The Adapt 305 is the pico projector that at last takes pocket cinema from spec-lite niche concern to full-on gadget nirvana. So why’s it so good? And how does it stand up against its little rivals? Read our Adapt 305 review now for the definitive verdict.
Nearly everything the Adapt 305 does or has under its petit, yet hefty frame, is better than any other pico projector we’ve played with. While at £350 it’s more expensive than models by Aiptek, Wowwee and BeamBox, it has so much more and does so much better, that it really is worth paying extra.
Let’s start with the basics. The Adapt 305 can throw a 100-inch picture without breaking sweat. Now admittedly this won’t look as good as an Optoma HD82 HD effort, but the 800×400 resolution is fine for watching the odd TV show or even a session on your PS3 or Xbox 360. While other pico projectors lose their edge after 60-inches, the Adapt’s pics are clear, clean and crisp, allowing you to pick up details easily and with next to no blur in high action shots.
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While the Adapt 305 doesn’t take kindly to rooms where there’s any kind of light, the brightness of the picture you get is unquestionably better than any other pico projector we’ve tried. With 45 lumens, it’s over five times brighter than the Wowwee Cinemin Swivel and consequently everything from Powerpoint presentations to music videos will give your eyeballs a real treat.
Connectivity is good and you can hook up your TV, iPod, phone or PC to churn out pictures. We’d go as far as to say that it’s a great alternative to a second TV. That’s if you’ve got enough wall space to throw a picture on of course.
It’s not all peaches and cream though. The battery clocks in at two hours, tantalisingly short of a full movie. However, the build quailty is ace and set up is a dream.
If you’re after a pico projector and can afford the extra outlay, then the Adapt 305 is where it’s at. If you can’t afford it, get saving. This could be the best gadget you buy in 2009.