So you want to give a presentation, show off a few photos, maybe watch a film with a few friends at their place, or you're stuck in a hotel with a rubbish telly. Your laptop screen isn't going to be ideal, unless you cart around something like the 20.1in HP Pavilion HDX9095EA, which is likely to do your back in. What you really want is a screen the size of a small television that you can carry around in your bag or even a trouser pocket. This and more is essentially what Samsung delivers with its SP-H03, one of the smallest, brightest pico projectors around. It's absolutely stuffed with features too, including native playback of every video format around and the ability to read PDF and Microsoft Office files.
Samsung is certainly no stranger to the portable projector game, having previously impressed us with the award-winning SP-P400B. But where that projector (weighing in at 1kg and with a 14 x 14cm footprint) was only portable, the new H03 is truly pocketable. In fact, it's difficult to see how Samsung managed to squeeze all the technology, buttons and connectivity into a package weighing a mere 130g (209g with its battery attached) and with a footprint of just 7cm (under three inches) squared!
However, despite successes like the BenQ GP1, not all our experiences with pico projectors have been positive, as aptly demonstrated by Optoma's first effort, the Pico PK101. Let's hope then that this Samsung makes the grade.
In terms of design, features and connectivity, it's certainly very accomplished. It's one of the more visually attractive portable projectors available, beating even 3M's MPro150. Samsung's effort presents a streamlined cube with few buttons and no connections marring its sides (the former are mainly touch-sensitive while the latter are hidden behind a flap). Its top is black brushed metal and overall build quality is flawless.
The provided carrying case is also on another level. It's a thickly-padded, semi-hard affair providing decent protection. The exterior is textured brown nylon with a soft velvet lining inside preventing scratches or marks, and a black zip with a brown leatherette pull-tag. There's no provision for carrying any of the adapters or the power supply, but then in many scenarios you won't need them anyway thanks to the projector's built-in battery and storage.