Just like the Esquire Mini I wrote about earlier, sometimes it's nice to find devices that cross over between work and play. That's exactly what the Spro 2 does and it's fantastic. Last week, I was able to take it with me on a client meeting and project a report on their wall ... and then take it back to the hotel room and watch a movie. So don't worry about who you are going to buy it for ... use some of those points you've racked up recently and just buy it for yourself :)
The ZTE Spro is as if a phone and a projector got together and had a child. Now I can stream YouTube or Netflix videos wirelessly without having to connect it to a computer, it works as a mobile hotspot connected to Verizon's 4G/LTE service or WiFi to your home or business network. Plus you can control it remotely via your smartphone and you can still connect it to your laptop through the HDMI port.
Inside, it's powered by Android 4.4 running on a Qualcomm 800 chip, 2 GB of Ram, 16 GB of storage and a 6,300 mAh Battery. Plus there is a a SD slot supporting up to 64 GB cards and a USB port for connecting extra storage. It's not the most powerful device out there but it's a great leap forward for anyone traveling for business or pleasure that doesn't want to lug multiple devices around. Plus, it's super compact compared to the projector I used to have. The Spro 1 measures 5.3" x 5.2" x 1.2" and weighs just over a pound at 19.4 oz.
The projected image supports up to 720 x 1280 resolution which is fine for most business presentations but I did find myself wishing for a higher resolution picture when watching movies. The display is rated at 200 lumens with the AC power pack connected and 100 when running on battery. Display is rated at 14" to 120" but when projected on the wall of my loft I was able to get a good picture at a much greater dimension.
The possibilities are endless with this device. While you will probably justify it as being for work and write it off as an expense ... we all know that this will be used on the weekends projecting Jurrasic World up against the garage door after a BBQ while you sit around and enjoy a few beers just as often as it sits plugged into your laptop in the board room.
The ZTE Spro 2 can be purchased on the ZTE website for $499.98.