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The Philips PicoPix PPX 2340 is a small projector that could. Packed with connectivity features, media playback and more, it's hard to believe that it could fit them all in a palm-sized device that is also one of the smallest models in the lineup.
Although miniature in size compared to conventional projectors, the PPX 2340 can project a display up to 60-inches in size. However, the location has to be fairly dim for the projected screen to achieve ideal brightness.
The projector offers more connectivity options than most other competitive pico projectors we've seen. It supports media content from a microSD card, RCA through a 3.5mm jack via an adapter, any storage device or mobile device connected via its USB port, or from any PC it is connected to via USB and an application.
The overall interface and control is intuitive, with every option clearly marked and easily accessible. We like how Philips cleverly uses the projector's USB plug and socket to create a wrist strap. Navigating the PPX 2340's menus is speedy and the preview thumbnail from sources such as microSD loads up very fast, making it a breeze to use.
You can operate the projector single-handedly, while holding it like a remote control. Although the projector may get a tad warm, in our experience, it never got scalding hot. Still, the PPX 2340 has threading for a tripod, which will help in moments where the image slowly lowers itself while your arm gets too tired to hold the projector steady.
For audio, the projector has a built-in 1W speaker. Couple that with the relatively small projection size, and you'll find the PPX 2340 ideal for small groups of people. You can connect an external speaker or an amplifier via the 3.5mm jack, but it is also the same jack for AV-in. So if you are already using that port, you will be stuck with the built-in speakers.
All things considered, the image projection quality for the PPX 2340 is very good, resulting in well-reproduced details and colors, so long as it's dark and the projector doesn't stray too far from the projected surface. We also did not notice any major distortion or image blur during fast-moving scenes, which is a big plus.
Using DLP technology, the lamp in the projector is rated for 30,000 hours. But we could not find a way for a user to easily access and replace the lamp. This means if the lamp on the PPX 2340 ever needs replacement, it must be returned to the manufacturer.