Best Portable Projector for Nintendo Switch

So, you are planning on visiting a friend and you want to take around your Nintendo Switch for a bit of friendly multiplayer action. You could plug it into a 48” TV screen which would be normal, or alternatively, you might want to enjoy the ultimate immersive Nintendo Switch experience on a 100” display!

For that, you are going to want to know what is the best portable projector for a Nintendo Switch. If that is the case, then this is the article for you as we review the three best projectors on the market at the moment as well as giving you a list of other considerations for you to make. This is the ultimate guide for playing your Nintendo Switch on a projector!

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A full review can be found further down this article.

The all-rounder option *** Editors choice ***
BenQ TH585 1080p Home Entertainment Projector

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The premium-budget option
ViewSonic PX706HD 1080p Short Throw Projector $749.99

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The most portable option

Anker Nebula Mars II Pro #
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Considerations

Latency

Latency is the time it takes the projector to adjust the image according to any controller paddle movements or button taps. A higher latency will make the gaming experience feel that you are playing in slow motion and will cause you to feel frustrated due to the game character not to move when you want it to.

Lower latency is ideal for gaming as it leaves you more in control and therefore removing any frustrations with gameplay.

It is thought that latency of 16ms (milliseconds) is optimal for gaming purposes. Please note that not all projectors have such low latency.

Weight

As you will be carrying around the projector, it’s important to consider its weight as you don’t want to work up a sweat carrying the portable projector around to your friend’s house. Luckily, most portable projector manufacturers have considered this aspect to make your day a little more comfortable.

It’s also worth checking that your portable projector comes with its own carry case to keep the projector, cables, and remote in one place.

Luminosity

The luminosity or brightness of your portable projector will be absolutely key. Although some gamers enjoy playing their Nintendo Switch in a dark room, sometimes this isn’t always the case especially if you are playing in a family front room during the daytime.

As you won’t know exactly how bright the room will be, it’s critical that your projector will be capable of competing with the environmental brightness.

The brightness of any portable projector is measured in lumens. A projector offering 3000 lumens should be sufficient for most situations however brighter projectors are available too. A lower luminosity will be sufficient for dark rooms or night time gaming.

Connectivity

It’s important to ensure that your projector has compatible display ports to allow it to connect to your Nintendo Switch with ease. If it doesn’t, don’t worry as there are many adapters available to ensure that both your portable projector and Nintendo Switch are compatible.

Adapters generally work fine however not having to use them in the first place means that you have one less thing to fail and go wrong.

Audio

Video playback is important but the audio is just as important to the all-round gaming experience. You will therefore need to consider your audio options. Obviously, your Nintendo Switch could be used to deliver the audio playback however the inbuilt speaker is ok but might sound unimpressive when you are playing on a 100” display

Another option is to purchase a portable projector with an integrated speaker. These aren’t usually particularly powerful. If you do require an integrated speaker then ensure that it is at least a 10-watt mono or stereo speaker.

Keystone

Keystone correction, otherwise known as “keystoning” is the ability to adjust the projected image so that you can align it correctly in an even/straight rectangular format.

This is especially important for portable projectors as you can’t guarantee how high or low the surface will be that you are projecting from as well as how far from the screen you will be. All these factors mean that your default image will be skewed. Keystoning allows you to adjust the projected image to accommodate these variables.

Look out for this feature when selecting your perfect portable projector for a Nintendo Switch.

Media Player

Playing your Switch with your friends is great fun however sometimes it’s great to mix things up a little and kick back and enjoy your favorite TV shows or movies so why not buy a projector that will double-up as an all-round movie player too?

Some options are to copy the video onto a USB flash drive and plug it directly into the projector, stream the video from a mobile device wirelessly, or cable the projector up with a laptop. The options available to you will depend on what connectivity options are available on the projector.

You could also stream directly from a Chromecast, Roku, or FireStick, although a lot of modern projectors come with their own OS packed with great apps such as Netflix and Youtube.

Throw distance

“Throw” is the distance from the projector lens to the screen. The throw ratio is a calculation that you can use to calculate how wide the image will be in feet, for every foot the projector is away from the screen.

The calculation is:

Image Width = Throw Distance / Throw Ratio

Therefore with a throw ratio of 2, for every 2 feet, the lens is away from the screen, the image width will increase by two feet.

Portable Projector for Nintendo Switch Reviews

Anker Nebula Mars II Pro – Most Portable Award

The Nebula Mars II Pro is the most well built and feature-rich portable projector on the market at the moment and would be ideal for playing a Nintendo Switch. It’s no wonder that this projector won our Editors Choice award and it comes highly recommended.

Firstly, the build quality of the unit is second to none. It looks stylish. It is a solid unit that doesn’t feel like it is going to break. The upright, rectangular shape gives this projector a sturdy base from which to project from which makes it feel less likely to fall over. It also comes with a handy leather carry handle making it feel like the most portable of the projectors in this article.

The Mars II Pro comes with an inbuilt 12,500mAh battery allowing you to continuously use the projector for up to three hours. If that isn’t enough time, the projector can be plugged in using its 19V plug. The battery takes 3 hours to charge from the flat.

The projector comes with a 500 lumens image that is more than sufficient for playing TV shows or movies in the evening or during the nighttime. The image quality projected from the DLP IntelliBright lens creates a sharp, colorful 720p image that may not be home cinema-quality, but will look impressive in the great outdoors.

Although Anker doesn’t appear to state what the official gaming latency is with this device, it feels and looks fine when playing games on the Nintendo Switch. It has slightly more lag than the two other projectors reviewed in this article, the difference isn’t so noticeable that it makes this Nebula Mars II Pro null and void.

Focussing the image is handled by the device itself as it has an autofocus capability and usually takes 1-2 seconds to do this.

The unit has dual 10W speakers, which will be more than sufficient and enjoyable. Anker hasn’t skimped in this area of the design. The unit also can be used solely as a Bluetooth speaker, with a 30 hour playback time before you will need to recharge.

The Mars II Pro has a vast range of connectivity options. There are the standard USB and HDMI ports found on modern projectors but also 802.11n WiFi as well as mobile phone mirroring capabilities. The projector has built-in YouTube, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video as well as web browser apps. Essentially, you won’t be stuck for options on how to deliver your media.

Although the projector comes with remote control, you can download the Nebula Connect app on either your Android & iOS in order to extend the projector management capabilities. For instance, this means that you can use the onscreen keyboard on your tablet or phone to easily search for your favorite shows directly on the device.

In summary, the engineers at Anker have thought of everything when it comes to portable projection, and it holds its own as a very competent gaming projector even though this isn’t its original purpose. Yes, the Mars II Pro isn’t cheap, but rest assured that no corners have been cut here. It is for this reason that the Anker Nebula Mars II Pro won our Most Portable Award for a portable projector for a Nintendo Switch. You will not be disappointed.

Full specs

Charging Time
3 hours
Music Playtime
30 hours in Bluetooth Speaker Mode
Movie Playtime
3 hours
OS
Android 7.1
Wi-Fi
802.11a/b/g/n
Speaker
Dual 10W Speakers
Battery
12, 500mAh / 3.85V
ROM
8GB eMMC
RAM
1GB DDR3
GPU
Adreno 304
CPU
Quad Core A7 Smartphone Chipset
App
Nebula Connect for Android & iOS
Focus Adjustment
Automatic
Throw Ratio
100 in at 10.1 ft; 80 in at 8 ft; 60 in at 5.7 ft; 40 in at 3.8 ft
Aspect Ratio
16: 9
Brightness
500 ANSI lm
Native Resolution
1280 x 720 (HD)
Weight
3.94 lbs
Height
5.43 in
Width
4.8 in
Length
7 in

BenQ TH585 1080p Home Entertainment Projector

Next up for review is the BenQ TH585 1080p Home Entertainment Projector. Let’s first just say that although you can probably find projectors of similar image quality for a lower price, the reason that this projector is featured in this article is down to its superb gaming latency speeds.

This projector’s latency has a latency of 16ms which is superb for a projector to be used for any game console and not just a Nintendo Switch. You will have to really try hard to notice any lag times in gameplay when using this device. Superb!

In terms of image quality too, this projector is no slouch. The BenQ TH585 displays at 3500 lumens which means that you can still enjoy your games even during the daytime with the lights switched on. The colors will look a little washed out in such conditions and won’t be as vivid as when using a TV, however for a projector this was great.

During darker conditions, the colors really pop.

The projector outputs a native 1080p resolution with an ultra-crisp image that doesn’t blur even at the edges. If necessary, you can play 3D content back with the BenQ TH585 which is a nice addition to it’s features.

Another smart capability is that, via the menu, you can tell the projector what color wall or surface you are projecting to and the BenQ TH585 will change the color settings accordingly to try its best to display colors accurately.

There is plenty of connectivity available here 2x HDMI, 1x USB A, 2x VGA (Monitor In and Monitor Out) ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There is no inbuilt entertainment OS available however you can plug in a Roku, Chromecast, Firestick device into an HDMI port and power.

This means that the BenQ TH585 will not only be an awesome projector for playing Nintendo Switch titles but also double up as an all-round entertainment system.

The only real downside to this projector is its inbuilt single 10W speaker. As projector speakers go, this is ok however you may want to connect up a separate set of speakers to the audio line-out jack to get that truly immersive gaming experience. Please don’t let this put you off buying this device though.

In conclusion, TechChiller awarded the BenQ TH585 the Editors Choice award due to its fantastic low latency gaming experience, the high-quality picture at a mid-range price. You will be amazed at how good a gaming experience you will get from this projector and so will your friends when they come around to play on your 100-inch gaming setup!

Full specs

Resolution
1080p (1920×1080)
Brightness (ANSI lumens)
3500lm
Speaker
10W x 1
Resolution Support
VGA(640 x 480) to WUXGA(1920 x 1200)
Native Aspect Ratio
16:9
Throw Ratio
1.50 ~ 1.65 (100″ @ 3.32 m)
Interface
2x VGA (Monitor in & monitor out), 1x HDMI, x 1 HDMI-1 / MHL, 1x USB A (1.5A power), 1x Audio in (3.5mm Mini Jack), 1x Audio out (3.5mm Mini Jack), 1x RS232 (DB-9pin)
Dimensions (W x H x D)(mm)
312 x 110 x 225 mm
Net Weight (Kg/ lbs)
2.79 kg / 6.15 lbs

ViewSonic PX706HD 1080p Short Throw Projector

The ViewSonic was awarded the TechChiller Premium Budget award for a very good reason. This projector was designed specifically with gamers in mind and you are going to struggle to find a projector that can play Nintendo Switch games as good as this.

The gaming latency levels of this device are completely first class. With a lag of 16ms, games such as Fortnite or Fifa feel ultra-smooth and you can’t notice the lag. This is a massive factor when it comes to playing games when using a projector.

Yes, this projector is a couple of hundred dollars more than the BenQ reviewed in this article however this comes down to the image quality of what you are getting for your bucks.

First of all, the ViewSonic PX706HD is a short-throw projector capable of displaying a 100 inch image from only 1.3m (4.5 feet) away. That means even if you are playing your Nintendo Switch in a small bedroom, you can get an incredibly immersive gaming experience.

Also, at 3000 lumens the image quality is super bright and sharp. With the capability of displaying a beautiful 1080p native image as standard, Breath of the Wild isn’t going to look much better than this.

All of the colors are rich and the blacks are very black indeed.

One thing to note is that even though you can adjust the vertical keystone using the menu, doing so may increase the latency speeds of the gaming playback. Therefore, TechChiller would recommend that, to enjoy the optimal gaming experience possible, try to find a good, permanent place in your gaming den to project from this projector.

As the projector is only 6.2lbs heavy and that it comes in a small, compact design, this makes the ViewSonic PX706HD very portable, although perhaps not as much as the Anker Nebula Mars II Pro reviewed in this article. The projector also comes with a lens cover which means that you can carry this projector around to your friend’s house without the fear of scratching the lens itself.

Connectivity is more than adequate with 3x HDMI ports, 1x USB C, 1x composite, and 2x 3.5mm audio jacks (in and out). The addition of the USB C port is very useful as you can use this to not only stream content from either your mobile device or tablet but also charge these devices at the same time!

The only downside to this projector is the speaker. Unfortunately, ViewSonic has cut a corner here by only adding in a single 5W speaker which is such a shame. The sound quality is ok but for a truly immersive experience, you will want to connect the projector to an external speaker.

Overall, even though this is the most expensive of the projectors reviewed in this article, there are so many reasons why you should buy this device. You really aren’t going to be able to have a more immersive gaming experience with your Nintendo Switch with any other device than this one, so if your budget can stretch to it, you aren’t going to be disappointed!

Full specs

Native Resolution
1920×1080
Brightness
3000 lumens
Throw Ratio
0.69-0.83
Image Size
60″~120″
Throw Distance
0.9m-2.2m (100″@1.5m)
Latency
16ms
Resolution Support
VGA(640 x 480) to FullHD(1920 x 1080)
Input
1x Computer in (share with component), 1x Composite, 1x Audio-in (3.5mm), 1x HDMI (HDCP), 2x (HDMI 1.4/ HDCP 1.4), 1x USB Type C (5V/ 2A)
Output
1x Audio out (3.5mm)
Speaker
5W Cube

Frequently Asked Questions

How To Connect a Nintendo Switch To a Projector

Follow these simple steps to connect your Nintendo Switch to a projector.

  1. Pull open the side panel on the back of the Nintendo Switch.
  2. Plug a HDMI cable into the dock, then plug the opposite end of the same cable into a HDMI port on your projector.
  3. Plug in the USB C end of the power cable into the Nintendo Switch dock, and connect the plug to a power socket in your home.
  4. Press the power button on the top of the Switch to power the games console on.
  5. Press the power button on the projector.
  6. Select the HDMI input from the Source options on the projector.

Your Nintendo Switch will display a picture via the projector. Sit back and enjoy your gaming session!

How do you hook up a Nintendo switch without HDMI?

DVI to HDMI

If your projector, monitor, or TV only supports DVI as an input, rather than HDMI, then it is still possible to connect your Nintendo Switch to the display.

For this, you will need to purchase a DVI to HDMI cable to display the picture. Also, please note that DVI does not support sound so you will need to use a separate connection such as a 3.5mm aux cable or USB sound card to send the audio signal to your speakers.

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the DVI connection on the cable to the projector, monitor, or TV.
  2. Next, connect the HDMI end of the cable to the back of the Nintendo Switch.
  3. On the projector, monitor or TV change the Source to DVI. You should now see the picture appear.
  4. To hear the sound from the Switch, plug a 3.5mm aux cable into the Audio Out jack on the top of the Switch.
  5. Then plug the other end of the 3.5mm cable into your projector, monitor, TV, or separate speakers.
  6. Alternatively, plug a USB sound card into the spare port on the side of the Switch.
  7. Plug a 3.5mm aux cable into the other end of the sound card.
  8. Finally, plug the 3.5mm cable into your projector, monitor, TV, or separate speakers.

Composite

If your projector, monitor, or TV only supports DVI as an input, rather than HDMI, then it is still possible to connect your Nintendo Switch to the display.

For this you will need to purchase a Composite/AV to HDMI adapter to display the picture.

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the RGB cables to the back of the projector, monitor, or TV.
  2. Next, connect the other end of the RGB cables into the Composite adapter.
  3. Take a HDMI cable and plug one end into the back of the Nintendo Switch and the other end into the HDMI port of the Composite adapter. Please note that some adapters require additional power via a USB cable running to the side of the Switch.
  4. On the projector, monitor or TV change the Source to AV.

You should now see the picture appear via the projector, monitor or TV along with the sound from the Nintendo Switch.

SCART to HDMI

If your projector, monitor or TV only supports SCART as an input, rather than HDMI, then it is still possible to connect your Nintendo Switch to the display.

For this, you will need to purchase a SCART to HDMI adapter to display the picture.

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the SCART cable to the back of the projector, monitor, or TV.
  2. Next, connect the other end of the SCART cable into the SCART to HDMI adapter.
  3. Take an HDMI cable and plug one end into the back of the Nintendo Switch and the other end into the HDMI port of the SCART adapter. Please note that some adapters require additional power via a USB cable running to the side of the Switch.
  4. On the projector, monitor or TV change the Source to SCART.

You should now see the picture appear via the projector, monitor or TV along with the sound from the Nintendo Switch.

VGA to HDMI

If your projector, monitor, or TV only supports VGA as an input, rather than HDMI, then it is still possible to connect your Nintendo Switch to the display.

For this, you will need to purchase a VGA to HDMI cable to display the picture. Also, please note that VGA does not support sound so you will need to use a separate connection such as a 3.5mm aux cable or USB sound card to send the audio signal to your speakers.

Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the VGA connection on the cable to the projector, monitor, or TV.
  2. Next, connect the HDMI end of the cable to the back of the Nintendo Switch.
  3. On the projector, monitor or TV change the Source to PC/VGA. You should now see the picture appear.
  4. To hear the sound from the Switch, plug a 3.5mm aux cable into the Audio Out jack on the top of the Switch.
  5. Then plug the other end of the 3.5mm cable into your projector, monitor, TV, or separate speakers.
  6. Alternatively, plug a USB sound card into the spare port on the side of the Switch.
  7. Plug a 3.5mm aux cable into the other end of the sound card.
  8. Finally, plug the 3.5mm cable into your projector, monitor, TV, or separate speakers.

Can you screen share your Nintendo Switch to a projector?

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch lacks the capability of wirelessly streaming it’s picture and sound signal to a projector, TV, or monitor.

This is because it lacks any wireless capabilities such as Miracast. Miracast is a technology that allows mobile devices such as laptops and Android devices to connect wirelessly to a Miracast capable projector, TV, or monitor.

It’s a shame that Nintendo doesn’t offer this functionality. They seem adamant that gamers should connect display the video and audio signal to external screens and projectors via the docking station.

This is likely because they don’t want any lag or latency in gameplay between the Joy-Cons and the image. Fingers crossed, Nintendo is able to offer this in a future update to the console.

Can you use Bluetooth speakers with a Nintendo Switch?

Unfortunately, the Nintendo Switch does not offer Bluetooth to speaker capabilities as the games console doesn’t come with a Bluetooth chip built-in.

How to connect a Nintendo Switch lite to a projector?

Unfortunately, this is not possible as the Nintendo Switch Lite doesn’t have any video out capabilities. Nintendo removed these from the Switch Lite in order to drive down the cost of the device in comparison to the original Nintendo Switch.

The original Nintendo Switch has an inbuilt GPU that makes it capable of sending out a 1080p external video signal. This GPU is quite expensive, hence why Nintendo removed it from the Switch Lite.