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Optoma DV20 - The Optoma Neo-i       (click for larger view)
Optoma DV20 - The Optoma Neo-i (click for larger view)

Optoma Neo-i review

Optoma, the leader in pico projection technology, just released the world's first iPod sound dock with a built-in projector: the DV20 Neo-i.

The DV20 is an oval-shaped sound dock with 16 watts of audio coming from a pair of speakers using a Bass Reflex design, and has the 30-pin Apple connector on it as well as HDMI and VGA inputs.

The Optoma Neo-i is another extension of what can be done with pico technology. Projection is about sharing. And with all the video content from either Youtube, iTunes, etc. that is downloaded on all the PDAs and iDevices out there, it seems natural to share that content with friends and family in the obvious, easy way: with a projector.

Optoma added a 50 ANSI Lumens projector to the front of the pod. You can now plug-in your iPod, iPhone or iTouch, hit a couple of buttons and there you have it: you can run videos, run the photo app and show slideshows, use it to display album covers while you listen to music, display metadata such as the songs title and artist name, ... Its compatible with all the iTunes thingy you would download.

Optoma DV20
Optoma DV20

There are three options for accessing and controlling media selections: from the control interface of the iPod/iPhone device; from the included IR remote control; or through the backlit control panel on the Neo-i itself.

The Optoma DV20 is a DLP projector with a 2000:1 contrast ratio. The 50 Lumens can give you an image anywhere from 40" to 120" diagonally, depending on how bright the room is. The LED light source will last over 20,000 hours and will consistently produce excellent quality color during its lifetime, compared to standard lamp that lasts only about 5,000 hours.

The Neo-i docking station also incorporates A/V inputs for external devices that expand its usability beyond the iPod or iPhone: an optional accessory kit provides connectivity to the iPad, and HDMI and VGA ports allow connection to computers, laptops, Blu-ray players, game consoles such as the Wii, etc., the new droid phones as the Evo, ...that is, virtually any device with an HDMI output.

While not categorized as a portable device, the Neo-i’s small size (12.8” x 8.9” x 3.1”) and light weight (less than 2.5 lbs) make it easily transportable. And its low operating temperature and instant on/off feature enhance its portability (There are no warm-up / cool-down delays with a LED lamp).

Optoma DV20 : Video of the Neo-i

“The Neo-i offers a unique solution to a marketplace that is increasingly dependent on portable devices for both audio and video content,” says Jon Grodem, Optoma’s senior director of sales & marketing. “This gives them a simple, all-in-one solution for sharing that content.”

Neo-i Specs


  • Native Resolution: 854 X 480 (16:9)
  • Panel: 0.3” WVGA DLP
  • Brightness: 50 lumens Bright mode 
  • Contrast Ratio: 2000:1
  • Uniformity: 60% (JBMA Standard)
  • LED / Life: RGB LED, >20,000hrs
  • Dimensions: 12.8” x 8.9” x 3.1”
  • Weight: < 2.5 lbs

Lens & Throw Distance

  • Image Size: 5”~120” (16:9 native)
  • Projection Lens: Fixed Focus Lens, F/1.8
  • Throw Ratio: 1.8
  • Off-set: 100%


  • Video/Audio In: 2.5 mm A/V jack, Composite
  • VGA CNNT: PC in (WXGA max)
  • HDMI in: HDMI 1.3 (1080i 60)
  • Audio Out: 3.5 mm audio out jack
  • Speaker: 8W x 2 

IO Terminals

  • Sockets (iPod Dock, VGA, A/V Jack, Audio Out, HDMI, DC Jack)

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