Philips PPX4010 Portable LED Pocket Projector Review

by Jane on April 27, 2016

The Philips PPX4010 Portable LED Pocket Projector is not going to satisfy the needs of every person but the core functionality from this tiny projector is impressive. Not to say it’s perfect but we think the only way a person will be completely dissatisfied after purchasing this mini model is if they did not understand what they were buying to begin with.

Again, we are not saying this is 100% perfect but considering the price point and how small it is we were very surprised at how well it functions. This review will break down what the PPX4010 is and what it is not.

Below the video we will tell you what uses we recommend it for. If you already own this model we would appreciate your feedback in the comment section below.

Business, classroom, home movies?

If you are looking for a portable model for giving presentations in large rooms for business or school we do not recommend this model for this purpose. While, we are impressed with the output of this tiny projector it does have its limitations. A person who is wanting to buy a model for the primary purpose of presentations in large rooms to large audiences will be better off with something more powerful.

It could make a nice little back-up if something went wrong with the table top projector but we don’t recommend this for presentations in large rooms to large audiences.

Philips PPX4010 Portable LED Pocket Projector review

Not recommended for presentations in large rooms

Are we saying this Philips PPX4010 projector is a bad choice for presentations? No, only in larger rooms. In smaller rooms with smaller audiences it would function quite well. I am thinking back to the last company I work for. In our quarterly financial presentations/meetings, there would be at maximum 15 people sitting in the room, the person furthest from the screen was probably no more than 15 feet. From our screen testing at home we believe it would function well in an environment such as this.

The connectivity includes both HDMI and USB: mini-HDMI to HDMI and mini-USB to USB. That might be confusing to some. Lets just say you will have no problem connecting it to your laptop, desktop or tablet to project your PowerPoint presentation.

This model also makes a very good home or portable model for movies or streaming video from a laptop or tablet, connect to Netflix, connect to Blu-Ray or DVD. It is capable of projecting a 120-inch screen image which is great for movies.  If you are a person who travels and watches a lot of movies this would be one you would want to consider

First impression out of the box

It is very small. Its about as big as a pack of cards and probably not much heavier. The dimensions and weight of this model are:

  • Weighs 2.9 ounces
  • Dimensions: 0.87 x 2.6 x 2.68 -inches (H xW x D)

This is one of the smallest and lightest projectors on the market in 2016. The portability rating is excellent. A lady could carry it around in her purse. It would fit in the side pocket of a backpack with no problem.

First Frustration out of the box

Seen in the image below on top of the light source is the little wheel you spin to increase and decrease the brightness. Everyone may not experience this same frustration. However, we felt the brightness controls were a little touchy.

However, while we be still believe the controls are a bit touchy, we probably experienced more frustration than the average user can expect. Our frustration was exacerbated as we were testing screen size and how well the model handled different levels of ambient light at different brightness settings.


Philips PPX4010 Portable LED Pocket Projector review


Screen size and brightness tests

After this model arrived at our house we had it connected to our laptop and projecting images on our basement wall within 5 minutes of taking it out of the box. As far as connectivity goes it is plug and play simple.

The projector does a decent job at handling ambient room light and max’ed out at around a 120 inch diagonal screen image before any major degradation of image quality. This does not require complete darkness to enjoy but we would recommend dimming the lights for the best viewing experience.

Second thing to note that some people might not like: While it was simple to connect to our laptop and we had it projecting an image in very little time out of the box adjusting the size of the image was a bit more difficult. The is no capstone correct or auto focus on this model. The only way you can adjust the image size is by physically moving the projector closer or further from your screen. Compared to larger table top models, it helps and makes it easier this Philips model is so small and lightweight but depending on the circumstances we see this could be a hassle for some people.

While we are at it we will mention a 3rd thing that could be a negative: This is probably the smallest and lightest projector you can buy in 2016. But is it too lightweight? I can’t give a good example but I know there has been times you have encountered the same problem. You plug a cord into something and the strength of the cord can sometimes lift or turn whatever the device and move it but you need it to stay in a specific spot! I have no good example off the top of my head but I know I have experienced this. You get my drift?

This model weighs only 2.9 ounces. If you plug it into a crooked cord you probably will be getting some bad results, as far as it being lifted up or turned sideways. Obviously this is not good when you are trying to project an image on to a screen.

We just remembered another reason you might not like this: There are o built in speakers, you will need to connect this to an external audio source for sound. For some people this might be a big deal but in general, the majority of people do not rely on projector speakers for sound. Most already plan to use an external audio source.

The bottom line –  Philips PPX4010 Portable Projector

If you want a extremely small and lightweight but also a very capable projector in 2016 this Philips model is one that sticks out in the crowd as being extremely small and highly portable . As far as we know this is the smallest and lightest model available in 2016. And it’s hard to image anything much smaller but I am sure in the future things will get crazy and something smaller will come along. Hard to image though as we look at this tiny projector.

As we said, this is not a model you will want to buy if you are needing to make presentations in large rooms. But it does provide very good colors and contrast and the ability to project a 120 inch diagonal screen image. This is great for people wanting an affordable mini portable projector.

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