Asus ZenBeam L2 review – a bright portable projector that knows what we want

A lovely little portable projector that will let you make it movie night anywhere (but might not be suitable for vegetarians)

Asus ZenBeam L2 projector in use
(Image: © Future / Adam Juniper)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a relatively light, easily portable, great-looking, and stylish projector which – thanks to modern connectivity and a battery – really does live up to its promises, especially for movies. Admittedly the speaker could be louder, but following the firmware update to Android TV 12 most of our other issues have been resolved and there is little arguing with the quality of the image itself.


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    Enough battery for a full movie and some

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    960 LED Lumens / 400 Lumens

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    Good image quality

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    Includes good travel case


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    Android TV box needs firmware update before it works well

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    Internal speaker is a bit average

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    No built-in lens cover

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Portable projectors are no longer just a tool for making presentations; they can be a tool for creatives to experience their developing video in cinematic form, or for families to gather anywhere and enjoy a movie. With this device, the built-in battery means there need not even be power.

Asus ZenBeam L2: Specs

Native resolution: 1080P
Connectivity: Chromecast, Android TV box, USB-C DP, USB-C power, HDMI
Throw: 1m (3ft3) to 40-inch screen
3.1m (10ft2) to 120-inch screen
Brightness: 960 LED lumens (approx 400 ANSI lumens)
Ratio: 1:1.2
Contrast Ratio: 400:1
Weight: 710g / 1.57lb

Emotn N1

The Emotn N1 is a cheap alternative that still has a 1080P image is this Netflix-approved device. Admittedly you'll need to find a power outlet, but it is reasonably quiet, has a good, bright image, wi-fi, and probably has the edge on sound too.

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Adam Juniper
Managing Editor

With over 20 years of expertise as a tech journalist, Adam brings a wealth of knowledge across a vast number of product categories, including timelapse cameras, home security cameras, NVR cameras, photography books, webcams, 3D printers and 3D scanners, borescopes, radar detectors… and, above all, drones. 

Adam is our resident expert on all aspects of camera drones and drone photography, from buying guides on the best choices for aerial photographers of all ability levels to the latest rules and regulations on piloting drones. 

He is the author of a number of books including The Complete Guide to Drones, The Smart Smart Home Handbook, 101 Tips for DSLR Video and The Drone Pilot's Handbook