The best business projectors in 2024: top projectors for home and travel

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The significance of choosing the best business projector cannot be overstated, especially for those who frequently deliver presentations. 

Whether it's for presentations or just for aesthetics, the best projector is capable of producing bright, vibrant images, ensuring your content is clearly visible and engaging to your audience, thus enhancing the effectiveness of your presentations or meetings.

Opting for a business projector involves prioritizing specific features that may differ from those sought after in the best projector for personal entertainment purposes. For instance, while high resolutions and a multitude of inputs are beneficial, they may not hold as much weight in a business context as other factors, so using the best 4K projector on the markt for a basic PowerPoint might be overkill.

It's not uncommon for businesses to compromise on quality due to budget constraints or inadequate research, leading to long-term dissatisfaction. Avoid this pitfall by considering our top picks, which range from the best portable projector options that easily fit into your luggage for on-the-go presentations, to feature-rich models suitable for permanent office setup. These projectors not only offer exceptional image quality and a variety of connectivity options but also cater to the specific needs of a business environment.

Our comprehensive comparison has evaluated these business projectors on several key aspects, including brightness, resolution, connectivity options, and contrast ratio, as well as their suitability for travel and the type of projection technology they employ.

The best business projectors in 2024

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 Below you'll find full write-ups for each of the best business projectors picks in our list. We've tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations can be trusted. 

ViewSonic PA503S

The best business projector overall

1. ViewSonic PA503S

The best business projector overall

Specifications

Projection system: DLP
Resolutions: 800 x 600
Brightness: 3600 lumens
Contrast ratio: 22000:1
Video inputs: HDMI, VGA, S-Video, Composite

Reasons to buy

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Very bright
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User friendly

Reasons to avoid

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Low resolution
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Weak in larger surroundings

If you are a small-to-medium-sized business, and need a projector for holding presentations in small rooms, then the ViewSonic PA503S is a brilliant choice. 

While its 800 x 600 SVGA resolution falls short of full HD, it is enough to display vibrant images, reports, and spreadsheets on a wall or projection screen. It's got plenty of inputs, is easy to use, and is nice and bright as well.

It also comes with a SuperEco mode that dims the brightness by up to 70%. This makes it more energy efficient (and therefore cheaper to run), while also prolonging the life of the bulb.

The PA503S has a contrast ratio of 22,000:1, and it is bright — 3800 ANSI lumens of brightness will ensure you see the details clearly even in spaces with plenty of ambient light.

Optoma ML550

The best portable business projector overall

2. Optoma ML750e

The brightest, nicest, and best connected palm projector yet

Specifications

Projection system: DLP
Resolutions: 1280 x 800
Brightness: 700 lumens
Contrast ratio: 10000:1
Video inputs: HDMI, VGA, microSD, USB
Dimensions: 106 x 105 x 39mm

Reasons to buy

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Bright for undarkened rooms
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Versatile uses

Reasons to avoid

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No Wi-Fi
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Tablet integration requires dongle

The ML750e by Optoma may not be the smallest projector we're talking about here, but it's a lot more powerful than the pocket-sized PicoPix from Phillips. It weighs in at an ultraportable 380g with a small footprint that makes this easy to carry around. The differences in size between this and the PicoPix are negligible for the power you get in return: a 700 Lumens lamp that lets you present in rooms that aren't completely darkened.

Not only is it port-rich with one MHL-ready HDMI input, a USB 2.0 slot for thumbdrives, a universal I/O slot, and a microSD card slot, but the ML550 handled our 90-inch test screen with impressive results, and peaked at a 60-inch-or-so size. 

Much like the ViewSonic PLED-W800, though, the ML750e had us grumbling because you need to buy a dongle for Wi-Fi access. which felt as arcane at the time of this projector's release as it does today. And in another moment that felt anachronistic, there is no way to work with the projector via a smartphone or tablet.

Epson EB-S41

The best large-projection business projector

3. Epson EB-S41

Small business projector with a large projection

Specifications

Projection system: LCD
Resolutions: 800 x 600
Brightness: 3300 lumens
Contrast ratio: 15000:1
Video inputs: USB 2.0, Wi-Fi, VGA, HDMI, Composite, S-Video

Reasons to buy

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Small and portable
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Very large projection size

Reasons to avoid

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Not high definition
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4:3 aspect ratio

Usually when you choose a portable business projector you have to make a few sacrifices in order to have such a small device – but that's not the case with the Epson EB-S41.

Epson has an excellent reputation with business projectors, and it has brought much of its expertise to the EB-S41. Its 3,300 lumen brightness is much brighter than many other portable projectors, and means you have more flexibility when setting up the EB-S31 in environments where there is still ambient light.

The EB-S41 is small and light enough to carry around with you on business trips, but it also has a very large projection size – up to 300 inches – which makes this an incredibly versatile portable business projector.

The projector has a lifetime of around 12,000 hours, so with moderate use, you can expect it to last you up to 15 years.

Sony VPL-FHZ55

The best wireless business projector

4. LG Minibeam PH550G

Compact and wireless business projector

Specifications

Projection system: RGB LED
Resolutions: 1280 x 720
Brightness: 550 lumens
Contrast ratio: 100000:1
Video inputs: USB, HDMI, Composite, RBG
Dimensions: 174 x 109.5 x 44mm

Reasons to buy

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Easy to carry
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Plenty of connectivity options

Reasons to avoid

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Not HD
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No microSD

The LG Minibeam PH550G is a brilliant business projector for people who often work on the road thanks to its compact size. It's wireless as well, allowing you to connect a smartphone or tablet to it, and showcase your presentations or media quickly and easily.

This is great for impromptu meetings, and despite its small stature, it offers brilliant image and sound quality. If you're after a business projector that will wow audiences in huge keynote addresses, then this isn't the projector for you – it's relatively dim and lack resolution – but for presentations when out on the road, this is easily one of the best.

The PH550 has versatile connectivity options, including an HDMI, USB, and 3.5mm audio port. But thanks to the wireless mirroring function, you won't need to rely on cables — just your smartphone or tablet will do.

Anker Nebula Capsule II Mini

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The best versatile business projector

A tiny, high-quality business projector

Specifications

Projection system: DLP
Resolution: 1280 x 720
Brightness: 200 ANSI lumens
Video input: HDMI, USB Type-A, USB Type-C, Wi-Fi, 3.5mm AUX
Dimensions: 3.15 x 3.15 x 5.9 inches

Reasons to buy

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Android TV built-in
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Full-size HDMI port

Reasons to avoid

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Could be brighter
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Netflix must be sideloaded

Some projector were meant to be portable – and few do it better than the Anker Nebula Capsule II Mini Projector.

About the size and shape of a can of Coca Cola, the Capsule II is very capable for its size, offering a 720p (HD) resolution and strong audio output – and a noticeable improvement on 2018's Anker Nebula Mars II. Its small size makes it a great choice for offices and board rooms where space is at a premium.

Given its size, we were pleasantly surprised to find a fully-sized HMDI port, too, rather than the mini-HDMI alternative – as well as a USB port and USB-C charging port, allowing you to power the projector while connecting to a streaming stick like the Roku Express or Amazon Fire TV Stick.

There's also 3,600 apps to make use of, all pre-built into the Android TV smart platform. However, given some tricky certification issues around Netflix, you won't get the biggest TV streaming service on there unless you connect and external device to do it for you.

Read our full Anker Nebula Capsule II Mini Projector review.

The best business projector: How to choose

When finalizing the best business projector for yourself (or the office), start with considering your projection needs, the space you have at work, and whether you'll be traveling around a lot. 

If you'll be using the projector often, then it's best to invest in a high-quality device that'll offer great quality visuals for many years. You'll want to evaluate the size of the room where you're projecting and select a projector that has the right throw distance, resolution, and projection size. 

For those who're often on the road, a small and compact projector will be quite convenient. Wireless connectivity features always enhance ease of use and so does long battery life. 

You'll also want to assess the projector's brightness, contrast ratio, connectivity features, and overall visual quality. 

The best business projectors: How we test

To test the best business projectors, we reviewed them across numerous factors. 

We considered their technical specifications, like their type of projection system,  resolution, brightness, contrast ratio, connectivity options, size, and weight. 

We looked at their projection size, the quality of their visuals, and how clear the images were in spaces that received plenty of ambient light. 

Depending on their size, weight, and performance, we classified them into projectors that were good for travel and ones that were better suited for office rooms. We also mentioned their lamp life and checked for additional features, like interactivity.

John Loeffler
Components Editor

John (He/Him) is the Components Editor here at TechRadar and he is also a programmer, gamer, activist, and Brooklyn College alum currently living in Brooklyn, NY. 


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