- Processor: RK2928, Single Core Cortex-A9 1.2 GHz
- Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
- OS Support: Android, MacOSX, iOS, Windows 8.1/10
- Ports: MicroUSB x1, MicroSD x1, 3.5mm audio out x1
- Dimensions: 120mm x 110mm x 29.5mm
- Weight: 180g
- Battery life
- Software bugs
A Projector That Fits Into Your Pocket
Whenever projectors are mentioned, one would undoubtedly think of big, bulky boxes that project a screen onto a surface which takes forever to turn on and off. Whilst it’s great to have a device that can project a display up to tens to hundreds of inches, most of the time they’re rather unwieldy. Lenovo has just the solution with the new Lenovo Pocket Projector.
As its name implies, the Lenovo Pocket Projector is a handy-dandy little projector that is just a fraction of the size of a typical projector. Capable of projecting up to 110 inches from just three metres away, the Pocket Projector measures in at just 120mm x 110mm x 29.5mm and weighs in at just about 180 grams.
An interesting thing to note is the fact that the projector does not come with any video input ports. In fact, the only ports available on the Pocket Projector are a microUSB port which is used to charge and power up the device, a microSD port for video storage and an audio-out port.
How does one connect to the device then, you ask? The Pocket Projector supports Bluetooth, WiFi, DLNA and Miracast wireless connections, which allows you to connect to devices running Windows 8.1/10, MacOSX, iOS and Android.
Connecting via any of these options is a fairly straight forward affair, although in our case, we ran into some artifacting issues when connecting the Pocket Projector to a Windows 10 device when trying to duplicate displays. This issue fixed itself when we used the extend display option instead.
The Pocket Projector impressed us a fair bit with its image quality and brightness throughout our testing. While it’s best used in a dark, barely lit room, it’s still very much visible even in areas where the ambient brightness is a bit on the high side.
The Pocket Projector also comes with built-in speakers, which aren’t necessarily the loudest around, but gets the job done. You can hook the projector up to an external set of speakers if you want, as it does come with an audio out port.
As far as battery life is concerned, Lenovo claims that the Pocket Projector can run for roughly three hours on a single charge, and throughout our tests, we’ve mostly hit close to three hours of use time, which is great.
CHIP CONCLUDE: The Lenovo Pocket Projector might be a novel product, but it works well enough for a projector of its size, and certainly does have its uses if you ever need a backup option.
(previously published in issue July 2016)