Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus Compact DLP Video Projector Review

Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus Front and Rear Views
Front and Rear Views of the Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus DLP Video Projector. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to

The Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus is one of an increasingly popular class of extremely compact projectors that are designed to be used in a variety of settings.

The Q7 plus combines lampless DLP Pico chip and LED light source technologies to produce an image that is bright enough to be projected on a large surface or screen, but is very compact, making it portable and easy to set up not only at home, but in a classroom or business travel (it comes with a compact carry bag).

To find out if the Qumi Q7 Plus is the right video projector solution for you, keep on reading this review.

Product Overview

The features and specifications of the Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus include the following:

1. DLP Video Projector (Pico Design) with 1000 lumens of white light output and 1280x800 (approximately 720p) display resolution. The Q7 Plus is also capable of projecting 2D and 3D images. 3D images can be viewed via either IR or DLP Link active shutter glasses (optional purchase required).

2. Throw ratio 1.3 to 1.43:1 (Can project an 80-inch image from a distance of about 7 feet).

3. Lens Characteristics: Manual Focus and Zoom (1.1:1).

4. Image size range: 29 to 107-inches.

5. Native 16x9 Screen Aspect Ratio. The Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus can accommodate 16x9, 16x10, or 4x3 aspect ratio sources. 2.35:1 sources will be letterboxed within a 16x9 frame.

6. Preset Picture Modes: Presentation, Bright (when your room has a lot of light present), Game, Movie (best for viewing movies in a darkened room), TV, sRBG, User, User 1.

8. DLP Lamp-Free Projection Display (LED Light Source).

9. Fan Noise: 44dB (Normal), 33db (Economy Mode).

10. Video Inputs: Two HDMI (one of which is MHL-enabled, One VGA/Component (via VGA/Component Adapter), and One Composite Video.

11. One USB Port for connection of USB flash drive or another compatible USB device for playback of compatible still image, video, audio, and document files. You can also use the USB port to connect the Q7 Plus to a PC for compatible file access and transfer. The Q7 Plus has 4GB of built-in memory.

12. Audio Inputs: Two analog stereo inputs (one RCA/one 3.5mm).

13. The Qumi Q7 Plus is 3D compatible with Frame Sequential, Frame Pack, Side-by-Side, and Top-Bottom 3D formats, and can be used with DLP-Link or IR active shutter glasses sold separately).

14. Compatible with input resolutions up to 1080p (including both 1080p/24 and 1080p/60). NTSC/PAL Compatible. All sources scaled to 720p for screen display.

15. WiFi connectivity via WiFi USB Adapter (requires optional purchase) which allows connection to a home network and internet. Built-in Web Browser with Mouse function included.

16. Manual Focus control located behind the lens. On-screen menu system for other functions. A Digital Zoom is also provided via onboard or remote control - however, image quality is negatively affected as the image gets larger.

17. Automatic Video Input Detection - Manual video input selection also available via remote control or buttons on the projector.

18. Built-in Speakers (2.5 watts x 2).

19. Kensington®-style lock provision, padlock and security cable hole provided.

20. Dimensions: 9.4 inches Wide x 7.1inches Deep x 1.6 inches High - Weight: 3.1lbs - AC Power: 100-240V, 50/60Hz

21. Accessories included: Soft carry bag, VGA cable, HDMI cable, MHL cable, Quick Start Guide, and User Manual (CD-Rom), Detachable Power Cord, Remote Control.

22. Suggested Price: $999.99

Setting Up The Qumi Q7 Plus

To set up the Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus, first determine the surface you will be projecting onto (either wall or screen), then position the the projector on a table, rack, sturdy tripod (a tripod mounting hole is provided on the bottom of the projector), or mount on the ceiling, at the optimal distance from the screen or wall. One thing to keep in mind is that the Qumi Q7 Plus requires about 7 feet of projector-to-screen/wall distance to project an 80-inch image, which can work for smaller rooms.

Once you have determined where you want to place the projector, plug in your source (such as a DVD, Blu-ray Disc player, PC, etc...) to the designated input(s) provided on the rear panel of the projector. Then, plug in the power cord of the Qumi Q7 Plus and turn on the power using the button on the top of the projector or the remote. It takes about 10 seconds or so until you see the Qumi logo projected on your screen, at which time you are set to go.

To adjust the image size and focus on your screen, turn on one of your sources.

With the image on the screen, raise or lower the front of the projector using the adjustable feet (or adjust the ceiling mount or tripod angle).

You can also adjust the image angle on the projection screen, or white wall, using either the automatic (senses the degree of physical projector tilt) or manual Keystone Correction.

However, be cautious when using Keystone correction, as it works by compensating the projector angle with the screen geometry and sometimes the edges of the image will not be straight, causing some image shape distortion. The Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus Keystone correction function only works in the vertical plane (+ or - 40 degrees)

Once the image frame is as close to an even rectangle as possible, zoom or move the projector to get the image to fill the screen properly, followed by using the manual focus control to sharpen your image.

NOTE: Be sure to only use the optical zoom that is available on top of the projector, behind the lens, and not the digital zoom feature that is provided on the projector's onscreen menu. The digital zoom, although useful in some cases to get a closer look are some aspects of a projected image, does degrade image quality.

Two additional setup notes: The Qumi Q7 Plus will search for the input of the source that is active. You can also access the source inputs manually via the controls on the projector, or via the wireless remote control.

If you have purchased accessory 3D glasses - all you have to do is put on the glasses, turn them on (make sure you have charged them first). Turn on your 3D source and, in most cases, the Qumi Q7 Plus will auto detect and display the Compact content on your screen. Manual 3D settings, including 2D-to-3D conversion, are also provided.

Video Performance - 2D

The Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus does a very good job displaying 2D high-def images in a traditional darkened home theater room setup, providing consistent color and detail.

With its maximum 1,000 lumen light output (pretty bright for a Pico projector), the Qumi Q7 Plus can also project a viewable image in a room that may have some very low ambient light present. However, when using the projector in a room in such conditions, black level and contrast performance is sacrificed, and if there is too much light, the image will look washed out. For best results, view in a near dark, or completely dark, room.

The Qumi Q7 Plus provides several pre-set modes various content sources, as well as two user modes that can also be present, once adjusted. For Home Theater viewing (Blu-ray, DVD) the Movie mode provides the best option. On the other hand, I found that for TV and streaming content, the TV mode is preferable. The Qumi Q7 Plus also provides independently adjustable user mode, and you can also change color/contrast/brightness/sharpness settings on any of the Preset Modes more to you liking.

In addition to real-world content, I also conducted a series of tests that determine how the Qumi Q7 Plus processes and scales standard definition inputs signals based on a series of standardized tests. For more details, check out my Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus Video Performance Test Results.

Video Performance - 3D

To find out how well Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus does with 3D, I used the OPPO BDP-103 and BDP-103D 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc players in conjunction with a set of 3D glasses provided for this review by Vivitek. It is important to note that the 3D glasses must be purchased separately.

The projector is able to automatically detect an incoming 3D signal and display it correctly - However, if you have any difficulty, manual 3D settings are provided via the onscreen menu system, including a 2D-to-3D conversion option.

Using several Blu-ray disc movies and running the depth and crosstalk tests available on the Spears & Munsil HD Benchmark Disc 2nd Edition I found that there was no visible crosstalk, and only minor glare and motion blurring.

However, the 3D images are somewhat darker and softer than their 2D counterparts, and due to its 720p native display resolution, definitely softer than you would see on a 1080p projector, especially with 3D Blu-ray Disc content that has been mastered in 1080p. Overall, I would give the 3D performance a passing grade (no crosstalk definitely helps), but there needs to be improvement on the brightness end of the equation - perhaps an inclusion of a dedicated 3D auto-detect brightness/contrast setting, such as I have seen on some other projectors I have reviewed, would help. Also, with regards to the 2D-to-3D conversion option - it is an interesting option that can add some extra depth to 2D images, but as with all real-time 2D-to-3D converters, the depth cues are not always accurate.

Audio Performance

The Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus incorporates a 5-watt stereo amplifier and two built-in loudspeakers. Due to the size of the speakers (obviously limited by the size of the projector), the sound quality is more reminiscent of a tabletop AM radio than something that enhances the movie viewing experience. I definitely recommend that you send your audio sources to a home theater receiver or amplifier for that full surround sound listening experience, connect the audio outputs of your source devices to a stereo or home theater receiver, or if in a classroom situation, an external audio system for best results.

Media Suite

In addition to traditional video projection capabilities, the Qumi Q7 Plus also incorporates a Media Suite. This is a series of menus that are provided to access to audio, still photo, video, an even document content from compatible connected devices such as USB flash drives, and some older generation iPods.

When playing music files, a screen pops up that displays playback transport controls, as well as a timeline and frequency display (there are no actual EQ adjustments provided). The Qumi is compatible with the MP3 and WMA file formats.

Also, accessing video files was fairly easy. You simply scroll through your files, click on the file and it will begin playing. The Qumi is compatible with : H.264, MPEG-4 and several other formats (refer the user manual for details).

When accessing a photo folder, a master thumbnail photo gallery is displayed, in which each photo can be clicked on to see a larger view. In my case, thumbnails did not show all photos, but when I did click on a blank thumbnail, the full-size version of the photo was displayed on the screen. Image sizes up to 4,000 x 3,000 pixels can be accommodated. The compatible photo file formats are: JPEG, PNG, and BMP.

The Office Viewer function can display documents on the screen, which is great for business or classroom presentations. The Qumi is compatible with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents made in Microsoft Office 2003 and Office 2007, as well as PDF documents (vers 1.0 to 1.4).

NOTE: I was not able to test the WiFi and Web Browsing Features of the Qumi Q7 Plus as a WiFi USB adapter was not provided for this review.

What I Liked About The Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus

1. Very good color image quality.

2. Accepts input resolutions up to 1080p (including 1080p/24). NOTE: All input signals are scaled to 720p for display.

3. High lumen output for a Pico-class projector. This makes this projector usable for both living room and business/educational room environments.

4. Compatible with 2D and 3D sources.

5. Both Audio and Video connectivity provided.

6. Very compact - easy to travel with.

7. Fast turn-on and cool-down time.

8. A soft carrying bag is provided that can hold the projector and provided accessories.

What I Didn't Like About the Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus

1. Black level performance is just average.

2. 3D is dimmer and softer than 2D.

3. Underpowered built-in speaker system.

4. DLP Rainbow Effect occasionally visible (even though their shouldn't be as there is no color wheel).

6. Fan is louder than some projectors in the same price/feature class.

7. Remote control not backlit and too small.

Final Take

The Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus isn't perfect, but it certainly offers a lot. On the upside, the Q7 Plus utilizes an LED light source, which means no periodic lamp replacement issues, projects a bright image for it size, the incorporation of the Media Suite provides versatile content access and management options, and the projector is extremely portable.

On the other hand, 3D images, although clean, are a little dim, and video upscaling of lower resolution, and downscaling of higher resolution sources is a mixed bag. Also, I found the remote control a little too small and tricky to use in the dark - it is easy to press the wrong button.

If you are looking for a dedicated home theater projector, the Qumi Q7 Plus may not be the best match. However, if you desire a projector for more general use that provides a lot of flexibility for moving room-to-room, or even for classroom or work, the Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus is definitely worth checking out - Official Product Page.

For a closer look at the features and video performance of Vivitek Qumi Q7 Plus, check out a sampling of Video Performance Test Results and supplementary Photo Profile.

Components Used In This Review

Blu-ray Disc Players: OPPO BDP-103 and BDP-103D.

DVD Player: OPPO DV-980H.

Projection Screens: SMX Cine-Weave 100² screen and Epson Accolade Duet ELPSC80 Portable Screen.

Software Used

Standard DVDs: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, Outlander, U571, and V For Vendetta.