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Philips Pico Projector Review

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When getting ready for a business meeting or trying to have a theatre night with your family, the projector that you use can make or break the event. The issue in the past with projectors was not only the brightness, but the sheer size of a projector was large enough to take up the back seat in most vehicles. The answer to this was to make a compact projector also known as a pico or mini projector. Some notable pico projector companies on the market currently are AAXA, Sony, Optoma, Epson, Vava and the main subject of today’s topic, Philips.

The Philips PicoPix Max is a 1080p supported Full HD pico projector that features Android Os, an invisible top touchpad Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity to mirror your apps. I must admit I think that it is really cool that micro projector companies are starting to make the move to incorporating USB-C. Out of the box, the Pico Projector comes with a travel pouch, a power adapter, a remote control, stand, and the projector itself. In terms of the design and features of this mini projector, I have them listed below.

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Specifications
Display technology: DLP
LED light sources: last over 30.000 hours
Brightness: up to 850 Color Lumens
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixel
Resolution supported: up to 4K
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Throw ratio: 1,2:1
Contrast ratio: 10,000:1
Focus adjustment: auto
Keystone correction: auto
4 corners correction: yes
Screen size (diagonal): 76cm-305cm / 30?-120?
Screen distance: 78cm-320cm / 31?-126?
Integrated media player: yes
Internal memory: 16 GB
Built-in touchpad: yes
Operating system: Android
Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2,4+5GHz: Airplay, Miracast
Bluetooth: 5.0; connect external speaker
USB: USB Type-C: 2x power and video
HDMI: x 1
Micro SD: x 1
Sound: Internal speaker 2 x 4W

In terms of the overall user experience, this pico projector‘s software, possibly due to its application design, and maybe the processing hardware, feels quite slow. For example, when adding the device to your wifi, the selection of access points keeps changing despite your wishes. When viewing the picture, the 1080p HD works smoothly, but the video in 4k lags at points. In comparison to the BenQ 4k projector, and AAXA’s 4k1 projector the latency issues caused some headaches. The positives of this are that the 1080p is crisp, it is very user-friendly, and the portability of this product is really top-notch. If you are trying to find an extremely affordable option for a solidly built projector, the PicoPix Max isn’t that bad of an option for only $549. However, if you want a projector whose picture resolution lives up to its description, it is ok to spend the extra on brands like BenQ, AAXA, Optoma, and Sony.