Velocity Micro Shine pico projector does 720p on the cheap

Michael Crider - Jan 13, 2012, 12:47am CST
Velocity Micro Shine pico projector does 720p on the cheap

Pico projectors have become a well-established category in their own right, much to the delight of road warriors and those who want a lot of bang for their buck when it comes to display size. With Velocity Micro’s latest effort in the category, there may be a lot more bang in the near future. Their Shine series of projectors combines small size, big definition and affordability to make an attractive little package. The company gave us a demonstration of the upcoming hardware at CES.

First of all, the Shine’s image is displaying a full 720p resolution at 300 lumens. That doesn’t get anywhere near full-sized projectors, bu for pico projectors it’s hard to beat, with most alternatives at around the 800×600 range. The image can be displayed at up to 150 inches before losing definition. A mini-HDMI port expands to full size and a proprietary port becomes a full set of AV inputs, via a couple of included adapters.

The Shine can handle video from an attached USB drive via an input on the left side. A tiny speaker will provide some audio in a pinch, but outputting it via a headphone port is a better option. In the demonstration that Velocity Micro provided to us, the projector kept up with 720p content without a hitch. The interface is a little basic, but once the video gets going it’s shocking how good the picture is from such a small projector.

Perhaps the most impressive part of the Shine’s spec sheet is that it draws just 30 watts – for a pico projector displaying 300 lumens, that’s downright illuminating. Having a frame that’s only 4 inches long and 9 ounces doesn’t hurt either. Velocity Micro plans to bring out the Shine in the second quarter for around $400, with red and grey colors available at launch.

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