As an avid Instagram user, I was recently offered a Projecteo to try out. For those who haven’t come across this unique little product before, Projecteo is a tiny replica of one of those old fashioned slide projectors, where you can display your Instagram images via a slide wheel that slots into the top of the gadget.
The ordering process is very simple and straight forward, linking directly to my Instagram feed via their API (application program interface) as many of these Instagram related product sites do. The graphics on the Projecteo site are slick, you can select, deselect and swap images around with ease. I would have liked to have been able to choose from more than my last 120 posted images, but that aside, I selected my nine images easily enough and sent the order on its way.
Priced at $34.98 (£21.25 at current exchange rate) for the projector and one wheel of 9 images, the price includes postage and packing from the US. Individual and additional wheels are priced at $8.99 (£5.46), and if ordered separately are also free shipping. I was a bit concerned at the warning about possible charges, should my package be unlucky enough to be stopped at UK customs, but mine slipped through unnoticed. (Not always the case I hasten to add, I was stung for around £24 once for an item costing less that £70!)
I have to confess that I lost track of how long the package took to arrive but arrive it did, pretty quickly and all in one piece. First impressions? It’s rather sweet and dinky, and seems well made enough. Very easy to use, just slot in the provided battery pack underneath, slot in the wheel at the top, press the red button and Hey Presto! There’s no bells and whistles, it just works. It’s pretty sturdy for something so small and while I didn’t put it’s robustness to the test by throwing it against a wall or suchlike, I did (deliberately) drop it on the floor a few times and it’s still in one piece!
The images can be viewed from a range of distances, roughly from 12 inches to 3 feet, obviously the closer to the viewing surface the smaller the image. Clearly, this isn’t a precision piece of equipment, and the image is a bit rough round the edges but perfectly acceptable as a novelty – let’s not pretend it’s anything else! It has a focusing barrel on the front of the Projecteo and I was pretty happy with the image at around 12 inches in size projected from about 3 feet away as well as projecting an image from floor to ceiling!
If I did have a criticism, like the Projecteo itself, its a small one. I would like to have seen it provided with some sort of case, a simple drawstring pouch would be fine, just to keep the dust and dirt out when carrying it around. Or maybe that’s just me!
All in all though, a nifty little fun novelty gadget that can be customised with my own work is always going to be a hit with me.
One Projecteo with one 9 image wheel was provided free of charge for the purposes of this review. It can be ordered here.