Pico projectors are one of those devices that never really caught on to the mainstream. They’re pretty cool and nifty, given the right circumstances, but for most of us, it’s more of a want than a need.
Lenovo recently launched their Pocket Projector here in Malaysia and it’s exactly as the name suggests — a pocket-sized projector. So, if you want/need a pico projector, is this the one you get? Well, I spent a weekend with it high in the mountains to find out.
It’s definitely a looker
When I first saw this little projector, I was quite taken with it. It looked adorable, sort of like an old-school video game controller from the future. Picking it up, I noticed the fairly good build quality with its robust hinge plus interesting colour combination.
The device is split into two parts: The projection half which is black and textured to the touch and the base half which is smooth and houses a D-pad as well as buttons to switch it on and off at the back.
Still, it remains fairly light and portable. That said, when Lenovo called this a Pocket Projector, I really wonder what kind of pocket they were thinking of because this thing did not fit into my jeans pockets.
Army standard issue cargo pants perhaps?
Nevertheless, this is a handsome looking device. Leave it on a table and people will definitely ask you about it even before you turn it on.
It should work well with most devices
Once you do turn it on, you’ll be greeted with a screen that shows you a whole bunch of connectivity options which you can navigate to via the D-pad. You can also adjust where you want to project by raising or lowering the projection half and the screen will orient itself automatically.
Setting up is easy as the Pocket Projector supports WiFi connectivity and is compatible with Android, Windows 10 and iOS/Mac operating systems. When I brought it with me, I streamed video via Miracast which worked pretty well.
There were occasional stutters and I would sometimes get a laggy playback, but for the most part it worked fine.
The Pocket Projector is a definitely a hot device
I mean that in the most literal of senses. A couple of minutes into the stream, the projector can build up a lot of heat in its little body. It does have a dedicated fan to try and keep it cool, but if you’re one episode into your Game of Thrones marathon, I wouldn’t advise that you touch the metallic side panels.
But, that’s to be expected as projectors do run very hot and since I didn’t notice any performance issues because of the heat, I’m not really complaining.