Lighten Your Load with a New Lightweight Projector

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When your job has you traveling from place to place, through airports, checking into and out of hotels, it’s important to keep your luggage as compact and lightweight as possible. For on-the-go presenters, this luggage will typically include a projector. So, for these people on the front lines of their business, courting clients, striking deals, and logging miles, I’ve decided to compile a short list of the most compact, lightweight presentation projectors on the market today, grouped by venue type.

Huddle Spaces / Small Conference Rooms

As you would expect, to project in a small area like a huddle space or small conference room, your projector doesn’t need to be very bright (since you can typically control the lighting), and low brightness generally translates to a more compact form factor—so compact, in fact, you can likely fit it in your pocket. It’s important to bear in mind that it’s difficult to project a large image from a low-brightness projector, so you may have to sacrifice image size in favor of having an image with sufficient brightness. Here are a few popular pocket-sized projectors, commonly called pico projectors:

Sony MP-CL1A

This Sony, available in both gray or gold color options, can project images up to 120" diagonal from about an 11' distance (or a 40" image from 3.6' away), yet measures just 3 x 5.9 x 0.5" and weighs less than 7.5 oz—not much larger or heavier than a smartphone. Its brightness maxes out at 32 lumens, so make sure to shut the lights in the room, particularly if you need to go big.

Sony MP-CL1A 32-Lumen HD Pico Projector with Wi-Fi

Integrated Wi-Fi allows you to mirror your compatible Android device, so you won’t need to carry any cables, and its built-in battery recharges via USB, so there’s no bulky AC adapter to carry, either. Its native resolution is 1920 x 720, so HD video and images will appear clear. Additionally, Bluetooth connectivity lets you use your favorite Bluetooth speaker for audio reproduction.

Bose SoundLink Revolve+ Bluetooth Speaker

Philips PicoPix PPX4350W

The PicoPix outputs up to 50 lumens of brightness, so it’s moderately better in rooms with a bit of light, but its native resolution is quite a bit lower than the Sony, at nHD, or 640 x 360. While it might not be ideal for video or high-resolution images, it’s still well-suited for data presentations (such as Excel and Word documents), as VGA resolution—a staple in presentation projection—isn’t much higher, at 640 x 480. The PicoPix has a built-in three-hour rechargeable battery and can project up to 60" images from about 9' away.

Philips PicoPix PPX4350W 50-Lumen nHD Pocket Projector

Wi-Fi mirroring via Miracast allows wireless presentation, and Bluetooth capability enables wireless connection to your Bluetooth speaker. You can also plug a USB drive directly into the attached USB cable, or use the included Wi-Fi USB adapter to present wirelessly from your otherwise-wired source device. Additionally, MHL connectivity lets you connect your compatible smartphone or tablet via HDMI. A microSDXC slot is also onboard. At just 4.6 oz and 3.8 x 0.7 x 2.1", the PicoPix is overall smaller and lighter than the Sony.

XSORIES X-Project Micro

The X-Project Micro has a maximum brightness level of 35 lumens and a native resolution of VGA 640 x 480, making it suited best for data presentations in dark rooms. At just 2.8 x 5.3 x 0.7" and less than 6 oz, this projector is about as compact and lightweight as a smartphone, which you can connect to the projector’s MHL-compatible HDMI input. A built-in 100-minute rechargeable battery enables you to project nearly anywhere, or to charge your compatible smartphone.

XSORIES X-Project Micro 35-Lumen VGA Pico Projector

Medium to Large Conference Rooms

The larger the venue, the less control you’re likely to have on ambient light, therefore the odds dictate that you’ll need a more powerful, larger, heavier projector. Here are a few of the smallest, most lightweight models suitable for medium to large conference rooms:

Casio XJ-A257

At just 5.1 lb and 11.7 x 1.7 x 8.3", the Casio XJ-A257 packs quite a punch with its 3000 lumens of brightness. It projects images up to a 300" diagonal and includes a wireless LAN adapter for wireless presentation from your compatible mobile device; you can also project directly from a USB drive, so you won’t need to carry your laptop with you. WXGA 1280 x 800 native resolution helps text and graphics appear crisp and clear at most viewing distances.

Casio XJ-A257 Slim Series 16:10 Multi-Media Projector with Wireless LAN Adapter

Epson VS250

This Epson sports 3200-lumen light output with SVGA 800 x 600 native resolution for clear text. At only 11.9 x 3.2 x 9.2" and 5.3 lb, it’s not too cumbersome to carry around. It features HDMI, VGA, and RCA composite video inputs, and can also receive video signals via USB from Windows and Mac computers for added flexibility.

Epson VS250 3200-Lumen SVGA 3LCD Projector

Hitachi CP-X4042WN

With a 4200-lumen brightness output, the Hitachi CP-X4042WN is the brightest on our list so far. It’s also the heaviest and largest at 6.8 lb and 12.6 x 3.4 x 9.7" (excluding protrusions), but if you need the brightness, it’s not that much of a sacrifice over the previous two models in this section. It features XGA 1024 x 768 native resolution and can display photos, documents, and website contents from your compatible mobile device via Wi-Fi with an optional adapter, or through an Ethernet cord plugged into the local network. Additionally, a microphone jack and built-in speaker help your message get heard.

Hitachi CP-X4042WN 4200-Lumen XGA LCD Projector

Lecture Halls / Auditoriums

As mentioned earlier, as your venue gets larger, so does the projector. The models in this category might not necessarily be compact or lightweight, but they’re the closest thing to compact and lightweight that will work in large venues:

Christie Q-Series DWU1052-Q

Perhaps the best combination of high brightness with a (comparatively) compact size and lightweight design, the 10,000-lumen Christie Q-Series DWU1052-Q is a good choice. It uses two lamps to achieve this brightness level, and features a native resolution of 1920 x 1200 to produce high-definition images. Wireless presentation is possible with the Christie QuickConnect app over Wi-Fi from your iOS or Android device. The projector measures 18.2 x 6.9 x 21.1" and weighs 38.6 lb—and that doesn’t include the separately sold lens; keep in mind that there are models in this category that tip the scales at more than 100 lb, making this a lightweight in the division.

Christie Q Series DWU1052-Q 10,000-Lumen Dual-Lamp 1DLP Projector

Panasonic PT-DW830UW

Another dual-lamp model, the Panasonic PT-DW830UW outputs up to 8500 lumens of brightness with WXGA 1280 x 800 native resolution. Despite being a bit less powerful, it’s a bit larger and heavier than the Christie, at 19.6 x 7.9 x 20.2" and 38.8 lb. It can project images up to 600" and features a host of connectivity options, including HDMI, VGA, and BNC composite video.

Panasonic PT-DW830UW WXGA 1-Chip DLP Projector

Do you need help choosing a presentation projector? Feel free to ask a question in the Comments section below, come in to the SuperStore to see what we have on display, or speak to our friendly, knowledgeable salespeople over the phone at 800-606-6969, or via chat or email.

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