We have a dedicated piece on what aspects to look into when choosing a mini portable projector. but let’s recap. Since we’re talking portable, try to get a so-called mini portable model. The smaller and lighter the better. But speaking of light, don’t be tempted by cheap and overly small models. Those have very basic optics and don’t provide enough of a brightness range. You need a high luminance portable projector that’ll perform well in bright and dark environments. At a dorm you have less control over lighting preferences, so the logical thing to do is choose a versatile projector. Having said that, you want a portable projector that passes the backpack test. If you can fit it in a backpack without feeling like someone laid a ton of bricks on you, then you’re on the right track. So, too small/light is likely bad. Just right is good. We call them portable because they’re easy to pack and carry, and that’s great if the movie session is at a friend’s place.
We recommend a DLP or LED-based portable projector. These technologies offer superior image quality to cheap LCD-based products. To enjoy a good movie or show you may not need super duper image perfection, but you shouldn’t compromise too much. Of course portable projectors can’t compete with large screen TVs and, more importantly, full scale home theater projectors, but they still offer a compelling experience if you choose right.
It should go without saying in an article dedicated to wireless portable projectors, but please read the spec sheet carefully. Again, the cheap models only support 802.11a/b/g Wi-Fi, but you want 802.11n at the very least. Good portable projectors like the BenQ GV1 (yes, we’re very modest) support higher speed wireless connectivity. Not only that, but you get a cellular network option since a good portable projector does wireless not only via Wi-Fi but also 4G/5G, as does the GV1. Make sure your choice covers both bases, because sometimes Wi-Fi goes down temporarily, but the cellular network is much sturdier and less prone to outages.