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Optoma PK301 Projector

3000:1 WVGA (854x480) 100 ANSI Lumens Oct 2013
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution Projector Brightness Built-In Speaker Release Date
Projection has never been such fun and so simple with the PK301+. Capable of up to an impressive 150Display and with built in speakers projection from the on-board memory or MicroSD card is... More
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17 Reasons For

Average Owner Reviews

Based on 25 owner reviews the average owner rating of this Optoma projector is 78 out of 100.

Optoma Data Projectors Have Good Reviews

We calculated the average ratings for all Optoma multimedia projectors and also specifically for Optoma 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors and found that in both cases Optoma had good ratings compared to other brands.

Nice Design

One customer reckoned that it was a good design. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote in their review of this projector “Very small and lightweight design”. One person concluded that it was neat. Expert review site Trustedreviews.com mentioned “Optoma's PK301 is a neat step forward in performance”.

One customer thought the product was good looking. Ferdinand Sambulo he mentioned “Looks fancy just like a beautiful camera”.

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Good Connectivity

One Optoma PK301 owner reckoned that it was good in terms of connectivity. Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “Good connectivity”.

One customer concluded that it was good in terms of HDMI connections. Sérgio Marques mentioned on Amazon “This projector really can give you a big screen and good screen (using hdmi cable” however they only gave the Optoma PK301 a score of 3 stars.

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Good Size

One Optoma PK301 reviewer concluded that the product was lightweight. One person wrote that this projector was compact. Anonymous mentioned on Amazon “A very compact little projector with no noise as some projectors have from their fan” and gave this projector a rating of 80 out of 100.

Good Picture Quality

Several Optoma PK301 reviewers who bought it concluded that it had good picture quality. One Optoma PK301 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was good for watching movies. Amazon Customer said on Amazon “As it was mainly to be used for watching movies from PS3 or Epad”.

Good Product Quality

A few customers thought it was good quality. Alistair said on Amazon “The picture quality is fair”. Anonymous rated the product 80 out of 100 and wrote “The image quality was acceptable”. Mr a a Kora wrote “Very high quality product, perfect for travelling” in his Optoma PK301 review and gave it a rating of 4 stars.

Easy to Use

One Optoma PK301 reviewer who reviewed this projector considered that it was easy to use.

Good Sound Quality

One Optoma PK301 owner wrote in their reviews that this projector had good sound quality. David Baldwin wrote on Amazon “I can also play video from the in-built card reader, sound is good” in his review of this projector.

Robust

One Optoma PK301 reviewer who reviewed this projector considered that it was well made. Gadgetshow.channel5.com said in their review four years ago “It packs a built in mdeia player so you can plonk it down wherever you are”.

One person wrote in their reviews that the product was reliable. Three years ago Mr. S. Priestman mentioned “If you want a more reliable, robust home cinema projector, then think carefully” in their review of the Optoma PK301 however they scored this projector 60 out of 100.

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Good Support

One person who purchased the product considered that it had good technical guidance. Alistair wrote in their Optoma PK301 review on Amazon “However, after following the instructions and fully charging the unit before first use, he was very disappointed that the battery only lasted about 15mins”.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma PK301 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the PK301.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including because of it's better review score, the VPL-DX127[pl_2514843_price], or the VPL-DX142[pl_2446393_price] both from Sony or the NEC M271[plb_1475530_price].

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Very Large Internal Storage Capacity

The average internal storage capacity of data projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the PK301 is 5.5GB, and the internal storage capacity range from 1GB to 55GB. With an internal storage capacity of 55 gigabytes, the Optoma PK301 has one of the largest internal storage capacity amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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Very Long Lamp Service Life

The Optoma PK301 has a very long lamp service life (20,000 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the PK301. The average lamp service life of data projectors of a similar age and type to the PK301 is 4,400h, and the lamp service lives range from 1,500h to 30,000h.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the Optoma PK301 is more than most projectors that were launched more than two years ago. This projector supports a BMP image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years. The image format "JPG" is also supported by this multimedia projector.

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Narrow

The Optoma PK301 is one of the narrowest comparable spec projectors that have been around for more than two years (only 120 millimeters) amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The widths of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago range from 120mm to 510mm, and the average width is 360mm.

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Light

The weights of projectors of this age and spec range from 230g to 30kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg. The weight of the Optoma PK301 of only 235 grams is one of the lightest amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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13 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on three expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, computertotaal.nl and gadgetshow.channel5.com this multimedia projector has an overall expert rating of 60%. It seems that projector experts really don't rate this projector very highly.

Poor Battery Life

A few people agreed that it did not have a good battery life. Alistair wrote in their Optoma PK301 review on Amazon “The battery is poor”.

Poor High Def TV

One Optoma PK301 reviewer who bought it mentioned that it was not good at displaying high definition TV. Ben Mant mentioned “Ok so the quality isn't quite HD.” in his review of the Optoma PK301 but despite that he rated it 5 stars.

Unacceptable Noise Level

A number of people said that this projector was not noisy. Mr a a Kora he mentioned in his review “I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy”. Mr. S. Priestman rated the product 3 stars and said “4 The fan is relatively noisy.” in their review of this projector.

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago have projector brightness of between 100 ANSI lumens and 8,000 ANSI lumens. The Optoma PK301 has one of the dimmest projector brightness (only 100 ANSI lumens) amongst comparable spec projectors of this age.

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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most projectors of a comparable type and age to the PK301 do not support 3D image projection. The Optoma PK301 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Optoma PK301 does not support Full HD projection, although it is worth noting that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the PK301 also do not support Full HD projection.

Alternative projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might want to consider include the Epson 475Wi[plb_1778250_price], or the Hitachi CP-CX300WN[plb_2172494_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma PK301 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that came out more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only WVGA (854x480) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma PK301 has a maximum resolution of WVGA (854x480). That's 60% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800). Across all multimedia projectors of this age and spec the worst resolution is VGA (640x480) and the best is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

At only 0.5 Watts, the Optoma PK301 has a very low RMS rated power compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the PK301. The RMS rated power of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PK301 range from 0.5W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 11W.

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Only AAC++ Supported Audio Format

This multimedia projector supported audio format, which is the most frequently found supported audio format on similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The Optoma PK301 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Optoma PK301 is a one USB 2.0 port data projector. Most of the other projectors that came out more than two years ago have between one and two USB 2.0 ports.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma PK301

Released Over Three Years Ago

Optoma released the PK301 over three years ago.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Lamp Service Life
Video
Full HD Projection
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
HDMI Port
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Memory Card
Optical Disc Player
Internal Storage Capacity
Maximum Memory Card Size
Performance
On Screen Display Language
Multimedia
Supported Audio Format
Image Format
Video Format
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Power
Power Source
Battery
Maximum Battery Life
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type

Expert Reviews

(2)
10 December 2012

This portable projector needs no extras: it packs a built in mdeia player so you can plonk it down wherever you are and hit play. Of course, you can lash lots of other gizmos to it for playback... Read more…

Good black levels
Very small and lightweight design
Good connectivity
Optional extra adaptors needed for many sources
Pics aren't quite as bright as hoped
17 September 2012

Optoma's PK301 is a neat step forward in performance and flexibility terms from other Optoma pocket projectors we've seen. It's also likely to win fans on account of its extreme smallness and £50...

User Reviews

(24)
Reviewed 8 April 2013 by Lucy Woods
(Verified Purchase)

We use this in the office with PCs and iPads to make presentations, etc. It needs additional cables and an app called Keynotes to use with iPad. It is really useful that its so small and light. I... Read more…

Reviewed 22 August 2013 by Ferdinand Sambulo
(Verified Purchase)

It is a very nice handy product and looks fancy just like a beautiful camera. I recommend it to be one of the best domestic item one needs to own. The only problem is a battery which does not last... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2015 by MR A A KORA
(Verified Purchase)

Very high quality product, perfect for travelling. I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy. The cooling fans make noise, so in a quiet room while watching a... Read more…

Reviewed 12 December 2015 by MR A A KORA
(Verified Purchase)

Very high quality product, perfect for travelling. I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy. The cooling fans make noise, so in a quiet room while watching a... Read more…

Reviewed 1 July 2014 by R. J. burman
(Verified Purchase)

Great little projector,thank you...

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00745449822362, 00796435411725, 00796435417857, 00796435421601, 00796435421823, 05053460985313, 05060059044627

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