10 years ago you could hardly find a pocket-sized portable and of the ones that where available you’d be lucky to get good quality. These days the Super-Portable market is a crowded place with many terrific deals to be found and they’re becoming highly sought-after devices for users who want ease of operation and good connections on a Projector they can just put down and immediately throw up images. I decided to review the Vivitek Qumi Q5 500 Lumen WXGA HD 720p HDMI 3D-Ready Pocket DLP Projector because it’s one of the newer entrys into the marketplace and I was intrigued by the many features the manufacturer claimed it had.
- Long Lamp Life
- 1280 by 800 Native Resolution
- Attractive Design
- Great Connectivity
- Easy Set-up
- 500 Lumens
- 10000-1 Contrast Ratio
- Business and Home Entertainment use
- 3D Playback
Size and Design:
The box is only 4 inches by 6.3 inches by 1.3 inches, so it’s an incredibly small design weighing only 1.1 pounds too. This means that while it’s not the smallest Pocket Projector around, it’s certainly amongst the smallest. It’s also just about the prettiest Projector design you’ll ever see with its curved edges and shiny gloss finish combining to produce something beautiful to look at. You can get it in a range of colors, and buyers will each have their own personal preferences here. Overall, I can’t fault the design.
The set-up is easy as you’d expect from a Super-Portable so it’s a case of just turning it on and throwing up images. Very few adjustments need to be made and the whole set-up takes around 5 minutes.
I’d heard that it was a Movie Projector but it can actually be used for both business presentations and home entertainment because it has 1.3 HDMI which can read both PC and Video Broadcasts. This means you can just as easily hook up a Laptop or PC, as you can a Blu-Ray Player. You won’t be viewing images from any of these devices in Full HD, but you do get 720p HD which is a better standard of picture than most Super-Portables offer, so you won’t be complaining about picture quality.
The real selling point if you’re using the Q5 for business is the direct USB playback. Say for example you need to view certain files on a large screen during work hours but you don’t want to take your Laptop or PC with you. Nobody likes extra baggage right? Well, with the Q5 you could load them all up onto a USB Memory Device, slot that into the inside pocket of your Jacket along with the Q5 and then hook it up to the Q5 later in the day for immediate viewing. You could even load up whole presentations this way because the software inside the Q5, is compatible with Microsoft Office. Load up your PowerPoint presentation onto a USB Memory Stick, leave your Laptop at home and view the presentation during the day; it’s that simple.
You also get a Universal Port which means you’ll be able to hook up almost any device to the Q5, and this is something you don’t see that often on Super-Portables. Unfortunately the adapter for this is not supplied so make sure you get the right cable; you require a 3.5mm AV cable and a 3.5mm Audio Output Cable. Wireless connections for Laptops and PC’s are possible too, but you must buy a Dongle to do this. When you have the Dongle, connecting is incredibly quick.
Further good news comes in the form of the 30,000 hour Lamp Life. The average in the projector market is 7000 hours so this is clearly huge, as is the 10,000-1 Contrast Ratio which will produces excellent blacks and whites on the 1280 by 800 Native Resolution. A side point is that they’ve gone for a PC friendly resolution which adds more evidence to the assertion that this is both a Home Entertainment Projector and a Business Projector.
The only piece of bad news is the 3D capabilities. The Q5 does playback 3D images but it won’t be Full 3D because Full 3D is 1080p in each eye and the Native Resolution here is 1280 by 800. Also the 3D you do get isn’t the clearest because the Q5 only has 500 Lumens included with it. On the Upside, 500 Lumens is enough to enable viewing with some ambient light still in the room. So unlike with other pocket-sized projectors, we’re not talking about completely dark conditions for viewing.
The Contrast Ratio and the Lamp Life are huge and the Q5 comes with an excellent 1280 by 800 Native Resolution for some high quality visuals. The 3D doesn’t really work and to get the best out of the Q5 you really need to buy a USB Memory Stick so you can playback without needing your Laptop and PC. If you buy this, and the adapter needed for the Universal Port you’ll have a terrific Multimedia Projector that’ll play movies and presentations easily. The best part about it is that you can connect any device, and not many Super-Portables can do that. It’s also incredibly simple to operate, with images thrown up within seconds of putting the Q5 down and turning it on. The Verdict: A wonderful device for your Business/Personal needs.