Aiptek PocketCinema V50
Can run from battery; decent picture clarity; very compact
Confusing interface; small onboard storage capacity; picture quality not great in ambient light; lack of control when using AV-in port
Aiptek’s PocketCinema V50 offers a different design style to traditional projectors, looking more like a remote control and external hard drive hybrid than a projector.
It has a built-in 128MB hard drive, an RGB LED light source and a battery that allows an hour’s continuous use.
With a peak of 50 lumens of brightness, we expected the PocketCinema to handle ambient light conditions better than it did; overall its performance was only acceptable.
The integrated media player has a confusing menu that divides playback into audio, video and photos for one storage device at a time.
I tried connecting an external hard drive and memory card loaded with video and found the displayed results pleasing, once I finally managed to access the video through the projector’s confusing menu system.
However, using the AV-in port wasn’t as agreeable. It kicks in when connected, preventing access to any other controls though the remote or on-board buttons. Even adjusting basic settings is off limits.
Using an Aiptek adapter I also managed to project video from an iPhone through the AV port, but had the same control difficulties.
The V50’s speaker is small but provides decent audio, and the overall image quality is good but not great.
Macworld Australia’s buying advice
The PocketCinema V50 is a projector you would need to spend some time with before being able to use it comfortably. It has faults, but you can’t fault it when it comes to portability and, once set up correctly, it offers decent projection quality and size.