iCODIS G5 is a brilliant mini projector that travels well.

We live in a media streaming world. And in that world, there are limitless options for sharing video. Social media sites, storage sites like Dropbox, Cloud sharing – all of these options are meant to bring people together and yet they still keep us apart. What happened to the old movie nights where people would bring snacks and gather around a TV with a video rental? While those days may be long gone, the concept of video sharing and the personal connection doesn’t have to.

I was recently sent this mini projector from iCODIS for review and I immediately thought of it as a way to reconnect with family and friends at the spur of the moment. The projector is small enough to travel with you no matter where you go. It’s great for presentations but really shines with video. So, you can have an impromptu movie night anytime you want.

iCODIS G5 Mini Projector REVIEW

The projector itself is ‘pico size’ and about the size of the palm of your hand. It comes packaged with a travel pouch, power supply, mini tripod, remote, and A/C connection cables. It only weighs 200 grams, which is only about 60 grams more than the iPhone 7. The iCONIS G5 utilizes DLP Technology – the same projection type that most movie theaters use – with a three-color LED light source. It can project up to full 1080P HD resolution. The LED bulb has approximately 30,000-hour lifespan and a projection size up to 120 inches.

The iCONIS G5 is rechargeable and has an internal 2500 mAh lithium polymer battery. This battery will get you approximately 120 minutes of playback on a single charge.

The only big drawback to the iCONIS G5 is that it will not connect to your smartphone wirelessly. You can connect through the provided A/V cable, HDMI, USB, or a Micro SD card. What this means for iOS users like me is that you have to have the proper connector to be able to streaming media from your phone. I tested out my iPhone 7 with this projector and discovered that I can’t just connect to it using a Lighting/USB cable.

iCODIS G5 Mini Projector REVIEW

That being said, the picture quality coming out from the iCONIS G5 is remarkable for the size projector it is. It’s clear and bright. I tested it out on a pure white background with the lights turned off (shown) and then on a gray wall with lights on. I was surprised at how well I could still see the projection even with the lights on.

There are just a couple of things that I would love to see improved on this design. First, the remote is limiting. There is a play button on the top of the projector, but it doesn’t seem to do anything other than select the menu item you are currently sitting on. You have to use the remote to navigate through the menus. Because of that, I’d love to see the remote be rechargeable, too. Second, the tripod is a little wobbly. It’s very lightweight for portability sake, but when the projector is on it, it’s a little wobbly. I’d like to see the G5 packaged with a tripod or stand that has firm silicone-based feet so that it doesn’t move around on table tops and I’d like to see the head of the tripod lock into place better.

Other than that, I really like this mini projector. It’s easy to use and very portable.


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