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Optoma PK320 Pico Projector Review

Great peak brightness is offset by an inaccurate color gamut.

March 20, 2012
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Value

The Aiptek V50 is still under evaluation, and much of our data is incomplete as of yet. Even so, the Optoma Pico PK320 has the Aiptek V50 beat in peak brightness, some color accuracy, and port variety. Without some standard ports, the Aiptek V50 is not going to be that useful. There is a price difference between these two. The Optoma Pico PK320 sells for $130 more than the Aiptek V50. It's hard to determine at this point without complete testing data, but we are confident in saying that the Optoma Pico PK320 is worth the extra money.

Blacks & Whites

Peak brightness is one of the data points we were able to record for the Aiptek V50, and we find that it did not match the high luminance of the Optoma Pico PK320. Further, we hypothesize that the shadow detail on the Aiptek V50 cannot match that of the Optoma Pico PK320, which was very strong.

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Color

We can compare the color gamuts on both of these projectors. The Aiptek V50 had a very sad and strange color gamut, that did not match any of the three primary colors or the white point. The Optoma Pico PK320 is, relative to this comparison, incredibly accurate.

Motion

As we are still testing the Aiptek V50, we cannot give you a reading on its motion processing. The Optoma Pico PK320 was very average here: not bad, not great.

Viewing Effects

We saw slight bowing of straight lines near the top of the picture with the Optoma Pico PK320, but nothing serious. We are still waiting to see what the Aiptek V50 has to show us.

Connectivity

The Aiptek V50 is lacking an HDMI and a VGA connection. These are two important ports for presentations and general compatibility. We were quite satisfied with the port selection on the Optoma Pico PK320, and if you plan to use your pico projector in a number of settings, a variety of ports will help.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity & Media
  9. Power, Noise & Heat
  10. AAXA Technologies P4 Comparison
  11. Aiptek PocketCinema V50 Comparison
  12. 3M MP225A Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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