Philips PicoPix MaxTV review: Powerful portable
Portable projectors have become mainstream over the past year and can provide a quick and easy way to entertain the whole family, wherever you are.
7NEWS reviews the PicoPix MaxTV. Philips provided us with a device for testing purposes, but this did not affect our opinion of the product.
Our reviews always remain independent of the manufacturer and the first time they see the review is when you read it. Keep reading to find out what we think.
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How can I get it and how much will it cost?
Philips has launched the PicoPix MaxTV portable projector in Australia and can be purchased from JB Hi-Fi for $1,499.
It also comes with HDMI and USB-C video cables, making connectivity extremely easy.
Who is it good for?
If you’re like me, I don’t like having a permanent television screen in our children’s rooms. This is where I found portable projectors to be an amazing solution for the occasional movie night or weekend afternoon TV show.
I’ve already tested Samsung’s The Freestyle, which doesn’t include an internal battery, and XGIMI’s Halo+ which lasts two hours on its internal power source. What makes Phillip’s PicoPix MaxTV even more appealing is a four-hour battery life. And it lasts just as long.
I recently packed the PicoPix MaxTV in our luggage for a weekend so the kids could watch our own Netflix, Stan and BINGE streaming accounts in the hotel room. It was easily (and brilliantly) visible on the wall.
While the use cases vary depending on how you’d use the projector, having a portable TV is something I never thought I’d need – until I tried it.
How it works?
The Philips PicoPix MaxTV runs Android TV, which means you have access to hundreds of apps through the Google Play Store. There are all the usual streaming services available like Stan, Netflix, BINGE, 7plus, Disney+, ABC iView, Amazon Video and many more.
Setup is simple, especially if you already have a Google account, and the whole process is guided as soon as you turn on the PicoPix MaxTV.
After using other projectors in the same price bracket from Samsung and XGIMI, I found the PicoPix to be much brighter and the most responsive of the three. It also brings autofocus, keystone correction (for viewing angle correction) and even adaptive brightness.
Watching movies and TV shows on the PicoPix is a great experience. Even without a dedicated screen, I was just using a blank white wall – and it worked very effectively to get a clear, crisp picture. The kids certainly didn’t complain about anything, and that’s a big win in my book.
Something I liked was the built-in lens cover that slides out to protect it on the go. Although Samsung’s The Freestyle has a cover, it’s also a cover that could get lost easily because it’s not fully attached.
In terms of sound, the speakers are very clear and powerful. They are quite on par with those granted by Harman Kardon in XGIMI’s offering. There is also a good amount of bass. But as with all three projectors, you can connect an external audio source – such as a soundbar – to provide a more immersive experience. However, it also defeats the purpose of having something so portable.
Apart from the TV display, Philips has included what it calls ‘BoomBox’ mode. This turns the projector into a portable Bluetooth speaker that the company claims will last up to 10 hours. Although I couldn’t test this for 10 hours, connecting through my Pixel 6 Pro was extremely easy – and works like connecting to something like a Sonos Roam.
what we think
It’s something I never thought I’d need until I started using a portable projector.
It’s still a luxury, but being able to instantly create an entertainment space anywhere there’s a blank wall is very appealing without the need to install an actual TV.
But it’s a big investment to pay for portability when there are cheaper alternatives like TCL and their range of actual TVs – where you can buy a few for the price of a single projector.
However, if you’re someone who likes to travel and like the idea of on-the-go entertainment, then the PicoPix MaxTV ticks a lot of good boxes.