AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector review – how to setup?

AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector review
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How to setup AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector? Make it your personal sports game projector. It can play a movie for more than 2 hours without charging, whilst the RGB LED lights have a super service-life of up to 30,000 hours, very convenient for outdoor use. We were able to play from an iPhone with the HDMI adapter. You have to turn on the projector, get to the screen where you choose input, select HDMI, push the OK button on the side of the projector and it should work. It will basically mirror your phone. We also play it with a blue tooth speaker. Find details in AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector review.

In the Box

1x WT50 Smart Mini Projector / 1x Remote Control / 1x Quick Reference Guide / 1x Charger / 1x HDMI Cable / 1x Mini Tripod

Pros & Cons – AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector

Pros

  • Very good resolution
  • Portable – small and light
  • Control interface is friendly and approachable.
  • Setting things up is easy, even when moving from location to location.
  • Decent battery life, don’t need to keep it connected to power for at least a movie
  • Even with this small device, it has many different ports especially HDMI and USB
  • Support Bluetooth between multiple devices, works well with my iPhone and iPad.
  • Video quality is good, with the right conditions.

Cons

  • Relatively low brightness, requiring an optimal play environment.
  • Remote not user friendly
  • The user interface is simple and can be improved

Specs – AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector

  • Brightness: 50 ANSI Lumens
  • Resolution: 854×480
  • Dimensions: 5.71×3.15×0.79 inches
  • Weight: 0.64lbs
  • Projection Ratio: 1.19:1
  • Connectivity: Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI, 2x USB, SD Card slot
  • Battery: 3.7V, 5000mAh
  • Android Version: 7.1
  • Display TechnologyDLP
  • ConnectivityHDMI Micro, VGA/SVGA D-Sub, Wired, HDMI Standard, USB
  • Contrast Ratio1000:1
  • FeaturesBuilt-in Speakers, HD Ready, Pico, Auto Focus, Portable
  • Throw Ratio: Short Throw
  • Aspect Ratio16:9
  • Type: Filmstrip Projector
  • Maximum Resolution1080p (FHD)
  • Compatible Operating SystemiOS/Mac, Android

AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector review

Design

The unit is super sleek and obviously well built. It has a sliding lens protector and a great user interface that is easy to understand and navigate. It’s very compact and light. The WT50 measures 5.7 x 3.15 x 0.79 inches. And it weighs just over half of a pound. That’s pretty much a small as a smartphone,

Ports

The WT50 also has a few ports to make connecting other hardware easier. The full-size HDMI port makes plugging in Blu-ray players, streaming boxes, and game consoles easy. You also get a pair of USB ports, an SD card slot, and a 3.5mm headphone / auxiliary audio jack.

Display

Very small projector and capable of a 120″ projection. It is very easy to adjust the projector in distance to get the size you need. it provides a bright and crisp picture. 

Brightness – AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector

Because you’re limited to 50 ANSI lumens. So you need to keep the WT50 playing within dimmer environments to keep the visual presentation working the way you’d expect it to. To escape the need for “perfect” lighting conditions and move towards only needing “very good” lighting conditions instead, you’d want to run a brighter model like the Prima 1080p HD Pocket Projector.

Lamp life

The LED is supposed to last up to 30,000 hours. Though the battery will expire before you end up needing to think about changing the lamp. You might need to replace the WT50 after about five years of casual use, or after about three years of hammering it with constant use.

Resolution

The resolution is great, even when there is some lighting. We stretched the image to about 15′ diagonal and it was awesome!!! The image did not get distorted.  The native resolution is 854 x 480, meaning 480p. Yes, they’re running support for 1080p resolution… which is a good thing. But your media will come out looking like it’s 480p because that’s the native resolution.

Contrast ratio

the DLP based image is a wise choice for a portable design like this. Colors come through nice and bright. There’s support for standard 16:9 aspect ratio. And perhaps most importantly for the average user’s experience, there’s automatic keystone correction.

Audio – AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector

We have been able to connect JBL speakers (through Aux and Bluetooth) for better sound and also connect to the laptop (to play movies we currently have on DVD or Blu-ray). Streaming via locally installed application allows audio out via Bluetooth. Chromecast does not support Bluetooth audio out, only the built-in speaker audio or out to an external speak through the 3.5 MM auxiliary Audio cable.
The Asko WT50 has Netflix pre-installed. The WT50 would pair to a BT speaker and you can stream Netflix with BT audio.

Remote

The location of the remote sensor is also a slight issue. It’s located on the back of the projector, but the remote is of the IR variety, meaning you need line of sight. Even if you’re a little off to the right or left, getting the remote to work can take some aiming.

Focus knob

A finer focus knob is needed for close imaging. It would be even better if that finer focusing could be done using the remote so that the projector doesn’t shake around while turning the focus knob.

Keystone

The automatic keystone is also a big plus so that I don’t need the projector 100% level with the screen for it to be a proper rectangular picture that is displayed.

Battery life

The internal battery is nothing to write home about, but it’s a solid piece of hardware nonetheless. It’s running a 5000mAh battery at 3.7V. In practice, that’s going to work out to around 3 hours of battery, though it does depend on what you’re playing. (Because brighter scenes require more juice than darker ones.) So theoretically you could bottom out the battery in 2-hours in some kinds of environment.

Setup – AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector

Before you can start watching movies or TV shows, the projector requires a bit of setup. Fortunately, this is a relatively simple process and doesn’t take all that long.

AKASO recommends that you fully charge the WT50 before first use. The battery was already mostly charged so this didn’t take long. Still, I plugged in the power adapter before I powered the projector on, just in case. Powering on is a two-step process: First, set the slide switch to “On”, then press the power button right next to it.

Once the power is on, make sure you’ve got the projector pointed at a suitable surface (a white wall will do) and you can set up the rest. In my case, this meant connecting to Wi-Fi, but you can also set up using a wireless hotspot or no networking at all, assuming you’re plugging in external players.

Before you do that, you’ll need to adjust the focus wheel to get the picture looking sharp and in focus. This is also when you’ll want to try using the included tripod if you need it. The design of the tripod leaves quite a bit to be desired. It’s nice that it’s included, but the pivoting head means it’s far too easy to tilt the projector, making getting a level image from the projector a little tricky.

Alternate of AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector

Anker Nebula Capsule Pico Projector

Anker Nebula Capsule - alternate of AKASO mini projector pocket-sized DLP portable projector

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Great battery life
  • Android system
  • Ultra portable

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Native resolution is not the best

The Anker Nebula projector is a great option if you’re looking for something that has a long battery life. You can get four hours of video from this projector, which is really great – you’d be able to stream the entirety of The Irishman, as well as the behind-the-scenes chat. But you’d have to download the Netflix app to the Nebula Capsule first since you can’t mirror copyrighted content from your phone.

You can also use this as a Bluetooth speaker if you want. It features a 360 speaker that guarantees great and immersive sound, and its battery can last for up to 30 hours in this mode. And that is absolutely insane, especially considering that the device doesn’t even have a big battery capacity.

The Nebula projector features a max resolution of 1080p, but the native resolution is 480p. This means you can stream higher quality stuff from your phone or laptop, but when you’re streaming directly from the projector you’ll get slightly lower quality.

In addition to that, The Nebula Capsule projector is also incredibly portable. In fact, one of the main selling points for this device is that it’s the same size as a can – if there’s room for a beer, there’s definitely enough room for this pico projector.

The Nebula Capsule is easily the portable projector I would recommend to people who want something they can use off-grid. Whether you want to watch movies in your backyard or just be able to dance for 30 hours on a camping trip, the Nebula pico projector is up to the task.

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