Wemax Go Advanced vs Philips Picopix Max vs Samsung the Freestyle: Who is the Portable Sized Champion?
Disclaimer: The author purchased Wemax Go Advanced Ultra-portable Laser Projector for Business at his own cost and previously owned Philips Picopix Max. His opinions solely belongs to him and does not represent the opinion of Wemax. Shoutout to neighbour Nicholas for loaning both Samsung the Freestyle and his Philips Picopix Max for this shootout.
In this article, we will pit 3 chosen portable sized projectors Wemax Go Advance (WGA), Philips Picopix Max (PPM) and Samsung the Freestyle (SF) against each other in 3 major aspects. Performance, Quality of life and Accessories will be assessed to find out who is the Champion of portable sized projectors!
As SF does not have internal battery and relies on an adaptor, all other projectors are tested with a powerbank attached to it.
Section 1: Performance
While brightness is crucial to elevate your theatre enjoyment, cheap projectors have high brightness but very poor contrast. For marketing purposes, many companies rated dynamic contrast highly which does not reflect the true performance.
In terms of specifications, they are as follows:
WGA is rated at 500:1, measured here 826:1 at standard mode, 729:1 after calibration
PPM is rated at 10,000:1, measured here 225:1 at Normal mode, 180:1 after calibration
SF is rated at 100,000:1, measured here 362:1 at Normal mode, let’s not go further.
Despite a conservative declaration by manufacturer Wemax at the lowest contrast among all 3, the actual performance soundly trumps the rest of the competition! Based on measurements, it is expected that SF come in 2nd place but I will have to strongly disagree based on real world performance, pictures as below for proof.
Scene from movie Solo left to right tested on Wemax 50” ALR pull-up screen:
Wemax Go Advanced, Philips Picopix Max, Samsung the Freestyle P.S. SF is at maximum brightness and contrast
Brightness is important to ensure that image does not appear too dim and looks decently rich enough.
In terms of specifications, they are as follows:
PPM at 850 ANSI lumens, measured here achievable but only in presentation mode, 618 without calibration, 450 after calibration
WGA at 600 ANSI lumens, measured here achievable but at cold color temperature, normal at 591 without calibration, 434 after calibration
SF last at 550 lumens, measured to be about 200 ANSI lumens here and here. Let’s not even talk about calibration.
It’s a narrow fight between WGA and PPM leaving SF in the dust.
Winner: Philips Picopix Max
Portable sized projectors have the tendency to produce teeny audio which sound like they came out of tin cans. Let’s see if it’s true for all 3 of them.
With an online YouTube audio test, the audible frequency produced by each of the projectors are as below:
SF has a range of 18KHz down to 90Hz, test video here.
PPM has a range of 16KHz down to 200Hz, test video here.
WGA has a range of 15KHz down to 200Hz.
Despite PPM having slightly higher producible audio frequency, WGA has two distinct advantages over PPM of having a greater maximum volume and stereo effect due to two tweeters within the projector unlike mono effect for both SF and PPM.
SF is able to reproduce a remarkably low audio frequency of 90Hz due to 2 passive woofers which are very sufficient for movies without the need for external speakers.
Winner: Samsung the Freestyle
Both WGA and SF have auto horizontal and vertical keystone capability. PPM is limited to only auto vertical keystone. For horizontal keystone, manual adjustment needs to be made.
Winner: Tie between Wemax Go Advanced and Samsung the Freestyle
TV turns on fast, so is the expectation for projectors.
SF turns on in about 5 to 6s, test video here.
PPM turns on in about 33 to 34s after FOCUS complete, test video here.
WGA turns on in about 32s after FOCUS complete, test video here.
side note that PPM always does the FOCUS upon turning on regardless of whether it is the same position as it was previously. WGA does not refocus if the position has not changed which reduces the start-up time by 6s.
Winner: Samsung the Freestyle
Both WGA and PPM are responsive in menus. PPM shows significant lag navigating through menus.
Winner: Tie between Wemax Go Advanced and Samsung the Freestyle
Section 2: Quality of life
It is the hope that every TV and projector supports both Android TV and widevine L1 that allows for high resolution playback of Netflix.
SF supports widevine L1 and is able to play high resolution Netflix with using latest Netflix app.
PPM uses a workaround around an older version of Netflix to support high resolution Netflix.
WGA requires external TV stick/box to watch high resolution Netflix.
Winner: Samsung the Freestyle
Considering that all 3 projectors uses USB-c charging port, it is expected that a typical PD powerbank would be able to power them. The powerbank used to test on all 3 projectors was the Zendure Supertank.
Zendure Supertank was able to power both WGA and PPMX
Zendure Supertank could not power SF and turn it on at all despite support for PD 5-20V 5A.
Be aware that SF can only be powered by compatible PDO chargers (provided) or powerbanks.
Winner: Tie between Wemax Go Advanced and Philips Picopix Max
Brightness, contrast controls
Such controls are typically buried deep in the settings and difficult to gauge.
Left to right: Philips Picopix Max, Samsung the Freestyle
Iron man from Disney on external Amazon Firestick 4K MAX TV stick: Wemax Go Advanced
For PPM and SF, both have brightness and contrast settings buried deep. PPM is better in a sense that you can view the changes on the provided image while adjusting. SF blocks the viewing while you are adjusting so that’s a minus.
WGA similarly has settings buried deep for brightness and contrast just like PPM. The huge plus point for using an external TV stick/box is that you can adjust the image parameters on the fly as seen above.
Wemax Go Advanced
Philips Picopix Max
Samsung the Freestyle
3.5mm output, Bluetooth 5.0 dual audio
3.5mm output, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Miracast, AirPlay, DLNA, Huawei Cast
Miracast, AirPlay, DLNA, Google Cast
USB-C display input, micro-SD slot
It should be noted that the USB-C display input of PPM has built in hardware using the provided USB-C Cable allowing for direct mirroring of Nintendo Switch without the need for any dock, picture as below. This is a huge plus for PPM.
SF strangely is the only projector without any USB port so there’s no way to play any videos off your thumb drive or hard disk. There is no 3.5mm output not that it needs it. It also includes a micro-HDMI port without providing a micro-HDMI to HDMI cable.
Winner: Philips Picopix Max
Wemax Go Advanced
Philips Picopix Max
Samsung the Freestyle
830g (1.8 lbs) charger weight
SF is the heaviest and bulkiest of the lot due to the need to bring along the charger always. PPM is heavier than WGA and about the same size in volume, but WGA is more portable when you want to take it away in your or briefcase directly because of the slim design.
Section 3: Accessories
Wemax Go Advanced
Philips Picopix Max
Samsung the Freestyle
On, back, home, directions, OK, Volume up and down
Settings button for external HDMI device,
Quick access to popular apps,
WGA uses the standard remote across all Wemax projectors and has limited extra features. SF provides the most user friendly additional buttons.
Winner: Samsung the Freestyle
WGA provides a non-removable 1.5m USB-c cable attached to the charger.
PPM provides the shortest USB-c to USB-c cable but thickest at 1m.
SF provides a thin and longest USB-c to USB-c cable at 1.9m.
Length determines the winner here.
Winner: Samsung the Freestyle
All chargers are rated 65W but with different specifications.
SF supports PDO and PPS specification. WGA supports PD3.0 specification while PPM supports PD output with difference of 15V4A against WGA’s 15V3A. In terms of size, SF’s charger is the most compact while WGA and PPM are roughly the same with difference of non-removable vs removable cable. PPM charger also comes with a set of universal changeable adaptors though it’s just either 2 pin europlug or 3 pin UK.
Winner: Samsung the Freestyle
Left to right: WGA kickstand (Built-in), PPM Tripod (included), SF Tripod (Built in)
WGA includes a kickstand and early adopters also get an adjustable stand which is now sold separately.
PPM includes a tripod that allows for minor adjustment in terms of vertical angles. The good thing is the bottom includes a standard 3/8-16 screw hole for other tripods on the market.
SF stand weakens over time and it will no longer be able to be parallel with the table hence only able to point up or down. The worst thing it is non-replaceable unlike the other 2 where after market options are readily available.
WGA includes a built-in lens cover that slides open to turn on WGA and slides close to put it into standby mode before shutting it down after a few minutes.
SF includes a removable and thus easily misplaced translucent cover for the lens.
PPM does not have any covers.
Summary of comparison
In conclusion, it has been a very close shoot-out between all 3. Each of the 3 projectors have their strengths and weakness in each section. If overall performance is critical for your viewing pleasure, Wemax Go Advanced triumphs in this area.
Samsung the Freestyle is jammed packed with features with the most greens at 8 but also with the most reds in all areas, total of 7!
Wemax Go Adacnedhas found a good balance with the least number of reds at 3 and 5 greens.
Samsung the Freestyle seems to have missed out the key importance of a projector which is the actual performance of the projector. Samsung the Freestyle engineers have much to reflect on for their next generation model.
Wemax is well focused to ensure that the performance of Wemax Go Advanced is not compromised with no reds in the Performance section and no reds in any sub sections.
Philips Picopix Max could be forgiven for its areas of lacking as it was released late 2019, early 2020s while Samsung the Freestyle being released in 2021 could have done better.
In the end, Wemax Go Advanced is the Champion in this very close shoot out.
Philips PicoPix Max 1080p mobile projector review
REVIEW – When I am at an event and shooting photos and/or videos, I have found that many of my clients really like when I project the live videos elsewhere at the venue or when I create a surprise slideshow and project it. Since I usually travel with a lot of gear, a large projector is out of the question. A smaller format projector would be great, but so far, the ones that I own do not project at 1080P HD resolution. Now I am excited because I now have my hands on the Philips PicoPix Max—1080p Full HD Pico Projector. Is it all bark, or can it actually bite!! Let’s see!!
What is it?
The Philips PicoPix Max—1080p Full HD Pico Projector is a Smart fully wireless native Full HD projector with an ultra-vivid picture made for use anywhere. It features a built-in battery, Android OS, invisible top touchpad, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB-C connectivity to play, work and mirror all your apps.
What’s in the box
1 x PicoPix projector 1 x Remote control 1 x Travel pouch 1 x Warranty card 1 x Quick start guide 1 x Power adapter (EU UK US CH)
Design and features
Specifications Display technology: DLP LED light sources: last over 30.000 hours Brightness: up to 850 Color Lumens Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixel Resolution supported: up to 4K Aspect ratio: 16:9 Throw ratio: 1,2:1 Contrast ratio: 10,000:1 Focus adjustment: auto Keystone correction: auto 4 corners correction: yes Screen size (diagonal): 76cm-305cm / 30″-120″ Screen distance: 78cm-320cm / 31″-126″ Integrated media player: yes Internal memory: 16 GB Built-in touchpad: yes Operating system: Android Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2,45GHz: AirPlay, Miracast Bluetooth: 5.0; connect external speaker USB: USB Type-C: 2x power and video HDMI: x 1 Micro SD: x 1 Sound: Internal speaker 2 x 4W
On the front of the projector, there is the lens and a speaker grill. All of the connections on this projector are on the rear.
The top surface of the projector has touch buttons that are represented by icons, and within the area designated by the 4 white corner marks, there is a mouse touchpad surface.
Underneath the projector, there is a 1/4-20″ tripod mount.
Philips includes a basic remote control that takes 2 AAA batteries.
A tripod and a swivel tripod head are also included. The wall-wart power adapter has a USB-C port and accommodates the US and foreign (European, etc) plugs that are included.
My first step was to mount the projector onto the included tripod and then I charged it. It has a built-in battery so that it can be used with or without the power adapter.
The LED indicator light on the top surface of the projector lights red when charging and blue when charged and when powered on.
The following screenshot is of the main screen that shows when the projector is powered on: Below are screenshots from some of the many settings screens and options: The next set of screenshots below are from my Netflix account using the Netflix app that is installed on the projector’s built-in memory: Before I discuss more details about the performance, take a look at the following 2 videos. This first one is playing a 1080p HD video:
This second one is a 4K video:
So let’s start by discussing the overall experience with the software and navigation. This device uses Android software and maybe it is the application design and maybe the processing hardware is underpowered, but the entire experience feels clunky and buggy and to be quite honest becomes exhausting. For example, when adding the device to your Wi-Fi, the selection of available access points keeps changing despite very strong signals, and you have to try to catch it to click on it before it disappears again.
Then for example when pairing Bluetooth headphones, you have to pair them as usual, but once paired, they do not connect automatically when you decide to use them. You actually have to go deeper into the settings and select connect to use them.
Another issue is with color/image adjustment/correction. If the issue is with the FOCUS, that adjustment is available via the remote at the touch of a button. However, for all other adjustments such as brightness, saturation, sharpness, etc, you have to navigate away from what you are watching and go into the settings to adjust those properties. Since sometimes you want to adjust based on what you are actually watching, the process is impossible because you have to navigate away from your viewing.
When using the remote, it needs a line of sight to the back of the projector, and the range of the angle of use is very limited. Not only is this a pain because a few inches to the left or right causes the remote to be unusable, but in many cases when using the projector, it may be behind your viewing position so the remote will not work.
When actually viewing a video, 1080p HD works smoothly, but as you can see in the video above 4K video stutters. I have several other wireless 4K devices like Roku and the Amazon FireStick, and with my very fast Wi-Fi, they all play smoothly and flawlessly, as does my larger BenQ 4K projector. Obviously, regardless of the versatile connectivity via AirPlay, screen mirroring and HDMI. the experience is less than fully enjoyable because I still can’t get the color/image quite right.
The only disclaimer I can make here is that the box that I received my review sample in was already opened, so maybe I got a beta or defective device.
What I’d change
When I first read about this Philips projector, I was very excited. The 2 compact projectors that I previously tested do not project at 1080p HD and do not have as many connectivity options. After playing around with this projector for many hours, I am honestly disappointed. For its price, it should perform way better. The lack of streamlined software, the buggy and very limited remote, the lack of on-demand color/image correction, and the overall image quality leave much to be desired especially when compared to say my BenQ HD projector that sells for only a couple of hundred dollars more and while not compact, is amazing in video projection. Even the touchpad on the Philips while a nice feature feels just not quite right, and the Bluetooth process of pairing and connectivity just seems a mess. “If wishes were horses”, this projector would be great. Sadly, in its current state, it is a miss and I will pass.
Price: 571 (Pre-order @ 42% off) Where to buy: Indiegogo (Indemand) Source: The sample for this review was provided by Philips
Philips PicoPix Max First-Look Review – Full HD Pico Projector
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Have you ever huddled around your phone screen to watch a YouTube video or perhaps even a movie? It can get a bit frustrating trying to hold the phone far out enough for everyone to see. That is one reason we have always liked the idea of portable projectors. You have something to show so you Bluetooth into your portable projector and light up the wall.
Portable projector technology is nothing new, however a differentiator for the PicoPix is that this is a standalone device. What that means is that you do not have to connect your phone to it at all. The projector has the Android OS pre-loaded onto it. So you can install apps, load movies and even play games directly from the projector. You are still able to connect to the projector from other devices with HDMI, USB-C, USB, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, but being able to load up movies right on the devices itself is pretty cool.
Throw in the fact that the PicoPix has built in dual stereo speakers and you essentially have a completely standalone, portable, high quality Android powered device whose display is projected out instead of built in with a screen. The speakers are a minimalist 4watt max but there are two of them so you still get decent sound quality.
The PicoPix Max is a true portable projector, coming in at 5.35 x 5.38 x 1.87 inches. At the base of the device is an area you can connect a tripod to. On the back of the top there are the Android buttons you would expect including the back button, home button, menu, and volume buttons. Above the buttons is the touch pad for interacting with everything on the projector.
On the front side you obviously have the projector bulb and on the back side you have the connection slots. Starting from the far left there is the power button which is self explanatory, then you have the Micro SD car slot followed by the HDMI, USB, audio port, and then two USB-C ports.
The PicoMax has Full HD 1080p native resolution with 800 Color Lumens. What will blow your mind is that 4k is also supported. The screen size can rage from 30 to 120 inches and with 800 Lumens the quality is impressive. For those out there that have an interest in projectors, lumens essentially measures brightness. The number of lumens needed for quality depends on a few factors. The size of the screen you will be projecting, and how bright it is in the room or area that you are in while using it.
The PicoPix Max utilized TI (Texas Instruments) DLP technology and an RGB-B LED bulb. There is a contrast ratio of 10,000. The contrast ratio is essentially a comparison between the dark and light contrast on the screen. So the higher the contrast ratio the greater the juxtaposition between the darkest and lightest the screen gets. For example at 10,000:1 the light image will be 10,000 times brighter than the dark image. You will be able to notice the difference primarily in a perfectly dark room, otherwise in a very bright room you would not see much change between a 2000:1 contrast ratio and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio.
The native resolution is 1920 by 1080 however as mentioned before the PicoPix Max does have support for 4k which is wonderful. You can expect an aspect ratio of 16 by 9 and a diagonal range of 75 centimeters to 305 centimeters. There is auto FOCUS so you don’t have to worry about adjusting the lens as you might find yourself doing on an older home theater projector.
Overall you can expect good quality video and performance from the PicoPix Max however you should not be expecting the kind of quality you get from a home theater powered projector with 4,000 lumens. If you go into it understanding what to expect you should not be disappointed.
Inside there is a 16,500mAh battery that should last you around three hours of projection time while playing movies. You can stretch it out by customizing brightness but you will also be sacrificing quality for lifespan. One neat feature is that you can use the PicoPix Max as a power bank if you decided you don’t want to project your emotions today and instead want to charge your phone.
The LED bulbs in the PicoPix are rated to last 30,000 hours of usage. To put that into perspective, you could let a nonstop loop of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up go on for almost three and a half years before needing to replace the bulb. realistically though if you played just two hours of video games a day, seven days a week, you would not have to replace the bulb for over forty years.
The portability of the standalone projector makes it tempting to just bring it with you everywhere you go. If you find yourself in a business meeting and want to do a quick presentation but don’t want to have to log into the meeting room computer and find the file for your presentation then have someone click for the slides. You can just pop out the PicoPix Max and get on with it since you preloaded your file onto your projector or you have some Cloud app installed and can just open up the presentation.
This becomes exponentially easier considering the fact that there is a built in touchpad display on the top side of the projector. Enabling you to actually utilize the projector as a self contained eco system. Whether its playing games, or browsing the web you can do it with just the projector, no other device needed. For convenience you also get a remote control with the PicoPix Max so that you can interact without having to go to the device to use the touch pad.
There is almost universal compatibility with the PixoPix since it can use AirPlay from a MacBook, iPhone, and iPad. It can use screen mirroring from your laptop, phone or tablet, you can connect a flash drive or external HDD with movies onto It or just plug right in with your Apple or PC deices using USB and USB-C. Then you have the option to connect via Bluetooth or HDMI on top of everything else. So whatever device you find yourself with you should be able to use it with the PicoPix Max, or you can just load everything you want onto it directly and use the built in Android. The point is that you don’t really have any limits here with how you want to use the projector.
Whether you want to pair Bluetooth speakers or plug directly into the headphone jack on the back of the projector, you are not limited by the dual speakers built in. You can grab the PicoPix Max and taking it camping with you, assuming you have light flat surface to project onto. Then grab your Tronsmart T6 Plus Bluetooth speaker and get a surround sound experience in the middle of the forest. Perhaps instead of camping you see yourself using the projector for business. In this satiation, during a presentation you connect to your Treblab HD7 and play your perfectly edited, motivating video presentation with video quality and sound quality that bring a tear to the executives eye.
The point is with portability, quality, and the many options you have for connecting to the PicoPix, you can use it almost any way you can imagine and imagining use cases is always important before making a purchasing decision. If you cannot picture yourself using something in your mind then you probably wont actually end up using it in practice.
In the box you can expect to have the PPX620 projector obviously. and the AirMote which is the wireless remote. There is the User Guide, the Quick start guide, the warranty card, and the power adapters. Packed in there you can also expect to see the travel pouch and the tripod. Some final factors that might impact your decision is the warranty. There is a 24 month warranty and a 30 day exchange policy.
If you want a home theater projector that you plan to mount and never move, then this isn’t the one you want. There are many other much more expensive options that will give you the max quality for your home theater. If however, you are looking for a projector you want to be able to take with you then the PicoPix Max by Philips is an option you should seriously consider.
There are a vast number of portable projectors on the market such as the Canon Rayo S1 and the Topvision 2400Lux but out of all of the portable projectors we have reviewed in the past, none of them have the functionality that allows them to be completely stand alone like the PicoPix Max does. There are some projectors with high lumens, and others with smaller designs however when you balance out all the features there is a clear winner with the PicoPix.
So simply ask yourself “Do I want a projector that I can take with me and use in a variety of different situation?” If the answer is yes then look no further. If the answer is no, well, then look elsewhere obviously, that much should have been clear by now.
The PicoPix Max was a crowdfunded product by Philips to determine if there was a demand for this kind of stand alone projector. They decided to set a goal of 55k to determine demand and fund development. When people saw the projector a clear demand was set because instead of hitting the 55k goal to fund it, they hit over 3 million dollars in backers. That is 5711% of the original goal. Clearly there is the demand, so all that is left now is to ask yourself if you are part of that demand.
Philips PicoPix Max One User Manual
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PicoPix Max OnePortable projectorPPX520Register your product and get support atwww.Philips.com/support
Dear customerThank you for purchasing this projector. We hope you enjoy this product and the many functions it offers!
About this user manualThe quick start guide supplied with this product allows you to start using this product quicklyand easily. Detailed descriptions can be found in the following sections of this user manual.
Read the entire user manual carefully. Follow all safety instructions in order to ensure proper operation of this product (see General safety information, page 4). The manufacturer accepts no liability if these instructions are not followed.
Symbols usedNoticeTroubleshootingThis symbol indicates tips that will help you in using this product more effectively and easily.
DANGER!Danger of personal injury!This symbol gives a warning of the danger of personal injury. Physical injury or damage can result from improper handling.
CAUTION! Damage to the product or loss of data! This symbol gives a warning of damage to the product and possible loss of data. Damage can result from improper handling.
What’s in the box
- Quick Start Guide
- PicoPix Max One projector (PPX520/INT)
- Transport bag
- 2x power plug adapter (UK, US)
- 2x AAA batteries
- 1x power adapter
- Remote control
Customer service center
You can find the support hotline on the warranty card or online:Web: www.Philips.com/supportMail: Philips.firstname.lastname@example.orgInternational Phone: 41 215 391 665
Please ask your provider for international call costs!Access the electronic user manual athttps://support.philipsprojection.com
General safety information
Take note of all warnings and safety notes indicated. Do not make any changes or settings that are not described in this user manual. Incorrect operation and improper handling can lead to physical injury, damage to the product, or loss of data.
Setting up the productThis product is for indoor use only. Place the product securely on a stable, flat surface. To help avoid possible injuries to persons or damage to the product itself, position all cables in such a way that no one will trip over them.
Do not operate the product in damp rooms. Never touch the mains cable or the mains connection with wet hands.
The product must have sufficient ventilation and must not be covered. Do not put the product in closed cabinets, boxes, or other enclosures when in use. Do not cover the lens during operation.
Protect the product from direct sunlight, heat, intense temperature fluctuations, and moisture. Do not place the product in the vicinity of heaters or air conditioners. Observe the information on temperature listed in the technical data (see Technical data, page 18). Prolonged operation of the product causes the surface to become warm-hot. In case of overheating, the product automatically switches to standby mode.
Do not allow liquids to leak into the product. Turn off the product and disconnect it from themains supply if liquids or foreign substances leaked into the product. Have the product inspected by an authorized service center.
Always handle the product with care. Avoid touching the lens. Never place heavy or sharp objects on the product or on the power cable.
If the product gets too hot or emits smoke, shut it down immediately and unplug the power cable. Has your product been checked by an authorized service center? Keep the product away from open flames (e.g. candles).
The product has a built-in battery. Do not disassemble and modify. The built-in battery should be replaced by qualified service staff only.
Do not try to replace the built-in battery yourself. Incorrect handling of the battery or using the wrong type of battery can cause damage to the product or cause injury.
Risk of explosion with the incorrect type of batteries!There is a risk of explosion if the wrong battery type is used.
Do not expose the batteries (battery pack or embedded batteries) to excessive heat such as sunshine, or open fire.
- if the product is moved from a cold to a warm area;
- after a cold room is heated;
- when the product is placed in a damp room.
Proceed as follows to avoid any moisture buildup:
1 Seal the product in a plastic bag before moving it to another room, in order for it to adapt to room conditions.2 Wait one to two hours before you take the product out of the plastic bag.
The product should not be used in a very dusty environment. Dust particles and other foreignobjects may damage the product.
Do not expose the product to extreme vibrations. This may damage the internal components.
Do not allow children to handle the product without supervision. The packing materials should be kept out of the hands of children.
For your own safety, do not use the product during thunderstorms with lightning.
Do not repair the product yourself. Improper maintenance can result in injuries or damage to the product. The product must be repaired by an authorized service center.
Please find the details of the authorized service centers on the warranty card supplied with thisproduct.
Do not remove the type label from this product, as this will void the warranty.
Use only a power adapter that is certified for this product (see Technical data, page 18). Check whether the mains voltage of the power supply matches the mains voltage available at the setup location. This product complies with the voltage type specified on the product.
The power outlet shall be installed near the product and shall be easily accessible.
The capacity of the built-in battery diminishes with time. If the product functions only with an ACpower supply, the built-in battery is defective. Contact an authorized service center to replace the built-in battery.
CAUTION!Always use the button to turn the projector off.
Turn off the product and unplug from the power outlet before cleaning the surface (see Cleaning, page 15). Use a soft, lint-free cloth. Never use liquid, gaseous, or easily flammable cleansers (sprays, abrasives, polishes, alcohol). Do not allow any moisture to reach the interior of the product.
DANGER!Risk of eye irritation!
This product is equipped with a high-power LED (Light Emitting Diode), which emits very bright light. Do not look directly into the projector lens during operation. This could cause eye irritation or damage.
- LED indication
- Return to a previous menu screen.
- Navigate menu optionsDecrease volume.
- Navigate menu optionsIncrease volume.
- OKAccess the settings menu.Confirm a selection or entry.
- Press and hold for one second to switch the projector on or off. When the projector is switched on, the LED turns white. When the projector is switched off, the LED turns off. When charging the projector, the LED turns red regardless of the projector switching on or off.
- IR sensor
- HDMI portConnect to the HDMI output on a playback device.
- 3.5 mm audio output; connect to external speakers or headphones.
- USB-A portConnect to power USB devices like AmazonFire TV stick Roku streaming stick (not for mass storage or media player).
- USB-C Connect to the USB-C video output on a playback device. Charge a USB-C device like a smartphone.
- DCConnect to the power supply.
- Quick access and select an input source.Access the settings menu.
- OKConfirm a selection or entry.
- Activate FOCUS adjustment.
- Access the settings menu.
- Volume controlIncrease, decrease, or mute volume.
- Return to a previous menu screen.
- Navigation buttonsNavigate menu options.
- Press and hold for one second to switch the projector on or off.
Notice You need to connect the projector to an HDMI or USB-C device so that the projection screen can show images. Make sure all devices are disconnected from the power outlet before establishing or changing any connections.
HDMI connection for image projectionConnect a playback device (e.g. a Blu-ray player, gaming console, camcorder, digital camera, or PC) to the projector through HDMI connection. With this connection, images are shown on the projection screen, and audio is played on the projector.
- Using an HDMI cable, connect the HDMI connector on the projector to the HDMI output on the playback device.
- The projector automatically switches to HDMI input when an HDMI connection is made. The projection screen shows images. If the projection screen does not show images, select HDMI input manually. Presson the remote control to access the input source list, then select HDMI.
USB-C connection for image projection
Connect a USB-C device (e.g. a mobile phone, tablet, or laptop) to the projector through a USB-Cconnection. With this connection, images are shown on the projection screen, and audio is played on the projector.
- Using a USB-C cable, connect the connector on the projector to the USB-C port on the playback device.
- The projector automatically switches to USB-C input when USB-C connection is made. The projection screen shows images.If the projection screen does not show images, select USB-C input manually. Press on the remote control to access the input source list, then select USB-C.
Notice The projector supports stereo audio format only. If no audio from the playback device is heard on the projector, check that the audio output format is set to stereo on the playback device.
NoticeYou need to connect the projector to an HDMI or USB-C device so that the projection screen can show images (see Connect, page 7).
Place the projectorPlace the projector on a flat surface in front of the projection surface.
You can also install the projector in different configurations (see Placement options, page 10).
Connect power supplyThe projector can be operated by either external power or a built-in battery.
CAUTION!Always use the button to turn the projector on and off.
Operation by an external power Connect the supplied power adapter to the DC socket on the projector, and then to the wall outlet.
If needed, select an appropriate power plug for connecting to the wall outlet.To attach a supplied power plug to the power adapter, align the slots on the power plug with the two pins of the power adapter, then slide the power plugin.
Operation by built-in batteryThe projector can be also operated on a built-in battery for portability.Charge the projectorCharge the projector for 1.5 hours before first use.Charge the projector when the low battery icon appears on the projection screen.
- To charge the projector, connect the projector to an external power supply as described in the section of “Operation by external power”.
- When charging, the LED on the projector turns red. When fully charged, the red LED turns off.
- When powered on, the external power will be used first to run the projector and unused power will charge the battery.
- For faster charging, charge while the projector is powered off.
NoticeThe capacity of the built-in battery diminishes with time. If the projector functions only with an external power supply, the built-in battery is defective. Contact an authorized service center toreplace the built-in battery.
Prepare the remote control
CAUTION!The improper use of batteries can lead to overheating, explosion, risk of fire, and injury. Leaking batteries can possibly damage the remote control.Never expose the remote control to direct sunlight.Avoid deforming, dismantling, or charging the batteries.Avoid exposure to open fire and water.Replace empty batteries immediately.Remove the batteries from the remote control if not in use for long periods of time.
- Press and hold the battery compartment cover, and simultaneously slide it open to access the battery compartment.
- Insert the supplied batteries (type AAA) with correct polarity (/- ) indicated.
- Close the battery compartment.
When using the remote control, point the remote control at the IR sensor located on the back of the projector, and make sure there is no obstacle between the remote control and the IR sensor.
Power on and set up
Press and hold on the projector (or on the remote control) for 1 second to switch the projector on or off. When the projector is switched on, the LED on the projector turns white if the projector is not being charged. When charging, the LED on the projector turns red regardless of the projector switching on or off.
- Press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select language, and press OK.
- Press / to select a language.
Change screen size
Image FOCUS adjustmentPress on the remote control to turn FOCUS adjustment on, then press / on the remote control to adjust image clearness. After adjusting image clearness, press to turn FOCUS adjustment off.
Image shape correctionAuto-correction (vertical keystone)The projector can automatically correct the image to be rectangular when you tilt the projector upwards or downwards.To enable auto vertical keystone correction, press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select AutoKeystone – On. Manual keystone (4-corner correction)You can manually adjust the image shape by re-positioning four corners of the projection image. This also lets you correct the left or right position of the projector.1 Make sure you have selected Auto Keystone– Off to enable this function. Press onthe remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select Manual Keystone.2 In the 4-corner correction interface, press OK to select an image corner, then press and hold / on the remote control to adjust the horizontal positioning values, and / on the remote control to adjust the vertical positioning values. Repeat the same step to adjust the positioning values of the other image corners if desired.
Manual horizontal correctionYou can manually correct keystone or distorted images in the horizontal orientation. 1 Make sure you have selected Auto Keystone – Off to enable this function. Press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select Manual Horiz. Keys.2 Press / to adjust the image shape.CalibrationCorrect the image to be rectangular when the projector is placed level, or if the auto keystone correction does not correct the image ideally. Perform image shape calibration as follows.
- Make sure you have selected Auto Keystone- Off to enable this function. Place the projector on the floor, or a straight (level) surface.
- Press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select Keystone Calibration.Placement optionsYou can install the projector in the following configurations. Follow the guidelines below for different projector placement.NoticeFor overhead mounting on the ceiling, purchase a projector mount recommended by an installation professional and follow the instructions that come with the mount. Before mounting on the ceiling, make sure the ceiling can support the weight of the projector and mounting kit. For ceiling installation, this product must be securely attached to the ceiling in accordance with the installation instructions. An improper ceiling installation may result in accident, injury, or damage.
- Place the projector on a table in front of the projection screen. This is the most commonway to position the projector for quick setup and portability.
To adjust the projection to the correct position, press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select Proj. Direct. – Front Proj., then press OK.Front ceiling
- Mount the projector on the ceiling with upside up in front of the projection screen. A projector mount is required to mount the projector on the ceiling.
To adjust the projection to the correct position, press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select Proj. Direct. – Rev. front Proj., then press OK.Rear table
- Place the projector on a table behind the projection screen. A special rear projection screen is required.
To adjust the projection to the correct position, press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select Proj. Direct. – Rear Proj., then press OK.Rear ceiling
- Mount the projector on the ceiling upside up behind the projection screen. To mount the projector on the ceiling behind the screen, a projector mount and a special rear projection screen are required.
- To adjust the projection to the correct position, press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select Proj. Direct. – Rev. rear Proj., then press OK.
5 Other featuresListen through external speakers or headphonesConnect external speakers or headphones to the projector. With this connection, audio from the projector is played through the external speakers or headphones.
DANGER! danger of hearing damage!Before connecting the headphones, turn down the volume on the project do not use the projector over a longer time at high volume – especially when using headphones. This could lead to hearing damage.
- The speakers of the projector are deactivated automatically when the external speakers or headphones are connected to the projector.
When connecting to the headphones, use the volume control on the remote control (or on the projector) to adjust the volume to a comfortable level.
Charge a USB deviceYou can charge a USB device (e.g. smartphone, MP3 player, or another mobile device).
Charge via USB-A port
- Using a USB-A cable, connect your USB device to the USB port on the projector.
- Turn on the projector. The USB device starts to charge automatically. USB-A connection can also power aUSB devices like Amazon Fire TV stick Roku treaming stick (not for mass storage or media layer).
Charge via USB-C port1 Using a USB-C cable, connect your USB-C device to the USB-C port on the projector. 2 Turn on the projector. Make sure the USB-C device charging function is activated. Press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select USB-C Charger – On. The USB-C device starts to charge automatically.To deactivate charging of a USB-C device, select USB-C Charger – Off.
Use easy linkThis projector supports an easy link that uses the HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control) protocol. You can use a single remote control to turn on or off the easy link compliant devices that are connected through HDMI. The manufacturer does not guarantee 100% interoperability with all HDMI CEC devices.
- Make sure the projector is connected to an HDMI device that supports the HDMI CEC function see HDMI connection for image projection, page 7).
To activate the easy link function on this projector, press on the remote control to access the settings menu, then navigate to select CEC – On.
6 Change settingsThis section helps you change the settings of the projector.1 When the projector is turned on, press or on the remote control (or on the projector) to access the settings menu.2 Use the Navigation buttons and OK to select and change settings.
Language settingsSelect your desired language for the on-screen menu. Navigate to Language, and press OK, then press / to select a language.
Input source selectionNavigate to Input Source to access the following settings.
Auto: Automatically switch to the correct input source when an HDMI or USB-C device is connected. HDMI: Select it when an HDMI device is connected.
USB-C: Select it when a USB-C device is connected. You need to select a correct input source so that the projection screen can show images.
- Keystone Correction: Select an option to correct keystone or distorted images to be rectangular or square.
- Auto Keystone: Enable or disable auto-correction of the image shape when tilting the projector upwards or downwards. When Auto Keystone is activated, all the other image correction options will e deactivated.
- Manual Keystone: Manually adjust four corners of the image. Manual Horiz. Keys.: Manually correct keystone or distorted images in the horizontal orientation.
- Keystone Calibration: Perform this function if the auto keystone correction does not correct the image shape ideally.
- Proj. Direct.: Adjust the projection to the correct position based on a different installation of the projector.
- Digital Zoom: Scale the projection image within the range from 50% to 100%.
- Picture Preset: Select a predefined color brightness setting for picture and videodisplay.
Picture Adj.: Adjust Brightness/Contrast/ Saturation/Toneburst/Sharpness with the values from 0 to 100.
- Sleep Timer: Select a time option that enables the projector to automatically turn off at a specified period of time.
Brightness Mode: Select a screen brightness mode.Restore default settingsIf the projector does not function normally, reset the projector to the default settings. It will delete all the current settings.
- Volume: Adjust the volume of the projector.
- CEC: Activate or deactivate an easy link between the devices through an HDMI connection (see use the easy link, page 12).
- USB-C Charger: Enable or disable charging of the connected USB-C device.
- Position: Re-position the settings menu on the projection screen when it appears.
- SW Version: Display the current software version of the projector.
- Soft. Update: Upgrade system software via a USB device (see Update software, page 15).
- Without a power supply, the projector operates on the built-in battery. When the battery does ot have sufficient power, the projector turns off. In this case, connect the projector to the power supply.
- Charge the battery regularly. Don’t store the projector with a completely discharged battery.
- If the projector is not used for several weeks, discharge the battery a little by using the projector before storing it.
- Keep the projector and the battery away from sources of heat.
- If the projector cannot be charged after connecting to the power supply, use a small pinto press the reset key (a small hole) located on the side panel of the projector.
Note about the deep discharge of the batteryWhen the built-in battery is in deep discharge, it may take longer for the actual charging process to start. In this case, charge the projector for at least five hours before using it.
DANGER!Risk of explosion with the incorrect type of batteries!Do not try to replace the built-in battery yourself.
DANGER!Instructions for cleaning! Use a soft, lint-free cloth. Never use liquid or easily flammable cleansers (sprays, abrasives, polishes, alcohol, etc.). Do not allow any moisture to reach the interior of the projector. Do not spray the projector with cleaning fluids. Wipe over the surfaces gently. Be careful that you do not scratch the surfaces.
Cleaning the lensUse a soft brush or lens cleaning paper for cleaning the lens of the projector.
DANGER!Do not use any liquid cleaning agents! Do not use any liquid cleaning agents for cleaning the lens, to avoid damaging the coating film on the lens.
Update softwareThe latest software of the projector can be found on www.Philips.com/support for you to get the best features and support from the projector. Before you update the software of the projector, check the current software version: Press on the remote control to access the settings menu then navigate to SW Version.
CAUTION!Do not turn off the projector or remove the USB flash drive during the update.
- Check the latest software version on www. Philips.com/support. Find your product (model number: PPX520/INT), and locate ‘Software and drivers’.
- Download the zipped software file and save it in the root directory of the USB flash drive.
- Connect the USB flash drive to the USB port on the projector. Recommend using external power for software updates to ensure enough power supply.
- Press on the remote control to access the settings menu and navigate to Soft. Update, then press OK.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the update.
- Turn the projector off by holding it down for 1 second.
- Wait at least ten seconds.
- Turn the projector on again by holding it down for 1 second.
- If the problem persists, please contact our technical service center or your dealer.
Display technology ……………………………………….DLPLight source ……………. LED RGB 4 LED ChannelsResolution ……………………………… 1920 x 1080 pixelResolution supported ……………………………4K pixelLED lifetime …………………. last over 30,000 hoursContrast ratio …………………………………………. 10,000:1Aspect ratio …………………………………….16:9 and 4:3Throw ratio ……………………………………………………. 1.2:1Screen size (diagonal)………………………………………….……………………………………… 75cm-305cm / 30”-120”Screen distance ……………78cm-320cm / 31”-126”Projection modes ……….front, back, ceiling, backceilingKeystone correction ……………………. auto (vertical)Focus adjustment ………………………………….electrical4-corner correction ………………………………………… yesDigital zoom ……………………………………………………. yesTouch keys ………………………………………………………. yesOperating system ………………………………………. LinuxSoundInternal speaker ………………………………………………4 WConnectionHDMI …………………………………. x1 with ARC and CECUSB-C ……………………………………………………. x1 USB-A 2.0 ………………………………………… x1 (charging)Analog audio output (3.5mm) ………………………… x1DC jack …………… x1 (power supply and charging)Power sourcePower supply ………………………………. power adapter…………. Input: 100-240V~, 50-60Hz, 1.5 A (max)…………………………….Output: DC 20 V, 3.25 A, 65 WBuilt-in battery ……………………………… 16,500 mAh……………………………………………. last up to 5 hoursProduct detailsDimensions (W × D × H) ………. 134 x 136 x 47 mm………………………………… 5.28 x 5.35 x 1.85 inchesWeight ………………………………………….850g / 1.87 lbsOperating temperature……………………. 5 °C – 35 °CStorage temperature ………………………………. 60 °C
Package contentPicoPix Max One projector, remote control with 2 AAA batteries, AC adapter, power plugs (UK, The US), travel pouch, Quick Start Guide
- The product shall only be connected to a USB interface of version USB 2.0 or higher.
- The adapter shall be installed near the equipment and shall be easily accessible.
- The operating temperature of the EUT can’t exceed 35°C and shouldn’t be lower than 5°C.
- The plug is considered a disconnect device of the adapter.
The Declaration of Compliance can be consulted on the site www.Philips.com.
FCC statement15.19 Labeling requirements This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
15.21 Information to the userAny changes or modiﬁcations not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
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- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna. Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit diﬀerent from that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/ TV technician for help.
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- This device may not cause interference, and
- This device must accept any interference including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device.
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