ELEPHAS EB-Q1 Portable LED Pico Video Projector

This is one of the most inexpensive LED projectors I have ever tried currently priced at just £42.99 and if looks are anything to go on it is something of a bargain. But we shall see.

The projector arrived well packaged in a mid market product box with all the components within very well protected in a dedicated foam insert pack. Inside the box aside from the projector itself was a remote control handset, an AV cable adapter, a power cable with UK plug, a English language User Guide.

Build quality seems fine, although of plastic construction the projector feels well made and robust and nothing feels flimsy or about to fall off or break. The device has an attractive high gloss piano black finish and looks quite stylish. The power transformer is built into the projector so there is no power brick needed. The User Guide is nicely printed, well written, effectively illustrated and is easy to follow. The User Guide is one of the best I have seen for a budget projector, which is not saying very much I have to add. I include a scan of the full User Guide at the end of my unboxing video, just switch to fullscreen and pause as required. The infra red remote control is medium sized with proper physical clicky buttons rather than the credit card sized soft touch remotes often supplied. The device has all the usual ports and connections: HDMI, VGA, USB, TV, SD card, AV in. I have not tested and so cannot be sure if the TV input will work here in the UK although I suspect it may be Analog only.

The technical specifications are pretty basic. It supports dual band wifi, Brightness is 1200 Lumens, Contrast is 500:1, Native Resolution is 480×640, Aspect Ratio is 16:9 scaling to 4:3, projection distance 1m-3.5m , Projection Image 30 to 100 inches. We are not told either on this page or in the User Guide how bright the image is but having used I have to say the only answer is Not Very Much.

Focus is also manual only. It supports USB/SD/AV/HDMI/VGA inputs and has a headphone socket. There is keystone adjustment but it is manual only, again typical for a low to mid range device.. All the main remote control functions are duplicated from physical buttons on top of the unit. Most of these features match those of other larger and more expensive entry level projectors I have tried.

For the price it works about as well as can be expected. If you are looking for a high end unit for professional use then keep on looking. The light output is pretty dim but works adequately in a darkened room. The image quality is Ok for video and games but no good for text or prsentations.. There is little colour fringing and the colours are OK but far less saturated than you would find on a high end projector. The device does not natively project HD images but will scale down from an HDMI input and the native resolution is average for the price. The sound output is loud but of poor quality and for best results you should use external speakers for which there is an audio out socket.

If you need a budget price projector with reasonable image quality and with support for all the basic functions and intend to use to view videos and games then this might be for you. If you want an autofocus unit with perfect colour fidelity for professional use in a undarkened room and with a large image then keep on looking and expect to pay very much more to find it.. This would be fine for use in the kid’s room for viewing their favourite videos.

This projector looks very attractive and the equal of many more expensive units. The remote control is of good quality and the User Guide better than the norm. Turn the device on and it is clearly a budget unit. Keep that in mind and for the price it is still a good buy but just do not expect too much from it.

The Good
Good build quality
Easy to read User Guide
Good remote control
Tripod screw base
Multi voltage
Attractive design
Keystone adjustment

The Bad
Resolution not suitable for text display
No handset batteries included
No auto focus
Poor sound quality
Low light output

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