PicoPro Laser Projector: Compact as iPhone 6 Plus

PicoPro Laser Projector: Compact as iPhone 6 Plus

Historically, TUAW has frequently reviewed pico projectors, which are compact enough to fit into a small pocket of a backpack or briefcase, facilitating easier presentations while traveling. However, these devices have typically struggled with image quality. The latest offering from Celluon, the PicoPro, priced at US$349, seeks to overcome these limitations by delivering superior resolution and contrast, extended battery life, and silent operation.

The PicoPro was unveiled at CES 2015, and TUAW was among the first to explore this new gadget.

PicoPro Laser Projector: Compact as iPhone 6 Plus

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6 x 3 x .5 inches (152.4 x 76.2 x 12.7 mm)
  • Weight: 6.7 ounces (189.9 grams)
  • Resolution: 1920 x 720p (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • Interface: HDMI/Miracast/DLNA
  • Battery life: 2 hours for wireless, 3+ hours for cabled
  • Contrast Ratio: 80,000 to 1

Design

The PicoPro is a compact device, smaller than an iPhone 6 Plus, and is split into two sections: one for the projector and another for the ports (HDMI, micro-USB for charging, headphone). The device uses laser technology for projection, which allows for infinite focus, meaning it can project a sharp image from as close as an arm’s length to as far as 10 feet without needing adjustment.

The projector comes with a small carrying pouch.

For iOS devices, users must provide their own digital AV adapter for HDMI connection. While the PicoPro does not support AirPlay, requiring iOS and Mac users to connect via HDMI, there is a less expensive model, the PicoAir, available for $299 that supports wireless connections through Miracast and DLNA.

The PicoPro is elegantly designed and is a device you wouldn’t hesitate to use in a professional setting.

Function

The true test of any projector is its performance. The PicoPro’s image brightness and clarity are impressive. It can be used in well-lit rooms, although a dim environment is ideal.

The projector operates silently and stays cool, avoiding the common issue of overheating and noise from cooling fans.

In testing, the PicoPro was connected to an iPhone 6 Plus using an Apple Lightning to HDMI connector. The presentations, viewed on various surfaces around a home office, were bright and clear, even on a textured ceiling in daylight.

The color accuracy and edge-to-edge sharpness of the PicoPro are exceptional, and the convenience of not having to adjust focus is a significant advantage. The device operates without noise and does not heat up, making it an excellent tool for presentations.

Here is a video demonstration of the PicoPro by “Eli the Computer Guy” at CES, showing the projector in action:

Conclusion

Until now, pico projectors had not made a significant impression on me. However, the PicoPro changes that with its outstanding image quality and silent, cool operation.

Cory

Thomas is a dedicated writer for TUAW, bringing insightful news and updates about Apple products to readers. With a deep understanding of the Apple ecosystem, Thomas covers everything from the latest iPhone and iPad releases to MacBook innovations and Apple Watch features. His clear and engaging writing style helps readers stay informed about the tech world. Thomas’s expertise and enthusiasm for Apple products make him a valuable contributor to the TUAW team.