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Samsung H03 review

Ardjuna Seghers




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Our Score:


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.

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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