Review: Philips PicoPix PPX3417W

Many tricks up its sleeve

Whether you want to watch video from your mobile, PC, memory card or USB - or even wirelessly - Philips PicoPix PPX3417W is a projector you can count on.

Philips PicoPix PPX3417W

Our verdict

Most formats are supported and battery life is ok. The image quality is good, with enough brightness for most things.
The projection distance is very long, with only 24 inch image from one meter. Lots of noise from fan and color wheels.
  • Brightness / Contrast: 170 Lumens / 1,000: 1
  • Resolution: 854 x 480
  • Image size: 12-120 “(0.5 – 5 m)
  • Throw ratio: 1.9
  • Inputs: HDMI / MHL, VGA, USB, miniUSB, Composite A / V, SDXC
  • Sound: 1 w speaker, headphone output
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi (via dongle)
  • Battery life: 2 h (standard mode)
  • Dimensions and weight: 105 x 105 x 31.5 mm / 270 g
  • Web: philips.com
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Price: £ 379

PicoPix PPX3417W differs from many other pocket projectors by being a real multimedia machine. In addition to the HDMI input also supporting MHL which is important for getting picture from Android phones, it can also play video files directly from an SD card or USB memory.

A remote control is included, which simplifies use. Here is also the option to set brightness and choose between different image modes. Also «Bright mode», which provides extra bright images, which then reduces the battery life to from 2 to 1.5 hours.

Performance

The projector has a long throw distance, we had to place it about twice as far away from the wall as with the nearest, and had to 2.5 meters away to get a 60 inch image.

The image is brighter than the faintest, roughly on par with the Asus S1. This projector can be used in a room in the middle of the day if the curtains screen well. The pixel resolution in standard DVD quality is not impressive in itself, but you can live in movies and TV series here. The pictures are sharp, and the colors are lifelike.

The sound is ok but does not impress anyone. It is as one would expect from a 1 watt speaker.

The biggest cut in the sea with the PicoPix PPX3417W is slightly annoying fan noise.

Conclusion

There are few other projectors that can boast the same functionality as the Philips PicoPix PPX3417W. In addition to HDMi input, it can stream video wirelessly with an associated Wi-Fi dongle, and it also plays video files from USB memory and SD card. A remote control makes it easy to use.

The image quality is surprisingly good, the brightness is just inside to work well in most situations. The disadvantage is a very long throw distance in relation to the image size, which limits the use if space is tight. We also charge for fan noise.

Foto: Philips

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