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Optoma Pico PK101

alaTest has collected and analyzed 184 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and size. The image quality and value for money are also mentioned favorably, but there are some negative opinions about the noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Optoma Pico PK101 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Optoma Pico PK101


Optoma picked an appropriate moniker for its Lilliputian-size video projector. The Pico PK101 isn't just small, it's almost inconceivably tiny. It measures just 1.97 inches wide by 4.06 inches long by 0.59 inches thick, and it weighs only four ounces. ...

Crisp, bright display at distances up to about six feet ; incredibly small, battery powered, built-in speaker

Needs a very dark room for best results--and a battery yswap to play a feature-length movie

In addition to its Li-Ion battery, the Pico PK101 can operate on AC or USB power (we used the USB port on a Metadot Das Keyboard). Optoma claims a fully charged battery should last 90 minutes, but ours delivered only 67 minutes while playing a silent,...

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Optoma PK-101 Pico Pocket Projector


This tiny Optoma model may be the most expensive and unusual iPod accessory to date.

Extremely small and light ; Connects directly to many iPods ; Rendered yellows well

Dim compared to traditional projectors ; Does not connect to most laptops

The $399 Optoma PK-101 Pico Pocket Projector is an amazing engineering accomplishment, something we might not even have dreamed of ten years ago. But, as was the case with the similar 3M MPro110, this may be a technology in rapid transition.

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Optoma Pico Pocket Projector


The prospect of projecting an image anywhere becomes a reality with Optoma's Pico Pocket Projector, the first shipping product we've tested in this burgeoning new projector category. Introduced earlier this summer, the Pico Projector ($400 street) lets...

Small and easy to use ; Includes second battery

Limited input capabilities ; Projected images are somewhat blurry

Optoma's diminutive projector makes a great traveling companion, despite somewhat fuzzy image projection.


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Optoma Pico PK101


Some toys...uh...gizmos...uh...products rate so high on the cool gadget scale that it almost doesn't matter how well they work, and the price is a decidedly secondary consideration. The Optoma Pico PK101 ($399 direct) is a case in point. What's so cool...

Extremely portable, at four ounces. Connects to iPods and standard composite video. Rechargeable batteries

Low brightness limits useful image size. Volume is too low to be useful in most conditions. No audio output connection

No bigger than a cell phone, the Optoma Pico PK101 projector is small enough to carry anywhere and is a particularly good companion for a video iPod.

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Optoma Pico PK101


The biggest question out there is who will buy them, and what will they use them for. It's been argued by some, that they can be used for presentations. Whether they are viable for presenting in the tradtional sense is iffy at best. I've been in the...

Colors tend to be oversaturated ; No image controls ; Limited resolution - at half of VGA, nothing is going to be particularly sharp Resolution is lower than most other announced pico projectors ; Very limited brightness - suitable only for small...

Getting back to the Optoma Pico - it certainly is cool. I can see a number of folks really into the latest gadgets, being drawn to the Pico (or one of its competitors). We'll just have to see how long it takes Optoma and other manufactures to sell...

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Optoma Pico PK101


Every once in a while a product comes along and has the WinLabs team in absolute awe. Optoma's Pico PK101 is one such device; measuring 50 x 103 x 15mm and with a weight of 115g, the PK101 is the smallest projector the team has ever come across

An impressive projector that despite being a first-of-its-kind performs well and offers serious functionality.

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Optoma Pico Pocket Projector


Toss out that malfunctioning projector and set up your next presentation on your pocket-size Optoma Pico Pocket Projector.

It used to be that the thought of being able to project an image from any location at any time was a concept restricted to Hollywood science-fiction movies. Now, thanks to Optoma's latest projector technology, that gadget has become a reality....

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Optoma Pico PK101 Review


The Optoma Pico PK-101 projector projects photos or video from anything you can connect to it via composite video and does a very good job of rendering color.

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Optoma Pico Pocket Projector


A waste of $200!

Small size

Second use the projector displayed 2 images - one overlaying the other. Very difficult to connect so that it communicates with laptop. Called tech support 3 times & they even admit that product & manual are not user friendly

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Optoma Pico Pocket Projector


Great product if you travel alot to do presentations.

Easy to travel with

a bit blurry

Product Specifications

The amazingly versatile Optoma Pico, the smallest projector you've ever seen! Its compact size and durability make it a must have for travel and on-the-spot presentations. This product includes Cables, Tripod adaptor and iPod kit with dock connector.

Audio Output


Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1
Max Image Size:5ft / 59in
Max Screen Distance:8.5ft
Min Image Size:6in / 5.9in
Min Screen Distance:10in
Recommended Use of Projector:Presentation and multimedia
Type:DLP projector


Manufacturer:Optoma Technology
Model:PK 101
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Optoma Pico

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:20000hour(s)
Lamp Type:LED

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / PAL
Analog Video Signal:Composite video