@ruouttaurmind you would think, but unless you are just projecting solid colors the 320x240 is very noticeable even on video… when looking for a projector the very minimum you want to consider is 640x480 and even that will make text a mess but video is tolerable (but still jagged). I mean 320x240 on an 1 inch screen might be ok… but these are projectors, you really notice stuff once you get to the 20+ inch size.
unless you are just projecting solid colors the 320x240 is very noticeable even on video
Well, she is legally blind and doesn’t really have the visual acuity to discern much detail. Colours and shapes and limited detail. Like she can tell the difference between My Little Pony and Care Bears (she can identify the various characters by colour as well). But at some point additional resolution is wasted.
@cajunbob well the original retail is $70, so by Meh Logic, it should be a real deal since the discount is usually only small if the product is great. But seeing how you’d expect a $70 projector to be awful, one bundled with two speakers and a screen must be terrible. Good deal for those thinking about buying a full price 70$ crappy projector.
@metageist keep an eye on amazon daily deals, I have seen more and more 720p dlp devices showing up near the $80 mark … and even saw an anker nebula full 1080p for $150 the other day… it promptly went back to $229 but I suspect it will return to the lower price when they notice extra crates of them.
Nothing shown about the display technology. It’s DEFINITELY not DLP (the superior projection technology, both front and rear!), and for that price it’d be hard to believe it’s LCD, either. Resolution also not listed, so probably less than 640x480, and possibly emulates widescreen rather than displaying natively.
I also find it amusing that the description on the homepage alludes to powering it off a built-in power bank (you mean an internal battery??), but the one on this page says ‘power bank not included’.
@medz This verbiage is basically calling the internal rechargeable battery a ‘power bank’, is what I mean. Unless it’s removable and usable separately, I wouldn’t be calling it a power bank…and the other description implies there isn’t a battery inside the projector at all.
@thismyusername I wouldn’t call a technology inferior if a small portion of the populace cannot perceive it properly. Technically speaking, DLP does not suffer from convergence issues or image retention/burn, has a faster refresh rate, and is able to display more colors and better contrast. Additionally, fully modern DLP engines don’t use rotating color wheels and instead employ LEDs for color, which completely eliminates the ‘rainbow effect’. My 2008 Samsung 61" DLP HDTV uses an LED engine.
@xio I have one of these yellow/white units (along with about 20 other projectors of varying quality, but mostly “budget” models) and the quality is pretty horrible.
One “good” use for the crappy projectors is for a Halloween prop. My budget projectors are in the graveyard projecting effects onto gravestones as well as a couple hidden in the shrubs projecting spiders on a wall or thick webs. Lower quality works better in those darker/smaller applications, and I use the higher end projectors for the ghost/skeleton holograms in the windows and on a large mosquito netting wall hidden behind the graveyard.
Things I’ve learned with my “cheap” projector experiments:
99.9% of the time when the listing says 1080p they are referring to the INPUT, not the projectors NATIVE RESOLUTION.
If it doesn’t list a NATIVE resolution it is 320x240 or less.
If it is an LCD type the device will be bigger since they put a screen in there and aim it with mirrors.
If it is a DLP type it will be smaller but might flicker for some people (depending on the person and the quality of the projector build).
The LUMENS listings are split between multiple standards… LUMENS, ANSI LUMENS, ISO (Chinese) LUMENS AND MARKETING LUMENS… the only real one is the ANSI LUMENS… and that will likely be a lie on any sub $400 projectors.
Most of these use LED light sources which is good for longevity (they don’t burn out like the older style projectors requiring a new $90 bulb for example)… and they do run cooler in general… but… that also means the actual brightness is usually much lower than a incandescent or other more traditional bulb type at this point… eventually the good led sources should make their way into the cheapo projectors.
The fans will always be loud… part of the cost cutting to get these devices so cheap seems to be poor heat management solved by putting the smallest loudest fan they have in there.
All that said I have picked up some pretty decent projectors for < $200 over the years… lcd and dlp… all of the ones I have still running.
If you are wanting a nice one that works in full light… there are plenty of good ones these days for under $1000… even in these models I would suggest you consider going with LED based light sources… for the longevity and cooler operation (and no need to keep spare hundred dollar bulbs on hand).
all that said… meh, this should be a 2 fer at this price, or maybe 1 for $25?
@rawhite37 . Doubtful. First, the resolution would be rather low, so the maps shouldn’t too detailed. Second, I doubt that this thing is very bright. So, in a dimly-lit room it would be a definite maybe. For a bright-lit room, no.
@mellowirishgent - It’s got HDMI, USB, RCA, and MicroSD ports - we have a higher end projector in the living room and have a Fire TV plugged in a USB port and a DVR in an HDMI, so you’ve got a choice of streaming or disc.
@narfcake Picture quality likely equally terrible. What makes this one “worthwhile” between the two is the input options. This one offers several input methods which is quite convenient versus the single RGB input offered by the Crappiest Projector.
I have gotten some wallet-friendly projectors from Craigslist for free, all they needed was a new projection bulb. Half the time a business will just offer up their ~5 year old projector and buy a newer one instead of hunting down bulb replacements (or they don’t know any better, and just think it’s “broken.”)
Yes, it’s a little bit of a gamble, but I’ve gotten some decent business-grade DLP projectors for the price of a bulb.
I mostly use them for outdoor movie night, and Halloween, and they are all better quality (resolution and brightness) than these “budget” projectors.