Portronics Beem 100 ~ The big screen experience at the cost of peanuts

A portable projector can sure be a handy thing while giving presentations, lectures or demos in places which lacks a projector. Portronics with its Beem 100 comes with a lightweight and almost portable projector that would ease this problem. The best part is that its very inexpensive at under Rs 10,000 only.

The Portronics Beem 100 is about the size of a small box and weighs just 950 grams. The projector is light to carry in a bag or suitcase, and very easy and quick to install and deploy. It measures just 76mm in height, and 186mm in width. The Beem 100 is a 100 lumen LED projector which can project on a screen as large as 130 inches with a resolution of 800 x 480. It has multiple input sources and can also play multimedia content directly from a USB port or an SD card, and can support video content from media players, set-top-boxes, DVD players and smartphones. The Beem 100 can support full HD to 2K content, but can only produce or downscale them to 800 x 480 pixels.

The projector has a hard and rugged plastic body, and is available in an all-black matte finished exterior. The front has the projector’s lens, which also sports a dust cap for protecting the lens from fingerprints, dirt and damage. Apart from the lens, the front also sports the IR sensor for use with a remote control that comes bundled with the projector. On the rear end is a VGA (D-Sub) port for connecting a laptop or desktop PC. The right side has a 2-pin power cord connector, while the left houses the SD card slot AV input/ audio output ports, two USB ports (one with an active 5V output) and an HDMI port. On the same side is the exhaust venting channel to let out the heat during operation. This heat is vented using an active fan that helps prolong the life of the LED lamp within. The top features a D-pad control for all settings and controlling the media input and outputs. The top also has the zoom/focus and optical tilt adjustment spindles. Lastly, the bottom has two tiny speakers, rubber feet and an adjustable stand which also doubles for a roof mount.

Installation is simple and hassle-free. Simply plug in the power, the input cables and power on the projector. Within a few seconds, there comes the opening menu to choose the input source. While the HDMI, VGA and AV inputs are plain straightforward, the multimedia controls on the projector or the remote need to be used when opting for media using the USB or SD cards.

The Beem 100 has a life span of about 30,000 hours for the lamp. It produces images using a built-in TFT LCD panel that has a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Since this is not a HD format, true HD cannot be enjoyed on the wall. The Beem 100 is great for text and standard presentations, and just okay for enjoying movies. The contrast and brightness is average, and a dark room is needed to enjoy crisper projections.

The projection is above average though. The image produced on larger screens is sharp. Using the focus wheel, one can ensure for sharp images in a flash. The projector can natively support video file formats such as AVI, MP4, MPG, RMVB, RM, MKV and WMV apart from PNG and JPG for photos and TXT for text files.

The onboard audio speakers are too tiny to produce sound enough for a large room. For better results, external audio speaker can be used.

Conclusion: The Beem 100 is a good option for those seeking a projector for work. This compact and portable projector is good enough for quick gatherings.  Definetly worth a try for anyone wishing  to enjoy the theatre like experience in the comforts of the home.

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