The iCODIS CB-100 represents an attempt by iCODIS, to do something different in the projection marketplace. This, however, can only be applauded and recommended, if what they did, was something good, that benefits buyers. Talk of a huge processing unit inside, and some advanced features, certainly got my attention and intrigued me, so I wrote this iCODIS CB-100 Android OS Portable Mini LED Smart Projector Review, to let buyers know whether or not, it’s worth the expense.
- Built- in android with internal storage
- Very portable
- Easy set-up
- Rechargeable battery
- Long lamp-life
- Great picture
- Excellent media sharing abilities
- 45 lumens is not a very high amount
- 50 inch screen size
Size and Design:
The measurements are incredibly small, at only 2 inches in length, by 1.6 inches of width, with a depth of 2 inches. In response to the size, the CB-100, has been dubbed a ‘hand-held cinema’. I’ll let you know in my performance section if its good enough to be worthy of the ‘cinema’ part of that phrase, but I can certainly say the CB-100 is portable, and quite attractive in its curved design. The weight is 270 grams, so if you put it in your pocket, which you could easily do given its size, you wouldn’t even notice it was there.
They seem to have been aware of the potential problems of only including 45 lumens of brightness, and subsequently reduced the screen size to 50 inches. Basically, the higher the screen size, the more lumens come into play, so if this projector had a 150 inch screen size, buyers would be experiencing drops in picture quality on bright days. As it stands, at 50 inches, you can view the CB-100 on even the brightest of days, without any loss of image clarity. So, buyers need to ask themselves; Is 50 inches is enough? If it is, the lumens don’t matter and you have an amazing projector. If it’s not, I’d recommend another purchase.
The fact that’s it only got a 50 inch maximum size screen makes it perfect for viewing outside, where larger screens would make viewing very difficult. The 2.5 hour battery life, enables buyers to take the CB-100 out into the back garden, for a full movie, without having to recharge.
For business use; with it being an android device, the CB-100 supports a number of office applications, including Microsoft and Google office suites. So, presentations can be prepared and given easily, using the CB-100. The picture quality on presentations is very good with clear pictures and visible text. There is also an app you can download, which enables you to stream from your laptop. which is useful for watching movies and doing work.
Was the phrase ‘Pocket Cinema’ appropriate? Well, not really, as you’re not getting the size screen of a cinema, and you’re not getting cinema clarity. What you are getting is a great picture, on a large enough screen, with a wireless option, and ease of use, so you can switch to surfing the internet midway through a movie; you can’t do that at a cinema. You can even connect Bluetooth devices like keyboards and mouse, to make the CB-100 into a large screen computer. Pretty exciting actually.
For games its not perfect, but its good. There’s a fast response time and a great frame-rate, but no specialized game mode. I think most people would consider the CB-100 an improvement from playing games using their TV set.
It’s 50 inches maximum screen size, which is small for a projector, but it does enable viewing in sunlight, and it has a long battery life for movie watching outside. The CB-100 is also very portable, supports office applications, has 8GB of internal storage, streams, and has an excellent picture. The Verdict: This is definitely worth a purchase.