Projectors have come a long way over the past few years. Case in point: The Kodak Luma 350, which is roughly the size of your hand and projects a screen up to 200 inches (aka 16+ feet!) in size. Oh, and it can connect via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, so you’re not fussing with a bunch of cables. The sleek white and Champagne gold device seemed a little too good to be true, so we tested it out over a few months, trying it in a variety of environments—against dark and bright walls, at all times of day, compared side-by-side against a flat screen TV—to determine whether it’s worth the $300 price tag. Here’s our honest take.
Pro: The Picture Quality Is Top-Notch
If you have white or light-colored walls, you won’t even need a projector screen to enjoy crisp, clear videos. We were amazed by the vivid display—thanks to its ability to show 16.7 million colors and support HD video—which beat out other mini projectors we’d tried. The bigger the screen, the less defined the picture was, so we stuck to about 70 to 80-inch projections (which, TBH, was more than enough). Sure, the color wasn’t as saturated as an actual TV when we compared them side by side, but it was still clear enough that we didn’t feel like we were missing out.