Portable projectors have been around even longer than the iPhone, but the idea of being able to fit a movie-streaming machine into a backpack or even your pocket is still mind-blowing. And while summer’s still in full swing, you haven’t lived until you’ve had a movie night or even a gaming binge outdoors, with your portable projector sending a bright clear image against a portable screen or even the side of your house.
While you might not want to replace your 65-inch TV with one of these — save that notion for the ultra-powerful short-throw projectors — a portable projector is a potent addition to your entertainment arsenal. Outdoor movie nights are always fun, and a portable projector is also a great bring-along for a party and can save a work presentation from being at the mercy of the IT department.
Many of the best portable projectors also have a built-in media platform, such as Android 7.0 or Android TV, meaning they don’t need to be connected to a media device to enjoy your favorite streaming services. Beyond streaming capabilities, portable projectors have multiple connectivity ports, making them perfect fits for the home and the office.
A portable projector won’t take up too much space in your house or, with some exceptions, your budget. So if the idea of a backyard movie night sounds appealing, then keep scrolling to find SPY’s picks for the best portable projectors of 2022. Keep in mind that for the best results, you should also invest in a portable projector screen.