Summary: Very, very light usage since we purchased it about two years ago. No more than 400 hours of total usage (in fifteen minute chunks with the unit powered off inbetween) and it is now impossible to use owing to the black and white spots taking up about 40% of the screen. Will not buy again.
Summary: I too purchased a pico pk-201 in 2011. It worked well for aout a year. White spots began to appear on the image. Then they multiplied to the point a third of the image was unreadable. I bought a back up unit but wanted to get the first one fixed so that too could be a back-up. Its still under warranty.... so I just called the company...Optoma told me it indeed was under warranty but I would have to pay for the labor...
Summary: I Bought this projector in Nov. 2010, During the watching of a movie I noted white pixels. More and more are developing over time rendering the projector useless. I used the projector only for watching few movies and is not even near it's 20.000h lifetime as stated on the brochure. If anyone knows how to remove these, Where I could send the unit in the USA for warranty. please let me know.
A lot of dead pixels after 1.5 years. (black and white)
20 January 2012
Summary: I Bought this projector in 2010, here is what happend over a year later: During the watching of a movie I noted a few white pixels. After further examination I also noted a lot of black pixels. These pixels stay black or white independent of the source. More and more are developing over time rendering the projector useless. The projector is only used for watching movies in the bedroom and is not even near it's 20.000h lifetime as stated on the website/brochure.
Summary: I was so excited when finally my PK201 arrived. I read the manuals before actually used it, charged it, connected to my laptop and watched one 20-min tv series. At the end of the series, I realized that white spots started to appear at the bottom of my screen. Now these white spots have multiplied and black spots are also appearing and multiplying themselves. All in a span of 1 hour since my first usage!!!
Summary: When I bought it upper corner of the image was blurry. I should have returned it. I had a project so I had to keep it. Now there are bunch of white spots on the projected image. Optoma Technical service does not reply inquiries. Waste of 280 dollars...
Summary: Yes, it's wonderfully small, lightweight, portable, and easy to operate. But what you get from this projector is an image that even in a dark room on a projector screen at a mere 30" diagonal has illegible words and colors that are a miserable reflection of what you're trying to project. (Yes, I used the focus dial to try and sharpen the image.
Summary: It's very simple: with virtually no illumination, it will not project in anything other than a pitch black room. It's a great form factor, and I was probably hoping for more than such a tiny thing could deliver. Returning it to Amazon was a breeze. Who knows? maybe some day a tiny pocket projector will be able to deliver. Not yet...
Summary: I got one of these for fathers day this year. We've been using it 2 - 3x's per week for movie night since. We find the picture quality to be good (we are projecting on an 8'W x 5'H screen from a distance of about 17 feet). We hook up some wireless speakers to create a 'surround sound' effect & it feels like we are at the theater!
Summary: I just bought this little pup... and I must say it's well worth it!!! I had five other friends look at it and they all loved it as well. I hooked mine up with a mini hd cable I bought and it looks pretty good, but the downfall to it is that the sound is very poor and you pretty much have to rely on external speakers or headphones. It also heats up quite a bit, but I watched it straight for about 3-4 hours with no problem.