When I mentioned to my wife about getting a projector, she explained she has been wanting one to trace outlines for crafts. I browsed numerous projectors and compared features, price and ratings. For the price the RD-820 Mini stood out. Having owned a couple different DBPower Action Cameras, I am very confident with their product quality and durability.
I haven’t watched a movie from a projector in a couple years. I expected a really good picture quality from the brand and reviews. I set my expectations low. Impressive picture quality even when projected on a light beige painted wall in the daytime. I can’t wait to see it on an actual screen. I’ll have to add updated photos then. I also need to use a camera that adjusts to light better than my iPhone as my photos didn’t reflect the actual crisp images being displayed.
The projector comes in a nice soft padded carrying case. An HDMI cable and a male 4 pole, 3.5mm to a 3 connector cable with female RCA audio/composite/video outputs.
The unit offers very easy setup. If you can connect and operate a DVD player, you can handle this.
Hint: Retract the Lens before attempting to place the lens cap on. (Somehow, I know it won’t fit otherwise😬).
The unit offers tabletop or mounting options if I later choose to hang it from the ceiling. I used a tripod to easily adjust the height for my wife to display her project for tracings.
Connecting it to my Windows 10 laptop using the HDMI cable was “plug and play”. The projector mirrors my laptop screen. I streamed an Amazon Prime movie, played videos taken from one of my drones and looked at several pictures, all using my wall for a screen.
I connected a 2TB USB portable hard drive to the USB port. The remote control is used to select the media type (“Movie”, “Photos”, “Music“ or “Text”. Select the folder of the file to play. Highlight and select the file. I played MP4, MOV and AVI videos, JPG photos and MP3 music files. All worked flawlessly. I have not yet tried a text file. I am very pleased with the RD-820’s ability of connecting to a larger hard drive with multiple depths of file folders, which include the playable files. I had read several reviews for other projectors stating major limitations when connecting a hard drive. Everything from USB drives only, to size limitations in the 325GB range, to all media files having to be in the root directory. This was strictly plug and play. I can see every folder with media. It couldn’t be easier.
The sound quality isn’t bad for watch a TV show or presentation. I wouldn’t expect more from such a small box. But for a movie I will connect the audio out to powered speakers or to my stereo to experience a deep, rich sound, anyway.
I really like the 5 volt out USB port. That will be great to power a streaming stick or a Bluetooth transmitter.
We are very happy with this projector. While rating this product, I thought of a couple more things I want try, like an SD card and connecting the audio out to a Bluetooth transmitter. Excited, yes!