Projectors are an essential part of any presentation worth viewing. All the same, they can be really frustrating especially when they are at the verge of breaking down in the middle of a presentation. In as much as people opt to buy wide digital LCD screens so as to avoid the menaces that come with projectors, we really can’t do away with projectors. This, of course, has to do with issues like pricing, mobility, and ease of use. When compared to LCD screens, projectors are relatively cheaper and obviously a projector is way less bulky when compared to a 55-Inch LCD screen. Since we cannot completely eliminate the need for a projector in our daily operations, we have to be really careful while shopping for one.
► Egate P531 Portable Projector
Nowadays, projectors have become a common thing in most Indian homes. Earlier on, projectors were solely reserved for meetings and conferences. However, as the need for luxury heightened in most modern households, manufacturers found an opening to test their premium projectors. The Egate P531 is arguably the best projector for home in India under the 20000 rs mark. As it happens, this impressive projector is designed in Europe, and it actually supports computer-free operation.
Since the Egate P531 is among the latest projectors in India, this gadget will attract most tech enthusiasts in the country to try it out. In our own part, we made an effort to review this product so as to help our readers make the right decision. Here is what we unearthed in the P531 Portable Projector.
High Definition Imaging: Though this projector is not exactly a low price projector, the manufacturer made sure that it’s worth every penny. To begin with, Egate built their P531 with a standard 16k color, 1280 by 800px native resolution. This configuration is good enough for standard operations such as watching movies. However, for specialized functions such as playing games, the engineers allowed for special resolution tuning, up to a maximum of 1920 by 1080px.
Android Powered Projector with 3D support: About half a decade ago, 3D projectors in India used to be the hype of the era. However, they soon became a common thing. Today, the Egate EG P531 sells at the same price range as most 3D projectors but has more to offer. First, this device has Blue Ray 3D support with plug and play capability from USB devices.
So what makes this Egate projector a superior choice than most similarly-priced 3D projectors? Well, that’s a matter of personal preference, but for our team, we liked the fact that the P531 has state of the art 3D Optimized Light Engine. However, it does not come with 3D glass, and hence you will have to buy that separately.
Android-powered core: This device runs on Android 4.4.4 OS which allows users to do pretty much what they would do with a smart Television, but this time with a reasonably cheap smart gadget. This includes operations such as wireless mirroring with other smart devices and surfing the internet.
Computer-free operation: With this versatile OS, you really don’t need a computer in order to utilize this projector. Most decent smart televisions surpass the 25,000rs price point. Therefore, a smart budget projector in India like the P531 would be a good consideration especially if your budget is tight.
Note: Nonetheless, we found some downsides with this OS. First, the manufacturer does not allow for a system upgrade to higher android versions. Secondly, we had issues when installing the Voot app. Otherwise, all other apps worked just fine.
Good design that suits Indian users: Actually, we found this projector very ideal for Indian homes, owing to the fact that it has a dustproof design. In India, meteorological conditions could hamper the efficient operation of most household equipment. For this reason, the manufacturer built this projector to withstand high temperatures of up to 49 degrees Celsius. Hermetic sealing of the engine further prevents dust from damaging the device. Eventually, these tweaks prolong the life of this budget projector.
|Features||Made in India Projector | Android Powered | Remote Control | Mountable | Sync Capability | TV Tuner | 3D Optimized Light Engine | Sealed Optical Engine | Dustproof Design|
|Projection||Size: 40-inch to 200-inch | Distance: 1m to 5m|
|Lamp||Life: up to 50000 Hours | Type: 150W|
|Video||Zoom: YES | Focus: Manual | HD Ready (1200 × 800 Pixels) | Color: 3M | Aspect Ratio: 16:9/4:3 | Contrast Ratio: 2000: 1 | Focal Length 15mm | Supported Resolution 1080i, 1080P|
|Power||150-Watt Power Consumption|
|Audio||2 × 1W|
|Connectivity||2×HDMI | 1×USB | 1× UBS 3.0 | 1×VGA | 3.5 Audio Jack | Wireless | LAN|
|Performance||Android 4.4 OS | Quad Core Processor | Dual Core GPU | 1GB RAM | 4GB Internal Memory|
|Warranty||12-Months | Egate Customer Care +91-80-7180-3131|
► InFocus IN220i Projector with 2-Years Warranty
The InFocus projector has gained quite an approval in the Indian market and most people might be wondering why. After having a firsthand experience with this projector, I now understand the reason why InFocus projectors are a favorite of many. Here are some of its interesting features.
Simple Design: One rule that applies to all practical projectors is – simplicity. Keep it simple and to the point! The designers of this projector avoided what I would like to call excess ‘baggage’. This projector is extremely light in weight and compact, as it weighs only 2.4 kilograms. The front firing speakers provide an excellent audio surround to a standard audience and – is audible enough for a fully packed 1000 sq ft. conference room. The lamp is placed on the right-hand edge thus economizing on space and size. Although some projectors in the InFocus series have the lamp located at almost the center of the front facing, the IN220i still remains to be the better option since it can fit in a smaller bag pack than those with the middle lamp.
Excellent Display: When you are buying a projector, for whatever use, be it for office presentations or for a Cinema business, you really don’t want to compromise on the display traits. Nobody wants a projector that produces half-baked images or blurred scenes. The IN220i delivers a screen with an SVGA 800 x 600 resolution. The lamp on this projector produces up to 3500 lumens in light output and has a contrast ratio of about 17000:1Hz. With such a specification, you certainly don’t need to worry about the lighting aspects of your room, since the projector will still produce a clear image just like an LCD TV would.
3D imaging support: Moreover, this projector supports 3D images and is integrated with a Keystone correction vertical (40 degrees) enhancement. This means that you can actually watch your movies in 3D seamlessly. The HDMI connectivity provision on this projector means that almost any device can be plugged on to this projector. This includes smartphones, tablets, and mini laptops. Unlike most competitor projectors in the market, which are still experiencing teething problems with 3D technology, the IN220i uses a DLP type of display. This choice of display further makes 3D integration seamless, meaning you won’t experience any issues while watching your movies in 3D.
Durability: As mentioned earlier, projectors wear down easily especially if proper maintenance practices are not carried out on them. The tricky part is that the lamp is usually the very first of parts to get damaged in a projector. Once you start experiencing troubles with your projector’s lamp, start thinking of how you are going to buy another one.
Luckily, with the InFocus IN220i projector, the manufacturer has given you an average lamp life of 6000 hours. In addition, you can also increase the lamp life in this product by using it on the ECO Mode. Eco mode is a utility that comes in handy when using the projector in low light conditions.
Infocus Warranty for this budget projector: In spite of it being a low price projector, Infocus brand offers 24 months warranty. That is indeed incredible. However, its build quality is such that minimal maintenance practices need for it to remain functional.
Pricing and Verdict: I would highly recommend this projector for office and conference needs, although it would still fit well as a home appliance. The commercial potentialities in this projector are also worth noting. The projector can project some quality videos as Cinema Projector.
|Lamp-life||6000 Hrs in Eco Mode and 5000 Hrs standard use|
|Contrast Ratio||17000:1 Hz|
|Light Output||3500 Lumens|