This new mini LED projector from STOGA arrived simply presented in a plain cardboard product box. Inside the box aside from the projector itself was a remote control handset,, a USB power cable with UK plug, metal mini tripod, a hard carry case and an English language User Guide.
Build quality is clearly first rate, the metal bodied projector feels well made and robust and nothing feels flimsy or about to fall off or break. The power transformer is a standard UK plug USB adapter of the type used to charge mobile phones. The User Guide is unusually well printed and easy to read, well illustrated and tells or you more or less all you need to know. The infra red remote control is medium sized with proper physical clicky buttons rather than the credit card sized soft touch remotes often supplied. It has an above average range of ports and connections: HDMI, 2xUSB, TF (32GB max), AV in/out (although only the headphone symbol is marked on the device body). It runs on a rather elderly version of Android: 4.4.4 but supports both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz wifi as well as Bluetooth 4.90 and can download and instal Android apps.
The basics are all here: Native Resolution :854x480dpi , Supported resolutions: up to 1920×1080. Projection ratio: 16: 9 to 4: 3 , Contrast ratio is an impressive 2000:1, Brightness a disappointing 120 Lumens, The Projection distance: 1-5 meters to give an image size of 20-150 inches inches. Most of these features equal or exceed those of most mini projectors I have tried.
For the above average price paid it works very well although I have tried cheaper units which are pretty much as good. If you are looking for a high end unit for professional use then keep on looking. The light output is fine for home use but works best in a darkened or semi darkened room. The image quality is clear and sharp without fringing and it holds focus well. The colours are OK but less saturated than you would find on a high end projector. The device does not natively project HD images, the native resolution is a lower than I had expected at just 854v480 dpi but it will accept and downscale HD source inputs which means it will work with most current devices. The sound output is Ok but depends on the quality of the external speakers you use..
This unit is rather higher in price than most of the LED projectors entering the market. What does it offer that the cheaper ones do not? It has a higher than normal native resolution which means image quality should be and is better than from more basic devices. The build quality of this unit superior to that found on many cheaper models. The all metal; body and mini size will be a major selling point as will the integrated Android operating System.
Those in search of a mid range projector with decent image quality and with support for all the basic functions may find what they need here. If you want an autofocus unit with perfect colour fidelity for professional use in a undarkened room and with a huge image then this one is not for you and expect to pay very much more to find it.. This is a good quality device with decent image quality and above average resolution and whilst it is priced below that of high end professional projectors at the current price of £259.99 it is by no means a budget device. Nevertheless the higher than normal image quality, feature set and build quality make it still a good buy for the price but be aware that there are cheaper options available.
Above average build quality
Excellent User Guide
Easy to use remote control
Small form factor
Above average native resolution
Two USB ports
Dual band Wifi
Can be hard to focus
No batteries included
Needs darkened room
Image quality good but not perfect