Pico Pocket Projectors

Pico projectors is a term that seems to cover a very wide range of todays smallest projector. While pico projectors were intended to refer to very small projectors that weigh under a pound (some would say under a half pound), often pocket, and other small LED projectors tend to get swept up and called pico projectors.

Generally as of 2016, true pico projectors are definitely sub-1 pound, have internal batteries, and almost always output no more than 100 lumens, many producing 10 to 50 lumens.

Pico projectors are typically LED and can fit in the palm of your hand.

These Pico projectors primarily use LED light engines, but there are a few laser light engines out there out of the perhaps 100 assorted Pico projectors available in the US. Many of these Pico projectors can be found under names you’ve never heard of, on Amazon, however there are major brands that make them as well, including Vivitek, Optoma, and Sony.

Most of the pico projectors on the market can run 1 to over 2 hours on their internal batteries. Since most have 6 or 12 volt chargers/adapters, external battery packs can be created as well, even if not offered by the manufacturers. At this time we are unaware of any true Pico projectors with full 1080p resolution – although there are some larger pocket projectors that are. There are 720p Picos.

These pico projectors are no match for the larger pocket projectors, which we consider to be more “serious” in their use for business, education, and home, but the pico projectors can do a 2 or 3 person presentation is someone’s office with the lights down, with perhaps a 40” image projected). They don’t have the power to fill larger screens with full lights on. Pico projectors are probably most popular as home entertainment devices, but again, not powerful enough for a really large screen. Still they can project a good deal larger image than one could watch on a laptop, when streaming movies, general TV or sports. That makes them a fun gift idea for the millennial who has “cut the cord” from cable / satellite.

Pricing on Pico projectors runs from a bit under $100, to about $400 street price, with the more expensive ones brighter, and higher resolution.

Pico Pocket Projectors Reviews

AAXA M7 Portable LED Projector Review
September 7, 2021

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XGIMI Elfin Smart 1080P LED Projector Review
August 19, 2021

The XGIMI Elfin Smart LED projector is a Smart LED 1080P projector rated to deliver up to 800 ANSI lumens, and it retails for $649.

XGIMI Halo Portable 1080P Android TV Projector Review
May 5, 2021

The XGIMI Halo is a smart 1080P portable DLP projector with a compact design that is super portable, awarded the Projector Reviews Best in Class Award.

May 2, 2021

The AAXA P6X Pico projector is an 1100 LED lumen, HD (1280x800) Osram LED/DLP powered, highly portable business projector, capable of projecting up to a 160” image solely on battery power. It has an onboard media player to accommodate cord free present ...

Philips PicoPix Max Projector Review
November 6, 2020

The Philips PicoPix Max is a Full HD (1,920x1,080) DLP projector capable of producing up to a 120’ image, with built in speakers, and up to a 3-hour battery life.

2019 Holiday Guide To Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000
November 22, 2019

‘Tis the season to be shopping for your next home entertainment or home theater projector! Welcome to our annual shopping guide, the Holiday Guide for Seven Great Home Theater Projectors Under $2000. In this guide we’ve selected some great projectors f ...

Aaxa 4k1 Home Entertainment Projector Review
August 15, 2019

The Aaxa 4K1 mini projector is a 4K (3840 x 2160), 1500 LED Lumen projector for your home entertainment pleasure.

Acer K138ST Projector Review – A Pocket Sized Gaming Machine
December 15, 2017

The Acer K138ST is a pocket projector designed for big screen gaming on the go.

AAXA P700 HD Pocket LED Projector Review
December 4, 2015

AAXA P700 - An affordable WXGA resolution, 650 lumen Pocket LED Projector - With built in battery!

Millennials and Projectors: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD
November 8, 2015

This is a quick write-up of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD as part of our "Millennials and Projectors" series. For those of you who don't know me, I'm Lisa, Art's 23-year-old daughter living in New York City. In this short review, I'm ...

LG Minibeam PH300 Projector Review
July 23, 2015

The LG Minibeam PH300 is a LED powered single chip DLP pico-class projector. It claims at a respectable 300 lumens of brightness and includes a built-in rechargeable battery that is rated to operate the projector for up to 2.5 hours (in Eco mode).

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