iPad projector in expert comparison

Problem-free presentation with the Apple iPad

Projector for the iPad

Since more and more smartphones, tablets and the like are being used for presentations at home, this topic is also becoming more and more exciting for projectors.

Since the Apple iPad is very widespread, users are increasingly asking which projector is the right one for my iPad? How can I connect my iPad to my projector? Are there any requirements that a projector for iPad users must meet? What do I have to pay attention to?

The first thing to consider is how you want to transfer the content from the iPad to the projector. There are currently two different ways. The first way is via a cable connection, the second way is via WLAN. It should be noted that with a wired connection, the entire iPad display can be shown, while wireless transmission is usually limited to the app or its content.


Connection via WLAN

When it comes to feeding via WLAN, Epson projectors that support WLAN are recommended, for example, as Epson offers a very good application with the iProjection app. The Epson projector for iPad users offers a good selection of supported formats that can be presented via the app from an iPad. These projectors are particularly suitable for the business sector. However, there are now also solutions that are able to transmit films via Wi-Fi. This is then even possible from the iPad. These are MHL adapters, available from Acer or BenQ, for example. The prerequisite for this is MHL-capable HDMI connections that are able to supply the dongle with power.
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Airplay support

Thanks to AirPlay support, iPads can be easily and wirelessly connected to compatible projectors. AirPlay allows content such as videos, photos, music and even the entire screen content to be streamed from the iPad to the projector. This provides a particularly convenient and smooth way to view or show movies, presentations or other content from the iPad on a larger screen. For tablets from other brands that do not offer native AirPlay support, Miracast technology can be used. Miracast-enabled dongles allow even Full HD videos to be transmitted from tablets or smartphones that are also Miracast-enabled. The apps from BenQ and Acer offer additional solutions that buffer video files and enable video transmission from the tablet to the projector. Thus, users of different tablets have the possibility to use different projector solutions and benefit from the wireless flexibility through both AirPlay and Miracast
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Wired solution

In addition to the app solution, there is of course the option of transmitting the signal to the projector via cable. The choice of projector for Apple iPad users is actually unlimited, as there are adapter solutions for VGA connections and HDMI connections. However, it is important to choose the right adapter for the iPad generation. Because up to and including the 3rd generation of iPads, the 30pin connector was used, whereas from the 4th generation onwards, the Lightning connector is used. So you have to pay more attention to the right choice of adapter than to that of the projector. If the right adapter is used, only an HDMI cable or VGA cable is needed. Then the iPad can be connected to the projector. In this case, the entire screen is mirrored, not just the app surface, as is the case with wireless solutions. Although mobility within the room is limited, this method is otherwise very useful


If you find that connecting your projector is not possible via WLAN or AirPlay, don't worry. There are a number of alternative ways to use wireless presentation systems that allow you to stream your content seamlessly and conveniently. Coveted presentation systems such as theApple TV, Barco ClickShare and Airtame 2 offer a proven way to wirelessly stream content from Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and MacBooks to a projector or TV. Discover our range here .

Projector for iPad in comparison

Below you will find a few suggestions of which projectors are interesting for iPad users due to the wired or optional wireless connection options.

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Home Cinema Projector

A home cinema projector is used to project movies, videos and other visual content on a large screen and create a cinema experience in your own home. The projector has various connections such as HDMI and VGA that allow it to be connected to various devices. A home cinema projector can be used well in various situations. It is ideal for movie nights with friends or family to enjoy films on a big screen. The projector is also perfect for slideshows of holiday photos or presentations at events to display the content in a large format.

Business projector

A business projector is a special device for business presentations and meetings. It offers HDMI and VGA connections for versatile compatibility. The projector is ideal for meetings, conferences, training and presentations to vividly display content on a large screen and enhance discussions. The combination with an iPad allows seamless connection via HDMI or AirPlay to project presentations and data directly from an iOS device. This creates a flexible and dynamic presentation design that wins the interest and attention of the audience.
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Mini projector

A mini projector is a compact, portable projector that can project content in smaller sizes on flat surfaces. It has HDMI and VGA connections and is ideal for mobile use. Mini projectors are perfect for presentations, movie nights, camping trips and leisure activities where content needs to be shown while travelling or in a small circle. By combining with an iPad, films, videos and presentations can be projected directly from an iOS device via an HDMI connection or AirPlay. The connection of iPad and Mini projector offers versatile entertainment and presentation possibilities for on the road, at home or outdoors.

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Apple iPad Air

The Apple iPad Air impresses at first glance with its robust and slim Liquid Retina Display with 10.5". The tablet's powerful performance and wide range of features make it ideal for working or studying at school. With AirPlay support, you can stream content wirelessly to compatible TVs and speakers for an immersive entertainment experience. You can also easily connect iPad Air to other devices to boost your productivity. IPad Air combines elegance, power and connectivity in one versatile device.
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Apple iPad Pro

The Apple iPad Pro is the most popular tablet in the Apple family. The robust glass surface ensures extremely low reflection and the best colour accuracy in your image. The built-in A12Z Bionic chip helps you perform various tasks on the tablet quickly and smoothly. With a total of 3 integrated cameras, the iPad Pro is a true alternative to a standard camera. The wide-angle lens, ultra-wide-angle lens and TrueDepth front camera ensure great pictures in any environment. iPad Pro also supports the Apple Pencil, which makes creative work and note-taking easier than ever.
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Apple iPad Mini

The iPad mini is Apple's smallest and lightest tablet . Its light weight of just 300g makes it ideal for any bag or situation, and the combination of the Retina display, cameras and strong battery life makes the iPad Mini a true everyday companion! The iPad mini also offers versatile connectivity options to seamlessly connect it to other devices, with various cables and adapters to connect it to a projector, TV or other compatible devices to enjoy content in a larger format or to create professional presentations.

The most important questions about the use between projector and iPad

  1. HDMI: HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is the most common connection in modern projctors. It enables the transmission of high-resolution video and audio signals in digital form. 
  2. VGA: VGA (Video Graphics Array) is an older connector that is still present in many projectors. It is often used to connect to older computers and laptops. 
  3. USB: A USB port may be present in some projectors and is often used for playing media files directly from a USB stick. 
  4. Audio ports: Beamers usually have audio connections such as 3.5mm jack sockets or RCA connectors to transmit audio signals to external speakers or audio systems. 
  5. Composite Video: Sometimes referred to as RCA or RCA connectors, this connector is used to transmit standard definition video signals. 
  6. Component Video: A component video connection allows the transmission of high-quality video content in separate colour channels. 
  7. DVI: DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a digital video connector that may be present in some projectors. 
  8. DisplayPort: DisplayPort is a digital video connector found in some modern projectors.
  1. iProjection-enabled Epson Beam devices: Epson offers a range of Beam devices that are compatible with the iProjection app. This app enables wireless connection between the projector and mobile devices such as iPads. 
  2. QCast-enabled BenQ projectors: Selected BenQ projectors are compatible with the QCast app, which enables a wireless connection between the projector and a mobile device. This allows content to be transferred wirelessly from devices such as iPads to the projector. 
  3. Acer projectors with wireless projection: some Acer projectors have wireless projection, which allows content from mobile devices such as iPads to be projected onto the projector via Wi-Fi. 
  4. Barco ClickShare: although not a projector model, Barco ClickShare is a popular wireless presentation system compatible with many projectors. It allows a wireless connection between a presentation system and a mobile device, such as an iPad.
There are two main ways to connect the iPad to a projector: 
Wired connection: The iPad is connected to the projector via an adapter. Depending on the iPad generation, a Lightning or 30-pin connector adapter can be used, which is connected to the beamer via either an HDMI or VGA connection. This method allows the entire iPad screen to be mirrored on the screen. 
Wireless connection (WLAN): Some projectors, such as Epson projectors with the iProjection app, support a wireless connection via WLAN. The iProjection app allows content to be transferred wirelessly from the iPad to the projector. With this method, the transmission is often limited to the app content instead of mirroring the entire iPad screen. The choice of connection method depends on the individual requirements and the available connections of both the iPad and the projector.
To connect the iPad to a wired projector, you need different adapters depending on the iPad model. The choice of adapter depends on which connector the iPad uses. There are two main types of adapters: 
  1. For older iPad models with a 30-pin connector: If you have an older iPad model with a 30-pin connector (e.g. first to third generation iPad), you will need a 30-pin to VGA or HDMI adapter. These adapters allow you to connect the iPad to a projector via VGA or HDMI to mirror the screen onto the projection screen. 
  2. For newer iPad models with Lightning connector: If you have a newer iPad model with a Lightning connector (e.g. fourth generation iPad and later), you will need a Lightning to VGA or HDMI adapter. These adapters also allow you to connect the iPad to a projector via VGA or HDMI. 
After you have selected the appropriate adapter according to the connection of your iPad model, you only need a VGA or HDMI cable to connect the adapter to the projector. In this way, you can project the content of your iPad onto the screen and display presentations, videos or other content in a larger format.

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