As the old saying goes, there’s no place like home. It’s hard to match the peace and comfort that comes with your own space, and, if you’re a movie or sports fan, that setting can make all the difference to your viewing experience. So why not go all out? With the right outdoor projector, you can turn your backyard or any patch of open space into a theater all your own.
Defined by their easy portability and crisp display, outdoor projectors have improved dramatically in recent years. New models are able to lower excess heat (without additional noise) and produce better sound and picture quality than ever before. Most are compatible with a range of devices, so it’s simple to connect them to your smartphone or even a laptop.
Make the right summer-night investment and pick from one of our four favorites available on Amazon.
1. OKCOO Native 1080P Video Projector
If you’re going to be projecting a big screen outside, you need a machine that produces not only a clear picture quality but also a bright one. Whether late at night or during the afternoon, if the projection doesn’t have well-calibrated luminosity, viewers will end up struggling to see anything at all. Luckily, this one has you covered as it’s able to create 6,500 lumens—which is up to twice as bright as many of its competitors. Capable of rendering 1080p quality, it can be placed as little as one meter away from the projected surface and create a frame ranging from 32 inches all the way to 200 inches.
2. GooDee HD Video Projector
Not only is this model’s picture quality superb, but so is its sound. Its internal speakers can produce crisp hi-fi audio to match its crystalline video. Its lens can create a screen up to 230 inches from only a few feet away, making it among the largest on our list. Built with multiple ports (including two HDMI and two USB) it can connect to your phone, computer or tablet with ease—not to mention nearly every gaming system. This makes it an ideal pick for turning your backyard into a gaming arena for your closest friends and family.
3. Fangor WiFi Projector Native 1080P
There’s nothing more infuriating than a projector hum interrupting a pivotal scene in a movie. That’s not an issue with Fangor’s design, though. The company says its projector emits much less noise than its competitors. Via WiFi, it can display movies, videos, photos, games and more from an array of smart devices. It’s also equipped with HDMI, AV, SD Card and USB ports, which means you can also plug and play. The projector offers superb full HD native 1080p picture quality and supports 4K. This makes it 80 percent sharper than other 1080p projectors.
4. WiMiUS HD Home & Outdoor Projector
Compatability is important when it comes to the kinds of machines on our list. It makes the difference between a model that merely works well enough and one that is truly integrated with all of your other tech for ease of use. This projector is most certainly in the latter camp, featuring a built-in Bluetooth chip that allows for secure and simple connectivity to everything from your phone to your computer. Moreover, if you want an especially immersive viewing experience, try connecting yours to a pair of Bluetooth speakers to amp up its already remarkable sound quality.