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Decent deal but 100 ANSI lumens is pretty dim
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Is anyone actually considering this with 480p resolution? Even if I had a basement, I don't know if I would prefer something like this over a normal TV...
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480p is just OK for watching movies (if you're on a really tight budget) but basically unusable for projecting text-based content
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Is anyone actually considering this with 480p resolution? Even if I had a basement, I don't know if I would prefer something like this over a normal TV...
Its $60. Its not meant to replace an entertainment system. Think small room to keep kids busy.
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Currently for a projector im using a roku 3m projector i bought in 2013. Its only 60 lumens though and for a decent picture needs to be in a medium darkness room. Its is portable and lasts 90 mins on a charge. But it also cost almost 3 times thw price of this anker one at the time. For $50 would this anker one be worse or better than the chinese made onea on amazon?
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480p is just OK for watching movies (if you're on a really tight budget) but basically unusable for projecting text-based content
Can you elaborate? If I use it to project PowerPoint slides. The text won't be readable??
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Can you elaborate? If I use it to project PowerPoint slides. The text won't be readable??
Large text is "readable" but it's a pretty unpleasant experience seeing it sorta pixelated. Small text is displayed in literally a couple of pixels, so it's not very readable. For instance, I wasn't able to browse reddit or read the time in the corner in Windows at 125% scaling at 1080p. To put things into perspective, if you use a 480p projector with a 60" screen, the DPI is about 16 (sorry I'm bad at math so this might be wrong but it's a pretty low number), while most smartphones nowadays have DPIs over 200. So I'd highly recommend at least a 720p projector and ideally 1080p for presentations. Theoretically it could work but you can't have small text or it'll be very hard to read.
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Can you elaborate? If I use it to project PowerPoint slides. The text won't be readable??
Adding to what AmusedCalendar said, if you're looking at cheap projectors for the first time, beware a rotten trick that they all pull.

You'll see a description or specs that say something like "1080p compatible" or "HD input." They're not lying in the strictest sense. But there's only one reason for the weasel words.

Instead look at the native resolution, you'll find it's usually 480 - or lower. They're saying you can feed the projector an HD signal - and it will output a much lower resolution.

Fwiw, I've been happy with cheap compact projectors like the Insignia Reverb for a portable RetroPie experience, or family movie night in the backyard. Just understand what you're getting.
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Can you elaborate? If I use it to project PowerPoint slides. The text won't be readable??
This projector is DVD resolution, and projectors are rarely quite as sharp as an equivalent resolution TV. If you want an example find a youtube video with various text sizes, maybe something with a lot of end credits (or this [youtube.com]), set it to 480p and play it full screen. Also note that projector central calculates this as having a 42" diagonal maximum before the image becomes too dim.
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this is a great deal but I don't understand who this PJ is for...

the entire point of having a PJ is to make a 100" or bigger screen. 480p looks like garbage when you blow it up that big.
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this is a great deal but I don't understand who this PJ is for...

the entire point of having a PJ is to make a 100" or bigger screen. 480p looks like garbage when you blow it up that big.
I'm considering it, but I have a special use for it. It has table, ceiling, front, and rear projection modes as well as digital vertical keystone correction, features I haven't seen in the cheap holiday projectors. If it is bright enough it should work to rear project eyes onto my windshield (like disney Cars characters).
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Adding to what AmusedCalendar said, if you're looking at cheap projectors for the first time, beware a rotten trick that they all pull.

You'll see a description or specs that say something like "1080p compatible" or "HD input." They're not lying in the strictest sense. But there's only one reason for the weasel words.

Instead look at the native resolution, you'll find it's usually 480 - or lower. They're saying you can feed the projector an HD signal - and it will output a much lower resolution.

Fwiw, I've been happy with cheap compact projectors like the Insignia Reverb for a portable RetroPie experience, or family movie night in the backyard. Just understand what you're getting.
This is exactly what I'd use this for... Would this be even semi-decent at spitting out some SMB on a 40" wall space?
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This is exactly what I'd use this for... Would this be even semi-decent at spitting out some SMB on a 40" wall space?
Yes, it would work. The Reverb I used was also rated for 100 lumens and a similar resolution.

It provided a usable picture on a white wall - actually larger than 40" diagonal - midday, with the shades drawn and the lights off. It's fuzzy compared to a TV, but you can split screen and throw bananas just fine. And it's amazing at an outdoor BBQ if you string up a cheap white sheet.

But I was also aiming for a fully portable kit, so my RPi was powered by an external battery, and the Reverb has an internal battery too. OP's projector needs to be plugged in.
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Can it be used as ghost projector for the window?
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