A space-saving design isn’t just the ML330’s highlight.
Optoma’s line of projectors have always been synonymous with quality – and their newest ML330 projector surely didn’t disappoint. While it has its flaws, the ML330 still stands as one of the decent portable projectors we’ve tested.
Coming in at a size that fits nicely in the palm of your hand, the ML330 is the accurate definition of portable. But this isn’t just a projector, Optoma has loaded the unit with features that you can virtually operate it without the need for additional hardware.
The top part of the projector houses the touch-sensitive controls, along with a button on the side for power and a manual focus ring. The back houses most of the ports, which include two USB (2.0/3.0) ports, Ethernet, HDMI, AV ports for legacy connections and an audio out for headphones. There’s also a microSD card slot included so it can browse and read media directly from it.
The ML330 runs on Android (4.4 to be exact) and while it’s an outdated version, it’s fast enough to navigate and offers a decent set of features I needed to use the projector. There’s also Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support so I can use it to browse online and install apps, and even connect a wireless keyboard and mouse.
My favorite feature of the ML330 is the auto keystone correction that automatically scans the wall you’re projecting it on so it will appear straight and won’t need any other necessary corrections. Its supported resolution maxes out at 1280 x 800 pixels, which is good enough for a projector of this size.
The ML330’s lights are LED-based, and it undeniably bright for a projector of this size. It can easily give you a 50-inch image and works best with minimal to no lighting.
For testing, I hooked up the ML330 to my PC using HDMI and to an iPad using an HDMI to Lightning adapter. It worked flawlessly on PC, showing accurate colors on various slides and other tasks that I did. Connecting it to an iPad, the ML330 instantly turns into a portable cinema. Movies looked great, and while the resolution isn’t the best, it still effectively offered rich colors that made me enjoy what I’m watching.
The only caveat? The dual 2W speakers aren’t the best, but connecting it to external speakers easily solves that problem.
The Optoma ML330 also comes with a carrying case that’s big enough to carry the projector and all cables that comes with it. For a portable projector, you can’t go wrong with Optoma’s ML330.
+ Plethora of ports
– Outdated Android version
– Fans can get quite loud
Final Rating: 3.5/5