Amazing WiFi Ready lightweight projector
I have been a movie lover for as long as I can remember. I started with a collection of VHS tapes, moved to DVD, Blu-Ray and then ultimately to digital copies. With time, my viewing surface increased. In college I had a 27″ TV. To be honest, this was perfect at the time. Looking back, this seems amazingly small. After graduation, my wife and I moved into our new home and purchased a 42″ flat screen. This was considerably superior to the 27″. Additionally, we upgraded from a standard TV to a flat screen and cut the size/weight considerably. Since then, we have moved homes twice and increased the size of our television to 50″ and ultimately to 65″. Our current home has a TV/media/family room with the 65″ TV on the wall. I had researched projectors, but found that the room was not ideal for a projector. This was a let down. My best friend built a media room and installed a projector/surround sound system, which was astounding. This is nowhere near the coolest reason that I wanted a projector. My son and I were recently on a boy scout camping trip. We were invited to a neighboring campsite to watch “Land Before Time” on the back of their motorhome. The boys were amazed, and this was a fun bonding experience for the group. I wanted to get a projector of my own specifically for outdoor viewing.
I received a Blitzwolf BW-MP1 Projector. The product is shipped in an 11 7/8″ X 7 9/16″ X 4″ tall box. The cover of the packaging displays the logo in the top left, with the O replaced with a Wolf Paw. Along the right is a shiny glossy black projector which appears classy. Along the bottom left is a QR code, which links you to www.blizwolf.com. There are also a few logos displaying some of the product abilities. It lists that it should work with Windows 8.1/10, Android 4.2.2, DLNA and “other popular wireless connection.” I find it quite interesting that this does not mention IOS. The top flap notes that this is WIFI Ready and again notes the above OS options. The bottom displays the product regulation labels. Lastly the back shows more logos detailing abilities of the product.
The product is easily removed from the outer cardboard. It comes nestled in a rectangle of shaped foam. Do not throw this away, as it is designed to be kept as an anti-electric storage box. The top of the foam is easily removed and you will find two separate compartments for the projector and for the accessories: User manual, satisfaction guide, Remote (2 AAA batteries not included), AV RGB to 3.5mm port adaptor, and Type A Power cable. The folded instructions are reasonable written and encompass a 4×2 front/back panel. The instructions start with safety reminders, which are really common sense. These include statements like “do not look into the lens while the projector is working” and avoid contact with water or liquids, and do not cover the ventilation ports. It is sad that these need to be in the manual, but we do live in a lawsuit happy world. The next panels describe the details of the projector. The front has the lens, and beneath this a height adjustment screw. The top has a focus handle, a keystone handle and a keyboard panel with 10 buttons: exit, play/pause a, D pad, OK button, then power, input and menu buttons. These are essentially the onboard remote. The side adjacent to the keyboard has the AC power input port. The opposite side has a 3.5mm audio output, 3in1 AV input, HDMI input, USB input, 5V 1 A power output, SD card input. There is a VGA input on the back, completing the connection options.
The remote is rather straightforward with standard buttons. The remote seems to work when angled at the front /side where the inputs are located. To use the device place the projector vertical to the wall/screen and turn on the projector. Turn the forward nut until the picture is clear. IF the image looks like a trapezoid, this means it is not flush with the surface. Turn the keystone nut (back knob) to rotate the screen roughly 15 degrees. The product parameters state that the product has 800×480 native resolution, 1080p highest resolution. The LED lamp is capable of outputting 1200 Lumens. It is important to realize that brightness is not everything. It does affect the best locations for the projector. For example this projector works amazing well in a dark room, basement, media room. It works wonderfully during night/darkness but is weak in the dusk and really not functional with sunlight or a bright boardroom. In those cases, you may want more lumen output. Overall, a little brighter may be better, but this projector works wonderfully for my purposes (dark room/outside at dark).
We have already reviewed the basic use, simply plug it in and turn it on. I have a few movies (DRM FREE) on an iXpand Flash Drive. I plugged it into the USB input port and the multimedia boot screen was seen. I was unable to access the drive, unable to view these movies on the projector. I suspect it was due to the media file format M4V, which does not show support in the user manual. I also plugged my iPhone 6S plus lightning to USB into the port and was unable use the multimedia port. The multimedia Chanel is supposed to support MP3/WMA/ASF/OGG/AAC/WAV, JPEG/BMP/PNC, most of the common video formats MPEG4/AVI/DIVX?MOV/MPG and text. Pressing the input button on either the projector or the remote will take you to the input selection screen. From there, you can change between USB, SD, AV 3 in 1, HDMI, PC-RGB. I put a bunch of pictures onto a jump drive and was able to access these through the projector (PHOTO) and a short video (Movie). Documents can be viewed through the TXT. I did not try the VGA input or the AV input as I currently do not have any tech that uses VGA or AV input. I appreciate the numerous input methods. These potential input methods allow more people to use the device. I was able to access and view pictures, from my standard jump drive.
HDMI input is where I found the most use for the product. Using a lightning to HDMI adaptor, I was able to display my screen onto the projector. I used an Uno HDMI to HDMI cable, which worked perfectly. This method allows you to play your iTunes videos through the projector. For improved sound, I used the Aukey SK-M12 Bluetooth 4.1 speaker attached via 3.5mm to 3.5mm headphone jack (not included). To test the device, I brought a piece of my sectional outside, a few folding chairs, a TV tray and my above listed setup to my garage. I was able to display the movie Zootopia to the full width of my Garage door, roughly 108″ wide by 48″ tall. This was not that bright until the ambient light dropped away and then the image was amazing. My children loved our own home drive in, with popcorn, Sprite and M+M. The speakers were strong, the LED was strong and the experience was highly memorable. In fact, my wife invited over her nieces, and nephews to make a total of 7 children for a sleep over. The projector has already proven itself to my wife and to these children. I will be going to a boy scout camp out this coming weekend. This projector will come with me to my camping trip.
I tried the wireless display with my iPhone 6S plus and it took a few steps, but this device does support AirPlay. To use this feature, go to the bottom right option UNI-LINK. You will then need to go into settings on your phone/device and then go to WiFi. Select the device from the list of WiFI devices. Then scroll up from the bottom of your screen. You will see AirPlay on the bottom, next to AirDrop. Select mirroring and now you can view your screen and the projector displays your screen. The quality does not seem to be as good as through the HDMI, but this is a neat feature. You can still Bluetooth connect to a speaker/headphones or like through your 3.5mm headphone jack as well. You will not be able to mirror your iTunes videos in this manner. There is also another option if your device supports MIRACAST, which Apple does not support. Instead, Apple uses its own AirPlay for screen mirroring. Unfortunately, this is only currently available for Apple TV’s. Despite the WIFI ready nature of the device, I never used the WiFi feature.
The device packaging is flattering and very descriptive of the product you will receive. It is lightweight, it has multiple connection options, and is perfect for a variety of situations. The device is very lightweight at 2lb 2.2 ounces. It has an acceptable brightness, although the I wish it was a little brighter. I do wish that there was an included case or bag for the device. Unfortunately, the manufacturer expects you to keep and store the device back in the original thin foam packaging. I was able to utilize the device in HDMI Mode, which proved to be the best quality. AirPlay was a really neat feature and was quite clear as well. I did use the USB input feature as well. I really appreciate the attention to the needs of the customer with the inclusion of a 5V 1A output port. However, this really needs to be a 2A output to be able to adequately charge a tablet. This device would like benefit from another 500 lumen output, for improved clarity in brighter rooms. The area needs to be rather dark to get the best effect. I would rate this device at 5/5 stars. The criticism above is not a weakness, rather instruction to make an even better device. I was really pleased with the quality of the device.
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