With everything going portable, why should projectors be left behind right?
For the record, there many mini and portable projectors available in the market right now. Although, there’s this new breed of wireless pocket projectors with built-in batteries that are swarming the marking.
Also known as pico projectors, these devices are extremely small and easily fit into your pocket, purse, or backpack. Plus, they have a built-in battery which eliminates the need for a constant power supply.
In this Kodak Luma 150 review, we’ll see if this pocket projector is worth the price it’s sold for. Plus, we’ll also go through its design, built quality, and performance.
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Kodak Luma 150 Review
- FROM SMARTPHONE TO THE BIG SCREEN | Pocket Projector Produces Bright, Vivid Video & Imaging Up to 150” for Amazing Home Entertainment; Watch Movies Plugging in an External Device, View Pictures or Give Presentations Anywhere a Wall is Available!
- MULTIPLE METHODS FOR VIEWING | Versatile Device Comes w/ HDMI & Micro USB Cables for Hookup to Camera, Storage Drive, PC, Laptop & Other Compatible Devices | Go Wireless w/ Mobile-to-Projector Mirroring Via Airplay & Miracast
- STUNNING 16:9 PROJECTION | Device Boasts 60 Ansi lumen brightness LED Lamp, 854 x 480 Resolution, Supports 4K Resolution & 1000:1 Contrast Ratio for Crystal Clear Widescreen Imaging; Watch HD Video, Play 4K Games & Share Family Photographs w/ Brilliant Color & Clarity
- DESIGNED FOR EASY PORTABILITY | Includes Built-In Speaker & Sleek Illuminated Onboard Controls So You Can Watch & Listen On Demand| Powers Via Rechargeable Battery Up to 2.5 Hrs.
- THE ULTIMATE MULTIMEDIA COMPANION | Tiny Projector Makes a Wonderful Gift Idea Note: Copyrighted content from Hulu, Netflix, and similar services CAN NOT be mirrored or screencast. Mirroring and screencast can be used to display non-copyrighted content downloaded on an external device. Or, such copyrighted content can be viewed by plugging in an external streaming device, such as a Firestick or Roku.
First Impression & Design
At first look, the Kodak Luma 150 looks very tiny. If you haven’t seen a pico projector before, it would be hard to wrap around the fact that a projector is contained in such a small size.
It measures 3.1 inches in length, 3.1 inches in depth, and 0.87 inches in height. With such a tiny size, it weighs just under 1 pound.
Within the box, you get the projector along with a USB charging cable and HDMI cable. It also includes a warranty card and instruction manual.
The product is available in white color with a rose gold color strip wrapped around the edges. The front features a small size projection lens and a 1.5W speaker. You get a focus ring and power button on the left side, while the right side features a heat vent and microSD card slot.
The top features capacitive (feather touch) controls buttons, while the bottom has 4 feet and a tripod threading. You also get connectivity options like HDMI port, USB port, headphone jack, and charging port at the back.
In terms of design, the Kodak Luma 150 checks all the boxes for a tiny pico projector. It can be a fantastic kid’s projector or an ideal companion to take your movies and entertainment anywhere with you.
Built Quality & Performance
Manufactured with such a small footprint, this projector is nicely packaged. It can take every day rough usage and few drops here and there.
It is built entirely out of plastic, yet feels sturdy and can last longer unless you intentionally thrash it.
The top part, which features feature touch buttons, flexes a little bit. But you do not need to press the buttons hard to register an input.
Due to its size, you can place this pico projector anywhere you like. However, I’d recommend investing in a small tripod for stress-free viewing.
The Kodak Luma 150 uses DLP projection technology with an LED light source. In such a tiny frame, the projector can produce up to 60 ANSI lumens brightness. In contrast, this device can produce up to 120 inches of projection screen.
If you’d ask me, 60 lumens is extremely low brightness and requires a completely dark room to get decent projection. Plus, at 120 inches, the projection will look extremely faded. Around 30-40 inches would be an ideal projection size for this projector.
Moreover, this projector offers a native resolution of 854 x 480p, while it supports an input signal of up to 1080p. Thus, you can connect devices like Amazon Fire Stick or Roku and enjoy the latest content without hiccups.
Talking about display quality, the color output looks realistic in a 100% dark room, but starts to fade as external light creeps in. As mentioned above, 30-40 inches (diagonally) is the sweet spot for ideal large screen projection. Anything bigger than that, and the projection starts to fade very quickly.
With 60 ANSI lumens brightness, you aren’t left with any wiggle room. You’ll need a theater-like darkroom to get a bright projection. The colors start to fade in a moderately lit room, and the picture quality looks washed out.
Also Read: 5 Best Projectors for a Bright Room
You also get Wi-Fi capabilities with this projector. It isn’t a smart projector; thus, it can’t connect to your Wi-Fi router and get on the internet. However, it supports easy wireless screen mirroring with your mobile, tablet, and laptop.
In the audio department, the Luma 150 comes with a single 1.5W speaker setup. The speaker offers average sound quality. I wouldn’t recommend it to watch an entire movie. Since this projector is also equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, you can improve audio performance by connecting it to an external Bluetooth speaker. You also get a 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting for personal watching experience.
Talking about battery life – Kodak doesn’t mention the exact battery specifications and its size. We only know that the battery is rated to last up to 2.5 hours on a full charge. In certain instances, we’ve found this battery lasts up to 3 hours. This can happen if you’re watching content through the microSD card and connected through a headphone.
Important Features & Functions
Kodak Luma 150 Review: Pros & Cons
The Kodak Luma 150 is an exciting choice for a projector. It is an engineering marvel to build a DLP-based projector in such a compact size.
Although my experience with this projector was very mixed. It is hard to ignore its footprint, still the projector also compromises on a projector’s primary function, i.e., brightness output.
At 60 ANSI lumens, this projector is not ideal for using anywhere other than a completely dark room. Plus, you are limited to a 40-inch projection screen, and anything larger than that will result in color fading.
Having said that, the Kodak Luma 150 will be a great pick for your kids or an ideal choice as a cookie or cake decorating projector.
If you have any questions regarding this projector, please don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments section below.
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