The Qumi backs up of its connections well, moreover, with some impressive file format support. If you want to play movie files, you’re looking at H.264 up to 720p at 30fps, in .m4v, .mp4.mov formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5Mbps, 640×480 pixels; and motion JPEGs up to 35Mbps, 1280×720 pixels, 30fps.
With photos you’re looking at BMP, PNG and JPG files up to 4000×3000 pixels, while for music (should you want to ever play music via the projector’s 1W integrated speaker) the Qumi can handle MP3 (up to 256kbps), WMA, MID, MIDI, MP1, MP2, DGG, AAC, AMR, WAV, AC3, M4A, AWB and APE.
Then there’s it’s Office Viewer functionality, via which it can directly open Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, .txt and Adobe PDF files without needing a computer.
The Qumi ships with a very small but quite pretty remote, via which you can access the projector’s onscreen menus. Unfortunately the projector doesn’t respond particularly sensitively to this remote, and the onscreen menu text is too small to read easily from any sort of distance. But neither problem is truly unbearable.
The menus are sensibly organised when you get close enough to read them, and their options suggest that somebody has really sat down and thought about the sort of things a normal business or casual home user might actually need on a Pico projector. So it is that you get a sensible selection of themed picture preset modes, including, Movie, Presentation and Game settings. Plus you get simple Video, PC, Mac, Chart, and B&W gamma settings. As for colour adjustments, you get just basic colour space and temperature settings.
Some people may take issue with the lack of colour/contrast fine tuning available, but so far as we’re concerned this is a convenient product aimed at a convenience market, so keeping things helpfully simple makes perfect sense.
So far, so good. But things get even better once you actually start to watch the Qumi, as it produces easily the best picture quality we’ve ever seen from a pocket projector.
For instance, its brightness is superb. We were able to stretch the image right up to a good 80in in a dark room and still have a picture with real punch. Or alternatively we managed to run an image of around 60in that was perfectly watchable even with most of our test room lights on. This is, of course, a very handy talent indeed for anyone thinking of using a Qumi in a typical business presentation environment.
For the absolute best results we’d suggest going for an image of around 60in across in a darkened room, at which point you’ve got a brilliant combination of dynamism and genuine size. But really the fact that we’re able to even discuss so much flexibility with the Qumi’s images says all you need to know about its light output versus the vast majority of its dim and drab peers.
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