Anyone who loves the drive-in or an outdoor cinema experience will attest that there’s something magical about a movie night under the stars, and portable projectors have now made it possible to enjoy big screen viewing anywhere, anytime.
Movie nights are no longer confined to indoors and a portable projector can be easily added to a backpack for camping trips, where a bed sheet or the inside of the tent can double as an instant screen. Portables also offer added convenience indoors, with the luxury of big screen viewing now extending to the bedroom, bathroom, kids’ playroom, or wherever you choose to install a pop-up cinema. So, let’s round up a selection of portable projectors that will revolutionise your entertainment.
Philips NeoPix Easy Projector
The Philips NeoPix Easy is a basic, entry-level LED projector at an unbelievable price that’s ready to go straight out of the box. Ideal for both outdoor and indoor use, the NeoPix Easy supports Full HD 1080p resolution and projects an image size up to 80” from a two metre distance – although 55” is recommended as optimum for the highest possible picture quality.
The NeoPix Easy has 2,600 lumens of brightness, a good contrast ratio of 3,000:1, and works best in dark environments, making it perfect for movie nights under the stars.
There is keystone correction and focus to customise the image to your preference, and a generous 30,000 hours of lamp life.
While it doesn’t feature wireless connectivity, there is an in-built media player to handle content from a USB drive and MicroSD card, and an HDMI input for connecting external devices like Chromecast – all accessible via a simple onscreen interface. The unit has in-built stereo speakers and there’s a 3.5mm audio jack to connect headphones and/or external speakers.
Philips PicoPix Micro Portable Projector
Philips’ micro mobile projectors are designed to go wherever you go. This affordable portable is small enough to fit in your pocket, so you’ll never be caught short on camping trips or sleepovers. Its simple set-up and user-friendly features make it an ideal second projector for the kids to use, and with 30,000 hours of lamp life, it’s built to last.
When fully charged, the battery will last three hours – good for one or two movies (depending on running time, of course).
The PicoPix Micro projects an image size up to 65” from a recommended distance of 80–200cm, and connectivity options include ports for mini HDMI and micro USB, with an in-built media player to access content when using the latter. It also sports an inbuilt speaker and 3.5mm jack to connect external audio devices.
The Philips PicoPix Micro Portable Projector has everything you need to enjoy outdoor cinema in an incredibly compact package.
Nebula Capsule Portable Projector
For convenient, take-anywhere projection, look no further than the Nebula Capsule. The size of a soft drink can, this durable 369g projector will fit nicely in a backpack and deliver entertainment wherever you want to point it, beaming a screen size up to 100”.
The Nebula works best in a dark environment and should be positioned approximately three metres from a screen/wall for optimal image quality. It has high contrast and IntelliBright algorithms for premium picture quality, and the lamp life is good for 30,000 hours.
The Nebula is an all-rounder with Android 7.0 support for streaming content and smart device screen mirroring, plus an HDMI port for 4K Blu-ray and games console connection.
The internal speaker packs plenty of grunt and delivers a 360-degree soundstage, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity giving you the option to add external speakers for even more oomph.
The battery lasts four hours from a full charge, which is enough time for a blockbuster double feature outdoors – unless you plan to watch The Lord of the Rings.
Philips PicoPix Micro 2TV Projector
Small in size but big on features and brightness, the PicoPix Micro 2TV projects an image size up to 80” when positioned two metres from the screen. It’s also fully adjustable, with a small tripod stand included that lets you experiment with different angles and even aim it at the ceiling when viewing in bed.
Perfect for outdoor and indoor use, this Android TV-based projector offers plenty of entertainment options on the go when used with the included Android dongle.
There is also Google Cast support and remote control using Google Assistant.
The lamp life is good for 30,000 hours, and the battery will give you four hours of cordless use from a full charge. Stereo surround speakers are integrated, and there is HDMI ARC support for connecting a soundbar.
Keep it snug in the included travel pouch when on the move, and then set it up anywhere!
Samsung The Freestyle Portable Smart Projector
The Samsung Freestyle combines classic LED projection technology, smart speaker and lighting capabilities into one ultra-portable package. And it’s ready to go right out of the box with instant, no-fuss set-up and autofocusing.
The articulated cradle base gives users the option to adjust the angle and point-and-project pretty much anywhere, without the need for a dedicated screen – aim it at the ceiling to binge-watch in bed!
The versatile Freestyle features built-in smart TV streaming apps, web browsing and also mirroring and casting.
And the screen size can be customised to suit your viewing area, from a smallish 30” right up to a cinematic 100” for movies. Auto Levelling keeps the image stable on uneven outdoor surfaces, and 20,000 hours of lamp life ensures long-term usage.
An incredibly innovative and conveniently portable projector that can be wherever you go, from the bedroom, backyard and balcony, to a campsite in the bush.
Nebula Cosmos Laser 4K Projector
A premium short throw portable projector, the Nebula Cosmos brings 4K Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 resolution and laser-powered detail to outdoor movie nights. Moreover, the Nebula will project a screen size of 60” up to a massive 150” for a truly cinematic experience under the stars.
Fitted with an ergonomic handle, this big beauty can be easily transported from bedroom to backyard and beyond, and set-up is effortless – the projector’s Intelligent Environment Adaptation tech will auto-fit the screen and customise the image quality to best suit the viewing environment.
Boasting 2,400 ISO lumens of brightness, the Nebula delivers a high quality image in virtually any lighting conditions, making it equally good for indoor use. But you really should enjoy the luxury of 4K UHD and a 150” screen outdoors, simply because with the Nebula Cosmos, now you can!