Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector – Review
QUMI Q7 LED PROJECTOR SUMMARY PAGE 2: Pros and Cons!
Below find the things we like most about the Q7 and its capabilities, and then there’s those items that “could be better.”
All considered, a strong entry for a sub-$1000 LED projector, one loaded with features, especially relative to size and weight.
Size and weight, Brightness (for a small LED projector), HDMI/MHL, Media Players, and optional Wifi are the real highlights! Read on.
Qumi Q7 Projector - Pros
- Very compact, mobile 3 pound projector, with small footprint
- Long life LED light source (30,000 hours claimed), low cost of operation
- WXGA resolution (1280×800) supports up to 1600×1200 + 720p, 1080p…
- Optional Wifi (via dongle that plugs into USB port)
- Two HDMI inputs
- MHL (mobile HDMI) support on HDMI 1
- Multiple media players – Music, Microsoft Office, Photos, Videos, PDFs. TXTs…
- 4 Gigabytes of onboard memory for media players, etc.
- 800 lumens – measured about 750, provides very respectable brightness suitable for presentations to 50+ in a room with limited lighting control, including small classrooms and small to medium conference rooms
- Multiple color modes
- About 500 lumens with very good color!
- Good performance in terms of general picture quality, image noise
- Closed Captioning
- Eco mode limits fan noise, but only reduces brightness slightly
- Limited zoom lens range (better than no zoom lens)
- Very decent audio for a large “pico / pocket” projector, audio output
- Credit Card style remote control has decent range
- Compatible with ultra-thin “Redmere-type” HDMI cables
- Basic Remote Mousing features
- Two year parts and labor warranty – better than most direct competition
- Includes carry case
- Very good value proposition vs. other LED projectors
Qumi Q7 - Cons
- Color saturation control not available with high res sources (my biggest complaint), as generally the modes are a bit over saturated (although over saturation helps cut through ambient light.
- Could offer more advanced control of color features such as Brilliant Color, and fine tuning color (although color is overall, pretty good)
- Obviously not as bright as lamp based projectors in the same price range (true of all solid state projectors like this one)
- Black level performance is strictly “entry level” despite high contrast spec
- Fan noise on the loud side at full power, but not too loud to be an issue
- Documentation (reasonably good), could be better – more detailed
- Audio output should allow internal speakers to stay on
- Generally energy efficient, but not Energy Star compliant. (Draws about half to 2/3 the power of a typical portable lamp based projector)
- Video media player does not support .mov format
- Credit card remote – typical: Buttons are “soft”
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