Please note we’ve updated the specs and the comp. Unfortunately, we linked to the non-upgraded version previously. These are the 2020 upgraded version that are 720P Native. Additionally, worth mentioning, we tested this model and several others and can say confidently (albeit somewhat biased, since I am the buyer of these) that we think these are a great deal at $49.
@narfcake honestly, the quality of that write-up is excellent. And, I’m sad to say, so much better than the current standard. There are constant spelling and grammar mistakes that I can’t understand how don’t get caught in editing. But more than that, the writing is just lazy sometimes. Personally, I find it off-putting when a bunch of curses are thrown in to write-ups. It’s lazy. It’s unprofessional. And it should be unnecessary.
When I’m making my consumption choices, I employ a discerning eye to seek out the crummiest, flimsiest, and, yes, crappiest of everything. The condo right above the dumpster. The boat that was the scene of a quadruple-homicide after a drug deal gone bad. The wine that comes in a styrofoam jug.
This may be suitable for halloween projections in your window, speaking of which I have to track down my even crappier xmas/halloween meh projectors, how many lumens do you think those bad boys put out
Okay, doing the Research that I ought to have done before believing the yammers above, here’s some specs for the unit, including a Big Effing Hint about why Meh ended up with them; the magic word “Discontinued”:
The site shows that any supported resolution other than 720 is interpolated, not native, but 720 ain’t crap. The lumen output is given as 2500, which is adequate for the image size supported, but the gotchas include “fixed focal length” and a maximum distance to the screen of 21.7 feet. That explains the “leisure” label pretty well; this is not big-room-capable, though it probably would do well enough in a conference room. But any business that needs to be using video presentations had better be able to afford better than this, and the manufacturer seems to have had a good grip on that.
And I still don’t need it, even though it’s not crummy and it’s actually a reasonably good value.
Summary: For a sub $100 projector, it’s very nice. Not super bright, but plenty of light with the drapes drawn or at night. Image quality is good (for the price) and certainly good enough to watch a movie with. OK quality from a computer, but hard to get the entire screen 100% in focus, but plenty good focus adjustment for videos or games. I tested the HDMI and SD card inputs, it also includes USB stick, composite and VGA inputs.
Fan is a bit noisy, included tripod head isn’t rigid enough to support the projector without falling over, the remote mostly works well except for playing videos/photos from an SD card or USB stick (which need you to push the OK button on the projector body itself for some odd reason.)
@DoctorOW Its deceptive marketing BS. The projector is a 1280x720 projector period. If you hook a device to it that is incapable of outputting a resolution below 1820x1080, the projector will gk ahead and scale that down to 1289x720 for you.
1280x720 actually is a great spec for the price believe it or not. Most in this price range are the 480p that the other guy is talking about and the spec of the old version of this projector which I think has a few people confused.
The real garbage spec here is the 90 lumens… Again that’s understandable for the price but you are going to need a pretty dark room.
And had I first checked elsewhere for specs, I would not have called it “crummy”, because really it’s not. It’s Discontinued, which is not automatically the same as Crummy by any means.
480p input isn’t as bad as it sounds, since the crappy optics in these projectors make it impossible to get the whole screen in focus regardless. 90 lumens however means the thing is only useful in pitch black or projecting on a very small screen.
@Narwalt Yeah, 90 lumens is so low that I wonder if it’s an error. The tiny USB powered flashlight that I keep on my keyring and is considerably smaller than my pinky puts out 300 lumens, so I don’t get how they could make it so bad unless they are trying to.
That’s an obvious error in the specs. All other sources show that if this is the 2017 model, it’s 2500, and if it’s the 2020, it’s 4000. At 90 lumens, it would not even produce a color-discernible image. I have no idea where that figure comes from, unless they are measuring it at the projection screen - which they might, if they’re adhering to a “standard” for measurement that apparently no one else is using.
And having looked at the ISO21118 document now, I think I see what’s going on. That is almost certainly a misstatement, and should be 90 lux per square meter, which is the form of brightness measurement specified in the document. This seems about right for a 2500-4000 lumen light source output, which is NOT what that document addresses. US marketing, like that of many other nations, will generally fasten on to the most impressive specification about a device even when it’s deceptive (often because it’s deceptive), and the cited ISO doc is an attempt to establish a more meaningful standard; the measurable light reaching the screen under a specified set of conditions. I have a query in to Vankyo seeking clarification.
Ok. Seriously. I have no idea why you choose to comment as many times as you do sharing incorrect information. I’m gonna try and clear things up for you as best I can.
Here’s a definition of lux vs lumen: The lux (symbol lx), latin for light, is a unit of illumination: 1 lux is the illuminance produced by 1 candela on a surface perpendicular to the light rays at a distance of 1 meter from the source.
The lux thus corresponds to the illuminance that is obtained when each square meter of the considered surface receives a luminous flux of one lumen. The number of lux is thus found as the quotient of the total received luminous flux, expressed in lumens, and the size of the illuminated area expressed in square meters; therefore 1 lux = 1 lumen / m².
Lumen is never measured at the projection screen, and lux is never measured at the source. What’s more, you don’t measure lux per square meter, as lux is the measure of lumens per square meter.
90 lumens is perfectly accurate for this projector. Compare Anker’s nebula portable projector, far superior to this model, at 100 lumens. Anker’s top of the line Cosmos projector, on the other hand, is 1500 lumens.
Please, please stop flooding the comments with reply after reply that does nothing productive. You’re confusing and misleading people because you don’t know what you’re talking about.
And dredging through all the comments (in-house and outhouse), it looks like the illumination level of 90 lumens is wrong, with 2500 mentioned in one cite. Maybe it’s bothering me less than it should, but those numbers make this look like a reasonably good deal instead of “WTF have I just done?”
@ohhwell@werehatrack I can tell you we personally tested this model against several others and I wouldn’t have bought it if I thought it wasn’t a great deal! As always, I’m biased because I’m the buyer of this product.
@kensey@ohhwell@werehatrack I’ll just be here patiently waiting for you to either berate me or tell me I’m amazing… @ohhwell we are actually gifting this and a chromecast to our Niece and Nephew for the holidays so worse come to worse, you’ll for sure have a hit of a gift on your hands
It looks to be way more than 90 lumens but it’s hard to say for sure just by eyesight. All I have on hand to test against it is an old Dell 3400mp rated at 1500 lumens. Yes, the dell is quite a bit brighter but the Vanko keep up better than I thought. I can’t even begin to estimate the lumens by eye but it feels more like maybe 500…
In our bedroom with just the cheap horizontal blinds closed and sun shining right on the front window, this Vanko is actually quite usable for media at 55". That really surprised me.
It certainly is 1280x720 native and is just as sharp as that spec should be. The colors are also surprisingly quite nice if maybe a little saturated but again, it’s a really nice picture. One thing that also surprised me is how much I like mechanical keystone over digital!
It feels rather well built. Being LED, it is instant on and only pulls 46 watts when running. Standby was 1 watt.
Yes, you were right. This is a really nice little projector for $50. I wouldn’t built a home theater room around it but man this would be amazing for a kid with a streaming device and their game console. Or shoot, really, if you have a dark enough room and are on a low budget, this could really be your main entertainment screen for 55"to65" or even 100" if your room is dark enough.
I actually quite happy with the one I received. 90 lumens isn’t much, but, it doesn’t require a fully dark room to use. Image is very sharp. The internal sound is surprisingly good. Quite portable. Just used it last night in a motel room watching movies and Dr. Who off my iPad with a lightening to HDMI adapter. About a 96" diagonal screen equivalent on the wall was pretty nice…;^)
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IDK I could be wrong, but…
With ONLY 30 irks to be gotten at a time (as of late) I’m thinking the winners must be into far better equipment! However, I think it’s a really neat gift for any young child, how cool would it be to watch your favorite movie or cartoon OVER & OVER again, (as they LOVE to do) lifesize, on the wall?! WAY COOL if you ask me!
And 4000 lux brightness has to be just as wrong, since Vankyo’s own measurments hint that total incident light across the screen would likely be closer to 400 lux or less, possibly 200-220. They claim 90 something, and the doc they cite specifies that the “something” is lux per square meter, so I’m going to combine the apparently reliable information available (the light output is not laughably low, the specs are supposed to be in lux/sq. m, an LED output of 2500-4000 lumens is consistent with that level of incident light at the screen) and go with “All The Published Information Contains Errors, But This Is What Would Make Sense”
Everything is wired including sound output, so not so portable. need at least need a Bluetooth.
BTW they took down their Amazon listing and its reviews. was checking out last night and gone this morning … lolz