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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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Conclusion

The Pico PK320 ($429 MSRP) is a pocket-sized projector from Optoma. It's a bit pricey for a pico projector, considering a 1080p home theater projector starts at about $200 more, but we say it's worth the extra coin.

There's a lot to like about this projector. It's best quality is the peak brightness we recorded at 62.24 cd/m2, which topped the rest of our pico lineup. This will make it versatile in a range of settings, which we assume is the point of micro-sized projectors. Further adding to the versatility, is a list of connections that is pretty impressive: HDMI, VGA, AV, and micro SD as well as 2GB of internal memory. You could appear in just about any presentation room with just the Optoma Pico PK320 and be ready to show off what you got.

Not just for presentations, the Pico PK320 could be used reasonably well for projecting a movie or a video game console. The connections are there, and the picture is rather good, considering the strong detail across the grayscale spectrum, and good color accuracy. If you have a dark room, a white wall, and the HDMI cable, we think movie night is on.

We would like to note some drawbacks. The menu system was designed by someone who thinks completely differently than anyone else. A series of shapes gets you through a few menus until all of a sudden, the menus change and the buttons mean completely different things. It's wacky. Also, the left side of the projection, on our particular model, is significantly dimmer than the middle and the right. We didn't notice this drawback until we took our uniformity readings, but now it's hard to unsee. Then there's the color gamut, which was not all that colorful, being largely unsaturated in both red and blue values.

All together, if you are looking for a quality pico, we say this projector is the way to go. There are cheaper, more accessible models for the casual user, but for that important presentation, or the informed gadget geek, the Optoma Pico PK320 is what you want.

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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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