iGo UP-2020 Mini Projector

Review of: iGo UP-2020
Mini Projector:
iGo
Version:
UP-2020

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4
On September 11, 2012
Last modified:September 29, 2014

Summary:

The iGo UP-2020 is a well featured mini projector that is small enough to carry along with your Flip video camera. It's the perfect companion for it actually. But it doesn't just limit itself to Flip cams, you can use this device with a range of other inputs and the built in HDMI makes this especially good. It's light and well sized and looks a treat. If you're budget conscious but still want a decent mini projection unit this is a great pick for you.

The iGo UP-2020 mini projector is a bit of an enigma. Born out of a partnership with Cisco to develop accessories for Cisco’s Flip Video department as part of it’s “designed for Flip” accessories range.

The goal was to develop a Charge Anywhere device, a backup battery for extended battery life for the Flip, and also this mini projector; the iGo UP-2020.

It all but seems to have been wiped from the iGo website and Cisco have announced that they are now bowing out of the Flip video arena so I’m not sure where this partnership will go in the future.

Regardless of this, iGo have still created a unique and powerful mini projector out of it and while it was “designed for Flip”, it’s certainly not limited to just that device and has a range of great connectivity options.

Mini Projector Features

iGo UP-2020 Mini Projector The iGo UP-2020 features a brightness rating of 20 ANSI lumens which is a little low, but still quite bright for travel and use in a darkened room.

It connects directly to a number of devices, specifically included is a mini HDMI to mini HDMI cable which lets you connect direct to the legacy Flip video recorders. There is also a mini to micro converter included to attach directly to the newer Flip models that use the Flip Port.

The iGo UP-2020 projects an image up to 70″ (~1.7m) at a resolution of 854 x 480. It reportedly has a contrast ratio of 1000:1 which is pretty decent as well.

There are four different connectivity options:

  • micro USB
  • A/V
  • mini HDMI
  • micro SD

It supports all the latest Flip Video HD cameras, as well as other devices like laptops, netbooks, smartphones, digital cameras and mobile gaming systems. There is also a audio out socket for headphones which is handy.

Battery life lasts up to 1.5 hours which is pretty damn good considering how small it is. The unit itself is only 2.4″ x 0.7″ x 4.6″ (6cm x 1.7cm x 11.6cm) and weighs only 6 ounces (~200 grams).

Mini Projector Technology

We wish we could say more about the technology driving this thing, but all we have is conjecture from other reviews as iGo’s website currently doesn’t list the product (something wrong with their site).

I suspect it is a DLP driven lighting engine and super bright LEDs. It puts out around 20 ANSI lumens.

The technology for it to link directly to the Flip is pretty cool and HDMI is a welcomed connection option because this opens it up to DVD and Blurays, other Camcorders, digi cams, etc.

Apparently the software is a bit picky about video formats though, so have a search around on the net. The consensus seems to be that MPEG-4 (like for iPod devices) is the best formatting to apply to videos.

What’s in the box?

  • iGo UP-2020 mini projector
  • Quick-start guide
  • Battery
  • Power adapter
  • mini HDMI cable
  • mini HDMI to micro HDMI adapter

Conclusion

The iGo UP-2020 is a well featured mini projector that is small enough to carry along with your Flip video camera. It's the perfect companion for it actually. But it doesn't just limit itself to Flip cams, you can use this device with a range of other inputs and the built in HDMI makes this especially good. It's light and well sized and looks a treat. If you're budget conscious but still want a decent mini projection unit this is a great pick for you.

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