Review Contents
Introduction
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Mobile Presentation
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Street Price: n/a
MSRP:$799
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:2,500:1
Lumens:300
Weight: 1.4 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:DLP
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:30,000 Hrs
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  HDMI, Headphone Jack, MemoryCard, USB
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Vivitek Qumi Q2
Pocket Projector

Allan Abbott, October 10, 2011

Since the holidays are approaching, let's make a wish list for a pocket projector that we can use to share all manner of video, pictures, and presentations family, friends, and co-workers. The ideal projector might look something like this: 300 lumens, 1280x800 widescreen resolution, solid contrast, a lamp that lasts forever, 3D capability, all wrapped up in a tiny package that weighs less than 2 lbs. and sells at street prices around $500. Here is some good news . . . if you ask Santa for a projector like that, he will bring you the Vivitek Qumi Q2.

When I pulled the Qumi Q2 out of the box, I hooked up every source I could think of including a Mac, a PC, a DVD player, an iPad, an SD card reader, and a USB thumb drive. After many hours of operation, I can report that video performance was very good for such a small projector and connectivity is terrific. However, there are a few issues that take some of the bloom off the rose. Audio from the 1-watt speaker is weak, and focus drifts during the first 15 minutes of operation. Also, selecting Eco mode lowers fan noise on most projectors, but in the Q2's case, fan noise increases in Eco mode which is odd. Still, the Qumi Q2 offers a nice combination of features in a very compact projector, and it stands in a class by itself. And here is an intriguing touch: Vivitek doubles the choices over Henry Ford's offer for the Model T. You can get the Q2 in any color you wish as long as it's black or white.

Image size must be limited when brightness is in the 300-lumen range, and I found that with moderate ambient light, best results were obtained with the image diagonal under 60". This provides a bright enough image for a small audience while still delivering the impact of a relatively large image. One caution: even though the Q2 is 3D capable, brightness drops substantially when viewing 3D material, and it probably will be less than stunning to watch a 3D movie through the extra-cost shutter glasses that the Q2 requires.

Review Contents: Introduction Key Features Shortcomings and Summary

Reader Comments(10 comments)

Posted Aug 17, 2014 6:00:55 PM

By Edwin

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My unit makes a fan noise after 5 mins of operation... Looking for MFN guarantee.. (Blower/fan inside to cool down)

Posted Jul 1, 2014 12:16:26 PM

By tesh

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qumi5 is a travel projector but the vouleme is so low that you need to travel with professional speakers any body can help for solution??

Posted Aug 21, 2013 9:35:59 PM

By William

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My Qumi has a fan and in the summer it works overtime. Also experienced the focus drift. Can connect my iPhone directly to it. Never use little speaker - quite useless. I project image +- 2.5m from enhanced back-end glass screen and it helps with the image quality (Need to limit light in the room for day use though), but I am thinking of moving it closer (2m) to the screen to bring more life to the image- but then the image size will also be much smaller. Curently 1.5 m high image All in all, I am very happy with it.

Posted Sep 7, 2012 2:14:51 PM

By Tung Ngo

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I do like the way you write your review. I made me smile when I was reading it. Thank you

Posted Aug 23, 2012 11:21:57 AM

By Katie

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My Qumi does the same thing as Alicia's. Will someone please respond to our comments I do not know if I should fix something or just let it be.

Posted Jan 30, 2012 6:59:30 AM

By Colby Parsons

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I don't understand the reviewer's comments about fan noise. The Qumi has no fan at all. I got one of the first of these when they came out last summer and I can say for sure that since then there hasn't been even the slightest noise.

Posted Nov 19, 2011 6:57:37 PM

By alicia

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when i turn it on it only last about 2min before just turning off the lights on top will still flash though ... why is it doing this

Posted Nov 3, 2011 7:38:49 AM

By Gladys

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Compared side by side, which one performs better qumi or lg hx350T

Awaiting answer for purchase :)

Posted Nov 1, 2011 11:58:05 AM

By jamie griffiths

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Does it only run on Ac or is there a battery option? thanks

Posted Oct 20, 2011 9:03:21 AM

By zvi bar

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can I connect it to my HTC smartphone?

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