Review: Optoma PK301 Pico Pocket Projector

Review of: Optoma PK301
Mini Projector:
Optoma
Version:
PK301

Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On November 5, 2011
Last modified:September 29, 2014

Summary:

The Optoma PK301 is a significant step up in mini projector technology. It fits in the palm of your hand, literally, and is primed for people on the go. Drop it in with the laptop bag and you're ready to present. If you're a business person, there's definitely no going past this little gem from Optoma.

If you’re after the power of presentations in your hand, this is it. Literally the tiny little Optoma PK301, the latest in Optoma’s little Pico range of mini projectors, will fit into the palm of your hand.

This is the ultimate mini projector for people on the run. It’s tiny form factor lets you drop it into your laptop bag or handbag and away you go.

Mini Projector Features

Optoma PK301 Mini Projector The Optoma PK301 is a significant step up from the PK201, the previous model from Optoma. With a whole new external design you’ll also find some greatly improved internal specs as well.

Boasting a ridiculous 50 lumens, it’s probably one of the brightest mini projectors we’ve reviewed. You’ll need either the extended battery pack or the wall power adapter to achieve that, but even on regular batteries it still pumps out an impressive 20 lumens.

Optoma PK301 Mini Projector The other cool thing is the resolution. It seems most mini projector makers assume we’re all using square resolutions still, but not Optoma. The PK301 projects a native resolution of 854 x 480 – a standard WVGA widescreen format.

Optoma PK301 Mini Projector It also goes up to a massive 1280 x 800 when using the VGA adapter, the biggest resolution we’ve seen to date on a mini projector. You can also expect to have a projected image of an astonishing 120″ (3m).

Now, the only complaints we had was that there are a lot of external optional accessories to buy which then puts this projector on the high end of the budget scale. But if that’s not a problem and the benefits outweigh the cost then you’re really spoiled for choice.

Check out these optional extras:

Optoma BC-PKAIDUS iPod Kit Optoma BC-PKAIDUS iPod Kit

Accessory kit to connect to an iPod or iPhone for high quality viewing on-the-go

 

Optoma Lithium Ion projector battery pack Lithium Ion projector battery pack

Extended power battery pack

 

Optoma BC-PK3AHMK HDMI to Mini HDMI cable Optoma BC-PK3AHMK HDMI to Mini HDMI cable

Adaptor allowing HDMI connection to your projector

 

Optoma BC-PK3AUSY USB to Micro USB cable Optoma BC-PK3AUSY USB to Micro USB cable

Adaptor allowing USB connection to your projector

 

Optoma BC-PK3ACRY Universal RCA cable Optoma BC-PK3ACRY Universal RCA cable

Adaptor allowing RCA connection to your projector

 

Optoma BR-PK3AN Remote Control Optoma BR-PK3AN Remote Control

Conveniently control your projector from afar with this convenient handheld remote control – a must have for any professional presenter

 

Optoma BK-PK30DF Pico Portfolio with Built-In Screen and Tripod Optoma BK-PK30DF Pico Portfolio with Built-In Screen and Tripod

Portable portfolio acts as a viewing screen for your PICO projector as well as a carrying case for the unit and its components

 

Optoma BM-1021N Mini Tripod Optoma BM-1021N Mini Tripod

Convenient mini tripod to stabilize projector and keep it elevated to avoid overheating

 

Optoma BC-MJMJXX01N 2.5mm Male to 3.5mm Male audio cable Optoma BC-MJMJXX01N 2.5mm Male to 3.5mm Male audio cable

Adaptor allowing for connection to jack cable for external audio sources

 

Using this Mini Projector

The Optoma PK301 is the ideal business person’s projector. It’s light, looks great and actually works as advertised. This is one great leap ahead in mini projector technology.

We liked the fact that you can project more native widescreen resolutions and the fact that the brightness is excellent when compared to other mini projectors of the same price bracket.

The price is okay for what you’re getting – be prepared to fork out a little extra cash for the accessories.

Optoma PK301 Mini Projector What comes in the box

  • Optoma PK301 projector
  • Power adapter
  • Rechargeable Li-ion battery
  • Male USB cable
  • Standard A/V cable (RCA to Mini-Jack)
  • Universal to VGA cable
  • Carrying bag

Where to buy

We recommend checking out Amazon because you can purchase all the addon you’ll need in the one spot and get it all on the same shipping which could potentially save you a lot. Expect to pay around $370-400 for this mini projector.

The Optoma PK301 is a significant step up in mini projector technology. It fits in the palm of your hand, literally, and is primed for people on the go. Drop it in with the laptop bag and you're ready to present. If you're a business person, there's definitely no going past this little gem from Optoma.

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