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Best business projectors of 2020: top projectors for home and travel

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If you're on the hunt for the best business projector to make your presentations really stand out or to supercharge your home entertainment, then you've come to the right place.

In our list of the best business projectors, we've examined a wide range of makes and models to suit all kinds of budgets and use cases. 

A good business projector is vitally important if you regularly make presentations – every device on this list is able to produce bright and vibrant projections that allow you to share your screen with an audience, while keeping them engaged with your presentation or meeting.

Buying one of the best business projectors will mean looking for different features than buying a projector for entertainment, so high resolutions and millions of inputs aren’t going to be quite as important as they would otherwise be.

Unfortunately, plenty of offices often cheap out in when buying business projectors, or don't put in enough research, which leads to headaches for years to come. Don't make this mistakes: review our favorite options for your office's projector unit.

We've featured compact devices that can be popped into luggage and easily carried around with you, to feature-packed business projectors that can be installed in an office and offer a huge range of business-focused features, as well as plenty of ports for connectivity and high-end image quality.

You won't just find the very best business projectors on this list – as we've also included our price comparison tool to help you find the cheapest prices without having to shop around.

1. ViewSonic PA503S

A great projector for small business rooms

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

Very bright
User friendly
Low resolution
Weak in larger surroundings

If you're 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's 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.

Blitzwolf BW-VP8 business projector - $99 at Banggood
(£72.53/AU$132.75)
An HD projector with Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, two USB ports and an HDMI connector for less than $100 is a pretty good bargain indeed. Add in a legacy VGA port, an audio port, the ability to mount it on the ceiling and AV-in and you have a solid budget projector.View Deal

Optoma ML550

2. Optoma ML750e

The brightest, nicest and best connected palm projector yet

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

Brightness
Versatility
No Wi-Fi
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.

3. Epson EB-S41

Small projector, large projection

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

Small and portable
Very large projection size
Not high definition
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.

Sony VPL-FHZ55

4. LG Minibeam PH550G

Compact and wireless

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

Easy to carry
Plenty of connectivity options
Not HD
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 also 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.

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5. Anker Nebula Capsule II Mini

A tiny, quality projector

Android TV built-in
Full-size HDMI port
Could be brighter
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 the full review: Anker Nebula Capsule II Mini Projector

6. Asus ZenBeam E1

Pocket projection

Projection system: DLP | Resolutions: 854 x 480 | Brightness: 150 lumens | Contrast ratio: 3500:1 | Video inputs: HDMI, MHL | Dimensions: 110 x 29 x 83mm

Gorgeous design
Small
Low resolution
Low light output

The Asus ZenBeam E1 is a beautifully designed pocket projector that's small and light enough to carry around with you if you often make presentations on the road. 

Despite its small size, it can project images up to 120 inches in size, and it has a built-in 6,000mAh battery that can power the projector for up to 5 hours, which makes it rather flexible, as you don't have to worry about finding a plug socket to power the device. In a rather nice touch, the projector can also double as a power bank for other mobile devices.

The Asus ZenBeam E1 isn't the most powerful portable projector, but its versatility, ease of setup and eye catching design gives it a place on our list of best business projectors.

BenQ TK850 (2020)

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7. BenQ TK850

An incredibly bright HDR projector

Projection system: DLP | Resolution: 4K | Brightness: 3,000 lumens | Video inputs: 2x HDMI, 1x SPDIF, 1x AUX In, 2x USB | Dimensions: 380 x 127 x 263mm

Support for 4K and HDR
Incredibly bright picture
No streaming apps
Some fan noise

The BenQ TK850 is a 4K projector that offers an intense 3,000 lumens brightness, which means you can make presentations in rooms that don't need to be in complete darkness. It also has a lens shift tool to elevate or lower the height of the projection, giving you more flexibility when it comes to installation.

The BenQ TK850 can output 3,000 lumens of brightness, making for vividly-realized colors and immediately visible detail, even in daytime or with some level of ambient light in the room. For that, it get a thumbs up from us.

There's some video noise in gray shadows or dark scenes, and the lack of streaming apps may disappoint some, but overall the TK850 is a fantastic business projector for your office.

Read the full review: BenQ TK850 projector

ViewSonic PLED-W800

7. ViewSonic PLED-W800

A very portable DLP LED projector

Projection system: DLP | Resolutions: 1280 x 800 | Brightness: 800 lumens | Contrast ratio: 120,000:1 | Video inputs: HDMI, VGA, S-Video, USB | Dimensions: 175 x 138 x 51.5mm

HDMI, USB & SD card slots
Portable design
Requires Wi-Fi dongle
Underpowered 2W speakers

Although it's less expensive than other ViewSonic models mentioned here, the ViewSonic PLED-W800 still performs well. It earns its price tag thanks to its ultra-portability, weighing in at 830g and measuring 175 x 138 x 51.5mm (W x D x H). 

With a lamp that can reach up to 800 lumens, you can still run a presentation in whatever room you can bring it to, provided you can shade the windows and lower the lighting. It comes with an SD Card slot, a USB slot, an MHL-ready HDMI input (for connecting DVD/Blu-ray players and also smartphones/tablets) and a VGA input for laptops.

Much like other portable projectors we talk about here, just because you can pass video through this unit doesn't mean you should. For its price, though, making you pay even more for an optional Wi-Fi dongle (ViewSonic recommends its PJ-WPD-200, which brings Miracast and DLNA compatibility) feels like you're getting nickel and dimed.

If presenting Microsoft Office documents is a large part of your practice, and it probably is, the PLED-W800 should stand out thanks to native support for presenting Word, Excel, and Powerpoint files directly from a USB stick or SD card.

Amazing interactive presentations

Projection system: 3 LCD | Resolutions: 1280 x 800 | Brightness: 3500 lumens | Contrast ratio: 14,000:1 | Video inputs: 2 x HDMI, HDMI/MHL, D-sub, Composite, USB, Wi-Fi | Dimensions: 368 x 401 x 150mm

Interactive
Short throw
Expensive
Large

If you really want to wow at presentations, or turn a whole wall into an interactive whiteboard for brainstorming sessions, then the Epson BrightLink 685Wi is definitely worth considering.

It's an interactive projector that allows people to draw, write and modify the items it projects onto a screen. It comes with a range of software to help you create these impressive projections, and can wirelessly connect to a huge range of devices.

The Epson BrightLink 685Wi certainly isn't cheap, but it's a decent investment if you're looking for a business projector that can be used in a large number of innovative ways.