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Hands on with the EyeClops Mini Projector

Sections: Displays/Projectors, Peripherals, Portable Video, Video

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The Jakks Pacific EyeClops Mini Projector is being marketed as a toy, but for $99, it’s worth a second look. Gadgetell got a chance to see the device in action. Is it worth getting as a second television or for video games?

The EyeClops Mini Projector

This projector is tiny. It easily fits in your hand and does not get very hot. Additionally, the device comes packaged with a battery pack that accepts D cell batteries to make the projector portable. For stationary setups, you can use the included power adapter.

Image quality

The EyeClops has composite inputs, a built in speaker, and also has a minijack audio out for better sound. The demo unit was being fed by an iPod. Video quality is less than VGA, but is acceptable for the price. Obviously, since this is not a business class projector, don’t expect to be able to see a picture in a brightly lit room. However, if you darken the room, you’ll get a decent image. Jakks Pacific claims that you can get up to a 60-inch screen out of this tiny toy (down from their original 70-inch estimate).

Is it usable?

From the demo, the EyeClops Mini Projector seemed pretty interesting. It definitely is cooler than a lot of the toys I had when I was growing up. It might be worth getting just to have a quick second display to watch even more television or show off photos or videos. We’d need more time with the device before making a full recommendation. The EyeClops Mini Projector is still scheduled for a Fall 2009 release.

Company Site: [Jakks Pacific]

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