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Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector - Review

Page 1: Introduction - Features - Setup

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Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector - Photo of Front View With Included Accessories

Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector - Photo of Front View With Included Accessories

Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com
The Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector one of an increasing popular class of mini-sized projectors that are designed to be used in a variety of settings. The Qumi combines DLP (Pico Chip) and LED light source technologies to produce an image that is bright enough to be projected on a large surface or screen, but is compact enough to fit in your hand, making it very portable and easy to set up for home entertainment, gaming, presentation, and travel uses. Continue reading this review for more details and perspective. After reading this review, also be sure to check out my additional Vivitek Qumi Product Photos and Video Performance Tests.

Product Overview

The features of the Vivitek Qumi include:

1. DLP Video Projector, using DLP Pico Chip, with 300 Lumens of light output, 720p Native Resolution, and 120Hz refresh rate.

2. 3D Compatibility - Requires PC equipped with NVidia Quadro FX (or similar) graphics card, and use of DLP Link Compatible Active Shutter 3D Glasses. Refer to Qumi 3D Setup Instructions. Not compatible with 3D from Blu-ray Disc player or brodcast/cable.

3. Lens Characteristics: No Zoom. Manual focus via side mounted focus dial.

4. Throw Ratio: 1.55:1 (Distance/Width)

5. Image size range: 30 to 90 inches.

6. Projection Distance: 3.92 feet to 9.84 feet.

7. Aspect Ratio: Native 16x10 - Can be set for both 16x9 and 4x3. The 16x9 aspect ratio is desirable for widescreen films and HD sources. The aspect ratio can be switched to 4x3 for projection of material shot in the 4x3 format.

8. Contrast Ratio 2,500:1 (full on/full off).

9. LED Light Source: Approx 30,000 hour lifespan. That is equivalent to 4 viewing hours a day for about 20 years or 8 viewing hours a day for about 10 years.

10. Video Inputs and Other Connections: HDMI (mini-HDMI version), and one each of the following: Component (Red, Green, Blue) and VGA via optional Universal I/O adapter cable, Composite Video via optional AV mini-jack adapter cable, USB port, and MicroSD card slot. Audio output (3.5mm connectors required) is also included for looping audio in and then out of the Qumi.

11. Input Signal Support: Compatible with input resolutions up to 1080p. NTSC/PAL Compatible. However, it must be noted that all video input signals are scaled to 720p for screen display.

12. Video Processing: Video processing and upscaling to 720p for standard resolution signals. Downscaling to 720p for 1080i and 1080p input signals.

13. Controls: Manual Focus control, On-screen menu system for other functions. Wireless remote control provided.

14. Input Access: Automatic video input Detection. Manual video input selection also available via remote control or buttons on projector.

15. Speaker: 1 Watt Mono.

16. Fan Noise: 28 db (standard mode) - 32 db (boost mode).

17. Dimensions (WxHxD): 6.3” x 1.3” x 4.0” (162 x 32 x 102 mm)

18. Weight: 21.7 ounces

19. Power Consumption: 85 watts (boost mode), Less than .5W watts in standby mode.

20. Included Accessories: Power Adapter, Universal I/O to VGA Cable Adapter, Mini-HDMI to HDMI Cable, Mini-HDMI to Mini-HDMI Cable, Soft carrying bag, Remote Control, Warranty Card.

Suggested Price: $499

Setup and Installation

Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector - Photo of Rear View

Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector - Photo of Rear View

Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com
First, set up a screen (size of your choosing). Then, position the unit any were from 3 to 9 feet from the screen. The Qumi can be placed on a table or rack, but probably the most flexible installation option is to mount it on a camera/camcorder tripod. The Qumi has a tripod slot on the bottom that enables the projector to be screwed onto almost any standard tripod mount.

Since the Qumi does not have adjustable feet or horizontal or vertical lens shift functions, the tripod setup option makes it much easier to get the proper height and lens angle in relation to your selected screen.

Next, plug in your source component(s). Turn on of the components on, then turn on the projector. The Vivitek Qumi will automatically search for the active input source.You can also access the source manually via the controls on the top of the projector or on the remote control

At this point, you will see the screen light up. To fit the image onto the screen properly, raise or lower the tripod or other mount that you are using for the Qumi. Also, since the projector has no Zoom function, you will have to move the projector forward or back in order display the desired size of the image on your screen or wall. You can also adjust the geometric shape of the image using the Keystone Correction function via the onscreen menu system.

Hardware Used

The additional home theater hardware used in this review included:

Blu-ray Disc Player: OPPO BDP-93.

DVD Player: OPPO DV-980H Upscaling DVD Player.

Home Theater Receiver: Harman Kardon AVR147.

Loudspeaker/Subwoofer System (5.1 channels): EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.

DVDO EDGE Video Scaler used for baseline video upscaling comparisons.

Audio/Video Cables: Accell and Atlona cables.

Projection Screen: Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 80-inch Portable Screen.

Software Used

Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector - Photo of Rear Connections

Vivitek Qumi Q2 HD Pocket Projector - Photo of Rear Connections

Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com
The software used in this review included the following titles:

Blu-ray Discs: Across The Universe, Ben Hur, Hairspray, Inception, Iron Man 1&2, Jurassic Park Trilogy, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, The Dark Knight, The Incredibles, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

Standard DVDs: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, Outlander, U571, and V For Vendetta.

Additional content from USB flash drives and 2nd Generation iPod Nano.

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