile presenters.
This small LCD projector's Daylight View 2 feature caught my eye - literally. The projector has a built-in sensor that measures the ambient light, and then adjusts the halftone colors and brightness level accordingly, giving sharp "true colour" images no matter what the light conditions. Combined with XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, 3200 lumens, a 400 to 1 contrast ratio and a weight of 5.5 pounds, this LCD projector makes giving worry free presentations in a variety of venues easy.
Two things make this portable projector stand out – its versatility and its size. The Optoma EP7155 is equipped with a variety of connections (HDMI, VGA-In, S-Video, Composite, USB, Audio-In) so while it's ideal for giving presentations in various locations you can use it for home theater, too. 2500 lumens coupled with a 2500 to 1 contrast ratio deliver bright, crisp images whether you're presenting or watching. And this portable projector is so light and compact (at 3.2 pounds) that it's easy to slip into a briefcase for presentations on the go. I also really like the eco-mode feature which gives a lamp life of up to 3000 hours.
I really like this portable LCD projector's combination of features and price point. First, the Hitachi CPX1 LCD projector has 2000 lumens brightness, XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, and a 500:1 contrast ratio, so your presentations will look sharp, even in large, half-lit boardrooms. Second, at 4.1 pounds, it's truly portable, weighing less than some people's handbags. And third, there's the price... Check and compare.
What does this 5.7 pound portable projector have that the others here don't? Exceptional brightness. Even in a partially lit conference room you're going to be able to see your images. (Daylight View2 Technology produces up to 3500 lumens brightness.) This LCD projector also offers you more potential for collaboration (with a 16-window index style that lets you project images from up to 16 PCs at the same time) and more mobile presentation options (because of its wireless capabilities).
If you don't need the higher resolution, why pay for it? This LCD projector has only SVGA resolution (800 x 600), but this is perfectly adequate for many business presentations. It also has 1600 lumens brightness and a 2000:1 contrast ratio. At 6.8 pounds, it's heavier than some others on the list, but it's also more inexpensive, and still a fine choice for portable projector presentations.