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Affordable small projector

Hi AVS forum

We're a group of students from Copenhagen academy of design and production, and we are doing a project where we need at projector.
We're doing a portable projector for boardgames, and therefore we need a small projector, but since none of us has any knowlegde on projectors we figured asking here .
We're looking for something small with most bang for buck, and we was thinking about making a max. size at 20x20x15 cm/8x8x6 inches. The image quality isn't a big issue since we dont need that high resolution.

Hope you can help us with our project.
Let me know if you need more information.
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Will the screen be able to be kept in the dark when in use so lights aren't washing out the image?
What screen-size do you want.
What sort of budget are you trying to fit?

With a pretty lit room many of the small projectors would have trouble lighting up a screen over 55" while fighting the lights.
If the room can be darker (at least the screen area) or a more expensive projector can be used, something around 90"-100" shouldn't be a problem...even larger if the content is mostly bright or colorful.

Easy $25 DIY black (or any color) ALR paint +$40-$50sprayer screen mix smooth/clean and very easy to learn spraying with little/no mess.
Simple $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
Quick <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room "A store that sells blinds can help your picture more than a store that sells projectors many times." -bud16415

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Will the screen be able to be kept in the dark when in use so lights aren't washing out the image?
What screen-size do you want.
What sort of budget are you trying to fit?

With a pretty lit room many of the small projectors would have trouble lighting up a screen over 55" while fighting the lights.
If the room can be darker (at least the screen area) or a more expensive projector can be used, something around 90"-100" shouldn't be a problem...even larger if the content is mostly bright or colorful.

We're looking for something under 55', and a length between screen and wall should be around 3-5 feet and we are aiming for it being used at night, but with background illumination
It could be best to get something around 100-200 $, but we could go up to around 400 $ if thats what needed.
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From about 5ft back you'll usually be looking at a 50" image-size, though some of the best cheaper options will need to be a little over 6ft back because the LG ph300 (around $300) and the 480p-resolution LG pv150 ($200 new or $100 used from Amazon) use longer throw-ratios.

Those cheaper LG's only have coaxial, HDMI, and an USB slot for inputs though. You'll have to look at an adapter or a different model if you need VGA or RCA inputs.

Your size and room requirements sound perfectly manageable, and your price limit isn't badly restrictive for what you're asking for.

Easy $25 DIY black (or any color) ALR paint +$40-$50sprayer screen mix smooth/clean and very easy to learn spraying with little/no mess.
Simple $25-40 DIY black/dark-grey ambient-light rejecting screen, grab two things from a local store..mix..roll..done.
Quick <$250 dedicated black-fabric theater room "A store that sells blinds can help your picture more than a store that sells projectors many times." -bud16415
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