There are always budget-friendly options for electronics that will do the job without breaking the bank. It may be that you are missing a function or feature, but it is still a useful product worth buying if price is not the most important.
To review the qkk mini projector, I am taking it for a spin. With 40 hours of testing, I spent over two weeks with this projector. Here are my thoughts. They are divided into sections that cover major features and specifications. Then they are compared to the devices on our top projectors.
Design: A simple and compact
The QKK Mini Projector is similar to any other projector on the market. It has a rectangular design, an offset lens, cooling grill, inputs at the rear for media playback, and some buttons to adjust the image.
The projector measures just 9.5×9.3×4.2 inches (WDH), and weighs only 3 pounds. It’s compact size makes it ideal for carrying around in a backpack, or as carry-on luggage, if you intend to travel with it. However, the rest of this review will show that it is probably not worth it.
Setup: It’s easy to plug-and-play
The W100 can be set up in a few simple steps. After the device is turned on, you will be asked to enter the date. This information will be used to add metadata to images taken with the W100. Once it’s set, you can start shooting immediately after you have installed a compatible SD card.
Image Quality: Average at best
When comparing projectors, it can be a difficult task. Even though the specifications sheets may be identical, the results of two projectors with similar components will probably yield different images. This is exactly what I saw when I compared the QKK Mini Projector to its real-world counterpart. QKK also makes it very difficult to understand its product specifications and listing.
First, let’s address the misleading claims. QKK proudly states in its product name on Amazon that the Mini Projector supports 1080p videos. This makes it appear when you search for “1080p projectors” and also implies that the product is a 1080p one. QKK states that the projector supports 1920×1080 resolution. This statement is consistent with the assertion that it’s a 1080p projector. The native resolution of the projector is only 800×480 pixels when you read the Amazon listing text.
This means that the projector’s actual resolution is only half of the 1080p resolution it technically supports. Although it is misleading and false advertising at best, QKK will likely keep the phrase “support” from falling into the trap of false advertising. You can plug in a 1080p source video into the projector but it will only project the 1080p signal at approximately 480p.
Let’s now move on to the details. QKK claims that the Mini Projector has a contrast ratio of 2,000 to 1, a 16-to-9 aspect ratio, and a maximum brightness of 2,200 lumens. According to QKK the projector can project a 170-inch image from five metres away. It also features multiple inputs at the back for connecting computers, tablets and SD cards. The other specifications, even without taking into consideration the native resolution are acceptable, especially considering the price. However, our tests have shown that these specifications are not as good as QKK claims.
Combining low light output with low native resolution, even bright scenes in videos were washed in a dark room. The pixels were also large enough to be seen from eight feet away.
To test the QKK Mini Projector’s performance, I used a 100 inch Silver Ticket 16/9 projector screen under various lighting conditions. I tested the quality of the image with a small lamp in the corner of the room. The natural light was so dim that the picture was almost invisible. I couldn’t even use the remote to navigate the menu. Although it was slightly better with the lamp, I struggled to navigate through the menu or even watch a video.
I had to turn off all lights in the room, and make it dark so I could navigate the menu on the projector. Then I was able see the source of my video with some clarity. The image quality was not inspiring even after that. Combining low light output with low native resolution, even bright scenes in videos were washed in a dark room. The pixels were also large enough to be seen from eight feet away.
I tried to test the color reproduction with a DataColor SpyderX Elite calibrator, but the software refused to let me calibrate in a darkened room.
I could go on and on about how this projector doesn’t live up to its specs. It is difficult to get clear images in most environments. And even in the best settings, it doesn’t make sense to set it up.
I could go on and on but the truth is that this projector doesn’t live up to its specs.
Audio Quality – Thank you for the 3.5mm output
The QKK Mini Projector features a 5W internal speaker. The sound quality of this projector is very poor, similar to its image quality. Although the bass is good for such a small device the midtones and highs are muffled. QKK includes a 3.5mm audio input so that you can connect the speakers of choice.
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- Price: You get what you pay
The QKK Mini Projector is $99.99 (MSRP). This projector is a steal. But, as the old saying goes, you get your money’s worth. This projector is made from some of the most expensive components available. As a result, you will get the worst image quality I have ever seen in a projector. The QKK Mini Projector is a good choice if budget is your only consideration. But, if image quality is important to you, then don’t look elsewhere.
QKK Mini Projector vs. Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector
It’s impossible to compare the QKK Mini Projector with its peers, since it is clear from Amazon listings that the QKK Mini Projector was likely made in the same factory. That said, for the sake of comparison, I’m going to take a look at the equally-vaguely-named Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector (view at Amazon).
Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector has the same native resolution of 800×480 pixels and a 2,000:1 contrast ratio. The QKK has a 50K hour lap time, while the Vankyo Leisure 3 Mini Projector offers a slightly higher light output of 3,600 lumens. Vankyo Leisure 3 also measures 7.9x 5.9x 3.0 inches (width, depth, and height) and weighs just 2.1lbs.
Overall, the Vankyo projector is slightly more powerful in a smaller size, but at $80, it also features nearly identical design and is likely to be made with almost identical components. It’s worth noting that the price isn’t the only thing that matters.