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See that big wall over there? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could watch, say, the godfather am working on it? At a size that dwarfs your TV? That’s the fun of owning a projector; you can turn just about any wall into a theater-sized screen (well, At home theater format anyway). And getting started is much cheaper than you might think.
For example, for a limited time, and while supplies last, the TMY V58 720p projector drops to just $90 when you click the $50 coupon on the page. It normally sells for $140, already a very solid deal. Even more amazing, it comes with a 120-inch portable projection screen.
That foldable anti-crease screen can be hooked onto just about any wall, or even your garage door for outdoor screening. However, you must supply power; this model does not have a battery like some other portable cinemas.
In the same way, you need to connect some kind of video source: a laptop, smartphone, game console, storage device or something similar. although the V58 supports Wi-Fi for wireless connectivity to those kinds of sources, it lacks built-in apps (Netflix, etc).
So what’s the tradeoff between this and projectors that cost hundreds more? For starters, resolution: it doesn’t deliver the razor-sharp 4K images that modern TVs offer. The V58s native resolution is 1080p – good enough for casual viewing, yes, but it will look blurry at larger sizes.
Another important consideration: brightness. With only 200 ANSI lumens, this projector needs an almost completely darkroom. And because it has limited keystone correction (just 15 degrees), you may struggle to find the ideal placement to get a perfectly rectangular image. You should be able to place it almost in the middle in front of the screen.
That’s why I don’t recommend this for a real home theater. Instead, it would be a great option for kids, who are much more forgiving when it comes to things like brightness and image quality. Set this up for a movie night in the bedroom or basement, or hook it up to the game console for super-sized entertainment.
This is indeed just a “fun” projector, one best suited for casual use – and one that certainly won’t break the bank. Want something even cheaper? A slightly older TMY model, the V08, is on sale for just $63 with a 30% off coupon. It has no Wi-Fi and reaches a resolution of 720p, but stands out for its 4.5 star average rating from nearly 5,400 buyers. (The newer V58 earned 4.3 stars out of around 230.)
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