Optoma PK320 Pico Projector
Amber Technology, www.ambertech.com.au
Small; lots of connectors
Optoma’s PK320 looks promising but won’t cut it for that important business presentation.
Its footprint is only slightly larger than an iPhone 5, but the Optoma is blessed with mini-HDMI, micro-USB, micro-SD, composite video and VGA connectors – so it will play nicely with pretty much any device. If you want to travel light, it also features 1GB of onboard storage.
Tipping the scales at 235g, the Optoma comes with a carry pouch and a tiny remote control. There’s a power adaptor in the box, but you can also run this tiny projector on a mobile phone-style rechargeable battery.
But don’t expect miracles from a 4:3, 854 x 480-pixel projector that fits in your jeans pocket. You can hook up an iGadget via a Lightning to Digital AV (HDMI) adaptor, but the picture naturally won’t look as crisp as the phone. The projector needs to be 1.5m from the wall to cast a 1m diagonal image – further back and the image gets larger but dimmer. There’s a tripod thread on the bottom, but no built-in foot to elevate the front.
The 100 lumens brightness doesn’t sound promising and the Optoma’s whites are rather dull, which doesn’t help with presentations. Colours are a little garish to compensate. The built-in fan is noticeable but not to loud. The built-in one-watt speaker is brash but loud enough to drown out the noise of the fan during a movie.
The Optoma’s PK320 is perhaps best suited to impromptu movie nights and business users will want something brighter.