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Samsung H03 - Specifications, Connectivity and Controls

Ardjuna Seghers

By Ardjuna Seghers



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Technically the H03 is equally impressive. It uses Texas Instruments' highly-regarded DLP technology to provide a 1,000:1 native contrast ratio and sports a widescreen resolution of 854 x 480 (very similar to that found on today's high-end smartphones, and indeed Samsung has already matched the two with the i8520 Beam). This means no or reduced black bars on the majority of films, though it's arguably not the ideal aspect ratio for data presentation.

Though on larger projectors LED bulbs are still a rarity, typically found on £10,000-plus models such as the Vivitek H9080FD and SIM2 Grand Cinema MICO 50, on pico projectors these are a necessity rather than a luxury. This is for the simple reason that 'regular' bulbs would produce far too much heat and need to be far too large to produce an equivalent brightness output to this Samsung's incredible (for its size) 30 lumens. Its lamp is rated at 30,000 hours, so you shouldn't need to worry about replacements in the projector's viable lifetime.

Connectivity is extensive, especially considering the H03's size. Behind its little rear panel you'll find a 3.5mm jack that caters for composite video and stereo audio using the supplied adapter and a proprietary analogue connector that can be used either with the supplied VGA adapter or an optional component one. There's also a 3.5mm headphone jack and a mini-USB output, which can be used with the supplied female USB adapter cable to plug in any USB storage up to 16GB.

Not that that's the only way to get files onto this pico projector, as there's a micro-SD card slot just below the focus slider on the right side that will take cards up to 16GB (the same limitation as on USB sticks), and of course you can store data on the H03's relatively generous 1GB local memory.

The focus slider is small and slightly fiddly but not to the point of being frustrating, so long as you have a modicum of patience. A small push-button below the connectivity cover releases the battery.

Power and navigation controls are found at the projector's top, etched subtly into the brushed metal surface. After pressing the power 'button' for a few seconds, all controls become backlit in white, making them easy to see whether in darkness or bright daylight. There's a beeping sound to indicate a 'press', which can be set to loud, quiet or (thankfully) turned off altogether.

However, we still prefer physical buttons that offer tactile feedback and can be used without needing to look at the unit, especially as on several occasions, we accidentally 'pressed' the touch controls while attempting to adjust focus. Frankly, it's a clear case of style over substance. It's also a shame that Samsung doesn't include a remote as some of its competitors do, but then the H03 is considerably cheaper than its closest rivals.

Sam Sams

November 12, 2010, 3:00 pm

The much better specified 800 x 600, 75 Lumen Aaxa M1 Ultimate is even cheaper.


November 12, 2010, 7:51 pm

if I hooked up my sky hd box using component to the optional component in cable, would it work?


November 13, 2010, 12:54 pm

@jimmytt: It should do although you really should be looking at a full sized projector

Joseph Middleton

November 13, 2010, 10:52 pm

Most importantly, is there anyway I can hook this up to an iPhone or iPad and play the movies I have on them on this?

I'm a walking, talking cinema then baby!


November 15, 2010, 3:36 pm

@Sam Sams:

I can't actually find it cheaper anywhere?

Its lumen output is certainly more impressive (and its build and accessories also impress) but a battery is an optional extra, it only accepts SD cards up to 8GB (16GB on the Samsung) and the Samsung's widescreen aspect ratio is better suited to entertainment. Not that that's the primary market for these pico projectors, of course ;)


Yes, but you would need to get the optional component adapter cable (or a VGA - Component adapter).

@Joseph Middleton:

If you have adapter cables that will output composite or component from your Apple devices, then yes :)


November 16, 2010, 5:25 pm

I bought this a couple of weeks ago but have since returned it. I could only manage to get one half of the screen in focus at any one time. This is probably due to the small lens size but it annoys me. I have since bought the acer k11 which is similar but sports hdmi input etc.

You guys should do a review of the k11, i would like that.


November 16, 2010, 5:42 pm


I would guess you had a faulty unit, as this certainly wasn't a problem on our unit.

Funny you should mention that, actually, as that should be the very pico projector we're getting in next - review coming soon.


November 16, 2010, 7:52 pm

Looking forward to reading it!


November 17, 2010, 12:10 am

The Aaxa recommended by Sam does seem to be a lot better having looked at some youtube videos of both.

Goobald Tarale

March 21, 2013, 4:14 pm

Please do not Buy Samsung SP-H03 PICO Projector. This is really a very bad product. The product life is very short - within a few uses you will notice White/Black spots on screen and eventually complete screen will be filled with these dots and you will not be able to see image at all. Further the unit does not support most of the JPEG formats and MPEG formats. It also cannot read all USB/Micro SD cards. PLEASE DO NOT BUY. WASTE OF MONEY

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