I am already familiar with the Chinese manufacturer WZATCO and have previously tested one of the most popular projectors called WZATCO C2. Today I have an updated modification on the test – WZATCO C3.
According to the manufacturer, the new version of the C3 projector got rid of all the shortcomings of its predecessor. And also the device received a better projection picture, it became brighter, more contrasting and of higher quality. But is it really so? I will tell you about all the nuances and features in this detailed review.
As for the price tag, you can currently get the WZATCO C3 at a rather tempting offer – only $245. That’s the base price for a projector, but if you want more features then it’s worth paying extra for additional accessories. Currently, the price for the previous generation WZATCO C2 will cost you $230.
Based on the features, the new projector received a similar native resolution, like its older brother, Full HD. At the same time, the contrast for both models is the same – 8000: 1, but the brightness level has been slightly increased from 6800 to 7000 lumens. It is also worth noting about the size of the projection screen, which ranged from 50 to 250 inches.
Okay, we figured out the technical data, but I think everyone is interested in how the projector will show itself in practice. Thus, I propose to start a complete and in-depth analysis of the device with unpacking.
WZATCO C3: Specifications
|Screen aspect ratio:||1.38:1|
|Native resolution:||1920 by 1080 Pixels|
|Projection screen size:||50-200 inches|
|Video Formats:||4K, 1080p, 720p, AVC, MPEG-2, MPEG-4|
|Built-in Speaker:||Dual 10W|
|Lamp Life:||50.000 Hours|
|Size:||320 x 240 x 130 mm|
Unboxing and packaging
A new version of the projector from the WZATCO brand is delivered in a black and rather voluminous box. On the front, there is a drawing and the name of the brand.
Inside the package, I found a large number of interesting components and let’s talk more about them. There was a charging cable for power in a separate box from the projector, and I also found a small envelope. In it I found – this is an instruction completely in English, a remote control in white, an audio cable, a meter HDMI cable and three sets of cardboard 3D glasses.
Overall, the package was pretty standard, but I was happy to see the 3D glasses included. Also, I liked how the manufacturer securely wrapped the projector itself under protective foam.
Design, build quality and materials used
At first glance, the new WZATCO C3 projector model received a completely identical design as the WZATCO C2 version. But there are some minor differences and let’s talk about them.
I really liked how the manufacturer decided to use a glossy white at one time, but also not easily soiled case on the other hand. It is a very interesting plastic with a dotted coating that does not leave fingerprints on its surface.
As for the build quality, I also have no special comments, like the second generation, the third one received a high-quality and reliable design. For example, the entire body is assembled firmly and does not have any squeaks or other problems in its execution.
On the front, there is a LED lens and it is protected by a rubber cap. The same decision was made for the second generation. In addition, to set focus, you need to twist the lens itself. At the same time, the operation of the lens is very smooth and it was very easy to adjust the focal length.
Also on the same surface you can find the WZATCO brand logo and there is a black plate with an interesting engraving. In addition, there is an infrared sensor for the remote control.
There is one speaker on both the right and left sides. The manufacturer claims that each speaker received 10 watts of power. But I’ll talk about the sound quality and its features a little later.
A little about the operation of the cooling system in the new WZATCO C3 projector. It is completely similar to that of most other competitors. That is, cold air enters through the rear side and passes through the channels of the cooling system inside the case, and hot air exits through the left end. I think that this is the most successful cooling system of any projector, and at present the best has not yet been invented.
But since I already started talking about the cooling system, let’s go through the tester and check what the operating temperature of the device case is. As you can see, the case itself has a temperature of about 30 degrees Celsius. But the holes with the outlet of hot air got about 50 degrees Celsius. This is the normal operating temperature for any kind of projector.
On the back of the WZATCO C3 projector you can also find many external user interfaces. I can refer to them – these are two USB 2.0, two HDMI ports, an audio output and a headphone input, as well as a VGA port. In addition, a power connector and a power button with LED indicators are located just below.
Meanwhile, there are several physical buttons on the top of the case to control the device. For example, here you can select the signal source, move backward, up, down, right or left, and the ok buttons.
On the bottom of the WZATCO C3 projector, four anti-slip rubber feet are installed and there is an interesting bracket for setting the tilt angle. If you unscrew the rubber feet, you will notice the special mounts for the ceiling bracket. You can also order an additional ceiling mount in the official store of the company.
The last thing to talk about is size and weight. But here I did not find a difference in the values of the WZATCO C3 and C2 models. For example, both models have the same dimensions – 320 x 240 x 130 mm and the same weight – 3 kg. Naturally, this is a stationary projector for home use and I cannot call it portable.
Of course, as I forgot to tell you about the remote control. I really liked that the manufacturer used white plastic for the remote control, and not black, as most brands do. White plastic is easy to spot and use in the dark. I also like the small number of buttons that make it simple and easy to use.
Projection screen quality, noise level, menu and sound quality
Before talking about the quality of the projection screen, I would like to go through the main menu and settings. When turned on for the first time, the projector displays the WZATCO brand logo and the C3 model version.
Since I have the most basic version of the projector, my operating system is not available. The main menu is a basic user interface with icons such as movies, pictures, text, and music.
In the settings section, you can see many different sections that I talk about every time I test a Chinese projector. For example, here you can set the image display mode, adjust the color temperature, aspect ratio and much more. The most interesting feature is the 4D keystone correction.
Now let’s talk about the quality of the projection picture. The WZATCO C3 model uses the native Full HD resolution or 1080 x 1920 pixels. When I started testing various tests for detail and focus, I was pleasantly surprised at what this projector model is capable of.
Below I will leave a few pictures where you can yourself compare how the new projector model works correctly. That is, the projection picture was very detailed, had clear edges, and the focus was very uniform across the entire surface of the screen.
Also, if we talk about the transmitted colors, they are very realistic and saturated. Color adjustments are accurate and look beautiful even during daylight hours.
And yes, if we talk about the value of the brightness level, then compared to the previous generation, the new WZATCO C3 received an assignment of 7000 lumens. Therefore, watching movies in the daytime, but with the curtains closed, will also be comfortable. I can also note that due to the good value of the brightness level, the device can be used for presentations. Since the text is read without any problems and the detail of the picture is very good.
I can also mention the contrast value, which was 8000: 1. This is a good contrast level, which allows the device to achieve good color gamut indicators.
If anyone is interested, this device will also be useful for gaming purposes. I connected my game console and was very surprised at how smooth it was. That is, all the scenes were clear and detailed. In addition, I did not have a blur effect during active games. But it is worth noting that the WZATCO C3 projector supports a 60 Hz refresh rate.
Well, the last thing I wanted to share with you is the sound quality and the noise produced. As I said, the manufacturer installed dual speakers with a power of 10 W each on the projector case. During my tests, the volume level was with a good margin, but the sound quality is difficult to call ideal. I understand that this is a budget projector and it will be impossible to get a still rich sound with bass.
As for the noise that the projector emits, the value is typical, like that of most competitors. For example, near the projector, the noise was about 50 dB, but at a distance of 1 meter, the noise was about 39-41 dB.
Conclusion, reviews, pros and cons
WZATCO C3 is another quality projector with native Full HD resolution. Yes, it may not have made such a big difference when comparing it to its predecessor. But it will clearly be no worse than most budget low-cost competitors.
The quality of the transmitted projection image was similar to that of laser projectors with 4K resolution. At least so it seemed to me. In addition, with the help of this projector, you can enjoy watching not only your favorite movies or TV shows, but also play games or give presentations.
Also, the new model of the projector received a slightly higher brightness level, so even watching movies in a bright room will not be a big problem. I also liked the build quality and the materials used.
But there are also disadvantages, for example, it is a very high-quality sound and a rather large weight and dimensions. I would also like to get a slightly quieter sound from the cooling system, but I cannot call the noise from the projector a very big drawback.
Price and where to buy cheaper?
If you have been looking for an inexpensive but very high-quality projector for home use for a long time, then WZATCO C3 will be the perfect choice.
Currently, the projector is available for purchase at a good price and low price. For example, you can purchase a device for only $ 244.80 with a 50% discount. The manufacturer also offers a large number of additional options. For example – brackets for wall mounting, wireless keyboards, TV boxes and others, but naturally, the price will be higher.