Celluon’s new lightweight portable projector, the PicoPro, is a pocket-sized, high-resolution projector that was first unveiled at CES 2015. It should be available soon for $350 and up.

The device projects HD images in 1920 x 720p using red, yellow, and blue lasers as opposed to traditional LED lighting. The company claims it supports an 80,000:1 contrast ratio with a battery life of between two and three hours, depending on the type of use.

Celluon PicoPro 1

The PicoPro supports wireless connection using Miracast and DLNA, which allow users to mirror images from Android or Windows-based mobile devices.

It can also be connected to any device with HDMI support, including PCs and game consoles, using the included connector cable. Apple iOS device users must purchase a separate Lightning Digital AV Adapter ($44).

Pico projectors don’t always live up to their promise. Their miniature size means they don’t have the power or technology to equal a traditional projector.

However, the PicoPro received a fairly good review from CultofMac for providing a clear picture at more than 100 inches. Reviewer Leander Kahney notes that the sound quality is subpar, but overall the device meets the needs of a portable projector pretty well.

Celluon PicoPro 2

Celluon also offers a 720p, wireless-only model called the PicoAir which is already available from the Celluon shop and the Samsung Galaxy Extras store.

There are also plenty of other pint-sized projectors on the market. Mego Optoelectronics’ Android-based pico projector has been seen in the wild and costs about the same (slightly less, actually).

Or, if you are pinching your pennies, you could make your own mini projector with a DIY cardboard Smartphone Projector kit for about $20.

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23 replies on “Celluon’s PicoPro projector coming soon for $350 and up”

  1. This is the new benchmark for mini projectors. Might even start to replace some of the big ugly shoebox ones hanging from all the conference room ceilings. Costs less than the replacement bulbs for many, just as good a picture, and for all intense and purpose lasts forever.

  2. I saw this little unit at CES. “Spec wars” about lumens and resolution aside, from first hand experience this thing throws an very impressive picture even in the full light of the convention hall. Focus-free and no cooling fan, those are key features to me that keep getting completely overlooked which put this unit in a whole new class of micro projectors. The Celluon rep said it would be available early March…screw waiting for Christmas.

  3. Do these have “bulbs” that need to be changed? Any mention of how long they will last before they need to be changed?

  4. From the website:
    >1920 X 720p at 16:9 wide screen
    Pretty sure that is NOT 16:9. It’s like they couldn’t decide if they should advertise it as 1080P-capable (typical projector marketing talk) or 720P native res.

    Edit:
    So apparently 1920 X 720 is the “upscaled” resolution. What an odd “upscaled” resolution.

  5. You have left out the most important information about this projector the brightness or lumens which after investigating for myself is only 30 this is dreadful compared to other projectors surely with lasers they could do better then this ???? Poor review

    1. You must have missed this part…

      Pico projectors don’t always live up to their promise. Their miniature
      size means they don’t have the power or technology to equal a traditional projector.

      While a laser source doesn’t need to be as bright as a traditional projector light, as it’s more efficient, but there have always been trade offs with pico projectors, but you gain a projector you can actually carry with you easily without lugging it around like a big heavy equipment luggage and in a dark room it gets the job done…

        1. Pretty much any enclosed room that you can turn the light off can be dark enough… and again, this is a portable device that isn’t running on any more power than most mobile devices…

          1. My point is with lasers surely they can do better than 30 lumens

          2. On a portable, low powered device, that isn’t intended to burn out your retinas… Probably not… Again, this is never intended to replace dedicated equipment… Just something you can carry with you and use in a pinch to get the job done…

            Besides, the high contrast ratio and the simple fact a laser projection is more efficient means those 30 lumens are more effective than they would be with a traditional light projector… So it’s likely not as terrible as you’re thinking…

          3. Actually, they just confirm 32 Lumens on their twitter account. But comparing DLP with LBS is like comparing apple and oranges. side by side test will come in the next weeks so we can fully appreciate the brightness.

        2. Laser light is 1.5 brighter to the human eye than incandescent or LED light.

          Also, they use 3 lasers (R,G,B) to combine into one beam. The fallback is the Green laser since it has the biggest band wave and it is hard to increase the lumen output while keeping the power down. We own one (ShowwX) that outputs only 13 lumens and it still is bright enough in a low lit room.

          The main plus about this is that it is focus free, therefore the projection doesn’t need to be on a flat surface or shown perpendicular to that flat surface. It is in focus at a 10 foot distance at the same time it is in focus at a 1 foot distance.

          Imagine this, you turn your lights off in an empty room and connect this pico projector to a “toy gun” and play virtual Call of Duty while moving in a 360 degree range around the room. Even though the walls are not the same distance from the projector, you are always seeing the projection in focus. You can also “walk” the streets of any town on Google Maps. The applications for Laser based projectors are endless. Microvision is the leading company in Laser based pico projectors and they are going to take off once people realize the possibilities.

          1. Looking forward to a side by side compairison even at 1.5 that would be 48 lumens I had a Aaxa projector with 110 and its disappointing brightness so I don’t think 48 will cut it

  6. The most important feature was not mentioned: It is focus free, no need – and no possibility – to adjust the focus anymore. With 1920 * 720 pixels the resolution is far above of other pico projectors.

  7. Now this is interesting! It’s not that expensive compared to full sized projectors with similar or inferior resolution, your average 3LCD XGA Epson is about the same price (although they can usually give you a 2500-3000 ANSI lumen picture). I would really like to see a real life review of this, I might even get one!

  8. Never understood low resolution (even 720p) on projectors designed to project “up to 100 inches”. It would seem higher resolution, not lower, would be needed. When you can see individual dots from across the (darkened) room there is a problem. Now, if they market these as projectors for up to say 36 inches I can see the lower resolution. 😉

    1. You’re right. It’s said that on an LCD TV, you can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p
      on a screen 40″, 1080p becomes essential.

      1. Not necessarily, this perception is distance dependent and projectors are typically used for a audience that in turn typically view the image from further away than a typical TV is viewed from in one’s home…

        Only if the distance of the viewer remains relatively close would this became a real issue… Besides, these will mainly be used for presentations that in turn will usually have passed out documentations, files, etc. for any detailed observations…

        Besides, they wouldn’t want you to replace your expensive entertainment center with this pico projector ;-p

        This is mainly, on the go improvised usages and not intended to replace any dedicated equipment…

        1. Realy, i’m wrighting this from the confort of my bed and will surely appreciate a celluon picopro projecting a movie on my bedroom ceiling while writing this. i am very impress by the technology…. Tree lasers beaming into a mirror that move 30 millions time per second to provide a HD 100″+ screen is something out of this world.

  9. This would be the highest resolution pico projector available. It looks promising! I’ll probably snatch one up as soon as it’;s available. I’;ve been waiting years for a full 1080p pico projector. I guess this unsual resolution is as close as we’re going to get for a while (1920×720).

  10. hmm wonder if they are using the Sony module developed with Microvision tech, Sony had this weird res.

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