Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

It is as big, or small, as a tif­fin box, but the HP Note­book Pro­jec­tion Com­pan­ion is good enough to project a pre­sen­ta­tion on the of­fice wall or even set up a fam­ily movie show over the week­end. The Com­pan­ion is not as small as some of those Pico pro­jec­tors out there, but def­i­nitely prom­ises bet­ter per­for­mance with its di­men­sions of 3.6 x 1.6 x 4.4 inches and 420 gm weight.

Con­trols are easy with a power, menu and en­ter but­ton be­low a di­a­mond cut four-way key that lets you nav­i­gate through the pro­jected menu. The pro­jec­tor au­to­mat­i­cally scans for sources. But, sadly, it recog­nises just two— VGA and com­pos­ite—which you might find a bit tough to find in non-hp note­books these days. Most ba­sic picture set­ting like colour, key­stone and as­pect ra­tio are au­to­matic, which is a big help if you want to set up a pro­jec­tion fast. There is a tem­per­a­ture in­di­ca­tor LED on top and if it gets too hot you have the op­tion of in­creas­ing the fan speed.

The pro­jec­tion is ef­fort­less and crisp, even with the in­door lights on. So for sure, things only get bet­ter with the lights off. The text is so crisp that even foot­notes in pre­sen­ta­tions will stand out. The colour re­pro­duc­tion is true too, with the op­tion of re­duc­ing even the in­ten­sity of the whites. The zoom ring and ad­justable foot will let you get the picture per­fect in cramped sit­u­a­tions.

HP claims the LED light source has a life of 10,000 hours and there will hardly be any need for re­place­ments—which is a com­mon prob­lem with pro­jec­tors. The Com­pan­ion comes with a road-ready car­ry­ing case and ex­pand­able tri­pod.

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