Optoma Pico PK320 and PK301 Projectors – review

The Optoma PICO Projector is the smallest projector I have ever seen.  It’s about the size of an iphone but three times thicker.   It’s an amazing piece of kit.  However, in my opinion, Optoma (who are generally a fab company for its good quality projectors) have let themselves down in terms of the instructions that come with this neat little gadget.  In fact, I found the instructions next to useless telling – especially the section on how to transfer video files over to your Optoma Pico Projector.   Their instructions gave me a headache and I spent around a total of 40 hours on the net (in parts, of course) only to find that a) LOADS of people were experiencing the same problem  b) THEY SAID Optoma were terrible with their support and advice and c) NO ONE on the net had a good enough solution.   So, after hours of playing around (and getting myself into a  right state), I finally found a way.   I am sharing this with you (link at bottom of page) because I do not wish for you to get a headache.   I want you to have a good relationship with your new gadget rather than the horrible experience that I was subjected to which I feel was a lack of forethought and customer service from Optoma.

Before I do though, if you’ve not yet brought the Optoma Pico PK301 project but thinking about it, here are some pros and cons from a personal and honest perspective.

GOOD STUFF ABOUT THE PICO PK301

It is small in size. Handsome design.   Picture quality reasonable.   Works quite well on battery alone (but need to make sure room is almost totally dark) – lasts about 1 hour.  Plays a variety of video formats.   Will play PowerPoint and Word files.  Comes with a remote control.

BAD STUFF ABOUT THE PICO PK301

Don’t expect amazing picture quality like the bigger standard projectors.   Remember, this is a 100 Lumens projector and standard ones are around 1000 Lumens.   What this means is that the room has to be fairly dark for a clear and vivid picture (and almost pitch black if running of batteries alone).  If you are planning to show presentations or a video to a SMALL group of people (say 30) then this will be fine.  It says it can display up to a 150 inch picture (diagonal measurement), but I found the room has to be almost pitch black to get the clarity.   Don’t get me wrong – whilst the picture quality isn’t amazing, it is pretty reasonable and films are easy on the eye.   However, if you are planning to watch a film, the built in speakers are rubbish (again, my own opinion) – unless of course you are in a quiet hotel room late at night and don’t want to disturb your neighbours!   The remote is difficult to work – you need to point it at the back of the projector, and even then, the projector doesn’t respond sometimes.   What really disappointed me was the fact that although they claim to play Word, PDF and Powerpoint files, the inbuilt software removes any special effects.  So, if you’ve got a PowerPoint slide with one sentence that ‘flies’ in after the previous – forget it – this projector will just display them all at once.  It will strip any special effects out.

OVERALL AM I HAPPY WITH THE PROJECTOR?

Yes, I think I am but I am pretty angry and disappointed with Optoma for (in my opinion) producing poor quality instructions, hyping up the positives without revealing the other limitations of this device.   The picture quality is reasonable, not brilliant – for example, if you link a laptop to it, the small print of the names of the software on your windows screen can be difficult to read.  Larger font is better.   And films are surprisingly quite good, but don’t expect the HD quality of your 50 inch plasma TV!

 Click here to read my instructions for transferring videos to this device.

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