Shopping for a mini projector is like weeding through a 10 acre open area, hoping that you can stumble upon a beautiful flower field. It is an exhausting and sometimes confusing endeavour, but it doesn’t mean you won’t emerge victorious.
The right mini projector is out there as long as you consider factors such as screen size, brightness, throw distance, and connectivity options. Once you have that figured out, you are one step closer getting a mini projector that suits your needs and requirements.
If you want the best of the best but your budget is limited, you have to understand that you will sacrifice one factor for another. We highly suggest exploring the cheaper options first so you won’t be wasting your money. Once you understand what you need in a projector, you can invest on more expensive options.
Today, we will be checking out Xinda’s LCD Mini Multi-Media Portable Video Projector.
Design and Layout
The Xinda LCD Mini Multi-Media Portable Video Projector differentiates itself from other mini projectors in the market by not sticking to the standard square shape. It sports curved edges, highlighted by its black and silver color combination.
Underneath the projector you will find five legs that you can use to position the projector according to your preferred viewing pleasure. Upfront, you will find the projector lens. On top, you will find its control buttons neatly and strategically placed in a horizontal row.
The ports such as USB, HDMI, and VGA are all located at the back of the projector.
The Projector and Your Viewing Pleasure
Now that you know the design and layout of this Xinda LCD Mini projector, it’s time to move on to its specifications, and how it could be the projector that you’ve been looking for to satisfy your home cinema needs.
The Xinda Projector boasts 20-100 inches of screen size. The brand suggests placing the device five to seven inches away from the projection surface. True enough, the recommended distance works best. Place it too far and you will get washed out result; place it near and you will, well, not have the cinema-like experience that you are looking for.
As for the projection size, you should stick between 40 to 70 inches.
How about brightness output? Do not expect too much – afterall this Xinda projector is under $60 (as of the writing of this review). In dark rooms, the 60 lumens rating is decent enough to produce clear (not extremely sharp) output, Once you use the projector in a slightly dimmed room, you will realize how limiting its brightness rating is. In our case, we had to completely switch off the lights just to see anything.
Resolution output is, again, decent but not satisfying. This Xinda projector’s native resolution is 480×320. Although it can support 1920×1080, you have to remember that its 60 lumens rating is lacking.
Connectivity and other features
The Xinda LCD Mini projector boasts connectivity via VGA, HDMI, SB, AV, and SD Card. Unfortunately, it doesn’t accommodate Wi-Fi. You have to switch on your laptop or computer and connect it to the projector. Basically, you can’t go cable-free with this Xinda projector.
This device comes with a 2-watt built-in speaker. Again, it’s not exceptional – don’t expect Dolby surround system results. You are better off connecting your own speakers.
The projector uses a manual focus for sharper output. Its aspect ratio is 4:3/16:9. Video formats that it can read are limited. We highly suggest to check the specifications below.
Image system: TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 4:3/16:9
Image size: Max 100 inches
Projection distance:3.53 to 11 ft
Projection mode: Front Projection
Operation mode: Manual remote control
Projection Source: External from AV in, HDMI, VGA, USB, Memory SD card OS Language: English, French, Russian, Deutsche, Spanish, Czech, etc.
Input: DC 12V
1 x Projector
1x User manual
1x Power adaptor
1x AV cable
1x Remote control
What we love
This Xinda model is a budget-friendly projector that you will get for less than $100. It may not be the best, but it’s decent. Plus, it comes in a small and compact size and 1 pound weight that allows you to take it with you on your next business trip. This Xinda device can be connected to a 12V powerbank so technically you don’t have to have it plugged into an electric outlet to use it.