Imagine if you could take a big, powerful projector and put it in your pocket. Pretty nifty, right? Well, that’s the promise of relatively new type of gadget, the pocket projector. Though these so-called pico projectors don’t offer the features and capabilities of more advanced (and hefty!) projectors, they do allow you to do quite a bit—namely, project your videos or PowerPoint presentations in a jiffy. But the technology is new, and it’s hard to decide what pocket projector is the right one for you. Here’s our choice of the top three.
- Aaxa L1 Pico Projector
The Aaxa L1 projector is billed as “the world’s first laser powered pico projector,” with a 3-color laser light source for producing in-focus, color-saturated images. The intended audience for this? Both mobile professionals and those seeking a fun gadget. According to the company, it’s able to produce rich images even in less-than-dark environments; in darker environments the L1 can produce color-rich images up to 50″. A USB port lets the device read files directly off a thumb drive. Battery life is rated at 90 minutes.
- Aaxa P2 Pico Projector
The P2 micro projector uses a high-power LED to produce output at 800 x 600 resolution. Features include a direct VGA connector supporting up to 1280 x 720 resolution for laptop connection, an infrared remote control, and a microSD slot capable of reading up to 4GB cards. Battery life is rated at 35 minutes.
- Optoma PK102 Pico Pocket Projector
The Optoma PK102 pocket projector includes 4GB of internal memory and lets you display video and images right from a laptop’s VGA connection.