The PicoPix Max has a limited number of picture modes that force you to choose between battery life and image quality (plugging the unit into the charger while watching makes the decision easier). The presentation mode is the brightest, but I preferred to use the “normal” mode while gaming and watching video content. Both modes provide an acceptable picture when viewed in a room with minimal ambient light. All three picture modes seem to be the same, regardless of whether or not the projector is plugged in.
Above are shots of a variety of HD videos and photos. Like all our photos, they remain unadjusted for color, so they do not look as good as what the projector produced.
Overall, the video picture quality was good for a portable projector at this price point. While not perfect, the overall color accuracy was very good, with natural looking skin tones, and reasonable image contrast. The projector works best with minimal ambient light, but still produces a decent image with a corner lamp or window with the blinds drawn. It would not be my first choice as a designated home theater projector, but the versatility provided by all of the other features make up for the slightly less bright image.
The PicoPix Max has a claimed dynamic contrast ratio of 10,000:1. The PicoPix Max’s black levels were not quite a pure black, but very close, and give the image a pleasing contrast.
The native Full HD (1,920 x1,080) resolution of the PicoPix Max results in good text clarity. I did notice the need to refocus the projector a few times while gaming in order to read some smaller text, but even on my 4K TV, the same text is on the borderline of readability.