Optoma PK301

Posted on: 08/05/10 by KC Calpo

 

A considerable percentage of the human population is made up of "visual thinkers," or those who understand, remember, and conceptualize through images and visuals. Graphical representation certainly helps in business meetings, brainstorming sessions, and other situations where ideas and concepts need to be conveyed as clearly as possible. Optoma tries to answer this specific need and puts out its third contender for the international pico projector market in the form of the PK301.

This black projector is truly a handheld visual marvel, with a size and weight comparable to today's ever-shrinking point-and-shoot cameras. Design-wise, it may be a plain Jane, but that doesn't mean it scrimps on the A/V and storage options.

The Power button and microSD slot are situated on the left and right sides, respectively, while the back portion holds more ports for end users to choose from. The PK301 can be hooked up to a PC or laptop, mobile phone, DVD player, or still/video camera. Ports for the battery charger and A/V in/out can also be seen from this side. The projector's controls are on top, with blue lighting aiding users during operation.

According to Optoma, the PK301 needs 3 hours to charge (yup, it can run on batteries), but when it got to us, it had enough battery life in it to warrant only an hour of charging. We chose to view our media in the pico projector through 2 ways: microSD and VGA.

If you're taking the microSD route, you'll need to connect the projector to your PC via USB. Doing so would launch the bundled ArcSoft Media Converter software, which would then convert your photos, videos, and presentations and downsize it for viewing. However, conversion isn't really a necessity, as the projector has support for a wide range of file types. Note, however, that having a microSD card with a storage space of 2GB or more is preferred; the PK301  only has 128MB of internal storage.

Operating the PK301 is easy peasy. Users won't miss a beat when using the projector in a dark environment, and the interface is pretty straightforward. Our photos and videos were shown on the wall and projector screen with great quality; a pico projector with 50 lumens (comparable to an LED flashlight) will have an edge compared to the others in its class. We would've wanted more detail when it comes to darker hues, but what the PK301 musters is quite impressive considering its size.

There's no such thing as a perfect gadget, and this projector sure has a couple of them negatives. First, as stated earlier, the PK301 can go for a full hour before requiring a recharge. Also, the device becomes warm to the touch after a short while, which frankly isn't surprising when you're talking about projectors.

The device is equipped with a 0.5 mono speaker; if you don't hook it up to your speakers, you won't be able to hear much from your media files. Another negative aspect is that while the projector comes with USB, VGA, and composite A/V cables, users will have to spring for mini HDMI and component cables. Lastly, as is usually the case, Windows users won't have any problems using the projector; Mac and Linux users, on the other hand, would be left out on all the fun.

The Optoma PK301 pico projector comes in handy for on-the-go users. Whether it be for SOHO or business use, it's more than practical shell out your hard-earned money for this little wonder.

Click here to see the Optoma PK301 in the Buyer's Guide.

 

Performance
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Value
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Overall
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  • Clear and detailed images
  • Numerous playback options
  • Very portable
  • Controls on top of the projector unit
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  • Gets warm pretty easily
  • Inaudible speakers
  • HDMI cable not included
  • 1 hour battery life
  • Windows support only
Bottom Line
  • Tiny size, great visuals. Don't let its size fool you
Editor's Pick No
Price P23,000
Tech Specs
  • Type: DLP
  • Lamp Type: OSRAM 11w RGB LED x 3
  • Resolution: WVGA (854 x 480)
  • Ports
    • VGA: 1
    • DVI: 0
    • HDMI: 1
    • Composite (Analog): 1
    • Component (RGB): 1
  • Brightness: 50 ANSI Lumens
  • Audio: 0.5W Mono
  • Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Projection Distance: 0.2 to 0.5 meters
  • Projection Size: 5.5 - 136 inches
  • Lamp Life: up to 20,000 hours
  • Compatibility: PC only
  • Memory
    • Internal: 128MB
    • External: microSD up to 32GB
  • Battery
    • Type: 3.7V 1410mAh li-Ion
    • Life: approx. 1 hour
  • Size: 120.1 x 69.8 x 29.7mm
  • Weight: 250g (with battery)



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COMMENTS


  1. Kyle Lopez-Vito: Mind if I know where I can purchase one here in the Philippines (Manila, specifically)? I looked for this in several malls. Couldn't find it.
    September 8, 2020 at 12:31 am

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