SmartQ U7 Tablet Projector Review
October 25, 2013
The U7 has three weaknesses worth noting. First, like most picos, the volume is sufficient for just one or two viewers. To be practical, you will need to connect an auxiliary speaker. Second, the focus slide button on the tablet is a bit touchy. I found that it was very difficult to find the correct adjustment. It would easily slide from one extreme to the other, but the middle ground was quite an ordeal to locate. Fortunately, once I was able to find it, it would remain in focus. For the first time, I found myself wishing for a focus wheel.
Finally, you can only charge the U7 with the AC adapter. Not being able to charge via the USB connection is a huge drawback for me. Being that I live the majority of my life in my car, I need to be able to plug it into my USB adapter and charge as I drive from soccer fields to fast food restaurants. Being chained to an electrical outlet is definitely not in my daily itinerary. Fortunately, the battery life is over three hours, so you can plan your adventures accordingly.
At $300, the SmartQ U7 projector tablet is definitely a smart buy. From a business presentation in the morning to a movie in the evening, this tablet seamlessly fits into any situation. With a native resolution of 854 x 480, it will not compete with the home theater projectors for picture quality, but the tablet takes first place when it comes to convenience and practicality. With the recent approval of Apple's patent for projector technology, it is only a matter of time until we see more of this embedded technology in our devices. For now, the U7 tablet is a worthy contender with a reasonable price tag.