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Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector
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- MicroSD card slot allows for memory expansion up to 16 GB
- Project large widescreen images of up to 120" diagonal
- LED light source lasts over 20,000 hours while producing excellent color
- Full assortment of I/O ports, including USB, VGA, HDMI and video, allow for easy connection to most analog or digital devices
- Optional Accessories: Extended power battery pack, iPod kit-share the fun from iPods and iPhones,Female USB adapter -project images and videos from USB ,Mini HDMI cable
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|Display Technology||DLP||DLP||DLP||LED||DLP with 20,000 Hours Premium LED||DLP|
|Image Brightness||50 lumens||700 lumens||400 lumens||25 lumens||900 lumens||200 lumens|
|Item Dimensions||2.7 x 1.2 x 4.7 in||4.2 x 4.1 x 1.5 in||3.9 x 5.9 x 1.6 in||2.36 x 4.25 x 0.7 in||6 x 6 x 1.8 in||4 x 4.3 x 1.2 in|
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Optoma's PK301 Pico pocket projector provides projection power anywhere. Featuring up to 50 ANSI lumens and native widescreen WVGA resolution, the palm-sized PK301 enables you to easily share videos, photos and graphics at home or on the road. Enjoy unlimited content playback at your fingertips with the microSD card slot, HDMI and VGA connectivity. Compact and robustly-featured, the PK301 sets a new standard for mobile projecting.
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Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector
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Optoma's PK301 Pico pocket projector provides projection power anywhere. Featuring up to 50 LED lumens and native widescreen WVGA resolution, the palm-sized PK301 enables you to easily share videos, photos and graphics at home or on the road. Enjoy unlimited content playback at your fingertips with the microSD card slot, HDMI and VGA connectivity. Compact and robustly-featured, the PK301 sets a new standard for mobile projecting.
At a Glance: Powerful Projection in Your Pocket
Match Your Life with Optional Accessories
Creating a Class by Itself
The Optoma PK301 combines aspect ratio and brightness demanded by presenters and movie-lovers with a palm-sized profile that lets you take it along wherever you may need it. Whether you want to deliver wide-screen presentations or watch a movie, this projector steps up to the task, providing easy to use controls and the flexibility to connect to a broad range of sources, including iPhones, DVD players, laptop computers, set top boxes and more. The PK301 projects natively at 854x480 resolution and weighs in at half a pound.
Excellent Image: Rated at 50 LED lumens, the PK301 is bright enough to present and share content with small groups with controlled ambient light. Standard, Bright, Movie and Eco modes provide a range of ways to achieve the experience what you want. A 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for video presentations and movies. Project images of up to 120 inches for immersive viewing experience. LED projection technology produces rich colors and maximizes brightness. Users can control brightness, contrast, and two color temperature settings to enhance their viewing experience.
Keep Moving: The PK301 supports use with AC adapter or battery power. On battery, you can achieve typical battery life of over 90 minutes in Eco mode. An optional battery pack extends projection time further and allows you to use the PK301 at full brightness for up to one and a half hours.
Stay Connected: A full suite of connectors on the rear of the PK-301, used with adapter cables, provide a broad range of connection options. A mini-jack audio output supports the use of an external amplifier and a micro SD slot allows for quick and easy sharing of stored videos and images. Connect to standard HDMI output sources with an optional mini-HDMI to full-size HDMI cable. Mini and micro HDMI cables are also available for smart phones and tablets.
The Rest of the Story: The PK301's LED delivers at least 20,000 hours of use without replacing the light source. This projector is virtually without maintenance—just clean the lens periodically for best results. Meanwhile, a quiet fan ensures heat control without noise issues.
Leading the DLP Market in the Americas
Optoma Technology is the leading manufacturer of Texas Instrument's DLP® projectors in North and South America. TI's DLP features multi-color processing to produce accurate and vibrant colors on the screen.
Optoma's product line offers products designed to meet the needs of any kind of user, from mobile professionals, gamers and home theaters to much large theater installations. Designed and built to deliver reliability, usability and image quality, Optoma projectors help users get the most out of their digital content, encourage collaboration and communicate clearly and effectively. Optoma projectors are designed to provide the features that you need today and a path to grow into other capabilities as you need them.
Green by Design
As part of the Optoma ProJect Green™, program, Optoma's Pico projectors, which incorporate LED technology, have been designed and manufactured for eco-friendliness. These projectors:
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Complaint #1-The power button on the side of the projector is too small. It's very tough to turn on and off, especially without moving the unit out of it's place from the mini tripod it's sitting on.
Complaint #2-No remote. It should have came with a remote. They do sell one separately but it's not a great remote, yet it's useful. There's no on button on the remote, only an off. Weird, I know.
Now I know most people aren't using this for a TV in their house, but every projector should have a remote, regardless.
Brightness is pretty good on it, although you really need a dark room to fully enjoy the quality of the picture.
Looked up the life expectancy of the projector/bulb, and amazingly it's 20,000 hours of use. If I use this 3 hours a day, that's about 18 years. Pretty impressive. My $1200 Toshiba lasted 14 months.
If it came with the remote, I would have given it 5 stars.
Although software does come with the projector for converting PowerPoint presentations to a portable format that can be loaded to an SD card (as well as converting videos), I don't use that software because it's for windows and I'm not a windows user.
The PK301 is larger than my 3M Pro120 with greater resolution and a significantly brighter/sharper picture. I don't notice any of the rainbow effects that are sometimes a nuisance on my 120. It throws a 32 inch diagonal 16x9 aspect picture from 4ft away which is bright enough to be enjoyed in most office lighting conditions (overhead florescent). Usually, I'm just holding the projector at belly button height. The focus-ring is great and makes it easy to get a tack-sharp picture. You can operate all the controls with your thumbs because they are centered on the top of the machine with the exception of the on/off button which is on the side. It accepts a camera tripod (not included), and I bought a mini-one to set on a desk/table top for when I connect to my netbook or something.
Battery life is much, much less than the 3M (I get about 30-40 mins), but unlike many projectors, you can use the power cord while the projector is running for unlimited working time.
I use Mpeg 4 video formats with this projector when playing programs from the Micro SD card. I experimented with several tweaks and bit rates and discovered that the internal video player software cannot play variable bit-rate MP4 encodings. It does, however, play constant bit rate, quality, or quantization videos very well. I settled on MP4, Level 5, 720x408p (yes, 408 - remember it's 16x9), 29.97fps, constant quality 13, with 128kbps AAC 48khz audio. You need a class 4 or above SD card because the video will stutter if played from a class 2.
While you're playing a video, the < and > buttons allow for RR and FF, and the up and down buttons control the volume. The remote (sold separately here at Amazon) has an additional volume control on it as well as a mute button. You can shut off the projector from the remote, but you cannot turn it on. And order yourself a CR2025 lithium battery for the remote (it doesn't come with a battery). I got mine at Target, but they can be hard to find.
And at the end of the day I set the projector on the hotel nightstand and flip the tripod head to vertical. Then I can lie in bed and watch a movie or music videos on a 50" video picture projected on the ceiling (which is almost always white in hotels). I can shut off the projector and there's no lingering cooling fan to keep me awake.
The internal media player cannot play Video files > 2,048MB. If a movie exceeds that, the directory shows a negative size (meaning the code doesn't use long integers) and you'll get an error message about an unrecognized format. You must break the movie into smaller files or reduce your encoding quality to constrain the movie to 2GB.
This projector finally failed. It was a rather slow death. The image started to display a few dead pixels. They eventually spread until the picture was unusable. It did this over a period of three days, which was good because it gave me a chance to make other arrangements rather than just quiting in the middle of a presentation.
I got my PK301 about a month ago. I chose this model for two reasons. The size and the brightness of the illumination from the device. After getting my device I made some discoveries.
the battery that comes with the device will last around an hour. so be quick with your presentations. if you happen to buy the remote control you will need to know 2 things. there is not an ON button on the remote. and it is an infrared remote control. The infrared sensor is on the back of the PK301; so you will need to either stand behind the unit or place some sort of reflective device behind it.
The PK301 focuses very well, has a very sharp image, and the color is very vivid.
The brightness of the unit is great for screens that do not have any room lighting reflecting off it. If there is any room lighting reflecting off a white screen. you will not see the projected image very well. As long as the screen has no extra lighting on the screen, the projection works very well.
It will project a screen up to 59 inches and keep the quality of the image.
The PK301 has software stored on the onboard memory for the device. I would suggest installing but don't bother with upgrading the software. If you upgrade the software you will not be able to upload power points to the unit. at least not without using a work around. the work around being that you use PowerPoint to save the presentation slides as separate .jpg images. oh and the serial number for your software comes with the packaging. so do not throw away your cheesy directions.
I like this unit and I will still use it in smaller presentation rooms. as for large rooms I need more Lumens from the lighting. a Larger unit will be much more useful.
If you're thinking of using this for in your room personal theater, this is a good unit. just remember to keep the lighting in the room in mind before buying one.