- Editor's Rating
- Coolness factor
- Great way to share media
- Small enough to carry easily
- Does not work with the iPhone 5 or iPad
- Needs dark room for a really sharp viewable image
- Not all cases will fit dock
- Cannot be used to project media from sources other than an iPhone or iPod Touch
The ipico is an affordable, pocket-sized projector that lets users share media from their phones, as long as they have the right model.
The ipico is a pock-sized projector, which is part of a class of pico projectors called a sleeve, meaning the device with the material being projected is docked with the projector itself. Its small size and rechargeable battery make it portable and easy-to-use. Brighthand called it a \”fun and affordable accessory.\”
The device uses Ferroelectric Liquid Crystal on Silicon (FLCOS) which uses reflective red, green and blue liquid crystal panels which employ a ferroelectric liquid crystal with a very fast response rate to project the image. The output of the reflective panels is combined in the projection beam. The ipico uses an LED light source and typical pico projectors have a light output between 12-32 lumens. The device features a Lithium Polymer battery, which can be charged using a laptop or PC via a USB cable. Brighthand found the battery to last one hour and noted there is no wall wart power supply.
The ipico is 1.89×4.44x.67-inches and is designed to be used only with Apply devices that have the 30-pin connector, meaning it works with the iPhone 3, 4 and 4S and iPod Touch. It is not compatible with the iPhone 5 or iPad. Brighthand found the ipico to be intuitive and easy to use. It has a throw distance of 6.5-inches to 5.5-feet, meaning the device can be set up anywhere between those distances away from the viewing surface. The image size ranges from 5-inches diagonally to 50-inches, depending on how far away the ipico is set up. Brighthand noted the 50-inch display is \”quite viewable in a slightly darkened room and a light-colored wall.\” The ipico has a 950×540 pixel resolution, but the sharpness of the image will depend on how far away from the viewing surface the projector is set up. Additionally, the farther away from the viewing surface the ipico is set up, the dimmer the projection will be. Brighthand noted that the \”drop in resolution is not as noticeable as you might think, and certainly does not render the image excessively blurry or unwatchable.\”
Brighthand also noted that the ipico does not fit all sizes and styles of cases, but had no major gripes with the device. The device costs $129 at the time of the review. Overall, Brighthand found the ipico to be an affordable, portable way to share media, but buyers may want to be aware that the device does not support iPhone 5 or iPad and requires a darkened room for viewing.