Small and light, Vivitek’s Qumi Q6 can go places most other projectors can’t, making it the display of choice for small groups and quick set ups. The best part is that because it uses LEDs to create its illumination, it will never need an expensive lamp change.
Available in six colors, it can be had in everything but the expected dull gray. At 1.5- by 4.1- by 6.4-inches and 1.1-pounds, the Q6 is one of the smallest and lightest projectors around and is tiny compared to more conventional devices. It can fit into a jacket pocket and is the perfect complement to the current small slates.
Rather than a traditional power hungry lamp, the Q6 has a bank of LEDs and a single chip 0.45-inch DLP imaging array. They combine for 1,280 by 800 resolution that falls short of HD resolution. It has the ability to display up to a 7.5-foot image, but starts to get washed out at about 60-inches. Instead of 1,500- or 2,000-lumens of light, the Q6 is rated at 800 lumens and has trouble getting to that level.
Another place where smaller is better is with the Q6’s tiny remote control. Barely the size of a Post-It note, the remote control is powered by a single watch battery and lets you do things like turn the projector on and off as well as select its source and mute the system’s 2 watt speakers. There’s even a Blank button for putting up a black screen.
With a pair of HDMI ports, the Q6 is versatile and flexible. One of them can work with MHL-ready phones and tablets. You may not need to use HDMI cables, though, because the projector not only has WiFi built-in for wireless viewing, but EasyCast Pro. To get it to work, you’ll need to load software on your tablet.
The projector also has 4GB of capacity for storing files. It can directly display images, video, Office documents and Acrobat files and works with material on USB thumb drives.
The projector’s focus was rock solid, although the focusing thumbwheel it’s too easy to touch the Q6’s controls while using it. There are projection modes for Presentation, Bright, Game, Cinema, TV, Movie and sRGB. If you like you can set up your own mix of settings; the Q6 can save two of them.
While the Bright mode has an overall greenish cast to it, the Presentation handles flesh tones much better. Its yellows were surprisingly bright and the projector delivered strong reds and blues. In Bright mode, the Q6 managed to put out 490 lumens of extremely uniform illumination with neither hot spots nor dull zones.
At $600, the Q6 is priced on a par with most classroom projectors, but can save money over the long run because its LED illumination engine is rated to last up to 30,000 hours or nearly 20 years of typical classroom use. That means the Q6 can save roughly $1,000 in unneeded lamps alone over its expected life, turning it into a money maker.
+ Small, light and very portable
+ No lamps to change
+ Dual HDMI ports
+ MHL plus Miracast
+ Built-in document viewers
- Illumination below spec
- No optical zoom