There is a common misconception that all entry-level projectors with a $100 or less price tag are a waste of money. However, we beg to differ. There are many budget-friendly projector models loaded with features and specifications that can rival more expensive versions. One of which is the DBPOWER T20 1500 Lumens LCD Mini Projector. It’s currently on sale at Amazon – from the retail price of $169.99, it’s now down to just $99.99. That’s at least 41% off or $70 saving. Aside from the price, we were curious what the fuss was all about – it comes with 4.5 stars Amazon rating and over 200 customer reviews. Today, we’re going to find out.
Right out of the box, there is nothing aesthetically special about the DBPOWER T20. It’s overall design is just like any other projector model out in the market today. It sports the standard projector shape with lens upfront, focus and keystone adjustments and control buttons on top.
Oddly enough, the connection ports are scattered. The 3.5mm audio port, AV, HDMI, memory card slot, and USB ports are found on the right side while on the back you’ll get the VGA slot.
Moreover, the power port is on the left side portion of the projector. Personally, I prefer to have the plug on the back. When it’s either on the left or right side portion of the projector, it takes additional desk space. Plus, it looks cluttered and awkward– can you just imagine the cables sticking out on the back, as well as on the side? This is only a personal preference. If you’re not bothered with the placement, then this shouldn’t be a problem for you.
What’s surprising is the build quality of the projector. For the $100 price tag, we were expecting an inferior construction but holding the projector in our hands, it feels solid, sturdy, and very well-made. The device is made out of premium plastic. If we didn’t know the price of this projector, we would have guest that it cost at least $200.
What Can It Do
Now that we’ve inspected its design and construction, it’s time to check what it can really to do. On paper, this DBPOWER T20 projector model boasts 1500 lumens, which they claim is 50% brighter than other projectors (with the same model level of course). True enough, it gives a brighter projection. Since this projector is a budget-friendly entry level model, it comes with projection limitations. We highly suggest turning off all the lights to truly appreciate the lumens or brightness rating of the DBPOWER T20. The brand itself, in fact, markets it as “ideal for home entertainment in dark…” We would like to emphasize the word “dark,” meaning no lights at all.
How about the projection size? This projector’s 1080P rating can provide you with visual experience from 32 to 176 inches – providing that you’re going to use this projector in a very dark room. We highly recommend placing the device about 2 to 2.5 meters away from the projection surface or wall to achieve the best viewing experience. Remember, this projector comes with keystone and focus adjustment knobs. Use it to get the best projection as you see fit. As for lamp life, it comes with 50,000 hours – that’s 70% more than what are other more expensive projectors have. The projector comes with a low fan noise cooling system for minimized device overheating, and overall problem-free viewing experience.
How about connectivity? As we’ve mentioned above, it supports VGA, memory cards, USB, and HDMI. If you would like to connect your smartphone or tablet, you have to purchase a wireless HDMI adapter.
Imaging technology: TFT LCD
Brightness: 1500 lumens
Aspect ratio: 16:10
Projection ratio: 1.4:1
Native resolution: 800X480 pixels
Supported resolution: 1920X1080 pixels
Keystone: Manual correction 15°
Throw distance: 1.5-5M
Screen size: 32-176 inches
Inside The Box
1x DBPOWER mini projector
1x Remote control (battery is not included)
1x 3 in 1 AV cable
1x HDMI cable
1x User manual