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PIQO is a 2×2-inch 1080p pocket projector promising 200 ANSI lumen brightness, universal connectivity, and 50 hours of battery life. I got a chance to preview this promising gadget, based on the available specifications, while waiting for my review unit to arrive.
Update [6/4/2019]: There has been a lot of negative feedback about PIQO from its backers because of missing or incorrectly advertised features. Even Bose has reached out and asked me to remove the claim that Bose engineers were involved in the design of PIQO. Additionally, while I'm in communication with PIQO about these issues, I still haven't received my review unit and, as a result, I cannot verify any of the claims of the manufacturer and thus feel no longer comfortable recommending this product.
In my day job, I’m a sales executive, and I give frequent presentations to customers and at trade shows. Most of the meeting rooms I end up in have a somewhat decent projector I can use – but not all the time.
Just recently I was invited to a meeting, and the conference room the customer had reserved didn’t have a projector. My client asked me if I had a portable projector by any chance, but I didn’t. That made me think that I should, maybe, have one in my backpack going forward.
The main reason why I never bothered to purchase such a device was that my travel bag is already stuffed with gadgets. So I didn’t want to add yet another one. After all, most of the miniature projectors on the market today, either lack in performance or would take up too much space in my backpack.
PIQO Review – The World’s Most Powerful 1080p Pocket Projector
A few weeks ago, I learned about PIQO and its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. The campaign had a funding goal of $100,000, and as of February 23rd, 2019, the campaign has raised over $1,8 million. That’s ridiculous and enough to pique my interest in this gadget.
|Measurements||2.25 in x 2.25 in x 2.25 in|
|Projected screen size||240 inches|
|Play time||5 hours|
|Battery life||50 hours|
|Wireless Connectivity||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, Apple AirPlay, Screen Mirroring|
|Physical Ports||HDMI, USB-A, 3.5mm Headphone|
|App Support||Via Google Play Store (Netflix, YouTube…)|
|Offline Storage||16GB Internal, USB-A Expansion Slot|
PIQO has an MSRP of $700, but it’s currently available on Indiegogo for $369.00 plus shipping, with an estimated delivery date of April 2019.
Measurements and Portability
PIQO is not only incredibly small, but it’s also light, weighing in at just 7.5 ounces (210g). That makes it super portable, and easy to bring along on business trips.
Brightness and Battery Life
Manufacturers express the brightness of projectors and similar devices in so-called ANSI lumen. Most portable pico projectors, like the Sony MP-CD1 top out at 105 lumens while offering less battery capacity and smaller screen sizes.
PIQO offers an impressive 200 ANSI lumen and five hours of playtime. Alternatively, you can use PIQO to play music for up to 50 hours using Full HD, quality stereo speakers.
Note: PIQO originally claimed that engineers from Bose and Harman Kardon were involved in the design of the speakers, but that turned out to be a misleading statement.
Resolution and Screen Size
When buying a TV or projector, picture quality arguably is one of the most critical factors. These days, most consumers look for 1080p or high-definition (HD), as opposed to standard definition (720p) devices.
PIQO features not only a 1080p resolution but also a massive 240-inch screen size with automatic Keystone Angle Correction. The latter automatically adjusts the projection angle and ensures that you don’t see a tilted or warped image if you didn’t position PIQO on a perfectly flat surface.
PIQO makes it easy to connect your favorite devices, including smartphones, game consoles, computers, and laptops.
If you don’t care for wires, PIQO offers built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0, which also enables Apple AirPlay and screen mirroring. Frankly, I was positively surprised that PIQO supported AirPlay, and I can’t wait to try it out.
Additionally, you can hook the tiny capsule up to a game console or computer via a built-in HDMI port.
If you want to watch a movie or play the latest game using PIQO, you can connect external speakers via a 3.5mm headphone jack.