Small wonder

Nandagopal Rajan | Print Edition: April 2012

Price: Rs 23,999
Specs: LCoS display technology; 45 ANSI lumens; 1024 x 600 native resolution; 20000 hours lamplife; Max projection of 80 inches; SD dard slot, USB, HDMI, VGA and AV ports.

While Pico projectors usually score in portability, they flounder when it comes to the actual projection. The Portronics POR-315 LED Pico Projector is a welcome exception to this rule.

Despite its host of connectivity options and other features, the picture is definitely the hero with this small gadget. Even at a throw distance of around 7 ft, where most Pico projectors fall short due to their limited brightness, the POR-315 shone bright. The picture was crystal sharp thanks to the 45 ANSI lumens projection and 1024x600 native resolution of the image which is good enough to play HD videos. There were some issues with the keystone correction, but that was tackled with the help of the small Gorilla tripod that comes in the box.

While the picture is good, the sound does not really rise to the occasion. But it would be a bit too much to ask for any more from a projector that can easily fit inside your coat pocket. The PRO-315 also excelled by playing most video file formats that we threw at it. The remote helped with most basic controls you would need while playing video. Another cool feature is its ability to read and project most types of text files. Some might be put off a bit by the plasticky body, but we found that it ensured the unit did not heat up much.

Bag It Or Junk It? Great features and picture, easy to use.

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