Portronics may not be a brand name that flies off one’s lips, rather often in terms of popularity. They do not have a big brand name as that of Dell, BenQ or Acer. The brand however, is quite popular with respect to their portable devices, such as their Scanny portable scanners and portable chargers. The brand recently launched the POR 315, a portable projector that boasts of some interesting features that will surely rival the competition. Read on to know more about this pico charger and if it warrants a purchase or not.
The well spaced controls
The Portronics POR 315 is designed much like most pico projectors found in the market and due to its compact form factor, it can easily fit in a jacket pocket as well as a handbag to easily carry around. Measuring at just 126 x 73 x 35mm and weighing 225g, this makes it pretty small and lightweight as well.This projector is styled in glossy white with brown highlights, giving it a different look from most other projectors in the market that usually have a black finish.
The buttons located at the top are finished in brown too and they feel quite sturdy and appear like they could survive the depreciation of everyday usage. The buttons located at the top panel, include controls for setup, source, return, blank, a four way navigational pad, power and for the focusing of the projector. Connectivity options lie at the back and they include inputs, such as USB, HDMI, VGA and AV. Apart from these, there is also a slot for an SD card as well as a port for a 3.5mm audio jack. Vents at the front and back help in the cooling of this device.
No wobble when it is placed on the stand
The brand bundles a stand as well with this projector that is really sturdy and can support the device really well. There was no wobble, whatsoever and the controls can be used without the fear of it tipping over and falling. The overall design of the projector may not be the best in terms of looks, but it is definitely not ugly. In terms of button placement and spacing, the brand has done well. The build quality of it is really good and we had nothing to complain about.
The POR 315 is the brand’s only pico projector and Portronics have done well in adding a range of interesting features in it. Though it is loaded with features, the highlighted one is definitely the ability for it to be used without a power cable for a duration of up to two hours. This makes it convenient to be used on the go and it will be ideal for potential consumers who travel a lot and can display content easily on the fly. The brand have fitted LCoS technology in the projector which usually have great brightness levels. By using this technology one may also find content to appear smooth along with colours that are accurate.
Comes with a remote control
Another interesting bit of this projector is that it features a variety of connectivity options, such as HDMI, VGA, USB and the support for SD card. Having the HDMI capability, one can easily sync it to a laptop or a Blu-ray player to display content instead of using a VGA connector, which by the way is also present on this projector. But with the case of an HDMI connector, the scope widens giving it easy access to a range of newer devices, such as gaming consoles, laptops and PCs.
Portronics rates the brightness level of this projector at 45 lumens by using a LED bulb and can project content to size ranging from 5 inches to 80 inches diagonally. The native resolution found here is 1024 x 600 and supports aspect ratios of 16:9 and 4:3. There are various file formats supported here that include JPEG, BMP, PNG, MP3, WMA, WAV, M4A, AVI, RMVB, MPG, MPEG, DIVX, MKV, along with support for 1080p HD video content. A neat feature of this projector is that in the Picture settings one has the ability to adjust the values of primary colours, such as red, blue and green. This feat keeps it on par with many high end televisions that are present in the market.
Updated 24 May, 2013, 1:56 pm IST
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