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The 8 Best Mini Projectors to Transform Any Wall Into a Movie Theater Screen

Host a movie night anywhere with one of our top picks.

anker nebula capsule max and benq wireless outdoor projectors
Nebula; BenQ

A mini projector is one of those products that feels like it’s from the future. As long as you have a blank wall or a white sheet, you can watch a movie anywhere on a ginormous cinema-like screen. Most models are able to project up to a 100-inch image and even have built-in speakers. And although the pictures they produce don’t rival those from a TV or full-sized projector, mini projectors are the easiest and most inexpensive path to bringing the big screen to your own backyard, or, for those who prefer coziness over camping, to their living rooms.

The Best Mini Projectors

What to Consider

Where You’ll Use It

There are a few factors to consider before buying a mini projector. First, you need to decide where you will use it. If you plan to primarily use your projector outdoors, you’ll want a model powered by a rechargeable battery since you likely won’t have easy access to a power outlet. If you live in a rainy climate, consider opting for a model that has a weatherproof design.


You should also pay attention to the size and shape of the projector. Some mini projectors are around the size of an energy drink can, others look like a thick Moleskine notebook or a small video game console, and a handful even have a carrying handle for easier transport. Be sure to pay attention to the projector’s weight, too, so you don’t get stuck lugging around a heavy projector all day!

Media Playback

Next, you need to decide how you plan to watch content. Some projectors have full-size HDMI inputs on their backside so you can plug in a streaming device, Blu-Ray player, laptop, tablet, smartphone, or video game console. Others have USB ports for playing back personal media files, and some have built-in Wi-Fi for casting content from a smartphone. Our favorites have an operating system that allows you to download internal streaming-video apps that you log into just like you would on Netflix using your smart TV.

Screen Size, Brightness, Resolution

We didn’t intentionally save the most confusing part for last, but here we are. It’s also important to determine how big of a screen you need to create and compare each projectors’ brightness and resolution. Brightness is measured in lumens or ANSI lumens. We recommend opting for a model that has at least 200 ANSI lumens. As for resolution, you should get a projector with at least a 720p resolution, but 1080p is preferred and offers more detail.

How We Chose

We spent 50-plus hours researching the best mini projectors on the market, comparing specs and features, and reading consumer and editorial reviews of all our picks.

To determine the best mini projectors worth buying, we thoroughly scrutinized their designs, ease of use, durability, picture quality, speaker quality, and battery life. Our picks are lightweight, super portable, and easy to use on the go. Plus, they pack enough battery life to get through a two-hour movie, while still being small enough to toss into a bag.

Whether you’re looking to have an outdoor movie night, need a new presentation tool for work, a portable display for gaming on your garage door, or want a portable home theater set-up, there’s a projector here for you.

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Best Overall
XGIMI MoGo Pro Mini Projector
XGIMI amazon.com

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 5.74 x 3.72 x 4.15 inches
  • Weight: 1.98 pounds
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Max screen size: 100 inches
  • Brightness: 300 ANSI lumens

The XGIMI MogoPro offers everything you’d want in a mini projector and then some. Most importantly, it delivers a bright Full HD picture up to 100 inches in size. 

The projector stands at under 6 inches tall and it weighs less than 2 pounds, so it’s one of the most portable projectors you can buy. We appreciate that it provides users a choice of two video inputs: HDMI and USB 2.0 for offline viewing.

Since the MogoPro has Wi-Fi and runs Android TV, you can download plenty of streaming apps like HBO Max, Hulu, and Disney+ for shows and movies to stream or cast video from your smartphone. The device has built-in Harmon Kardon speakers which sound better than most other projectors, but if you prefer an even fuller sound, the device supports Bluetooth output which sends audio to a louder wireless speaker.

The biggest downside to the projector is that by default it doesn’t have Netflix, meaning users have to jump through a few hoops to download it. You can expect around two hours of battery life before the mini projector will need to be plugged in. Fortunately, it comes with an 8-foot-long power cable.

More: Home Theater Projectors for an Indoor Movie Night

  • Outstanding video quality for the price
  • Extremely portable

  • Its App Store doesn’t have Netflix
Best Outdoor Projector
BenQ GS50 1080p Wireless Outdoor Projector
BenQ amazon.com

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 7.32 x 5.75 x 6.06 inches
  • Weight: 5 pounds
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Max screen size: 110 inches
  • Brightness: 500 ANSI lumens

The BenQ GS50 is a premium cube-shaped mini projector that runs the Android TV operating system. What sets the GS50 apart from most other mini projectors is that this one is IPX2-rated, which means it's resistant to light splashes and rain. We’re big fans of its green-and-white color scheme and love its brown leather strap. Not only does it look great, but the projector is even drop-resistant.

As far as video quality is concerned, the projector dishes out a crisp image with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, which is better than most. The projector has 500 ANSI lumens of brightness, meaning it’s bright enough for both indoor and outdoor use. And with an estimated runtime of 2.5 hours, you should have enough juice to get through an entire movie.

Really, the biggest downside to the BenQ is its steep $800 asking price. If you can swing it, don’t hesitate! The projector’s ruggedized design makes this option the perfect mini projector for camping. Combine that with its impressive sound and picture quality and it’s practically a no-brainer.

  • Ultra durable splash-resistant exterior
  • Speakers are very loud
  • Comes with a carrying case

  • Expensive
Most Portable
Kodak Luma 400 Mini Projector
KODAK amazon.com

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.1 x 4.4 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Max screen size: 150 inches
  • Brightness: 200 ANSI lumens

Measuring less than 2 inches thick and just 5 inches tall and wide, the Kodak Luma 400 lives up to its “mini” moniker. It’s actually one of the smallest mini projectors we’ve come across and weighs just a single pound and fits in the palm of your hand. Don’t let its small size fool you; this projector is able to project an image up to 150 inches in size.

We were most pleased with the projector’s image quality. It offers a decent 1280 by 720 pixeled resolution, so your videos will look great. You have the choice of using its HDMI or USB ports for video playback, or you can download streaming apps directly on the projector since it runs Android. 

The Kodak Luma app also offers users a screen mirroring feature. The projector has a pair of 1-watt speakers which work in a pinch, but we recommend using its headphone jack to plug in something a bit more powerful since the Luma only reaches 29 decibels.

It’s worth mentioning that the Kodak only has a maximum brightness of 200 ANSI lumens, which is fine for playing videos at nighttime or in dark rooms. However, we wouldn’t recommend using this model in the daytime. 

We think given this projector’s extremely small size and included tripod, it’s definitely worth your attention.

  • Incredibly portable
  • Very easy to use
  • Comes with tripod

  • Speakers are subpar
  • Not very bright
Best for Indoor Use
Xiaomi Mi Smart Mini Projector
Xiaomi walmart.com

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 4.5 x 5.9 inches
  • Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Max screen size: 150 inches
  • Brightness: 500 ANSI lumens

Whether you're using it for work or play, this reliable mini projector lets you bring presentations and videos with you anywhere you go. It offers an impressive native resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels and the ability to project an image up to 120 inches.

The projector is equipped with dual 5-watt Dolby-tuned speakers and all the ports you could possibly want. On the device's backside, you'll find an HDMI port, a USB-A port, and a headphone jack. This projector relies on an AC adapter for power and is not equipped with a battery — so it's best to use indoors since you need a plug to keep it on.

The projector runs one of the most up-to-date versions of Android TV, so you can easily download your favorite apps to stream video and music. It even has Chromecast and the Google Assistant built in to quickly mirror your smartphone's display or control playback with your voice.

What we love most is that the projector is upward-compatible and doesn't struggle with streaming 4K HDR content. What this means is that even though it doesn't output the video in true 4K, you're still able to play 4K videos without getting a blurry image. And since this projector has a full 1080p resolution and 500 lumens of brightness, it offers some of the best image quality yet.

  • Outstanding brightness and image quality
  • Loud speaker

  • No internal battery
Affordable and Versatile Pick
Nebula Capsule Smart Mini Projector
Anker amazon.com

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 4.72 x 2.67 inches
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Resolution: 854 x 480 pixels
  • Max screen size: 100 inches
  • Brightness: 100 ANSI lumens

The Capsule by Anker checks all the boxes for what a mini projector should be. It's reasonably priced but doesn't feel cheap. It dishes out a clear image and outstanding sound quality. Plus, it packs 4 hours of battery life, so you won't ever need to worry about it dying before your movie is over.

Compared to the similar Nebula Capsule II and Nebula Apollo projector, the picture quality from this device isn't as bright or detailed. Checking in at a resolution of 854 by 480 pixels, it's not even high-definition and it doesn't focus automatically like our best picture pick.

However, we think that the image quality is good enough for most users, and because of the projector's cylindrical design, it offers a full 360-degree sound. Out of any projector we've tested or researched, this one has the best design. It's small and lightweight, and its unique soda-can shape and size truly let you take it anywhere.

Although we wish that it charged using a USB-C port instead of MicroUSB, this projector is still a great buy considering its outstanding balance between price, performance, features, and portability.

Read More: Our Full Review of the Nebula Capsule

  • Super portable
  • Easy to use

  • Low resolution and brightness
Best Midrange
Anker Nebula Capsule Max
Anker amazon.com

Key Specs

  • Dimensions: 5.9 x 3.14 inches
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Max screen size: 100 inches
  • Brightness: 200 ANSI lumens 

    The Nebula Capsule Max is quite similar to the aforementioned Capsule projector, but it's about 18% thicker and an inch taller. What sets it apart is its picture quality. With this model, you get a 720p resolution image that's twice as bright. More pixels makes for a much more detailed picture and a more immersive experience.

    The Capsule Max creates an image up to 100 inches in size, and it features a built-in, 8-watt speaker that's louder and clearer than other projectors in its price range. And since the projector runs the Android TV operating system, you can easily stream your favorite videos and music from several apps.

    Compared to the similarly named Capsule II projector, this one charges using an AC adapter instead of a USB-C port, meaning it isn't as versatile or quick to recharge. The Capsule II also has Chromecast tech onboard, meaning you can quickly “cast” videos on YouTube or other streaming apps from your phone to the projector in just seconds — a feature this model lacks.

    Overall, the Capsule II Max is a much better buy considering its extreme versatility and portability.

    • HD resolution
    • Durable and portable build

    • Not very bright
    Biggest Sound
    Anker Nebula Mars II Pro Portable Projector
    Anker amazon.com

    Key Specs

    • Dimensions: 4.8 inches x 5.43 inches
    • Weight: 4 pounds
    • Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
    • Max screen size: 150 inches
    • Brightness: 500 ANSI lumens

    Compared to Anker's Nebula Capsule line, its Mars II Pro portable projector is significantly larger. Fortunately, this one has a convenient leather-like handle for easy transport, as well as a fuller sound and much bigger picture. It packs a 1280-by-720 resolution, a convenient autofocus function, and dual 10-watt audio drivers that deliver a full cinematic sound that's much louder and clearer than the AAXA P6X projector.

    The Mars II Pro is just as versatile as the Nebula Capsule and features built-in Wi-Fi, an HDMI jack for hooking up video game consoles, and several downloadable apps for quick and easy streaming. It projects images up to 150 inches and has a battery that lasts just over 3 hours. 

    Although this model costs $50 more than the similar Nebula Mars II, it's brighter and has better color accuracy. But if you want more portability without sacrificing resolution or battery life, we recommend going with the Nebula Capsule Max instead.

    • Has a carrying handle
    • Doubles as Bluetooth speaker

    • Heavy
    Best for Bright Rooms
    AAXA P6X Mini Projector
    AAXA Technologies amazon.com

    Key Specs

    • Dimensions: 6.25 x 1.85 x 6.25 inches
    • Weight: 1.8 pounds
    • Resolution: 1280 x 800 pixels
    • Max screen size: 160 inches
    • Brightness: 417 ANSI lumens

    The device is capable of projecting a 120-inch HD picture at more than 400 lumens, making it suitable for use during the day.

    Plus, the P6X projector offers a wide range of connectivity options, including HDMI, composite AV, USB, and microSD. All these ports will come in handy when you need to share your computer screen in an office setting.

    At about 6 inches long and 6 inches wide, the P6X is small enough to toss in a bag, but it doesn't feature an onboard operating system, which slightly hinders its portability. You'll have to use a streaming device, connect it to your laptop over HDMI, play files on USB drives, or use a memory card instead.

    But if you want a bright projector to use in a classroom or office setting, this mini projector is still a good bet, though!

    • Bright image for its size
    • Impressive battery life

    • Colors appear oversaturated
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