Posted on November 6, 2020 By Phil Jones
Philips PicoPix Max Projector Review – Special Features: Long Lamp Life, Wireless Projection/Connection, Built-in Touch Pad, Android OS, and Automatic Image Correction
Since DLP imagers are sealed, they provide an unprecedented amount of maintenance free operation and many manufacturers are moving to lamp-free solutions to extend the life of their projectors. The PicoPix utilizes a LED light source which Philips claims will last over 30,000 hours. The life rating is the point where 50% of the brightness has been lost. Based on average daily use, its rated 30,000 hours should result in several years of operation.
There are three modes to adjust the brightness output of the Led light source:
While Philips does not provide a rated brightness, the PicoPix Max was more than bright enough to use on a fairly large screen even with a little bit of ambient light.
If you have kids, you can probably relate to the frustration of having to share a limited amount of screens in your house. The Philips PicoPix Max offers wireless projection, without the need for an external device, which eliminates those types of issues and this scenario entirely.
You can wirelessly connect and project any sort of content that your airplay or google cast enabled devices are capable of playing, such as: movies, JPEGs, PDFs, PowerPoint Presentations, and documents. Apple iOS devices are connected wirelessly via AirPlay while Android devices utilize Google Cast. This is especially useful in eliminating “technical difficulties” in presentation situations, or when you can only access certain content from a specific device.
The PicoPix Max doesn’t require any sort of additional dongle to utilize the WiFi feature, which is nice, as it is the kind of accessory that is usually sold separately.
In addition, the Philips Pico Pix Max has a built-in media player so you can playback videos, photos, and music files stored on the unit’s 16GB internal memory, a micro SD card, or an external USB Drive. This is great for watching movies around the campfire even if you are miles away from internet access.
Most of us probably remember the days of huddling around a small screen to watch a video while struggling to hear the sound. Well, those days are certainly over and the Philips Pic Pix Max also supports a wireless Bluetooth connection, so you can easily pair the projector with a separate speaker for better sound quality (or even a keyboard or mouse for even easier control).
On top of the unit, there is a built-in touch pad that allows the user to “easily navigate the user interface, browse the internet or play games”. You can access and control all of the projector’s functions from this touch pad, so there is no need to fret over forgetting the remote. The track pad is similar in size and operation to a modern smart phone, which makes for a pretty intuitive interface. It does, however, seem to be a bit sensitive to oils from your hands, so some actions take a couple attempts, and you will inevitably move the unit (and the image) while utilizing the track pad.
The included remote can be used for everything that the track pad can. It needs a clear line of sight to the rear of the projector, which can take some getting used to, but I found it to be a much easier interface than the track pad itself.
The PicoPix Max supports any Bluetooth keyboard, mouse or gamepad, which makes navigating and using the available features much easier.
The Android based OS is an intuitive interface that’s easy to learn quickly and has over 4,000 supported apps available in the Philips store. In addition to the huge selections of available apps, there is also a built-in media player. This means you can either download your content in a variety of formats directly to the internal storage and play directly from there or use an external hard drive or thumb drive with your content already stored.
Automatic image correction (focus, zoom, keystone) makes the PicoPix Max user friendly for even the most technologically challenged individuals. Simply place the projector an appropriate distance from your projection surface, get it close to horizontally level, and the automatic image correction will handle the rest.
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