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DBPOWER T20 Mini Projector Review – Worth The Money

DBPOWER T20 Mini Projector Review

 

Many people are surprised at what they can get in terms of projection technology for under 100 dollars. Ten years ago, you’d get practically nothing for a low price, but with lowering manufacturing costs some great deals are now available. Stunning images and big screen options are now at your fingertips. If you find the right one of course, because there’s also some poor attempts in the budget range so it’s hit or miss for many consumers. Find out here where the T20 stands:

 

PROS:

  • Easy Set-Up
  • Durable Design
  • Good 1080p Upscaling
  • Connections to Phones. Tablets, PC’s, and Games Consoles
  • 1500 Lumens
  • 50,000 Hour Lamp Life
  • Low Noise Level
  • Short Throw

 

CONS:

  • Must be viewed in darkness. Doesn’t handle bright ambient light.

 

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Size/Design

At 8x12x4.5 inches this is small for a Projector so it’s definitely a super-portable. You’ll have no problems carrying this around with you in a case or bag. The weight is 2.1 pounds so while it’s not the lightest portable Projector, it’s certainly below the market average for a portable. Critically, it’s not too thin so it’ll be durable. Thinner Projectors tend to break more easily when dropped. Typical of the budget range, the shell isn’t that strong so it probably needed the extra thickness to strengthen it up. The design is simple with a Keystone wheel on the top that goes out to 15 degrees and a large Lens with dials to adjust focus. Basic controls are on the top of the device and all other actions you’ll be completing with the remote control.

 

Set- Up

Plug-in and you’ll see a very easy to use interface taking you through the whole process. Careful with the Keystone when you try to find a level image because Keystone can import distortions. And also be careful with the Lens Dial as it’s very sensitive. Other than these points, this is a plug-in and play device and you should get the set-up done in under 10 minutes.

 

Images

There’s an 800×480 native resolution but this Projector upscales to 1080p. There’s also a number of other resolution options including 720p, 800×600 and 1024×768 (PC Monitor resolution). All of these will involve upscaling. Upscaling is when your device compensates for its lack of native pixels by guessing the remaining ones. So, to get up to 1080p the T20 will intuit the pixels it doesn’t have and you’ll see them on screen. We advise buyers that upscaled 1080p is not the same as HD 1080p because there’s always small inaccuracy’s in the upscaling. But what you do get is something close to 1080p and some darn good pictures for the price. Very few distortions and hardly any rainbow effects.

 

Throw distance

The screen goes out to a maximum of 176 inches and you’ll need to set the Projector 5 meters back to achieve this with clarity. At between 2 and 2.5 meters you’ll get a screen size of 1030 inches though. Nothing outstanding here as many other Projectors have a Short Throw like this, but not many for this price.

 

Connections

Phones, Tablets, Laptops and PC’s can all be connected up to this. Here’s the small print. You can either buy the Wireless Dongle which doesn’t come with the unit and it will recognize your other devices. Or try out these simple techy solutions: If your Phone doesn’t have HDMI you can buy a Type A Adapter to make it compatible.  Or even better you could buy an MHL Signal Converter which would give you an HDMI Port. Android 5.0 or higher will connect directly with USB after you’ve enabled USB Debugging. PC’s connect easily via the VGA Port and most Games Consoles will connect via HDMI. Bit of a drag buying extra stuff but the price is cheap so you should expect that.

 

Once you’ve made your connection you can play games on a big screen, while recharging your Phone or Tablet. Video’s play particularly well on this due to the MPEG-4 video format recognition. It also recognizes H.264 so you can use flash video on this too.

DBPOWER T20 Mini Projector Review

Lamp Life

The Lamp Life is 50,000 hours which is massive for any price and amazing for the cheap price this is selling at. It means you’ll probably never have to replace the Lamp in your lifetime. They achieved this by having an upgraded LED light source. LED’s last longer and extra benefits include more colors, and extra brightness. The brightness by the way, was much needed as super-portables aren’t known for their amazing vibrancy. The introduction of LED’s however means to do get a pretty nice bright picture and this is helped by the Lumens.

 

Lumens

There’s 1500 Lumens on this which is more than the average in this price range but less than what you’d get for three times the price. What does that mean? Well, when combined with the LED light source, the 1500 Lumens give you enough brightness. So, you get a good picture in upscaled 1080p without you sitting around for 20 minutes after drawing the curtains and waiting for all the lights to go out of the room. You’ll still need darkness but it doesn’t have to be total darkness.

 

Noise Levels

Everybody hates noise from a Fan when they’re trying to watch a movie or play a game. Here you get less than 30 Decibels of noise because they’ve used Copper Tubing inside the device and they’ve installed a good cooling system and a heat dispersal system

 

Final Thoughts

So, was it a hit or a miss? Or somewhere in between perhaps? For me it’s hit because it upscales so well to 1080p and because of that massive Lamp Life which will save you money when your friends are all rushing out to replace their Lamps. The connection options are vast and include Phones, Tablets, PC’s, Laptops and Games Consoles. But you do need to buy some extra stuff to make connections happen. The simplicity of the interface really sold it to me, along with the easy set-up, the low noise and the recognition of all the formats you’ll be using on the internet. So playing video’s, games and using Facebook will be easy on this. Thank you for reading.

Updated: November 9, 2017 — 9:07 pm

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