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Over the last few years, portable projectors have really come into their own. Thanks to improved technology and smaller components, we can now enjoy LED projectors with decent specs, whilst at a low entry price point.
The Wewatch Vision V50 is one such low-entry projector that I have for review today. In the box You get the projector itself, there’s a small paper manual that tells you how to operate the projector, and how to adjust it, and there is a small box consisting of a few accessories; including a remote control (which requires two AAA batteries to operate it), you get a high-speed HDMI cable of around 1m50cm in length, there is a figure of eight power cable to power the projector, and there is an AV lead that connects the projector to a composite output cable, should you have some old tech that needs connecting.
The V50 has a number of input ports that span along the left-hand side and rear of the casing. At the back, you have a single VGA input, and below that is where the power cable is connected. On the left-hand side there is a full-size SD card slot, a headphone 3.5mm or AUX output port for audio, next there is the AV input port to be used with the bungled AV cable, there are two HDMI ports, and finally, there is a USB-A input port for USB media or mobile phone connection. Underneath there are four small rubber feet to keep the projector stable and reduce vibrations that might emit from the speaker underneath. There are two screw holes underneath also, one for mounting on the ceiling and another for the screwing in the single height adjustment foot, to raise the projector further upwards. On the front of the projector, we have the lens, an infrared receiver, and a small Wewatch branding logo.
Specs & Features
Inside the projector, we have a TFT LCD display that features a 1080p native resolution and supports up to 4K source material. It has a three-glass lens that can throw a projection screen from 36-inches at just under 6 feet, up to 200 inches. There is a manual focus lens with 15° of vertical keystone adjustment. Its light source is provided by an LED lamp with specs up to 15,000 lumens of brightness and an ANSI lumen value of 230 lumens. The lamp has a life of at least 40,000 hours, and it has three modes of projection, from the front, rear and also upside down when mounted on the ceiling.
On the top of the projector you have a single manual focus dial and a vertical keystone adjustment dial further behind it, and lower down there are a number of buttons to allow basic operation of the projector without the need of using the remote control.
Software-wise, the V50 supports AirPlay, DLNA, and Miracast via its 5G Wi-Fi connection speed. It also has Bluetooth 5.1 support for audio playback, and there is a media menu and user interface to make it easy to connect to the various sources that this projector offers.
Being labeled as a portable projector, I was surprised at the overall size of the V50. It measures 24 cm long, by 19 cm wide, and 10 cm high. It weighs 1.3 kg, so for some people, this might seem portable, but for me, I’ve seen much smaller portable projectors, however, the majority of these don’t display the amount of brightness that projectors of this size can offer.
Unfortunately, with today’s new ways of consuming media, this projector doesn’t carry the same level of internet-connected smarts as some others do. So there are no ways to connect to such things as the Google Play store to download streaming apps such as Netflix, Apple TV+, or Amazon Prime Video directly onto the projector. Instead, this projector will only display content that has either been fed to it via an HDMI or AV cable, media that’s been added to an inserted SD card or USB drive, or streamed over Wi-Fi from a smartphone or tablet.
Setup & Noise
Setting up the V50 is very simple. You just have to plug the projector into a nearby power socket, choose your source type and connect it or insert it into the correct projector input port, and power the projector on via the remote or its power button on the top of the casing. The lens has a convenient lens cover, which I found a little hard to remove at first, but I soon found that it simply pulls off to remove it.
When first booting up the V50 my first disappointment was that I thought this portable projector sounded rather loud. Using my Apple Watch I recorded the silent room I was in at 30 dB, and once the projector was powered up this immediately increased up to just under 50 dB. Whilst sitting next to this projector, I found this level of fan noise too loud and distracting, and it would only become acceptable if I turned the projector’s built-in volume high enough to drown out its fan noise.
This fan noise may not be so bad if you locate the projector further away from your listening position, but due to this projector’s positioning limitations, it will restrict where you can place this projector. First is that you have to place the projector no closer than just under 6 feet, so for small rooms, you are already limited on how far forward you can bring this projector towards your screen. The second is its keystone adjustment. This is the first projector I’ve used that only offered vertical keystoning, which means that if you have to angle the projector anywhere to the left or right of the screen that it’s projecting onto, you cannot adjust the lens to counter the warped angle, so you have to position the projector square on to a wall surface and only use the keystoning to adjust its vertical position.
Once you have the projector correctly positioned, and it’s protecting its display onto a nearby surface or wall, you can then appreciate the bright and clear projected image from the V50. However, I did have a little trouble getting the best clarity from this projector, and I think this is a fault of both its manual focus and keystone controls. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t get everything in all four corners as sharp as I wanted to, and I really spent a lot of time trying to get one side sharp, and once achieving this I would find that the opposite side would be slightly blurry. Adjusting the keystone dial would make this matter even worse as with a slight adjustment of this control would begin to blur the side that was in perfect focus. I guess for the casual viewer, once you’ve put a movie on the wall, the focus might not be so important, but for me, who has quite a sharp eye, I could not unnoticed this issue.
With all that said, the projected display is very nice. It’s watchable in a low-lit room, with great contrast and natural colour. I tried a number of input sources including plugging in an iPad over HDMI and ran apps like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime, all of which I had no problem watching, except for Netflix, which wasn’t able to stream any audio when connected over HDMI. Connecting my iPhone via a USB to Lightning cable I was able to playback content from YouTube and my camera roll just fine, but with copyrighted apps, such as the majority of streaming apps, I wasn’t able to display any video feed through this connection method other than just audio.
I found the sound quality from this projector was decent. Nothing ground-shaking, but action scenes and speech were punchy and clear enough to listen to. If you wanted you could connect a 3.5 audio jack to a better speaker system for bigger room-filling audio, but when I tried the Bluetooth audio on two BT speakers (one with BT 4.0 and the other BT 4.2) the audio had a significant delay to it, and on a pair of BT 5 headphones the delay was still laggy enough for movie watching that I wouldn’t recommend it.
Its main menu interface is fairly basic and it gives you a small level of basic functionality that this projector is capable of offering. Using either the top projector controls or the bundled remote control, you can adjust the Picture, which mainly involves adjusting colour and projection modes. Its sound adjusts the balance and levels of the built-in speaker and also connect to a Bluetooth-enabled speaker. Adjust a sleep timer, which will turn the projector off once it expires. And finally, there are some additional options to restore the projector’s defaults, update its software over USB and adjust how long the onscreen display will stay visable for.
With a USB media stick or SD card inserted you can browse its content using the built-in file browser menu. Here you can select and playback Movies, Audio, Photos, and Text files. I found the file browser a little awkward to use, where selecting a piece of media would select it and preview it, rather than play it immediately.
Overall I am a little disappointed with this projector. I guess I was a little spoilt by my last review of the Vankyo GO300 portable projector, which was the size of a soda can, it could run Android apps and its fan ran fairly quiet at 43db.
But comparing them both, with its native 1080P resolution and bright LED lamp, the V50 with its larger size did project a more striking and sharper image, but at the cost of being a heavier, bulkier, and much louder projector overall.
So if you’re looking for a basic and fairly cheap projector, then at its lowest price, I would give the V50 some attention, but if you want some smarts and a much more portable projector, then I suggest you look elsewhere.
0:00 – Intro
0:18 – Brief overview
0:38 – Unboxing
1:12 – Connection and mounting
2:08 – Specs
3:05 – Display
3:22 – Portable?
3:47 – Media playback
4:45 – Noise
5:20 – Positioning
5:59 – Visual quality
6:55 – Input sources
7:26 – Sound output
7:58 – Menu options
8:33 – USB media
8:52 – My Impressions