s3nki by April 2022, 26 | 0
Xiaomi Wanbo X1 projector test - the power of surprise
This is what Xiaomi will give for 30 thousand forints in 2021.
Last year I received Poco phones before the official introduction, this year projectors are coming in line. The Xiaomi Wanbo X1 is now the third in a row, which I don’t even regret.
I also tested a Wanbo projector in my previous projector article, and I think I did a very good T2 Max. The X1 is a small salt of this, with much more modest abilities on paper
When they said they would send one, I looked at the specification, I looked at the price, and I can honestly say I felt a little annoyed to write this article. Not a little, rather a lot. By paper form, you know exactly what the Blitzwolf BW-VP1 is, just more expensive by a strong 10 percent. I also wrote to my contact, so what, do you have to? The answer was: Calm down, it will be good!
I’m not saying I’m reassured, but I said okay, I write, after all, sometimes I can do a favor too, at most I write there at the end of the article that the cheaper BW can do that much.
Then life, as usual, joked well!
I hope neither the box nor the accessories change because I see from the cardboard that I got a very factory copy. The box is simple, looks good, but I wouldn’t say a little informative.
I can't find a manual or description when I open the lid, but I know that this isn't the store unit package yet. Next to the projector you will find a remote control, just like the one next to the T2 Max. We also have an EU plug razor cable, an HDMI cable and an AV cable, so we get the mandatory minimum!
The Wanbo X1 has become so really Xiaomis. Nice white, clean, bordered by sharp lines, yet not too square piece. According to factory data, the box is 220 x 185 x 80 millimeters and weighs 1236 grams. So it's small, it's light, thanks to the fact that you don't need a projector stand, we can easily put it on a tripod, be it a small desktop or a larger piece.
At the top of the machine, in front of the right rear corner, are the controls that we probably won’t be using very well, it’s much more convenient to use the remote control. In contrast to the buttons, i.e. from the front left, there are the scrolls for manual focus and manual keystone correction.
On the right and left are only the cooling air grilles and the speaker grille.
At the back, of course, are the power button and connectors, respectively, an AV and a headphone jack, a USB 2.0 and an HDMI. Here you will find a small indicator LED next to the power connector and an IR sensor next to HDMI.
Again, there isn’t much interesting on the obverse, just the lens and a Wanbo caption, slush. Regarding the lens, it’s important to mention that you didn’t get a protective cap, but thankfully, like the T2 Max, the optics don’t protrude from the housing, so there’s no particular danger.
In the case of the Wanbo T2 Max, we also obtained the luminous flux calculated in ANSI, which is good, most known manufacturers already provide the data in this, not in lumen. Of course, you should be on the lookout, because I often come across a datasheet where ANSI is specified instead of the lumen value.
So the point is that in the store we see somewhere between 250 (this is more likely) and 300 ANSI, but one way or another, it’s more than the luminous flux of the T2 Max given in 200 ANSI, so you know it’s stronger. Anyway really, but about that later.
The actual resolution is HD, i.e. 720p, the maximum resolution that can be entered is 1080p. I see a contrast ratio of 2000: 1, which may also be true based on the image. The diagonal of the projected image is a minimum of 40- a maximum of 120 inches (elsewhere a maximum of 180 inches, which seems a bit exaggerated). The latter value, that is, 120 in 304 inches, means a human image size already!
The manufacturer estimates the operating time of the LED light source to be 20 hours.
As I indicated on the outside, the focus and keystone correction are manual. This isn’t as bad as it sounds because at least it doesn’t take up resources, so the projector won’t be slower. However, manual keystone correction also has the disadvantage that it can only adjust the distortion of the image in the vertical direction.
In practice, this means that the projector must be directly opposite the wall to which we are projecting, but we can deviate downwards and upwards from the direction. Since I did not find any trapezoidal correction data in the manufacturer's data, I have to guess. I think the 30 degree adjustment can be down and up.
The Wanbo X1 does not have an operating system, that is, it does, but it is quite simple. So, this is not an Android machine. This has both advantages and disadvantages, but also in the next chapter.
There is no Android, but there is wifi. Of course, in the absence of an operating system, we cannot connect to a wifi network for this purpose, but to create a wifi hotspot. We can connect to this hotspot with our phone, through which we can realize the mirroring of the phone image.
Okay, so that was the paper form, let’s see the point, which is how the machine works in real life!
Let’s start with the negatives, two of which I found. The focus and keystone dials are a little close together, so when you rotate one, the other likes to rotate as well. So while we set one, we have to hold the other with our other finger.
The other is that when keystone correction is set to the sharpest, the sharpness of the image on the right and left deteriorates noticeably. This is most noticeable, say, where there is a deterioration in line sharpness, such as on a screen where instructions for mirroring are described. While watching a movie, the error is almost imperceptible.
These negatives, good things can come!
I have to start this story where in the first paragraph, which is that I had no mood for this article, and especially not for another cheap HD projector.
I'm not saying these are useless. I wrote about the Blitzwolf BW-VP1 that it’s good to watch tales in the nursery (at least the kid doesn’t stare at the TV, his eyes don’t get worse), but it can also be used to take him out to the living room, watch a movie, get to know the projection, and if you come in let's buy a more expensive one. If he doesn't come in, we won't fail much.
Well, that’s pretty much how it added to the Xiaomi Wanbo X1 as well, but it soon became clear that the standards so far didn’t apply to this projector. I am not saying that there is nothing among the more branded, more expensive HD projectors that would bring this standard, but I can boldly say that they do not know what they know for 30 thousand forints. Wanbo and yes.
So I turned it on. At that time, nothing interesting was received, the usual silly projector interface was received, which is on essentially every Chinese projector without Android. However, as soon as I turn it on, we notice that the brightness - to put it mildly? - Not in a thank you relationship with the Blitzwolf machine. At first glance, it could be almost one and a half times that.
Then I launched the first test movies, and it’s no exaggeration to look for the state. I say this so that the last two machines I had had not HD but FHD resolution. I’m not saying the resolution difference isn’t visible because it is, but it is approx. as much as it would look from a 5K on a 4K and a 1080p, 108-inch TV from XNUMX meters. So you have to pay close attention.
Yes, if you listen you can see. In the sea of grass, the fibers are not separated so nicely, the hair is also less visible in the mass of the fibers, the pattern of the skin, the very tiny fluff on the neck, so you can see the difference in such places, but you really have to pay attention to it.
Another very positive surprise was that the LCD pixel grid is not essentially visible on the projected surface.
The thing to know is that every projection method has its pros and cons as well. With DLP, there is no pixel grid, but there is (may be) a rainbow effect, and with LCD, the sharpest parts of the image (if your projector has sharp images, most of the image) show the pixel grid, that is, the space between pixels from which no light comes.
Well, I didn’t see a pixel grid for the Wanbo X1. I didn't see lines, cubes, anything. I would add, unfortunately, my eyes are no longer what they were when I was twenty, but I didn’t see anything like pixel grids in the picture with my reading glasses either. It was all pretty unified.
I don't really know where to put it. In the bad case, the sharpness of the image cannot be adjusted to needle sharpness, in the good case, the LCD panel used is such that no lattice develops. Hell, you know.
Let’s turn back to the beginning of the article again, to the sentence: Don’t worry it will be good!
Well, the lady then added that this is a premium manufacturer model (apparently among Chinese manufacturers), not a Blitzwolf. Honestly, I didn’t really know where to put this information because I think Blitzwolf makes quite good mid-range machines, plus at a very good price.
Then now here is a Xiaomi Wanbo, which costs only 3000-4000 forints more than the Blitzwolf BW-VP1, so somewhere the question is legitimate, how much more can this machine know with a difference of 3000-4000 forints? That would be the right answer, maybe a little better.
Well, the Wanbo X1 isn’t a little better. I wrote in our Facebook group that if the price of Wanbo were 40 thousand, then the difference of 13-14 thousand forints would not be able to properly express the difference between the two machines.
Well, we can summarize what has been said so far and add some important things that have been left out above. For example, the projector speaks Hungarian, though not everything is translated, but most of the words do.
The other is sound. The dual speaker does not yet fit into this price range. The manufacturer says that regardless, the sound comes in 360 degrees, which on the one hand is an exaggeration, and on the other hand, it is possible that the speaker is positioned inside the engine room so that sound comes out on both the right and left side.
The speaker isn’t very steel, but it’s strong enough, so it can be used. The big advantage is that the machine has extremely low wind noise, according to factory data, it is only 38 dB per meter, which is like a butterfly fart to use a sensory indicator.
Another interesting thing about wind noise is that the machine has also been given an air filter that does not allow dust to enter the engine room. This can be pulled out from the bottom of the projector and cleaned.
The third is that, according to factory data, the entire lens system is made of glass. Well, that may seem natural to an uninitiated ear, but it’s not a drop in this price range. I would rather say the thing extra.
Now we can sum it up!
I guess it’s no surprise that I was maximally satisfied with the Wanbo X1. Not only compared to the price, because if it cost 8-10 thousand forints more, it would still be good. So for 30 thousand it is a gift.
So much so that if you buy a projector so cheaply, you can easily invest in a Xiaomi TV Stick next to it, and you will instantly have an Android TV projector with wifi, Bluetooth, and everything on earth. This is absolutely no nonsense, using the stick in software knowledge, you will immediately approach the premium category, you will have Netflixed, HBO-Go, Android.
Meanwhile, the projector cost only 30 good Hungarian forints, which is, to put it mildly, worth it.
It’s good to know that the projector will now cost that much in the introductory campaign, by the end of the campaign the price will be roughly 20 percent higher. Not that much is for him, but less is better!
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