Portable projection done cleverly with Celluon PicoPro
If you have portable projection needs, you need to check out Celluon PicoPro projectors. Not much larger than your cellphone, you can now carry a projector with you wherever you go. Operated on a rechargeable battery, you’ll be ready to project whenever the opportunity presents itself.
First thing you’ll notice with this clever projector is that it is laser based – meaning no focusing – ever. Aim it at a surface and provided the two are parallel, the projected image is always in focus. Close up or far away, the laser image is sharp as can be. Very impressive.
If compactness is paramount, you won’t do much better than this. It’s the smallest full feature projector I’ve ever laid hands on. 6”x3”x0.5” is just slightly larger and heavier than my iPhone 6 so it can literally slip in any pocket and be ready wherever you travel.
Wireless is nice and this offers a couple different possibilities. Connect either via Miracast or DLNA depending on your operating system. It offers both systems. Expect up to 2.5 hours of operation on one charge when projecting wirelessly. Downside to the wireless system from my short time with the projector is that the software looks for audio files, video files or photo files – only. You also need to log your phone into the wireless network being broadcast by the projector. If you want to just project your screen, and everything on it, you’re better off projecting with a wired connection.
Using HDMI was my favorite way to project. Just plugging the Lightning connector to HDMI cable into my IPhone projected everything I saw on screen. Worked immediately with no setup needed on the iPhone. You also get an extra hour of operation this way – expect 3.5 hours via HDMI cable.
Colors were bright and true when projected up to six feet away during daylight hours. It will project up to a 250” diagonal picture, but you’ll want the room dark to enjoy it at that size. Up close, you don’t even really need a white screen, the picture will show up nicely even on a light-colored wall. An 80,000:1 contrast range and 30 lumens is not the brightest on the block, but there is definitely a market for this projector. I’m especially looking forward to trying it inside a tent while camping.
Comes with a flexible stand so the projector can be displayed vertically or horizontally. I’d have preferred that it had a tripod mounting ¼”x20 threaded insert, but the short supplied stand is adequate.
- Only HD Resolution Laser Pico Projectors Available in Market: 1920 X 720p HD picture with a 16:9 aspect ratio.
- Always-in-Focus: No need for focus wheel; remains focused even while mobile.
- Thin, Light, & Truly Portable Design: At 6 x 3 x 0.5 inches, the PicoPro and PicoAir fit in your pocket, providing HD resolution in a size that’s no bigger than a smartphone.
- Built-in Battery: Minimum 2.5 hour battery life for wireless connection and 3.5 hour battery life for HDMI connection.
- Built-in Audio: The PicoPro and PicoAir offer a 1W speaker and 3.5mm audio jack for superior usability.
- Large Screen Size from a Short Distance: Up to 250”screen size enables immersive viewing.
- Vivid Colors:80,000:1 contrast ratio and 1.67M colors—200% of NTSC Standard.
- Superior Brightness & Image Quality: 30 ANSI lumens with a perceived brightness that is notably brighter than that of LED based projectors of similar lumens.
- Wi-Fi: Easy wireless connection for mobile devices via Miracast or DLNA.
- Wired Connectivity: An added benefit of the PicoPro is the ability to connect to any HDMI-compatible digital device.
- Color Options:Available in Black, White, Gold, and Gray.
Celluon PicoPro is definitely worth your evaluation if you need a portable projector. I am certainly enjoying using this one.
Disclaimer: Celluon provided a PicoPro for me to do this evaluation.