Vivitech Qumi Q7-BK LED Projector
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- Native WXGA resolution, 720p compatible
- Up to 800 lumens of brightness and 30,000:1 contrast ratio
- LED light source with an estimated 30,000 hours of operation
- 3D-ready via DLP link and blu-ray 3D playback, 2D to 3D conversion via HDMI
- MHL device compatibility for streaming of video and audio from a compatible mobile device
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Up to 800 ANSI lumens of brightness with a 30,000:1 contrast ratio, LED light source with up to 30,000 hours of operation, High definition (HD) resolution with large widescreen image projection up to 107", Direct 3D and 2D-3D conversion through HDMI, Built-in MS Office and Adobe PDF document viewer, Multimedia player for playback of audio, photo and video files, embedded web browser for surfing the Internet, (wireless dongle required), Ability to wirelessly project video, photos, websites and more over a wireless LAN, MHL device compatibility for streaming of video and audio content from a compatible mobile device, USB slot and 4 GB of on-board memory for additional content and memory expansion.
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We already have a bulb based DLP projector at home that we use in our home-theater and we're extremely happy with it. However, we always think twice before using it because we'll be using the bulb hours and, sooner or later, we'll have to spend an inordinate amount of money purchasing another bulb. Yeah, I know, a few hundred bucks is not necessarily an inordinate amount of money, but it always seems to happen at the wrong time (Christmas, other holidays, after car repairs, etc) so having to shell out that money does hurt a little.
Also, we want to be able to use the projector whenever we want... I personally want to use it for EVERYTHING from just regular TV shows, to video games, to cartoons for the kids, to anything else anyone can think of.
One can look at the specs for the Q2 and Q5 to see that the lens is made of plastic and, because of that, one must turn on the projector up to 15 minutes prior to the time they want to watch something in order for the lens to bend into shape and have the proper focus. Also, being plastic, some parts of the image may or may not be in perfect focus while others are. Then there's the issue of the zoom (there isn't one at all). And other issues I won't get into because I don't own one of those projectors.
What I do own is the AMAZING Q7. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS THING!!!
Right out of the box, I can see that it comes with a CD with some stuff in it that I have no idea what it is because I have yet to use/look at it. It comes with VGA, HDMI, and MHL to HDMI cables. This last one is for one to hook up a cell phone or tablet that has an MHL output (it is a micro-usb port) into the projector. I haven't used that option, so I can't vouch for it, but I have no reason to doubt that it'll work just fine.
What I have used this projector for, many times, is to watch movies. I have a portable 640Gb hard-drive with about 800 movies in it that I plug directly into the USB input in the projector and the projector can read the movies directly from the HD. That, to me, is AWESOME!!! If it wasn't for the crappy speaker that the projector has in it, it would be all I need to watch movies. Instead, I have a pair of $15 computer speakers that I tote along for the sound (it has a 3.5mm jack), and I have a movie theater anywhere I want.
The size of the projector is about the same as a tablet (I have an Acer Iconia and it is exactly the same size only thicker). The power supply is part of the projector (unlike the Q2 & Q5, which have a power supply like the ones laptops use) and the power cable is the same as a desktop computer, so it would be extremely easy to find a longer one if you want one.
The resolution is great, it will adjust to native resolution, 4:3, 16:9, 2.35:10, etc... It has auto keystone correction (or manual if you wish)...
Some expert websites have complained that it does not live up to its 800 lumen claim. However, I have been able to use it in rooms with some light and it has worked fine. Sure, the colors are slightly washed if there's light, but it still looks good. And, in complete darkness, it makes for an amazing theater experience.
Now for the 3D option. The Vivitek website claims that the projector will only play 3D through the VGA when connected to a computer and that IS COMPLETELY FALSE!!! I know that for a fact because I have been watching 3D movies through a PS3 connected with HDMI cables.
I have purchased 3D glasses from Amazon the ones I have purchased are
'SainSonic Rainbow Series Black 144 Hz 3D Active Rechargeable Shutter Glasses (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BVUNZUU/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and I couldn't be happier with the results.
Since I seem to be the only person to have posted a review for this projector, and I have now been using it for 7 months, please feel free to ask any questions you may have and I will be more than happy to answer them.
There's no reason to purchase a large flat-screen TV for some ridiculous amount when you can purchase this projector for a fraction of the cost, and it is perfectly portable, so you have a large screen in every room you wish to have it in.
What I like:
-Brightness: It's not the brightest, but it's definitely a big step above the Vivitek Qumi Q5. This projector is rated at 800 ansi lumens and has a decent picture during the afternoon. To give a comparison, let's say 100% ambient lighting is the interior of a walmart, 60% ambient light is the interior of a starbucks, and 30% ambient lighting is the interior of a Hollister. For 100% ambient light, i don't think any pico projector will do. For a room with 60% ambient lighting, it performs quite well (picture is a bit washed, but definitely impressive for such a small projector). For a room with 30% ambient light, it's good. Any projector performs excellent in 0% lighting. Also, you don't need to warm it up. I read somewhere that the Q5 needs to warm up, but I've tested the Q5 and the Q7 and they both start up with a consistent brightness throughout.
-Functionality: I love the fact that I can play videos straight off of a USB (flash drive AND passport HD). It takes many formats. I downloaded one straight from a torrent and it was able to play no problem
-Zoom: Because of my smaller screen, I wanted to be able to fit the picture at a good distance. The Q5 does not have a physical zoom, whereas this model does. Although the physical zoom only shrinks/expands the image by approx 6" from the middle setting, there is an added functionality of a digital zoom which will give you another 6" from the middle.
-2 HDMI's: A lot of pico projectors and even the more affordable bulb projectors only have 1 HDMI. This one has 2. Whenever you plug in an HDMI, it asks you if you want to set the source to HDMI (even if the HDMI is not plugged into anything on the other end). I haven't tried testing the logic when I have 2 sources playing simultaneously on both HDMI's, but I'm assuming that they have it covered...
-VGA (computer input): The Q5 doesn't have a VGA input, but this one does
-LED bulb: being an LED projector, I will never have to change the bulb. I hope it lives up to the promise of 30,000 hours..
-Carrying Case: although it's built pretty cheap, it's nice to have a case that is made for it. Although it offers no shock protection, it is large enough to hold all of the cables included in the package.
-Powered USB: The USB is powered so you can power your Chromecast or Firestick without the need for a 2nd power outlet.
-MHL Cable: It COMES with an MHL cable (micro USB to HDMI). I tried plugging it into my sony xperia z2, but it only allowed me to use it as a remote.. But I think if you have a samsung galaxy 5+, it might support cell phone mirroring.
-Remote: Although the remote allows you to navigate through the menus, you have to point the remote at the projector. If you have it tucked away in a box somewhere, the remote will be pretty useless.
-Image: I'm not sure if it was the video file, but last time I watched a movie, I noticed some green and red lines whenever I blinked; similar to the effects produced by a low tech 3d movie.
-Price: I would never pay a grand for this projector. At most, 600. I got mine from a 3rd party vendor at a price that I will not disclose. For $1000, you can buy a 3000 ansi lumen projector with all the trimmings!
-Audio: It comes built in with 2 little 5w speakers. Not good enough for a movie night, but for me, it's good enough to verify whether or not the audio is playable from a specific file. You definitely need a GOOD amplifier to get decent sound. I used a 3 piece logitec speaker and I had to put it on max volume on both the speakers and the projector to get OK sound. If I was an audiophile, I would probably bump it down to 3 stars because of this.
-Fan Noise: It is noticeable, but easily ignored once a movie is playing. It is noisier than the Q5, but with more brightness comes more heat.
If this were the Q7 Plus with 1000 ansi lumens at 600 bucks, I would rate this 5 stars! But because this is only the regular Q7, I give it 4. It does what I need it to do and has all the inputs that I wanted. So far, I'm satisfied.