This new LED projector from HowiseAcc arrived simply presented in a plain cardboard product box. Inside the box aside from the projector itself was a remote control handset, a power cable with UK plug, AV cable set, a lens cleaning cloth, two spare fuses, set of screws, adjusting knob and an English language User Guide.
Build quality is clearly first rate, the projector feels well made and robust and nothing feels flimsy or about to fall off or break. The User Guide is well printed and easy to read, well and tells or you more or less all you need to know. I enclose a scan of it at the end of my unboxing video. The infra red remote control is standard 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: two USB, two HDMI, TV, VGA, AV, YPBPR, left audio out, right audio out.
The basics are all here: Native Resolution :800×480, Supported resolutions: up to 1920×1080. Aspect Ratio: 4:3 / 16:9, Contrast ratio is above average at 2000:1, Brightness an impressive 2600 lumens, Projection distance: 1.2 – 6 meters to give an image size of 32-200 inches inches. Most of these features equal or exceed those of most rival projectors I have tried.
For the above average price paid it works very well although I have tried cheaper units which are almost (but not quite ) as good. Good though this unit is nevertheless if you are looking for a high end projector for professional use then keep on looking. The light output is more than good enough 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 good but less saturated than you would find on a professional projector. The device does not natively project HD images, the native resolution is a lower than I had expected at just 800×480 but it will accept and downscale HD source inputs and it does this very well indeed. This means it will work with most current devices you connect to it. The best image quality can be found at a projection distance of about 2.5~2.6m with a projection size of 80~120 inches. The sound output from the two built in speakers is one of the best I have heard but best results are always obtained by using external speakers.
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 build quality and high end looks will be a major selling point as will the greater than normal range of ports and interfaces.
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 auto focus 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 £99.99 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 full size remote control
Above average native resolution
Two USB ports
Two HDMI ports
2600 lumens output
Large projection image size
Cheaper rivals available
Can be hard to focus
No batteries included
Needs darkened room
Image quality good but not perfect
No wifi support
No Bluetooth support