A while back I didn’t even know that mini projectors existed. Then I suddenly discovered them on Amazon, and recently I laid my hands on my very own Crenova XPE460 projector. Curious to find out whether I like it or not? Read my Crenova XPE460 projector review for more information.
It was around Christmas when I first looked for a new projector on Amazon. I do own a BenQ projector, but as I had some trouble with it, I wanted to find out if there were any cheap alternatives available on Amazon. But, when I search at Amazon and saw offers for mini-projectors costing less than 100 Euro/100 USD I was shocked. Could it be real? Could it really work? Guess what! I ordered myself a mini-projector (the Crenova XPE460 projector), and now I have tested it for a while. These are my thoughts about the mini-projector from Crenova.
The difference between Crenova XPE460 and my BenQ projector
The most importance difference between a standard projector and the mini-projector is the price and the size. While a big size projector will cost you at least 300 Euro / 300 USD, you get the mini projector for less than one third of the price. And the product you get is also way smaller. This can be very convenient if you plan on bringing it with you somewhere. But, what is the quality like? You can find cheap alternative to Coca-Cola in the store, but I rather spend more money on the real thing, than buying crap for less. So, is the same true when it comes to mini-projectors vs big projectors?
What will you be using the Crenova XPE460 mini projector for?
The Crenova XPE460 projector doesn’t have a light bulb like normal projectors, but instead it has a LED lamp. The brightness of the lamp is 1200 Lumen, and since it is LED, it is expected to have a way longer life-time than a normal lamp. But, the lamp is also what might cause trouble for you!
The Crenova XPE460 is made for usage in small rooms. The ideal distance between the projector and the wall you project to should be between 1,5 – 3,5 meters. At the best, you will then have a picture width of around 2-3 meters. If you try to place the projector further away from the wall, you will get a very blurry image, so not at all good for that purpose.
Crenova states that this is not a projector for business usage, and I support that. One of the great challenges with the XPE 460 mini-projector is the strength of the light. They also write this themselves (so it is not supposed to come as a surprise to the buyers), but if you plan on using the mini-projector during daytime in a bright room, you will have great trouble doing so. But, in the moment it turns darker in the room, the projector will work great for projecting videos, slideshows and other content to the wall.
What is the quality of the image like?
If you are very picky when it comes to image quality, then you should probably go for a more expensive projector instead. As I have been watching YouTube videos with the projector, connected my laptop to it with HDMI or watched movies from a USB stick I kind of have a little blurry feeling. It isn’t a 100% image, but more like 90%. I would imagine that it could be annoying if I needed to see and discover every detail in the image shown, but when my purpose solely is to watch my favorite TV series, watch a good sermon on YouTube or maybe a movie, then I have no problem accepting the quality given.
Advantages with the Crenova XPE 460 mini projector
It is incredible how much they have been able to add to this mini-projector. The projector itself has all sorts of inputs available, meaning that you can connect to it using USB, HDMI, VGA, SD card, AV cable and audio output. It also has a built-in loudspeaker, which might not be the strongest, but way better than nothing. It is also nice to know that due to the LED lamp the device almost doesn’t use an electricity at all, which will come nice when you get your electricity bill next month.
How do I use the Crenova mini-projector?
After using it a little bit I have found my way of using the projector. It is ideal for me as I exercise. I have a Chromecast connected to the HDMI port of the projector (and the Chromecast gets its electricity from the USB port of the projector). I then use my mobile phone to tell the Chromecast what to show, be it Bible teachings, a good TV series on Hulu or maybe a football match on Fubo TV.
Does it sound cool? You can find out more and maybe buy a mini-projector yourself from Amazon. Use one of the links beneath to find the Crenova mini-projector in your nearest Amazon store.
Do not forget that you can also visit the German Amazon store in English, and in general the German store is cheaper than the UK store, so if you are located in Europe I strongly suggest you order from Germany instead.
Have you tried the Crenova XPE460 projector? Why don’t you write a short review yourself in the comment field beneath to share your experience with the device?