PROS / The PicoPix 4935 has excellent battery life.
CONS / Its image quality is less than spectacular for an upper-end mini projector.
VERDICT / Its performance has some limitations, but the Philips PicoPix is a strong option for home users.
For home and basic business users, the Philips PicoPix 4935 provides a strong set of features and steady build quality. Externally, it's among the smallest full-sized mini projectors we evaluated. With its dimensions of 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.3 inches and weight of 0.77 pounds, the 4935 feels closer in size to a book than a standard pico projector.
While the projector includes a standard remote for navigation and settings, you can also control it through menus with the touchpad built into the top. Combined with the Philips Android-based interface, the touchpad is easy to navigate with and a nice touch.
Externally, the mini projector features a standard selection of connectivity options. While the Philips relies on a mini HDMI port – instead of a full-sized HDMI slot – for video input, it conveniently includes a short mini HDMI-to-HDMI cable that'll comfortably reach a connected laptop or home theater device. its secondary support for USB storage devices, microSD cards, wireless screen mirror and Bluetooth audio output are strong features tailored toward home and casual users.
The lack of out-of-box support for business standards like VGA output and composite video are slight hurdles for working professionals who want to use the PicoPix for meetings or presentations, but accessories for these port types are available from third-party vendors.
Internally, the PicoPix was an average performer in much of our testing. The mini portable projector put up middling marks in brightness and color accuracy, which refers to how accurately a projector can render a full spectrum of colors. In hands-on comparisons, the projector was still usable in both dark and light viewing environments, but its image wasn't the sharpest and suffered from light washing out of colors and details.
Considering the PicoPix's higher-end price tag, the middling image performance is a slight disappointment, but the projector's general-audience features give it strong value in other areas. With a time of two hours and 10 minutes in our battery life testing, which was the best battery life among the mini LED projectors we evaluated, and decent speaker performance for a pico projector, the 4935 still has versatility for home users to broadcast content like a movie or slideshow for a small group.
The Philips PicoPix 4935 has some limitations, but its strengths give the projector considerable value. While the 4935 lacks optimal image quality, its best-in-class battery life and portable size make it an excellent low-profile projector for home users.