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HWM (Malaysia) - - CONTENTS - by Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

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.

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