I’ve always wanted a projector, I almost bought one as well and had prepared for it by painting one of the walls in my flat white to have it projected on. Then I moved out of that flat and it wasn’t that feasible to have a projector in my new place. I then began to look at mini projectors but was unsure if they’d be worth the money for what you get. I mean the reason I wanted a full size one was so I could pretty much have a personal cinema screen with a nice projected 1080p image on the wall, so would a low quality mini projector really be any good? Well lucky me has been sent a DB Power mini LED projector to try out and I have mixed feelings about it if I’m honest.
First impressions are important, when I opened up the packaging it all looked pretty professional, even spotted a little remote control for the projector which I thought was a nice feature. I then picked up the remote to get a quick grasp of the projectors features since it had quite a few buttons for such a small looking device. Well I wasn’t impressed as they couldn’t even spell “Photo” correctly, it was down on the button as “Phtot” and the instruction manual confirmed it was a photo button. Even the manual had the incorrectly spelt button on the image of the remote. Now I can accept a typo in a manual, I spell incorrectly all the time and sometimes you just don’t notice it. But to have a spelling typo on all your equipment just does not scream quality to me.
Having got over that little shock of the remote and the user manual I started looking through the rest of the box which contained; the projector, power lead and an AV cable. Now if you’re like me then you’ll already have a couple of AV cables lying around the place, but free cables are always nice to see. I have a box in the attic full of them which I will probably never use, nevertheless it’s good to know you have spares should you require them. The power cable was nothing special; little bulkier than your standard plug as it probably has a transformer inside for the power, but what disappointed me was the length of the wire. It was roughly a metre in length which for me meant getting an extension lead to have to plug it in and use it, and when you think many people often mount their projector on the ceiling this is clearly not going to be long enough. I had to use an extension cable and even then, depending on where I use it the image can be a little bigger than it is meant to go. as I can’t get the projector in the correct position.
The last thing in the box was the projector itself; the one I received came in a glossy black plastic with plastic buttons on top that have kind of a brushed steel effect, then around the side of the projector you have the various ports and underneath there is a connection for a projector mount although any camera mount would probably do. As for the size it really was mini compared to your normal sized projectors. According to Amazon it has it down as “9.8*4*7inch” but that was clearly wrong and doing my own measurements it came to 5.2 x 4.9 x 2.5 inches which was a lot smaller than they stated and means it is easy enough to carry around with you without weighing you down. Would’ve been nice if it had came with a carry bag for this as well but I suppose at the price you pay then you can’t expect to get everything under the sun.
Going back to the ports I was really impressed with the selection available, especially when you think of what you’re paying for this bit of kit. It had your usual AV and VGA ports which you’d expect from a lower end projector, it had slots for your SD cards and USB sticks so you can do picture slideshows or connect your smartphone should you wish and it also had a HDMI port for connecting up your games consoles. Now games consoles sound like a great idea on a projector, although don’t be expecting much from this because despite saying it supports 1920 x 1080, which it does, the maximum output is 320 x 240 so all this HD image projection isn’t in fact HD at all.
Despite the low resolution though things don’t look too bad especially when you can fiddle with the settings and twist the lens to help focus the image. You can even switch the aspect ratio from 16:9 to 4:3 to suit whatever it is you’re watching or playing. Where I would agree with the details listed on Amazon though is when it comes to the size of the image you can go up to on your wall, they recommend no bigger than 60 inch. Now I thought why not see how far we can go and I must have been nearly 80 inch and although you could clearly see the image, you could also see little gaps between each pixel which when playing Destiny on my PS4 really hurt my eyes when they tried to focus on movement.
Another nice surprise of the projector was the fact it had in-built speakers which although weren’t the best, were still appreciated because even back in high school they had kit that probably cost 10x that of mine which didn’t even do this. If you want a bump up in quality though it is really easy just to get your own speakers to set up which I’d recommend. This is because the projector speakers aren’t that great at a loud volume and the projector itself can be quite noisy if sitting close to it.
When it comes to maintenance of projectors some people will have worries because the cost of replacing bulbs can be rather expensive, but with this mini LED projector it’s nothing you’ll need to worry about really. That is thanks to the 100W lamp which it says will work for 20,000 hours, I don’t know how accurate this is myself as I’d have to leave it on for 833.33r straight days before reaching it myself, but good news I haven’t had issues so far. If this still doesn’t convince you though then maybe the 60 day free trial that is offered by some sellers will change your mind about trying it, and even if you keep it passed that you’ll have 1 year warranty to keep it covered from faults so you can purchase it without worrying about being covered.
So would I recommend this to someone? Well it depends on the occasion it is being used for; if it was for a high end gamer or someone wanting a home cinema then no because the quality isn’t that high, you’d be best fishing out for a full size projector for this. However if you wanted one for slideshows or to help keep the kids entertained then this is perfect because it’s not expensive and is easy to store away and carry around wherever you need to take it. For the price you pay it is a good product, and although I didn’t expect the best quality I did at least expect for the controller to have correct spellings on it. Still it’s worth trying this if you are looking for a mini projector.
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