Favi B1-LED-Pico Projector Review

By Paul Riegler on 1 September 2010
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The Favi B1-LED-Pico is a feature-rich projector that we really wanted to like.  Unfortunately, its image quality issues made that impossible.

What the tiny Favi does have going for it is that everything is built-in.  It has both built-in and MicroSD storage, a built-in media player, built-in controls, a built-in speaker, and a tiny built-in power supply. The only thing that isn’t built in is the remote control.  On paper, this makes it the ideal projector.

In our tests, however, the so-so image quality kept raising its head and, along with with a loud fan, caused us to gravitate to the other two projectors whenever something had to be projected.

The Favi is extraordinarily convenient for travel as it is the only projector we looked at that works without a laptop in tow – and that alone can be a significant plus.  It’s also the least expensive of the projectors we tested. However, while it might be satisfactory for small informal groups or pure entertainment purposes, the relatively poor image quality makes us reluctant to recommend it for more professional pursuits.

$279 at amazon.com

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-Paul Riegler is associate editor for technology at Executive Road Warrior.

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