Summer is around the corner, which means that with hot days comes warm nights that are perfect for lounging with a cool cocktail. One of the most fun evening activities is having an outdoor movie night. Instead of watching TV from your couch, setting up a projector on a blank wall can turn an ordinary movie night into a truly memorable evening, even if you’re just watching “Mean Girls” for the hundredth time.
If you don’t have any outdoor space, having a projector can be a great indoor option for the cord-cutters who have long since ditched their TVs. If you’re used to just watching a movie on your computer, owning a projector can greatly elevate the experience. The best part of having a projector is that a movie night is something most everyone can agree on, and once you pay the initial cost, it’s a free activity that still feels special.
The key, of course, is choosing the right projector. The home theater experience won’t really feel elevated if the picture quality is wonky and the colors are dull. The thing that often turns people off from projectors is that when they hear “projector” they automatically think “technical difficulties.” That’s why all of the projectors featured below are highly rated for picture quality, and have multiple connectivity options. If you’re having trouble connecting with one port, you can easily switch to another. So whether you’re a video game nerd, a movie buff, or a sports fanatic, there’s a projector that’s right for you.
1. Vankyo Leisure 3 LED Portable Projector
The Vankyo portable projector is the most expensive option on this list, but it’s still an incredible value. It weighs just over 2 pounds and comes with a convenient carrying case, making it a truly portable option. The Vankyo is designed to support up to a 1920×1080 resolution, and can connect via Playstation, Xbox, HDMI, AV cords, and several other ports. Many users love the picture quality and easy set-up, but recommend supplementing the built-in audio.
2. DR. J Professional 1080P-Supported Mini Projector
Like the Vankyo mini projector, the DR. J projector includes AV, TF Cards, USB, HDMI, VGA, Flash drives, PlayStation, and Xbox compatibility. It comes with its own speakers but also supports Bluetooth devices. However, it does not come with its own Bluetooth transmitter; one must be purchased separately. Most reviewers commented positively on the picture quality for the value.
3. DBPOWER Mini Projector
While it’s the most inexpensive option on this list, it’s backed by solid reviews and the distinction of being Amazon’s Choice. It’s also the lightest option on this list, clocking in at 1 pound. But the lightweight package comes with heavyweight video features; it supports a 1080 display and laptop, USB, DVD, Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and Xbox connectivity. Plus, they throw in an HDMI cable for free.