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Cheap but poor quality construction and hard to adjust
on 19 September 2014
Although its good value for money its not a good quality build. It comes in two main parts the ceiling bracket and the projector connecting legs attached via a ball joint. The ceiling bracket is robust. However, it comes with fixing bolts that are only suitable for fixing to masonry walls and ceilings. A lot of ceilings in residential properties are likely to be plasterboard so these fixings are unsuitable. I used some 6x80 coach screws with some washers and screwed directly into the ceiling joists as well as some heavy duty plaster board toggle screws.
The projector mount is flexible and I was easily able to attach it to my Epson EH-TW6100. However, the projector connector feels flimsy and there is a lot of flex in the legs. The main problem with this section was the ball joint that connects to the ceiling bracket. It was loose and wobbled which made it very difficult to position correctly. The ball joint is attached the to circular section in the base that connects to the legs by being compressed into a hole. It wasn't securely attached and there was enough play to be worried that it wouldn't hold up. The ball joint is attached to the disk by compressing the metal into the hole so it expands inside and outside the hole deforming the metal to effect a crude joint. So I had to take it apart and hammer it and further deform the metal joint until the ball mount was secure with no wobble and then rebuild it. I don't mind DIY but you shouldn't have to do that. I probably should have sent it back but once I'd done the hard work of attaching it to the ceiling bracket I was less inclined to take it all off and return it.
Connecting the projector mount to the ceiling bracket is done by pushing in the ball joint and tightening the knobs to secure. However, its really difficult to get the alignment correct. Once you move the projector into position and then do the final tighten of the knobs the projector moves. So you have to loosen, adjust and re-tighten again and again until its right. When I finally got it about righ I plugged my cables in and the cursed thing had moved again. Grrrrr! Also the legs flex while your aligning it again making it difficult to do the final adjustments. Its probably not an issue if projecting onto a wall but I use a fixed screen so correct alignment is essential. When you finally get it about right I noticed that it slightly moves over time. Probably settling into position with the weight of the projector.
The instructions are laughable, badly translated and very simplistic. Some excerpts: "Thank you for purchasing projector hanger very much" - hanger is about right since it reminded me of a coat hanger. "The holes should be symmetrical and balanceable in the horizontal and vertical direction" - what that means I've no idea. "Place the projector as center as possible, then scnew all the bolts" - maybe that's where I was going wrong - not enough "scnewing".
Now its finally up and it does work. It was cheap, very cheap, but I would have preferred a model that was better quality and easier to adjust.