The iCODIS CB-300, was essentially an upgrade to the CPU based iCODIS projector the CB-100, and the risk companies take when doing things like this, is that they often throw out some of the good things, while failing to resolve problems. The CB-100 was pretty good, but the picture quality, with a native resolution of 854X480 was an obvious issue. As was the non-replaceable bulb, but they did incorporate an excellent CPU and 8GB of storage into the CB-100, that I hoped would reappear on the new device. So, I wrote this iCODIS CB-300 Android OS Pico LED Projector 1080p HD with 6000mAh Battery Review, to let buyers knows whether it is better than the CB-100, or whether iCODIS have gone backwards with this new release.
- 1280×800 HD resolution
- Built-in speakers
- Easy set-up
- Low noise
- Very portable
- QUAD core processor
- Thin shape makes for less durability
- 1800 lumens
- The speakers are ok
Size and Design:
They get full marks for portability once again with measurements of 4.7 inches in length, by 4.7 inches of width, and 1 inch depth. The weight is 11.4 ounces, so you’re going to be able to take this anywhere, without it being a burden. It’ll be small enough to fit in any large pocket or carry-on bag. The thin shape makes it also perfect for carriage in suitcases, although the durability on thin projectors like this is questionable. While it’s been professionally built, and looks good, thin projectors are easily damaged, and buyers should be careful not to drop or knock the CB-300.
The set-up can be done in under ten minutes, and once you’ve completed this, you’ll be immediately relieved upon turning it on. The CB-100 made a little noise, but the CB-300 is extremely quite, so when you’re watching movies or giving a presentation, there won’t be the annoying humming noise you get on some other projectors.
The picture is a huge improvement on the iCODISC B-100, whose resolution was only 854×480, and looked out of place on an otherwise excellent projector. Although it had great DLP technology, with a wonderful color wheel, which helped the picture look clear and vibrant, you can’t create HD viewing with anything but pixels. On the CB-300 they’ve raised the bar to 1280×800, so you’re getting actual HD viewing, and the DLP technology is present again, making the CB-300 a huge improvement on the CB-100 in terms of picture quality. It really is a cinematic experience
The CPU inside is also improved from the CB-100, with a huge 16gb of storage and a quad core unit, which should process information 4 times faster than the CB-100. This will be particularly useful for playing console games, and for watching fast-paced action sequences in movies, where response time is important. The storage will really aid those who surf the internet and download apps regularly, because its double the space as on the CB-100
The CB-100 was a mini computer; you could attach a keyboard and mouse to it, and use it for everything you could use your laptop for, especially with the Wi-Fi connectivity, which was incredibly fast. On the iCODIS CB-300, all those capabilities are there, but they’ve added a touch plate, so you don’t even need a mouse anymore. Bluetooth also returns on the CB-300, as does the connectivity, to almost any external device. So, connect your phone, tablet, laptop, computer, Blu-ray player etc.
The speakers are just ok, and nothing more. So, the CB-100 has the same problem as a great many other projectors, which have speaker problems. Speakers are a major issue in projection manufacture, and the first company that gets right, will take over the market. As it stands however, you’ll need to buy speakers if you want to experience sound to equal the cinematic clarity images you’ll be viewing.
I love the built-in Android which allows the iCODIS CB-300 to function as a computer/projector, because this makes it very versatile. I also love the picture quality, which has improved to HD, and the storage. It’s so portable that you can take it anywhere, and with the quad core processor, it will be incredible for gaming. So, I forgive the speakers, and the shape, because this is a definite improvement on the CB-100. The Verdict: Worth buying.