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I'm interested in projectors like those listed on Projector Central's Top 10 Pocket Projectors list.

I'm able to rent larger projectors and I'm able to walk into a store and look at pico and portable projectors.

However, the Pocket Projector class of projector seems very elusive. Is there a place to rent or check out these guys in person before I buy? I went to a Staples and all of them were much larger than what would be considered a Pocket Projector on this site.

Thanks!

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There's none I have seen. The pocket projectors are often little more than toys. They aren't bright enough. I have seen a few at Brookstone stores, but that's about it, and they looked like garbage.

I'm just not a fan of that over an iPad or similar table, or just a laptop computer.

I'm not sure what your usage is for this type of model, but the brightness is a glaring issue.
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I suppose it's good to know I'm not just crazy; they are difficult to find.

I'm an installation artist and we got an acceptable image last weekend from my Sharp XR-30X DLP projector rated at 2300 lumens. The unit was 6 feet from the screen, displayed outside at night during a full moon. Streetlights were not an issue.

I was hoping to use something like the Optoma ML550 or 750 under similar conditions, positioned closer to the screen and displaying a smaller image. I would love to try before I buy.

Perhaps I should purchase from a vendor with a liberal return policy? Any thoughts would be appreciated.