Optoma PK201 - Review Summary
A bottom line summary of the Optoma PK201 Projector's pros and cons and capabilities.
09/28/2010 - Anthony Arrigo
Optoma PK201: Bottom Line
To some up the PK201 I would have to say that this Pico met most of my expectations and Optoma really has been the clear winner in my opinion based on all the Pico projectors that I have reviewed. They have managed to keep the prices fairly in line with compareable projectors, although their prices are a little higher than most manufacturers. The dimensions of the projector, coupled with its well laid out control panel and menu system, make it a very easy to use projector.
Characterisitics that I particularly liked was how they used the industries common symbols for things like an Enter button and Menu. This makes getting used to the projectors functions far easier. The simplicity of the menu system software took a little getting used to. Less wasn't more in this projectors case, but a quick reading of two or three pages in the manual and any user should have the projector mastered.
The software that comes with the Optoma PK201 adds a little more inconvenience in terms of being able to show Microsoft Office documents easily, but other projectors in its class that have the ability to read popular office documents without having them be converted often either weren't high enough res or did not have a high enough contrast ratio either. All factors that produce a great image.
In the end the Optoma PK201 is one of the best Picos in its class and would make a great projector for times when you want a nice super portable projector for displaying images from a smartphone or for a little gaming projector. It's niche is for those that are looking to have a little fun, but as I have said often, they aren't the best projectors for those that want to excellent color and the ability to show spreadsheet infornation to large audiences.
Optoma PK201 Projector: Pros
- Higher resolution than most Picos at 854x480
- Has a microSD card slot for loading presentation slides
- Accepts HDMI Has a USB port to read files from
- Project up to a 70 inch image
- AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP (Common video formats are converted using Optoma Pico Video Encoder*)
- LED light source rated at 20,000 hours
- 16:9 native aspect ratio and supports 4:3
- Software to convert PowerPoint slides into JPG or BMP files.
- High contrast at 2000:1
Optoma PK201 Projector: Cons
- Not very bright at 20 lumens and does not get any brighter when plugged into AC.
- Battery lasts only about an hour.
- Requires some files to be converted by the Optoma software in order to playback from projectors internal memory.
- Not as price competitive as other projectors in its class.
Optoma PK201 Projector: 20 Questions Answered
1) What is the native resolution and what is the max resolution?
Native Resolution is WSVGA(854x480). Does not accept higher resolutions signals from a laptop.
2) Largest image you can project and how far do you have to be to achieve it?
You can achieve a 70 inch diagonal image but you must set the projector 126 inches feet from the screen.
3) Standard battery life?
Expect about 1 hour of battery life in Standard Mode.
4) Does it have internal memory, and how much?
Yes, has a 28MB internal memory. The microSD supports up to 32MB cards.
5) What light source technology does the projector use?
Uses LED light and lasts an estimated 20,000 hours.
6) What is the native aspect ratio and does it support other aspect ratios?
16:9 but does support 4:3 aspect ratios.
7) What is the throw ratio?
8) Does it have a remote control?
9) Does it have a full featured control panel on the projector?
Yes. You can control all the projectors functions.
10) What type of warranty does it have?
1 Year limited parts and labor. 90 days on the battery.
11) Does it have a focus adjustment?
Yes. However does not have a zoom adjustment. Must be physically moved to produce a smaller or larger image.
12) What inputs/ouputs does the projector have?
One input for video signal that accepts a VGA cable, a RCA cable. Also accepts HDMI through a mini HDMI port.
13) Is it compatible with smartphones? Which ones?
Yes, with optional cable. Project images from your PDA or iphone.
14) What files types can be used for a presentation. Document?
Projector comes with software to convert your presentation slides into JPG's or BMP's. Also can play video formats such as AVI, MOV, MP4, 3GP.
15) What light source technology is used in the projector?
The light source is LED technology rated to last 2,000 hours. Most likely will have next generation model before needing to replace.
16) Will it accept HD video sources and what is the highest resolution it will accept?
The highest resolution it will accept is 1280x800 through the VGA adapter. HD video sources are accepted via the mini HDMI port and will accept a 1080i signal.
17) What cables does the projector come with, WHAT might I need?
The projector comes with one VGA cable to connect your laptop and one RCA cable wiR audioth L/. For S-video you will need an optional cable. Also, a special cable is necessary to connect an iphone, or ipod device. Check with your sales representative before purchase since not all cables are supplied depending on your geographical region.
18) How much outboard memory can be used by the projector?
The projector can accept up to 32GB microSD card.
19) What is the highest brightness in standard mode with just battery and brightness with expansion pack or AC?
Highest brightness is 20 lumens. Although actual brightness varies. Our measurements put the PK201 at 21 lumens which is unusual.
20) What environment is this projector best suited to be used?
Dark environments with no ambient light for best viewing.
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