Review: Philips PicoPix PPX4835

Just good on paper

We were expecting more from Philips PicoPix PPX4835, especially at this price.

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Philips PicoPix PPX4835
We think
Good brightness is combined with high pixel resolution, and with the ability to project fairly large images.
The image is never completely sharp, and the whole thing becomes quite flat and lifeless. Color banding is also a problem, and the fan is a bit noisy.
Specifications
  • Brightness / contrast: 350 Lumens / 100..000: 1
  • Resolution: 1280 x 720
  • Image size: 15-150 “(0.5 – 5 m)
  • Throw ratio: 1.47
  • Inputs: HDMI / MHL, USB (for use as an emergency charger)
  • Sound: 3 w speaker, headphone output
  • Wireless: No.
  • Battery life: 3 h (eco mode)
  • Dimensions and weight: 115 x 115 x 32 mm / 342 g
  • Web: philips.com
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Philips PicoPix PPX4835 looks like gold on paper. A resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels provides a good starting point, combined with a brightness of as much as 350 Lumens. Built-in 3-watt speaker also provides louder sound than many other similar projectors, although this can not be compared to an external speaker.

There is no built-in player for video files or wireless functionality. Instead, they have opted for a pure HDMI input. It supports MHL and can thus receive video from Android mobiles, while iOS users can use an HDMI adapter.

Performance

The brightness of the PPX4835 is in a different class than its cheaper competitors. The Marvel movie Doctor Strange is more visible in bright surroundings, and you can project a larger image without it getting too dark. And round objects are smoother, without the saw teeth they get from the lower resolution projectors. So far so good.

But there are some serious problems, and then we ignore that the fan makes some noise. First, the focus is not sharp enough. Both PPX3417W and Asus E1 have sharper images. Furthermore, faces look almost sunburned, due to too little intensity in green.

But the biggest problem with the projector is color banding. Where the sky should have even shades between dark and light areas, it instead looks like the cross section of an onion. With powerful jumps from level to level. This is how it gets annoying in the long run.

Conclusion

What on paper looks so good, with 720p resolution and a hefty brightness of 350 Lumens, is ruined by the fact that the image is never quite sharp enough, and a slightly energetic green color makes faces too reddish and the images generally flat. The worst is the color banding, which makes the sky and other scenes that should have even shades, instead look like the cross section of an onion.

Then it helps little with a fairly powerful speaker and that you can use the projector as an emergency charger.

Photo: Philips

Also in this test

Philips PicoPix PPX5110

Entry ticket to mini projectors

Philips PicoPix PPX5110 super-compact mini projector can stream video wirelessly directly from your smartphone.

The projector is very light and compact, with powerful enough sound to work in many situations. Low mechanical noise.
Low brightness requires a dark room, and the image should be kept below 60 ". The colors seem supersaturated, with clear reddish faces.

Asus S1

Well-chosen compromise

Asus S1 has only one goal in mind: to provide the best picture quality for the money from a very compact format.

Good brightness and short throw distance make the projector usable in many contexts. Here you get a lot for your money!
The black level is limited, and what you get out of this resolution is limited. HDMI is the only connection.

Asus ZenBeam E1

Pocket cinema for the trip

The Asus ZenBeam E1 is no bigger than an old-fashioned Walkman, and it does for the home cinema what the portable cassette player once did for the stereo system.

Ultra-portable projector that can show movies and slideshows anywhere. Add an HDMI source and a white wall and you're up and running.
There really is not much brightness in it. And you miss the possibility of playback via Miracast or USB / SD media.

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.

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.

BenQ GS1

Watch movies wherever you want

BenQ GS1 is a Columbi egg of a projector, which makes it possible to take the great movie experiences out into the world.

Takes up less space than even a small TV, but provides a great image with a short projector distance. Can play directly from USB key or Android mobile, thanks to built-in Android media player.
It costs like a full-fledged projector. It is not possible to play all types of movies, and a mouse and keyboard are often required. The brightness is limited - but hey, it can run for three hours on batteries!

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