My Micro Projector

My Micro Projector

In January 2011 I got a nice surprise in the post. A friend of mine kindly collected it for me and opened it since I didn't know what it was. Turned out it was a Micro Projector, a gift from OVH (my hosting company) for being a loyal customer for the past 3 years! I was shocked and I couldn't wait to open it.

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It's specs aren't the best, but for a micro projector they're not so bad for the size of the unit.

Make / Model: Optoma PK201
Resolution of 854x480 (native) and 1280x800 maximum
20 Lumen LED rated at 20,000 hours
Li-ion battery rated for 1 hour on maximum brightness
2000:1 contrast ratio
0.5w internal speaker
USB, Mini I/O and AV connectors
Audio IN Jack
Focus Wheel
66" screen at 10ft

To buy, this kit would cost you about £200. It's a nice little unit and it's light too, definitely no more than an iPhone weights and roughly the same size too.

It supports slideshows and various video formats, although I have seen it go out of audio sync occasionally and there is no way to fix it. It's simply the unit not being able to keep up.

My Thoughts

During use it does get incredibly hot. This is to be expected as there is a very high power LED sat inside. Despite this, it doesn't overheat even with prolonged use. I've had it on for about 3 hours continuous and it was fine the whole time.

Overall it's a nice unit but it doesn't produce a very big usable picture unless it's pitch black. In daylight you would be lucky to get a 19" screen out of it, but in pitch black you can happily have 42" or larger.

I wouldn't buy one of these units, but I certainly could not decline it as a gift. Thanks OVH! =)