Movies and TV shows outside; it’s a great way to watch. Who needs Netflix in the basement when you can stream in your backyard, on a rooftop patio, or at a campsite under the stars? Summer in Canada is short and sweaty, so any opportunity to be outside is a blessing. Being able to project your favorite content wirelessly from a phone, tablet, or PC and invite friends to join you for some outdoor viewing is priceless. So, project it. Big and bold. Wherever you want, whenever you want. Here are the four best portable projectors to magnify your summer fun.

Optoma ML750

Like the other projectors on this list, the Optoma ML750 is tiny. It can fit in the palm of your hand, easily slip into your purse or pocket, and it weighs less than a pound. Short-throw capabilities allow you to fill an 8' screen from as little as 3.5' away. Perfect for small apartments and properties with limited space. A convenient carrying bag allows for extreme portability. The LED light source lasts for 20,000 hours, so you’ll never have to replace a bulb. Connect using HDMI or MHL, which lets you easily display content from your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices. Or use the projector’s built-in memory, microSD card slot, or USB connection to entertain without a laptop. Wireless capabilities can be added with an optional adapter.

LG PH550


As with the Optoma projector, you can play movies from a USB drive on this LG projector as well. Leave your smartphone or laptop in your home; you don't even need a nearby electrical outlet, since the PH550 includes a built-in battery that lasts up to 2.5 hours. At 550 lumens, the PH550 isn’t as bright as Optoma’s 700-lumen model, but buyers still find it to be highly functional. With an LED light source that lasts up to 30,000 hours, wireless connectivity, and Bluetooth sound out, this projector is simple and effective. A maximum screen size of 100" is recommended, and the resolution is 1280x720. This is not a short-throw model, so you’ll need at least 6' from the projector to the screen.

AAXA Technologies P300

If you want to watch an episode or two of your latest TV-series obsession, this projector can do it anywhere you want to be. With a 60-minute battery life, you get 500 lumens of brightness courtesy of an LED light source with a 20,000-hour lifespan. This tiny projector provides native 1280x800 HD resolution with 1080p max input. A nice bonus is that it comes with its own stand—a mini tripod that lets you easily set up anywhere—and an included remote that lets you control the device from your seat. A wide range of connectivity options includes HDMI, mini VGA, composite AV, and USB as well as a microSD card slot. An onboard media player with built-in speakers allows for direct file playback. There's also a 3.5mm aux out to connect to an external sound system.


The rechargeable battery in Asus’ compact projector delivers a longer playing time than most, with up to three hours on a single charge. With 200 lumens of brightness, it’s optimal in very dark environments. Native resolution is 854x480, and the maximum screen size is 100", providing enough entertainment to fill a room—or yard. Phone battery running low? This device also doubles as a power bank to charge your mobile devices. Plug in! Enjoy Asus’ best-in-class 1:1 short-throw ratio, ideal for limited environments.

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