Photos with soda can for scale. Excellent for color, lamp life and portability. Not ideal home theater projector. TLDR: Smaller and the color is better quality than any other projector I own for daylight use. I do not recommend as a home theater...
Photos with soda can for scale.
Excellent for color, lamp life and portability. Not ideal home theater projector.
TLDR: Smaller and the color is better quality than any other projector I own for daylight use. I do not recommend as a home theater projector unless it is to be used in a partially lit room, there are better options for dark rooms. The included TV stick makes it easy to use without a computer. Sound is ok for the size. Can connect to a bluetooth speaker, sometimes there is a delay between the picture and sound via bluetooth. Color is really amazing. Does not come with a case.
By laser they mean that the light source is a laser rather than a lamp. The display is 3LCD. This will last much longer and is sturdier. Lamp life is listed at 120,000 hours which is far more than a regular lamp.
I have a lot of experience with projectors, because as a teacher I find I often need to bring my own in order to be able to be sure to have a working setup. So I have been hauling projectors around for quite a while. This one weighs about 2700 g, just about 6 pounds, which makes it reasonably portable. It is also only 10cm (4 inches) tall by 21 cm (8.3 in) wide . But it does NOT come with a case, so you will need one if you plan to haul this around a lot. At this price point it should have had a case, even just a soft sided one, but I would prefer a hard sided version.
The back has an HDMI 2.0, a USB Type A and mini USB connection and a headphone jack (can also use for wired speakers). It only has one HDMI input which is a bit annoying. No optical zoom. No keystone correction.
Setup was easy. You need to pair the remote the first time. There is second remote for the streaming dongle, but you only need that if you are using the streaming dongle on some other device.
Light output is strong enough that Powerpoint presentations can be seen with the projector 20 feet away from the screen (this is as far back as I can get it in the room in a daylit room. The room is bright enough that the students can easily see their papers and take notes (and I can see the students!). The school has 1500 lumen projectors, which I rarely used because the lights had to be all the way off for the student to see the projections, and that leads to trouble. This projector has 2000 lumens (a lumen is a unit of visible light emitted by a source) and this makes a big difference in visibility in a partially lit room.Sound output is fine for a room with about 20 people, more than that and you need to hook it up to some speakers to get loud enough sound. And do not expect sound that is good enough for a movie experience, the built in speakers are only adequate enough to hear, not to have “surround sound”. If you hook it up to Bluetooth there is a fraction of a second delay sometimes as well. So as a portable projector, for use in daylit or partially daylit rooms this is a solid choice. The fan is also quiet.
But I would not recommend this for home theater use for the following reasons.
It has noticeable screen door effect (where the picture has little black squares around each pixel so it looks like you are looking through a screen door) which is much more noticable in the dark. If you are within about 3 feet of the screen this is obvious.
Blacks are not all that great on a white screen, they are more toward grey.
It does not have a zoom lens or lens shift, which you can use if you are not able to get the project to be straight on with the wall or screen.
It is not as smooth looking as a DLP (digital light processing) projector, which has a better response time.
The native resolution is 1280 X 800 pixels (just a bit better than 720p HD), surprisingly low for 900 dollars.
Projectors are the answer to wanting a movie like experience, without having a ginormous television. They are great for dorm rooms because they are easy to store and move and less fragile than a television. This would be a good one for that purpose as it is small and more sturdy and it is usually not possible to make the room completely dark. If you want to watch movies in the dark though, choose something else, in this price range there are DLP projectors that will serve your purpose better.