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.