LED bulbs, cheap lithium battery’s and high power USB charging have changed what a projector is. Its now easily possible to have a full cinematic experience in your pocket and run it for hours on very cheap USB battery’s. The days of expensive, power hungry and fragile projectors are over for all but the most demanding permanent set-ups. The are hundreds of these “micro” projectors available, they vary in quality a lot, here is a review of a good one.
If your looking for a very cheap travel/small screening projector I can recommend this one
Tiny, relatively well made, lots of ports and did I say very cheap.
LED bulb so robust long life and low power.
Plays videos from HDMI, USB thumb drive, micro SD card in many formats (it will not play surround sound audio files). As with many embedded playback devices it can get the aspect ratio wrong this is a normal problem. Will work fine by HDMI with image and sound from a laptop etc.
Used it at a recent all night illegal rave party under a railway bridge to provide background images, plunged into a small USB battery (5000mah) it easily lasted the night on loop.
Fits in your pocket and has a built in battery which last 1-2 hours, charges/runs off standard USB up to 2amps.
Its no were near its rated 800 lumen, more like 50-100 which is normal for a projector this size. You would have to pay something like £500 for a 500 lumen LED projector. Its brighter and the sound is louder if you plug it into a 2amp USB battery/power supply rather than run it off its internal battery.
Sound might be an issue when running on mains power due to hum.
In darkness it creates a large bright (somewhat over saturated) image, like all micro projectors it will struggle to overcome ambient light.
| Display Type || DLP Technology |
| Resolution || 854x480 |
| Highest resolution supported || 1080p (this is acturly only 854x480 and will be dowen scaled) |
| Brightness || 800 Lumens (this is not true) |
| Contrast || 800:1 |
| Aspect Ratio || 4:3 ,16:9 |
| Built-in battery || 3.7V 1500 mA |
| Focusing Manner || Manual Focus,F=125 |
| Image Size || 14 to 150 Inches |
| Projection Distance || 35.5cm-430cm(short throw) |
| Lamp || LED Lamp |
| Power consumption || 10W Max |
| Speakers || 8Ω1W |
| Lamp Life || 20,000 Hours |
| Interfaces || HDMI/USB/AV/SD/3.5mm earphone jack |
| Supported Video Format || 3GP(H263, MPEG4) / AVI(XVID, DIVX, H264) / MKV(XVID, DIVX, H264) / FLV(flv1) / |
MOV(H264) / MP4(MPEG4,AVC) / MPG(MPEG1) / VOB(MPEG2) / RMVB(RV40)
| Supported Audio Format || MP3 / WMA / ASF / OGG / AAC / WAV |
| Supported Picture Format || JPG / PNG / BMP |
| Supported Document Format || TXT |
| Color || Green, White |
| Dimensions || 78*71*24.5mm (L x W x D) |
| Weight || 130g |
Have been testing it for a week, so far I would say a buy.
7/10 value for money