Optoma PK201 - Specifications and First Impressions



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As usual with the pocket projector market, the PK201 uses LED lighting with DLP projection technology, which allows it to claim a vast lamp life of 20,000 hours. In other words, you won’t have to change a lamp within the life-time of the product.

Also catching our eye on the PK201’s spec sheet are a startlingly high (for the pocket projector market) contrast ratio of 2,000:1, and an also startlingly large claimed maximum image of 70in. Both these figures – while they must be taken with a pinch of salt as manufacturer’s figures – bode well for the image’s brightness, suggesting it must be far in advance of the puny light levels emitted by the PK101.

The projector’s throw ratio is – as we would expect – set, at 1.9, with a claimed projection distance range between 1.24 and 3.24m. There’s no optical zoom available. But focusing the image is no more complicated than just turning a little wheel down the projector’s side.

The last things you should know about the PK201 before finding out if it delivers the goods are that it has a tiny, 0.5W built-in speaker, and can be run from the mains or a supplied battery, with battery life rated at up to 1.5 hours.

Thankfully the PK201’s pictures look instantly far in advance of those of the PK101. They’re much, much brighter, for a start, meaning you can see what a picture actually contains! Provided, at least, that you try to keep your environment quite dark and don’t stretch the picture much bigger than 50in (we found the 70in claims very optimistic).

Being able to actually see pictures from the PK201 marks a very handy step forward indeed from the PK101… and, of course, allows us to judge the quality of specific picture facets.

For instance, while the PK201’s 2,000:1 contrast claim appears optimistic, its black level response is nonetheless better than usual for the pocket projection market – especially the truly tiny end of the pocket projection market where the PK201 belongs.