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Top 10 Portable Projectors for the Road Warrior

Portable ProjectorsWe all want to ‘wow’ and impress our clients when we visit them while we’re out on the road. Pulling out a tablet computer used to be enough to elicit that great response but my view is that today you should always be aiming to leave the most memorable impression possible. What better way then by extracting a portable projector from your briefcase at your next client meeting and running them through a presentation. I think this would certainly make for a memorable meeting, especially if they weren’t expecting it!

I love my technology and have been impressed with where the portable projector industry has come in just the past few years. I remember seeing my first ever data projector, it was the size of guitar amplifier and just as heavy. Luckily now we have powerful portable projectors that can also be used in most lighting situations.

Top 10 Portable Projectors for the Road Warrior

1. 3M Streaming Projector – SPR1000

This miniscule projector manages to deliver! It is tiny and I mean really tiny. You could carry this in a coat pocket if you wanted to and pull it out to surprise clients. Yet it projects a screen that is quite large. It’ll take up an entire wall if you let it.

It seems technology is getting smaller everywhere, will products like this put an end to giant flat screen LCD TV’s? I doubt it just yet, but this is so nice to take to any room in your office with a blank wall and watch your presentations.

2. Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector for iPhone and iPad

The quality of image for something so small is perfect. Great for presentations and the results from clients are always positive. Simple installation and easy to use. All you need is a small table, a clear wall and a smartphone or a tablet.

Despite its tiny size, the Brookstone HDMI projector delivers stunning high-definition image quality. It is the first pico projector that can realistically serve as a primary display. It’s not the most powerful $300 projector, but it does give you the most portability.

3. ViewSonic PJD5133 Projector – HDMI, 2700 Lumens, 3000:1

This is a perfect projector for basic projector needs, where an HDMI input is needed but HD images are not required (using an Apple TV, for example). Works great in classrooms and smaller conference rooms. Also works flawlessly with a MAC. Easy to setup and use. Light weight and portable. A good buy.

The unit can project at scales 2d 1080p resolution. But for 3D, the resolution its limited to 720p. You can’t see the difference between the resolutions. Besides most current 3D content has a resolution of 720p.

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4. ViewSonic PJD5123 Projector – 2700 Lumens, 3000:1

The ViewSonic PJD5123 Projector is an effective and economical solution for PowerPoint presentations while on the road. Projecting from 25′ it creates a bright 8′ wide image. I connect it to a laptop with Bose Companion 2 Series II computer speakers creating an exceptional audio video experience.

Coupled with a wireless mouse to control presentations you will give the perfect pitch. You may need a case for the projector and possibly a longer video cable than the standard 6′ cable provided. A great unit with low noise.

5. Epson VS210 Portable Projector – 2600 Lumens

The projector has features well suited for any type of presentation, besides having a high image quality. Starting with setup, it’s very easy to install, you just insert the disc that ships with the data projector and that’s it.

In Setup process, don’t forget to connect all the cables during the setup process. The product comes with all accessories, a power cord and a graphics cable (VGA). No need for a higher resolution projector; which will cost you more; if you are just using your projector for simple business presentations.

6. ViewSonic PJD5523w Projector – HDMI, 2700 Lumens, 3000:1

We use this projector at work for medical/scientific presentations, it is a great price, very bright, projects very well. If you are looking to project movies or basic PowerPoint slides with graphs etc, this does a perfect job, but if you are trying to show subtle changes in detailed images of faces etc, you probably need to spend a little bit more money.

The speaker is audible over the somewhat louder-than-normal fan that outputs more hot air than most other portable projectors I have reviewed.

7. Epson EX5210 Portable Projector – HDMI, 2800 Lumens

Where this projector shines is with the use of an HDMI cable. If you want an HD presentation, you’ve got it. You’ll be impressed with the output and will want to go out of your way to use this data projector.

The sound is OK for a projector at the price range,you probably will want to put something beefier on the source to give you better sound. Image clarity is amazing on a flat white wall, I have to assume a screen would be even better. It comes with a nice padded case.

8. Epson EX7210 Portable Projector – HDMI, 2800 Lumens

This is a great business projector. The key-stoning correction in both angles has already proven very useful. And with just a USB cable needed for connection it is fast and easy to set up. Supplies a very bright image which is easy to easy to focus. The sound quality is fine and easily fills a meeting room.

Overall you will be happy with this projector. It has adequate Lumens and good color depth. The internal speaker will work in a room with up to about 20 or 30 people.

9. Optoma PK320 Pico Pocket Projector

For it’s diminutive size the output is actually pretty bright, though you probably will need to dim the lights a little. The battery lasts as advertised, which is about 45 minutes. It gets pretty hot while running so make sure it has plenty of ventilation. You can put a video on an SD Card, insert it into the unit and it’ll play from there.

It is a fantastic unit and I highly recommend it. It meets the needs of a business traveler for PowerPoint and video presentations.

10. Epson PowerLite 1761W Ultraportable Projector – HDMI, 2600 Lumens, Wireless

If you do a lot of road shows and utilize the standard 10×10 booth space at conferences to do product demos you might typically use either a large LCD TV or monitor to run product slideshows and videos. You’re better off using this projector which will fill your space and provide a nice clear and bright image.

You will love this little projector. It comes with every thing you need to get started; except for an HDMI cable; along with a nice carrying case for portability.

You can see that ViewSonic and Epson have really taken to the portable projector market. It still amazed me how much brightness can be achieved from these small data projectors. Do you think I got this right or did I miss your favorite model? Let me know by adding a comment below.

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