Philips PicoPix Mini Projector review

The Philips PicoPix PPX 1430 is a compact projector that's small enough to carry around

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  • Small and light
  • Up to 80-inch image size
  • Decent image quality
  • USB connection


  • No HDMI
  • Price

Projectors are ideal tools for sharing presentations, displaying pictures and watching movies, and are a great choice for broadcasting on a large screen. However, while they're certainly more portable than most TVs, projectors can still be quite large and unwieldy.

This can make it difficult to find a place to position them, and placement is an essential consideration when using a projector. It also means they're not very portable.

The Philips PicoPix PPX 1430 is a high quality mini projector that's incredibly well built and doesn't suffer from the corner-cutting and compromises that tend to plague hand-held devices of this sort.

The projector comes with composite leads for connecting to DVD players. If you want to connect the projector to your PC then you'll need to buy a separate VGA connector cable, which is a bit of a pain, as that's what you're most likely to be using it for.

You can attach a USB flash drive to the projector and play compatible files from it directly, or use an SD card from a camera and camcorder. This goes some way towards making up for the lack of VGA cables.

You use the buttons on the top of the projector to find compatible movie and photo files – access the menu and you'll find them in the 'Videos' and 'Photos' folders.

File compatibility can be a bit hit and miss, with WMV files not recognised, but MOV files playing fine. You may need to convert your videos if you want to play them from a USB stick or memory card.

Photos are displayed automatically in a slideshow with randomly generated transitions.

On the whole, the image quality of this projector is very good, especially considering its small size. It can broadcast images up to 80-inches in size, though around 40 to 50-inches is best for the Philips PicoPix PPX 1430. Basically, it's a decent pocket-sized projector.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeLCOS Projector
Native Resolution800 x 600
Number of Lamps1
Standard Mode Brightness30 lm
Graphic ModeSVGA
Native Aspect Ratio4:3
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Product FamilyPicoPix
Input Scan Format576p
Maximum Diagonal Image Size2057 mm
Maximum Resolution1280 x 768
Brand NamePhilips
Contrast Ratio500:1
Lamp TypeLED
Projection MethodFront
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Normal Mode Lamp Life20000 Hour
Height32 mm
Width100 mm
Depth100 mm
ManufacturerPhilips Electronics
Product ModelPPX1430
Product NamePicoPix PPX1430 LCOS Projector
Product LinePicoPix
Manufacturer Part NumberPPX1430
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

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Thanks to the integrated MP4 player the Philips pocket projector can be used as a standalone device which retrieves its content from the internal 2 GB memory or one of various different types of memory cards.

Package Contents
  • PicoPix PPX1430 LCOS Projector
  • User Guide
  • Warranty Card
  • Carrying Case
  • Tripod
  • AC-Adapter
  • Audio/Video Cable Adapter: Composite
  • Mini USB Adapter: Male to Female
  • Mini USB-Cable
  • Remote Control
Weight (Approximate)290 g