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Philips PicoPix 1430 review

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Price when reviewed : £250
inc VAT

It may be cute, but the PicoPix's image suffers heavily from the rainbow effect, and you'll need an adaptor for VGA.


800×600 resolution, 30 ANSI lumens, 30x100x100mm, 290g

The built-in MP4 player can play a wide variety of container files and codecs from a USB flash drive, including MKV and Flash video, and MPEG4, H.263 and H.264. Audio support is limited to MP3 and WAV, and you can view images in JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF and TIFF formats. For presentations, you’ll still need to attach it to a computer as it can’t read PowerPoint files natively, but if your presentation is in a video format, you’ll only need to carry the PicoPix and a memory stick.

Philips PicoPix 1430 back

The PicoPix comes with an adaptor for composite video and stereo RCA audio, but if you want to connect it to a laptop you’ll need to buy the £20 VGA adaptor, which also plugs into your laptop’s 3.5mm audio jack output to play audio over the projector’s tiny speakers. There’s also a 3.5mm audio output socket for speakers or headphones. You can buy a component video adaptor for £20, while an iPhone/iPod/iPad adaptor is £30.

The PicoPix 1430 may be more expensive than Samsung’s SP-H03 (What’s New, Shopper, April 2011), but it supports external USB hard drives and includes a remote control. However, its image suffers heavily from the rainbow effect and you need to buy expensive adaptors for VGA and iPhone support. Unless you really need the portability, we’d recommend sticking with a standard office projector.

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Price £250
Rating ***


Projector technology LED LCoS
Lamp brightness 30 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 20
Lamp life in economy mode 20
Contrast ratio 500:1


Native resolution 800×600
Max compressed resolution 1,280×768
Aspect ratio 4:3
Other aspect ratios 5:3, 16:9
Max diagonal at 7ft 52in
Throw ratio 1.46:1 to 1.52:1
Optical zoom N/A
Projection distance 0.2m to 3m
Mirror image no
Invert image no
Lens shift horizontal N/A
Lens shift vertical N/A
HD Ready no
Special view modes Standard, Vivid, Natural, Cinema, Manual


VGA input no
DVI input No
Sound inputs phono stereo
Composite input yes
S-video input no
HDMI input no
Component input optional
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output 3.5mm
Video output none
Others inputs/outputs mini-USB input, memory card (SD/MMC)


Size 30x100x100mm
Weight 290g
Internal speakers yes (2x 0.3W)
Extras remote, composite adaptor, USB adaptor, mini-USB cable, carry case, mains adaptor
Remote special features none
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 8W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) N/A
Lamp supplier N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) N/A

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