s3nki by May 2021, 12 | 0
Blitzwolf projector for 25 thousand forints - will the family be happy for him?
We can rarely buy a usable projector for that much, we tried what the Blitzwolf BW-VP1-Pro knows
Projectors are still not an alternative to TV, although they offer a much better, more cinematic experience when watching movies than televisions. True, there are large-screen flat-screen TVs, but if someone wants one, they have to reach very deep into their pockets.
In contrast, projectors are becoming more affordable. Around $ 150, we already get a usable FHD resolution, but for just over a third of that amount, there’s a usable HD resolution. Here, for example, is the subject of our test, the Blitzwolf BW-VP1-Pro.
The low price of course requires some compromise, our article reveals how much.
Packaging and accessories
The Blitzwolf projector comes in a box dressed in the usual green and white, or Blitzwolf colors. The cardboard is not large, but it can hold a projector, a remote control, and some cables. The latter meant an HDMI and an AV string.
Of course we also get a description, it's true in English. Fortunately, managing the structure is child’s play, so anyone who reads this article will prosper without the description!
External and remote control
The Blitzwolf BW-VP1-Pro is a fairly small and light piece. It measures 20 x 15 x 7,5 centimeters and weighs only 1 kilogram.
Completely standard projector shape, only of course in a smaller box than the more expensive siblings.
On the front is the lens, an infrared receiver and the Blitzwolf logo. On the front right are the connectors, a D-SUB input for computers, an HDMI, a USB port, a headphone output and an AV input. At the back we find the speaker and the power input as well as a second infrared. Only ventilation grille on the right.
There are manual controls, or buttons, on the top of the machine. With these we can navigate the menu and here we can turn the projector on and off.
The machine looks like a quality piece at first glance. The plastics are good, the assembly is flawless, and the front panel has a metal effect, but the plastic cover also looks good.
So far we can’t have a bad word, there’s not much to suggest besides size that we have a 25 projector in our hands!
The remote control is tiny, but not the microscopic piece. The size and pressure point of the rubber buttons are OK. It serves a lot of purpose, with the remote control the buttons on the top of the projector can be completely triggered, so you can also hang from the ceiling, you won't have to reach it if you want to use it. Unless, of course, you want to transfer a movie to a USB storage device.
Well, this is going to be a more important chapter, let's get acquainted with the paper form!
As I mentioned in the introduction, the real resolution is HD, in other words 720p. The maximum resolution that can be input is 1080p, but that of course doesn’t mean that these movies will be displayed at that many pixels, the machine will scale down the higher resolution to HD.
Using the LCD technology, the Blitzwolf projector can handle a brightness of 2800 lumens, and the projected image diagonal can vary between 50 and 300 inches, or 127 and 762 centimeters. The latter results in a brutally big picture, I have to talk about that later. Of course, the projected image varies depending on the projection distance, which can be a minimum of 1 to a maximum of 8 meters.
The aspect ratio of the projected image can be 16: 9 or 4: 3, the latter will be able to be used for viewing older videos, photos or presentations. The contrast ratio is 2000: 1, the keystone correction can be ± 20 °.
The built-in speaker is 2 watts, the LED light source promises 50 hours of operation (eternal life plus one day), and in principle there is also 3D support.
The built-in media player works with MPEG1, MPEG2, H.263, H.264, AVS, VC1, MJPEG, RV30, RV40, HEVC video formats, MPEG1, MPEG2, LPCM, MP3 audio formats and JPG, JPEG, PNG, BMP, MPO image formats.
Perhaps the most important thing left in the end is that the Blitzwolf BW-VP1-Pro can receive images from a mobile phone or tablet, but the reviews on the seller's website mention that the image and video can be transferred from a notebook via Wi-Fi. .
The surface, as shown in the pictures, is not overcomplicated at all. You could even call it low cost, but we won’t really need more to set up and use.
Very important, the projector also speaks Hungarian!
I won’t explain the settings too much. Everything from color temperature to aspect ratio to noise reduction and different color profiles is adjustable. You can set the sound to cinema, sports or music modes, and you can easily switch between inputs.
For inputs, you can browse the contents on the external storage by selecting the USB port. It is essentially the media player of the machine as well, here we can choose whether to watch a movie founk, browse through our pictures or listen to music.
That is, in short, software is as simple as wood, but it knows everything you need to know.
I know that many people have flipped through the previous chapters to read the point, which is what kind of compromise is forced on someone who wants to swim from the purchase of a projector for 25 thousand forints. Well, if I had to write briefly, I would just write that much less than we would expect because of the price!
Not only am I like this, according to the opinions on the seller's side, which is real, that is, illustrated with photos, the average score of the projector is 4,89, the maximum can be given from 5 points. And this average is based on more than 250 customer reviews, we can believe it!
But what did I experience?
The setup is really a slap in the face. We turn it on, direct the image to the wall, adjust the focus with the outer ring of the lens, and the keystone correction with the inner ring, and the party can go!
A projector is usually used to project cinematic content, but definitely more at home. I tried Wi-Fi content transfer, the USB port, and for the sake of the trial, I also plugged a Xiaomi TV into the HDMI port.
Let's go in line!
Although the promo pictures look like there’s a phone holder on top of the projector, I have to make you sad, no. The good news, though, is that there are no vents on top of the machine, so you can put your phone on it.
We have to reckon with the fact that the bandwidth of Wi-Fi is not something ample, moreover, it decreases in direct proportion to the distance between the phone and the projector. In practice, this means that from 1 to one and a half meters, 1080p content still passes, but no longer. That is, we do best when we place the phone nicely on top of the projector while watching a movie.
There is also a way to transfer higher resolution, even with a USB cable. To do this, we need to turn on USB debugging on Android devices. The advantage of this thing is that we can send up to 4K broadcasts, the disadvantage is that due to the copy protection, the sound will be heard on our phone. A solution may be to pair a Bluetooth speaker with your phone.
The USB port, as I wrote, is primarily used to plug a USB flash drive into a projector, for example, to play movies and view pictures. I envelope in advance that no one will use the Blitzwolf projector to listen to music.
We can input images from game consoles, for example, through the HDMI port, but I don't have that. Because of this, I plugged a Xiaomi TV into it, which immediately turned me into a projector with almost the same knowledge as a Xiaomi smartphone. Of course, there will be no problem using it here either, connect the external device to the HDMI port, select the input and it will work.
And how to use the Blitzwolf BW-VP1-Pro?
Well, as I wrote above, we have to reckon with far fewer compromises than we would think because of its price. Of course, there’s something we need to make a concession of, and that’s primarily the resolution of the picture, the intensity of the backlight, and the sound quality. Let's start with the latter!
The 2-watt speaker is good to have, but no more positives can be said about it. Fortunately, it’s not a Sokol radio quality, so if there’s nothing else, you can listen to the sound of the movies on this too, we’re not going to run to the wall because of the quality.
The resolution is HD. It shows. In particular, the projection distance of 8 meters is very excessive. Due to the small pixels and the huge image diagonal, the image quality deteriorates dramatically. But that is not a problem. Projected from 3 meters, the diagonal is already 230-250 centimeters, which gives us a human, really good cinematic effect, and the quality of the image remains enjoyable.
If you are already at image quality, let's move on.
It’s probably obvious to everyone that we’re not dealing with a top projector, compared to that, you can shoot colors surprisingly well. For me, the factory settings didn’t come in, but luckily everything except the color temperature and brightness and contrast can be adjusted manually.
The resulting colors and image quality keep the Blitzwolf in high competition even among the more expensive projectors. If I had known two-thirds of the quality available, I would still have been happy, but this way, I’ll also use it for tasks I didn’t originally plan for.
For me, the primary task would have been to screen fairy tale films in the children's room, but seeing the knowledge, if not in abundance, will be appropriate for watching football or watching movies.
What is important in terms of image quality is that the best solution for me was to mount it on a tripod, meaning the projector was standing on a tripod while in use. This is important because although there is a plus-minus 20 percent keystone correction, using this degrades image quality. That is, it does not hurt to have the projector at the same height as the center of the image, if possible.
Brightness is very important for a projector. 2800 lumens is not like looking at the sun, but it is not so little. It doesn’t have to be blind-dark to be able to use it, the twilight is enough for that. Of course, the darker it is, the better, but everyone knows that, we watch movies with the lights on in the cinema.
As I wrote, I basically wanted to buy a cheap projector that I could sometimes set up in the nursery and screen a fairy tale movie. In comparison, I had a projector that I could even take out into the living room sometimes.
I don't have a canvas, I'm projecting it on the wall. This is not good. I have a basis for comparison, I know very well how much a good canvas deteriorates or repairs. So the fact that it provides image quality that can be enjoyed on a smooth painted wall without canvas, I think it reveals a lot about its capabilities.
Who do I dare recommend buying?
First for those who want to try home cinema but don’t want to sacrifice too much money on it at first. If that happens, it will be enough to invest in a more expensive or much more expensive machine later on.
For those who want to spend a good evening watching football with their friends in the garden sometimes. Of course, then, when it gets hot and the virus allows it.
For those looking for a cheap but usable solution for presentations for workplace use.
This projector is worth the price, and even more so. If you can live with HD, feel free to put it in your cart! It can be ordered from a Czech warehouse at the moment, so you don't have to worry about additional costs, customs duties or VAT. Delivery is expected to start on November 29, delivery is expected to take 5-7 business days.
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