Whether you are sporting the iPhone 5 or iPhone 6, there is nothing like being able to share a full-on movie viewing experience with those around you via a mini projector for your iPhone. It should go without saying that not all brands and models are created equal. Some will provide certain benefits such as a larger viewing area, while others may boast better resolutions or longer battery life. In the end you will have to decide for yourself which mini projector suits your unique needs best, however we have made all of the latest choices available to you in one place so that you can make your decision an informed one.
As you will see, there are many brands of iPhone mini projectors on the market today, so it can become a bit overwhelming trying to choose. If we could offer any advice, it would be to think about what you will be using your mini projector for the most. For example, will you be using it for work presentations or to share YouTube videos with friends on the go? No matter what your iPhone mini projector end game is, there will be something in our list below to meet your needs.
We have broken down the benefits and deficiencies of each of the following projectors.
The Best iPhone Mini Projectors
One of the most popular iPhone mini projectors in the market today is the SHOWWX. Its sleek design makes it as visually appealing as it is useful. One of the best features that this projector has is its contrast ration, which is 5000:1, better than most other projectors out there today. This ration will provide a great contrast between light and dark, making your images clearer. The SHOWWX also has an USB port and a port on the back to which you can use to hook up the projector to a television screen. It does not have an internal microphone, which can be a negative, but you can easily plug in an external one if needed.
This is a great iPhone mini projector for more relaxed settings. Although it is not the best choice for an office or professional presentation, it provides many more viewing angles than some of other projectors. It is also very simple to position. Since the Cinemin Swivel has a very unique design, the image can be adjusted to fit into any wall space or other location. This gives you maximum freedom to display what you want, where you want it. It has a good built in speaker and a long-lasting lamp light, but its USB port cannot be used to connect to laptops or tablets. It works best with an iPhone.
BenQ Joybee GP2
This iPhone mini projector is eye-catching and convenient. It has its own iPhone dock which makes it very easy to use. But that is not all that the BenQ Joybee GP2 offers: it also has a detachable battery which allows you three hours of projector life without having to deal with plugging in cables. It is a very light projector, as well, adding to its portability. It also offers the biggest projected image size for these mini projectors at 160 inches. The contrast ratio for this model is also very positive, at 2400:1, making your images clear and sharp. All in all, a great product for most occasions.
If you are looking for a mini projector with a long battery life, then this is the right choice. This projector can last up to six hours without having to be plugged in to any electrical source. Some of its most positive features are the number of ports it has available. You can easily plug in headphones and other devices, and it has a composite A/V to make using it simple and convenient. It also has a built in speaker and a long lasting lamp. There are no specific brand batteries for this projector, but this also means that you cannot recharge it with an adapter. Its image resolution is not the best and it is a small projector, so you will not be able to get more than five to twenty inches of projected image. This is a good choice for a projector for casual occasions and more intimate settings.
Although it does not offer any surprises, this mini projector provides clear images in a convenient package. The best features that this projector has are the ports. They are numerous and they accommodate most devices that you would like to connect. The ports have covers, which come very useful when you are transporting the projector and are worried about any damage occurring. Unlike many other projectors, this one has a SD slot that allows you to use high capacity cards that can run up to 32GB. This can save you a lot of trouble, since you will not necessarily have to plug the projector to another device to access the images you want. If you want a straight-forward projector, then this is the right choice.
Dell M109S On-the-Go
This mini projector comes with a Dell-specific cable, which can limit options but which also allows you to not have to worry about extraneous cables. What places the Dell M109S On-the-Go apart from other mini projectors is how simple it is to use. All the buttons are clearly labeled and logically located, so you can start using it without having to study the manual. It does not come with a remote, which can be a problem depending on where you are standing, but it does offer password protection, which is a smart feature. It does not have many fancy options, but it provides a clear, reasonably sized image at a good price.
General Imaging iPico PJ205
When you want to really make an impression with an image’s size, this is the best option. It can take an image that might be three inches and transforms it to fifty inches, which is one of the largest sizes available today when it comes to mini projectors for iPhones. It is about the size of an iPhone, though it is thicker, and weighs very little, making it convenient to transport and place where you need it. There are two connectors, the iPhone connector, and a mini USB port. Another great little tidbit is that the company has created an app for the iPhone for ease of use.
This mini projector has a pretty solid resolution at 848 x 480, and a ratio of 16:9, for reliably clear images. It is very easy to carry around and it has both an internal memory and a good battery. Its brightness is not as satisfying as it could be, but it can still display a good contrast. One of the downsides of this unit is that it is limited in the amount of ports it has. Although the ports are versatile, it would still be better to have more available. The projector has a long lamp life, at 20,000 hours, but its battery life is only two hours. It does have internal speakers, which saves you having to plug in external ones and it has a pretty good memory capacity at 128MB.
If you are searching for a reasonably prices mini projector for your iPhone, then this one is the way to go. The great price does not mean that you are getting less for your money, since this projector is almost the same size as an iPhone and has some of the best features in the market. For one thing, it comes with all the cables you need, so you will not have to spend more money on those. Its composite A/V cable makes it easy to connect it to Camcorders, DVD players, and digital cameras, but makes it harder to connect to laptops without a composite output. This is something to take into consideration. For the price, which is can be from $100 to $120, much less than most other projectors, this is great option.
Although this mini projector is heavier than most of the others, it has one great quality going for it: its image brightness. It has 200 ANSI lumens, making it one of the brightest projectors available today. It has great image resolution, as well as a contrast ratio of 2000:1. When you choose this mini projector, you can play a clear image no matter where you are and what kind of light you have to work with. It has the highest lamp life, at 30,000 hours, which makes it very convenient and money saving. Other features that make this a good choice are the internal speakers, the USB port slot, the SD card reader, and many projection modes. You can choose from front projection, rear projection, ceiling projection, and desktop projection. Although this projector is still small, it is the heaviest of the group, making it a bit less portable. For its features and its quality imaging, this is still a great options, however.
M2 Micro Projector
This mini projector has pretty much everything you could ever want in a projector. It has amazing image resolution at 1024 x 768, and it has very high brightness at 110 ANSI lumens. The contrast ratio is more than satisfactory at 2001:1. This mini projector also has a large amount of ports, including an USB port and a data cord. You can easily connect other devices to the projector, making it suitable for any type of presentation. You can even connect any kind of game console, making it a fabulous choice for a large group of players. Although it has internal speakers, you can connect external ones for more volume, or headphones if you prefer that option. This mini projector is larger and heavier than some of the other options, but it provides a great quality image and all the features you could want. It is simple to use, with labeled buttons conveniently located throughout the unit, and it is one of the quickest when it comes to turning on and off.
Optoma PK301 Pico
This is one of the lightest mini projectors for iPhones, weighing in at only half a pound. It is not the brightest of the bunch, with only 50 ANSI lumens, but the contrast ratio is 2000:1 which is a good ratio. For best usage of this projector, it is recommended that the room be fairly dark, because of the low ANSI number, but for its size, this is a pretty good option. This projector has a lamp that lasts up to 20,000 hours and a battery, although it only lasts one hour. It has a pretty reliable internal memory and an internal speaker, as well, and it is simple to set up and use. This is good because the manual is not the most comprehensive we have seen. If you are searching for an easy to use and reliable iPhone mini projector for a pretty good price, this is an option to consider.
Brookstone HDMI Pocket Projector
This projector provides simplicity and usability in one smart package. It does not take long to charge and the battery it comes with can last up to two hours, which is more than enough for a presentation. It is an easy projector to set up and get going, with many ports to help you, including an HDMI port. The projector comes with an HDMI cable and a mini and micro HDMI adapter. It is larger than some other options, so it might not suit everyone’s needs, but it is still a worthy choice to consider.
AAXA P4-X Pico Projector
This projector offers a decent 80 ANSI lumens, which, for its size, is a good amount. It is simple to use, basically point where you want the image to appear and turn it on, and it has great video quality as well as image quality. Its sound system is not the best, which means you will have to hook it up to an external speaker, and the fan to keep it cool is louder than some other options out there. It is available at a great price, though, which makes this an option if you are searching for an affordable mini projector.
The InFocus IN118HDa has a good amount of ports, with two VGA ports for connecting the device to computers, an HDMI port, one VGA monitor-out port, an S video port, an audio port, a USB port, and a few other ones. It does not, however, have the option of Ethernet connectivity. The image is pretty clear, with some colors not displaying as well as they should, but still projecting an easy to see image. Its internal speaker is too low for anyone who is not seated very close to the projector, but with so many ports, you can easily hook up an external speaker. You can also project 3D content with this option by using Blu-ray or cable boxes through the HDMI connection. This mini projector has a substantial amount of internal data storage, coming in at 1080p. For its price, this is a good option.
There are many iPhone mini projectors out in the market today, but these are some of the best ones. There is an option for most budgets here, to make it simple to choose the one that can best suit your needs.