While companies like Sony and Epson Striving to bring giant cinema-caliber projectors into the home, Philips takes the opposite approach with compact options that create large images from smaller hardware, such as the new 1080p Screeneo U4 ultra short throw that does not look bigger than a shoebox.
If you are serious about switching permanently from a TV to a projector in your living room or home theater system, ultra-short projectors are a more convenient solution. since there is no risk of someone getting up for a bathroom break and being dazzled by a sharp beam of light coming from the back of the room. One disadvantage of going the ultra-short throw route is that these projectors are usually very large and very expensive, but the Philips Screeneo U4 is none of the parts.
Weighs three kilograms and measures only 8.8 inches on the longest side, Philips claims that the Screeneo U4 can project an image of 80 inches in size from a distance of about 12 inches from a wall, or a 60 inch image from just 7.7 centimeters away. However, one of the most important projector calculations is the lumen, or how much light it can actually cast on a wall or screen. For the Philips Screeneo U4, there is a somewhat disappointing 400 lumens, which means that for a decent level of contrast and brightness, you will really only use it in a dark room if you hope to get a 60+ inch image.
Many compact all-in-one projectors now come with Google TV and wifi, so that out of the box, they can access content on all major streaming platforms. Tit does not Screeneo U4, and instead encourages users to choose a power dongle, such as a Chromecast, for a of the projector two HDMI ports, which can draw power from the simple USB port located right next to them.
A pair of 15-watt speakers is built into the Screeneo U4, which is another benefit of using an ultra-short projector that sits in the front of a room, but users can also choose to connect wireless headphones, or a pair of wireless speakers over Bluetooth, provided that they are fine with a slight delay between the sound and what is happening on the screen. Other features include a built-in camera, which allows the projector to automatically correct focus and make keystone corrections, and an LED light source that promises 30,000 hours of use.
Philips is going publicly to bring the Screeneo U4 ultra-short throw projector to consumers through Indiegogo (the usual crowdfunding warnings apply here, although the risk is minimal given Philips has been around for 130 years) and the best feature is without a doubt a 50% discount for the earliest supporters , bringing the price to around $ 630. This makes it one of the cheapest ultra-short projectors you can buy, and a tempting upgrade provided you get a discount. With a full price that will be well over $ 1,000 after shipping begins in August, you’ll probably choose a projector with more lumens than the Screeneo U4 offers, although you will have to sacrifice the convenience of ultra-short-throw functionality.