Gadget Reviews

BlitzWolf BW-AC1 Braided 3.5mm Cable Review

Blitzwolf have been producing premium cables for a while.

previously reviewed their MFi-certified Lightning cable and was impressed with it’s build quality and design.

Can their 3.5mm audio cable maintain the same high standard? Read my Blitzwolf 3.5mm cable review to find out!

Thanks to Banggood for sending me a sample to review. You can buy one from them here.

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Blitzwolf 3.5mm Cable Review

The Blitzwolf 3.5mm cable is definitely a nice cable, as far as 3.5mm cables go.

The 3.5mm plugs are gold-plated and are well-finished, with aluminium sleeves etched with Blitzwolf branding. They’re also slim at 6mm, so I didn’t have any issues using them with any of my phone cases.

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The entire 1m cable is coated with braided Nylon for extra strength and durability. It also makes the cable stiffer which seemed to reduce tangling which is a plus.

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There’s two color variants available. I was sent the silver and black version which looks stylish. Those wanting a bolder color scheme can pick it up in red and black.

I can’t elaborate too much on using it as it’s dead simple. It worked perfectly and I didn’t experience any issues when playing music over the cable.

Verdict

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The Blitzwolf 3.5mm cable is another solid cable from the company. It does its job well with a hint of style. If you’re wanting a better quality 3.5mm audio cable for your car or speakers, grab the Blitzwolf 3.5mm cable.

Pros

  • Durable Construction
  • Braided design reduces tangling
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Only available in 1m length

Where to Buy the Blitzwolf 3.5mm Cable

The Blitzwolf 3.5mm cable is available from Banggood for around $4.

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Alternatively, it’s also available at Amazon.

WinnerGear MicFlip 2.0 Reversible Micro USB Cable Review: The Ultimate USB Cable?

The WinnerGear MicFlip is a micro USB cable with a difference.

Apple’s reversible Lightning connector solved the problem of plugging in a cable the right way. WinnerGear’s reversible USB cable aims to bring that same ease-of-use to micro USB devices.

Is it successful? Read my WinnerGear MicFlip 2.0 review to find out!

Read moreWinnerGear MicFlip 2.0 Reversible Micro USB Cable Review: The Ultimate USB Cable?

Virtoba X5 Elite VR Headset Review: Immersive VR for Under $30

The Virtoba X5 Elite is a premium VR headset that leverages Google Cardboard technology whilst moving away from the “cardboard” part. Offering a massive 120 degree field of view, is it any good? Read my Virtoba X5 Elite VR Headset review to find out.

Read moreVirtoba X5 Elite VR Headset Review: Immersive VR for Under $30

DroidBOX VIP Plus Mini Keyboard Review: An Airmouse For The Masses?

The DroidBOX VIP Plus Mini Keyboard is a 2.4GHz wireless airmouse that also features a full QWERTY keyboard. Is it any good? Read my DroidBOX VIP Plus Mini Keyboard review to find out!

I want to say thanks to DroidBOX for sending me a sample to review.

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What’s In The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • DroidBOX VIP Plus Mini Keyboard
  • Micro USB Cable
  • English User Manual

DroidBOX VIP Plus Mini Keyboard Review: Design

The DroidBOX VIP Plus looks like your typical remote. The front of the unit features buttons for Android functions, volume control, a directional pad, power buttons and a mouse mode toggle.

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I really would have liked to see a set of multimedia controls here. Although you can navigate your way around, having dedicated play/pause and skip buttons would have been excellent.

Flipping the unit over reveals the full QWERTY keyboard. It also is cleverly laid out to have the directional keys on the left side and an A and B button on the right, allowing it to easily double up as a game controller for simple games.

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There’s also a micro USB port on the side to charge the unit’s in-built battery.

All of the keys are rubberised and have a “click” to them. This does make it hard to type lengthy sentences in but given that it’ll only be used for the odd bit of text input, this isn’t an issue at all.

DroidBOX VIP Plus Mini Keyboard Review: Using It

Setting it up with the DroidBOX T8-S Plus was as easy as plugging in the USB receiver.

Everything was ready to go and I was able to control everything from up to 10m away.

The DroidBOX VIP Plus also allows you to power on the DroidBOX T8-S Plus which is a nice bonus.

The airmouse function allows you to move the mouse cursor using gestures – much like a Wii remote. The feature worked well and really is the easiest way to navigate Android – so much so that I recommend them as a standard part of any Android TV box or HTPC setup.

There’s no jittering or drift and the cursor moved quickly and predictably.

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I did find that the mouse cursor was turned on by default which was incredibly frustrating as you’d be expecting to use it as a remote only to find the mouse cursor moving around. I would have rathered that the mouse mode only be activated when I toggle it.

That said, I did like that the airmouse feature would automatically be disabled when using the keyboard.

The included battery seemed to last for ages on a single charge. Range was good, easily making the 10m limit and the 2.4GHz wireless signal means you don’t need to have line of sight like IR-based solutions.

Verdict

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The DroidBOX VIP Plus mini keyboard is a great little unit, particularly if you own one of DroidBOX’s Android devices. Though the default mouse on feature is annoying, the DroidBOX VIP Plus is slim, works well and offers a solid amount of functionality.

Getting One

The DroidBOX Plus Mini Keyboard is available from Amazon UK or from DroidBOX directly.

It’s also included in the DroidBOX T8-S Plus Gamers Edition bundle or bundled with the DroidBOX T8-S Plus.

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BoboVR Z4 Review: The Ultimate Budget VR Headset?

The BoboVR Z4 is the latest VR headset from the company boasting a massive 120 degree FOV and integrated headphones for a more immersive VR experience. Is it any good? Read my BoboVR Z4 review to find out!

I want to say thanks to GearBest for sending me a sample to review.

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What’s In The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • 1x BoboVR Z4 Headset
  • 1x Cleaning Cloth
  • 1x Instruction Manual

BOBOVR Z4 Review: Design

The BOBOVR Z4 follows the typical design of other VR headsets. The whole unit is quite large.

The black, white and grey color scheme looks great and definitely fits the “futuristic” image that VR headsets inspire. I also felt ridiculous wearing it but that happens regardless of which VR headset you’ve got strapped to your face.

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The front of the unit houses the smartphone holder, locked in place by a secure button latch. The front panel opens up to reveal the smartphone holder. It cleverly limits the opening angle to prevent your smartphone falling out when open.

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The actual smartphone holder has two adjustable guides at the bottom. BOBOVR mentions something about automatically centering your phone but I had to manually move them. The holder is quite low down so smaller smartphones do tend to sit a little low. The bigger your smartphone, the better.

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This section also holds the headset’s 3.5mm connector for the in-built speakers. A small rubber nub makes it easy to remove the flush-mounted connector. Unfortunately, the cable is short but will reach the headphone port on most phones. Unfortunately, BOBOVR didn’t factor in phone’s with bottom-mounted headphone sockets. Some Google Cardboard apps won’t adjust to your device’s orientation so you’ll need to pick up an extension cable to use the in-built headphones with devices like the iPhone 6 or Galaxy S7.

The lens section features a soft foam that is comfortable to wear. However, the lack of any sort of covering like the leather-like one seen on the Blitzwolf VR headset cheapens the feel of the headset.

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There’s plenty of controls all over the unit. The top features a dial for adjusting the pupillary distance (PD – the distance between your pupils). There’s also dials on either side for adjusting the focal distance.

Underneath, there’s a volume slider that allows you to change your smartphone’s volume and a button for activating the pressing the touchscreen. BOBOVR have really done an excellent job making things as convenient as possible.

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The headphones are built into the unit which is both a pro and a con. It’s great that you’ve got an all-in-one VR headset but it makes using your own headphones far harder (or impossible if you’ve got bigger headphones).

BOBOVR Z4 Review: Using It

The smartphone holder does a great job of keeping everything in place but there’s not a huge amount of clearance. I was able to fit in my Samsung Galaxy S7 in a case fine but my iPhone’s bulkier case meant I needed to strip it down to be able to use it.

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You can hook up the included headphones using the 3.5mm connector hidden in the faceplate. However, the socket’s cable is quite short and, with a number of smartphones now moving the headphone socket to the bottom whilst Google Cardboard fixes rotation, you couldn’t actually use the headset without a headphone extension cable.

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The touch button is a great inclusion that’s often missing in other VR headsets. Being able to interact with the screen (i.e. when an app uses Google Cardboard’s magnetic switch) is great.

I also loved that the company included volume and call controls in the headset, allowing you to remain in VR even when the real world is calling.

The massive 120 degree field-of-view (FOV) of the BOBOVR Z4 is incredible. Whilst headsets such as the Blitzwolf VR Headset present an image that looks like a box in front of you, the BOBOVR’s image completely wraps around you. The quality of the lenses are great and seem to offer a consistently sharp image. It’s fantastic.

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The built-in headphones are comfortable and their sound quality is also pretty solid, with plenty of bass and enough detail for an immersive experience. They’re not audiophile quality but are suitable for VR games and movies. Sound isolation is decent, but you’ll still hear some background noise.

In terms of comfort, the BOBOVR Z4 is quite comfortable. I didn’t get hot and never felt like the headset was too heavy, even after lengthy sessions.

Verdict

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I really enjoyed my time with the BOBOVR Z4. The headset is well made and has the best field of view that I’ve seen so far. It’s far more immersive than other VR headsets I’ve used.

That said, the 3.5mm connector is oddly short and having built-in headphones make it nearly impossible to switch out the headphones for your own.

If you’re wanting an all-in-one headset with unparalleled immersion (at least compared to other Google Cardboard headsets), the BOBOVR Z4 is excellent – as long as you’re ok with the premium pricetag and non-removable headphones.

Getting One

The BOBOVR Z4 is available from GearBest for around $45.

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It’s also available from GeekBuying, AmazoneBay and Aliexpress.

Doogee P1 Portable Android Projector Impressions

The Doogee P1 is a tiny portable Android projector that outputs 70 lumens of brightness and includes a 4800mAh battery. I’ve gone hands-on to check out this tiny projector.

I want to say thanks to GearBest for sending me a sample to review.

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What’s In The Box?

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Inside the box, you get:

  • 1x Doogee P1 Projector
  • 1x Flat Micro USB Power Cable
  • 1x Power Adapter

Doogee P1 Impressions

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.

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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.

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The right side features a micro USB port for power, the power button and a dial for adjusting focus.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

Getting One

The Doogee P1 projector is available from GearBest for around $168.99. Use coupon GBP1 to get it for $164.99.

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Alternatively, it’s available from  Geekbuying, Banggood, and Amazon.

BlitzWolf BW-LT1 LED Lamp Review: The Ultimate Gadget Fan’s Lamp?

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

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What’s Inside The Box?

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Inside the box, you’d get everything you’d expect

  • 1x BlitzWolf BW-LT1 Lamp
  • 1x Power Adapter
  • 1x Instruction Manual
  • 1x Warranty Card

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Clockwise from Top-Left: Read, Study, Relax and Sleep

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.

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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.

Verdict

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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.

Getting One

You can purchase the BlitzWolf BW-LT1 from Banggood.

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Alternatively, it’s available from Amazon.

Blitzwolf BW-MP1 LED Projector Review: It’s Amazing How Much $100 Gets You

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.

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Blitzwolf BW-MP1 Video Review

What’s In The Box?

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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.

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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.

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Just above the lens is two dials for focus and keystone correction to get the best  image possible.

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There’s also a set of controls on the unit for navigating menus and controlling media playback.

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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.

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The back of the unit has an IR sensor and VGA port (tucked under the rear vent).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Turning off the lights makes a massive difference however, with a bright image with colors that are fantastically vivid.

Blitzwolf-BW-MP1-Projector-Review-UI-01I 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.

Blitzwolf-BW-MP1-Projector-Review-Picture-OOTBHowever, after adjusting the picture settings playing with the settings, I was able to get a really nice looking image, with lots of detail.

Blitzwolf-BW-MP1-Projector-Review-Picture-01The 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.

Blitzwolf-BW-MP1-Projector-Review-Picture-02The 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.

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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.

Blitzwolf BW-MP1 Projector Review: Wireless Streaming

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.

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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.

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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.Blitzwolf-BW-MP1-Projector-Review-BW-Link

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?

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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.

Getting One

You can get the Blitzwolf BW-MP1 from Banggood for around $99.

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Alternatively, it’s available from Amazon.