I live in a really tiny studio apartment, so space is always at a premium issue. I try to get miniature versions of everything because I simply don't have enough storage or counter space for full-size appliances. For this reason, I don’t own a TV; I find that it would overwhelm my walls, and I didn’t want to sacrifice floor space for a TV stand. For a long time, I searched for a compact projector that I could use to watch movies and shows and then store away when it wasn't not in use. My wishes were granted when I discovered the Kodak Ultra Mini Portable Projector, which is so small, it can literally fit in the palm of my hand.
Despite its compact size, this little guy can actually project quite far (I tested it at 14 feet or so, and the image measures approximately 50”x60”). I’ve used it to watch films and shows, and it truly feels like I have my own personal movie theater. (The darker the room, the clearer and crisper the images are, so I always use it at night with the lights out. However, blackout shades would work, too!) It can connect to a phone or computer, AND it has its own speakers (though you can connect it to an external speaker as well). For longer binge sessions, I like to have it plugged in so it doesn’t run out of juice, but it can last through a couple of 40-minute episodes unplugged just fine. The best part is once I’m done with it, it fits nicely into my drawers for storage. Easy peasy. It’s a lot simpler to deal with than the full-size one I used to own.
Though I haven’t taken it on a trip yet, I’m excited that it’ll fit easily in my duffel bag or carry-on suitcase. Last month, when my parents came to visit, my dad saw my projector and was very jealous (and may or may not have tried to steal it) and thought it would be perfect for business presentations on the go. Until my dad actually follows through with his plan to steal my projector, I will continue to enjoy elaborate movie nights with my pals. If you are looking for a really compact and portable projector, this is a great choice. —
Get it from Amazon for $199.95, Walmart for $199.95, or Jet for $196.95.