Here’s a quick way to set up your Apple iPad with a pocket projector

How to setup an Apple iPad 2 with a Vivitek Qumi Q2 3D-Ready Pocket Projector.

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If you own or use a Vivitek Qumi Q2 pocket projector then this page will help you set up your Qumi easily with an Apple iPad 2. Just think how cool it’d be to show off the goodies on your iPad screen on a projector!

Find out more about the Vivitek Qumi here

About the Vivitek Qumi:

According to Wikipedia, "the Vivitek Qumi is the first portable 3D, high definition, LED powered projector based on Texas Instruments’s new 3D-Ready DLP Pico HD chipset and Luminus’s Phlatlight PT-39 LED light source."

The Qumi is 300 Lumens so it’s quite bright for a small projector. So if you’ve got plans to watch full length movies, project photography, YouTube videos or whatever else takes your fancy, then it’s definitely preferable to view the movie in a darkened room. Why not? A dark room allows you to experience the full visuals, a vibrant colour spectrum without any distractions.

Another cool factor to note about the Qumi is it’s a lot of fun. You can easily play movies and games to entertain your friends. Use it to set up a professional power point presentation too. (A USB drive connects in the back – just use the remote to advance the slides). It’s also portable. The Qumi projector tucked in its case (with power adaptor) fits in your cargo pants pocket.

The 300-500 lumens vivid LED based DLP Pico 3D HD projectors, based on a DLP chip from Texas Instruments like the Qumi are the greenest standard in projector technology today and is described as a revolutionary audio-visual experience. It is ideal for mobile entertainment but also truly usable for computing tasks such as editing text, programming, general web-surfing, etc. The Qumi’s high native resolution make using the projector as the sole display of a computer more desirable.

In the case of the Vivitek Qumi, you can adjust colours and other settings to match the iPad. Try setting the image > display mode to bright to achieve an accurate colour match with the iPad screen. Alternatively, try setting the display mode to sRGB.

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Focusing The Qumi

Naturally, everyone wants to see their favourite movie in sharp focus. Some reviewers have mentioned that to focus the projected image you have to rotate a focus ring which can make hard work of finding a crisp image. Apparently this is because of the floating focus. Other reviewers have suggested the Qumi would be better equipped with a uniformed focus. Here’s a potential solution for this:

A focusing problem with these units where they need to be refocused after being on for a little while, which Vivitek seems to have acknowledged as an issue related to the focus mechanism shifting slightly when it warms up. My way around this… is to make sure it is properly focused after having been on for a while, and then leave it that way, even though it means it will be out of focus for the first 10 or 20 minutes as it warms up. I haven’t tested that strategy very much, so I can’t vouch for it’s consistency. Given the amazing lamp life, it might be best to just never turn it off when it is used.

Connecting The Qumi

apple digital av adaptor ipad to projectorThe Vivitek Qumi has a bunch of connections including a mini-HDMI to HDMI, a mini-HDMI to mini-HDMI and a VGA connector. These cables are really short, like less than a foot, but you can find longer (extended) cables on Amazon if needed.

If you have an iPad 2, purchase the Apple Digital AV Adapter (Model No. A1388 – around $39), and connect it through the HDMI cable that comes with the Qumi Q2. This will allow you to watch movies downloaded to the iPad from iTunes, and view them in high definition with a full 1080p resolution.

Keep in mind that the Apple Digital AV Adapter detaches very easily from the iPad. Take care to make sure that the iPad and the digital adapter are not disturbed during movie watching. Nothing worse than being right in the middle of an action scene and it all goes blank…

Quick tip about the Apple AV Digital Adapter… while you are using it to project your iPad screen on the Qumi, its dual connector lets you simultaneously keep the iPad powered, so the batteries on the iPad don’t run down.

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In Summary

With a brightness level up to 300 lumens and weighing only 1.4 pounds, the Qumi is Vivitek’s innovative LED pocket projector. The Qumi features a DLP Pico chipset and BrilliantColor technologies from Texas Instruments. It is also the first pocket projector to be 3D-ready via DLP Link. The Qumi’s sleek design and connectivity options allows it to be used with a variety of devices, including, but not limited to smart phones, laptops, netbooks and tablets, digital and video cameras. Versatile and portable, the Vivitek Qumi is perfect for sharing digital content at work and play.

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  • Xavier

    This is a really great post, and the projector looks like fun! Sorry if I’m asking an obvious question, but will this little gadget hook up to other tablets as well?