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Vivitek Qumi Q2 - Features and Settings

John Archer

By John Archer


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Vivitech projector


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Review Price £500.00

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, 640x480 pixels; and motion JPEGs up to 35Mbps, 1280x720 pixels, 30fps.

With photos you’re looking at BMP, PNG and JPG files up to 4000x3000 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.

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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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August 5, 2011, 4:36 pm

Looks very interesting.

Any views on whether this will have a better picture quality than an Optoma HD70?

Also, over at AVS, some users are complaining about overall focus difficulties and focus drift over the first 20 mins use. Have you seen any of this on your sample?



August 5, 2011, 7:08 pm

I'm certainly prepared to pay more for a pico that has usable brightness, however, the noise would be a big sticking point. Exactly how noisy are we talking?

Gerry McDonnell

August 6, 2011, 2:42 am

Buy direct through Amazon.com and it will cost less than £400, that included postage and tax. Or if you know someone going over to the States, do what I did, get them to pick up one for $499 which is about £305, half the price they are asking in the UK


October 14, 2011, 1:31 am

This is certainly the smallest, lightest & brightest personal projector I've ever seen. Compact enough to travel abroad with me and powerful enough to use for presentations, watching films & playing on the Xbox. Mine even came with a 3 year warranty. I just want a foldaway screen for mine as I can't find a big enough blank wall space to use it fully :)

Wild Flower

December 26, 2012, 12:33 pm

From where to buy this Vivitek LED Projector in Karachi, Pakistan.



February 14, 2013, 9:33 pm

you will find it on amazon most likely


February 14, 2013, 9:38 pm

it all seem to depend on what brightness you will be using. the higher brightness = the more noise. BUT if you manage to cover up your windows ect so it becomes really dark where you will be using it. you don't need to have max brightness. also normally a person is NOT sitting next to a projector when playing games/watching movies, simplh place the projector behind you this way you might not notice the sounds it makes.

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