Samsung SP-H03 WVGA DLP Projector
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$299 MSRP Discontinued

A short time ago, I described a projector with the phrase "Good things come in small packages". Samsung's new SP-H03 DLP projector deserves better, so let me say that "Great things come in pico packages." At 7½ ounces and 2¾" square, this is the smallest 30-lumen pico projector on the market. This projector is made for hallway conversations and small meetings that can now include a projection experience. It is perfect for "show and tell" sessions with photos, video clips, and short business documents pre-stored in internal memory. Full-length movies will exceed battery time, but the AC adapter solves that issue, so now you can watch "Gladiator" or some other favorite in the comfort of your hotel room with an image larger than your laptop's screen.

The SP-H03 fits easily in the palm of your hand. Mini cable adapters connect composite video and VGA computer sources, and a USB adapter handles memory sticks. Top that off with 1 GB of internal memory, a microSD slot, and a list price of $299.99, and you have a potent little projector for intimate settings.


Brightness and Uniformity: Many projectors do not live up to their brightness specification, but the SP-H03 hits its mark exactly. Specified at "27 lumens typical, 30 max", it delivered 27 ANSI lumens in Normal mode at maximum brightness. Eco mode dropped brightness to the 15-lumen level, and uniformity was 80% with the bottom of the image a little brighter than the top.

Controlling ambient light makes pico projector images appear brighter, but even in a moderately bright room, a 24"diagonal image is bright enough for close-up viewing. The SP-H03 can project up to an 80" image, but if you want to get anywhere near that size, you will have to turn out lights and lower shades for a satisfactory image.

Image Size and Position: For all images sizes, the centerline of the lens is even with the bottom of the image. This is convenient for desktop placement in intimate seating arrangements since the center of the image is roughly at eye level. There is no keystone correction in most picos, so if you have to tilt the projector to get the image where you want it, you will distort the picture symmetry. For best viewing while sitting close to the screen, place the projector at tabletop height, and the center of the image will be roughly at eye level.

Source Selection: On power-up, the SP-H03 presents an Input Source menu where you can select AV for video, PC for computer, and memory sources such as internal, USB, and microSD. Within the memory categories, you can choose Documents, Videos, Photos, and Music. The memory limit for USB memories is 16GB, and for microSD cards, it is 32GB.

User Settings: As you might expect with a pico projector, some user settings are absent (e.g., color temperature and wall color compensation), but brightness and contrast are adjustable in all modes with saturation and tint settings also adjustable in video mode.

Connections: Like most picos, the SP-H03 uses mini connectors and cable adapters to connect external sources. A general-purpose connector accommodates an included VGA adapter, a mini phone jack connects an adapter that fans out to three RCA females for composite video, and a mini USB adapter cable provides a full-size female USB connector for memory sticks. Component video is connected via a Y/PB/PR-to-VGA adapter cable (not included).

Warranty: Samsung offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty for the projector, and the battery is included as well.


Image Quality: In controlled ambient light conditions, the video quality of the SP-H03 is quite good. A few adjustments to default settings of brightness, contrast, and saturation are needed to optimize the image, but the result is well worth the effort. While a 1000:1 contrast ratio is not going to deliver shadow detail and differentiated highlights, the SP-H03 does put up a well-saturated and well-balanced image with excellent flesh tones. Data images lack some punch, but increasing brightness and contrast from optimal video settings helps.

Aspect Ratio: The SP-H03's native 854 x 480 resolution makes it a natural for viewing movies. The 800 x 600 competitors display widescreen 480i video with black borders above and below the image, but the SP-H03 maps 16 x 9 images full frame with no black bars.

Computer-free Presentations: Using Samsung's Document and Media Viewer conversion utilities, you can store your Microsoft Office documents (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe .PDF files, and movie, image, and audio content in their native formats in internal memory.

Compatibility: The SP-H03 can accommodate a wide range of data, video, and music formats. Formats supported include VGA to 1280 x 800 (WXGA 16:10) for computers, NTSC, AVI, and MP4 for movies, JPEG and GIF for images, MP3 and WAV for music . . . and several more that limited space prevents listing.

Fan noise: At 23dB in Normal mode, fan noise will probably be lower than what you will hear from air conditioning vents or outside traffic. Low fan noise is especially helpful since the SP-H03's audio output is relatively low.

Internal Memory: For such a small projector, you might think that internal memory would be limited, but the SP-H03 packs a hefty 1 GB of storage, considerably more than some of its competitors.

Battery Life: Once the snap-on external battery is fully charged via the AC adapter, the SP-H03 will last for about an hour and a half showing a movie with audio at mid-range. If you are looking at photos with no sound, then you will get close to two hours of viewing time.

Detachable Battery: If you really want to minimize the size of the projector, you can unsnap the battery from the bottom of the SP-H03 and use only the AC adapter. While the adapter does take up space, it can go on the floor out of sight, and you will lower the projector's height to only 1 inch and reduce its volume to an astonishing 7 ½ cubic inches.

Lamp Life: Like many pico projectors, the SP-H03 uses LEDs to illuminate the DLP chip. This technology puts lamp life into the 30,000-hour range, so lamp replacement is unnecessary for the useful life of the projector.

Menu Control: For some pico projectors, the lack of a remote control is a limitation because pushing panel buttons can jostle the projector. In the SP-H03's case, however, this is overcome by having touch-sensitive controls embedded in the top surface of the projector. When you touch the surface, seven backlit menu icons appear. These touch-sensitive icons are easy to identify and respond to a light touch, and it is a simple matter to select the one you want without disturbing the projector.

Maintenance: Good news here . . . there is nothing to do but clean the lens occasionally and vacuum the air intake vents if dust has accumulated.


Placement Flexibility: Pico projectors, including the SP-H03, typically do not have zoom lenses, so image size is directly proportional to the projector's distance from the screen. For example, a 48" image puts the SP-H03 at 66" from the screen, and if that is not a convenient spot to set the projector, then you will have to live with a different image size.

Image Focus: Like most picos, the SP-H03 has a relatively simple optics system that does not deliver as sharp an image focus as larger projectors. Still, a slightly soft focus lends a bit of theater effect to movie viewing that is quite enjoyable. Focus is adjusted by a slider on the left side of the projector.

Audio Quality: The SP-H03's 1-watt speaker may be enough for a very small audience seated close to the projector although the sound is all mid and high frequencies. However, there is an audio output for those times when you need external amplification.

On-Screen Menus: While the menus are easy to get to via the backlit icons on the SP-H03's surface, getting to the function you are after is not particularly intuitive and some practice is needed. A clearer explanation in the included User Guide of how to navigate the menus would be a nice documentation upgrade.

Rainbow Effects: Even though the SP-H03 uses LEDs for illumination and avoids the need for a color wheel, it still has some minor rainbow artifacts in certain fast moving video scenes. Not all viewers will see these artifacts, so a try-before-you-buy approach might be a good idea to see if you are susceptible to rainbow effects.

No Digital Input: Several of its competitors offer a digital input, but the SP-H03 does not. This means that you won't be able to connect DVI or HDMI signals you may have on your computer or DVD player.


If you are a mobile presenter that really likes to travel light or you want to watch movies while traveling with an image bigger than your laptop display, then Samsung's SP-H03 might be the answer. It is compact, light, and puts up a surprisingly good picture for its size. With only 480 lines of vertical resolution, it is more suited to movies and PowerPoint slides than detailed spreadsheets, but battery life is close to two hours, and many image formats can be displayed. Ambient light can be an issue and there is no digital input, but at $299.99, the SP-H03 is a serious contender in the pico projector market.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Samsung SP-H03 projector page.

Comments (84) Post a Comment
Arif 9390005030 Posted Aug 25, 2010 7:12 PM PST
I am dealing with the best handheld projector which can be connected to laptop, computer,DVD player, set top box, wifi, playstation and ipod.its costing just 23,800(fixed including all taxes). [edit note - about $508 US]

This is best suitable for presentations, personal and official use.

20000 hrs lamp life

10 hours continuous usage nonstop

consumes very less power

inter memory of 1GB ..extended upto 32 GB

1 year of total replacement warranty

Very good picture quality

800/600 resolution

Screen size is 5/4 feet and can be extended till 7/6 feet

Azfar Posted Oct 21, 2010 6:51 AM PST
Amazing performance for a small projector. Fits in your pocket with the soft cover. Buy a 16 gig Micro SD card and you have a on the move entertainment and does not require power (1.5Hrs for sure)
Ramesh Posted Oct 26, 2010 2:30 AM PST
Hello Everyone,I bought this pico projector 2 weeks was working i am having some problem in it.I cannot add nor delete any files from its internal says delete completed,but the file is still there.And whenever i want to insert any file inside internal memory,it didn't copy....whats the problem guys.....i reseted it,but it didn't work...i think i have to update the firmware..but i didn't find it there any factory setting me out...
chris Posted Oct 29, 2010 10:27 AM PST
I have just bought one of these - truly brilliant device - i was worried that it might be too feint in a light room but it is no different from a normal projector. Have a problem with the speaker OUT not working though which is very annoying.
vijay Posted Oct 29, 2010 10:44 AM PST
do you mean your audio out is not working or in the input mode AV/PC is not working.

please explain abt this problem

thanks Suman
Delno Tromp Posted Nov 6, 2010 9:38 AM PST
Greetings! I just bought yesterday a SP-H03 but to my surprise when I tried to connect this to my MacBook there was no cable to do this? Please help. Thank you
Poongundran Posted Nov 29, 2010 4:58 PM PST
Hello everyone,Recently i bought this projector thinking that it can play all video/image formats as mentioned in many reviews and websites , but i got disappointed to notice that it does not even support avi for video and JPEG for image , when i connected my pen drive , except wmv , it says all other files JPEG / avi etc as invalid format.

Am i missing something , please can somebody clarify whether it can really play avi and jpeg ?
adrian riddell Posted Dec 7, 2010 6:58 AM PST

I have a macbook pro and was wondering if the samsung SP-H03 is compatible with it?

Kind regards

Adrian Riddell
nusaka Posted Dec 12, 2010 2:26 AM PST
the projector is just fine, it reads pdf, ppt, doc, docx, xls, xlsx, avi, mp3, jpg, bmp, gif... It reads and sub files with the movies... If you have trouble with the internal memory you can always format it! :) I did it, it's working... :) Good luck
ChrisW Posted Jan 2, 2011 4:17 AM PST
I've been using this for a few days. Image quality is excellent such a small device.

The only thing to look out for is that image resolution is limitted to 4MP any more and you will get an error message saying that the image format is not recognised. JPEGs work fine but you must respect this limitation.

There is a similar issue concerning video file size. I'm not sure exactly what the limitation is for the moment but under 1.5GB works fine and 2.5 does not.

For info, MP4 at 852x480 resolution works fine (I'm using cloneDVDmobile from Slysoft)

There is a downloadable manuel from the Samsung site that is worth a look.

If anyone can share other information I'd be grateful ;-)

javier salinas Posted Jan 16, 2011 3:25 PM PST
Translated below: pese a cargar la bateria por muchas horas, cuando uso proyectando fotos o video, la bateria se descarga rapidamente y no dura como dicen 2 hras, porque?

despite charging the battery for several hours, when projecting photos or video use, the battery is discharged quickly and does not last as they say 2 hrs, why?
Rene Canlas Posted Jan 23, 2011 3:30 PM PST
Just bought this projector last week. Very nice portable projector for the price. However, can this projector really output Y/Pb/Pr (component video) through the DSub (VGA)? Several websites, including this article and the Samsung product page for the SP-H03 indicate that it does, but I've tried a known working VGA to component cable with my PS3 and iPad, but so far, the projector refuses to detect a signal. Hope the author or someone else can post a clarification to this issue.
MrZero Posted Feb 8, 2011 5:55 AM PST
I'm not sure what the issue is about .avi files. A friend of mine just demo'd one to me and it played .avi files back fine as well as .mp4s.
yoyi Posted Feb 10, 2011 5:09 PM PST
{see English below} peut-on brancher un iphone 4 sur le pico samsung sp-h03

Google tranlation: you can connect an iphone 4 on the pico samsung sp-h03
Marshall Posted Feb 27, 2011 2:21 PM PST
I am simply amazed by this pico projector! I bought it from Best buy after reading their reviews. The only people who hated it were Mac owners. Did you buy a Mac because they are so versatile and compatible? I hope not. It is still a PC world. Anyway, This projector prompted me to take back a 22-inch LED tV that I bought the same day. Yes, I know the resolution of the pico is nowhere near the same, but for movies, I'd rather have a soft-detailed 60-inch display than a finely detailed 22-inch tv across the room. In a dark room with the right screen, this projector is amazing! I'm going to show it off at work tomorrow.
danny Posted Mar 4, 2011 4:29 PM PST
I just bought one of these used and it didn't come with the d-sub cable. Does anyone know where I can buy one? I am also having a hell of a time to figure out what to call this cable, so that I can even search for it.

sk8baby Posted Mar 17, 2011 12:28 AM PST
Attempting to transfer a Motorola DroidX Gallery picture to the SPHO3's Photo File. Have connected micro/mini USB's but no transfer? Are additional drivers required...thanks!
Jules Posted Mar 23, 2011 9:15 AM PST
Hi guys,

anybody has an answer for the above question: How to access-copy-remove files from internal memory and microSD?

running on Linux here... Otherwise really nice device!
Brenden Posted Mar 23, 2011 3:48 PM PST
Dear spho3 owners and potential buyers,

having recently purchased one of these projectors from SAMSUNG, myself & friends are highly impressed!!!

so far the projector is without fault.....except for two.

1: the manual focus "slider" is vauge and difficult at times to sharpen the image.

2: the limitation of projecting a 4mp image in jpeg form is very restricting.

most modern digital cameras are greater than 5 and often 10mp.

does any one know of software that can reconfigure a 10mega pixel jpeg to "trick the projector" into thinking it is only 4mp.

......or is there another way around this sad restirction that makes a fantastic projector only great???

i hope that someone reading this can post an answer??

Result Posted Apr 2, 2011 1:48 PM PST
I have connected my IPad to the pico and it says check cabels - is the pico incompatible with the IPad ?
gilou Posted Apr 4, 2011 2:17 PM PST

I've tried to use this pico on a macbook pro when I first connected the projector to the mac the internal memory was recognized but not the SD card.

I tried to put somme video files on the internal memory Then I tried to use the projector alone but when I browse the menus the folders are empty...

now when I connect the projector to the mac i still can't see the SD card, but I can't put files on the internal memory either...

am I missing something?
fer Posted Apr 15, 2011 9:46 AM PST
See Google Translation below: hola, estaba viendo el comentario de chris, dice que le funciona perfectamente en una habitacion con luz, pero a mi no me funciona bien, se ve muy claro, he tratado de mejorarlo con el brillo y contraste pero igual, hay alguna manera de mejorarlo ? gracias espero su respuesta

hello, I was watching the commentary chris, says he works perfectly in a room with light, but I do not work well, is very clear, I tried to improve the brightness and contrast, but equally, there is a way to make ? I hope your answer thanks
Sean Vonnegut Posted Apr 21, 2011 7:28 AM PST
I'm trying to get my projector to work from a jump drive...instead of having to travel with a bulky cable to my laptop. I want to be able to show presentations by simply linking it to a jump says it can be done, but I can't get it to work...suggestions?
andrea Posted May 10, 2011 7:53 PM PST
Hi, i got mine on december. till this past week it worked excellent with home entertainment. now i have white noise in my projection (like snow), from the moment i turn it on. has anyone experienced this?
marph Posted May 15, 2011 3:51 PM PST
Can anyone tell me how to navigate this projector in power point presentation, I only use it for presentation. For example, a presentation of 20 slides, does it allow me to navigate between different pages? Or simply has a fixed time for each slide!
Noriel Getalado Posted Jun 13, 2011 1:30 AM PST
I just bought the Samsung SP-H03 LED PICO Projector last month. My problem is i have inserted a micro SD Card in the SD Card slot, and i would like to ask how to remove the micro SD Card?

Mark Auca Posted Jun 24, 2011 9:00 AM PST
I have just bought my pico and I am really impressed. This is my second Samsung projector. I have never experienced any major problem with the first one. It is portable also, but this pico is the best
Billy Posted Jul 6, 2011 4:56 PM PST
Running this one for a long time,

What did not work so far, and how i solved it -Component, tried several cables (component to vga) to connect my ps3 or wii with high quality. Does not work, ended up buying a component to vga box, what cost me about 80 bucks. called samsung, and they didn't know. They should call me back like 6 months ago. - connecting to a mac with vga, Use displayconfigX and set the resolution to 800x480 with 60hz (for movies ok, but for osx itself it's not nice to work with). That should do the job. with windows no problems @ 800x600 trough vga.

Rest work fine
Vinicius Posted Jul 18, 2011 10:06 AM PST
Same here, i have white noise at the projector!
migago Posted Jul 25, 2011 8:10 AM PST
try pushing a bit, it clicks and comes out.
wwz Posted Aug 8, 2011 10:18 AM PST
@Ramesh: try deleting from your PC (using it as a disk). The projector stores the files it "deletes" in a seperate folders, so they remain on the disk.

@Delno Tromp: there is a VGA adapter, and then you need a VGA-minidsiplay adapter, as always with VGA stuff.
Paul Olivier Posted Sep 4, 2011 1:27 PM PST
I can't get a picture from my PC with VGA. message comes up 'audio input is shared by both video and PC. please check audio cable'. Then it comes up with 'non optimum mode'. This thing is pissing me off. Why not keep it simple Samsung, unless I have a problem with my projector??
Dfok Posted Sep 5, 2011 1:43 AM PST
I'm using the VGA converter between my iPad the projector, it just shows "audio input is shared by both video and PC, then no signal. How to solve that?
Dev Posted Oct 10, 2011 1:14 PM PST
I am also getting the same problem. When AV IN is connected I get a meesage saying " AUDIO is shared between both PC and AV. Please check cables". Then No Signal. I am using the SCART to AV converter as input to SP-H03. Can anyone suggest what could be the issue?
Marce Posted Oct 13, 2011 5:55 PM PST
I got a Pico Projector a couple of months ago as a present and I've used it a couple of times. The last time I turned it on, some white dots appeared on the top right of the projected image. After a while, the whole image looked like a starry night; dots spread all over it and I wonder what is going on. I've read some forums but none of the explanations there have helped me. Can anybody help me out? Thanks a bunch!
Christine Posted Oct 16, 2011 2:30 AM PST
I've got a macbook air

I bought the Mini Display port to VGA Adapter, connected it to the PC adapter doesn't work...

is there anything I am doing wrong or is this simply not compatible! If so that should be clearly stated by Samsung!
sOLIS Posted Oct 19, 2011 3:35 PM PST
Can't seem to be able to connect the projector to ipod or ipad. HELP
Andrew Posted Oct 20, 2011 4:24 PM PST
New version of io5 for Iphone allows the video output to work with a vga cable, tested before the update and it didn't work but it does now.
Daniel Posted Oct 30, 2011 8:52 AM PST
First i had nothing but praise 4 this fine piece of small hardware .. but now its a bit less. Battery life is not what i thought it should have ... Why? The files on the SDcard are not always recognized ,pop it out and back in and it works! weird ... playback is sometimes only 5 secs and later the whole movie!!?? weird ... ( and yes they are the supported format ) vga to rca does nt give me image, my iPad doesn't wanna show image through rca cables. Samsung support .. well there is nt any " thats odd it should work" ...shhhright!

Overall still like the darn thing but a bit more tips and tricks on how to connect this versatile hardware is very very welcome!!
Mohamed Posted Nov 16, 2011 1:18 AM PST
I connected my micro sd and it doesn't show the images or videos and show it's thumbnail as ? And keep giving file not supported
purkey Posted Nov 18, 2011 9:52 AM PST
i have, and it's slowly just going away if i leave it on, it's weird, one dot at a time.
peter kovaccs Posted Nov 29, 2011 8:26 AM PST
What do you think? Can i use this device whith a dvd player? Can I connect to it?
Sabine Posted Dec 6, 2011 10:21 AM PST
I would like to play an .avi file from the internal memory. Uploading goes fine, but then it wont play it. Only mp4 files. I am not satisfied with that resolution though. Can anybody help?
Klaus Rahka Posted Dec 22, 2011 8:08 AM PST
My SP-H03 works fine with a digibox, both out of a scart connector to AV and films stored onto the hard disc. DV cameras (Panasonic NV400, SD100 and TA1 in all picture aspect ratios) also work well (also the micro SD loaded in the TA1) and DVD films in 16:9 format played on my DVD players. Problems appear when playing films in the 4:3 format, both commercial old (ec. Jacques Tati "Les Vacances de Mr Hulot", Michail Barychnikovs ballet "Don Quixote/the Met asf) as well as my own snaps recorded onto DVD (at least the TA1). These are displayed as widened 16:9 (people become fat) and if I choose the 4:3 formats in the DVD player an additional vertical squeeze occurs distorting the picture further. Also using the SP-H03 Pico as a second screen on my old DELL computer with a 4:3 screen, the picture is widened to 16:9, that is distorted. But as a direct screen for TV replacement it is beautiful. I hope the product guarantee will help update firmware or something will sove the 4:3 to 16:9 distortion problem.
Klaus Rahka Posted Dec 23, 2011 12:22 AM PST
Further clarification to the picture distortion problem was found when watching "As Time Goes By" on TV last night. While a part stored onto the digibox hard disc shows the original 4:3 picture undistorted, direct viewing from the cable box using SP-H03 distorts the "on air" picture to 16:9 (video out from box), while the picture in the Panasonic TV screen is OK. Now also my old Philips aerial digibox produces a distorted picture (4:3 to 16:9) through the SP-H03. I sincerely hope to get something to solve the distortion problem. Did I say I could get no picture from film viewing on my 4:3 DELL, while at the same time the computer background picture was shown through the SP-H03, distorted to 16:9...i.e. the video window only was black, while the computer screen shows it all...
Klaus Rahka Posted Dec 25, 2011 2:11 PM PST
Yes. If not just using the RCA "video out" (yellow, white and red for sound), connectors S-video-RCA video or scart-RCA video are available so the out from virtually any DVD player is no critical issue. Referring to my notes the aspect ratio might present a problem if the DVD film is in 4:3. Other aspect ratios have been no problem to me. E.g "Arabian Lawrence" and "Patton" play well. 4:3 distorts to 16:9 making everybody fat and wide. Hope to find a solution and asking for help here...Please comment if you know anything useful...
Klaus Rahka Posted Dec 26, 2011 5:27 AM PST
Hi again!

The aspect issue solved. With proper signal in the main menu (button low left) allows aspect adjustment choosing "size". DVD:s, computer asf handle well, even the inexpensive COBY pocket DVD with a 7" screen of its own is fine to show old classic 4:3-movies. A marginal issue was found with contrast adjustment; the picture bleaches when moving away from 50 either way and completely when reaching 80 and beyond or 20 and below.... Picture OK at 50.... So, I got what I wanted, GOOD SAMSUMG!!
Jose Lopez Posted Jan 1, 2012 4:08 PM PST
Sr.requiero realizarle mantenimiento a mi equipo cuando comienzo aproyectar las imagenes se observa muchos muntos que dificulta la visualizacion de la imagenes proyectadas me pueden informar donde se le realiza este servicio de mantenimiento . Estoy ubicado en el Estado Zulia Ciudad Ojeda Venezuela.Si alguien puede compartir información yo estaría muy agradecido.

Google Translation: Sr.requiero perform maintenance on my computer when I start aproyectar images seen many buyers and sellers which makes visualization of the projected images can tell me where he is performing this service for maintenance. I am located in Zulia State Venezuela.Si Ciudad Ojeda someone can share information I'd be very grateful.
arturo Posted Mar 19, 2012 8:00 PM PST
El proyector Pico de Samsung es o no compatible con mc?. Lo acabo de compra y no me queda claro.

Google translation to English: The Samsung pico projector is compatible with mc?. I just bought and I am not clear.
madhu Posted Mar 21, 2012 1:07 AM PST
I am also having the same problem. Did you find any solution?
Calo Posted May 11, 2012 2:45 AM PST
I bought this projector an it didn't work when I plugged it in the screen went blue. Do not buy this projector. It is the worst.
Sri Posted May 20, 2012 6:09 PM PST
lovely just fits in my bed room as a home entertainement system. i can plug it out and carry where ever i want. I did a continouse operation of 5 hrs and realy worked well.
maria Posted Jun 14, 2012 2:18 PM PST
i read here some examples similar to my own experience, and in the problems with the pc, after i read the message (audio input is shared by both video and PC, then no signal..) i solved by pressing both Fn+F8. but for the tv probs i still have no solution...
rose ann Posted Jul 21, 2012 5:46 PM PST
hi.. i've got a samsung spho3. the first time i use it, its ok. but now, white spots are spreading all over the screen everytime i use it. what is the cause of this? can somebody help me know how to fix it. its urgent. thnx.
Ciaran Posted Jul 31, 2012 7:02 AM PST
I have the same problem as Rose Anne. White pixels all over the projected image. I've written to Samsung. Hopefully they will offer advice or/and fix it.
Willem Posted Aug 15, 2012 7:49 PM PST
I have the same problem as Rose Ane and Claron; pixels all over the screen. Do somone have à solution for this problem?
Willem Posted Aug 23, 2012 9:22 AM PST
I have the white pixels to, big bummer, because for the rest I think it's fantastic! saving up to buy an asus P1 though...
Chris Posted Oct 14, 2012 4:07 PM PST
Any luck finding a solution to the white spots on the screen issue? Only used twice and the white spots showed up mid-movie & spread all over the screen until we could barely see the end of the movie.
RayzrC Posted Nov 11, 2012 11:08 AM PST
This is a terrible product, don't buy it. I've owned it for 2 years and barely used it. I bought this Pico SP-H03 mini projector a few years ago. It wasn't long before the black spots began appearing on the screen. It's deteriorated to the point that the screen and menu are completely blocked by the spots and it does not project any images and the menu cannot be navigated. I've written several complaints to Samsung with absolutely no reply. This products sucks with it's poorly conceived corrupted operating system. I wasted $300+ !
lemuel acebron Posted Jan 3, 2013 5:12 AM PST
Kindly advice - i too purchased this wonderful product 2 years ago and then suddenly white spots have appeared all over the screen! To our friends at SAMSUNG kindly post here or comment what we should do...
Liz Posted Jan 12, 2013 3:46 PM PST
I have this same problem and have not been able to resolve it. FN+F7 is not resolving. Any suggestions? FYI - Screen shows "No Signal" - through when I disconnect (or connect) the cable both the PC and projector recognize there is a connection change .
Jason Posted Apr 17, 2013 7:22 PM PST
I bought one of these in 2010. Awesome product! So hugely versatile and portable. I have used it a lot. I got white dots all over the screen while it was still under warranty last year. I sent it away to be repaired. The lens was replaced and it's good as new now. Quick turnaround on the repair too. I rate it as one of the best things i have bought.
lemuel acebron Posted May 27, 2013 11:44 PM PST
good for you sir! Here in the Phils. They are charging me $292.00 to have the lens fixed...ouchhhh!!!!!!!!
Hale Posted Jun 5, 2013 10:06 AM PST
For those of you having white spot problem, in the past couple of days it's happened to me as well. While I was initially gutted since the projector has been my best purchase in years, I phoned up Samsung and the warranty on these projectors is 36 months, contrary to the 12 months that is floating around the internet. So if you've had yours for less than 3 years I strongly suggest getting on the phone to them as soon as possible.

The number I used was 01932454358

I hope they manage to sort it out for you, these projectors are brilliant.

Best of luck.
clachapelle Posted Aug 21, 2013 9:23 AM PST
Same problem (white dots) but I bought it in Montreal (Canada), does the 3 years warranty instead of 1 is the same in Canada?

I tried calling Samsung Canada and they told me to contact the reseller to have it repair under warranty, but Future Shop is only covering it for 1 year...

Any help will be greatly appreciated since I only use it 3 times in 1 year, but now useless, still in is original boxe like brand new, but defective - last time I will buy a Samsung product if I could not get it repaired!

werthrt Posted Oct 20, 2013 2:39 AM PST
I have bought 10 of those for an artistic installation. 6 of them broke. The matrix burns after a while, dots start appearing on the projection, and you get Star Wars. Oh, and all 10 of them are completely unreliable - the battery can die real quick (as in - 15 minutes instead of 1,5 hours), they overheat and turn off by themselves.

The image quality is amazing. It is really shockingly good. The rest is crap.
Razor Posted May 5, 2014 9:28 AM PST
White dots all over, and its rarely used! How to fix this! damn, my series 8 TV also has garbled sound.. im not going to buy Samsung ever again! Im going back to Sony.
Paramvir singh Posted May 20, 2014 3:35 AM PST
There seems to be no remedy for the white dots pl suggest
Gaetan Posted Jul 14, 2014 11:15 AM PST
I am really, really disappointed with this projector. I bought mine in 2011, and always thought of it as an impressive little piece of gear, given its size and functions. I thought it wasn't prone to die because it was LED. And now, sadly, after 3 years of very careful, occasional use, white dots began appearing all over the screen. It never fell on the ground. It never left the home office. It's not the lenses, it's not the LED, it's the chip in the mainboard. Searched all over the net, no foreseeable solutions. Before giving up as a paper weight, I'm gonna try to apply controlled heat to the mainboard chip to cause solder reflow and see what happens (no hopes, though). All this to me is a very SAD case of Samsung's planned obsolescence. It had no more than 170-200 hours of use. As I paid around $300 and used it for, like 30 times, I think in the end I'd be better of renting these for 10 bucks instead. Unfortunately that's not how tech economies work... I'm never going to buy a projector from Samsung ever again.
muzafardeen Posted Jul 30, 2014 11:50 AM PST
Mine had the same problem eventually it overheats while charging and still it failed to display anything
Paul Posted Aug 19, 2014 1:33 PM PST
Change youre video setting of the playstation or whatever and it is working...
Sharlene Posted Sep 18, 2014 5:24 AM PST
Gaetan, how do you know it's the chip causing the problem with dots all over? Did you come up with any solutions yet?
Scott Posted Sep 20, 2014 7:52 AM PST
Mine started the same thing. My assumption was Hot and cold (AKA Dead) pixels on the LCD. Which is only repairable by replacing the LCD, which I didn't see as a likely option...
Temujin Jumlani Posted Oct 11, 2014 9:50 AM PST

I am truly and very, very disappointed with it. White spots all over.

It is supposed to have at least 10,000 hours. I don't see it reaching that.

Shame on Samsung for such false advertisement and lame product.

Will move on to Acer, Sony, etc. Anything not Samsung.
Birger Bovin Posted Nov 27, 2014 9:13 AM PST
Just one more warning!!! 'Don't ever bay this terrible projektor, I have had it for two years and now black dots all over. i'm very disappointed, And I'm never going to bay any Samsung produkts ever again
PERO Posted Dec 15, 2014 1:20 PM PST
Samsung should call all sp-h03 back for free repair, if they are a serious company! My projektor has been used so little and always been kept in the case that came in the packet! it worked fine one year ago, but now the screen is total unreadable! I,ll never buy a samsung prod. of any kind again! mod nr:SP0351VBX/EN
João Posted Jan 1, 2015 9:37 AM PST
I have the same problem too... How can I repair it?
qoach Posted Aug 12, 2015 8:55 PM PST
Bought this projector and was very excited. Watched few movies and used as display for video game console and showed to friends who were impressed. But the excitement was short-lived as the color disappeard, now only blue color is seen, others are in grey. Has been sitting on one side as an expensive paper weight for very long time still hoping it will be fixed eventually. Total waste of money.
Kay Posted Feb 1, 2016 6:15 PM PST
I barely owned it for 5 months and only used 10 hours showing time on samsung pice. Then, white dots started to show up and a lot of the dots are on the screen. I am more than disappointed with samsung. I don't even want to buy anymore pico projectors regardless of the brand.
Amnart Posted May 18, 2016 6:57 AM PST
I use only 5 hours.The black dots happen all screen.Samsung is very very bad in projector.
TOny Posted Nov 8, 2017 5:03 AM PST
I bought 10 of those for a video installation. 8 broke (matrix problems, lots of black pixels, completely impossible to use). EIGHT. Total disaster.
Paolo Posted Aug 26, 2018 4:29 PM PST
Hello everyone! In the end someone find the solution about black or white spot on the screen? Mine one is almost all black! Model code sp0351vbx/en Thanks! Paolo.
ANONYMOUS Posted Oct 30, 2021 11:28 AM PST
This projector is TERRIBLE!! Whatever file I convert my video... IT JUST DOESNT PLAY and would always say "File not supported". Ive tried all the troubleshoot I can do but to NO AVAIL! What a GARBAGE!
Rosa Posted Nov 29, 2022 12:46 PM PST
Buenas tardes! Reading all those comments, because the same thing happens to me, suddenly dots appear all over the screen. What can be done?

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