How to Buy the Right Mini Projector for Business Travel

By Paul Riegler on 1 September 2010
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When it comes to laptop projectors, to paraphrase the title of the George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart hit play, it turns out that you can take it with you.  Laptop projectors have become so small that some literally fit in your pocket.  Which one you will want to take with you, however, will depend greatly on what your needs are.

We took a look at three very different projectors that meet fairly diverse sets of needs, namely (from smallest to largest) the Tumi Portable Projector, the Favi B1-LED-Pico, and the HP Notebook Companion Projector.

The tiny Tumi (it was one-quarter the size of the HP) is ideal for travel and runs on an internal battery so you can show videos and movies anywhere simply by plugging in an iPod or other media player.  The HP’s 100 lumens make it an office-class projector that happens to be eminently portable, and the Favi’s built-in storage eliminates the need to carry any other device to a meeting.

Each has multiple unique attributes that may weigh in your decision making process so read each review carefully.

Favi B1-LED-Pico
HP Notebook Companion
Tumi Portable Projector

Favi B1-LED-Pico HP Notebook Companion Tumi Portable Projector
Size 5 x 3 x 1 in. 4.4 x 3.6 x 1.6 in. 4.72 x 1.97 x 0.79 in.
Weight Less than 1 lb. 420 g (.9 lbs) 147 g (.32 lbs)
Light source LED LED LED
Display technology LCOS DLP LCOS
Projection screen size Up to 80” 15-60” 20-50”
Brightness 28 lumens 100 lumens 15 lumens (AC)
Internal storage 1 GB No No
MicroSD/SDHC support Yes No No
Picture quality Fair to Good Excellent Very good
Speaker Yes No Yes
Runs on battery No No Yes
Price $299 $479 $395

–Paul Riegler is associate editor for technology at Executive Road Warrior.

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