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Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector

B&H # OPPK201 Mfr # PK-201
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Product Highlights
  • 20 Lumens DLP Image Panel
  • Native WVGA (854 x 480) Max (1280 x 800)
  • LED Light Source Rated at 20,000 Hours
  • Projects Images on Any Surface
  • Image Size From 5 to 66 Inches
  • Uses AC Power or Battery
  • Truly Portable, Palm Sized at 5.6oz
  • Share Pictures, Music And Video
  • 720p, 1080i High Definition
  • MicroSD Slot For Cards Up To 16 GB

The Optoma PK201 Pico Pocket Projector is marvel of modern miniaturization. It's a real working projector that's two and a half inches wide, less than 3/4 of an inch thick and just a hair over four and a half inches deep. Yet it can project an image that can measure from five inches to five and a half feet measured diagonally.

With its vivid 2000:1 contrast ratio you can project on a screen or just about anywhere. Next time you're on a road trip sit in the back seat and project a movie or play a video game on the seatback in front of you.

The LED light source is rated to last 20,000 hours. You'll never change the lamp in this projector. So how do you get a decent picture out of a pocket-sized projector? Texas Instruments has adapted its famed DLP projection panel system (the part that forms the image) to the requirements of this mighty mite.

The PK201 comes with a Li-On battery that's good for about an hour on a charge. You can recharge it using the included AC adapter or, at a slower rate, directly from the USB port. Of course you can always run on AC power if there's a socket nearby and save your battery power for when you really need it.

You can project from a wide variety of sources thanks to the PK201's 2.5 mm A/V jack.

The PK201 has 28 MB of its own internal memory and its microSD slot accepts cards up to 16 GB. That means you can bring along tons of movies, songs and photos right in the projector. And with an optional iPod kit, sold separately, you can project right from your iPod or iPhone.

The PK201 also projects NTSC and PAL video signals and 720p and 1080i high definition video.

And if you get tired of giving presentations or showing off pictures and movies play a video game. Imagine playing on a 66 inch screen from a device you can fit into your pocket.

2000:1 contrast ratio
Texas Instruments DLP Pico Projection Panel with 20,000 Hour LED light source.
2.5mm jack AV input for composite video and stereo audio-in.
USB cable included.
Weighs only 5.6 ounces (159 grams) including battery.
Included Li-On battery charges through included AC power adapter or USB port.
Works up to an hour on a single charge.
Fits in the palm of your hand. (2.4 x 0.7 x 4.6") (60.6 x 16.6 x 117.7 mm)
Projects images up to five feet and a half feet across diagonally.
Image Display
Display System DLP
Native Resolution WVGA - 854 x 480
Supported Resolutions XGA
SVGA
VGA
Format NTSC
PAL
HDTV Compatibility 720p
1080i
Pixels 409,920
Brightness 20 Lumens
Aspect Ratio Native: 16:9
Supported: 4:3
Contrast Ratio 2000:1
3D None
Lens
Lens Shift None
Throw Ratio 1.4:1
Projection Size 5 - 66" / 127.00 - 1676.40 mm 
Features
Keystone Correction None
Ceiling Mountable None
Rear Screen Projection None
Projection Tilt Option None
Built-in Speaker .5W (Mono)
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs/Outputs 1x Mini HDMI Audio/Video (Input)
1x RCA Composite Video (Input)
1x Micro USB Audio/Video (Input)
1x MicroSD Audio/Video (Input)
1x Proprietary Audio/Video
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini Audio (Output)
General
Lamp (Bulb) 1x LED
Life Normal Mode: 20000 Hours
Fan Noise None
Remote Control None
Security Cable Lock Slot
Power Requirements 120-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.4 x 0.7 x 4.6" / 6.1 x 1.8 x 11.7 cm
Weight 5.6 oz / 159 g
Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector
  • Power Adapter
  • Rechargeable Li-On Battery
  • Male USB Cable
  • Composite A/V Cable (RCA to Mini Jack)
  • Universal to VGA Cable
  • Pouch
  • 1-Year Optoma Limited Parts and Labor Warranty, 90-Day Warranty on Batteries
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Optoma TechnologyPK201 Pico Pocket Projector
     
    4.0

    (based on 46 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (29)
    • Intuitive controls (10)
    • Energy efficient (8)
    • Good audio (6)
    • Lightweight (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Smaller rooms / apartments (19)
      • Living room (11)
      • Movies (9)
      • Small rooms (5)
      • Attached to computer (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Practical (12), Tech savvy (8), Movie enthusiast (5), Quality oriented (5), Technically challenged (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (30)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      PK-201 - Worth Every Cent!

      Upon receiving my PK-201, I immediately tested it with videos taken by my cellphone as well as various pictures. It was about 12:00pm and it was a sunny day. Despite this,...Read complete review

      Upon receiving my PK-201, I immediately tested it with videos taken by my cellphone as well as various pictures. It was about 12:00pm and it was a sunny day. Despite this, the image and video quality is more than visible inside my room.

      That night, I put it to better test by connecting my MacBook Pro to its multi-to-15pin cable. I played "Finding Nemo" and that is when I really started to love this item! The colors are wonderful! It was actually way better and clearer than a budget 32" LCD TV we have. I had it project up to approximately more than 96".

      The next Friday, we watched "Avatar" - on a free wall roughly projecting more than 100"-120". I admit a brighter LED/bulb would've been better but the PK-201's performance is unbelievable! It wasn't too dark/dim - we managed to finish this long movie enjoying every single detail of it!

      Before buying this, I thought the good reviews were too good to be true. However, after testing and using it myself, I realized the reviews were actually very much understated. If anyone would be impressed by how good the projected image is, trying to find where it is coming from will make you want to give it more stars than any review site would allow.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Missing on 2 important points

      Usefulness hampered by low brightness, meaning that you need an darkroom to get a bright enough image. And you are limited to about a screen of 32" before image is too dim and...Read complete review

      Usefulness hampered by low brightness, meaning that you need an darkroom to get a bright enough image. And you are limited to about a screen of 32" before image is too dim and deteriorated. Cannot use it in a typical office unless you can completely make a room dark. Best at sizes up to 15 inches.

      Also, the focus ring does not have enough play to properly ajust focus.

      I do not recommend buying this unit unless you have a very specific use for it. Using an iPad yields much better results.

      Reviewed by 46 customers

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      5.0

      Big Performance in a Tiny Package

      By Margot

      from Northern California

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Living Room
        • Smaller Rooms

        Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

        I do staff development in different venues. I have to carry all my own equipment and sometimes the lighting is not ideal. After checking out the projector at home, I used it for a class yesterday. We could not shut the decorative drapes and I had forgotten to bring my projection screen. My PowerPoint show was clearly visible on a white textured wall. Set up was easy. I used my laptop keyboard to advance the slides; using the buttons on the projector would have been fine, but a little bit awkward. The projector was beside me at the front of the room. The image was about 36" diagonal and was easily seen by all 15 students.

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        5.0

        Product for a customer

        By Plintec Ltda

        from Bogotá, Colombia

        About Me Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Energy Efficient
        • Good Remote

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Living Room
          • Movies

          Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

          We used the product for specific aplication with a beagle board, but this thing is very useful in many spaces when you need a projector, because you know this pico projector can to project from 5 to 70 inches. It's awesome.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Remember when it took a cart?

          By FlowerProf

          from Fort Collins, CO

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Interfaces Well With TV
          • Intuitive Controls
          • Small and compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Living Room
            • Movies
            • Smaller Rooms
            • Small Group Meetings

            Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

            I remember when I used to have to use a cart to move a projector in and out of meeting rooms. This projector paired with a smart phone or tablet is just the answer. It was easy to set up and connect with a device.

            The lamp is bright enough, but it could always be brighter. The controls are easy to understand and flexible for multiple applications.

            I will be traveling to a remote part of the world where power is not reliable and I can only take what I can carry in a backpack. There we will be making presentations to local farmers and villagers. This projector is ideal.

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            5.0

            Excellent Value!

            By JSingh

            from New Jersey

            About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Energy Efficient
            • Intuitive Controls

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Living Room
              • Smaller Rooms

              Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

              I bought this to use it for transferring artwork from a scanned sketch to a larger canvas. The image is so crystal clear even in a room with lights on. It is also so easy to use - and on my Mac! I cannot recommend this enough for artists looking for a projector for tracing. It's TINY! It's not that much bigger than an iPhone so it's easy to store or carry around with you for demos. I love love love it!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Great and Small

              By jhherrera0181

              from Joshua Tree, CA

              About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Intuitive Controls

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Living Room
                • Movies
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                I purchased two for my snipers for a deployment to Afghanistan, and they have been great not only for entertainment, but also for mission planning. They are so small and that is what makes them very effective.

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                • No

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                4.0

                very small, convenient, powerful project

                By lucy

                from nyc, ny

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Sound
                • Easy To Set Up

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                    very small, convenient, powerful

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great little gadget

                    By D Jones

                    from Jonesboro, GA

                    About Me Practical, Technically Challenged

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Sound
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Energy Efficient

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                      I travel a lot and pack light. This little projector will fit perfectly. I'll be using it mostly to show off pictures of my grandson. This is a great bargain(no more wallet full of photos). My only concern is it gets really hot when used for an extended period. So I wouldn't use it to watch a movie.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Nice and handy

                      By Janne

                      from Stjørdal, Norway

                      About Me Practical, Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Sound
                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Energy Efficient
                      • Intuitive Controls

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Living Room
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                        We use the Pocket Projector when we show pictures and videos from our trip to NY this spring.
                        Easy to use.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great projector but needs lower light

                        By David B

                        from Tampa, FL

                        About Me IT Professional, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Sound
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Energy Efficient
                        • HDMI Imput

                        Cons

                        • Only 20 lumens

                        Best Uses

                        • Living Room
                        • Movies
                        • Smaller Rooms

                        Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                        I love it. I purchased it because I needed a projector that had HDMI imput and did not/could not afford a full priced unit. It does an awesome job, but with only 20 lumens, it not that bright if used in a well lit room. If you can lower the light if showing to a medium sized room, it will do. But the size, portability, and featuers do make up for the lower light output.
                        Plus for less than half of the cost for a full size projectors with the same features. I can make do with 20 lumens output.

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                        4.0

                        Very portable

                        By liapileggi

                        from Boulder, CO

                        About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Intuitive Controls

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Art installations

                          Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                          We got 3 of these for an equipment checkout facility I work at. These were in high demand by the art students for small installations. The battery charge holds for a while so it is nice to not be in constant need of a power cord. They are tiny, so the projected image does not get too big, but it worked for our needs. We did have some trouble getting a few Macs to recognize the projector at first, but it was very random. We did not use audio with it, so no comment on sound quality.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          excellent product

                          By chris

                          from chicago il

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up

                          Cons

                          • No remote

                          Best Uses

                          • Smaller Rooms

                          Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                          I bought this as a toy and it is quickly escalating to be one of my full time devices for work. I never could've expected so much functionality in such a compact device.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Really a good projector, I do like it.

                          By Ariel

                          from Fairborn, OH

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Sound
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Energy Efficient
                          • Intuitive Controls

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Living Room
                            • Smaller Rooms
                            • Television Shows

                            Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                            I use the projector for small meeting. The color is very nature even better than my laptop. This projector has many connections, I tried connect withe my phone and my computer. It really good. The scene is not so big, but it big enough for 5-6 people meeting.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            It's So Kewl!

                            By lyss

                            from Toronto, ON

                            About Me Practical, Tech Savvy

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Living Room
                              • Smaller Rooms

                              Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                              It's just as described and surprised with the brightness. I only used it so far with my PC and, as other reviews said, it's not for large crowds and found that it was difficult to read some of the small words, but that's to be expected on any presentation. I always wanted something compact I can take with me to meetings and church functions and this is exactly what I needed. I'm getting another as a gift!

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                              4.0

                              Awesome and Pocket Size

                              By Aleks

                              from New York, NY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Good Remote

                              Cons

                              • Low lumens amount

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                                The projector is great if you need small size projector and quality! It works in all resolutions and it's set automatically the aspect ratio and resolution.

                                The only thing is that you need to be on a dark environment for it to work perfectly (20 lumens)

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                                1.0

                                Not compatible with new Apple devices

                                By Luis

                                from Valladolid, Spain

                                Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                                Not compatible with Mac Book Pro or iPhone 4

                                A waste of money!

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                                3.0

                                batary life is short

                                By Moshe

                                from Israel

                                About Me Practical

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Intuitive Controls

                                Cons

                                • Poor Interface
                                • Poor Sound Quality

                                Best Uses

                                • Smaller Rooms

                                Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                                it was good if you can screen while charging the battery.
                                while concting to Iphone it screen only movie & pictures. it is not screening the screen of the iphone.

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                                • No

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                                3.0

                                " great stuff do come in small packages"

                                By JLEW

                                from TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WI

                                About Me Practical

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up

                                Cons

                                • SCREEN DISPLAY

                                Best Uses

                                • Living Room
                                • Smaller Rooms

                                Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                                THIS ITEM IS GENERALLY USED FOR SMALL AUDIENCES , IT 'S SIZE IS EXCELLENT FOR CARRYING AROUND .ENLARGING THE SCREEN ,SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE DONE BY PULLING BACK THE UNIT ITSELF .

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                                • Yes

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                                3.0

                                Great quality for its size

                                By Ben

                                from Fairfax, VA

                                About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Intuitive Controls

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Smaller Rooms

                                  Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                                  I use this product at home and with friends and I have found it a very fun toy. It can really throw an image which seems surprising coming from something so small. Image quality is good as long as the room is dark and you're not too far from the wall. The farther you get from the wall, the picture is harder to see and it's hard to get a good focus. But that is to be expected for a pocket projector. Also, it gets scarily hot in a very short amount of time. But that does not affect performance. I enjoy this product quite a bit. I am also impressed with the built-in speaker. It is so small but gives good sound for a small audience.

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                                  4.0

                                  Cool gadget but complicated

                                  By Traveling photos

                                  from Celina & Dayton OH

                                  About Me Professional photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Sharp images

                                  Cons

                                  • Confusing operation

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                                    Used primarily for photo presentations. Compact yet produces sharp images. Problems with placing and keeping the images in same order they are put on mini-disk. Operational manual is not thorough and must be downloaded (only several pages). Gets VERY hot.

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                                    4.0

                                    FUN LITTLE PROJECTOR

                                    By sammyjed

                                    from Canada

                                    About Me Movie Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Smaller Rooms

                                      Comments about Optoma Technology PK201 Pico Pocket Projector:

                                      I love this little thing. I purchased it to use in an art installation, and it worked out great. I also use it to watch movies in bed from my lap top, which is also really fun. I threw a video dance party for my family and projected youtube videos on the living room wall, they danced til 4am and this little projector made it through without a glitch.

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