Thanks to Optoma Technology, the leading DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors manufacturer in the Americas, we can now enjoy the Optoma pk301 pico projector (visit the store and read customer reviews here). Although just as little as your palm and weighing only half a pound, this projector has huge features to boast. In fact, it is recommended by StereoWise Plus and received the PC.Mag.com: Editor’s Choice Award as well as ProjectorsReviews.com’s Hot Product Award!
The Optoma pk 301 in Review
The Optoma PK301 Pico Projector has a sleek, smooth, and solid body (with nothing cheap about it). Right on top of the optoma pk 301 are its main function – buttons which are backlit for a few seconds upon pressing for operation in darker conditions. At the rear section of the projector, you will find several different ports, including audio out, AV-in, DC power, MicroSD slot, Micro-USB, and a Mini HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) port. At the base, you will also find a standard tripod cradle / hole for mounting the projector.
Within its class, the Optoma pk 301 is one of the brightest projectors. When plugged, it uses 50 lumens of light output. On the other hand, it only uses 20 lumens when on battery. The LED (light-emitting diode) of the Optoma PK 301 can be used for up to whopping 20,000 hours.
The Optoma PK301 Pico Projector produces a 854×480 resolution, with projected images of up to 120 inches. It has decent color and contrast, not to mention good quality black point. For maximum performance, especially when used as a movie projector, users need to make a few adjustments. The Optoma pk 301 provides options to change the brightness, color saturation, and contrast. For quality viewing, it is advisable that an HDMI cable be used.
Since the Optoma PK301 Pico Projector is really meant to be used by people “on the go”, it also has suitable accessories available such as the extended-power battery pack, which can provide 50 Lumens or full brightness even though the projector is unplugged. It also has an iPod kit, a Mini HDMI cable, a female USB adapter, and component video adapter for quality video and gaming. All these accessories are sold separately.
Optoma PK301 Pico Projector Main-Features
- LED technology
- 854×480 resolution (16:9 aspect ratio, 4:3 compatible)
- 50 lumens in Bright Mode, 20 lumens Standard Mode (measured 11 lumens)
- Contrast Ratio of 2000:1
- Fixed lens with focus adjustment
- Lamp life is up to 20,000 hours
- Dimensions: 4.7” x 1.2” x 2.7”
- Weight: 227g
- Shipping weight 1 lb.
- Complies with RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances) standards
- Part of the Optoma Project Green program
Buying the PK301 Pico
The best purchase price of the Optoma PK 301 Pico Projector is currently at around $360 when buying from an online store like this one here. These stores often offer great discounts on related items or offer free and fast shipping.
The package includes the Optoma PK 301, a standard AV cable (RCA to Mini-Jack), power adapter, rechargeable Li-ion battery, universal to VGA cable, male USB cable, and a carrying bag. The manual of the PK301 is stored in digital format in the internal memory to reduce printouts.
Remember to check out the online store for free shipping, applicable shipping rates, and any return policy before buying your Optoma pk 301.