There are lots of inexpensive home projectors these days, but most of the cheap ones aren’t very high resolution. DIY Perks shows us how he built his own that has the same 4K resolution as the ones in movie theaters, using entirely off-the-shelf components, including a bright 100-watt LED and an LCD panel from a smartphone.
THE BEST Projectors
While flat screen TVs are all the rage these days, sometimes a projector is still a better solution – especially if you want a huge image. Builder Laura Kampf shows off a neat design for a coffee table that has a cubby for concealing a projector neatly beneath its lid.
This tabletop gadget looks like a vintage film projector, but it actually packs a modern DLP digital projector inside. It’s made from sturdy aluminum, with a tilting base. Its 10000 mAH battery means it’ll run for up to 4 hours while unplugged, and it can mirror Android or iOS devices over WiFi in addition to its HDMI input.
This unique projector packs a computer inside, as well as an RGB/IR camera, allowing it to automatically create depth maps. Combined with Lightform’s Creator software, anyone can create amazing projection mapping displays in small to medium sized spaces. Already have a projector? Check out the LFC.
The PIQO pocket projector measures only 2″ on each side, yet can project up to a 240″ screen. It has 1080p resolution and outputs 200 lumens of light. It runs on Android 7 and has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirPlay and screen mirroring connectivity. Grab one today in The Awesomer Shop.
This pocket-sized projector can output images from 30 to 200 inches in any darkened room. It’s got a high quality DLP light engine, 1080p resolution, and 200 lumen brightness, all from a box about the size of a smartphone. Save an extra 15% off in The Awesomer Shop with code SAVE15TODAY (valid through 8/31/19)
AAXA’s P7 differentiates itself from cheaper mini projectors by offering a true HD (1920×1080) DLP optical engine, for crisp images up to 120″ diagonal (in low light). It’s also got a nice loud speaker. It’ll run on AC, or its 38-watt rechargeable battery runs for up to 90 minutes. They also offer a somewhat larger model with 4K resolution.
BenQ’s mid-range TK800M projector offers up high-end features like true 4K resolution with HDR support, and a DMD DLP panel that produces colorful, razor sharp images from 60″ to 200″ diagonal. Its light source cranks out an impressive 3000 lumens, making it suitable for brightly-lit rooms.
VAVA’s laser projector outputs 4K images with HDR10 support. It can can create up to a 150″ display from just 7.2″ away from the projection surface. It’s rated at 6000 lumens, and its light source lasts up to 25,000h. It’s even bright enough to use in daylight with the proper screen.
The Puppy Cube is an Android-based 720p ultra short throw projector. What makes it unique is its desktop touchscreen mode that simulates a 23″ tablet. You can also use it as a wall projector for up to a 100″ display. It has HDMI, USB, AirPlay, Miracast and DLNA inputs.
ROKR’s bass wood replica of a classic film projector is one of the coolest flat-pack model kits we’ve ever seen. Not only does it look awesome, it actually can project a short loop of film that’s included with the kit. The hand-cranked projector isn’t bright, but it requires no batteries to operate.
The second generation of LG’s CineBeam short-throw 4K laser projector has a horizontal orientation, making it easy to mount on any flat surface. It can create a 90″ image at 2″ away, and a 120″ at 7″ away. It can be operated via voice commands. Drops 2019.
The second version of Anker’s Nebula Prizm II is twice the price of its predecessor, but it’s resolution has been significantly increased, from just 480p to 1080p. It can create up to a 120″ display has up to 40º keystone correction, and has USB and HDMI inputs.
Anker improves on its popular Nebula Capsule portable projector. It now projects a 720p screen, has Google Chromecast and Google Assistant built-in, charges fast via USB-C, and has 1-second autofocus. It still lets you access Android apps and plug-in via HDMI and USB.
Fujifilm has developed an ultra short throw projector that has a lens that rotates on two axes. This allows for more options when mounting the device, as well as the option to aim at various surfaces – floor, wall, ceiling – without moving the device itself.
Enjoy videos on the go with Sony’s new MP-CD1 pocket portable projector. It weighs under 10z and is as small as a smartphone. Yet it shines up to 105 lumens and projects up to a 120″ 854×480 video. It accepts HDMI/MHL input and recharges via USB-C. It’s also a power bank.
Kodak’s DLP Cube Mobile S6 pico projector literally fits in the palm of your hand. It can create up to a 100″ screen and has a resolution of 854×480. It has an HDMI input, a microSD card slot, and supports AirPlay and Miracast. It lasts up to 2h per charge.
The successor to Nebula’s popular Mars portable projector runs Android 7.1 for greater compatibility with streaming apps and services. It also runs for an extra hour at up to 4 hours per charge. It projects a 720p image at up to 150″ and has fast autofocus.
The Nebula Mars’ little brother. Anker’s Nebula Capsule is a pico projector and speaker that’s the size and shape of a soda can. It can project an 854×480 display at up to 100″. It has a microUSB port and an HDMI port, and can also mirror the screen of mobile devices.
Hisense’s new 4K TV is actually a home theater package built around an impressive short throw laser projector. It comes with a 100″ Black Diamond projection screen. The projector itself has Harman Kardon speakers with a separate subwoofer, a TV tuner and streaming apps.
The Cinemood Storyteller is a portable projector that is pre-loaded with over 100 hours of kid-friendly media, including videos, games and books. It can also stream from YouTube and play videos from a USB source. It also has a blue light filter to reduce eye strain.
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