Mini Projectors That Will Take Movie Night to the Next Level

Make your next movie night much more fun with a mini projector.

Projector in action
Projectors: They’re not just for substitute teachers or the ultra rich anymore.Alex Litvin, Unsplash

There have been a couple of major changes that have helped projectors rocket into the mainstream. One of the main ones is the actual bulb. In older models there were internal lamps that could cost hundreds of dollars to fix when they burned out. But technological advances have led to LED-bulb projectors that are surprisingly good—and much easier to repair. These mini projectors are the size of a couple of hardcover books, but you can get a great theater experience for your backyard, bedroom, or anywhere else you can hang a white sheet (or projector screen if you have one).

The Rare Name-Brand Mini Projector

Anker Nebula Capsule, Smart Wi-Fi Mini Projector
This Anker projector has everything you need for a backyard movie night.Amazon

Most mini projectors tend to come from lesser-known brands. But Anker has already achieved a reputation as one of the absolute best budget manufacturers of battery packs, cables, and speakers—and the company recently expanded into projectors. This Nebula Capsule is a remarkable all-in-one gadget: battery, speakers, WiFi, even Android as an operating system so you can play Netflix without an external stick (though you can use those, too). Plus, it’s about the size of a can of soda.

A High-Def Performer

VANKYO Performance V630 Native 1080P Full HD Projector
You’ll get a sharp picture with this Vankyo V630.Amazon

Many mini projectors have a 480p resolution at best; that’s DVD quality, which by today’s standards looks like a pile of LEGOs. This Vankyo is remarkably well-reviewed and has actual built-in 1080p resolution. It also offers a three-month return policy, and a three-year free repair guarantee.

Quiet But Powerful

Mini Projector 2020 Upgraded Portable Video-Projector
This projector boasts a two-year warranty.Amazon

This mini projector has a quiet built-in fan, so the machine won’t overheat and the bulb can last longer (15 years, according to the company). You can also connect it to gaming systems to enjoy video games on the big screen.