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Mr. Christmas Virtual Holiday Projector $14.50 (as low as $10.00) - Walmart Clearance YMMV

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Local Walmart had Christmas items 50%-75% off. I picked up the Mr. Christmas Virtual Holiday Projector [walmart.com] for $15.00 (Reg $58). This is YMMV depending on your local stores and clearance and could be higher (or lower). A similar version on Amazon [amazon.com] is $40

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Brickseek [brickseek.com] - use 34266 to see it at $15.00 (I'm sure someone will find a zip for even lower)

QVC YouTube Demo [youtube.com] - it shows both Halloween and Christmas pre-loaded videos, but this one from Walmart has 14 Christmas videos pre-loaded.


My Quick Review of the unit:

There must be 5 or 6 versions of this unit on the market. Some have SD card slots, some have VGA and even HDMI out ports. The QVC one has a 3.5mm jack to A/V cables. There are also different pre-loaded videos. This one just has a USB 2.0 Type A port. This box from Walmart includes:

Projector
Power Cord
Remote
Screen
Tripod
Instructions

I can see why there are many 1*/2* reviews - It took me about 10 minutes to figure out how to set it up and get it working, and I'm a techie nerd. If you don't know what you're looking at, it would seem as though the unit "sucks" or "won't focus". The focus adjust was tight and I didn't want to break it at first, then realized it did spin easily once loosened. After I got the focus working, I checked out some of the menu options, then the pre-loaded videos. I projected about a 32" image on a plain white wall in 80% darkness. The videos are cute, but you'd definitely want to mute the sound since the projector will be in the house and no one outside can hear it. All videos are in normal viewing mode - you hit "Turn" on the remote to flip the image horizontal so it's reversed on the screen; hit Turn again and it will flip it vertical if you wanted to mount the projector from the ceiling. Picture quality is what's expected from a small unit like this, though I have not thoroughly tested it for quality. I will try it again tonight on the screen provided in a dark room. It is only 100 Lumens so any ambient light will be hazardous, though it did seem brighter than 100 Lumens. Also, you will need an extension cord if you want to throw the image more than 5' as the power cord is 5-6' and a plug will not be conveniently located for it that far.

I hooked up a 2TB WD Passport USB drive to the USB port (3.0 drive, but again port is only 2.0). It powered up the drive just fine. I have a bunch of movies on it so I wanted to test them out. It can decode h.264 movies. I have some h.265 on the drive and those won't play. I did play Frozen for about 10 minutes... the brightness and color were not bad for this little unit, and I will try on the screen tonight. I don't have an empty wall big enough to project the "up to 65" stated size". You could find some holiday videos and put them on a portable drive and play whatever you want in your window. I haven't tried hooking up my iphone. I'm assuming it would read the photos/videos just like hooking it to a pc. I would guess you could output your screen image using a mirror app so you could have a larger screen to look at anywhere.

For $15, this is more than just a holiday projector. It's a portable unit that could fit in a laptop bag/bookbag. If you aren't expect movie theater quality, you will probably be happy with it. I may crack this puppy open later to check out the innards and see if there is an SD port on the MB but not showing. Also to see if it has 64MB or 2GB of memory - the features below say both.

Features:
9W LED 100 Lumen Light Bulb
Contrast Rate 1000:1
Throw Ratio 1.2:1
Aspect Ratio 16:9/4:3
Suggested Screen Distance 5'-8'
Projection Screen 41.5" x 48"
Suggested Projection Size 40"-65"
Len Native Resolution 320*240
Input Video Resolution Supports 720p/1080p
Color Depth 262k
USB Picture Format Mp4/AVI/WMV/MOV
Internal Storage DDR 64MB
Internal Storage 2GB
Remote Control Range 16'
Tripod 4" Tall
Len Life 30,000 Hours
Audio Max Output Power 1W
Adaptor Input 110-240V/1A/60hz
Adaptor Output 12V/2A
Standby Consumption <1W(0.5)
Recommended 8 Working Hours per Session
Quick Start Manual Included
Product Weight 2.3 lb
Product Dimensions 5.75 x 5.50 x 2.50 Inches
Product Color Black
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$29 all around me. Not sure why the thumbs down... buy cheap now put it out next year and after... could use for any holiday really if you load your own movies...
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$29 everywhere in Central FL
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$29 everywhere in NW FL
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$10 by me in chicago
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$10 by me in chicago
Knew someone would find it for less. Do you have a zip code for the store?

Also, since most walmart's seem to have it listed for $29 (50% off), you can buy it now and when it goes to 75% off (or more) you do have 15 days that you can get the difference refunded on clearance items.
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Knew someone would find it for less. Do you have a zip code for the store?

Also, since most walmart's seem to have it listed for $29 (50% off), you can buy it now and when it goes to 75% off (or more) you do have 15 days that you can get the difference refunded on clearance items.
Didn't know that about the 15 days to get the difference. ..thanks for the tip
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Most stores should be $14.50 as of today that have gone to 75% off Christmas clearance.
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All of these "holiday projectors" require you to manually turn the projector on and off every night. They're pretty much only good for Halloween - the idea of using them for all of December to play an extremely pixelated Santa video is laughable. Especially since this projector doesn't compete well with any lighting at all, so if you put up Christmas lights near the window, forget about being able to see the projection.

I've played with most of the retail holiday projectors released this year, and the only one that almost lives up to its claims is the Total Home FX at Target. That one has HDMI input, bluetooth, mostly even lighting, and the picture quality is closer to "tolerable" than "horrible". I say "almost", because you've still gotta turn it on and off manually, and the video resolution looks to be roughly standard definition (but it is native 16:9, so there's that). But if you seriously want to watch movies on a crappy projector, the Target one is the least crappy.

This projector's resolution is half of standard definition, so it's really pixelated. It's also native 4:3, so if you use it in 16:9 mode, the resolution gets even worse (yeah, worse than half standard def). Also, don't bother exchanging it if you think you've got one with uneven lighting - they're all like that. There's also no headphone jack (and at this price point, no bluetooth obviously), so forget about getting the audio outside (though, your neighbor might be happy about that). The pre-loaded videos are on an included internal 1GB MicroSD card (which can be easily swapped).

Granted, this projector is still a heck of a lot better than those awful Window Wonderland projectors (those have no input whatsoever), in that you can load up some AtmosFX Halloween videos and have some spooky window(s) ready to go for next Halloween. But seriously, forget the idea of watching movies or shows on this thing - even if you paid less than the cost of a meal at McDonalds for it, you might want to smash it.
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So when do the Christmas items drop to 90% off??? That's when I will snag one lol
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So when do the Christmas items drop to 90% off??? That's when I will snag one lol
Brickseeks shows dozens at most of the stores near me. 30+ at one. I'll probably snag a couple at this price. Not sure how long these will last at this price.
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to whoever posted the post saying how awful it is. have you seen this one?

because one of the houses near us that has synchronized lights to the radio and people drive for miles to see....had this showing santa in a window. it thought it was awesome how he kept turning and waving. They had tons of lights on the house.
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Bought this the other day@$29 before it dropped to 75% off. I would definitely buy this @$14 price. Just mute the sound on the included movies as a couple of them are pretty cheesy. I like the idea of being able to add Halloween movies via external USB.
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So I get there and the employees are taking them all
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I second the terrible resolution comments. Picked it up for 28 in socal and regretted one I turned it on
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