on 4 August 2013
****1 Year Update at the bottom of this review****
As with most things, i spent a fair while reviewing this item before i bought, as there werent many reviews on this model i looked back at the previous models as they are quite similar i believe. There were a few things i wish people had answered so ill put them in here incase anyone else wonders similar things!
I brought this itending to use for a few evenings in my bedroom and sometimes in the living room. First thing to say is i love it. I have mainly so far played movies/episodes from the built in storage. Its simple. As i imagine all the other inputs are. I have tried SD card for pictures works fine, and VGA....i was a little suprised i couldnt get the picture as big as inbuilt files, BUT i havent tried since playing with more settings and only tried very quickly, but it worked and was (for me) fine, could read the desktop etc.
The brightness is a big talking point, i agree, its not super bright, but it fits in my hand! I was expecting this, i sit here now and shine it on my wall windows fully open with sunlight coming in, i can see the image, but it looks washed away slightly, close the curtains and Much better! So Yes, it does work in sunlight, but isnt as good as a darkened room (obviously due to its size/brightness).
I have wallpaper and wondered if you can watch it on that, yes you can. I have light colorued wallpaper with circualr patterns and i can still see the image fine, on a white scene you spot the patterns slightly, but after a few minutes you just forget its there. Again the darker the room the better. I place the projector 9-10 foot from my wall and get a 60-62" diagonal picture size. Around 30" high and 55" wide. Its great!
Actual video size has three settings, original, optimal and 16:9, they are all differnt i find optimal best as it squeezes the image to the biggest it can but keeping the aspect good.
Sound was often talked about..1watt speaker is fine, but it is a bit too quiet, i sit with it next to my head in bedroom and its loud enough to hear, but when the fan kicks in (it is only quiet but it is audible, not annoying) and i was to say shuffle around, you have to listen out a bit harder.
The projecter, as you can imagine, comes alive in the evenings! Downstairs i managed a 95" picture on a magnolia wall. Wow! All the lights out, its amazing. I am new to projecters but i found it great. Ive even tried it in the garden , on the fence!! Ive never really been bothered about the projecter screens, im not expecting home cinema quality, but im tempted for outside to make one up!
Battery i think lasted around 1hr15-1hr130, bit shorter than i would like, so i think for a film i would keep plugged in just to be safe.
So a quick recap :
Good: Its bright in the correct settings, Its so light quick and easy to use, its a clear picture (to me) on many surfaces without the need for expensive screens.
Bad: Battery could be tiny bit better, Brightness could be brighter but i wasnt expecting daylight viewing, Focus wheel on the front feels a little cheap, dont think ill play with it much!
I would say yes buy it if you are thinking for home use, if i were to set this up properly, IE screen and speakers, it could be alot better, but im happy with it how i use it.
Hope this helps anyone thinking about the purchase.
1 Year on.
Still rate this at 4 stars over a year later! We have used this nearly every couple days , truly use it alot. Mainly for downloaded items, placed onto an SD Card. If anyone wonders, you can connect a "nowtv" box to it, which we also use.
Minor problems....Sometimes looses focus, Normally have to focus every 3-4days but it takes about 3 seconds.
Remote has now has got a little less responsive even with brand new batteries in , the volume control takes a few presses to get it going, its a very small remote so was to be expected again no problem to me really (can use controls on top if it ever breaks)
Battery - the worst one, the battery now struggles for much over 35-40 minutes , this could be partly my fault due to leaving it plugged in sometimes and charging alot.
Overall a year later still an awesome mini projector! Ill be buying a "real" projector soon. The small portable size makes this great, Hotel rooms, garden fences - ceilings - find your own cinema! The best so far... lying in a hot tub outdoors projecting onto the hot tub cover made a 45"ish screen right in front of you!
PS have now connected a small "music angel" for extra volume.