Mini projectors have been trending on TikTok lately, though not for the reasons you might think. Rather than streaming movies right onto their ceilings or on a screen set up outdoors, some clever folks are using them to project window scenes onto their bedroom walls for a change of scenery. Dubbed the “Fake Window Challenge” (although it’s less of a challenge, and more of a movement), the trend first took off in March when user @nam__p posted a video with the caption “How to use your projector the correct way.” He then projects a gorgeous aquarium shot and calming tropical rain seen through a window beside his bed, transforming his room into a destination of sorts.
For those travel-deprived people who’re desperate to be anywhere other than the home they’ve spent all of quarantine inhabiting, this has become a fun method of escape. Even after we begin to travel again, these handy little projectors can be brought along for impromptu screenings or set up in living rooms and on front lawns to bring friends and family together for a super-sized movie night. Below, you’ll find eight of the highest rated portable projectors that will work beautifully, no matter your plans.