|Optoma Pico PK301 DLP Projector|
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Glastonbury, CT, USA
|Optoma Professional Travel Projector PK301 DLP *IN RETAIL BOX*|
Glendale, CA, USA
|Optoma Pico PK301 DLP Projector + FREE 5 YEAR EXTENDED WARRANTY!|
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Brooklyn, NY, USA
|Optoma PK301+-RESTOCK-01 75 Lumens WXGA DLP Pico Pocket Projector|
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|The Optoma Pico PK301+ is an ultra lightweight and compact DLP projector with 75 lumens and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. This Optoma projector can be adjusted with manual focus as well as a manual zoom so that videos, movies, and presentations can be in perfect focus. The Optoma Pico PK301+ has a throw distance of 7.2 feet to 14.5 feet and this DLP projector has a corresponding 35 to 201-inch image size when projected onto a blank wall or special projector screen. Compatible with HDTV 1035i, 1080i, 750p, and 575i, this Optoma projector is also capable of broadcasting signals from EDTV and SDTV when connected with component audio and video cables or to a personal computer via HDMI. A LED projector lamp with an average 20,000 hours of life and 0.5-watt speakers round out this projector package. The weight of this Optoma projector is 0.5 lbs and the device measures 1.2 inches in height by 4.7 inches in width by 2.7 inches in depth.|
|UPC||0796435411725, 5052584413429, 5060059044627, 796435417857, 796435421601|
|Image Brightness||50 ANSI Lumens|
|Image Size (Diagonal)||5 in. - 120 in.|
|Image Aspect Ratio||16:9, 4:3|
|HDTV Formats||1080i, 480i, 480p, 720p|
|Screen Distance||0.67 ft. - 15.75 ft.|
|Analog Video Format||NTSC, PAL|
|Audio Output||RCA Jack|
|Operation Noise||29 dB|
|Connectors||Composite (RCA), HDMI, Memory Card Slot, USB|
|Video input||Composite Video, HDMI x 1|
|Memory Card Slot||SD Card|
|Light Source Power||0.5W|
|Light Source Life||20000 Hours|
|Features||Table Top Projection|
Average review score based on 37 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
I'm a big gadget guy, and I've been wanting a pico projector for quite some time. I was finally able to justify purchasing one when I got a job as a teacher. It's a relatively small school, and not every class room has a projector, but I often have multimedia I want to show the class.
This fits that purpose pretty well. The most obvious advantage is its size. It fits well into my coat pocket, so I can carry it around casually, and whip it out to share pictures should the opportunity arise. It also lends itself well to tripod mounting- something I always wanted for my old clunker of a projector. It's small and light enough to mount to the cheapest, flimsiest tripods, which makes positioning a piece of cake. No propping up and adjusting feet trying to line up your screen with whatever table's available, or fiddling with keystone settings. For presentations, the high contrast ratio of the projector compensates well for the low 50 lumen output- text is much more clear than on my old 800 lumen LCD projector with moderate ambient lighting. For things like movies and photos, there needs to be little or no ambient lighting however. As an example, I wasn't able to properly black out the windows for a video today, which made for a washed-out, barely visible image, except for a few times when the sun was blotted out by clouds.
Another point I like about it, though most people might not take note of, is it takes 12VDC power, and a 2.5 inner/5.5mm outer diameter plug- working perfectly with my portable solar power pack, which on a full charge could keep my projector running for days. It should be a hit the next time I go camping. Note that using it with anything other than the supplied power cord (or Optoma's optional battery pack) may void the warranty.
It does have some drawbacks. On my unit at least, the color is very uneven. The left side is quite blue, which is immediately noticeable when displaying a white background, and somewhat noticeable even on white colored subtitles in a movie. Setting it to the movie color mode helps somewhat, but it doesn't completely remove the problem. Second, and perhaps I shouldn't blame the projector for this, but most video cards do not support output to the projector's native resolution (854x480). This means either losing a few pixels and the 16:9 aspect ratio by sending 848x480, or keeping the 16:9 but losing some clarity by sending it 720p and letting it downscale.
The next issue is the lack of a bundled remote, which is self-explanitory. Last, while it has many input options, it doesn't come with the proper proprietary connectors for all of them.
Overall, it's a great little projector. The color issue is my main reason for subtracting a star, but even if the color issue was worse than it is, it would still be worth buying. It's many times better than the older pico projectors I've had a chance to play with, and nearly stands up to my old 720p clunker in video quality.
The projector works so well I'm shocked. I though 50 lumen would be dim but it was the best pocket projector I could find. It turns out to be a very good product! Plenty bright enough that it is usable in a room with artificial back lighting or during the day with curtains closed.
If you are expecting big projector results don't bother because they are much brighter, More resolution, and the list can go on. This it my primary video watching device now and I am enjoying it! It sure beats my 15" laptop screen and it fits in the bag with my laptop! The Color is right on and customizable settings let you setup the image to meet your needs.
I'm using it to project a 45" screen because that's my biggest wall space till I make a screen to hang. My beginning tests on the side of my travel tailor were very good at 80 to 90 inch display at night so that's the plan for the screen.
I bought this product because I liked the idea of portability which I would give it top marks. Also I wanted a quality picture which this is I would say on a scale of 1 to 10...It's worth an 8.0 which I have only put through a normal dvd played through a hdmi connector. This does make noticeable difference compared to normal vga connections. I have yet to try it out on Blu ray which should show a even more improved picture. The sound quality is very tinny with no bass at all which funny enough I didn't notice after a while after being amazed at the huge picture that was being produced from such a tiny unit. The power adapter in really essential if you want the best from this unit especially when going BIG on the picture scale and also the picture comes to life in low to zero light conditions. One thing I have heard people complain about is the cooling fan noise when plugged in to produce 50 lumes . I must either be deaf people are moaning about nothing at all. My son has a larger LCD projector which I would say has a annoying level of cooling fan noise to be honest.
To sum this product up then would be as follows.
What,s Good ....Size, weight, portability, build quality, connections, image quality given what,s being asked of it for it's size.
Dislikes are....Needs a remote to save having to not move the unit when pressing menu buttons for volume etc. It also really needs a tripod to help with positioning and to help with cooling. Picture ultimately lacks real sharpness which is noticed with computer text etc but the connections I believe limit the quality. It was the best through hdmi and a upscale dvd player (No blu ray tried as of yet)
Would I recommend it to anyone....Hell Yes!! as long as you understand that the main attraction is it's portable with a pretty decent picture as long as it's given a good source and just as important, use the hdmi connection when ever possible.
All your friends braggin about their big screen tv? Reach in your pocket and blow them away. This thing is just a little bit larger than my camera which is pretty small yet it projects a screen of 120 inches diagonal which basically is almost an entire wall of an apartment or regular house. Set up is easy and while a tripod gives you a bit more flexability it is not needed, a couple of books work fine. While the battery life definetly needs tweeking your never really going to run on the battery that much anyway cause once you use it your going to want to use it all the time. The picture is bright and clear even in a room with a little sunlight. We all know that projector lamps are expensive but with a life of 20,000 hours you won't have to worry about that for some time, like 6 years if you use it 8 hours a day. Plug your computer into it to and with the adapter, you IPOD Touch or IPHONE to show off your videos or pictures. There are alot of features for this puppy so you need to see OPTOMA'S website. All of this being said I will be buying another one for the bedroom so I can watch programs on my ceiling before bed, so long trying to prop myself up to see the tv.
I had quite a few pico projectors, the PK301 being the last in line.
I switched from the Mpro120 to the aaxa P2 to the pk301, every time because it "wasn't good enough"
the mpro120 was dim, the p2 had washed out color, and finally, the PK301 has it all.
It has good contrast, enough brightness to get a crystal clear 80" picture in a dark room (and even more, it's small, and has every input option needed. I use it on a 60" 16:9 projection screen for a mini-home theater setup in my room.
on 60" the image is bright, crisp, it handles dark colors well, every movie or game feels 10 times epic with a larger size.
Optome really hit it right. Aside from the battery time which is pretty much a joke (45-50 minutes if you're lucky), everything is great. It's even not as noisy as most other 30+ lumen pico projectors.
The only downside- it gets HOT when connected to the power grid, but as long as it's properly ventilated, you don't have to worry.