Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector


Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT hero

A portable projector that supports Netflix natively, the Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720/INT runs Android TV and has all the apps you’ll need. Image quality is good, although a little more auto setup would be welcome, and a pair of powerful speakers is included, so you won’t need external audio. A lens cover built-in means this is a great choice for anyone who travels frequently and wants a projector that they can take with them.

Pros

  • Lens cover
  • Supports HDR10
  • Excellent range of apps, including Netflix

Cons

  • No auto keystone

Key Features


  • Projector typeA portable projector that you can carry around with you, it can be run from mains power or via its internal battery. It runs Android TV so includes apps for streaming

  • Streaming servicesNatively, this projector supports Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime and more

Introduction

Portable projectors used to be low-resolution basic devices, but advancements in projection technology now mean that you can easily get a Full HD experience in a device that’s compact enough to fit into a bag.

The Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720/INT is the latest mini-projector with this resolution. Running Android TV, with full support for Netflix, you get everything you need in one package.

Image quality lags slightly behind its main rivals, and there aren’t as many auto-setup features as I’d like either. 

Design

  • Compact, rounded body
  • Simple controls on top
  • Lens cover

There are smaller portable projectors available, but with the resolution on offer here and large integrated speakers, I believe the Philips PicoPix MaxTV achieves a good balance of size (158 x 150 x 199mm) and features. Weighing 1.96kg, this projector is a little heavier than direct rival, the XGIMI Halo+.

That said, you can still fit the Philips projector into a bag easily enough, and you don’t need a case for it since it comes with a slide-up lens cover on its front. I found this a little stiff to open and close; however, it’s worth the effort to keep that lens safe.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT lens and cover

With its rounded body and black finish, the projector looks great. On top, there are navigation controls to move through the settings, plus a key that runs through the autofocus mode. It’s a shame that volume controls aren’t on top for ease.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT controls on top

Instead, you’ll need to navigate through Android TV, and control playback and volume using the provided Bluetooth remote control. This is small and light, and features just the right number of buttons to get to the features you want quickly, without being overwhelming.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT remote

On the rear of the projector are HDMI and USB-C inputs for external devices, plus a regular USB port and an optical S/PDIF output.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT ports

This projector has standard feet but no leg to angle it upwards. If you’d like a bit more flexibility over projector placement, then you can attach it to a standard tripod using the screw thread on its underside.

Philips provides a power adapter in the box, although at around 140cm in length, you can’t place the projector too far from your projection surface – unless you’re running on battery power.

Features

  • Autofocus and vertical keystone correction
  • Runs Android TV with support for Netflix

As with XGIMI’s projectors, the Philips PicoPix MaxTV runs Android TV. It’s a good choice, since the OS was built for use with remote controls, and delivers a fully stocked Google Play Store for downloading new apps.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT interface

Here, Philips has had its Netflix app certified, so it will run. This is one of the big disappointments of XGIMI projectors, which have Netflix, but can’t actually run it since they’re not certified. Elsewhere, you get the other main streaming services with Philips, including Disney+ and Amazon Prime Video.

In terms of other apps, it’s a bit hit and miss: ITV Hub and My5 were available, but I couldn’t get BBC iPlayer nor Now streaming service.

While Android TV is smooth and easy to use, projectors that enlist a modified version of Android – such as the Nebula Capsule Max – have an advantage: they use the standard Android apps for streaming, so offer video downloads for offline viewing.

Running Android TV means that you get the Google Assistant, accessible via the dedicated button on the remote control. Using this, you can search for content and apps to watch, or do the usual voice assistant stuff, such as find out what the weather will be like.

One issue with portable projectors – which are constantly moved around – is trying to set them up correctly. The Philips PicoPix MaxTV has a few modes that can help. First, there’s autofocus, so you don’t have to manually tune your projector. By default, you have to hit the button on top of the projector.

Dive into the settings and you can turn on automatic autofocus, which kicks in when the projector is moved.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT auto focus

There’s vertical, but not horizontal, automatic keystone correction, too. Plonk the projector down and it will do its best to get a square picture. It’s worth positioning your projector as straight on as possible to start, since keystone is a digital correction that results in a loss of resolution. If you do want to manage keystone manually, there’s four-point correction available.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT keystone correction

What the Philips PicoPix MaxTV can’t do, which the XGIMI Halo+ and XGIMI Elfin projectors can, is adjust the picture automatically to fit the space. XGIMI projectors will resize the image to avoid obstacles, or fit a screen.

Performance

  • Blacks verge towards grey
  • Not quite as vibrant as the competition
  • Decent audio

Philips quotes the brightness of the projector at 900 lumens. How and where you use the projector makes a big difference.

I found that the Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720/INT wasn’t bright enough to work during the day under household lighting, struggling to deliver a picture. That’s pretty normal for most portable projectors.

Drop the blinds and turn off the lights and I could get a regular TV-sized image (around 42 inches) that was clear and easy to see. To go bigger and get around an 80-inch screen, I had to wait until it was dark.

This projector can manage a 120-inch screen, although the throw ratio means that you have to be 126 inches away to do so.

With its native 1080p resolution, the Philips PicoPix MaxTV is sharper than its low-resolution competition, such as the Nebula Capsule Max. Even at larger screen sizes, the picture looks great.

Supporting HDR10, the projector is capable of delivering more detail than models that don’t support this. The peak brightness isn’t as good on this projector as on a top-end TV, so you don’t expect searing whites. The general colour palette and detail across the frame is improved, though.

Philips PicoPix MaxTV Mobile Projector PPX720 INT Disney+

Colours are generally vibrant and engaging, al

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