An An­droid-pow­ered projector for home users

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A home projector that runs on An­droid

The pro­jec­tors avail­able in the mar­ket for home users to­day con­cen­trate on giv­ing the best pos­si­ble colour re­pro­duc­tion and pic­ture qual­ity. While that is im­por­tant, most pro­jec­tors in­volve com­plex setup and use. Optoma is try­ing to change that with the ML330. It not only makes it easy for home users to con­sume con­tent from a va­ri­ety of sources, it is also com­pact and can be car­ried and placed in any room of your lik­ing.

The ML330 is not your av­er­age-size projector. It is not a pico projector as well but sits right in the mid­dle. Its light­weight at 460g and has a clean de­sign. The lens and vents oc­cupy the front whereas the touch-sen­si­tive con­trols are on the top and con­nec­tiv­ity ports at the back. The fo­cus ring is on the side whereas the tri­pod mount, two speak­ers and a kick­stand are placed at the bot­tom. Optoma also bun­dles a carry pouch that makes it easy to carry the projector.

The rea­son why we say this projector is easy to use is the fact that it does not rely on an HDMI source alone. Users can con­nect a USB flash drive and start play­ing the con­tent or with the cus­tomised ver­sion of An­droid 4.4, cou­pled with the built-in Wi-Fi or an Eth­er­net con­nec­tion, start stream­ing YouTube, Net­flix or con­tent from your favourity video stream­ing app. The ML330 does not sup­port full Google ser­vices, which means you can’t play con­tent from Play Movies but comes pre-in­stalled with the Ap­toid store that gives ac­cess to a plethora of other apps.

The DLP projector of­fers de­cent pic­ture qual­ity for its size but don’t ex­pect it to beat other home pro­jec­tors that are ex­pen­sive and so­phis­ti­cated when it comes to pic­ture qual­ity. ML330 sup­ports WXGA res­o­lu­tion (1280x800) and has a 500 lu­men bright LED lamp with a lamp life of up to 20,000 hours. There’s also auto key­stone cor­rec­tion that works well but if you want a bit more con­trol, the projector al­lows to tweak the key­stone set­ting man­u­ally. More­over, it also sup­ports 3D but re­quires an ad­di­tional pur­chase of 3D glasses. The

2W speak­ers are weak, but the ML330 comes with Blue­tooth, so con­nect Blue­tooth speak­ers can be paired for bet­ter au­dio.

All in all, the ML330 is not about the pic­ture qual­ity but it’s about the ease of use and porta­bil­ity, and if you’re look­ing for some­thing like that in a home projector,

ML330 will give no rea­son to com­plain.

PRICE`38,490 URL optoma.com DI­MEN­SIONS 157x122x35mm WEIGHT


0.45” WXGA DMD Chip DLP Technology RES­O­LU­TION WXGA 1280x800 BRIGHT­NESS 500 lu­men (Bright Mode) CON­TRAST 20,000:1 LAMP LIFE 20,000 hrs 3D SUP­PORT Yes CON­NEC­TIV­ITY HDMI + MHL v1.0, mi­croSD-slot, AV in

3.5mm, RJ45, 2x USB-A, Au­dio Out 3.5mm SPEAKER 2W

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