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Vivitek Qumi Q7 LED Projector: Summary 2

Posted on April 4, 2014 by Art Feierman
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 (1280x800) supports up to 1600x1200 + 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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