Is a Cheap Projector Worth It?

Is a Cheap Projector Worth It?


In this video we’re going to be taking a look
at a small cheap projector, to see if it’s actually worth the price versus going out
and buying a more expensive one. So without further ado let’s get into the
video. So, taking a look at the projector we can
obviously see that it is an all plastic construction finish, this is to help keep the cost down
and to make it more affordable. We can also see that really bright 1200 lumen
LED bulb, and you can also see that it does require mains power since this isn’t a battery
powered projector. Taking a look at the remote we can see that
it’s an all plastic remote as well, it looks fairly cheap to be honest but for some reason
as well it does control my LED strip which I don’t really understand. Taking a look around the projector, on the
top we have the focus and keystone. So on the side of the projector we have the
USB out for charging a device and then USB in which is for USB storage as well as an
SD card reader above that. We also have the HDMI and VGA ports as well
as an AV port and an audio out. So with that, the audio out and the USB out,
you could have a bluetooth speaker to act as a speaker for this projector since the
inbuilt one doesn’t sound that great. But now let’s actually take a look at the
projector, see how it projects and stuff like that. So, whilst projecting you can have an image
up to 10 feet, but I haven’t been able to try this since I haven’t got enough room. But the image probably that I’m showing on
the video is around 80 centimetres. There is some natural light coming through
the window when I was filming this, since I was filming it in the afternoon. But at night the projector is really bright
and it does actually show the image quite well. So, the menu system for media is also fairly
simple to navigate, here you can see it and you basically just use the remote to get around
this since the buttons on the projector won’t let you do this since you need to have the
play button on the remote and things like that. Now we’re just going to look at how daylight
affects the projected image, this is just the image with a bit of natural light coming
through the window and then I’m going to open the blinds for the room in a minute and it’s
going to let all the light in and it’s pretty hard to see the image whilst the projector
is actually trying to project in daylight. But now you can see I’m closing the blinds
and the image is coming back and it does look pretty good. So, obviously this is not a 1080p projector,
you can probably see the pixels on the screen from here. This is downscaling a 1080p video to 800 by
480, which is not a high resolution. But if you are going to be looking to watch
films seriously then you probably will want to go and invest in a more expensive projector,
but if you want to have a few mates round, watch a movie or play a game or something,
this is a pretty good projector to do it on. So that’s been it for this video, thanks for
watching and I will see you in the next one.

20 Comments

  • Sami Loyal

    October 1, 2016

    Cool intro and video!

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  • Turbo Tech

    October 1, 2016

    Great video!

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  • TechBase

    October 1, 2016

    I have seen projectors 3x that price with the same resolution so for $99 thats excellent value

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  • David Riley

    October 2, 2016

    tbh i'm not sure if it's worth it. I can get a 32" tv for $50 more that isn't affected by daylight, and has better sound. It's cool for the price, but it's not an outright winner imo

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  • Patricia Dawes

    October 8, 2016

    That's a great video Richard thank you for sharing

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  • Yaboi Popz

    October 9, 2016

    have you done the 40$ projector review? how much was this

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  • Odlavin Lopes

    October 22, 2016

    Could you make a comparison between the RD Projector 805 vs the Projector SD50 ?

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  • BDoubleA // Youtube

    December 11, 2016

    Could you hook up an Xbox to it???

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  • Sergio Rodriguez

    March 7, 2017

    Richard how is the fan noise?

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  • Zoran Sekulovski

    August 16, 2017

    Thanks for sharing this video. BUT, I think it lacks details. I agree it is fairly cheap projector and one can not expect marvels from it, but, at least we should keep the objective stance and speak about the cons, besides the expected ones. Lens shift should not blur the image, which is understandable for this price tag, but it is there and people should know that.

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  • caribbeanchild

    September 2, 2017

    When you go to the cinema… are there any lights on during the movie? All projectors are to be used in pitch black. That's how you get the contrast. So why people even bother with some ambient light is beyond me.

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  • Rob Rudock

    September 20, 2017

    Don't consider anything under $500 unless its for a kid's area only.

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  • stephen becker -atlanta

    March 8, 2018

    is it pyle? its cheap…not to be fixed. if needs bulbs

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  • Ruban Singh

    May 26, 2018

    Egate is selling it under their own brand known as egate i9

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  • George N

    June 8, 2018

    So Bluetooth works for this also can u use android devices to mirror my phone on it

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  • Mark Rodriguez

    July 28, 2018

    The first projector is rechargable? I was thinking of buy it to make my room look like a movie theater I always go to. Thanks,man! 😀

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  • 00HiGhGuY00

    August 12, 2018

    That thing is a joke.  I consider a "cheap" projector to be one that is somewhere between $500-$1k.  A "medium" one to be $2-3K, a "good" one to be $5-8k, a "really good" one to be around $10k.  After that you start getting into the super high end home projectors and commercial "large venue" projectors $25k up to over $100k

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  • TheRulleskoejten

    September 12, 2018

    It looks like crap

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  • Joe Young

    January 22, 2019

    We got a projector for $170.00 and it's good enough. You get what you pay for. We've only played it on our living room wall. Our projector is 3000 lumens. I wouldn't recommend anything under 3000 lumens. We are painting a wall out of special paint to see if that adds to the quality. We're happy with it. I will spend more money the next time I buy one.

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  • Ivan Cirko

    February 23, 2019

    I ordered an LA VAGUE LV-HD171 and for me it will be good enough…

    Reply

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