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Optoma PK301 Projector

$487.24
3000:1 WVGA (854x480) 29dB 100 ANSI Lumens Oct 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date
Expert reviews are poor
Does not have a good battery life
Poor high def TV
26 Reviews
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Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Average

People who bought this projector rated this projector 79 out of 100 on average.

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

Based on 1,872 owner and expert reviews, Optoma has good ratings for its projectors. Optoma also has good ratings specifically within its 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors range compared to other brands.

Expert Reviews Are Poor

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews and gadgetshow.channel5.com the average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 60%. Projector experts don't rate this projector very highly.


Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma PK301 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as this data projector also have a handheld remote control.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Optoma PK301 does not have a DVI port, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors of this type and age also do not have a DVI port.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been available for more than two years, the Optoma PK301 does not support full HD.

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Projector

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this data projector is 100 ANSI lumens and the brightest is 7,000 ANSI lumens. The projector brightness of the Optoma PK301 of only 100 ANSI lumens is one of the dimmest amongst similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to this multimedia projector.

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Only WVGA (854x480) Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma PK301 is WVGA (854x480). That's 80% less resolution than the most common projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080).

A WVGA (854x480) projector native resolution is actually the worst resolution across all projectors that have been available for more than two years.

A DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) projector native resolution is the best resolution amongst similar types of projector.

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Power

Does Not Have a Good Battery Life

Six customers who reviewed this projector reckoned that it did not have a good battery life. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Battery is a joke” in their review of this projector. Amazon.co.uk also said “Doesn't come with an extra battery which is only useful if you use this a LOT in one go” in their review. Alistair wrote “However, after following the instructions and fully charging the unit before first use, he was very disappointed that the battery only lasted about 15mins”.


Lamps

Very Long Service Life of Lamp

When compared to other multimedia projectors of this spec and age, the service life of lamp of the Optoma PK301 of 20,000 hours is one of the longest. The average service life of lamp of multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to this projector is 4,500h.

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Performance

Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Optoma PK301 has an On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other projectors of this age and type also have an On Screen Display (OSD).

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of data projectors of a similar age and type to this multimedia projector range from 25dB to 45dB, and the average noise level is 35dB. At only 29 decibels, the Optoma PK301 has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to this multimedia projector.

If you would consider a multimedia projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 ($449.99) (37dB) which also has a higher rating.

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two people who reviewed it said that it was noisy. Two years ago Mr a a Kora mentioned on Amazon “I give it 4 stars only because when it's not in ECO mode it gets quite noisy”. Four years ago Mr. S. Priestman wrote on Amazon “4 The fan is relatively noisy.” in their Optoma PK301 review and scored the product 6 stars.

One person who reviewed it thought it was quiet. Mr a a Kora scored this projector 8 stars and he said on Amazon two years ago “The cooling fans make noise, so in a quiet room while watching a movie you can hear it”.

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Storage

Has a Card Reader Integrated

The Optoma PK301 has a card reader integrated, unlike most of the other projectors of this spec and age which do not have a card reader integrated.

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Weight & Dimensions

Very Small and Lightweight Design

Three owners wrote that it was lightweight. Gadgetshow.channel5.com said in their review of this projector “Very small and lightweight design” yet they gave the product a rating of 16.4 out of 100. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Very lightweight, easy to use, easy to empty, convenient, decent power” however despite that they gave it a score of 1 stars. Amazon.co.uk also wrote “It is lightweight, small and powerful enough to do the job on my mostly bare floors” in their review.

Two owners wrote in their reviews that this projector was compact. Three years ago Amazon.co.uk wrote “Very compact design” in their Optoma PK301 review. An anonymous author wrote “A very compact little projector with no noise as some projectors have from their fan” in her review of this projector.

One owner mentioned in their reviews that the product was easy to carry around. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “This vacuum is light and easy with a decent amount of use between emptying the canister” but despite that they gave it a rating of 1 stars.

One person who purchased it wrote that it was heavy and bulky. Ferdinand Sambulo said in his review of this projector “I am looking for a heavy duty battery” .

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma PK301 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago.

There are a number of other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 ($449.99).

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Supports Eight Video Formats Supported

The number of supported video formats on the Optoma PK301 is more than most projectors of this age and type. This multimedia projector supports a H.264 video formats supported, which is the most commonly supported video formats supported supported by comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as this data projector. The video formats supported "3GP", "AVI", "M-JPEG", "MOV", "MP4", "MPEG4" and "XVID" are also supported by this data projector.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it had good technical guidance.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

One owner who reviewed the Optoma PK301 considered that it was good in terms of connectivity. Gadgetshow.channel5.com wrote five years ago “Good connectivity” however they only rated this projector 16.4 out of 100.


Design

Nice Design

Two owners considered that the Optoma PK301 was well designed. One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was neat. Trustedreviews.com said in their review of the Optoma PK301 “Optoma's PK301 is a neat step forward in performance” .

One customer who purchased the product reckoned that it was good looking. Ferdinand Sambulo said on Amazon “It is a very nice handy product and looks fancy just like a beautiful camera”.

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Easy to Use

Four customers mentioned that the product was easy to use. Amazon.co.uk said “Removable handle makes it easy to use on the couches”. Amazon.co.uk also said “I wouldn't buy it to use as a main cleaner for carpet” in their review.

Strong and Durable

Two people who reviewed the product mentioned that it was strong and durable. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Charging station is sturdy being mounted on the inside of a tall cupboard in the kitchen” in their review of the Optoma PK301. Mr. S. Priestman mentioned on Amazon “If you want a more reliable, robust home cinema projector, then think carefully”.

One person mentioned that the product was well made. Expert website Gadgetshow.channel5.com said “It packs a built in mdeia player so you can plonk it down wherever you are” in their review of this projector.

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Good Product Quality

Three owners who purchased the product said that it was good quality. Alistair wrote “The picture quality is fair”. An anonymous author said “The image quality was acceptable” however she rated it 69.162708605541 out of 100. Mr a a Kora he wrote “Very high quality product, perfect for travelling” in his review of this projector.


Good Sound Quality

One person who reviewed this projector considered that it had good sound quality. David Baldwin mentioned “I can also play video from the in-built card reader, sound is good” and scored the product 7 stars.

Good Picture Quality

Three customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good picture quality. Three years ago Gavsg1 wrote on Amazon.co.uk “Does what I need it to do & night vision works well” in their review of the Optoma PK301. One customer who reviewed this projector concluded that it was good for watching movies. Amazon Customer wrote “As it was mainly to be used for watching movies from PS3 or Epad” in their Optoma PK301 review.

Poor High Def TV

One owner wrote in their reviews that this projector was not good at displaying high definition TV. Ben Mant mentioned in his review of the Optoma PK301 “Ok so the quality isn't quite HD.”.


Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was April 2017 when Optoma released the PK301.

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