The SD20 is a compact LCD projector that retails for under $40. Coming in at just 117 x 84 x 43 mm, the company labels it as a “toy projector”. Given its size and ultra-low resolution, this seems to be a reasonable description.
At a mere 320×180 pixel resolution, it’s seriously low (DVDs are 720×480 pixels typically) and the 40 lumens of brightness is likely to make this projector limited for small screen use in a dark room. The 300 inch screen size claimed is incredibly unrealistic.
At least the range of inputs are decent, withAV, VGA, HDMI and USB playback all supported.
There’s also a built-in 700mAh battery which allows the projector to be used without being plugged in.
Inside the box, you’ll get the SD20 LCD Projector, audio cable, remote control, and a power adapter.
Where to Buy The SD20 LCD Projector
The SD20 is available for under $40 from GearBest.
The D9+ is one of those unique products that I can’t believe exists yet I find absolutely fascinating. Combining a pico projector with an iPhone case, the $230 D9+ is definitely unique.
The projector’s specs are decent given its diminutive size, offering an 840×480 pixel resolution, 80 lumens of brightness and a 2000:1 contrast ratio.
Given it’s tiny size, it’s clearly made to be portable, incorporating a 2400mAh lithium-ion battery for on-the-go viewing. A tripod mount is underneath allowing for easy mounting.
Connectivity is also respectable, with HDMI input, USB playback support and 3.5mm audio output so you can hook it up to an external speaker. It also appears to have support iPhone video output via the Lightning port but I can’t be certain.
The case component itself supports the Apple iPhone 6 and 6S.
An interesting projector has popped up on GearBest. The PRW330 is an 1280×800 pixel LED projector that runs Android 4.4.
According to the listing, it’s powered by a Quadcore ARM A5 chip clocked at 1.5Ghz. There’s no info about which chip it is but I’m guessing it’ll be the Amlogic S805.
The unit’s got 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, dual band Wifi and Bluetooth 4.0.
The projector itself has some respectable specs given its budget pricetag, Aside from its 1280×800 pixel resolution, the company claims that it can output 2800 lumens of brightness with a contrast ratio of 3000:1. They say this should be suitable to cast a 280 inch image.
There’s also a impressive amount of connectivity on the unit, with composite, USB, HDMI and S-Video (!) ports making an appearance in addition to Miracast, AirPlay and DLNA support via software.
In the box, you’ll get the PRW330 projector, AC Power Cord, IR remote, user manual, and a Warranty Card.
The Doogee P1 is impressively small at just 62mm on each side and weighing only 290g. The device features bright colors with geometric panels. It looks great but definitely steps away from typical AV equipment design.
The front of the unit features the projector’s lens and some Doogee branding.
Ports are located on the left and right of the projector underneath flaps to keep things neat. The left side houses a fullsize USB 2.0 port.
The right side features a micro USB port for power, the power button and a dial for adjusting focus.
There’s no video input unfortunately. The only way to play media is wirelessly using technology such as AirPlay, Miracast and DLNA.
The unit is powered up by holding down the button. You don’t need to have it plugged in thanks to its in-built 4800mAh battery.
When you first boot up the box, you are prompted to install the Doogee projector controller app. Connect up to the projector’s wifi hotspot and use the app to scan the QR code to connect up the app. The app then allows you to connect the Doogee P1 to your wifi network.
The Doogee P1 actually runs Android 4.4. There’s an Android mini PC built into it’s tiny frame, complete with Bluetooth 4.0 and dual band Wifi.
It’s Android launcher is stock and comes pre-installed with a number of apps including Kingsoft Office, Miracast and Happy Cast (for streaming via AirPlay and DLNA).
The Doogee P1 also comes with the Google Play store but I haven’t been able to get it working as I get an error whenever I try to download an app. It seems there’s an issue with Google Play Services so I’m hoping Doogee issue a new firmware update via OTA.
I did some quick multimedia playback tests to see how the Doogee P1 faired. Miracast and DLNA all worked perfectly with my Galaxy S4. AirPlay only seemed to work via AirPlay Mirroring on iOS 9. It was fine for watching my recorded videos or playing games, though trying to watch YouTube videos would cause the video stream to stop. That said, watching YouTube videos via Chrome was fine.
I sideloaded Kodi and was able to play back 1080p H.264 and H.265 video samples fine.
Doogee claim that the P1 is capable of projecting a 90 inch image at 3.3m and I have to say that it surprisingly pulls it off. Casting across my testing room, I was easily able to get the image to almost fill the wall. It’s impressive that this tiny box can actually output an image this good.
That said, the projector’s 70 lumens of light output limits the projector to darker environments when casting a large image. I found that the image was perfectly fine at around 1m in a well-lit room whilst casting a massive 90 inch image from 2-3m away required everything to be fairly dark. The image quality is good, with a sharp image that’s easily adjustable via the focus dial. The image doesn’t do it justice. Though the resolution is only 854×480, it’s clear enough for movies, gaming and presentations.
The unit’s built-in speakers also sound good for their tiny size. They sound a little hollow but there’s plenty of volume and bass levels are ok but you can always hook up a Bluetooth speaker if you’d prefer.
Verdict So Far
The Doogee P1 is an interesting gadget. Image and audio quality seems to be good, as is codec support though the issue I’ve had with the Google Play store is a little concerning. That said, it should be easily fixable via a firmware update.
Keep posted for my detailed review coming soon.
The Doogee P1 projector is available from GearBest for around $168.99. Use coupon GBP1 to get it for $164.99.
The BlitzWolf BW-LT1 is an 48 LED lamp from the company that offers a range of lighting modes, touch interface and a USB port for charging your gadgets. Is it a useful gadget or waste of money? Read our BlitzWolf BW-LT1 review to find out!
I want to say thanks to Banggood for sending me a sample to review
The lamp itself comes in 3 pieces that need to be assembled. It only takes a few seconds. Insert the lamp into the base and attach it using the screw cap.
BlitzWolf BW-LT1 Review: Design
The Blitzwolf BT-LT1 definitely follows modern stylings, using a minimalist design with clean lines.
The whole unit is made of glossy black plastic that looks fantastic out of the box. However, if you’re handling it regularly, expect it to be covered in fingerprints.
The lamp is designed to be as flexible as possible. When not in use, you can fold it down onto itself, collapsing down to a fraction to its size.
There’s actually three separate hinges, allowing a remarkable amount of flexibility. The bottom hinge allows for 40 degrees, the middle allows for 140 degrees whilst the top lamp section itself can also rotate 180 degrees.
The whole lamp itself can rotate a 180 degrees on its base, allowing you to get the light where you need it.
The angled control panel is located at the bottom of the unit. It features a touch interface, with “buttons” for brightness, the four lighting modes, power and the sleep timer.
It also houses a 2.1A USB port for charging your gadgets around the right side but more on this later.
The lamp’s base is heavy and the rubber and foam padding protects your desk and makes sure the unit doesn’t move.
BlitzWolf BW-LT1 Review: Using It
The lamp comes disassembled in the box. Putting it together is easy. Just slide the lamp body into the base, using the screw-on cap to lock it into place. Plug in the power and when the red power LED is on, you’re ready to go.
The touch panel is quite responsive and I rarely had any issues. Though I did notice that the power button occasionally didn’t respond if I was pressing the power button in quick succession. Given that you’re unlikely to try and use the lamp for a rave, it’s not really a big issue but worth mentioning nevertheless.
There’s four lighting modes on offer here, called Read, Study, Relax and Sleep. It’s clear that BlitzWolf have been paying attention to the recent studies on light temperature. Whilst the Study mode uses a cool white light, believed to improve focus and energy, the sleep mode opts for warmer tones. Similar ideas have shown up in the popular F.lux application and Apple’s new Night Shift Mode.
Each light mode offers 5 brightness levels offer enough flexibility to get a comfortable amount of lighting.
There seems to be a built-in memory for each light mode so the lamp will actually keep track of the brightness per mode which is pretty awesome, particularly if you like it bright for working but dim if you’re wanting to go to sleep. It only works whilst plugged in though so be aware that unplugging it will reset it.
There’s also a 60 minute sleep timer for those that need it which is handy if you want to use it as a side table lamp, though it would have been nice to have shorter times available as I felt 60 minutes was way too long.
Blitzwolf claim that their LEDs offer a CRI (Color Rendering Index – a measure of how accurately a light source reveals colors) of above 90, suggesting that the light should be able to reveal colors faithfully. This makes the light perfect for those working with colors regularly, such as photographers, videographers and graphic designers.
The USB charging port worked but I wasn’t able to achieve the 2.1a current draw that Blitzwolf claims the lamp is capable of outputting but this could be due to the various devices I tried to charge. My USB power meter only registered a draw of 0.95A when my iPhone 6 was connected. Voltage output generally hovered between 4.9-4.95V which remains within USB’s 5V specifications.
I was impressed with the BlitzWolf BW-LT1. It’s a little pricey for some, but the amount of flexibility on offer here, combined with a stylish design makes it a solid contender.
From the 48 LEDs that sip power to the various lighting modes that let you tailor the lighting to your needs, if you’re wanting a lamp that does more than just provide light, I’d strongly recommend taking a look.
You can purchase the BlitzWolf BW-LT1 from Banggood.
The Blitzwolf BW-MP1 is a small LED projector with a variety of intelligent features built in for under $100. Sporting an 800×480 pixel resolution, 1200 lumens of brightness and built-in wifi, is this the ultimate budget projector?
I want to say thanks to Banggood for sending me a sample to review.
Blitzwolf have given you everything you need to get started:
1x Blitzwolf BW-MP1 LED Projector
1x IR Remote
1x Composite Cable
1x Power Cable
1x English User Manual
Blitzwolf BW-MP1 Projector Review: Design
The Blitzwolf BW-MP1’s design keeps the standard projector stylings. It’s a medium-sized rectangle with some raised geometric features that add character.
The front sports the unit’s large projector lens – protected by a rubber lens cap that’s only held in place by friction. As such, it has trouble staying in place and won’t grip unless the lens is fully retracted. I wish the company opted for a more robust system, particularly given that they’re positioning it as portable.
Just above the lens is two dials for focus and keystone correction to get the best image possible.
There’s also a set of controls on the unit for navigating menus and controlling media playback.
Ports are located on the right and rear sides. The right side features a 3.5mm audio output jack, composite video output, HDMI In, an SD card slot and two USB ports, although one can only be used for charging devices whilst the other can be used for media playback.
The back of the unit has an IR sensor and VGA port (tucked under the rear vent).
If you can’t mount the projector directly in front of the screen, there’s a small riser that will allow you to angle the projector up. It’s a pretty handy solution to a common problem, particularly if you’re using it portably.
Blitzwolf BW-MP1 Projector Review: Using It
The projector is switched on via the post button at the top of the unit. It takes a few seconds to boot up before you see the menu.
The first thing you’ll notice is the sound of the fan that keeps the unit cool. It’s not exactly quiet so prepare to hear it during quiet scenes. However, it’s quieter than other cheap protectors such as the UNIC UC40.
The UI is exactly the same as the one seen in projectors such as the UNIC UC46. It’s bright and colorful, with separate tiles for movies, photos, music and text.
The file browser is functional but nothing special. Icons represent files and folders, though I wish the file/folder icons were more distinctive to make it easier to tell them apart. One thing that was frustrating (and was the same with the UNIC UC46) was that you need to press the play button to start playing a video as the OK button just adds it to the playlist. It feels like either OK or Play should be able to start the video.
The unit’s media player handles the most common codecs well. I was able to play 30fps H.264 videos, MPEG2 and the like, though don’t expect more demanding videos to work. 4K H.264, H.265 and Hi10p samples didn’t play at all.
Also note that Dolby audio isn’t supported so those files play without audio. If you need Dolby audio, you’ll either need to transcode the files or add a dedicated media player.
Blitzwolf BW-MP1 Projector Review: Image Quality
As with my other budget projector reviews, I’ll prefix this section by saying that it’s important to remember I’m talking about a sub-$100 projector and image quality won’t be as good as a proper home theatre projector. That said, they also cost significantly more so it isn’t really fair to put them face-to-face.
The Blitzwolf BW-MP1 claims to offer 1200 lumens of brightness but it isn’t enough to produce a bright image in a well-lit room.
Turning off the lights makes a massive difference however, with a bright image with colors that are fantastically vivid.
I was able to project a fairly large image too. At around 2.5m away, I was able to project an image equivalent of a 90+ inch screen which is great for an immersive viewing experience.
Out of the box, picture quality is average with everything looking awful and oversaturated regardless of which image preset you choose.
However, after adjusting the picture settings playing with the settings, I was able to get a really nice looking image, with lots of detail.
The projector’s 800×480 pixel resolution is on-par with DVDs. Most of you will be used to glorious 1080p so the drop in image quality can take some getting used to but there’s enough detail for movies or gaming.
The image sharpness does soften towards the edges of the image and using keystone correction makes this worse (due to how these units do the keystone correction). The effect is particularly noticeable where fine detail is involved such as on the menu but it’s not significant enough to make it unreadable.
Blitzwolf BW-MP1 Projector Review: Audio Quality
The Blitzwolf BW-MP1 features a tiny 1.5W downward firing speaker, making the unit pretty much plug and play. However, the speaker performs about as well as you’d expect, lacking bass and sounding tinny. I’d strongly recommend hooking up a good quality speaker such as the Blitzwolf F1 Bluetooth speaker via the projector’s 3.5mm audio output.
One of the biggest features of the Blitzwolf BW-MP1 is “BW-Link”. This is a wifi-based streaming solution that allows you to stream content via Miracast, DLNA and Airplay without any wires.
Setting it up is simple. Just connect to the SSID on the screen and then navigate to the provided IP address to get to the projector’s web interface.
The web interface itself is hideous and really hurts the device’s presentation. It looks like something you’d expect to see on Geocities, complete with terrible GIFs and a lack of design consistency. It’s the same as the one on the UNIC UC46 but I’d hoped Blitzwolf would have fixed this up.
In it, you can set up wifi, switch between DLNA and Miracast streaming and use a web-based remote. That said, I couldn’t wait to never use the interface again and you really don’t need to once you’re hooked up to your wifi network thankfully.
The actual streaming part worked really well. Video streaming from my server using BubbleUPNP worked flawlessly. 720p and 1080p H.264 videos streamed via WiFi without any buffering.
Miracast worked fine with my Samsung Galaxy S4, allowing me to mirror my screen easily.
AirPlay and AirPlay mirroring also worked well on my iPhone 6 running iOS9. I did have the occasional issue where the next video wouldn’t play but this is sadly common with most unofficial Airplay implementations.
Should You Get One?
The Blitzwolf BW-MP1 is a great budget LED projector and a steal at its sub-$100 price tag. For such a low price, you’re getting a unit that’s capable of outputting a nice and large picture in addition to a variety of useful features such as the in-built media player and wireless streaming functions. Whilst an awful web UI and disappointing image presets let down the package, you’re getting a great source of entertainment for a reasonably small outlay.
You can get the Blitzwolf BW-MP1 from Banggood for around $99.
The UNIC UC46 is the company’s latest compact projector. Boasting similar specs to the company’s popular UC40 model, the new model adds improved cooling and UNi-Link, a feature that allows you to stream multimedia via wifi.
UNIC have provided a respectable set of inclusions:
1x UNIC UC46 LED Projector
1x IR Remote
1x Composite Cable
1x Power Cable
1x English User Manual
UNIC UC46 Projector Review: Design
The design of the UNIC U46 is predictably similar to its predecessor. Essentially a large black box, the device definitely nails the projector aesthetic. There’s a subtle geometric design on the top now that looks nice and helps give the projector some style cred.
The front of the unit features the projector lens protected by a removable rubber cap. The car’s only held in place with friction and would fall out with a some jostling so if you’re transporting it, you may want to find a better lens cap.
The top of the unit has some controls for navigating the menus and controlling media playback. There’s also dials for adjusting focus and keystone correction to get the clearest picture.
All the ports are located on the right and rear of the unit. The right side features a 3.5mm audio output jack, composite video output, HDMI In, an SD card slot and two USB ports, although one can only be used for charging devices whilst the other can be used for media playback. The rear has the IR sensor and VGA port (hidden at the very bottom of the unit).
Underneath the projector, there’s a riser. It’s essentially a long screw that allows you to tilt the projector so you can easily position the projector on a table. It’s pretty handy when you can’t raise the projector high enough.
UNIC UC46 Projector Review: Using It
Powering up the projector is done via the power button. It takes a few seconds to boot up before you can access the interface.
There’s a fan to keep the unit cool and it’s not particularly quiet. Thankfully, it’s slightly quieter than UNIC UC40 but you’ll definitely be able to hear it during quiet scenes.
The UI is identical to the that of the UNIC UC40. It’s colorful, with several tiles for each type of content: movies, music, pictures and text.
Oddly, there’s no Settings menu item. Instead, settings is brought up via the menu button on either the remote or projector itself.
The file browser is basic, with icons representing the content. Pausing over a video causes it to start playing. However, you have to hit the play button to actually start playing the video as pressing OK adds the video to the playlist instead. It’s a little unintuitive but you get used to it.
The inbuilt media player does a decent job of playing back the most common formats. I didn’t have issues with 30fps H.264 videos, MPEG2 and the like, though don’t expect more demanding videos to work. Attempts to play 4K H.264, H.265 and Hi10p didn’t work at all. Similarly, Dolby audio isn’t supported so you’ll either need to transcode or add a dedicated media player.
One thing to note is that the UNIC UC46 doesn’t seem to have any onboard memory. Settings will be saved as long as you keep the unit plugged in but it seemed to reset itself as soon as I unplugged it from the wall. That’s not an issue if you’re keeping the projector in one place but could be an issue if you’re wanting to transport it around.
UNIC UC46 Projector Review: Image Quality
Normally, I’d review a projector describing looking at the picture quality relative to something like an LCD TV. However, that’s really not fair to a sub-$100 projector that won’t even get close to units 10 times the price.
The UNIC UC46 boasts 1200 lumens of brightness but that’s still not enough to overpower ambient light. I wouldn’t bother trying to use the projector in a well-lit room.
However, turning off the lights changes things dramatically. The image is bright and colors are vivid. Too vivid in fact – I recommend turning off the unit’s super color setting it as it tends to overstaturate the image.
There’s a number of image presets but I found all of the to be pretty awful, with a tendency to oversaturate images. That said, after playing with the settings, I was able to get a pretty nice looking image.
The 800×480 resolution (DVD quality) is definitely lower than what we’re used to in the world of 1080p and 4K television. That said, detail is reasonable enough for movies or gaming.
For watching a movie, playing some games or as a screen for the kids, it’s pretty perfect given its sub-$100 price tag.
You’ll need to focus the image using the focus and keystone correction wheels to get maximum sharpness though sharpness falls off from the centre of the image. Using keystone correction exacerbates this so the closer you can get the projector to level, the better the image quality.
When I reviewed the UNIC UC40, I complained about the transparent UNIC logo constantly in the top right corner of the screen – even over video. Thankfully, common sense has prevailed and the UC46 doesn’t exhibit the same flaw. You’ll just get unadulterated images.
You may also notice the black dot in some of my photos. Unfortunately, my unit had a dead pixel which, given the 800×480 resolution, meant that I had an omnipresent black dot on the screen. However, I’d wager it’s just bad luck.
UNIC UC46 Projector Review: Audio Quality
The UNIC UC46 also boasts on-board sound for an all-in-one setup. However, the unit’s tiny 1.5W downward-firing speaker predictably sounds hollow and lacks bass. It’s functional but I’d strongly recommend taking advantage of the 3.5mm output jack to connect the projector up to a better quality speaker like the Blitzwolf F1 Bluetooth speaker.
UNIC UC46 Projector Review: Wireless Streaming
The biggest feature of the UNIC UC46 is “UNi-Link” – UNIC’s wifi-based solution for streaming content straight to the projector without any wires. Miracast, DLNA and Airplay are supported, covering off the most common standards.
After changing over to the UNi-Link input, just connect to the UNi-Link WiFi hotspot using the password displayed on the projector. Afterwards, navigate to the provided IP address and use the web-based UI to connect the projector up to your wireless network.
The web-based configuration tool is basic at best and looks more like a relic from the MySpace era than anything else – complete with Clipart-style GIFs. It’s hideous and thankfully, setup is probably the only time you’ll need to use it.
There’s also a remote on there that has the key features but keeps the same hideous design. I’d recommend you stick with the physical remote.
The actual streaming features work really well. I tried streaming video from my server using BubbleUPNP and to worked flawlessly. I was able to dream 720p and 1080p H.264 videos via WiFi without any buffering.
AirPlay and AirPlay mirroring worked using my iPhone 6 on iOS9 pretty much flawlessly. I did have the occasional situation where I couldn’t play the next video. However, such glitches are pretty common with unofficial Airplay implementations across the board.
Should You Get One?
For its price, the UNIC UC46 is a real bargain. As long as you have realistic expectations of a projector that costs only $75, the UNIC UC46 checks a surprising amount of boxes. Whilst the DVD resolution is on the low side, it’s sufficient for watching movies or playing games on. Combine that with the in-built media player and Uni-Link wifi streaming functions and you’ve got a great package for cheap entertainment.