Today I have a review of something that ive been itching to review for years and as you can see from the title and the item above its a projector, first off lets have a looksy at the specs:
Color: Black, White
Material: Plastic, Glass
Display Type: LCD
Native Resolution: 480 x 320
Brightness: 400 Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 300:1
Projection Distance: 1 - 3.8 m
Lens : F=125
Image Size: 20 - 120 inch
Power Supply: 12V
Interface: AV, VGA, USB, SD Card Slot, HDMI
The UC-40 400 Lumens Two Colors Portable Home Mini LED Projector is as you can see from the photo and video above a small and compact projector that is available from GearBest.com for an amazing $45 or in British money £30 or thereabouts.
Now obviously for that price your not going to get a top of the range all dancing Full HD Device, its just not possible for such a low priced projector.
So when reviewing this projector you have to take in to the fact that price is the reason your buying this.
Lets look at what options you have, a USB port, so any USB hard drive, flash drive etc can be connected to it and in this day and age most people are using USB for films and TV Shows so its a must have option. It also has an SD Card slot so again great for films photos etc.
On the same side as the USB and SD Card Slot you have a AV Port which with the cable included you can connect devices that use a Video, Left and Right Cable, ill discuss more in a mo.
On the other side of the projector you have the power port and an headphone socket, why you would bother using an headphone is beyond me but I suppose its a good thing to have.
On the back of the projector is a VGA Port and also HDMI, so pretty much any device should be able to be connected to the projector.
The Projector has a nice dust cap which is self explanatory and the focus can be altered to what you need via the lens on the front.
Finally the top of the projector has an on/off button and several other buttons to go through menus, but most of us would use the remote control included so no need to use them unless your batteries die oneday.
The projector itself weighs next to nothing so if your thinking of buying one then its good to know for shipping as its gonna be quite cheap.
So that's the boring stuff out the way, if you haven't then please watch the video above, the resolution of this projector is 480 x 320 so yes its low resolution, one thing you must do is either use a plain white wall to project onto or a projector screen or a White Blackout Blind and of course dim the lights or make the room darker so you can see the picture.
Don't expect HD Visuals from this projector, its important to remember that but if your someone who works in a business where your doing training and need a cheap and cheerful projector then this is great as a portable option for displaying text etc on a bigger screen instead of say a laptop screen.
I tried via the USB a movie, Captain America 2 to be precise and the onboard speaker was sufficient but of course wasn't quality, the film itself was a DVD version and was very watchable on the screen to which I projected but obviously wasn't HD, it was more like the quality of pre HD Televisions.
Where the Projector in my eyes was good for an option was for game consoles such as the Snes, N64 and Megadrive/ Original Xbox.
The resolution was much more suitable for old style gaming consoles, again at the price you aren't going to chuck your TV away but for the portable option its a very good option to have.
So its Verdict time, taking this projector as it is, what your getting for $45 or 30 pounds in my money is a very cheap entry level projector that has good clear menus, you will need a dark room and deffo a White Wall/Projector Screen or say a White Black Out Blind, on anything other than them it wont show up effectively. The picture you will see is not HD think old style pre HD television and that's the sort of picture you will see, I got about a 40Inch screen with the projector and where I thought it excelled was the old game consoles such as Snes etc, the built in sound was ok but your getting what you pay for, this is excellent if your giving slide shows or using it for displaying text.
So if I was going to give this a score out of 10 I would have to give it a high 9 out of 10, the price is outstandingly cheap, I would have thought this would be a £100 minimum so amazing for what it is, one word about Gearbest, the shipping was very good, with tracking and good communication and they even asked if I wanted a different value which helps with avoiding those nasty additional charges, so a bonus there.
Check out the UC-40 400 Lumens Two Colors Portable Home Mini LED Projector here --> Here
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